Justice and Mercy in the Flood

A few days ago I was reading the account of the great flood that God sent on the earth during the life of Noah.  I know the story.  It’s quite familiar.  One of those stories that you first hear via flannel graph in the 3 and 4 year old’s class in Sunday school. 


But in my reading the other day I stopped in my tracks and was cut quick to the heart by what I read.  The text vividly painted a picture of God’s justice and mercy.  His patience and long-suffering as well as His finality and severity in judgment.  It left me contemplating the wickedness and utter rebellious nature of my sin toward Him and His incredible kindness and compassion toward me. 


Read what the text says:


Genesis 7:21-2321 And all flesh died that moved on the earth, birds, livestock, beasts, all swarming creatures that swarm on the earth, and all mankind. 22 Everything on the dry land in whose nostrils was the breath of life died. 23 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.


God had been patient.  He had sent His servant Noah to preach repentance to all people. 

He had watched them mock His servant for 120 years as he obeyed God in building the ark and faithfully preaching repentance.  And when God sent Noah into the ark, He righteously judged those who were in rebellion against Him.


That God so severely judged the earth served to display His holiness, righteousness and inability to tolerate continued rebellion against Him.  That He saved Noah and his sons served to display his great love and mercy toward those who would turn to Him in faith and admit their failure to completely obey Him. 


God is Holy.  He is not like us.  He knows no sin of His own.  Rather, He sent His son Christ to become sin for us so that the unrighteous (all mankind) could have the righteousness of Christ imputed to them.  He asks that we acknowledge our sin and turn to Christ in repentance so that we can receive His great mercy and immeasurable kindness as demonstrated in saving His servant Noah.


God will judge the earth again.  He has promised to do so. (see Romans 1 &2 and Revelation 18-20)  He will once again and for all eternity judge the world for its sin and rebellion toward Him.  He will, as in Noah’s day, destroy all flesh blotting out every living thing that does not turn to Him for mercy and grace. 


Then, He will set up a new kingdom with a new heaven and a new earth. (Revelation 21 & 22)  He will rule forever in righteousness and peace.  His kingdom and His rule will be established forever and He will never be opposed. 


Read the account of the flood in Genesis 6-7.  And read the final four chapters of Revelation.  If you have not yet turned to Christ in repentance, do it now, before it’s too late.  He will judge swiftly, severely and completely.  He has promised to do so and the Lord God always keeps His word. 


If you have already turned to Him and found the indescribable love and mercy of a good and perfect Savoir, then long with John in Revelation for Him to return soon.  And be comforted by the promise of God given through the prophet Isaiah.  In speaking of Christ’s rule on the earth he says:


Isaiah 9:6-7 –6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.


Come soon Lord Jesus.  We long for You to judge sin once and for all and begin Your righteous and eternal rule!




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