Psalms 19:1—To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
Who would have seen more of God’s handiwork than Noah? Noah surely understood more than any man at that time what the handiwork of God was. Remember the “fountains of the great deep” were broken up (Gen. 7:11; Gen. 8:1-2; Pro. 8:28), and the rains came down from heaven when there had been no rain before (Gen. 2:5-6)? Can you imagine the shaking of the earth and the loud clapping of thunder? Can you envision seeing the ground break up and fountains of water spewing up from the earth when such a thing had never happened before? Such physical events would only be the beginning to help the people to see the big picture of other wonderful works of God. Like we read in Romans chapter one, the physical wonders are only the beginning. Spiritual works of God far outweigh physical in glory and beauty—works in nations, in hearts of men, in giving understanding, etc. The entire Bible shows the works of God. NOTE Psalm 107, and particularly last verse, shows what the “natural events” of the world are—the work of God FOR His purpose (Rom 8:29) to form Christ in the hearts of men. It is like a mystery for us to unravel. We must learn to ask for understanding and spiritual sight to do that. (Example—David Psa. 119:18—Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.)
- Luke 24:45—Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,
- Luke 10:21—In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.
Remember all the miracles that Pharaoh saw?
Literally every belief known to man teaches an account of the flood—even the Aborigines in Australia. The Hindu religion in India tells how “Lord Krishna lapped up the waters.” Can this be coincidence? Archaeologists have discovered a number of flood stories among pagan nations in the ancient world.
In stark contrast to the pagan stories, the book of Genesis presents the holy and sovereign God who acted in judgment against sin and yet mercifully saved Noah and his family because of his righteousness.
Many artists have painted imaginary “pictures” of Noah’s flood. The famed Michelangelo (1475-1564) had great compassion for the doomed people who could not escape the waters sweeping away their world. This depiction of the flood from the book of Genesis was one of the first scenes he painted on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Instead of concentrating on God’s chosen survivor Noah, this radical artist imagined the anguish of all who were doomed to drown.
There is much scientific evidence for the flood, and all you have to do to become a believer is note rock formations and layers along the highways as you drive. The evolutionists contort the evidence to support their hypothesis. The Grand Canyon is a perfect example. Evolutionists use it as proof that the earth is billions of years old, claiming that the Colorado River carved the canyon over millions of years, while Bible-believing Christians understand the canyon as a spillway from Noah’s Flood. Even though the evolutionist believes it formed slowly, with a little water and a lot of time, the Bible believers understand it formed quickly, with a lot of water and a little time. What a stark difference!
Since the Bible is true, and the earth is only about six thousand years old, we should easily find evidence that debunks the evolutionist theory about the Grand Canyon. That evidence is everywhere. For example, the top of Grand Canyon is over four thousand feet higher than where the Colorado River enters the canyon, meaning (if the evolutionists are right) the river would have had to flow uphill for millions of years. Additionally, in contrast to all other rivers, we do not find a delta (a place where washed-out mud is deposited). This alone makes the evolutionist interpretation impossible (Citation 2 paragraph down).
The evidence does, however, point to Noah’s Flood. Today, we see two beach lines from what used to be two large lakes near the Grand Canyon. Creationists believe that after Noah’s Flood, the lakes got too full and spilled over the top. When water overflows a dam, the weakest point is instantly eroded. Thus, the Grand Canyon would have been formed quickly, supporting the creationist view.
So, which interpretation is right? Knowing that rivers don’t flow uphill and no leftover sedimentary deposits are found, evolutionists have a lot of explaining to do when it comes to the Grand Canyon. The Bible, however, says that a flood covered the whole earth (Genesis 7:18-20). This means we should find places where the water drained. The Grand Canyon is one of those places. It is a washed-out spillway and provides great evidence for Noah’s Flood.
Reading the Genesis account closely to understand the flood and the various things that took place during that time would help us all to understand about the wonderful works of God.
One reason a Bible class may be able to relate well to the Noah story is that there is supposedly a new movie about it. I do not go to movies, but some of these students may and teaching them the truth about what really happened could help them to see how badly the truth is distorted in the movie.
I am no doubter that the movie will be intended to destroy our faith in the Genesis account (Gen. 5:29-10:32). The humanists are taking our children and now they want to destroy every last believer age 1 to 100!
Note the introduction to the movie trailer has this sentence: The Biblical Noah suffers visions of an apocalyptic deluge and takes measures to protect his family from the coming flood—as if the ark were totally Noah’s idea and work. If it had not rained on the earth before, could any man know about boats or large bodies of water? The men of Noah’s day must have mocked him as they watched him build something they considered useless.
In the New Testament, Jesus spoke of the Flood and of Noah and the ark, comparing “the days of Noah” with the time of “the coming of the Son of Man” (Matthew 24:37-38; Luke 17:26-27).
House-to-House has put out a picture called “Noah by the Numbers.” Maybe we should keep that little chart handy as we are studying the Genesis account along with our children? One thing to note even here is that the window is in the wrong place.