Saturday, April 30, 2011

Quote of the Day #110 - Charles Spurgeon


A quote from Charles Spurgeon:
There are some, in these apostate days, who think that the church cannot do better than to come down to the world to learn her ways, follow her maxims, and acquire her “culture.” In fact, the notion is that the world is to be conquered by our conformity to it. This is as contrary to Scripture as the light is to the darkness. The more distinct the line between him that feareth God and him that feareth him not, the better all round. It will be a black day when the sun itself is turned into darkness. When the salt has lost its savor, and no longer opposes putrefaction, the world will rot with a vengeance. That text is still true, "Ye are of God, little children, and the whole world lieth in the wicked one."
~Charles Spurgeon (Our Lord's Prayer for His People's Sanctification 1890.148)

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Friday, April 29, 2011

Evidence for a Global Flood: Every Living Thing Died - Genesis 7:21-22 Bible Commentary


At the beginning of creation, water covered the earth (Genesis 1:9). Fast forward 1656 years— at first glance, it might appear that nothing had changed. Water once again covered the entire earth. But 1656 years later, something was different. Very different. Creation was no longer perfect, but stained. And unlike the water at the beginning of creation, the water this time acted as a gate over a bloody mass of wickedness.

Some of the passages of Scripture about the flood focus exclusively on Noah, but not all of them. Genesis 7:21-22 is one of those passages that does not focus on Noah. Rather than focusing on the boat above the water, it focuses on what is below the water:
All flesh that moved on the earth perished, birds and cattle and beasts and every swarming thing that swarms upon the earth, and all mankind; of all that was on the dry land, all in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life, died. (Genesis 7:21-22)
Snakes. Birds. Cattle, and more. Every animal died that was on the face of the earth (which would exclude anything that lived in the water). Not only did every animal die, but every man also died.

Notice just how many times the scope of the flood is mentioned (emphasis added):
All flesh that moved on the earth perished, birds and cattle and beasts and every swarming thing that swarms upon the earth, and all mankind; of all that was on the dry land, all in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life, died. (Genesis 7:21-22)
The passage starts with general terms and moves to more specific terms. First, it states that all flesh that moved on the earth perished. And what is included in the category "flesh"? What exactly does the term mean? The term applies to birds, cattle, and beasts. It applies to every swarming thing. But it also applies to all mankind. This, after all, was the purpose of the flood: to blot out humanity. Had not God clearly expressed this 120 years before the flood hit? Indeed, the very words that God spoke are quoted in Genesis 6:7:
The LORD said, "I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them." (Genesis 6:7)
Genesis 7:21-22 is yet another passage which clearly points to a global flood. The passage makes no attempt to limit the destruction to Noah's local area. In fact, the passage makes every attempt to magnify the widespread destruction which the flood inflicted. All flesh that moved on the earth perished. All in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life, died. How much clearer could it be?

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Quote of the Day #109 - George Whitefield


A quote from George Whitefield:
If the torments reserved for the wicked hereafter are eternal, then let this serve as a caution to such persons, (and it is to be feared there are some such) who go about to dissuade others from the belief of such an important truth: There being no surer way, in all probability, to encourage and promote infidelity and profaneness, than the broaching or maintaining so unwarrantable a doctrine. For if the positive threats of God concerning the eternity of hell-torments, are already found insufficient to deter men from sin, what a higher pitch of wickedness may we imagine they will quickly arrive at, when they are taught to entertain any hopes of a future recovery out of them; or, what is still worse, that their souls are hereafter to be annihilated, and become like the beasts that perish? But woe unto such blind leaders of the blind. No wonder if they both fall into that ditch.
~George Whitefield (The Eternity of Hell-Torments)

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Evidence for a Global Flood: Water Above The Mountains (Part 2) - Genesis 7:19-20 Bible Commentary


The Noahic flood covered the entire world. Anyone who rejects this has rejected the history which the Bible plainly presents. The Bible presents a global flood, not a local flood. If the flood was local, how could the water have risen 15 cubits above the highest local mountains?

