…just as it was in the days of Noah
The Flood story in Gen 6 tells us of the end of one great epoch of human history and the beginning of a new one. It is a story of salvation in the midst of unimaginable calamity. It is about survival when all seems lost. and it promises us that God remains committed to his world.
It is perhaps a very appropriate word for our world at this time. We stand in the turmoil of seemingly endless wars, that whilst not being on the scale of the great wars of the last century, nonetheless threaten the lives of millions, civilian and military. Perhaps more sinister is the daily awareness that the West apparently lives in the face of the unseen threat of global terrorism. I remember Jack Straw, then Home Secretary warning the country that whether war in Iraq is long or short we will likely face terrorist threats at home.
Add to that the more local threats, even the sense of apprehension in recent weeks over death on our roads, over savage and uncalled-for beatings of innocents; the seemingly intractable problem of drugs; our revulsion at the mere ideas of child pornography and prostitution. It is easy to imagine that in this flood of evil God has forgotten about his world.
It was in the face of such a flood or war and evil that Jesus made his only reference to Noah:
“Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man”.
His words are a reminder, if we need it, that God’s judgment is coming on the world and men and women seem capable of ignoring it.
and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man,
“Watch therefore,’ he says, ‘your Lord is coming’ (Matt 24:42).
Into such a context he story of the Flood has much to teach us as we seek to live faithfully in this world.