Promises are like pie crusts, easy made and easy broken

As children we made promises to our friends about different things. Throughout the years we no doubt have promised to do things, and whether or not we have kept those promises is only for us to know. Mama always said, “Promises are like pie crusts, easy made and easy broken.” 

I was reading in Genesis recently about Noah and the flood. God made a promise to Noah and to all of us that He would never destroy the earth by water again. He not only said that orally but He backed up His promise with a sign, or a bow in the sky as the Bible says.

I remember standing on the hillside outside mother’s house during the 1990 flood of Elba, Alabama. I watched the water surrounding her house and across the street as far as the eye could see. It was rolling like a mighty river toward town. The sound I shall never forget. For a moment I was frightened. Where would we go if the water kept rising? I tried to think of the highest place even outside of the small town of Elba, and then I remembered God’s promise. 

“And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you and with your seed after you; and with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth. And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of the flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth” (Gen. 9:9-11)

It is a beautiful promise of God and please read on through verse 17. God made a promise to Noah and all of us and he sealed that promise with a beautiful bow (rainbow). He said He would look upon the bow and remember the everlasting covenant (promise) between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.

How beautiful is that? How beautiful is the rainbow we see in the clouds and always marvel at its beauty? How beautiful is it to know that it is evidence of a living God who made the promise to all of us. That is a promise He has never broken nor will it ever be broken. We can believe the promises of God about the rainbow, salvation, and eternity. His promises are not like pie crusts, easy made and easy broken. We can indeed stand on the promises of God.

#bible-study, #flood, #promises, #rainbow

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5-24-2016 Local Flood, I Think Not

The Flood in Noah’s day substantially changed the complexion of our world, as we know it.  It was not a “local” flood, for God intended to “destroy from the face of the earth all living things that I have made” (Genesis 7:7 NKJV), and He had “created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1 NKJV).  Before the Flood, God “had not caused it to rain on the earth,” “but a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground” (Genesis 2:5-6 NKJV).  Animals and plants, and then humans, grew in a virtual “hot-house,” or prime growing conditions.  Since the Flood, God decreed that we have seasons: “Seedtime and harvest…Winter and summer” (Genesis 8:22 NKJV).  Peter said, “the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water” (2 Peter 3:6 NKJV). There was nothing “local” about that flood or its effects.

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#flood, #local, #noah

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5-25-2016 The Flood

In the Flood in Noah’s day “the waters prevailed exceedingly on the earth, and all the high hills under the whole heaven were covered” (Genesis 7:19 NKJV).  “And all flesh died that moved on the earth: birds and cattle and beasts and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, and every man” (Genesis 7:21 NKJV).  “Only Noah and those who were with him in the ark remained alive” (Genesis 7:23 NKJV).  With the 8 human souls in the ark, there was “every beast after its kind, all cattle after their kind, every creeping thing that creeps on the earth after its kind, and every bird after its kind, every bird of every sort” (Genesis 7:14 NKJV).  The Flood’s immense pressure formed diamonds and coal, and the run-off left scars like the Grand Canyon.  Every culture since has referred to “the flood.”

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#flood, #noah, #worldwide

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3-11-2016 The God Of The Seas

To a stubborn and rebellious people, God reminded them: “’Do you not fear Me?’ says the LORD. ‘Will you not tremble at My presence, Who have placed the sand as the bound of the sea, By a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass beyond it? And though its waves toss to and fro, Yet they cannot prevail; Though they roar, yet they cannot pass over it’” (Jeremiah 5:22 NKJV). It was God Who ordered the rain and sea to overwhelm the entire Earth in Noah’s day, and destroy sinful, rebellious humanity. God “did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly” (2 Peter 2:5 NKJV). Every rainy day rainbow should remind us that God has promised never to destroy the Earth by flood, again.
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#flood, #rebellious, #sinful

Archaeological Evidence for the Flood?

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Fox News is reporting that some archaeologists think they have found proof that the Biblical flood did exist.

Through carbon dating of shells found on an ancient shoreline 400 feet beneath the surface of the Black Sea, they have established a timeline for that catastrophic event that happened around 5,000 B.C., he estimated. Some experts believe this was around the time when Noah’s flood could have occurred, ABC said.

Some archaeologists have supported the story of Noah, citing similar details passed along in narratives from Mesopotamian times, notably “the Epic of Gilgamesh.”

“The earlier Mesopotamian stories are very similar where the gods are sending a flood to wipe out humans,” said biblical archaeologist Eric Cline. “There’s one man they choose to survive. He builds a boat and brings on animals and lands on a mountain and lives happily ever after? I would argue that it’s the same story.”

Of course, we know the flood did exist by faith and because we know the Bible is inspired of God (2 Timothy 3:16-17). We read of the flood in Genesis 6-9.

It would be nice, however, for archaeologists to find something that would prove the veracity of God’s Word.

Are you doubtful or hopeful about the prospects of archaeology proving the truth of the Biblical flood?

 

 

#archaeology, #ark, #flood, #genesis, #noah

Letter to the Editor – Weinberg’s Myths

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Dr. Harold Weinberg addressed three alleged Biblical myths pertaining to the global flood in his article from May 18, 2012. I’m confident that Weinberg is an intelligent man, but he has not shown himself to be much of a Bible scholar to date. His introduction offered one definition of “myth,” but I’d like to provide another from dictionary.com: A myth is “an imaginary or fictitious thing or person.” His recent article contains a strong imaginary or fictitious component; namely, that the Bible contradicts itself! Allow me to explain.

