August 21, 2019 | Seth Baker

A few Sundays ago we were going through the story of Noah’s Ark in the Elementary. While this story is one of the stories we’ve heard most in the Bible, when you really sit to think about it it’s a terribly bleak and terrifying section of Scripture. To think, the wickedness of mankind brought such regret to God that He wiped out all mankind except Noah and his family. This story, perhaps more than any other, gives us a really powerful glimpse of the seriousness of our sin and how much it effects God.  

At the end, when Noah, his family, and all the animals get off the ark, God’s compassion is stirred and He says in His heart, “Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done” (Genesis 8:21).

God sent a rainbow to show this promise and we still see the rainbow today and think about His promise to us.

This story has struck me the last couple times I’ve read through it… If the story of Noah’s Ark shows us how much God hates sin, then the story of the cross shows us how much God loves us.

The human race is no less wicked today than it was back then. Even now we can see the depravity of mankind getting only worse and worse. There is nothing special that we have done or any change that we have made to deserve this, but God sent Jesus to take the full wrath towards our sin so that we don’t have to pay that price. The same judgement that God used to destroy the earth was the same judgement Jesus paid for us.

I hope this truth ignites praise in your heart for what Jesus has done for you and instills a reverent fear in your heart to follow Him in obedience today.