As in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of man be.
Matthew 24:38, 39
Do you remember the story of Noah and his ark? We find it in the early chapters of the Bible. I can well imagine how Noah occasionally put down his axe and his saw to explain to the inquirers: “A great flood is going to cover the earth. And all who do not enter the ark that I am building under God’s order will perish without respect of persons.”
What was the reaction of the people? They didn’t believe Noah: “We’re doing all right. Business is flourishing. We have peace, prosperity and freedom. Are we really to believe that mankind will perish indiscriminately?” – “Yes,” Noah will have replied. “The coming flood will sweep everyone away, rich and poor, the upper class and the beggars. Whoever doesn’t take advantage of God’s offer of salvation and enter the ark will die.”
People will probably have laughed derisively about that gigantic ark on dry land the day before the flood. If it had been up for sale, no-one would have bought it. But when the flood was unleashed, it was worth its weight in gold. But the die was cast. God had shut the ark Himself. Then the flood came (cf. Genesis 7:1-4, 16).
It is not only the Bible that reports that great flood; many of the earth’s peoples have preserved the memory of it. The Flood illustrates the urgency of God’s message: namely, that all are sinners, without exception, and must accept God’s offer of salvation.
(to be continued on Monday)