First, Weinberg attacks what he claims to be a contradiction about the number of animals brought on the ark. A careful reading of Genesis 6:19 says “bring two”; it does not say “bring only two,” which is what Weinberg would need to prove a contradiction with Genesis 7:2,3. Noah did bring two of each sort of animal into the ark, and of the clean animals he brought even more so that some could be sacrificed later without causing extinction. The only “myth” here is the careless Biblical interpretation grounded in the fictitious Documentary Hypothesis to which Weinberg evidently subscribes. The Bible has not been edited, let alone by imaginary redactors like J, E, P, D, or any other letter of the alphabet! Jesus taught that Moses wrote the Pentateuch; that’s good enough for me.

Weinberg questions why the animals even needed to be saved from the deluge since God could simply have created more. I’m not in a position to question why God did or did not do certain things—and neither is Weinberg. I’m content to take God at His word, however, knowing that His ways and thoughts are far above my own (Isa. 55:8,9) and that there are some things He has not chosen to reveal to humanity (Deut. 29:29).

Second, Weinberg is confused about how long it rained during the global flood. Initially, it rained continuously for 40 days (Gen. 7:4,12). But, the rain that fell from above was not the only source of the rising flood waters. Water also came from below (i.e., the fountains of the deep were broken up). I don’t find anything contradictory about stating that it rained for 40 days straight but the water levels may have increased for 150 days total; that is, until the fountains of the deep were stopped and any further intermittent rain ceased temporarily (Gen. 8:2). Certainly more detailed information is desired, but there is no contradiction or myth here. The interested reader is encouraged to read my other comments pertaining to the flood at: www.Flood.AudioEvangelism.com.

Third, Weinberg is mistaken about the depth of the flood waters. Genesis 7:20 does not state that the flood waters had a total depth of 15 cubits but that “the waters prevailed fifteen cubits upward” (in other words, the water covered or “prevailed” over everything by at least 15 cubits of water). Some balk at this view because of the amount of water that would be required to cover Mt. Everest, for example. This problem is easily dismissed, however, when one realizes that the global flood itself radically changed Earth from what was likely a single continent tropical paradise into what remains today—seven continents and a much harsher environment. The tectonic activity related to the flood could have produced our modern mountain ranges. There is no proof that there were tall mountains prior to the global flood.

On a closing note, it is interesting to observe that every ancient culture has a flood story of some sort (e.g., Sumerians, Babylonians, Assyrians, Egyptians, Hittites, Chinese, etc.). Surely this lends credibility to the factualness of the global flood. As always, I would enjoy discussing these matters in more detail with any interested party.

  • Stephen R. Bradd, Clinton Church of Christ

#flood, #letter-to-the-editor

Thinking Past the Flood

I covered for my wife’s Bible class this morning, teaching middle school children. We were looking at the story of the flood and the Ark.

Something occurred to me. As with so much of the Old Testament, the things that were done happened for more reasons than seemed apparent at the time.

From our perspective, thousands of years out, we see that the flood happened for other reasons than simply to punish mankind for sin. The flood prepared man for the eventual final judgment of God. While the second instance will occur because of fire (2 Peter 3:10), the totality of the destruction of the judgment will far exceed what God accomplished in Genesis. A taste of what God can do, ought to be enough to get our attention!

The Ark prepared man to understand the Church, when it was established. Only those who were righteous and added by God, were allowed into the Ark. A study of the comparisons of the Ark and the Church are profoundly revealing.  In fact, if we examine the Ark and the  Church, several of the persistent misunderstandings people have about the church, disappear.

The story is also a sobering reminder of the wrath of God and the powerful grace of the Father, who saved Noah and his family. We must heed the lessons of the Genesis flood, if we wish to be in heaven for all eternity.

#church, #flood, #genesis, #judgment, #noah

I’ll pick the easy example of Bible wea…

I’ll pick the easy example of Bible weather – “And the rain was on the earth forty days and forty nights” (Gen. 7:12). The global flood was a result of global wickedness. The flood was so powerful that it had catastrophic effects on the entire planet. Guess I shouldn’t complain about the cold weather up here in Illinois, eh? It was 7 degrees (F) this morning when I got up. We’ve got a couple inches of snow on the ground.

#flood, #weather

Thanks to Randal and Forthright Press fo…

Thanks to Randal and Forthright Press for helping to raise $700 for Don and Phyllis Bowden in Tennessee. Thanks, especially, to all those who contributed to their relief. You have all shown the meaning of the word, “Christian” in your actions. God be praised and thanked for people like all of you.

#flood

The Flood in Nashville

My wife’s sister and her husband lost everything in last week’s flooding in Nashville. They lived near a creek in a suburb of Nashville called Antioch. The water was at least five-feet deep.

Please pray for my sister-in-law, Phyllis, and her husband, Don. They have suffered a great deal since the flood ruined their home, their clothes and left them nearly penniless.

Thanks for your prayers.

#flood, #nashville

Looting a problem? Not yet!

The Nashville and middle TN area is staggering under heavy flooding brought on by the torrential downpours of last weekend. Many people are left homeless and without flood insurance. Churches throughout the area are opening their buildings and checkbooks to help. One interesting element is the absence of looting that so often accompanies disasters of this magnitude. I hope this is a commentary on the general nature of people living in this area.

#flood, #looting, #nashville