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Today's Christian thought: Tuesday October 7th, 2003

But, once the door closes.

We are going to continue along looking at the flood, Noah and the ark through the sermon of the Puritan Reverend Mr. Jonathan Edwards. Today we are going to look at Genesis chapter seven. As you read Genesis chapter seven, keep in mind that the door to the ark was open for 120 years. The ark was open throughout all of the 120 years that Noah and his crews were in the process of building and supplying it.

Genesis Chapter Seven

1 And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before Me in this generation. 2 Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female. 3 Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth. 4 For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.

5 And Noah did according unto all that the LORD commanded him. 6 And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth. 7 And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood.

8 Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth. 9 There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah.

10 And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth. 11 In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. 12 And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.

13 In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah's wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark; 14 They, and every beast after his kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind, and every fowl after his kind, every bird of every sort.

15 And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life. 16 And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in. 17 And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth. 18 And the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters. 19 And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered.

20 Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered. 21 And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man: 22 All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died. 23 And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark. 24 And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days. (Genesis seven ACP/KJV)

Throughout the 120 years that Noah and his crews were building the ark, any one of them could have come to Noah and he would have explained to them how to repent and receive salvation. During the time that Noah was gathering provisions for the time he, his family and the animals were locked inside of the ark, any of those who worked on the ark, any of his neighbors or anyone else could have still received salvation and been allowed on the ark, for the door was still open. But, they didn't. And then God said. "Enough!" and shut up the door to the ark.

"In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.

In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah's wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark; They, and every beast after his kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind, and every fowl after his kind, every bird of every sort.

And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life. And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in."

Think about what happened, for years Noah was trying to tell men, women and children that the end was coming. He yelled, he screamed, he begged them to listen, but they ignored him. They probably told him that he was "to pushy". They were having to much fun I would imagine. Then one day, they heard the huge door on the ark close and it started to rain, but not just rain, the heavens opened and the rain came down like a waterfall, the earth opened and water fountains erupted, the water accumulated so fast that in under forty days, the water covered the highest mountains by fifteen cubits in depth. Can you imagine the people beating on the side of the ark, screaming at and begging Noah to open the door and let them in? But, they had missed the last chance they had, for once God closed the door, that was it, all that were outside perished.

"And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth. And the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters. And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered.

Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered. And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man: All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died"

God's word tells us this very thing will happen again. That there will come a time when God will no longer give man a chance to repent, but will this time, instead of flooding the earth with water, He will flood it with fire. But even before that time, we who are alive each have a finite time until God says, "this is it, this is your last chance." And then God will shut up the ark of salvation with another unrepentant satan server locked outside. To many think they have all the time in the world, to many think they can determine for themselves when and how they will seek salvation. Just like the men working on the Noah's ark, they think they can eat, drink and be merry and when they decide to let God into their hearts, that they can just snap their fingers and God will respond. And just like those who were locked outside of Noah's ark by God, so will those who think they determine when and how they will be saved, will be locked out of God's ark of salvation by Him today.

Each day brings one closer to the moment of judgement, the moment in which they will stand before God and be judged, a judgement that offers no appeal. A judgment that is absolute and eternal. We must realize that salvation is not easy, oh it is not dependant upon anything you do, but, salvation is not free. Once you have come to the Lord seeking His forgiveness and His salvation, you must face up to the fact that from that point on, you are His, not his friend or peer, but His slave. His bond servant, His to do with as He would choose. You are to do His commands, you are to, from that point on, use His book the Holy Bible as a guide to your daily living.

I want you to look at something:

And a certain ruler asked Jesus, saying, "Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou Me good? none is good, save one, that is, God. Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother.

And he said, "All these have I kept from my youth up."

Now when Jesus heard these things, He said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow Me.

And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich. And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, He said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

And they that heard it said, "Who then can be saved?"

And Jesus said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God. Then Peter said, "Lo, we have left all, and followed Thee." And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God's sake, who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting. (Luke 18:18-30)

Take note, the rich man said he had done all that Jesus had mentioned, but, when the Lord said: "Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow Me." The rich man left, he could not surrender all for the Lord, he could not or would not give up his pride and his wealth for his salvation.

Let me tell you this, if you are not willing to make the work of the Lord your most important job, then you are not going to get into heaven, if you think you can serve Jesus a little and slink on past the gates into heaven, you are wrong. If you are not willing to submit all to the Lord, then you might as well, eat, drink and be merry in this life, for when this life ends, your eternity is going to be horrible. Horrible beyond anything you can even imagine, worse than anything you can even attempt to imagine, worse than anything Stephen King ever wrote about or ever imagined.

And starting tomorrow we will look at how you serve the Lord, it is not all that hard, it is just constant and at times causes you to make a choice you would rather not make, such as being honest with one who thinks they are safe, saved and on their way to heaven when you know they are not based upon what they have said.

The Lord our God, Christ Jesus give you time, may He be patient with you, may He cause men and women you will listen to, to come before you, to urge you to seek and give your life to the Lord God of Creation, Christ Jesus. Amen.

The Lord be with and bless you all and may you all keep this very important point in mind. It is better to be a horse fly in the stables of the Lord Jesus than the CEO of hell.

Lord I would also ask You to be with my friend Mac, and for the salvation of Michael Savage and Rush Limbaugh. Amen.

All Scripture is quoted, in both sermons and daily thoughts, except when done by a guest, is from the ACP/authorized 1611 King James Version. The words in red are those quotes of God the Son, the Lord Jesus and the words in purple are those qoutes spoken directly by God the Father and the words in this sickly greenish color are of satan. But all of the Bible is spoken by God and should be viewed as God's handbook for us to run our lives by 2 Timothy 3:16.



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