"...The water of the flood came upon the earth."--Genesis 7:10
"It came about after the seven days that the water of the flood came upon the earth."--Genesis 7:10. This is it, the 100 years of building the ark are complete, Noah enters the ark with the animals and his family and it is judgment day. God would destroy the whole earth with a global flood cleansing it of evil. Rain fell for 40 days and nights. 40 more days pass and the earth gradually floods eventually reaching levels that literally cover the mountain tops and for 150 days, Genesis 7:24 tells us that the waters prevailed. There is no chance for any one person or animal to survive that is not on the ark. This all happens when the water of the flood came upon the earth.
The water of the flood. Many times when we tell this story we focus on Noah and his obedience to God. This aspect is important and we will come back to it but what about the flood itself? God brought the flood to cleanse the world of evil and start over. It would be up to Noah and his family to repopulate the earth. God is all powerful. We have to realize that God could have used an infinite number of methods to destroy the evil of the world but He chose the water of the flood.
The water of the flood. What is the significance that God used water? Why was Noah spared? What does this all mean for us? Well we know water has a cleansing aspect and is a source of refreshing. We drink it when we are thirsty. We use it for recreation when we go swimming or boating. We use it so that out plants and animals will survive. Water brings life. The water of the flood brought new life after destroying the old life.
The water of the flood. Why was Noah spared? Because of obedience. If you have your Bible handy, turn to 1 Peter 3:20-21 in the New Testament. This passage tells us that only a few, eight in all were saved in Noah's day. The exact phraseology is that Noah and his family were brought safely THROUGH the water. they were saved from an evil generation through water.
The water of the flood. What does this all mean for us? Well notice 1 Peter 3:21. Verse 21 begins by saying "Corresponding to that..." meaning in the same way. Verse 21 goes on to say BAPTISM NOW SAVES YOU. God does the saving but it is through the water. God saved Noah through the water. God now saves us through the water of the flood, the water of the flood of baptism. Another statement from Peter in Acts 2:38 we find Peter saying that since we crucified Christ, we must "REPENT AND BE BAPTIZED IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS." (Emphasis added).
The water of the flood. This is the significance of the flood itself. Noah was brought safely through the water because he obeyed. God will once again execute judgment on the earth and the only we can be saved from that judgment is through the water of the flood of baptism and obeying all that He has commanded. Our chance to be saved from this evil generation is NOW but God will only save us if we go through the water of the flood. If you have done this, I pray you remain faithful and share this message with others who need it. If you have not been baptized, find a congregation of the the Lord's church and respond to the gospel message.
If you have any more questions about this ever important issue click on the highlighted links or feel free to comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our soul depends on obedience to the gospel message. Other Scriptures to look at would be Romans 6:3-4, Galatians 3:26-27 and 1 Corinthians 15:1-4. DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT! PRAY ABOUT IT! LOVE Y'ALL! GOD BLESS!