Reading: Genesis 7
In this chapter God does exactly as He said in chapter 6. He destroys all living things; all people and cattle, every creeping thing and bird of the air die in the flood. Only Noah and his family remain alive, preserved in the ark (Gen 7:23). We see here God’s righteous judgment over people who refuse to repent. Instead of listening to Noah’s preaching (2 Peter 2:5) and repenting “they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away” (Matthew 24:38-39). The story of the flood is recorded as a warning for all time against ungodliness. Jesus Christ in Matthew 24:36-44 refers to the flood when He urges us to remain faithful and ready for His return on Judgment Day. The apostle Peter says that God made the unbelievers of Noah’s time “an example to those who afterward would live ungodly” (2 Peter 2:6).
Key verse: “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’ ” (Gen 7:1).
Question: Jesus Christ says that the people at the time of the flood did not repent and were not ready for God’s judgement. He urge us to “be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” When Jesus Christ returns He will judge all people according to their works (Revelation 20:13). How have you arranged the pattern of your life to be ready for Jesus Christ’s coming?