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Genesis 7

Posted by New Westminster Chapel on January 7, 2012

And Noah did all that the LORD had commanded him. (Genesis 7:5)

Perfection of one kind or another is the desire of every man. It is natural for every one to want to be highly esteemed by others and themselves. Even the worst of criminals would have themselves believe they are perfect or good in some area or aspect of their life.

The Bible, however, shows the true picture of our hearts and lives. As one reads through the Scriptures, it is easy to find reflections of our hearts, minds, thoughts and actions clearly rebuked and condemned. It is a sharp and clear mirror of who we really are and great benefit will be found in it by those that daily devote themselves to reading it prayerfully.

The Ten Commandments always come to mind when talk of perfection is on that table. Can any of us really claim to keep all the Commandments daily and continually? No, we are evil through and through so much so that even the least of our attempts to keep the law is sin!!!

We all like to pat ourselves on the back for how good we are and how we have never stolen, killed, etc. That is exactly why God gave us His commandments – He wanted to reveal to us the sin in our hearts and how impossible it is for us to keep them, please Him and escape His wrath. Yes He expects us to live holy lives but he also knows how impossible that is.

In His grace, God planned from eternity to provide us a way by which we can obey him and be saved. Noah found favour before God and did all that God commanded Him and he and his family were saved. The Bible tells us that Jesus grew “in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and men” (Luke 2:52) He alone truly lived a sinless and perfect life and He alone is able to save us and indeed all who believe and call upon His Name.

Noah was not a perfect man. He was a man born in sin and unable to please God and meet His requirements for holiness. However, God chose him out of His own will and goodness to teach us how profound our sin is, His wrath against sin and our need for a Saviour to deliver us into a safe haven. He saved him despite his sinful nature. God is able to save man from sin, death and hell. But most of us don’t realise or acknowledge our deep and serious need for God and His saving hand.

Friends, God is able to truly deliver us and “shut us in” Himself so that we are not lost. He is able to do this because of Jesus who lived a perfect life and died for our sins. Only by trusting in His merits can we be saved and kept for eternal life.

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.” (John 10:27-29)

Praise God for this great and glorious truth. May our hearts be drawn to hear Him who speaks from Heaven!

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Genesis 6

Posted by New Westminster Chapel on January 6, 2012

 The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually … But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD…  he did all that God commanded him.” (Genesis 6:5, 8, 22)

Self-righteousness is a trait I would have never dreamt of associating with myself. No one really would want to accept it. But truth be told, we all think we are perfect don’t we? We like to keep that sweet image of ourselves deep-seated within us so much so that anyone who points any wrong in us is quickly bashed down, ignored or hated. What would you do if everyone in the world knew the “real  you?”

God, however, clearly sees who we really are. When man fell and went about his ways, sinning more and more, God assessed the situation of man. He saw that every intention of the thoughts of our hearts was only evil and only evil continually. In other words, our hearts are bottomless pits filled with one evil intention after another – over and over and over again! Can you imagine that? Each of our hearts if split open and let loose could overly fill the entire universe with evil. It’s that bad.

I am always amazed to ponder on why a holy and pure God would take an initiative to save such wretched and deeply wicked men like me! It is one of those profound things that stagger me. Yet He mercifully and graciously promised and worked out His plan of reconciliation with man through  the life and death of His Son Jesus.The account of Noah and the Flood served to show the kind of punishment man deserved for his sins and how God would save some to be His people. Noah’s father had said that his son would be the one to bring them relief from all their  toil and labours of their hands.

Noah clearly foreshadows Christ in bringing the message of salvation from the wrath of God. In his day, people were called to believe that message and be saved from the flood. Something worse than a flood is coming  dear friends – God’s eternal wrath in hell. Yet through Christ Jesus, God freely offers us His Good News of Redemption. By believing in the Lord Jesus we will be saved and have eternal life with Him in heaven. Will you die when an offer so great, free, undeserved and unearned is freely given to you?  

Cast away from you all the transgressions that you have committed, and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! Why will you die, O house of Israel?” (Ezekiel 18:31)

RECEIVE THE GOOD NEWS TODAY!

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