Judgement Back to all sermons
Date: May 6, 2018
Speaker: Sean Grossman
Scripture: Genesis 7:1–7:24
- Genesis 7
1 Then the LORD said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and all your household, for I have seen that you are righteous before me in this generation. 2 Take with you seven pairs of all clean animals, the male and his mate, and a pair of the animals that are not clean, the male and his mate, 3 and seven pairs of the birds of the heavens also, male and female, to keep their offspring alive on the face of all the earth. 4 For in seven days I will send rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and every living thing3 that I have made I will blot out from the face of the ground.” 5 And Noah did all that the LORD had commanded him.
6 Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters came upon the earth. 7 And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons' wives with him went into the ark to escape the waters of the flood. 8 Of clean animals, and of animals that are not clean, and of birds, and of everything that creeps on the ground, 9 two and two, male and female, went into the ark with Noah, as God had commanded Noah. 10 And after seven days the waters of the flood came upon the earth.
11 In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were opened. 12 And rain fell upon the earth forty days and forty nights. 13 On the very same day Noah and his sons, Shem and Ham and Japheth, and Noah's wife and the three wives of his sons with them entered the ark, 14 they and every beast, according to its kind, and all the livestock according to their kinds, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, according to its kind, and every bird, according to its kind, every winged creature. 15 They went into the ark with Noah, two and two of all flesh in which there was the breath of life. 16 And those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him. And the LORD shut him in.
17 The flood continued forty days on the earth. The waters increased and bore up the ark, and it rose high above the earth. 18 The waters prevailed and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the face of the waters. 19 And the waters prevailed so mightily on the earth that all the high mountains under the whole heaven were covered. 20 The waters prevailed above the mountains, covering them fifteen cubits4 deep. 21 And all flesh died that moved on the earth, birds, livestock, beasts, all swarming creatures that swarm on the earth, and all mankind. 22 Everything on the dry land bin whose nostrils was the breath of life died. 23 He blotted out every living thing that was on the face of the ground, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens. They were blotted out from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those who were with him in the ark. 24 And the waters prevailed on the earth 150 days.
- Chapter 7 gives us the why answers
- Why did Noah build an ark, and why did animals come to him?
- Because a flood was coming
- Why did the judgment occur?
- Because the evil from chapter 6
- Ultimately questions are answered as well as promises fulfilled
- God’s Word comes to Noah that within a weeks time destruction would begin
- As such, all land life apart from that which is on the ark is destroyed
- One of the hardest things to wrap our heads and hearts around is the judgment of God
- Have you ever thought, “this isn’t the God I know?”
- “Isn’t God loving? Where is God’s love here?”
- The judgment of God is something other than what we are used to hearing
- Maybe it’s because we don’t spend enough time in the prophets?
- Maybe we do not spend enough time equally weighing God’s attributes (love, righteousness, holiness)
- Maybe we think sin isn’t a big deal?
- Maybe we haven’t considered the scope of the Gospel?
- Maybe we only hear what we want to hear about God?
- Consider the following texts
6The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, 7keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.
“Be assured, an evil person will not go unpunished, but the offspring of the righteous will be delivered.”
“The LORD is slow to anger and great in power, and the LORD will by no means clear the guilty. His way is in whirlwind and storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.”
- Judgment (2)
- These are a few, of the many instances, which God is seen as a judge against wickedness
- We who are humans should have reason to fear God
- The beginning of wisdom and knowledge is the fear of the Lord (Proverbs 1)
- Adam and Eve had they true wisdom and knowledge would have recognized fearing God was far more important than listening to the darkness
- Our God is not only a God of love and mercy, but also a God of wrath
- Judgment (3)
- But what of the people? Doesn’t God care?
- Doesn’t it matter these individuals died in the waters and the flood?
- Is that even the right question?
- We complain over the judgment of God on sin, not because we are not loving enough toward each other, but because we are not loving enough toward God
- When was the last time you read over the flood story, and instead of thinking of the people, thought about how patient God was?
- Have you ever asked yourself, “Doesn’t God deserve better from humanity?”
- Judgment (4)
- Why do we always start these questions with the humans, rather than God?
- Is it possible we have been deeply influenced by humanism?
- Humanism: Man’s chief goal is the betterment, happiness, of the human race
- Far too often we believe that the human race is not evil, that we’re not in sin, and that sin itself is no big deal
- Tell that to the cross
- Tell that to the fact that the only way humanity could be spared from judgment is if God died Himself
- That there is nothing we could do to save ourselves, because we are that sinful
- Judgment (5)
- We twist the majority of truth we find into something dark
- We twist love to mean acceptance
- God accepts everyone as they are!
- Yet, Christ died because you are exactly the way you are
- Such an interesting contradiction
- When we consider the reality of our cultures and societies
- Sexual immorality, sex slave trade, drug use
- How the wicked are justified
- Judgment (6)
- Above all, there is the sins against God Himself
- That there are individuals who place themselves at the center of the universe
- There are those worshipping twigs and rocks instead of God
- There are those who have no care about God
- Instead of thanking God, they remain in darkness
- This is the human race
- We twist every failure, every blessing, every call to faithfulness
- We could easily take the time to consider all the unrighteousness in the world
- If we had videos of every thought, every deed, all the good, all the bad, played for others…what a dreadful thought!
- Judgment (7)
- But then there’s the other half of the coin
- It isn’t just humanity, but that God exists
- We’re Christians, thus God must be part of the equation, and where we find true fear
- Because God exists so does morality, righteousness, what is good etc.
- Because God exists, we know we are deserving of something if we are not these things
- Because we know that God will not, and cannot, let the guilty go free
- Judgment (8)
- The real problem humanity faces is that God exists
- If God does not exist, then it doesn’t matter how we live, because then there would be no moral standard and no righteous judge
- If God does exist, then there is a moral standard and a righteous judge
- Humanity does deserve judgment
- What should our response be?
- To be like Noah
- To be obedient
- To be a city on a hill by which the world around us sees the truth of God
- Judgment (9)
- This is a high calling
- We are called to be obedient in all that God commands
- Even when the world calls us names, and even when the world says, “Crucify!”
- The world will yell, they will shout, and they will try to beat us down
- But thanks be to God, we have a God who sees all the wickedness of the world, and will not allow the guilty to go unpunished
- Praise God for He will rise up against unrighteousness
- He will unveil His holy arm against sin
- For His righteousness and justice
- Judgment (10)
- That those who take advantage, who oppress, who sin without remorse, who justify the wicked, who condemn the righteous, who curse God, who sell little girls and boys, who make a profit on others addictions, who regard their fellow humans as cattle, who remain unrepentant, they all, and all others of iniquity, will find themselves sinners in the hands of an angry God in the end
- The sins which we see, and weep over, will not win
- God will win and His justice, His judgment, will come, and we along with all creation will rise up and praise God on that day
- Let us remember from the flood story that God is worthy of worship
- That God is a truly righteous God
- The Gospel of Christ