The only way in which water can ever rise above the highest peak of an entire mountain range is if the water reaches the same height on both sides of the range. How then could the flood have been local? How could a flood which reaches a water level equal to the highest peak of the highest mountain range in the area be only local in its impact?

To even attempt to argue that the mountains referred to in Genesis 7:19-20 are merely mountains located in Noah's local area is absurd. Indeed, such an interpretation goes against the very reason for which the flood was sent. The flood was not merely a natural disaster; it was not a random act of nature. Rather, the flood was a planned act of God. It was the judgment of God poured out upon wicked men.

The clear emphasis of Genesis has been that God, because of man's wickedness, would blot out all men— that everything with the breath of life would be destroyed. And so, as the last mountain plunged into the depths of that watery abyss, Noah was certainly aware that God had indeed been faithful to His word— and so He had sent a flood— a destructive global flood which towered above every mountain in the world.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Quote of the Day #108 - William Gurnall


A quote from William Gurnall:
The Christian's armour is made to be worn — no taking it off until you have finished your course. Your armour and your garment of flesh come off together. Then there will be no more need of shield or helmet, no more late night watches. Those military duties and field graces — as I may call faith, hope, and the rest — shall be honorably discharged. In heaven you shall appear, not in armour, but in robes of glory.
~William Gurnall (The Christian In Complete Armor Volume One, Chapter 2, Part 1)

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Monday, April 25, 2011

Evidence for a Global Flood: Water Above The Mountains (Part 1) - Genesis 7:19-20 Bible Commentary

The water prevailed more and more upon the earth, so that all the high mountains everywhere under the heavens were covered. The water prevailed fifteen cubits higher, and the mountains were covered. (Genesis 7:19-20)
It had been forty days since the flood began. Peering out the ark's window at this time would have revealed a simple scene. A scene of only water— water, water, and more water. After forty days, nothing else was visible. Absolutely nothing.

In past days, perhaps Noah could see the tips of the highest mountains, just barely penetrating the water's surface. But as the hours and days passed, the highest mountains were left without air. One by one, they sunk into the watery abyss that the rest of the world had already perished in... but even then, the water still did not stop rising.

Instead, the water rose above the highest mountains by another 15 cubits— about 22.5 feet (270 inches) assuming an 18 inch cubit (for more information on the length of a cubit see How Big Was Noah's Ark?).

And just to remove any doubt about this historical event— just to make sure that no one would misunderstand the worldwide impact of the flood, Scripture states that all the high mountains... were covered. This statement alone would have been enough to make it clear that every mountain throughout the entire earth was covered.

Scripture, however, provides even more detail. Not only does Scripture say that all the high mountains were covered, but Scripture says that all the high mountains everywhere under the heavens were covered.

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Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Glorious Gospel - Charles Spurgeon - Sermon Sunday

The sermon The Glorious Gospel was preached by Charles Spurgeon in 1858. The sermon is based on 1 Timothy 1:15, which states:
This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
To listen to a reading of this sermon click here.

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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Quote of the Day #107 - Charles Spurgeon


A quote from Charles Spurgeon:
Great attempts have been made of late to make the church receive the world and wherever it has succeeded it has come to this result, the world has swallowed up the church.
~Charles Spurgeon (The Lord's Own View of His Church and People TN129)

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Jesus Is Greater Than The Greatest - The Gospel (Part 2 of ∞)


Is there anyone who can compare to Jesus Christ? Look for such a person, and you will not find even one. Line up every man, women, and child who has ever walked on this planet. Inspect each one carefully, yet even then, you still will not find anyone worthy to be compared with Jesus Christ. Why? Because Jesus Christ is greater than even the greatest!

Jesus' obedience to the Father is greater than Noah's obedience. His authority surpasses Moses. Joshua is weak and lacking in courage when compared to Him. Richer is the wisdom of Christ than that of Solomon. Jesus Christ is the greatest prophet. He is greater than Isaiah. He is greater than John the Baptist. He is braver than the Apostle Peter and more knowledgable than the Apostle Paul.

