Flood Warning Reform-line
P1: This period is described in Genesis 6:3, 5-9, 11, 12. During this time, God is viewing the inhabitants of the earth, including Noah, with His all-seeing eye and pronouncing judgment on them.
E1: The passage showing this event is Genesis 6:13-21. God communicates his message of judgment (“I will destroy the world”) and salvation (“make an ark”) to Noah.
P2: This period is the 120 years Noah worked to prepare for the flood. During this time, Noah faithfully preached the warning message to those who would listen and demonstrated his faith by preparing the ark. It was necessary that the earth’s inhabitants learn and accept Noah’s message during this time. “Those who would believe the message, and would prepare for that event by repentance and reformation, should find pardon and be saved.” Patriachs and Prophets, 92.
E2: There came a point at which the ark was finished. “The ark was finished in every part as the Lord had directed, and was stored with food for man and beast. And now the servant of God made his last solemn appeal…” The completion of the ark was the great sign of the veracity of Noah’s message.
P3: Picking up the quote where we left it: “And now the servant of God made his last solemn appeal to the people. With an agony of desire that words cannot express, he entreated them to seek a refuge while it might be found. Again they rejected his words, and raised their voices in jest and scoffing. Suddenly a silence fell upon the mocking throng. Beasts of every description, the fiercest as well as the most gentle, were seen coming from mountain and forest and quietly making their way toward the ark.” With his last warning preached, Noah and his family entered the ark with the animals. See Genesis 7:7-9. During this period, they showed, by literally entering the ark, their faith in God’s flood warning. Whether or not you entered the ark was a matter of life-or-death during this period.
E3: Finally, the Lord closed probation by closing the ark’s massive door. See Genesis 7:16.
P4: In describing this period, Genesis 7:17 says, “And the flood was forty days upon the earth.” Here is the executive judgment of God on a world which had given itself wholly to the control of sin.
Exodus Journey Reform-line
P1: During this period, God’s judgment was thus: “I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians.” Exodus 3:7-8. It is well known that plague-judgments befell the oppressors until finally Israel was released from bondage.
E1: The Lord, in the pillar of cloud and fire, personally and powerfully declared his message of judgment at the Red Sea – “I will be honoured upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host; that the Egyptians may know that I am the LORD.” Exodus 14:4. At this time, Moses relayed God’s message of salvation to the children of Israel: “Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day.” Verse 13. In the Red Sea crossing, God baptized all his people and completed their deliverance from Egypt.
P2: This period encompasses Israel’s journey from the Red Sea to Sinai. It is presented in Exodus 15 – 18. The major theme of this period would have to be discovery and acceptance of God’s providence, that is, education in and acceptance of the Lord’s message of salvation. In Exodus 15, we find Israel rejoicing in their salvation from the Egyptian host; they later learn that God provides sweet water to drink. In chapter 16 we read of the children of Israel learning to accept heaven-sent bread. In chapter 17 God gives the lesson that Israel must accept miraculous water from the smitten rock. The same chapter shows Israel receiving miraculous victory in a battle with Amalek. In wining this battle, Israel again tasted God’s message of judgment against her enemies. God’s gift of supporting judges and rulers over the Israelite host was accepted by Moses in Exodus 18. God’s providence of water, food, more water, victory, and judgment – His whole package of salvation – was discovered and accepted by the Israelites during this period.
E2: The God-given sign of the message was clearly the two tables of stone on which the Lord wrote the Ten Commandments. Exodus 34:28-29.
P3: The first thing the children of Israel did after the Sinai experience was bring an offering for the Sanctuary. Period 3 saw the building of the Sanctuary and the establishment of its rites and ceremonies. Read Exodus 35-40. In this work of obedience, Israel gave expression to their faith in God as their Leader and Savior. Also during Period 3, the Israelites learned, and practiced living according to, God’s statues and judgments. See Leviticus and Numbers 1-12. Notice that during this period, faithful obedience was most important; God’s people found that the result of faithless murmuring or disobedience was punishment.
E3: Read Numbers 13-14. Upon receiving the negative report of the twelve spies, God’s people are completely disheartened and complain against Moses and Aaron. God closes probation on a generation of his people: “Your carcases, they shall fall in this wilderness; and all that were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward, which have murmured against me, Doubtless ye shall not come into the land, concerning which I sware to make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun.” Numbers 14:29-30. Notice that probation here closes on Caleb and Joshua as well. Their test is over, and their entrance into the promise land is assured.
P4: “Each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise.” Numbers 14:34. The final period of the Exodus Journey Reform-line sees this judgment executed.