“. . . the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually . . . So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth” (Genesis 6:5-12).
Consequently the creator intervened to stop all that He saw wrong and –
“. . . He was grieved in His heart” (Genesis 6:6).
His intervention took the form of a flood which covered the whole earth
destroying all life except for one acceptable family –
“. . . Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD” (Genesis 6:8).
God’s assessment of Noah is -
“Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God” (Genesis 6:9).
“By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household . . .” (Hebrews 11:7).
Noah and others were saved by entering into the ark along with selected animals.
Rather than assuming that the flood of Noah's generation belongs in the realms of fantasy, it is important to see it as a very real event, having relevance today. Several later inspired writers of Scripture make reference to the times of Noah.
“ For this is like the waters of Noah to Me; for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah would no longer cover the earth, so have I sworn that I would not be angry with you, nor rebuke you”
“’Even if these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they would deliver only themselves by their righteousness,’ says the Lord God” (Ezekiel 14:14).
“. . . when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water” (1 Peter 3:20).
Noah also appears in the genealogy of the Lord Jesus -
“Now Jesus Himself began His ministry at about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, the son of Heli . . . the son of Cainan, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech ..” (Luke 3:23-38).
The flood illustrates that God Almighty does not ignore or tolerate wickedness but chooses a time for judgement. In the New Testament, speaking of a time to come, Paul one of the apostles of Jesus says –
“He (God) hath appointed a day, on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising him from the dead” (Acts 17:31).
The “the Man” being spoken of is Jesus, who said -
“But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be” (Matthew 24:37).
Thus Jesus will return to earth to replace all the wickedness of man with God’s righteous kingdom.
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(Quotations are from the New King James Version of the Bible)