Man Continues to Sin

Noah’s Ark by James Tissot

 

 

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you and I did not find it necessary to cope with sin? Although that is wishful thinking, one day it will be true: for in the New Jerusalem nothing unclean ever will enter, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

But after man was driven out of the Garden of Eden, mankind continued to sin, but Noah, a righteous man, lived on earth with his wife, three sons, and their wives. All other people were so wicked that God told Noah to build an ark and in the ark he and his family and a designated number of all creatures were to be included. Then earth and all other creatures were destroyed in the flood.

Genesis 4: 17-24    Now the flood was on the earth forty days. The waters increased and lifted up the ark, and it rose high above the earth. The waters prevailed and greatly increased on the earth, and the ark moved about on the surface of the waters. And the waters prevailed exceedingly on the earth, and all the high hills under the whole heaven were covered. The waters prevailed fifteen cubits upward, and the mountains were covered.  And all flesh died that moved on the earth: birds and cattle and beasts and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, and every man.  All in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life, all that was on the dry land, died. So He destroyed all living things which were on the face of the ground: both man and cattle, creeping thing and bird of the air. They were destroyed from the earth. Only Noah and those who were with him in the ark remained alive.  And the waters prevailed on the earth one hundred and fifty days.”

After that devastating event, God promised never again would the entire earth be destroyed by another flood and gave a rainbow as the reminder of that promise. During my one hundred years, I have seen some destructive floods; in fact as these words are written individuals in the Carolinas are experiencing flooding, and although some lives and much property are being destroyed, the entire earth will not be destroyed.

Heavenly Father, thank You for being long suffering with sinners, and thank you for forgiveness through the sacrificial blood of Your Son Jesus Christ in whose name I pray. Amen.

 

Doris Lisemby

 

Painting by James Tissot “Noah’s ark” in Public Domain