by Rev Joel Yong
Genesis 6:11-13 ESV
Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence. And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. And God said to Noah, I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence through them. Behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
People who haven’t read the Bible in entirety, sometimes misunderstand the Flood in Noah’s time.
They think it was God throwing a tantrum or taking the easy way out when the going got tough and hitting RESET to the world.
You know, there are gods like that. Check out the Mesopotamian or Babylonian deities. The likes of Marduk for example – are entrenched in folklore that shows how men were created to be the slaves of the gods and how when they got too plentiful or noisy- the irritated gods swiped them with apocalyptic destruction to reduce their numbers.
This is NOT the case in this Genesis account.
We do not have a tyrant as our God.
Neither is He a heartless dictator.
Rather it is written in the passage that “… And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth.” The inhabitants of earth had become evil and what they did to one another, pained Him.
Genesis 6:5-7 ESV
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. And the Lord was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. So the Lord said, I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.
Yes it pained God to see us continue like this.
This flood – wasn’t sent for God’s convenience.
No, it was sent so that mankind might still have the chance of some future.
That is why God provides a way out- for 1 family to survive the Flood.
They weren’t perfect – we know this because post-Flood we read of silly things they did like Noah getting intoxicated one day, and lying unconscious and naked for all to see.
But Noah was trying at the very least to follow God still, when all around him had succumbed to the culture of evil and debauchery.
Genesis 6:17-19 ESV
For behold, I will bring a flood of waters upon the earth to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life under heaven. Everything that is on the earth shall die. But 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. And of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every sort into the ark to keep them alive with you. They shall be male and female.
So plans are made for the coming of the Flood- not for God’s convenience but to give mankind a chance of a better existence than the present.
Continuing in that existence of evil would be similar to living out hell on earth.
And the loving God of the Scriptures wouldn’t want to let us continue on such a path.