(5) And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. (6) And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.Genesis 6:5-8
(7) And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.
(8) But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
The story of Noah is often told to children focusing on the animals and the ark itself. Those are cetainly points of interest. Yet it is clear in the story of Noah that this is a story of judgement. God was righteously indignant with a creation that bore His image and yet went against His will “with every imagination of the thougths of his heart”.
The global flood is presented in these two chapters as an actual historical event, complete with dates, names, measurements and places. Man’s sin and the corruption of the earth had an implication and effect even on the natural world. God was done with the earth because of man’s sin.
In the beginning of this narrative, amidst the sin of man, and the terror of the Lord is this beautiful word “grace”. It is directed toward Noah from the Lord in Genesis 6:8:
“But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord”.
As there was one door into the Ark, there is only one way of Salvation, Jesus Christ.
As Noah experienced salvation by grace through faith, so salvation in Jesus Christ is by His grace through faith.
(6) But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
(7) By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
We live in a world where the thoughts and deeds of men are continually evil. We must seek to be people of faith, willing to stand alone in obedience to God and His Word in the midst of this time. Our world is increasingly hostile towards the things of God, and ultimately judgement will come. May we put our hope in Christ alone, run to Him and be saved.
God, help me to live by faith, and to turn to you in the midst of a sinful generation.