Friday, 14 January 2011

Noah, the Flood, the Rainbow and Flooding in Australia

God promised Noah that a global flood would never again destroy all life on earth. Image courtesy of Jerry Magnum Porsbjer, Wikipedia.

Joel Kontinen

The flooding that has continued for weeks in Australia reminds us that unlike Adam and Eve, we no longer live in a perfect world but a world corrupted by sin. However, in spite of tragedies and destruction it is not at all like Noah’s Flood.

Genesis describes a covenant God made with Noah after the Flood:

I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you and with every living creature that was with you—the birds, the livestock and all the wild animals, all those that came out of the ark with you—every living creature on earth. I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth” (Genesis 9:9-11, NIV).

The rainbow tells us that the Flood of Noah’s day could not have been a global deluge. It also assures us that a destructive global flood will never again destroy all life.