The Lamb of God Is Resurrected

Read Ezekiel 37:1-14 with Matthew 28:1-15

The resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ began his exaltation by the Father. Matthew shows the supernatural witness given to the resurrection with the earthquake and angelic presence announcing the glorious event. The stone was rolled away, not for Christ to come out, but to show he had already risen, and the tomb was empty. Jesus’ resurrection has secured our justification, our surety of redemption and our comfort in life and death.

Grace & Government

Read Romans 13:1-10 with genesis 9:1-7

In grace, God’s common grace of sustaining mankind and the earth, greater authority is place upon humanity to guard and exercise justice, under the authority of God. This is ever with an eye to the Kingship of Christ, understanding that he will bring forth true justice and righteousness on the earth.

Then God Remembered Noah

Read 1Peter 3:18-22 with genesis 8:1-22

God’s grace and mercy yet shine in the midst of his righteous justice. Noah and his children’s households are delivered from the flood and re-established on the earth. Though the nature of the heart of mankind is still fallen (depraved in the whole) the covenanting grace of God in Christ - seen through the sweet smelling aroma of the sacrifice of the clean animals - is what will meet the world until the final day of judgment.

The Great Day of Judgment

Read Genesis 7 with Luke 17:20-30

The Lord used the great flood of Noah’s day to bear judgment upon the sinfulness of the world, yet in the midst of his judgment mercy shone - the saving of the righteous. As the flood waters rose and prevailed upon sinful wicked humanity, the Ark was lifted up with those same waters and moved on the surface. God’s covenant love in Christ sustained his people in judgment.

The Lamb of God Dies

Read Matthew 27:45-56 with Psalm 22

In the death of Christ on the cross, Matthew records three supernatural events - the three hours of darkness, the veil ripped from top to bottom, and the opening of the tombs and resurrection of saints; these are paralleled with statements from and about the Lord Jesus: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me.”, Jesus when he cried with a loud voice he gave up his spirit, “Truly this was the Son of God.” Through these events and statements we see three wondrous works of Christ’s death - his quenching God’s wrath against us; his opening the way into the Holiest of places, God’s throne room; the death of death itself.

The Decline of the Church

Read 2Corinthians 6:11 - 7:1 with genesis 6:1-12

What was one of the grave mitigating factors in the decline of mankind into such depth of sinfulness that God determined to bring the great flood to destroy the earth? It was the decline away from God by his people. While we recognize the church was not formally called such until the time of Christ, in the Old Testament, the seeds and beginnings of the church are drawn out by those called his people. Here the church is seen in the line of Seth - the sons of God, and that line of God’s people severley declined by Noah’s time.