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Genesis 8, 9
For my purposes this evening I'm going to combine Genesis 8 and 9 which tell us about the completion of the flood, about Noah and his family leaving the ark, building an altar, and making a sacrifice. Then, the covenant and the pledge of the covenant which God makes with Noah.
I take the position, as the Bible teaches very clearly, that the flood actually happened. It was a real historical event. If you study these chapters that have to do with the flood, you will find that they are very carefully dated. If I follow the dating correctly, Noah and his family stayed in the ark for one year and ten days. All of the language and all of the indications are that this indeed was a literal flood, a universal flood.
I'm not going to primarily deal with the scientific aspects of the flood, but I do want to point out something to you. Turn to Second Peter and let's look at some verses in chapter 3 where the Word of God discusses the flood and the universal nature of the flood and the meaning and the purpose of the flood. I would especially encourage our young people and our college students to note this passage of Scripture. In verse 3 we read these words, "Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation." Stop there for just a moment. We have here a statement of the teaching of uniformitararism. That's a long word but it means that it is the belief that all of the processes of nature continue on as they were from the beginning of creation. Modern geology, and some related sciences, are based upon the principle of uniformitararism, that everything we see in the processes of nature continue on just as they were when they began in creation.
Now look what the Word of God says in verse 5. "For this they wil ...
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