Mass Shootings and As the Days of Noah Were


37 But as the days of Noah 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,

39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

~ Mt 24:37-39

I feel the need to put off the Sabbath series to address the yet again violence that has occurred in our society.  This isn’t a post about gun control.  This isn’t a post about gun rights.  This is a post about the real issue.

I’ve lost track how many rampages of violence there have already been just this year.  It seems that violence begets more violence.  The bar cannot go low enough, it seems.  It must slip lower.

You know, when we think about the days of Noah and the passage above, we often zero in on the eating and drinking, as though that was what was wrong, and the marrying and giving in marriage, as though that were wrong, but is that the point?  Perhaps not.  It could be they were being gluttonous, drunkards and redefining marriage.  That certainly would be like today, would it not?  However, was that Jesus’ point?

I don’t think so.  Nothing I have read even of the ancient Greeks indicate they tried to redefine marriage.  I think it simply means that Noah’s contemporaries were going about their day-to-day business, doing what came normally, acting as though it would not end.

But, it did end.

Quickly.

That was the point, and v 39 makes that clear.

Was that the only point?  I don’t think so.  Of all the examples He could have pointed to, why the days of Noah?

6 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,

2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.

3 And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.

4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.

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.

~ Ge 6:1-5

Should this be surprising?  When people have no regard for God, after all, what does human nature tend to degrade to?  Even the imaginations become evil “continually”.  You know, even our entertainment, that which comes from and goes into our imaginations and thoughts, is filled with all sorts of evil and violence.

Garbage In, Garbage Out = GIGO.  It’s a computer phrase.  If you put garbage data into a computer, you won’t get anything worthwhile out of it.

The human mind is a lot like a computer.  It is infinitely more complex, but it is made up of the physical, psychological and environmental stimuli that come into its sphere.  Sometimes the human mind has been compared to a slate board.  At birth, it is clean, and the events of our lives write things upon it.  Of course, we must recognize that the chalk can be different colors, different widths and different quality.  Even the slate may be green or black, and it may be made of quality workmanship or made cheaply.  All of these combine to different outcomes, different displays and even different levels of legibility.

Why are our children and young people so angry?  Could it be because no one is providing them quality input?  Could it be that without God it is not possible to provide quality input?

Noah’s day was a time most of the world was without God.  Only Noah’s family had a relationship with the Creator.

6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.

~ v 6

Now, that is a sad commentary on the condition of mankind.  The Creator of mankind was sorrowful that He even created people!

11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.

~ v 11

Again, doesn’t that sound like our day?

The problem is right there in the text, though.  Mankind was dwelling on evil continually in their hearts and minds.  GIGO.  And why not?  After all, if there is no God, then why does it matter?  You can do what you want to do, right?

Unfortunately, when enough believe this, that is what brings human kind to the brink of destruction.

Of course, the Bible is just a book of fables and myths, right?  What could be of value in a book of myths?

8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

~ Php 4:8-9