WHEN GOD'S MERCY RUNS OUT
Genesis 7: 16:
"and the LORD shut him in." (King James Version)
"the LORD closed the door." (Contemporary English Version)
"Then the LORD closed the door behind them." (New Living Translation)
"Then the LORD shut the door behind Noah." (Good News Translation)
"and the Lord shut him in; or shut the door after him (l), he being the last that entered; and which he could not so well shut himself, at least so close, as was done by the Lord, or by the angels; and this was done to keep out the waters, and all within in safety; and to shut out others, and preserve Noah from the rage of wicked men, as well as the violence of the waters: some (m) have thought that not so much the door of the ark is meant, as the way to it, the pensile bridge which was necessary for the creatures to enter the ark; which being carried away by the force of the waters near the ark, that not being joined to it, precluded all access of the scoffers, whose scoffs were soon turned to lamentation and howling."
(l) "post ipsum", Vatablus, Tigurine version, Cocceius, Schmidt. "Pone eum", Piscator. (m) Scheuchzer. Physica Sacra, vol. 1. p. 45.
--Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible
"16. and the Lord shut him in—literally, 'covered him round about.' The 'shutting him in' intimated that Noah had become the special object of divine care and protection, and that to those without the season of grace was over (Mt 25:10)."
--Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary
Matthew 25: 10-13: "And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh."
Genesis 7: 16 reminds me of the destruction of St. Pierre, Martinique in 1902 and the firebombing of Hamburg, Germany in 1943. Just before the volcano erupted and destroyed St. Pierre, either the mayor of St. Pierre or the governor of Martinique had roadblocks set up, so that the people of St. Pierre could not leave the city. Same thing happened in Hamburg. Just before the Allied bombers dropped incendiary bombs on Hamburg, there was a military order given preventing all civilians from leaving Hamburg.
When the Lord closes the door, mercy has run out and the wicked are destroyed from the face of the earth.
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