Genesis 7:1, 8:1, 9:1
Objections to the Flood…
a) Now some say that the flood was limited.
b) Why would God punish all those innocent people?
c) Why wouldn’t God give those people a chance?
1. A Godward people, 7:1
“I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you send me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.”
“Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.”
2. A remembered people, 8:1
“Why, O Lord, do you stand far away? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?”
“How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?” How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all the day?”
* “Remember” here means “to fulfill a promise and act on behalf of somebody.”
3. A blessed people, 9:1
- multiply, v. 1
- sustain, v. 2-4
- protect, v. 5-6
- enjoy, v. 8-17