Sodom, Gomorrah and The Days of Noah – Sunday Thought For The Day
In the 24th chapter of Matthew, the 37th verse, Jesus said: “But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” (KJV) Most Christians are familiar with this passage of scripture; but how many have considered in depth the period of time to which Jesus is referring?
Specific to my question; in Genesis 6:5-6 KJV; we read an anthropomorphism, i.e., the attributing of human attributes to God, here used to express: “That the overwhelming of mankind by a flood, and the subsequent abbreviation of life, is set before our eyes as painful to the Deity, and contrary to His goodwill towards men, but as necessitated by the extreme depravity.” (Ellicott’s commentary to English readers)
Humans had become so wicked that God was grieved in having even created man. Jamison-Fausset-Brown said it well: “[God] is described as about to alter His visible procedure towards mankind—from being merciful and long-suffering, He was about to show Himself a God of judgment; and, as that impious race had filled up the measure of their iniquities, He was about to introduce a terrible display of His justice.”
As wicked as the people of Sodom and Gomorrah were, God destroyed only those two cities, not every life-form and the earth itself, as He did in the days of Noah and family.
Many people today reference Sodom and Gomorrah, even making jokes about God’s need to apologize to those people if He doesn’t punish individuals of today. But, these same people blissfully ignore the words of Christ found in Matthew 24:37 as referenced in the opening paragraph.
When we read the verses I’m speaking on today, we should ask God to give us understanding so we are able to understand how wicked mankind will become prior to the Lord’s return to gather the born-again together with Him.
When that happens ever single person left behind will begin a period of suffering that is eclipsed only by the pain and eternity of hell itself. This is no laughing matter. It’s nothing to joke about.
The people of Sodom and Gomorrah were wicked and deserved being reduced to ashes. But, in the days of Noah, the world had become wicked to the point that every man, woman, child and living creature, with the exception of those taken aboard the Ark, were destroyed.
A question seldom asked, is: “What would life be like today, if God had not destroyed the world with the flood? But, perhaps I digress.”
The words of Christ referencing His return to rapture His church are beyond urgent. The truth I’m speaking to you should make every unsaved person reassess their reasons for rejecting God.
Today’s Sunday Thought should make those who are living the pretend to be saved act, when in reality they either know for fact that they aren’t saved or they cannot say with 100 hundred certainty that they are saved – this is your “now moment.” By the time you go to take your next breath it could be too late.
If you are saved, share today’s Sunday Thought with someone you know isn’t saved or suspect isn’t saved.
Matthew 24:37-51 KJV
37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?
46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
47 Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.
48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;
49 And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;
50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,
51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
About the Author
Mychal S. Massie is an ordained minister who spent 13 years in full-time Christian Ministry. Today he serves as founder and Chairman of the Racial Policy Center (RPC), a think tank he officially founded in September 2015. RPC advocates for a colorblind society. He was founder and president of the non-profit “In His Name Ministries.” He is the former National Chairman of a conservative Capitol Hill think tank; and a former member of the think tank National Center for Public Policy Research. Read entire bio here