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Evidences of Faith: Noah’s Baptism

One of the most familiar stories in the Bible is the account of Noah and the flood, recorded in the book of Genesis, chapters 6 through 8. It may also be one of the most misunderstood. For example, there are many who believe that the point of the story is this: Noah and his family were saved from the flood, by the ark. And, it is true that Noah and his family rode out the deluge on the ark. But it was God who brought the flood, and it was God who decided that Noah would survive it. Noah, then, was not a target of the flood: it was aimed at the ungodly. Seeing that we may safely say that God doesn’t miss, we must conclude that Noah did not need the ark to be saved from the flood, except for the fact that God commanded him to build it. The question naturally arises: Why did God require Noah to build the ark and bring all those animals aboard? The answer is in the New Testament book of Hebrews:

By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith. (Heb. 11:7) Continue reading » Evidences of Faith: Noah’s Baptism

Evidences of Faith: The Blood of the Lamb

In the May installment of Evidences, we looked at the exodus of the Israelites from the land of Egypt. In particular, we focused on the crossing of the Red Sea, and how that crossing foreshadowed the New Testament concept of baptism. This month, we will focus on another event which God brought about in the course of freeing His people from their slavery: the tenth plague.

 

In order to convince the Egyptians of His deity, engrave the fear of Himself on their hearts, make Himself known to all peoples, and to convince Pharaoh to let Israel go, God sent a series of plagues upon the Egyptians. The tenth – and final – of these plagues was the most terrible of all:

 

Then Moses said, “Thus says the Lord: ‘About midnight I will go out into the midst of Egypt; and all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sits on his throne, even to the firstborn of the maidservant who is behind the handmill, and all the firstborn of the beasts.'” (Exodus 11:4,5) Continue reading » Evidences of Faith: The Blood of the Lamb

Evidences of Faith: A Prophet Like Moses

The book of Deuteronomy, which was written somewhere around 1450 BC, records the final words of Moses to the nation of Israel, before their long-awaited entry into the promised land of Canaan. One of the things Moses told the people was this:

 

“The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brethren. (Deuteronomy 18:15)

 

At first blush, this may not seem very exceptional; throughout the long history of the Israelites, God sent many prophets to them. However, God did not send many prophets like Moses. Continue reading » Evidences of Faith: A Prophet Like Moses

Evidences of Faith: The Snake on the Pole

The people were complaining again. This time, they were tired of eating the manna God had given them to eat – food which they did nothing to earn, but was rained down from the sky for them:

And the people spoke against God and against Moses: “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and our soul loathes this worthless bread.” (Numbers 21:5)

It should be remembered that the manna tasted pretty good, like wafers made with honey (Exodus 16:31). Yet this was not the first time they had complained about it; a short time earlier, they whined about not having meat, and God rained down quail for them. Indeed, this incident is just one in a seemingly endless series of complaints. Continue reading » Evidences of Faith: The Snake on the Pole