Some teach the false doctrine that all men will be saved by God, regardless of rebellion or righteousness. This section of scripture continues God’s teaching with regard to the consequences of disobedience. I realize that the death and destruction portrayed here are physical but they are a shadow of judgment to come (implied by Peter in 1 Peter 3:20-21 ). Moses shows the children of Israel that when God says he’ll punish, that punishment is sure. 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9 gives a promise of future destruction and vengeance on the disobedient. Matthew 25:46 warns that this punishment is eternal.
We must stand in awe of the absolute power of the Almighty in our passage. His resources are unmatched, His destructive power is matched only by His creative power. His will is unbeatable. Yet puny man chooses to challenge His law. As the rebellious are crushed in the depths of the water in our passage, so the rebellious of all time will be cast in to a vast lake of fire, a flood of God’s wrath ( Revelation 20:15 ).
Noah and his family were safe, however, from all harm. Because of his obedience, he floated above the destruction. Peter uses this as an illustration showing us how baptism saves us ( 1 Peter 3:21 ).
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