Puzzle Piece 2: Cleansed

Noah’s flood cleansed the earth of evil

Key Bible Reference: Genesis 3-11

About 1,500 years after Adam and Eve believed the lies of Satan, sin had corrupted the world so much that God physically cleansed the earth of sin by flooding the earth with rain.  Noah found grace with God, so God made a covenant with Noah to save him and his family in an ark that Noah was instructed to build.  When the ark was finished, God led Noah and his family, along with the animals, into the ark.  It rained for 40 days and 40 nights and water covered the earth, but more than a year passed before the earth was dry enough for them to leave the ark.  The Ark landed on Mt. Ararat in Turkey, and Noah sent out a dove that returned with an olive branch, a sign of new life.  God vowed that He would never flood the earth again and created the rainbow so we could remember His promise.

JESUS’ baptism cleanses our hearts of evil

Key Bible Reference: Matthew 3, Luke 3

Connecting the Old & New Testament

Old TestamentLIFENew Testament
Flood-Cleansed EarthWHATBaptism-Cleansed Heart
~2344 BCWHENAD 30
Earth; Mt. AraratWHEREJordan River, Israel
Faith in Noah’s ArkHOWFaith in Jesus
Love via Grace for NoahWHYLove via Grace for All

1 Peter 3 (NIV)
18…Christ was put to death in the body
but made alive in the Spirit.
19 After being made alive, he went and
made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits—
20 to those who were disobedient long ago
when God waited patiently in the days of Noah
while the ark was being built. In it only a
few people, eight in all, were saved through water,
21 and this water symbolizes baptism…
the pledge of a clear conscience toward God.
It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ,
22 who has gone into heaven and is at
God’s right hand—with angels, authorities
& powers in submission to Him.

Believe in the death and resurrection of Jesus and take refuge in Him, so you can be CLEANSED of your sins!