God Wants You to Get on Board
5 Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. 7 So the LORD said, "I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them." 8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
In our mind it is difficult to believe that mankind could get so sinful that God would destroy all the people on earth. We want to believe that God would never do such a thing.
As a matter of fact some Christians think God did not destroy the world at this time. But Peter informs us differently. 2 Peter 3:3-6 3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, 4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. 5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: 6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: KJV
Even Jesus Himself told us the reality of Noah's flood. Luke 17:26-28 26 And as it was in the days of Noah , so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: 27 They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. NKJV
But then Peter tells us of a future day when God will again judge the people of earth. Let us consider what Peter tells us about God's judgment. 2 Peter 3:
- 3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, 4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
- We should not be surprised that the Genesis account of the flood has been rejected by science and modern religion.
- In order for people to justify their lustful lives they must dismiss God and His judgment.
- So Peter says they would come up with the theory of uniformitarianism so they could exclude God from their thinking and justify their immoral lives.
- 5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: 6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
- Regardless of what people might say or believe the Bible plainly teaches that the world was once destroyed by a flood.
- Peter says some are willfully ignorant.
- "Dead Men Do Bleed" A story is told of a man who had a mental disorder. He had come to the conclusion that he was dead. They had worked with him for years trying every way to show him that he was surely alive. One day one of the doctors came up with a new plan. He asked the man if dead people bleed. To which the man replied he knew they did not. After confirming this several times with the patient the doctor took a scalpel and cut the hand of the man. The deranged man looked at the blood coming from his hand and then exclaimed, Well I guess dead men do bleed."
- It is similar to the dinosaur bone that I mentioned last week. http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/science/03/24/rex.tissue.ap/
- God judged the world but not everyone.
- Noah found grace.
- Noah believed God as Heb 11:7 says, "By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith." NKJV
- Have you ever wondered why only Noah and family were saved in the ark?
- There was no doubt room for more people.
- But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
- Although God promised not to destroy the earth with a flood again, Peter says it will be destroyed but by fire.
- Peter later says, "10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up."
- Paul talks about the same time in 2 Thess 1:7-10 when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, 8 in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, NKJV
- 8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
- You see God waited 120 years in Noah's day while the ark was being prepared for the people to repent, but they didn't.
- Although the Bible says that Noah was a preacher of righteousness yet no one outside of his own family was on the ark.
- I often wonder as I stand here and speak or as I visit people, who do not know Jesus, what would it take to get these people on board.
- I wonder in that 120 years how many times people listened to Noah and almost made a decision to get on board.
- You know there may have been many people who really liked Noah.
- There may have been plenty who believed most of what he said.
- There may have been some who told others, "you know we ought to listen to that Noah" but they never got on board.
- I am persuaded that there are many people who are sitting in church pews this morning but they have never given their lives to Jesus.
- They have ascribed to the message of the preacher but they have never gotten on board with Jesus.
- As Noah worked those 120 years on building the ark he preached to a world that was facing sure judgment and yet they never saw it coming.
- They were just as willingly ignorant at people today.
- They may have given a token response to the message of Noah but it was not enough.
- If you don't surrender your life to Jesus, then you are not on board.
- God is longsuffering, Peter says, but He only waited 120 years
- How long has He been waiting for you?
- 11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness
- Vance Havner once told a story a a man visiting South Africa years ago. As he came upon a group of boys it looked as thought they were playing marbles as boys do. But as he got closer he notices they were not using marble but diamonds. Can you imagine playing marbles with diamonds. Then Havner made the connection. He said that in the USA that is what we are doing with Jesus. We never get quite serious enough to give our lives to Him, to surrender our will to His. We go to church, sing the songs but only lightly. We are playing marbles with spiritual diamonds.
- Peter says that if we really believe that there is a judgment day ahead, that we will change the way we live, that we will give our lives to Jesus.
- No matter who you are or what you have done or not done, there is freedom in Jesus, if you will come to Him and surrender your life to Him.
This message was preached at FBC Toulon, by Albert Harmon. See it at http://toulonbaptist.com