Text: Genesis 6:5-9
EMHB 312 – Behold the Lamb of God, who bears
Memory Verse: Acts 2:47 “Praising God and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.”
DAY: John 17; NIGHT: Genesis 42-43
The increasing wickedness of human beings is summed up in verse 5b: “Every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time.” Human beings are also described as corrupt and full of violence (Gen. 6:11-12). This is still applicable to our nation in many ways today. God decided to destroy the earth in the time of Noah because His heart was grieved.
When children bring their fathers to this state of mind, they are under a curse regardless of whether that curse is actually pronounced or not. On this basis, our nation and continent should not take our plight for granted. God’s heart is also grieved and full of pain on account of our corruption and wickedness. If so, we are under the same curse of God who also gives and sustains life.
However, there is a way of escape. God is a loving Father who gave His Son, Jesus Christ, to carry the curse for us (Gal. 3:13). But He is also the God of Justice and righteousness (Micah 6:8). Sin is like yeast which affects a whole loaf of bread or like cancer which affects all the organs of the body as it spreads. Human beauty and human community had once been the crown of creation (Gen. 1:31) but human corruption drew all creation down to its ruin.
However, Noah found favour. He was described as a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time and walked with God. We have the answer for favour right here in Noah. In the same way, God today gives us the overall instruction (John 3:16, 36, Acts 16:31). Knowledge of the theological or biblical details without the willingness to obey the basic instruction of God counts for nothing in God’s plan of redemption. God’s favour is in Christ. Believe on Him.
PRAYER: O God, open our eyes to see Your favour available in Jesus’ precious blood and save us from everlasting destruction. Amen.