DAY 81 - BIG PICTURE IN A YEAR - THE FALL & THE FLOOD
Every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out; people and animals and the creatures that move along the ground and the birds were wiped from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark.
Genesis 7: 23
Reading: Hebrews 5: 8, 9; 2 Corinthians 5: 17
Today is the last day of our studies from Genesis 3-11. As we draw to the end of our Big Picture in a Year studies on the Fall and the Flood, it will be good for us to do what we always do in a Big Picture study and that is, look for Jesus in Genesis 3 - 11.
In Noah we see a strong type and shadow of Jesus. In what ways? Noah steps onto the stage of human history at a time when God is planning a total renewal of Earth. As we say in the Children's Curriculum, the world was icky and sticky and needed washing away...ay ay. The Lord has in mind the salvation of a remnant of humanity, which He is going to save in the midst of judgment. If we preferred to call the Flood the Great Salvation instead of the Great Judgment, we would not be wrong.
Yahweh enlists an obedient man, a fully obedient man, to partner with Him in saving a remnant of people through the Flood. What must these people do in order to be saved? They must believe Noah's message and get in to the Ark. Noah is that Saviour figure who leads his people through the outpoured wrath of a holy God...into life.
This whole Flood story is a picture for us, sending a salient, no, a vital, life and death, message to us today. Judgment is coming but God has already provided another saviour - the true and ultimate Saviour of whom Noah was just a type and a shadow. Jesus.
What must people do in order to be saved from the wrath of God to come? They must believe Jesus' message and get in to Christ.
Thank You for providing a way of salvation for those who believe.
For the family
Explain this study in an age-appropriate way. Ask each child if he or she has understood and wishes to 'get in to Christ'.
You and your kids can do this
Before folding, write out your child's name and pop it into the Ark as a symbol of them getting in to Christ.