Scripture Passage: Genesis 6:11-13
Observations on the Context:
The stage is being set for judgment. A worldwide flood will ensue. The earth is corrupted and violent. God sees it as such. What a sorrowful and painful thing that must have been in the Holy Creator’s sight! All flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. Twice in verses 11 and 12, God’s sight is referred to. Nothing is hidden from God’s sight and He saw the wickedness that was rampant on the earth.
God told Noah that He was going to judge the world. The entire world would be destroyed. Why did God do this? In Genesis 18:17, God does the same thing with Abraham. The man who walks with God enjoys “an ear in” on the counsels of God repeatedly in the Scriptures. Worldly Lot, was saved from the fire but He did not enjoy the warning that God gave Abraham. In Psalm 25:14, we learn that the Lord confides in those who fear Him. We cannot know God’s will if we do not fear Him. In addition, Abraham and Noah did not seek insight on the future, God revealed it to them because they walked with Him. They were in communion with God, they lived their faith, and they feared God alone.
Too often we fear man and not God. Such fear causes us to stumble and fall and become self-focused and self-conscious or even prideful. Being concerned about what people think of us is not how God desires us to live. As recipients of God’s gracious salvation who have the whole story clearly laid out for us in the Bible, do we live as Noah and Abraham did? Do we walk with God? We will see that these men were not perfect in days ahead, but their walk with God stood out to the world and condemned it.
Read Hebrews 11:7.
Father, I have a jealousy for the type of intimacy in my walk with You that Noah and Abraham had. Father, I long for the testimony of Noah’s life in today’s Scripture to be true of mine. O Lord make me to live right. O Lord cause me to be above reproach in the eyes of this world. O Lord guide me with thy Spirit and restore the joy of my salvation. Lord, cause me to walk with You. My will is too weak to be faithful. Take me, mold me, for Thy pleasure and glory. Amen.