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Franklin Lakes Baptist Church

Destruction and Renewal

“But God remembered Noah” – not that he had forgotten him but God had made a covenant promise that he would save him and his family and now he's going to act upon that. 

Friends, God never leaves us or forsakes us... nothing can separate us from the love of God... nothing can take us from the hand of a God of covenants. 

Even when we are faithless, God is faithful... if you are a child of God... if you belong to God, God is good and God is faithful. 

And God is good to Noah... He remembers his promise, “and (God remembered) every living thing, and all the animals that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters subsided.” 

At this point the waters will begin to diminish... You see, it took 40 days to flood... another 150 days of floating, and then it will take another 150 days for the flood to subside. 

There’s a principle here that begs for our attention... The principle is simply this: Destruction happens quickly. Restoration, redemption and renewal takes time. 

It stops raining, vs.2 - “The fountains of the deep and the windows of heaven were also stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained.”

Wasn't that a glorious day for Noah and his family? It got eerily quiet... The rain wasn't pounding on the boat. There was silence. And the water begins to recede. 

God is just. He started with mercy, justice comes in the middle, and now mercy is making its way back, vs.3-4 - “And the waters receded continually from the earth. At the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters decreased. Then the ark rested in the seventh month, the seventeenth day of the month, on the mountains of Ararat.”

The mountains of Ararat today are a chain that spreads over Iran, Turkey and Russia. The high point of this mountain is a 17,000-foot peak... and the people who live there in the base of that mountain, those people who were initially in that place that was flooded, today those people are known as an Armenian papal group

And today... the Armenian papal group worship the mountain as a sacred god.

Isn't that curious... that people will worship in the creation and not the creator? (as Paul says in Romans 1). 

And so God floods the earth and kills the sinners. The waters recede and sometime later, the sinners repopulate that area and they go back to worshipping the creation and not the creator. Tells you that there is something deeply and profoundly wrong with the human condition. 

That mountain is still there today and for some, it is not a remembrance that God is their only hope; it is their god.

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