A. joy: A vivid emotion of pleasure arising from a sense of well-being or satisfaction; the
feeling or state of being highly pleased or delighted; exultation of spirit; gladness, delight.
B. rejoice: trans. To enjoy by possessing; to have full possession and use of (a thing). Obs.
2. To gladden, make joyful, exhilarate (a person, his spirits, etc.).
II. Rejoicing is not optional. It is a command of God. PHIL 3:1.
A. B. C. D.
III. Not all A.
It is not a momentary requirement. PHIL 4:4; 1TH 5:16.
(DEUT 22:9) Thou shalt not sow thy vineyard with divers seeds: lest the fruit of thy seed which thou hast sown, and the fruit of thy vineyard, be defiled.
(DEUT 22:10) Thou shalt not plow with an ox and an ass together.
(DEUT 22:11) Thou shalt not wear a garment of divers sorts, as of woollen and linen together.
Noah in the New World
I. Everything prior to the Flood is described as “...the world that then was...” (2PE 3:6).
A. This is set in contrast to “...the heavens and the earth, which are now...” (2PE 3:7), a “new
world” in which there are many things different but constructed of the same basic materials
and conditions of the “old world,” including unrighteousness.
B. There is a “...world to come...” (HEB 2:5) in which all things will be new (REV 21:5) and
unrighteousness gone. 2PE 3:13.
II. Consider life after the Flood.
The Post-Flood Covenant
A. The earth and humanity were experiencing a true Reformation.
1. This Reformation (as others) did not actually change the nature of sinful man.
GEN 6:5 c/w GEN 8:21; PSA 58:3; PRO 22:15.
2. Outward judgments may terrify and restrain men, but cannot renew their nature.
3. The change of man’s nature requires creation or resurrection power, not reformation.
2CO 5:17 c/w EPH 1:19-20; 2:1, 4-5, 10; 1CO 15:52.
Leaving the Ark
A. A little over a year from the start of the Flood, Noah and all left the ark.
GEN 7:11 c/w GEN 8:13-19.
1. All that went alive into the ark came off the ark alive according to the commandment.
2. All that were given to the righteous man were preserved unto a new world. c/w 1TH 5:23-24.
3. There is no better nor safer place than the place where Christ is.
B. Noah did not leave until God gave him leave. So Christ remained in the tomb until God’s order of
three days and three nights was completed. MAT 12:40.
24 Reasons Refuted
The Flood Ends
A. The Flood shows that unchecked sin will not go forever unjudged; it rathers builds up a treasure of wrath. ROM 2:5.
1. When men provoke God far enough, it may well be too far for a stay of judgment. c/w 2CH 36:16; PRO 29:1.
2. God says of such times, “I will ease me of mine adversaries...” (ISA 1:24).
3. Sin having been judged, God's wrath was now appeased and it gave way to mercy.
c/w HAB 3:2.
4. When God's wrath against His elect's sin was satisfied by Christ, the Old Testament of
The Flood Comes
A. Heretofore the ark was “...a preparing...” according to God’s longsuffering. 1PE 3:20.
1. It was not a matter of the world not yet being worthy of judgment: the judgment had
already been decreed (GEN 6:6-7) but sentence delayed until salvation was prepared.
2. So also mankind that fell under sin was preserved until Christ was prepared. HEB 10:5.
3. NOTE: God-fearing men view His longsuffering as a window of mercy but fools despise
and exploit it. MAT 24:48-51; ROM 2:3-6.
Take Advantage of Your Pastor
I. Your pastor is a gift from God to your church (Eph 4:8,11).
1. God gave you a pastor after His own heart to feed you (Jer 3:15).
2. Your pastor is God's ambassador that He sent to you with a message (2Co 5:20).
A. In Biblical times God delivered His word through His prophets (Heb 1:1; 2Pe 1:21).
B. Today God manifests His word through preaching (Tit 1:3).
3. You should receive your pastor as an angel of God (a messenger from God) (Gal 4:14).
4. Your pastor is a "man of God" (2Ti 3:17).
5. Your pastor is a good soldier of Jesus Christ (2Ti 2:3).
(Joel 1:14) Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land
into the house of the LORD your God, and cry unto the LORD,