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"Yes, I am coming quickly." Amen.
Revelation 22:20

This is a Home Bible study. It exists to promote the Word of God as it's written, which means nothing added or taken away, and minus opinions.

The Bible is the only source of Divine Truth in the world today. Although it is helpful and informative in many ways, the Bible might not tell us everything we want to know but the Bible does tell us everything we need to know.

My role is to guide you through the Scriptures; to explain what this book says and in some cases what it does not say because this is just as important.

Ultimately, you have a decision to make concerning your salvation - no one can make it for you. The Lord Jesus Christ, the Creator God, has given everyone the ability to make choices - this is is called "Free Will." I pray you consider your choice wisely.

II Timothy 2:15

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.

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Monday, February 15, 2010

The Flood Waters of Judgment

HBS Genesis 7:13-24

Lesson 21
1. Why take the time to study the book of Genesis?
2. Why bother learning about what occurred before our time?
3. Why is the Old Testament relevant to our Bible study?

The Apostle Paul answers these questions for us.  Please turn to Romans chapter fifteen.
Romans 15

4: For whatever was written in earlier times (Since Paul's church letters have not been circulated yet, what writings is Paul referring to?  He's talking about the O.T.; because that's all they had to go on.  So, now we know everything written before Paul's writings was) written for our instruction...

So the entire Bible is relevant today for our learning; and this is why we are spending some time going over these things.

Please open your Bibles to Genesis chapter seven.
Let's read from verse thirteen to verse twenty-four.

I'm going to use verse thirteen, along with a few others from chapter seven, to teach tonight's lesson.

Genesis 7

13: On the same day Noah and Shem and Ham and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah's wife and the three wives of his sons with them; entered the ark.

Above we are told that Noah, and his immediate family entered the ark after God called them; but no others even though God left the ark's door open for seven days.
This action indicates to us that God's invitation to be saved was extended to all and not just those in Noah's family.  So then, why didn't anyone else take God up on His offer?
I think the answer is obvious.  They didn't believe Noah; and they didn't believe God.

So, here's the question.
What was God looking for from all those people outside the ark; and what is God looking for from each one of us today?  The answer will be revealed in this lesson.

No one really knows how many people were alive just prior to the flood event.  Conservative estimates place this number at or about 325 million.  Some estimate the pre-flood population at 7 billion.  The Bible does not reveal the answer; so we won't dwell on it.

Here's the important thing.  Whether the population's total was in the millions or the billions, at that time, only eight souls were saved!  Now that's a precious few.

You may be surprised but this has always been the case.  Throughout man's history this cycle is repeated again and again.  The majority shuns God; but a precious few worship Him.

Let's compare Scripture with Scripture.  That's why were here.
We'll visit the O.T. first.  Go to I Kings chapter nineteen.

I Kings 19

14: Then he said, "I have been very zealous for the LORD, the God of hosts; for the sons of Israel have (What?) forsaken Your covenant (Elijah is referring to the Mosaic Law which was handed down to Moses at MT. Sinai and then Moses gave it to the nation of Israel), torn down your altars and killed Your prophets with the sword.  And I alone am left; and they seek my life, to take it away."

Elijah thought he was the only believing Jew left alive and his life would soon be over because of the death threat from Jezebel.

Was Elijah right?  Let's skip to verse eighteen for the sake of time to see what the LORD God has to say about this.

18: "Yet I will leave 7,000 in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal and every mouth that has not kissed him."

At this time in history, Israel's population was about 7,000,000.  Only 7,000 remained true to God and His covenant.

Let's pick up another example but this time from the New Testament.

Please turn to the book of Acts, chapter one, verse fifteen.

While your finding that Bible address, allow me to remind you of an event that occurred during Jesus' earthly ministry.  If you remember, Jesus performed a miracle with five barley loaves and two fish.  Do you recall how many people were gathered there on that day?
The Bible says Jesus fed more than 5,000 people at one event and 4,000 people at another.  These figures omit the women and children who were also there, so the actual count is much higher.

In addition, The Apostle John informs us that Jesus performed so many miraculous deeds (during His earthly ministry) that, "...if they were written in detail, I suppose that even the world itself would not contain the books that would be written."  (John 21:25)

All right, now flash forward to the end of His earthly ministry.
After all those miracles, signs, and wonders, I would expect the number of believers to be in the tens of thousands at the very least.  
But, how many believers in Christ Jesus were counted at the end?

