A. As we read through the OT, we find it rich with symbols and shadows of grand things that would find their fulfillment in what the prophets called “the last days” (Isaiah 2:2, Micah 4:1).
B. We shall begin this series of studies on OT shadows with a look at some of its many shadows of God’s Judgment.
I. The flood was a shadow of the Judgment.
A. God’s judgment is just (1 Peter 3:20, Genesis 6:5).
B. God’s judgment is universal (Genesis 7:21–22, 2 Corinthians 5:10).
C. God’s judgment is will take many people by surprise (Matthew 24:36–42, 7:21–23).
II. The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah teaches us about Judgment.
A. God’s judgment is severe (Genesis 19:24–28).
B. God’s judgment is escapable (Genesis 18:23–26, 19:8–17, Matthew 3:7, Luke 17:28–36).
C. God’s judgment is swift (Genesis 19:16).
III. Israel’s fall is an especially frightful shadow of Judgment.
A. Judgment is not limited to alien sinners (Jeremiah 7:1–15).
B. God’s judgment begins with His children (1 Peter 4:17–18).
C. The purpose of God’s judgment is the salvation of souls (Acts 5:11, 1 Corinthians 5:5, Hebrews 12:5–11).
This knowledge should compel us to live so that we “may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless” (2 Peter 3:9–14), and it should also compel us to “persuade men” (2 Corinthians 5:11).