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January 13, 2021 2:00 am
The two worst days of history are days of destruction. A near total annihilation that happened in the past will happen again in the future. In the message "Judgment Is Coming...but God," Skip shares why you can still find hope in God's plans for you.
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In Genesis 1 to 8 creation fall from Genesis chapter 8 to Revelation chapter 22. It's about life after the flood. It's what happens after this is the new beginning and the story of the so God is not seeing the world forget you as much is he saying to Abraham I remember you. God remembers God remembered Noah because God has a plan for no what is that plant fill the earth, multiplied start over. This is a redo is a do over a second chance for new opportunity because God is just, he has to judge the world but he will remember your faithfulness. If you follow him today on connect with Skip Heitzig Skip examines the plan God had for Noah and talks about the plan God has for you.
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70% of television shows show sexual conduct. It's almost as if we are obsessed with sexuality just gotta stick it in there somewhere. 70% to 3% is about sexuality between people who just met and only half the couples portrayed or in any kind of established relationship first thing I like you to notice her was an increase in wickedness. Verse five the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the year. Now watch what he does here.
He takes us into the very thoughts of humanity at the time, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
Every single thought was only able to the Berkeley version renders it.
Human wickedness was growing out of bounds on the earth only evil continually very descriptive phrase in the world of criminal prosecution. A person can have a track record of committing crimes over and over and over again. When that happens, even if it happens a couple times, the litigator tries to prosecute the criminal as a habitual offender because of a habitual offender means according to the law they get more jail time because crime is become.
According to than a way of life. It's our way of life is a life choice God looks at the air and says there habitual offenders. Every single thought of the intense of their heart is evil continually saw an increase in population increase in sexual depravity increase in wickedness and also there was an increase in violence. Verse 11. The earth was also corrupt before God and the earth was filled with violence was the first violent crime committed was first murder. Cain kills Abel few chapters later guiding lung back kills someone based upon the fact that Cain killed someone that was his role model by now wickedness and violence has become an epidemic.
Still leader God. Notice that filled the air as if to say, once people turn from God. They will turn on one another not have to go very deeply or very far back but it seems like every other week for some violent expression in our culture, school shootings, shootings like the Las Vegas incident concert halls are broad and at home fans plowing in the hordes of people violence is on the rise now God is patient, but he judges God waits, but there's a time when it's done so question is what does God expect of humanity while we wait for him to judge during that time with patients. Are we to do it. What we did with God's patience is the short answer. Change it up. Repent is the Bible work that the need, but sackcloth and ashes necessarily under some e.g. change direction to go a different direction because the refusal to repent is what attracts God's judgment it attracts. It Paul in Romans two said do you despise the riches of his goodness. His forbearance and long-suffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance.
But in accordance with your hardness and impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, so God is patient that he judges the second attribute of God's justice is the God judges brought he differentiates he makes a difference. In chapter 6, verse seven the Lord said I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth. Both man and beast, creeping thing, and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them watch this verse eight but Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord, O that there are some negative words like but words of contrasting winter there right these well-connected words but it's it's it's like you're reading and God is really mad at everyone but no found grace means favor in the eyes of God, the living Bible says Nola was a pleasure to the Lord because is preceded by brought back Noah was a pleasure to the Lord that suggests that everyone else was not a pleasure to the Lord.
So God makes a difference. God differentiates mothers a phrase I don't want you just to Passover but Noah found grace in what the eyes of the Lord. That's a biblical phrase you can read. I just want to know quickly what it is we call that an antelope from dwarfism which is a fancy way of saying we write about God. We described him in human language. God doesn't have a lens or a cornea or vitreous humor and eyeball.
It's it's a blessing God sees deeper because he knows more, he knows all of the facts he notices people's hearts right in San Jose for God does not see as man sees for man looks at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart God sees it all.
I was reading about Eagles and the article said that the Ivan Eagle has eight times more visual cells per cubic centimeter than human beings, which enables an Eagle at 600 feet above the earth to spot an object the size of a dime in 6 inches of grass was a good eyes and it can see 3 inch fish jump in a lake 5 miles away is a good eyes. What must the eyes of the Lord be like like this Hebrews, for there is no creature hidden from his site, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of him, of whom we must give an account. Solomon said the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and he ponders all of his path to God sees it all because he sees that all he differentiates notices verse 11.