Jesus Christ is infinitely greater than any person who has walked the face of this earth.

His beauty surpasses description. His grace is the only reason that any man has the right to hope. For He, the Christ, the exalted One, the glorious One— He came down to this earth. He lived among men who despised Him and rejected Him. He lived among fallen men who boasted of their great works. Who boasted of their accomplishments! Of their power! Of their fame! But such things are nothing and less than nothing before Him.

Men boast of their riches, but Christ is the one who upholds the entire universe! Worthy above all is His name. Glory, and honor, and praise to Him who reigns forever!
Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD of hosts,
The whole earth is full of His glory." (Isaiah 6:3)

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Quote of the Day #106 - John Owen


A quote from John Owen:
When a man on some outward respects forsakes the practice of any sin, men perhaps may look on him as a changed man. God knows that to his former iniquity he has added cursed hypocrisy, and is now on a safer path to hell than he was before. He has got another heart than he had, that is more cunning; not a new heart, that is more holy.
~John Owen (Of The Mortification Of Sin In Believers, Part 2, Chapter 5)

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Destruction of The City of Enoch (Part 3) - Genesis 7:17-18 Bible Commentary


Even if the people of The City of Enoch had surpassed far beyond Tubal-cain's discovery of bronze and iron (Genesis 4:22). Even if the people had advanced so far in metallurgy that they had invented a material stronger than any invented to this day. Even if they had used this material to build a magnificent dome over the entire city, such still would have been powerless to stop the flood.

The people of the City of Enoch could not outwork God, outsmart God, or outrun God. God sent the flood to blot out the pre-flood world, and no man would be strong enough to resist His mighty hand:
Then the flood came upon the earth for forty days, and the water increased and lifted up the ark, so that it rose above the earth. The water prevailed and increased greatly upon the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water. (Genesis 7:17-18)
The flood came upon the earth for forty days. For forty days and forty night, the rain kept coming. Over these days, it seems that the fountains of the great deep also continued spewing out water (Genesis 7:11). The water prevailed. No man could endure the fierceness of the flood. No man could endure without the protection of Almighty God.

As the ark rose, The City of Enoch sunk. The city's ancient foundation was no protection against the judgment of God. The ark climbed higher and higher, but the city plunged deeper and deeper. Everything was destroyed— all human life totally perished, both in The City of Enoch and throughout the entire pre-world.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Quote of the Day #105 - William Gurnall


A quote from William Gurnall:
Your morals may be impeccable, but if you do not worship God, then you are an atheist. If you worship Him and that devoutly, but not according to Scripture, you are an idolator. If according to the rule, but not according to the spirit of the gospel, then you are a hypocrite. The only worship that leads to the inner chamber of true godliness is that which is done 'in spirit and in truth' (John 4:24).
~William Gurnall (The Christian In Complete Armor Volume One, Chapter 2, Part 1)

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Monday, April 18, 2011

The Destruction of The City of Enoch (Part 2) - Genesis 7:17-18 Bible Commentary


It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the Living God (Hebrews 10:31). And The City of Enoch, along with the rest of the pre-flood world, was about to experience just that.

Everyone was eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up until all of it was put to a sudden halt:
...they were eating, they were drinking, they were marrying, they were being given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. (Luke 17:26-27)
The flood came. Water ripped through the city, tearing up everything. Buildings collapsed... people frantically screaming, rushing for safety from such a sudden catastrophe. The people of the city had certainly experienced much violence throughout their lifetimes, but never anything like this. The water climbed higher and higher. Its mighty current lifted up bodies like straw, tossing them to and fro with ease.

Nothing in the city was spared. The music which Jubal was so famous for bringing into prominence could not save the people of the city. The harp and lyre which the people sought to find comfort in apart from God could not deliver them from the flood. Music that is not used to glorify God is worthless— an eerie tune of vanity, listened to only by those who are willingly marching to destruction.

