By: Ely Lagajino
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1 (NIV)
When Noah and his family rested, secured inside the ark, aflash of sharp lightning descended from heaven. The heavy door, which was impossible for giants to close was shut in by an unseen hand, (PP p.76). Noah and his family experienced alockdown inside the ark and the wicked people were lockedoutside waiting for the unexpected doom’s day.
For seven days no rain fell, as the scoffers outside the ark confirmed that Noah’s message was fake news. People gathered around the ark and continued their festivals and sports competition. They ate, drank, and performed the worst wickedness, and they might have even planned to burn Noah’s ark. (PP p.76).
But on the eighth day, dark clouds appeared across the sky, lightning flashed, and thunder rolled, followed by a heavy downpour. The crowd grew terrified. They secretly asked themselves, could Noah be right?
Water under the earth broke up, ejecting huge rocks hundreds of feet up in the air, and on the way down buried the wicked alive. This was the first major eruption on earth. The wicked witnessed the destruction of their towering buildings, beautiful gardens, and treasured grooves for idol worship (PP p.77), all washed away by the devastating flood they have never imagined before.
Some tried their luck for a free ride at the side of the ark but they were swiped away by the storm. Others tied their children and themselves onto strong animals which they knew could climb the highest mountains, but the current swept them away too (PP p.79).
The storm lasted for forty days and forty nights (Gen. 7:11). The whole earth was submerged in water until no breath of life survived.
The people of Noah’s time were fortunate enough to have been warned of the exact period of one hundred twenty years to repent, but to no avail.
Let us learn from the story of the flood and turn away from our sins, while we still have time; and be saved when Jesus comes again.