The Purge  – Noah and the Ark

I started to take the easy way out with this text and talk about salvation and rainbows….the warm and fuzzy message we all know and love.  God saved the people and the animals – 2 by 2 – and the dove brought back a fig leaf and they all went on to live happily ever after.

Or I could have talked about the immense size and proportions of the Ark, how God designed it perfectly to save and deliver its most precious cargo of righteous people and animals.  We could have looked at its dimensions, capabilities and where it finally came to rest. 

We could learn of the scientific explorations and the millions upon millions of dollars that have been spent trying to find the Ark.

But this is not the true heart of this story.

Yes, God did deliver and save all of humanity and critterdom with a

boat He designed and asked Noah to build.

And the Ark?  A vessel.  A tool.  Made of wood and pitch by human hands.  There is nothing magic about the Ark or its rotted framework.

The search of the Ark has wasted time, strength and money and has become a FALSE GOD to many who are obsessed with its location.

The truth is much darker.  The message for us much harder to grasp.

Much like the real Grimm’s Fairy tales were not the ones read to us when we were little.

This is a story about THE PURGE

  • God killed every living person on the face of the earth except the few on the boat.

o   Some estimate this number at around 10 BILLION people (they lived much longer then)

o   Another group think there may have been a few million           

o   Some say the number would have been around 3 BILLION

  • The reality is that WE DO NOT KNOW this number
  • But any way you slice figure it – THIS WAS A HERD OF PEOPLE
  • Why?  The people were living unrighteous lives

o   They lived for themselves

o   They lived for their pleasure

  • Why Noah?  He was the most righteous one alive

o   He must have shared his faith with his family

  • It is important that parents take the Spiritual Formation of their family seriously
  • What about everyone else?

o   Dead.

o   The purge was complete

  • Everyone not on the boat, well – missed the boat
  • Will this happen again?

o   No.  Well, not by flood anyway

o   But there will come a time of THE PURGE

  • One day God will once again set his people apart as he brings judgment onto the world

o   Will you be found righteous?

  • The righteous will be protected
  • They will be safe
  • They will be removed from the coming purge

o   Will you be found unrighteous?

o   Do you know the difference?

  • JESUS.
  • You may be one second from being purged.

o   None of us know when God will choose to call us

o   Maybe we are one second away

o   Maybe we are 40 days away

o   Maybe we are years or decades away

  • We do not know.

o   What we do know, like Noah knew, is that it is coming

o   What we do know, like Noah knew, is that we better be ready

  • Prepared
  • Not with guns, bullets or stockpiled bacon and beans
  • Ready, like Noah, with RIGHTOUSNESS
    • Ready with Jesus
    • He will keep you safer longer than any ark