Genesis 7 — Be Ready!

by | Aug 29, 2020

READ Genesis 7

On that day all the sources of the vast watery depths burst open, the floodgates of the sky were opened, and the rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights. (Genesis 7:12)

Nobody believed this day was coming. Only a few. And according to Jesus’ commentary, besides Noah and his family, everyone thought this flood was one big joke (see Matt. 24:38-39). Everyone was just living life as usual, chasing pleasure, dreams, money, careers, and everything else, except the One who gave them their breath. There was no concern that the most monstrous tidal waves and tsunamis were about to be unleashed from the heavens. Everyone could care less. Now how would you say our generation is compared to Noah’s? Any better?

2020 might be the year that our antennas are up, as a few people are starting to listen to Jesus’ words about the last days. But of course as more people search for answers to 2020’s craziness, many overly confident “prophets” and “apostles” are increasing. So how do we respond to Jesus’ return without being misled by these TikTok and YouTube prophets?

If you look at Genesis 7:11, we actually have a specific date of the flood. So does that mean Noah knew the day and the hour? Nope. No place in Genesis 6 or 7 does God tell Noah a day, or even a year. All he’s told is to build an ark, get his family, and certain animals ready (6:14-22). This day could’ve taken hundreds of years, as the text says it happened “In the six-hundredth year of Noah’s life…” (7:11).

Praise God that we do have a trustworthy prophet for 2020. Jesus gives us the best predictions and advice. Regarding these end times, Jesus said the most important thing you need to know and do is — “be alert, since you don’t know what day your Lord is coming…This is why you are to be ready, because the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect” (Matt. 24:42-44). Then in Matthew 25, Jesus gives us three parables on what “being ready” looks like. He basically says, “Be ready for the greatest event to come! Be prepared with oil in your lamps! Be that faithful servant and do the things I’ve called you to do. And serve the least of these” (see Matt. 25:1-46). That’s Jesus’ advice for you in 2020. Don’t put all your efforts into figuring out the year he’s returning. Put all your efforts by actively waiting!

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