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The Great and terrifying Flood : Why God drowned the earth and its people

The Great and terrifying Flood : Why God drowned the earth and its people 

When we read the story of Noah, many emotions and questions might arise. One question might be: How can a good God destroy and drown all the people of the earth and only save 8 people? Today I endeavour to answer that question, And also look at what it means to us today. 

The story of Noah and the flood is depicted in Genesis chapter 9. To understand why God flooded the earth we have to understand two things : What is sin? and What is the punishment for sin? 

Sin: Sin is ultimately rebellion against God. Sin includes a failure to do what is right. But sin also offends people; it is violence and lovelessness toward other people. Sin, in relation to our fellow human beings can be considered as tarnishing the image of God as each human being is made in the image of God.

Genesis 18:20 Then the Lord said, "The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous

It is imperative to note that everytime God pours out judgment on a people or region there is an escalation of sin which precedes his judgment. In the case of Sodom and Gomorrah the people were depraved to a point of no return. 

Genesis 6:11 Now the earth was corrupt in God's sight and was full of violence. 12 God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways.


In the event of the global flood we can see that once again an escalation of sin and depraved acts of man preceded God's judgment. Once again the world became corrupt and sinful beyond any point of return. Thus this total encompassing depravity of man brought down the judgment of God upon the whole earth. Noah and his family were spared and this is an indication of God's mercy as he left a remnant to repopulate the earth. 

Psalm 50:6 And the heavens proclaim his righteousness, for he is a God of justice.


God is a God of Justice. His holiness demands justice. And when there is an increase of sin he cannot do anything other than let justice be executed. If did not exercise justice, He would be contradicting himself and his word. He punishes the wicked but He is also merciful. 

Proverbs 21:15 When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.

Sin does much harm to people. If you can take a sin like murder - - That one sin can rob a family of its breadwinner. Rob children of their father. Rob children of a future and a wife of a husband and much more. What happened in the days of Noah demanded God to act and exhibit his justice because he can not be inactive as sin destroys the lives of many people. Ultimately hell will be the ultimate act of justice as God sends the unrepentant sinner to a place where he/she can no longer do harm to people. 

God executes Justice on his Son for our Sins

Here is where the critics, the self-righteous and the sinner stand still… Because God is holy and his holiness demands justice but he loves his creation so much - - He made a way to save them from ultimate justice in hell. No man could satisfy the demands of justice for the sins of the world, But God the Son could. The most passionate act of Love is portrayed on the cross. A holy God's justice was sufficed on the cross by his Holy Unblemished Lamb, Jesus Christ the Lamb of God! And that is why it's called Good Friday. Your sins and my sins were atoned for by the Messiah saving us from hell and reconciling us with a Holy Father God! 

John 1:29 The next day, he saw Jesus coming to him, and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

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