Heidelcast 155: As It Was In The Days Of Noah (3)

“Yahweh saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually…But Noah found favor in the eyes of Yahweh. Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence….For behold, I will bring a flood of waters upon the earth to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life under heaven. Everything that is on the earth shall die. But I will establish my covenant with you, and you shall come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you.” This is the baseline for the analogy used by our Lord Jesus in Luke 17. He said, “as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be when the Son of Man comes.” The world was not getting better when the flood came. The world was not mostly converted when the flood came. There was no 1,000 year (millennial) glory age on the earth before the flood. Scripture says that Yahweh saw that the wickedness on the earth was great. He saved Noah by grace alone, through faith alone—not because he saw that Noah was good. Noah was elected unconditionally. Noah found grace, unconditional favor. Everything on earth was to die but God saved a remnant, visible church in the earth. God made a covenant of grace. If we are to understand our Lord’s teaching in Luke 17 (and, in their light, 1 and 2 Peter) we must get to grips with what happened to Noah.

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