Genesis 7-9, Matthew 3

Genesis 7:1
1 Then the Lord said to Noah, “Come into the ark, you and all your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation.

The provision and desire of God to save His people is remarkable to me. In the midst of all the wickedness, He is looking for people who desire to love and obey Him and then provide a way for them to be saved. I never grow tired of this wonderful truth about our God.

Genesis 8:21
21 And the Lord smelled a soothing aroma. Then the Lord said in His heart, “I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done.

Some people don’t like to think about the depravity of man. However, I find that it is a good thing to do. It keeps us from ever thinking more highly of ourselves than we ought, and keeps us clinging to our Savior. I love God more each time I think about how much He loves us, even in our natural tendency towards evil.

Genesis 9:16
16 The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look on it to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.”

When I see a rainbow, I love thinking about the fact that God is looking at it at the same time.

Matthew 3:1-2
1 In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, 2 and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”

The central, consistent message of the bible is salvation, reconciliation to God through faith in Jesus Christ. The only way this can come about is through ‘repentance’. Jesus was that ‘kingdom of heaven’ that John was talking about.

Matthew 3:12
12 His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

There is a big push today to invalidate the reality of hell and eternal punishment. We mustn’t believe it for a moment. God is a loving God, but He is also a just God. He has made a provision for salvation through Jesus, but the consequences for unbelief are dire. This message is clear and consistent throughout the entire bible.


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