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Fire and Brimstone and Grace

Sun, Aug 13, 2017
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if he did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a herald of righteousness, with seven others, when he brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly; -- 2 Peter 2:5 (ESV) I’ve always found it odd the way we have treated the flood. The images we produce of orderly lines of animals queuing up for their place on board, or we have a bearded Noah topside with the giraffe heads popping out. These cute, family-approved, nursery-appropriate shots give us warm fuzzies like the story is about a day out on the water with Noah and his menagerie. However, this story is not a clean, pleasant story but one of darkness, evil, and judgment. The water below the ark was filled with people sinking to their demise. Those pictures don’t end up in the kid’s room, but it is this aspect that Peter highlights to demonstrate the righteous justice of God. It also vividly displays God’s ability to save the righteous, but who are they? This week we continue examining 2 Peter 2. I’d encourage you to read through this chapter. It will take you back to the book of Genesis and beyond. I look forward to discovering more about our righteous and merciful God.
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