We live with the consequences of the scattering of the nations and the confusion of their languages to this day. Wonder why the earth is so full of division and why mankind has such a difficult time dwelling as one family in this fallen world of ours? It stems back to this moment of judgment.
October 1: Mankind has a desire to unify under one name, as one family. Unity is a good desire — unless it is separate from the rule of Jesus Christ, who has been given all authority over all the nations by God the Father.
Faithful sons bring blessing, redemption, glory, and honor to their fathers. But the record of Scripture reveals to us that most of the world’s troubles can be attributed to unfaithful sons.
Pastor Nate Harlan discusses the concept of “chirality” in theology — symmetrical and asymmetrical elements in balance, such as the relationship between the Noahic and New covenants. Download the audio here.
The world of our day in many ways resembles the world of Noah’s day, pre-flood: A world full of darkness, a world full of violence. Our expectation might be that God is going to destroy the world much like He did in Noah’s day. Instead, we find great hope in the Noahic Covenant. God’s plan is not the destroy the world. His plan is to redeem the world.
God’s purpose in judgment is not ultimately to destroy, but to redeem. The life of Noah is a foreshadowing of the Messiah; the purpose of the Old Testament is to point us toward Christ and to ground our faith in Him.
The flood: The greatest act of judgment God ever performed on the earth.
It is never a comfortable thing to be confronted with the wrath of God against sin. But we need to stare the wrath of God in the face for this reason: So that we will understand our need for the Lord Jesus Christ.
How can you know if you have faith that perseveres? Faithful Noah, leading the only believing family on the face of a violent planet, gives us an example to follow.
“Scripture tells us that God regretted making us, that He was grieved to the heart that He had made man because of our sin.”
What can this passage teach us about the nature of God and His response to sin?
Sermon — Nate Harlan 8/6/2017, Gen. 5:1–6:8: “The Danger of Compromise”