The Story of the Flood

Noahs Ark

In light of the upcoming movie “Noah” I felt it would be helpful to write an article concerning different historical and theological aspects of the flood so as to dissipate any confusion that may exist or be caused by Hollywoods attempt. I also want to stimulate your mind concerning this time in history as the Flood carries a lot of scientific questions and statements as well as theological truths that can resonate with today. Along with the direct information that God’s Word gives us, many educated Bible scholars and scientists have proposed different theories. These theories attempt to connect the dots about what we do know and in this blog I will include speculation so please remember that.

Article outline:

  1. What does the Bible tell us?
  2. Common misconceptions
  3. The Flood in other cultures
  4. The times of Noah
  5. Why did God do it?
  6. The Promise

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God’s Character Revealed In Creation

1In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

Before the Earth, and before the heavens (plural, meaning the atmosphere, space, and the supernatural heaven) God existed fully capable with plans to do something.

He preceded all things such as time, light, science, religion, and matter. He can be expected to at times surpass the laws of science because He is not confined by them since He preceded them, He made them for us not it for Him.

2And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

God changed the gloomy flooded planet into a beautifully balanced ecosystem with a variety of life and design. His first recorded act in the Word is salvation of a dark and chaotic planet. The Holy Spirit of God is used to bring life. In Adam’s creation God breathed (the word for breathed means spirit or wind) in to Adam the breathe of life. Also with Mary’s supernatural pregnancy the angel told her that the Holy Spirit would come upon her. And again at Pentecost in the Upper room God’s Spirit came in to believers with a mighty gust of wind in the room.

God turned the chaotic mess in to something pleasing to Him, this is a principle of God’s character – His redemptive nature. Some things He does instantly and others in the process of time.

3And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

There was (and is) wonder working power in God’s commands and words, they have authority because they are from God. What He speaks causes things to change and be created no matter what (this displays His absolute power), nothing He speaks will return void or be spoken in vain. What God sets in to motion no man can stop.

4And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

This shows that there are certain things that God likes and others as lacking His approval. It may seem here that darkness is not pleasing to God but what is darkness but the absence of light. Evil(sin) is not pleasing to God because there is no good in it, it is the absence of good.

In God’s eyes there is a separation between pleasing things and displeasing things, the things that He likes – He sustains. Also the things He loves He separates from the things that do not please Him so as to sustain the things He loves. This explains, in part, heaven and hell.

5And God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

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