Then he used the water to destroy the ancient world with a mighty flood. And by the same word, the present heavens and earth have been stored up for fire. They are being kept for the day of judgment, when ungodly people will be destroyed.” 2 Peter 3:6-7 NLT
God used water to flood the entire earth in Noah’s day (see Genesis chapters 6-9). The flood destroyed the inhabitants of the earth except for eight people - Noah, his wife, his three sons, and their wives. Noah’s sons were Shem, Ham, and Japheth (see Genesis 6:9-10). Wickedness was prevalent in the culture and there was only one righteous man to be found among them. God instructed Noah to build the Ark. The Ark was a huge boat that was made from wood. The Ark was 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high. In our time, we suppose that mankind of that time was ignorant and incapable of such a task. However, if you truly understand the biblical account of a Creation, you must know that the smartest man that ever was created was Adam. He had the full knowledge that a human, untainted by sin, would have had. Man hasn’t come from Neanderthals up to the present “intelligent” people we think we are today. Since the fall of man to sin in Genesis 3:1-7, we have lived beneath a curse. Our state of life took on a regression instead of progression. If we could only imagine the earth, life, and it’s grandeur in it’s original form, we would be astonished. Yes, we have discovered and regained some of our lost knowledge, but we are exceedingly far from where Adam began. Noah was exceptionally intelligent. He wasn’t a cave man. The wicked population around him were acting like brute beasts. Sin had it’s stranglehold on mankind (see Genesis 1:5). The earth was filled with wicked men and wicked behavior. Mankind was self destructing. The only hope for man was a global flood and a re-population of the earth. God saw Noah as a man who would follow His will and He instructed Him on how to construct this massive vessel. God used the Ark to carry Noah and His family to the other side of the flood. The Ark was their deliverance from the evil around them. Because of the Ark, the descendants of Noah were saved and could repopulate the earth. The next time judgment comes, the earth will be purged by fire (see today's verse above). The Ark we have for deliverance is Jesus. Through Him, we have salvation and the promise of a new heaven and earth (see Matthew 1:21; John 14:6; Acts 4:12; I Timothy 2:5; and Isaiah 65:17; 66:22; 2 Peter 3:13). The day we should be living for is on the other side of the final judgment (see Revelation 20). God will purge the earth of wickedness, restore it’s beauty, and return us (the followers of Christ) to our intended way of life. We will walk with God like Adam and we will, no longer, know sin and it’s sorrow. Shout for joy child of God!! Shout for joy!!
Rev. Curtis Norris