(Mat 24:37-38), “But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. (38) For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,”
In this chapter, Jesus is talking with the disciples about the destruction of Jerusalem and its Temple, and the Great Tribulation period. What a sad and dark day this was for Jesus. This was a Day of Judgment for the Jews because of their rejection of their Messiah. Jesus then reflects back to the Old Testament, using as an example the days of Noah to describe His Coming; this also resulted in a Judgment against the inhabitants of the earth, because of their wickedness.
Let’s look at the Days of Noah as compared to our society of today, to see if much has changed over the millennial years.
(Gen 6:5) “And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”
Does this sound like our world today? Every time we turn on the television to watch the news or read the daily newspaper, we see the super-abounding wickedness of man – the imaginations of man, and the thoughts of his heart, are set on evil.
(Jer. 17:9) “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”
The heart that is spoken of in Genesis 1:5 and Jeremiah 17:9 is not that vital organ by which blood is pumped through the body, but of the mind which is the seat of the intellect. “Every imagination of the thoughts of his heart (mind) was only evil continually” (Gen.6:5b). The sad part concerning the heart is that it doesn’t grow evil over a period of time, or even as you grow into adulthood; for man is born totally depraved from conception. This fact is a definite show of the depravity of man. (Gen 8:21b) “…for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done…”
Have you taken notice of the youth today? We see daily our youth going to jail, or even prison, for acts of violence against their peers or against an adult, including their own parents. Whatever happened to Exo 20:12, “Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee”? (See Matt. 22:39)
The unregenerate heart of man, or the mind of man, cannot be changed by therapy sessions, or doses of medication. It is only by the grace and mercies of God that the heart (or mind) of a man can be changed:
(Eze. 36:26) “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.”
Our way of thinking has to be changed; and this can be done only by a transformation:
(Rom 12:2) “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
It is the Holy Spirit of God that can change, or transform, the heart of man. No man can change himself, for it is not in man to do so. We will look at more of the Days of Noah as compared to today, to see what else has not changed over the centuries.