The days of Noah
“Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all… It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed.” NIV
You can sense the great sadness in Jesus’ sombre words as He talks about His second coming. He thinks back to the days of Noah; how many times had the Lord warned them that judgment was coming but they paid no heed. They carried on with life as usual as if their lives would never end. They refused to repent and get right with God. For more than 100 years He pleaded with them as Noah built the ark.
And then the floods came, and all the people perished except Noah and his family. How it must have grieved God’s heart to see all those people perish. I think of the devastation wrought by recent hurricanes – people on rooftops, people washed away, corpses in the water. The images on TV were horrific and shocking. Magnify that a million times and, perhaps, you might see what God saw as the floods covered the earth in Noah’s day.
And then Jesus goes on to warn that another day of judgment is coming upon the earth. I think He looked ahead and saw it all happening again – the warnings from God, the refusal of the people to listen, life going on as usual…until suddenly, the Day of Judgment dawns upon them. Could it be that as He talked about His second coming, He saw the fire coming down, the earthquakes, the plagues… the fear and panic, the groans and cries, the people being swept away… and it broke His heart?
The wise men of the world question how a loving God could pronounce such terrible judgment. They think that man deserves better, that he is too noble, too good, too innocent to be punished that way. And so they dismiss the warning and make light of the judgment that is coming.
Nevertheless, the words of Jesus and the warning they contain remain. God has gone to extraordinary lengths not just to warn us of what is coming but to save us from what is coming. In Christ, and through the Cross, He has done all He can to save us, to deliver us from the Day of Judgment; now it is up to every person to heed the warning and get right with God.
I think we should take every natural disaster, every major calamity as a reminder of what it will be like on that day, as another warning of what is to come. Let us live our lives in such a way that when that day comes, it will hold no terror for us.
And how we need to do our utmost to warn others of the Judgment that is coming. We who have been made aware of what is coming must not keep silent. Sure, many may ridicule us and reject the warning we bring, but we owe it to them, and to God, to sound the alarm.