Today’s Reading: Luke 17:26-37 (SOAP: verses 26-27)
Just as it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of Man. They were eating and drinking and marrying and being given in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.Luke 17: 26-27
The Flood Is Coming
When asked by one of the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus’ reply was that – “The Kingdom of God can’t be detected by visible signs. You won’t be able to say, ‘Here it is!’ or ‘It’s over there!’ For the Kingdom of God is already among you.” (Luke 17:20-21 NLT) He continues the conversation with His disciples letting them know that there would false claims of the kingdom’s arrival and warned them not to follow those people. He then makes the comparison to the days of Noah so they would understand that just as the people in Noah’s day were living life as usual and totally caught off guard when the flood came – so it would be when the Son of Man comes.
If you go back and read the story of Noah, you will see that Noah doesn’t just wait for the flood waters to come but he follows the Lord’s instructions and he makes ready for the flood.
“When everything was ready, the Lord said to Noah, “Go into the boat with all your family, for among all the people of the earth, I can see that you alone are righteous.”Genesis 7:1
God’s Call To Us
God called Noah to build an ark and was specific in telling him when it was time to go into the ark as well as who and what to take aboard. God isn’t sending another flood but He is sending His Son for those that are His and He called us to be ready. “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ” is the command and the outcome, like Noah’s, is “[we] will be saved”. He also gave us another command that is not included or even eluded to in the account of Noah – and that is to tell others the good news so that they might believe and be saved, Mark 16:15. Jesus, Himself, set the example as He went about preaching “Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near”. Scripture makes it clear that only those covered by the blood of Christ will be saved, and this salvation only happens by grace through faith, Ephesians 2:8-9. It is a gift of God to all who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. Noah received a lot of detailed instructions as to the building of the ark and he completed it and was ready when the waters rose. What about you? Will you be ready when the Son of Man returns? Have you believed in the Lord Jesus Christ? Oh how I hope you have. If you haven’t please message me and let me share His message with You – so that when He returns or when death comes you will find favor in the eyes of the Lord.
Response to God’s Word
Father – rescue the perishing. Thank you for saving me and for the hope of eternity. Use me to tell others the good news so that they will be saved and have the hope of eternity through the blood of Jesus! In whose name I pray – Amen
- How are the days of Noah similar to today?
- How are they different?