by Rev Joel Yong
The flood continued forty days on the earth. The waters increased and bore up the ark, and it rose high above the earth. The waters prevailed and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the face of the waters. And the waters prevailed so mightily on the earth that all the high mountains under the whole heaven were covered. The waters prevailed above the mountains, covering them fifteen cubits deep. And all flesh died that moved on the earth, birds, livestock, beasts, all swarming creatures that swarm on the earth, and all mankind. Everything on the dry land in whose nostrils was the breath of life died. He blotted out every living thing that was on the face of the ground, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens. They were blotted out from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those who were with him in the ark. And the waters prevailed on the earth 150 days.
The waters surpassed the highest peaks on land. Even if you could swim, float, tread water- eventually you would drown.
All who thought they did not need God, realized they were in reality, powerless on their own strength.
Sometimes when things are going well, we think we did it on our own.
Sometimes we start to wonder if God is a human construct.
Then one day, and the Bible records that it WILL come … the End comes.
Mankind’s proudest achievements and inventions will be wiped away as God rains judgment after judgment upon a world, which we read … has then forsaken Him and run after the AntiChrist.
It goes something like this:
Revelation of John 16:8-11
The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and it was allowed to scorch people with fire. They were scorched by the fierce heat, and they cursed the name of God who had power over these plagues. They did not repent and give him glory. The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and its kingdom was plunged into darkness. People gnawed their tongues in anguish and cursed the God of heaven for their pain and sores. They did not repent of their deeds.
You see a pattern there?
They refuse to turn back to God’s ways, stubbornly hanging onto their own sinful ways- despite the disasters and judgment they were experiencing.
I remember when I first read these verses, I wondered: “This is incredible. Who wouldn’t admit defeat or repent when faced with such evidence of God’s judgment and power?”
Read these to get a picture of how the people reacted while Noah built the Ark and gathered the animals:
They were eating and drinking and marrying and being given in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.
By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.
1 Peter 3:20
because they formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water.
No one cared. Except Noah.
No one believed. Except Noah.
A strange vehicle was built and either no one asked or no one believed the reason they were told it was being built for.
Animals were gathered and no one asked or rather no one believed the reason they were being gathered for.
Noah must have seemed like a fool or a believer of myths to them.
Is it happening today, that we believe much more in the power of man-made inventions/achievements/potential than in the existence of the Almighty God?
Surely not … or is it?