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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

In the Days of Noah

Luke 17:26-30 NIV

26 “Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man.

27 People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.

28 It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building.

29 But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.

30 “It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed.

 

In the Days of Noah

The Bible tells that people will act like those in the days of Noah and Lot up to the very time of our Lord’s Appearing.

 A sense of carnal and material security characterized these people. They thought in Noah’s day that no harm would overtake them. There was no sign of the Flood in the sky except Noah’s precautions against it, and they would not act upon such signs.

In Sodom it was the same. The inhabitants thought no change would come over their selfish, sensual dream. But the Flood came, and the fire and brimstone descended, notwithstanding. So will it be with the Appearing of Christ - it will come as a sudden, unexpected judgment upon many.

And this carnal and sensual security is a present danger with people in this world. They fancy they are safe, that nothing will interfere with their security; but the Savior makes His Appearing suddenly, and they will be overtaken.  The truth is clearly brought out that some shall be saved and others lost at His Appearing.

Let us look at the lost.

They are brought under our notice here in several ways. Thus Lot’s wife is taken as a type of the lost. Now, we know that she was lost through looking longingly back to her worldly things.

God, by His angels, had set the family’s faces towards the mountains and Himself. Were they prepared to take Him and His favor as their portion, and give up all their property in Sodom? If they looked longingly behind them, it would show that the world was still more to them than God.

Lot’s wife could not resist the temptation, and so she was changed into a pillar of salt. She is, then, the type of those who are almost saved, but worldliness gets the better of them, and they are lost.

Again, the lost ones are represented as food for eagles (Luke 17: 37) This brings out the corruption characterizing them. They have become moral carrion (rotten meat) which only the eagles can consume.

There is, doubtless, a reference to the Roman invasion under Titus, and to the destruction of corrupt Jerusalem. The Roman armies were God’s scavengers to destroy a corrupt people. This was one way in which Christ made an advent to judgment.

Lastly, we have the lost described as those who are continually seeking to save themselves.

Luke 17: 33-34

“Remember Lot’s wife! Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.”

Those whose one aim in life is self-preservation, the saving of themselves at every turn, who think of self as the supreme concern, are only losing themselves. The curious paradox is that those who save themselves at every turn lose themselves; while those who do not count their lives dear, but Christ’s concern as supreme, find themselves safe at last.

Let us see to it, therefore, that we are neither worldly minded, nor corrupt, nor given up to selfishness, otherwise we are among the lost.

But let us look at the saved ones.

These are those who have kept Christ before them as their Lord and Master, Whose interests should be supreme. They value Him more than life, and so He saves them. The nature of salvation is thus plainly unfolded. The saved ones are those with whom Christ is all in all. They prefer Him to everything else. The instinct of self-preservation has in them given place to an instinct to preserve the honor and promote the Kingdom of the Master.

And those who have trusted Him and honored Him so thoroughly shall find that He will not disappoint them. Let us wait for His appearing, then, and love it; and when it flashes across the world, we shall be allowed to escape the judgments that come upon the earth, and to stand before the Son of man.

Let’s be the saved ones!

Amen.

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