And God said to Noah, "I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence through them. Behold, I will destroy them with the earth. (Genesis 6:13)
I cannot be bothered to launch into an apologetic as to the historical validity of the event recorded in Genesis 6-8 – you either believe it or you don’t and it doesn’t matter how much ‘evidence’ is gathered if you don’t want to believe it, you’ll have enough to live on. And if you do want to believe it, you’ll have enough to live on.
I choose to believe it, because I choose to believe the Word of God is true as an event in this case – just as I do in the first humans being Adam and Eve. It may not be a scientifically sophisticated perspective on matters of biology, etc. but I’d rather be right with God than scientifically sophisticated. (There goes the scientifically sophisticated reader offended at my tone of writing voice, and those easily offended by this kind of tone of writing voice. May God bless you as you leave.)
With that in mind, it’s not difficult to list this event as a truly awesome deed. I mean imagine God completely wiped out every living creature on the planet with a global flood – isn’t that awesome? I mean truly by the very definition of the word it should make you look back in awe to know that the power of God was expressed like this. If you check verses 5-7 of this same chapter there’s a description of the state of the world which isn’t too dissimilar from a modern description and God’s response to it is pretty serious.
What is particularly outstanding in the whole episode, however, is the faithfulness of God to His creation by creating a means of escape for those who remained faithful to Him. It should be an assuring thing to know that even in a world which continues at pace on a collision course God will remain faithful to those who remain faithful to Him and even when it all comes crashing down around our ears, by His awesome works, He will provide a means of escape.
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