Monday, May 23, 2011

How God Stopped The Flood (Part 1) - Genesis 8:1-3 Bible Commentary

Natural disasters are normal (and recurring) events which are the byproduct of living in a fallen world. The flood, however, was not a normal event. Never before had such a catastrophe inflicted man (and never again will such a catastrophe inflict man). The flood was not a natural disaster, but a supernatural disaster. God Himself supernaturally started the flood. Thus it seems reasonable to conclude that a supernatural force would also be required to end the flood. Genesis 8:1 states just that:
But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the cattle that were with him in the ark; and God caused a wind to pass over the earth, and the water subsided. (Genesis 8:1)
God, in order to carry out His purposes, sent a wind upon the earth. Notice who caused the wind. God Himself caused the wind. This is irrefutable proof that God directly intervenes in human history. Contrary to what many groups believe (such as Deists), God is active in human affairs. God did not wind the universe up like a watch and leave it to run itself! No! Rather, God acts within time— a fact which can clearly be seen from even the beginning pages of Scripture.

Clearly, God Himself caused the wind to pass over the earth. But how did He do this? What means did He use? Revelation 7 provides a potential answer:
After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth, so that no wind would blow on the earth or on the sea or on any tree. (Revelation 7:1)
Is it possible that after the flood, God allowed these angels to release some of the wind that they were holding back? Such a question seems strange to modern ears! It seems strange to ask such a question in a world which is enamored by a naturalistic mindset. Angels which hold back the wind? "Absurd!" says the naturalist. But to Christians, such an idea should be completely logical.

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How God Stopped The Flood (Part 2) - Genesis 8:1-3
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The Destruction of The City of Enoch (Part 1) - Genesis 7:17-18
God's Ark Which Noah Built - Genesis 6:14
Summary of Genesis 7

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