The amount of wealth flowing into the city because of those who raised livestock like Jabal was also powerless to stop the waters of the flood. The people of The City of Enoch may have been rich in wealth, but they were not rich in spirit. Their treasure was not in heaven. Rather, their treasure was on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal (Matthew 6:20).

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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Quote of the Day #104 - Charles Spurgeon


A quote from Charles Spurgeon:
Many men’s first religious thoughts have been awakened in them by strange impressions, and, therefore, these things are not to be laughed at. Whether they are freaks of the imagination or not I care not, so long as men’s minds are aroused the mode matters but little. But if anybody shall say that the experience of singular impressions or remarkable emotions proves men to be Believers I must most gravely and solemnly disagree! Alas, there have been thousands who profess to have seen angels who are now with devils! And I do not doubt there are tens of thousands who have fought with devils who are now with angels of light!

It is not what you see with these eyes, nor hear with these ears, nor feel with flesh and blood; our religion is spiritual, and is spiritually discerned—not a thing of rhapsody, excitement, and imagination, but a matter of sober thought and meditation; and if you have not something more than a mere day or night of singularities to look back upon, your evidences of grace are worthless.
~Charles Spurgeon (The Secret Spot 780.630)

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Friday, April 15, 2011

The Destruction of The City of Enoch (Part 1) - Genesis 7:17-18 Bible Commentary


Not a single town, village, or city— not even The City of Enoch was exempt from annihilation. Every human settlement was utterly destroyed in the flood. At the time of the flood, The City of Enoch was likely the most ancient city in the world. This, of course, assumes that the city had not already been wiped off the map by the violence which plagued the pre-flood world (Genesis 6:11).

The city was built by none other than Cain himself, who named the city after his son Enoch (Genesis 4:17). And if the city did still exist at the time of the flood, it must have been one of the attractions of the pre-flood world. You can almost imagine someone crying out, "Come visit The City of Enoch! It was founded by a man who, according to legend, was a direct descendant of the first man!" If there were seven wonders of the (Incredibly) Ancient World, perhaps The City of Enoch topped the list.

It is, however, difficult to imagine that the citizens of the city would have embraced what they must have known to be true— that Cain was the son of a man who was directly created by the one true God. Perhaps they regarded the entire creation story as a myth. It was just a tale! A fictional tale passed down through many generations which had long ago lost its meaning. A fictional tale which no one even believed anymore, except for Noah. Perhaps the only story which they truly embraced was Cain's slaying of his brother. Such an event must have appeared heroic in the eyes of the wicked people of The City of Enoch (and all the other people living in the pre-flood world).

Although the people of The City of Enoch knew the truth, they suppressed it in unrighteousness. And what else would be expected? What else would be expected from a city which was founded upon the sweat of the first murderer? The City of Enoch was marching straight into judgment... and no one turned away from the march. No one turned to God in repentance.

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Quote of the Day #103 - Augustine


This is a quote from Henry Bettenson's translation (1972) of Augustine's book City of God:
The Heavenly City outshines Rome, beyond comparison. There, instead of victory, is truth; instead of high rank, holiness; instead of peace, felicity; instead of life, eternity.
~Augustine (City of God (Penguin Classics), 1984, Book II, Chapter 29)

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Zero More Years of Mercy (Part 2) - Genesis 7:16 Bible Commentary


After the ark had been closed, the waters of the flood came upon the earth. So sudden did the waters come, that Jesus compared the event to His second coming:
For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be. (Matthew 24:37-39)
Just as the Son of Man will one day suddenly return, so the flood also came suddenly upon the pre-flood world. The pre-flood world was laughing and playing, working and sweating. They were eating and drinking and giving in marriage...

And then the flood came with fury.

