The Bible is also a recorded
history. The events that happened in the ancient times are permanently recorded in the Bible. They serve to show the Judgment and Mercy of God, and carry a
timely lesson which no one can afford to ignore.
Apostle Paul made it clear in I Corinthians
All these things happened to them as examples--as object lessons to us--to warn us against doing the same things; they were written down so that we could read about them and learn from them in these last days as the world nears its end.
(1 Corinthians 10:11, Living Bible)
Looking back at these two ancient events during the
time of Noah and Lot, one clear pattern clearly emerges. That,
before the prophesied destruction comes, God's mercy and salvation is revealed. However,
to benefit from God's mercy, it is necessary
that one should follow God's instruction for salvation. Failure
to believe and follow these instructions shall mean
forfeiture of the grace of salvation and thus result in death to unbelievers.
Even now in the twenty
first century, as the end of the world draws near, these events can still serve as
relevant examples or lessons. This is to warn people against doing the same
mistakes made by the ancient people who perished due to unbelief. They have great relevance in man's life, especially in the
shaping of man's eternal future.