• Pastor Jim Stultz

It’s Starting to Rain


In the Bible rain has been seen as a symbol of God’s blessing. However, it has also been used as a means of God’s judgment. In the days of Noah, the wickedness of man began to increase exponentially. Genesis 6:5 tells us: “Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually”. God was fed up with the increase of rebellion and wickedness of his creation and determined to judge the world with a flood. He also saw that Noah feared the Lord and instructed him to build an ark. The ark would be the vessel of safety for Noah and his family and two of every kind of animal. Noah spent his days not only building the ark but also preaching to his fellow men about God and His coming judgment, inviting others to join him in the ark (2 Peter 2:5). The day finally came that the rain started to fall. Noah and his family entered the ark of safety with all of the animals and it is recorded in Gen. 7:16: “…and the Lord shut him in”. God’s judgment upon a wicked world came and the flood destroyed everyone not in the ark.


A similar day will come in the future as predicted by Jesus in Matthew 24:37-39: “But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be”. It doesn’t take much observation to realize that our world is turning its back on God and immersing itself in every kind of sinful behavior imaginable. Some may be thinking it is time to build another ark.


The fact is God did build another ark. This time it wasn’t built out of gopher wood. It was built out of the wood of the cross. And it wasn’t constructed by Noah but was built by Jesus Christ God’s own Son with His death on the cross. All we must do is enter into a relationship with Jesus and accept Him as our Savior while the door is still open. After all it’s starting to rain.