Water exploded out of the ground, disrupting every day life. Those who were eating must have dropped their food in alarm. Even marriage ceremonies were interrupted by heavy sheets of water toppling from the sky. Not one life was spared. Millions, and perhaps billions of un-innocent people perished. Just as many in the last days will do, perhaps some of the people of the pre-flood world cried out in terror to the mountains and the rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne". (Revelation 6:16)

The City of Enoch, one of the most ancient cities in the world, was thrown into devastation along with every other human settlement. The entirety of the pre-flood world had followed in the footsteps of Cain. For 120 years, they had chosen the bed of demons over the joy of knowing God. Now there was no time left to choose. There was no more mercy left, but only a terrifying expectation of judgment (Hebrews 10:27).

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Quote of the Day #102 - William Gurnall


A quote from William Gurnall:
Doubt your own strength, but never doubt Christ's. In your gravest conflicts with Satan, trust Him to bring you out of the devil's dominion with a high hand, in spite of all the force and fury of hell.
~William Gurnall (The Christian In Complete Armor Volume One, Chapter 2, Part 1)

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Monday, April 11, 2011

Zero More Years of Mercy (Part 1) - Genesis 7:16 Bible Commentary


At one point, the pre-flood world had 120 more years to repent. 120 years to turn to God. 120 more years of mercy (Genesis 6:3). Those years were now gone. The clock was ticking and the countdown had almost hit zero.

Now there were no more years. Now there were not even anymore days. There were but mere seconds. The ark was loaded. Everything was in. There was just one more thing left to do— close the ark. Noah, however, did not have to do this final task:
Those that entered, male and female, of all flesh, entered as God had commanded him; and the LORD closed it behind him. (Genesis 7:16)
God Himself closed the ark. What exactly God closed is not specified. He likely closed the door of the ark, and perhaps the window of the ark (which Noah opens in Genesis 8:6). God also could have closed the covering of the ark (which Noah removes in Genesis 8:13).

Whatever part of the ark was closed, God closed it with a resounding roar. The sound of the roar echoed violently across the entire pre-flood world. The aftershocks of it affected every man, woman, and child. God had shut Noah in the ark... which meant that the pre-flood world was officially shut out of the ark. Time had expired. There were zero more years of mercy— and zero more seconds of mercy.

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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Where Does Passion Come From? - Paul Washer - Sermon Sunday

The sermon Where Does Passion Come From? was preached by Paul Washer. The sermon is primarily based on Isaiah 6.

Isaiah 6:1 states:
In the year of King Uzziah's death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. (Isaiah 6:1)
Throughout the sermon, Washer seeks to exalt Jesus Christ and describe His glorious majesty. In his own words, "You can speak of Christ with a view to lesser glory— and you can fail miserably. But you can never speak too much of Christ".

To listen to this sermon click here.

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Saturday, April 09, 2011

Quote of the Day #101 - Charles Spurgeon


A quote from Charles Spurgeon
If the atoning sufferings of Christ are left out of a ministry, that ministry is worthless. “The blood is the life thereof,” is as true about sermons as it is about animals and sacrifices. A bloodless gospel, a gospel without the atonement, is a gospel of devils, and not the gospel of God.

Many are laboring hard, till their oars bend, to get away from the Gospel of Jesus Christ—I mean hundreds of so-called ministers of Christ—but in proportion as they forsake the Gospel, they cease to be what they pretend to be. They are not the ministers of God, or of His Christ! They are not ambassadors telling of reconciliation to men if in their teaching the sufferings of Christ are hazy and their cause and motive and objective are obscured. It is the glory of some of us that whatever else we bear witness to, we certainly are witnesses of the sufferings of Christ. We declare to men that there is no hope for them but in Christ who died!
~Charles Spurgeon (A Witness And A Partaker 2610.89)

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Friday, April 08, 2011

Noah's Timely Entry (Part 2) - Genesis 7:13-15 Bible Commentary


When Noah set his first foot in the ark, he must have realized that this time he was not entering in order to continue construction. He was not entering to fine-tune the interior of the ark or smooth out the gopher wood. Instead, he was entering for the last time, and he would not be leaving any time soon.

