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Genesis 6:5-8
2016 - Non-Series Sermons
Dr. Steven Smith
February 28, 2016

The story of Noah, the ark, and God’s judgment on the world teaches a few important truths about the character of God. It demonstrates that the Lord is a God of compassion. Even after the people of the world rebelled against God’s common grace, God gave them even more grace—120 years—to repent while Noah built the ark. God longs for all people to repent and receive salvation. This story also teaches us, however, that the Lord is a God of judgment. The flood is a graphic picture of God’s wrath, reminding us that there is a time when His common grace is removed and His judgment is poured out on unrighteousness. Finally, this story shows us the type of person that receives God’s compassion: God extends grace to those who know they need it. Noah lived because he thought he should have died; everybody else died because they thought they should have lived.

God’s grace and God’s wrath should propel God’s people out to proclaim the Gospel of the kingdom. Noah, who was aware of God’s compassion and judgment, served as a “preacher of righteousness” (2 Peter 2:5). Embrace the heart of God and faithfully call people to trust in Christ for salvation!

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