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The Patience of God's Judgment (2 of 4)
Series: Wrath and Rainbows
INTRODUCTION: In last year's movie ''Evan Almighty'', God, played by Morgan Freeman, contacts a congressman named Evan and tells him to build an ark in preparation for a great flood. There are some parallels in the movie to the account of Noah's Ark in Genesis chapter 6, but there are some departures as well. One conversation between God and Evan's wife, Joan, goes like this:
God: I love that story, Noah and the Ark. You know, a lot of people miss the point of that story. They think it's about God's wrath and anger.
Joan: What is the story about then?
God: Well, I think it's a love story about believing in each other. You know, the animals showed up in pairs. They stood by each other, side by side, just like Noah and his family. Everybody entered the ark side by side.
The story of Noah and the Ark was about believing in each other; Okaaaaaaay. And I suppose the story of David and Goliath is about equal opportunity and the story of Jonah is about the importance of saving the whales and the story of Jesus walking on the water was about clean water and air. No, Morgan, the point of the story is not about believing in each other. The people who believed in each other DROWNED. The people who believed in God were saved. You pretty much had it right the first time. The account of Noah and the ark IS about God's wrath and anger...at least in part. Satan does not want anyone to believe that there is a price to pay for sin. From the very beginning when God warned Adam not to eat the fruit or he would die, Satan has been countering with his lie ''You will not surely die.''
However, the story of Noah and the Ark is also a story about God's love, God's grace, God's salvation, and, as we shall see today, God's patience. We're in a sermon series entitled ''Wrath and Rainbows'' based on the flood recorded in Genesis chapter 6. The theme of my four sermons is God's jud ...
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