Noah's wife. Shem, Ham, Japheth, and their wives. These seven people were part of Noah's household. Noah was entering the ark with them— he was entering the ark with those who he loved the most, trusting that they would be saved— trusting in the God who he loved to bring them to safety.

The animals also entered the ark:
they and every beast after its kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth after its kind, and every bird after its kind, all sorts of birds. So they went into the ark to Noah, by twos of all flesh in which was the breath of life. (Genesis 7:14-15)
Just as Noah and his household would ensure the survival of the human race, so the animals would ensure the continuation of each of their species (see The Animals Come To Noah).

Once everything was in the ark, the moment must have come when everyone held their breath, trembling in expectation of what would happen next. Would the water immediately come? Just how rough would it be? Would it really be safe?

Whatever the questions might have been, they were answered by God Himself. God made clear from the beginning of the journey that He would be with them. He made clear that they would not be abandoned. In that final... climatic... moment... God Himself shut them in the ark. And in that moment, it was made clear that there would be no more mercy for the pre-flood world. They had already been given 120 years of mercy, but now... now there were zero years of mercy.

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Thursday, April 07, 2011

Quote of the Day #100 - Paul Washer


A quote from Paul Washer:
You can speak of Christ with a view to lesser glory— and you can fail miserably. But you can never speak too much of Christ.

He will exhaust you! He will absolutely exhaust you!

And this is the pain of preaching for you young men. Preaching is not about simply the communication of morality. Preaching is not a passion because you want people to do well. Preaching is a task of a painter without a brush! It is absolutely impossible! Your whole task in life is to do something that you know from the outset you will miserably fail in doing— and that is to paint a picture of Jesus Christ.
~Paul Washer (Where Does Passion Come From?)

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Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Noah's Timely Entry (Part 1) - Genesis 7:13-15 Bible Commentary

On the very same day Noah and Shem and Ham and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah's wife and the three wives of his sons with them, entered the ark (Genesis 7:13)
On the day that the storm clouds broke open— on the day that the water burst forth from the ground— on that very same day, Noah's household and the animals entered the ark.

For 120 years of Noah's life, everything had been building up to this climatic moment— everything had been building up to the moment in which God would send the flood. God had spoken these words to Noah 120 years ago, "Behold, I, even I am bringing the flood of water upon the earth..." (Genesis 6:17). Now these words were closer than ever to their fulfillment.

And why was this flood coming? Why was such great devastation needed? For this reason: the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. (Genesis 6:5)

Before entering the ark, perhaps Noah glanced off into the distance and saw a city (perhaps The City of Enoch) or a small village. Such settlements were filled with people who had chosen to ignore God. People who refused to repent because they loved their sin. People who had just moments left to live and yet refused to come to God. They were people captivated by the deceitfulness of sin.

And then perhaps Noah glanced back at the ark, which he had seemingly spent his whole life building. It was there that his confidence lie. It was there that his hope lie. He trusted in God alone. God told him to build and ark. God told him that the flood was coming. Now the time had finally come. The flood was either coming, or it was not. God was either true to His word, or a liar.

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Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Quote of the Day #99 - William Gurnall


A quote from William Gurnall:
It is not the man decked out in morality or philosophical virtues who will repel a full charge of temptation sent from Satan's cannon; it is the man suited up in armor — that is, in Christ.
~William Gurnall (The Christian In Complete Armor Volume One, Chapter 2, Part 1)

This quote was taken from the book The Christian In Complete Armor Volume One - A modernized abridgement of the Puritan Classic by William Gurnall, published by Banner Of Truth.

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Monday, April 04, 2011

The Long Expected Rain (Part 2) - Genesis 7:10-12 Bible Commentary

all the fountains of the great deep burst open, and the floodgates of the sky were opened. (Genesis 7:11)
Not only did water fall from the sky, but the fountains of the great deep burst open— water exploded out of the ground. Doubtless, this must have been accompanied with cataclysmic earthquakes across the entire globe. If a map of the pre-flood world was ever created, it would not have been very useful after the flood.

