The Longest Sermon
By Louis Rushmore
Thousands of years ago a preacher of God lived among many sinful people. This preacher preached for
over a century to these wicked people about the coming punishment of God. Yet, not one person in the whole
world besides this preacher's family was obedient to God. This must have made the preacher very sad and it
greatly displeased God.
For 120 years this preacher with the help of his family also built a large boat as God instructed them.
Sinners laughed at the preacher and his family because of what he preached, for the godly way his family lived
and because of the large boat that they built.
Finally, God decided to flood all the earth and drown every person - except this preacher and his family
(and the animals they took with them on the large boat). It was a terrible day since almost all people on earth
died in that flood; only the preacher and his family survived.
This preacher, of course, was Noah. The account of this universal flood is found in Genesis chapters six
through eight. The apostle Peter called Noah "a preacher of righteousness" (2 Peter 2:5).
In a sense, the same flood water that killed the ungodly world also saved Noah and his family. These eight
souls were separated by that water from the wicked world that died in the flood. The apostle Peter compares
the saving affect of that flood water in Noah's time with the water of baptism. "Which sometime were
disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing,
wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now
save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), by the
resurrection of Jesus Christ" (1 Peter 3:20-21). Dear friends, the water of baptism today saves; have you been
How tragic! The longest sermon was in vain to the world that died in the flood. How tragic! Only eight
people in the whole world were saved.
Sadly, today many people also refuse to obey God. Preachers of righteousness are laughed at and God is
greatly displeased. Dear readers, God's punishment is coming again, though this time God will punish with
fire. "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to
us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will
come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements
shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that
all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and
godliness, Looking for an hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be
dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?" (2 Peter 3:9-12).
Please, do not allow God's preaching to be in vain toward you. Do not perish with the wicked world. Be
baptized for the forgiveness of your sins. "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of
you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins . . ." (Acts 2:38).