In the next several weeks we’ll be focusing on Noah’s Flood described in Genesis. Recently some Christian leaders are promoting the view that Noah’s Flood was a “local flood” in the Mesopotamian region of the Middle East. The Scripture is clear; Noah’s Flood was worldwide to fulfill God’s intention was to destroy all land-dwelling, air-breathing living creatures outside the Ark. Genesis 6:7-8. So the Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man, and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I’m sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.
The actual results of His judgment are recorded in Genesis 7:11-23 In the six-hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were opened. 12 And rain fell upon the earth forty days and forty nights. 13 On the very same day Noah and his sons, Shem and Ham and Japheth, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons with them entered the ark, 14 they and every beast, according to its kind, and all the livestock according to their kinds, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, according to its kind, and every bird, according to its kind, every winged creature. 15 They went into the ark with Noah, two and two of all flesh in which there was the breath of life. 16 And those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him. And the Lord shut him in.
17 The flood continued forty days on the earth. The waters increased and bore up the ark, and it rose high above the earth. 18 The waters prevailed and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the face of the waters. 19 And the waters prevailed so mightily on the earth that all the high mountains under the whole heaven were covered. 20 The waters prevailed above the mountains, covering them fifteen cubits deep. 21 And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, birds, livestock, beasts, all swarming creatures that swarm on the earth, and all humankind. 22 Everything on the dry land in whose nostrils was the breath of life died. 23 He blotted out every living thing that was on the face of the ground, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens. They were blotted out from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those who were with him in the ark.”
Note how many times the word “all” is in this passage. There would be no reason to spend the significant effort to build the Ark if Noah could have fled to another region to escape the flood. The flood must be worldwide because God’s judgment on the Earth was complete. Anything less than worldwide would be incomplete and make God a liar. Also, God’s promise to never judge the world by water again would have been broken many times in local floods like Katrina, in New Orleans. Next week I’ll be on vacation. I’ll pick up on 7/28 with Noah’s Flood timeline.
Charlie is the author of “Always Be Ready to Give an Answer! A Former Atheist’s Personal Christian Evangelism Plan.” which develops an evangelism strategy that gets to the Gospel every time you witness. His second book ANSWERS For “The Hope That Is In You.” contains answers to more than 100 questions skeptics use to try to stump Christians. The third book, “Without 3 Miracles Darwin’s DEAD!” is currently in the final editing process and will be published later this year. http://yourchristiananswers.com
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