Water: Judgment or Deliverance?
Today’s reading: Genesis 6-8; Matthew 3
God exercises His power in judgment on sinful mankind with a universal flood. Even in the flood, He shows His grace and mercy by sparing Noah and his family along with a male and a female of each animal. Sadly, only this small group of 8 people believes and finds salvation from the waters. The rest are lost. So it will be in the final judgment. All will not be saved, but only those who by grace through faith believe in Christ (John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8-9).
Notice Noah’s immediate response to this deliverance. He builds an altar to the Lord and offers sacrifices in gratitude to Him.
Matthew tells us of the events surrounding the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry. John the Baptist, son of the high priest Zechariah and Elizabeth, impacts the nation through his preaching and baptizing. Jesus comes to John for baptism showing His submission to fulfill all righteousness. Jesus will perfectly fulfill the law of God.
I Peter 3:18-22 ties both of these passages together showing that God’s mercy to Noah in the flood is a foreshadowing of Jesus Christ’s deliverance of His people from the judgment for sin. The water of the flood brought God’s just judgment on mankind, but the water of baptism in Christ Jesus symbolizes cleansing from sin and the assurance of salvation to all who believe in Him.
Do you have that assurance? Give thanks to the Lord Jesus Christ that He submitted perfectly to God’s law in His life and death and that through faith in Him, we are made righteous (I Corinthians 1:30) and because we are righteous, we, like Noah, are safe from the flood of judgment to come.