The historical division between the pre-flood world and post-flood world is not artificial; rather, the division is almost mandatory. The flood not only marked the destruction of every lineage except for Noah's, but it marked a reshaping— a remolding of the surface of the earth. Geology (the study of rocks) can reveal a lot of information about how the earth might have looked prior to the flood (for more information on this subject take a look at the Geology section of AnswersInGenesis.org).

The floodgates of the sky refers to rain. Perhaps God gathered a massive quantity of water in the atmosphere through natural processes, or perhaps he used supernatural processes. Either way, there was an absolutely massive amount of water gathered— this is known due to the length of time for which the rain fell:
The rain fell upon the earth for forty days and forty nights. (Genesis 7:12)
"Forty nights," seems to be added in order to further emphasize the length of time for which the rain fell. Seven days ago, God had mentioned to Noah this detail (Genesis 7:4). Now what God had said was being fulfilled. The first day of the rain had arrived. And if the first day was accompanied with so much destruction— with torrential downpours and water gushing out of the earth's crust, the next 39 days were sure to be jammed with similar destruction.

Noah and his household were safe in the ark. And they must have stood in amazement— gazing in awe at the power and majesty of the one true God. At the God who puts to death and gives life— at Him who wounds and Him who heals (Deuteronomy 32:39).

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Sunday, April 03, 2011

The Grim Reality of the Last Days - John MacArthur - Sermon Sunday

The sermon The Grim Reality of the Last Days was preached by John MacArthur. The sermon is based on Mark 13:1-13. Throughout the sermon, MacArthur covers a wide range of subjects; one of the most interesting parts was when MacArthur compared and contrasted the anti-Christ of Christianity and the anti-Christ of Islam.
You will be hated by all because of My name, but the one who endures to the end, he will be saved. (Mark 13:13)
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Saturday, April 02, 2011

Quote of the Day #98 - Charles Spurgeon


A quote from Charles Spurgeon:
O prejudice, prejudice, prejudice, how many hast thou destroyed! Men who might have been wise have remained fools because they thought they were wise. Many judge what the gospel ought to be, but do not actually enquire as to what it is. They do not come to the Bible to obtain their views of religion, but they open that Book to find texts to suit the opinions which they bring to it. They are not open to the honest force of truth, and therefore are not saved by it.
~Charles Spurgeon (3205.327)

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Friday, April 01, 2011

The Long Expected Rain (Part 1) - Genesis 7:10-12 Bible Commentary


Most downpours begin slowly. The wind gushes; the clouds roll in. First it sprinkles. And then, steadily, the rain becomes heavier and heavier. This, however, was not how the water of Noah's flood began.

Noah's flood came upon the world suddenly. And although there were warnings, the pre-flood world trotted on, taking no concern of the coming judgment— they were eating, they were drinking, they were marrying, they were being given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. (Luke 17:27)
It came about after the seven days, that the water of the flood came upon the earth. (Genesis 7:10)
In Genesis 7:4, God told Noah that in seven more days He would send rain upon the earth for forty days and forty nights. Doubtless, Noah spent those last seven days making final preparations. Once the seventh day arrived, Noah and his household boarded the ark— and on that very same day, the flood began (Genesis 7:13).
In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on the same day... (Genesis 7:11)
The calendar in use at that time was obviously not identical to the (Gregorian) calendar in current use. James Ussher, in The Annals of the World, calculates that this date occurred in the year 2349 BC (Sunday, December 7 on the Julian Calendar).

The important thing to notice is that the book of Genesis clearly places the flood in history. The flood is not a mere symbol, nor is it a myth. The flood was an actual historical event that occurred in a certain year, in a certain month, and on a certain day (for more information on the state of the world at this time in history see State of the World (2349 BC): The Flood).

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