Mankind Deserves Judgement
Scripture Passage: Genesis 6:5-8
Observations on the Context:
This text provides much more clarity on the issues in the first half. God is angry with mankind. Mankind is wicked, his heart is evil continually. God is grieved and regrets making His very good creation in His image. The Lord has been dishonored, disowned and replaced in man’s heart. Therefore, God enacts judgement upon the whole world. Judgment will extend to the domain that God gave mankind – the entire earth and all the creatures will suffer under the punishment of their appointed rulers. But God isn’t done!
The but is so important! Noah finds God’s favor, literally, God’s grace. Even in the midst of impending judgement there is grace.
Slowly read and think about these verses:
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV
“For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil. For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, because they formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water.” 1 Peter 3:17-20 ESV
“Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. He will render to each one according to his works:” Romans 2:3-6 ESV
“For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment; if he did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a herald of righteousness, with seven others, when he brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly; then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment, and especially those who indulge in the lust of defiling passion and despise authority. Bold and willful, they do not tremble as they blaspheme the glorious ones, whereas angels, though greater in might and power, do not pronounce a blasphemous judgment against them before the Lord.” 2 Peter 2:4-5, 9-11 ESV
Lord thank You for Your Grace! Because of Your abundant mercies in Christ I am not destroyed! Lord, stamp the lesson of the Flood upon my heart. Guard my steps. May I not be a Lot who stumbles into sin and gives Satan a foothold. Thou alone art strong enough to keep me standing, my own will crumbles in but a moment.