Never Again

Text: Genesis 8:21

There are times when things happen in our lives that we vow will never happen again. Yet what often happens is that these things do happen again, despite our claim that they would not. This is one way in which God is superior to us. If He vows something will never happen again, it will not. In this lesson, we are going to look at some things that God said would never happen again.

Destroying the Earth with Water (Genesis 8:21; 9:11, 15)

  • Early in the Bible record, the world was destroyed by a flood – only Noah and his family were saved
  • Why was the earth destroyed with water then? – due to the wickedness of man (Genesis 6:5-7); because Noah was righteous, he found favor in the eyes of God and was saved (Genesis 6:8-9)
  • The earth will be destroyed one day, but in a different way (2 Peter 3:7, 10) – it will not be destroyed by water again because this is what God said (Genesis 8:21; 9:11, 15)
  • After the flood, God emphasized the perpetual cycles of life (Genesis 8:22)
  • God’s blessings continue for all (Acts 14:17) – this is an example of God’s kindness, not His slowness (2 Peter 3:9)

Israel Seeing Their Egyptian Oppressors (Exodus 14:13)

  • The Israelites were slaves in Egypt – God, through Moses, led them out; but Pharaoh pursued them
  • The people feared that their oppressors would catch them and kill them (Exodus 14:10-12) – this was despite all of the plagues that they witnessed, proving God’s power over Pharaoh’s
  • However, God would deliver them (Exodus 14:13) – they had no reason to fear; the army that was pursuing them would not be seen again; God would defeat them (Exodus 14:14)
  • Parallel to God delivering us from the bondage of sin (Romans 6:16-18) – when we obey the gospel
  • If one returns to bondage, it is by choice (Romans 6:16; Joshua 24:15) – it is not because God failed (Isaiah 59:1-2); Jesus rendered the devil powerless (Hebrews 2:14-15)

War Among the Nations (Isaiah 2:4)

  • Isaiah prophesied of the kingdom that would be established (Isaiah 2:2-4) – open to all nations and peoples
  • This kingdom would not be an earthly kingdom (John 18:36) – it was a spiritual kingdom; because of this, it would endure forever (Daniel 2:44)
  • Christ’s kingdom would not use carnal weapons to carry out its mission (Matthew 26:51-52) – never again would the Lord’s people use carnal weapons to advance His cause (2 Corinthians 10:3-4)
  • Wars continue to exist – not that this is a failed prophecy, but because man rejects God (Romans 13:10)
  • When people become part of Christ’s kingdom, that citizenship supersedes any earthly citizenship – our citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:20); therefore, our goal is to please the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:9)

Conclusion

  • While we might foolishly claim that something in our lives will never happen again, when God says it He means it
  • We need to learn the lessons from these passages we have considered – (1) God has judged the world and will judge it again, (2) we can be saved if we follow Him, and (3) citizenship in His kingdom is open to all

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