THE LAST INVITATION
Genesis 7:l-7; l6
INTRODUCTION: Here we see God's perfect provision for our
preservation. The ark was God's provision for Noah just as
Christ is God's provision for sinners. The task of preserving
from God's judgment representatives of all creation was
committed to Noah. There is a tremendous contrast in the first
few chapters of Genesis between Noah and Lot. Noah built an ark
and pointed men to the Savior, while Lot pitched his tent and
pointed men to Sodom. There is such a need for people of God to
exalt the Savior and evangelize sinners. Noah's obedience
turned his entire family to God, while Lot's popularity caused
him to "seem as one that mocked" (Genesis l9:l4) in warning
sons-in-law of impending judgment.
Here in this text we see the first invitation in the Bible.
God says, "Come"; 600 times we see this invitation through
Revelation 22:l7. God used three things in particular to call
people to Himself. He used the Word of God, Romans l0:l7, "So,
then, faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.";
He used the Spirit of God, John l6:8, "And when he is come, he
will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of
judgment."; and He used the child of God, II. Cor. 5:20,
"Now, then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did
beseech you by us; we beg you in Christ's stead, be ye
reconciled to God."
I. THE GRACIOUS INVITATION. v.l
A. Divine Invitation. la
"Come" - invitation, not a command. Holy God
inviting s ...
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