Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Bible and the Supernatural: The Flood

Scripture: Genesis 6:5-8:22

Following Adam and Eve’s initial sin, the wickedness of man increased with each passing year until God was utterly sick of the widespread evil. So He visits Noah and tells him to build an ark; God is about to destroy the whole earth with an enormous flood. Noah does so, preserving the life of his family and the life of each animal species which didn’t already live in water.

Observations: The supernatural might seem a little less obvious in this passage than in some of the ones we have looked at thus far. After all, what is so miraculous about a flood?

Yet when we peer a little closer, how can we not stand in awe of what occurred here? On exactly the same day, all the fountains of the deep (underground pockets of water) burst open at the same time as the floodgates/windows of heaven burst open. Moreover, none of this happens until after Noah completed the ark, gathered the animals (another miracle if you really think about it), and stored sufficient food for all.

If these events had occurred too soon, everything and everyone would have perished. If they had occurred too late, the food would have been consumed (or rotted) with the same result. And if the opening of the foundations and the floodgates had not happened simultaneously, God’s predicted destruction wouldn’t have happened, proving Him a liar.

Significance: We often think of the supernatural as an action or event which defies natural rules. But sometimes, like with Noah’s Flood, what makes the event supernatural isn’t the what but the circumstances under which the what occurred.

So with the Flood, God used natural means (flooding) but in such a way (the amount of flooding) with such precise timing (the simultaneous opening) so as to cause a supernatural event (a catastrophic flood that wiped out mankind).

Therefore, supernatural sometimes employs the natural, and the use of the natural doesn't mean the supernatural isn't at work.  

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