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December 5, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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As we continue to make our way through the first 11 chapters of Genesis, this past weekend, Pastor Doug shared the story of the Flood found in Genesis 7. In this message, we examined the overwhelming evidence for the historicity of the Flood, we put ourselves in the shoes of Noah and his family as they boarded the ark, rode out the storm, and stayed in the ark for 371 days, and we discovered how Jesus has come to save us from the coming wrath and second judgment.
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Let’s recap some of the key talking points from Pastor Doug’s message this weekend:
God Opens and Shuts Doors: Did you know that the ark had only one door? And did you know that it was God who closed the door of the ark after Noah, his family, and the animals had entered? It was not a rope and pulleys like some movies show you. It was all God. There were also no instructions on how to steer the boat. Nowhere in the Bible do we see dimensions or instructions for the wheel, which means that Noah did not have the ability to steer the ark.
God had total and complete control of the ark and the floodwaters. Have you ever seen this in your own life? Has God ever shut a door on you? Usually, we think of closed doors as rejection, but more often than not, when God shuts the door on something in our lives, it’s for our protection . . . and it’s ALWAYS for our good.
The truth is that deliverance, which often involves many closed doors, never feels easy. It’s hard, stressful, involves some discomfort, but it’s still deliverance. Let us approach our closed doors with gratitude for all that God is delivering us from, and take the opportunities—the open doors He places in front of us—walking through them for His great purposes and His glory!
God Leaves Clues Everywhere
More than 200 cultures have their own account of a catastrophic flood: Native American tribes, tribes of New Guinea, Brazil, Peru, and Africa; natives of Greenland, Hawaii, China, Egypt, Greece, Persia, and Australia; the Welsh, Celts, Druids, Siberians, and Lithuanians.
Many of the accounts also specifically mention birds being sent out, a rainbow, and eight persons being saved. It’s almost as if the ancestors of all these people from around the world actually lived through this and passed the story down . . . which they did! As Noah’s family exited the ark, his sons and their wives repopulated the earth. Their descendants spread throughout the earth after the Tower of Babel incident, taking this amazing story, which had been passed down from generation to generation, with them.
God has left amazing evidence of Himself and His work everywhere. Our ancestors lived it firsthand, and they passed down their accounts for us. The earth bears witness to it, science does, too—despite what anyone may try to sell you on.
God Has Not Forgotten You: His eye is always on you, even in the midst of catastrophe, even in isolation. It took a long time for the storm waters to subside. It would have been easy for Noah’s family, stuck on the boat for over a year, to believe God had forgotten them. After all, the rains lasted 40 days and nights, but then they were stuck on the ark for an additional 300+ days.
Have you ever been in such a long struggle that you think God has forgotten you? That He’s forgotten His promises to you? You’re not alone. Even David felt this way, but in the end he always remembered that God was who He said He was, that His Word and promises are true, and that even when it seems as though He has forgotten us, He is still working—remember the story of Ruth? He has a great plan for those who love Him. He works all things, even the long struggle and terrible trial, for the good of those who love Him.
So persevere, stay strong, rest in His promises, and lean into His Word.
The Cross Stands Between Both Judgments: The wickedness of man is very great . . . it has been for thousands of years (since the fall in the Garden of Eden). And alhough God is “is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent” (2 Peter 3:9 NLT), His patience does come to an end. Judgment will come; it must come. But God has also made a way for us to be saved from the coming wrath: He sent Jesus to die for our sins, to pay the price and experience the wrath that we deserve. Through Jesus, we can experience freedom from wrath, from death, from sin, and from hell. Through Jesus, we have redemption and salvation. Because of the cross, no one has to be left behind.
Quote to Remember: Judgment is real and it’s horrible, but it will not be the last word.—Pastor Doug Sauder
This Wednesday, as we continue our midweek examination of the topics covered in Genesis, we’ll hear from Pastor Bill Schott, head of the CCA Bible department, about how the gospel of Jesus is woven so intricately throughout the Old Testament. Learn how we can see the typology of Jesus in the story of the Flood.
Continuing the story of the Flood, this weekend Pastor Doug will take us through Genesis 8. In this message, we’ll see Noah and his family finally exit the ark.
Danny Saavedra is a licensed minister who has served on staff at Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.