Acts 1

15: At this time Peter stood up in the midst of the brethren (a gathering of about one hundred and twenty persons was there together)... 

That's one hundred and twenty believers.  There may have been a few more because the women and children were not counted just as it was during the miracle feedings.

The majority of those people who followed Jesus around during His three years of ministry were only interested in a "free lunch" and a show.  Few recognized who He really was!   Fewer still actually believed He was the promised Redeemer/Messiah.

Let's return to the book of Genesis chapter seven.
Don't lose me.  Remember what I am showing you.
Throughout human history the majority of people have rejected God's Son.
The majority are missing something that God says is important.
What could that be?  We're closer to the answer than we were before.

Genesis 7

15: So they went into the ark to Noah, by twos of all flesh in which was the breath of life.

(skip down to verse twenty-two.)

22: of all that was on the dry land, all in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life died.

23: Thus He blotted out every living thing that was upon the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky, and they were blotted out from the earth; and only Noah was left, together with those that were with him in the ark.

There was no safe haven for those outside of the ark.
However, the ark rose above the highest mountains and floated there.
Over and over again we see God making a distinction between the lost and the saved.
And this is important for us to know.  
The "lost" obviously were missing something that the "saved" had going for them.

It's important for us to know and understand that just because Noah's sons, and their wives, were with him in the ark does not necessarily mean they all held the same beliefs (or the same faith) as did Noah.  Many assume incorrectly I might add that they must all have been operating under the same set of principles...and that would be wrong.  

This is true concerning our families today, is it not?
Is everyone you know and love a believer; probably not?
Certain members of my family profess to be believers while others openly state their skepticism.  So, here's the thing.
One should never assume that just because Noah and his family were aboard the ark they all believed God.  Furthermore, we should never assume that just because we see people in a church building regularly they are saved.  Why?

It comes down to the difference between "head knowledge" and "heartfelt" acceptance of the truth.  Head knowledge is nothing more than understanding history, when you get right down to it.  What does Scripture say?

Romans 10

8: But what does it say?  "THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, IN YOUR MOUTH AND IN YOUR HEART" - that is, the word of (What?) faith which we are preaching,

9: that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe (Where?) in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved...;

You see, believing Jesus Christ was a revolutionary and that He was put to death by the Roman authorities is not salvation.  Jesus dead in a crypt is no good to anyone.  
But Jesus is not dead and buried.  He's ALIVE!
This truth means everything in the world to a believer.

Turn to the book of Job chapter nineteen.
No one knows when this book was written or by whom; but in it we find this declaration.

Job 19

25: "As for me, I know that my (Who?) Redeemer lives, and at the last He will take His stand on the earth." 


How does Job know this?
Job sees this truth through the eyes of faith.
Faith is more than just believing in God.
Faith = believing God.  Do you see the difference between the two?

So, what was that essence all those people were lacking back there at the time of the flood and is still absent or missing from the majority of mankind today?  The answer is FAITH!
All these people are destitute of faith.

Listen, you cannot get to "first base" with God without faith.
What does the Bible say?  Please turn to Hebrews chapter eleven.

Hebrews 11

6: And without (What?) faith, it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.

Getting back to Noah, he presents a good example for us all.
"Noah did all that God commanded him."

Noah didn't start building the ark after the rain began to fall.
Noah went to work right away and based solely on what God had revealed to him.
Now that's faith.  Noah believed God when the majority said "No, God." 
(See Psalms 14:1).

Faith.  That's what is missing from the majority of people who have lived, are living now,  and will live in the future.  Without faith, "it is impossible to please God."

It took Noah approximately one hundred years, more or less, to construct the ark according to God's design.  That's one hundred years of faithfulness, exercised daily, despite opposition, and those scoffers who thought he was off his rocker.

Noah didn't cut corners to save time and/or money.Noah didn't "water down," no pun intended, God's plan for saving them. 
Oh but many today are changing God's plan of redemption which is based solely on faith and faith alone.  Many people have taken the Word of God and twisted it and it's meaning to further their own agendas.  Think about it.

During the flood event, God poured out His wrath on the ungodly and the earth which they had infected.  All should take note of this historical Biblical event because:

1.  It is recorded here for "our learning."
2.  God will judge all those who have been born into this world.
    The Tribulation period is out in front of us.
     It will happen because God said so.  (See Zephaniah 1:14-18)



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