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Beginnings in Genesis – Why a Flood?

April 18, 2008

Just a word on the flood. This was no random act of violence on God’s part. This is a very deliberate act of de-creation, indicating God’s intention of starting again. Creation is put into reverse.

Remember the first chapter of Genesis and the acts of separation? Remember how on the second and third days of creation as recorded in Genesis, God separated waters above from the waters below? And how in the middle was the sky and the dry land? These waters were the waters of chaos and darkness in 1:2-3.

And remember how for Israel in the OT the great symbol of chaos and destruction was always the sea and the waters?

You see, creation and chaos are always intimately connected. And only the keeping and sustaining grace of God prevents us from being overwhelmed by chaos.

The judgment of the flood is an example of what happens to the world of men and women when they go their own way and God exercises judgment. He can no longer be relied upon to restrain chaos.

Note how the writer describes the flood:

In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the seventeenth day of the second month– on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. 12 And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights.
Genesis 7:11

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