Genesis 6

Genesis 6 had God regretting one part of His creation – mankind.  “The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually”.  Not much has changed.  Man was created in God’s image.  He was placed in paradise in the Garden of Eden.  He sinned and was punished.  And ever since has been falling short of God’s expectation.  During Noah’s time, things were out of hand.  “And the Lord was sorry that he had made man on the earth”.

What a change from creation when God looked at what He had created on day six – and said it was very good.  It didn’t take man long to mess up that very good start.  And God has had it – “I will blot out man”.  God isn’t just disappointed.  He has given up on His creation and is going to remove it from the face of the earth.  He has had it.  There was however one bright spot.  “Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord….a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God”.

Noah was the one man whom God was pleased with.  Noah lived a life pleasing to God.  He walked with God and earned a different response than the rest of mankind.  God does pay attention.  He notices how we live.  God has decided “the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence”.  It was beyond saving, so God chose a different tact, to just remove all man.  “God said to Noah, “I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence through them”.  God is going to start again with Noah and his three sons.

So God tells Noah “Make yourself an ark”.  Can you imagine that request.  It has never rained as of this time.  And now, God wants Noah to build a boat and not just any boat, a giant boat capable of hauling lots of living beings.  He tells Noah “I will bring a flood of waters upon the earth….everything that is on the earth shall die”.  This won’t be a little disruption.  It will wipe out all life that is not on that ark.  God goes further and says “I will establish my covenant with you, and you shall come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you….you shall bring two of every sort into the ark to keep them alive with you”.  Pretty big order indeed.  Noah has been tasked with saving God’s creation and creating the foundation from which life can start over.  Big order and a lot of work to do to get ready.

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