The earth was also corrupt before God, the earth was filled with violence. So God looked upon the earth. And indeed it was corrupt for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. And God said to Noah, the end of all flesh is come before me for the earth is filled with violence through them, behold, I will destroy them with the earth may your self and our of gopher wood make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and outside with pitch not marked the contrast God is sending judgment while he is saving Noah.
Both of those things simultaneously so God doesn't judge indiscriminately. God judges individually sound like I'm just tired of llama despite the unless you like Noah, he found favor pleasure, grace in the eyes of the Lord know Peter in the New Testament uses this as an example for the example. I'm saying that he makes a difference in judgment.
Peter brings this up because this brought judge a long time in the past with the front, but he made a difference is what he says is a second Peter chapter 5 he did not spare the ancient world brought say no. One of eight people and then he says in verse nine.
A couple verses after then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment. So when God judges. He knows the difference because he knows the human heart and he knows the responses now this is something else I can't resist some distant notice may perhaps before God just sent judgment upon the earth.
He lifts Nola off the earth simultaneously to the judgment going on there a one of a Noah and his family are lifted up from the couldn't be that the ark is sort of a shadow or foreshadow a type of something else. Is there anyone else in the Bible that is promised to be lifted off the earth for time of judgment yet believers at that last judgment, the tribulation. First Thessalonians chapter 4 we who are alive and remain will by no means precede those who have fallen asleep. Those who died before us, for the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and the trump of God and the dead in Christ will rise first and we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the air to meet the Lord in the clouds or in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. So shall we ever be with the Lord. The word is heart pod. So caught up is where we get our rapture from it means literally to be taken up by force to be pulled to be snatched away. So the Bible promises that like to know God will obstruct a selected group of people from humanity and take them instantly to heaven at some point, so God judges but he differentiates me take you to 1/3 aspect of God's justice, God differentiates, but he doesn't exempt. So here it is God's patient buddies and the judge God judges, but he makes a difference. God makes a difference differentiates but he doesn't exempt what I mean by that.
Notice in chapter 7 verse one the Lord said to Noah come into the ark, you and all your household because I've seen that you are righteous before me in this generation. Verse 20 the waters prevailed 15 cubits upward. The mountains were covered in all flesh died that moved on the earth, birds and cattle and beasts and every creeping thing that creeps on all the creeps were there and every man some of them were creepy and in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life. All that was on the land. Dryland died so he destroyed all living things which are on the face of the ground. Both man and cattle, creeping thing, and bird of the air, they were destroyed from the earth. Only Nola and those who were with him in the ark remained alive in the waters prevailed on the earth 150 days Noah was not directly affected by this judgment. You say that he was indirectly affect you think about it if you didn't always all-time just like having a party up there in about me. Just think of the toll this judgment took upon Noah Percival is an art is with a people, but a lot of animals with a lot of shank right for 13 months he can go on take a rock so he is very isolated, very put away sequester is think of the emotion.
Everyone you've known all your neighbors friends if he had any role on a watery grave and think of the stench of that death on those waters so he was not directly affected, but he certainly was indirectly so God differentiates, but he's not exempt from feeling the brunt of that judgment, albeit in a much better way, here's the point I want to make God's judgment of unbelievers should never make any of us happy is not a cause of rejoicing.
It should affect believers. It should cause us discomfort to fully realize what may happen to a person without Christ, should cause us discomfort. Second Peter three. God is not willing that any should perish from the famous verses in the New Testament God is one anybody dipper because God is not willing that any should perish, we should be willing that any should perish, we should never go go there again to get there to greet us.
We should be indirectly affected by their judgment. Leon Morris theologian said God's wrath is not an uncontrollable outburst of passion. It is the reverse of the holy love aflame which Sears but purifies always exercise with a certain tenderness for even when he is angry with man sin.
God loves man and his concern for his well-being. In the fullest sense that moved me when I wrote that God that God isn't judging with a smile on his face. But, as it were, with tears in his so God is patient buddy judges God judges but he differentiates God differentiates, but he doesn't exempt in the fourth characteristic or aspect of this is brought doesn't exempt what he does remember chapter 8 verse 1.God remembered Noah. Now my translation the new King James a sermon evinces then God remembered all the old King James is. And God remembered Noah, but the new living translation the NIV. The new American Standard Bible, the ESV and host of others have it right when they translated God. It's a contrast he's now pivoting in chapter 8, but God remembered Noah and every living thing, and all the animals that were with him in the ark and God made a wind to pass over the earth and the waters subsided.
