The Great Flood, an amazing Biblical story, describes very huge events that instill fear in the hearts of many. Some don’t know much about it, some do, but as you’ll come to see, every Christian must learn 7 amazing eternal lessons from this story.
Believed by both Jews and Christians worldwide, as you’ll see in this post, this story is far from something that should instill fear in the hearts of faithful believers of our beloved Lord.
1. What Is The Great Flood And Why Must We Learn About The Great Flood?
The Great Flood is an amazing Biblical story that entails how Earth deeply corrupted itself with evil, how God decided to drop the ‘hammer’ of judgement on everyone, and how God loved and saved Noah from it, and is rich with lessons that are relevant to today’s Christians.
For this post, it’s interesting what my high school History teacher once said (and what any History teacher in the world might probably say as well) is that history tends to repeat itself.
My high school History teacher wasn’t Christian, but without knowing it, she glorified God by saying this.
Because this is one of the most amazing and life-changing reasons to study Biblical history, specially the Great Flood account in Genesis 6-8.
2. Why Did The Great Flood Happen?
People who want to question whether the Great Flood actually happened pose the same old question: How can a loving, beautiful God bring such destruction?
But those Christians who ask this question don’t really know God’s character and are in need of looking at something interesting we find out in Genesis 6:
Genesis 6:5: “Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart”.
Every intent of the thoughts of every single guy on that time was evil. That means that every thought of every single man during that time was rape, murder, harassment, lust, violence, theft.
With this we can see that high crimes rates really anger God. He is still a God of love, but when evil reigns in the hearts of people things become different.
Nehemiah 9:32 and Daniel 9:4-5 provide further insight into God’s character: The Bible says God is worthy of being feared, and that He is also terrible God in the sense that he will not hesitate to annihilate evil.
Let’s take a look:
Nehemiah 9:32: “Now therefore, our God, the great, the mighty, and the terrible God, who keepest covenant and mercy”.
As well as Daniel 9:4-5, which states again that God is worthy of being really feared:
Daniel 9:4-5: “And I prayed unto the Lord my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments;
5 We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments”.
So, never forget! God is worthy of being dreaded and feared. We should never forget that.
Those who want to deny this event are forgetting these important Bible verses stating God’s character of justice.
To summarize this point, my dear Christian, pray for your country and the world.
The Great Flood happened because while God is definitely love, that doesn’t mean he will tolerate evil, which seems to be increasing everyday and that’s a reason we should pray for the world.
3. The Great Flood is also similar to Sodom and Gomorrah
Remember the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah?
The two events, the Great Flood and the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah are interconnect by one beautiful, golden thread: God’s character.
Sodom and Gomorrah were deeply involved in all kinds of disgusting sexual sin when God decided to terminate them, in an event that occurred after the Great Flood.
The world(specially U.S.) right now is involved in a situation similar to Sodom and Gomorrah with all of its support for the sin of homosexuality.
That’s why we should pray for everyone and love them so they will repent and receive Jesus and their Lord and Savior, and begin a life of walking with God, just like Noah who was saved from the Great Flood only because he was definitely walking with God.
If we say the Great Flood never happened, then subsequently we can say also that Sodom and Gomorrah didn’t happen either, and that would be a blasphemy. We shouldn’t deny these events, instead we should beautifully praise God for them.
4. Evidence That The Great Flood Indeed Happened And When It Happened
For this post I consulted a Ph.D from the University of Louisville in Kentucky as well as several publications and the evidence is amazing.
According to conspicuous non-Christian scholar and researcher Mary Pat Fisher in her college publication Living Religions: “Non-biblical evidence from archaeology, geology, and legends of other peoples supports the belief that a Great Flood occurred in Mesopotamia, grounding at least part of the narrative in historical fact”.
Regarding when it happened, two sources estimate when the Great Flood happened:
- Scientists from AnswersinGenesis.org place the event around 2348 BC,
2. A further piece of evidence called the Epic of Gilgamesh (more on this below) places the Great Flood around 2000 BC as well, according to the University of Idaho’s account of the Epic of Gilgamesh.
Christians who want to say that the Great Flood never happened are blaspheming God’s Word and even worse, misjudging God’s character.
5. Can The Great Flood Happen Again? A Warning
God promised that the Great Flood will never happen again and gave the rainbow as a sign of that promise when it rained in Genesis 9:11:
Genesis 9:11: “And I will establish my covenant with you, neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth”.
However He never promised that the situations revolving around the event of the Great Flood would never happen again, in fact he emphasized that they would definitely happen again:
Luke 7:26: “And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man:27 They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all”.
Remember that history repeats itself? We should be prepared because our modern-day existence is about to witness the next great thing, similar to the Great Flood situation.
In Luke 7:26 is the prophecy of the Lord regarding what will come for us: the foolish virgins(sinful Christians) who will be left after the rapture, and those wise virgins(holy Christians) who will be taken after the rapture.
6. Should The Great Flood Scare Us?
Should Christians be scared of the Great Flood?
Short answer: Not at all.
In other words: it should scare you only if you’re a Christian that’s not living in holiness and/or someone who hasn’t been saved by Christ. If not, all is great!
Despite the emphasis that the Word of God clearly tries to gives the story, some Christians still end up becoming frightened because of the story, not being aware of God’s character (because this is really not the purpose of the story).
Those who know God’s character know that He would never bring that on his beloved children(us Christians), a love which is evidenced in Scripture, in the statement of Abraham in Genesis 18:25:
Genesis 18:25: “Far be it from You to do such a thing as this, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous should be as the wicked; far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?”
However, it should still instill great respect in our hearts for how God will not hesitate to bring justice to the world. Hallelujah.
7. What Noah’s Ark really means for us all Christians
Again, God’s justice for Noah was so poetic. Salvation in the midst of destruction.
No post about the Great Flood could be complete without the mentioning of Noah’s Ark, which is how God in his great and beautiful faithfulness decided to save Noah.
Noah’s Ark in itself is also a symbol of the most amazing hope for us today, the rapture.
Noah’s Ark represents when Christ that will come for us in the Last Days to save all of us from the upcoming destruction in the Apocalypse.
We should comfort each other with this Blessed Hope, because our beautiful Lord will come one day, when we least expect it, and next thing you know we’ll be in Heaven enjoying His Presence. Hallelujah.
In conclusion, my dear Christian, apply these 7 amazing lessons to your heart of humanity’s corruption, of what God’s character means, and his hope for us.
They are relevant to today’s Christian life because of what’s to come, and how God wants to remain alert, because He loves us a lot. Just like Nehemiah, Noah, Daniel and many others we should too love God greatly for his perfect and glorious justice. Amen!
“Chapter 8: Judaism.” Living Religions: A Brief Introduction, by Mary Pat Fisher, Prentice Hall, 2012, pp. 148–149.
Mark, Joshua J. “Gilgamesh.” Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 29 Mar 2018. Web. 25 Sep 2018.
“The Epic of Gilgamesh.” Aztec Empire in 1519, webpages.uidaho.edu/engl257/Ancient/epic_of_gilgamesh.htm.
Sandars, N. K. The Epic Of Gilgamesh: An English Version With An Introduction. Penguin Books, 2000.