To say that God remembered Noah doesn't apply, the God of the forgotten ocelli got a got all all right know is down there. It's simply a way of saying God turned his attention slowly onto Noah.
God was concerned and kept his mind on Noah. Now let's step back from this for moment but see the big picture. If you look at this picture that we have in front of us and earth in the deluge of water being destroyed. We look at Igo it's over ripe curtains.
Lights out curtains close it's over. It's the end it seems like the end.
But for this family and for the rest of the world it's it's a new beginning. It's just the beginning of this story is about judgment is not primarily about death is primarily about life, but God remembered no it's not primarily about judgment. It's primarily about the establishment of a new order because though. In Genesis 1 through eight. You have creation fall slide from Genesis chapter 8 to Revelation chapter 22.
It's about life after the flood. It's what happens after this, it's the new beginning and the story about so God is not saying the world forget you as much is he saying to Abraham I remember you.
God remembers him. God remembered Noah because God has a plan for no what is that plan fill the earth, multiply start over. This is a redo is a do over a second chance.
A new opportunity. Now I've been assuming for a moment that you all are familiar with the early part of Genesis and after the fall, God makes a promise to Satan and says there's got to be born. One day Genesis chapter 3 somebody's going to be born in this world who's going to crush your head pressure kingdom a prediction of Jesus Christ. And ever since that moment Satan try to figure out every conceivable plan to avoid that crushing of his head is in one of the ways he did. It is here getting the world so corrupted because Satan of all creatures new the attributes of God and God would be absolutely just, and at that sin reach a certain limit God would have to judge the world, so he corrupted the world so badly that it was inevitable that God would judge his patient buddy judges so that when the flood hit the earth. I'm sure all the demons in hell I'm supposing this right raising their hands.
When he asks yes it's over it's done. It's gone.
Game over brought God remembered Noah's little box bouncing up on the water lot animals and a few people in it.
That's the future that's the hope. I just want you to take this to heart, because God remembers you. God knows the plans he has for you future hope that they might seem very narrow chances really future. The walls and metal box Bob and up and down when Israel was in captivity by Babylon. Years later, they send God put them out of the land there in captivity. Their prisoners are slaves.
They all thought we are done. Were never going back, we have no future in the land of Israel.
It's hopeless until God sent a prophet named Jeremiah who told them, thus says the Lord. I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace, not of evil to bring you a future and a hope. God said in Philippians 2 Paul. He who has begun a good working you will completed till the day of Christ, so this fraud is bad as it is is a redo or reset a do over a second chance. Another opportunity life. I just act like much as judgment, salvation, judgment is coming again to this world. Peter said what you what happened in the past is gonna happen again in the future, guaranteed. He describes it. The last chapter of second is that the medium is going to be different but the results will essentially be the same, but the message of the New Testament is by God sent his son to take all of the judgment that you deserve on himself, so that if you just believe in him, trust in him will escape the judgment that is coming. Good deal. Jesus put it this way, I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life, and is not judged or is condemned he crosses over from death in the life, man can escape that you have an arc provided by believing in Jesus Christ, that is your are you can say no to that arc, you can say no to Jesus Christ and then if so, it is appointed to every man wants to die and after this the judgment, you will face the judgment of God or eulogies in space for you and you trust great deal that wraps up Skip Heitzigs message from the series but God right now. Skip to tell you how your support helps keep these messages coming your way and connects more people to the good news of Jesus. We've all experienced pain and hardship in this world, but when we have Jesus Christ. We can look beyond those hardships to our future glory and home with him in heaven and we want others to experience eternity with Christ. That's why we are always working to share the gospel with as many people as possible, we would love for you to consider partnering and that work today so that you and many others can live in the light of Jesus love her so you can give a gift today. Visit connectwithskip.com/donate to give your gift today that's connectwithskip.com/donate or call 800-922-1888. Again, that's 800-922-1882 noon tomorrow as Skip Heitzig explains that while failure is a part of life is the end of your story. You can have a brighter future.
In God's grace we been infected with the sin nature Jeremiah so the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked who can know so our problem is failure. This prayer brings that grand truth serve as a second lesson that is that maybe true failure is our problem that forgiveness is our provision of May Skip Presentation of Connection Communications to Guns, Never Changing through Ever-Changing Time