It is not too late to take up the challenge of reading through the Bible in a year. You can download the Bible Reading Plan at www.HillsdaleBaptist.org. Today’s assignment is Genesis 7-8, Psalm 4, and Matthew 4.
The historical narrative of the universal flood begins in Genesis 6 where we read, “5the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually…7And the LORD said, I will destroy man…” (Genesis 6:5, 7).
Out of all the earth, one man “found grace [divine favor] in the eyes of the LORD”(Genesis 6:8). “Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God” (Genesis 6:9).
The last four words of verse 9 answers the question, “Why did God spare Noah and his family?” He was a man of faith “and walked with God”. While wickedness and rebellion were universal, Noah believed God, called upon Him, and walked with Him.
A testimony of Noah’s faith and God’s grace is he and his family were saved from the greatest cataclysmic event to ever come upon the earth. It rained 40 days and 40 nights (7:12,17) and when the rains stopped the waters covered the earth another 150 days.
The story of God’s universal judgment is interrupted with a phrase that is a joy to read; “God remembered Noah…”(Genesis 8:1). Altogether, Noah and his family remained in the Ark 370 days until the waters receded (Genesis 8:14-16). When God commanded him to leave the Ark, Noah’s first act as spiritual leader of his household was to build an altar and offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving to God (Genesis 8:20-21a). The LORD accepted Noah’s sacrifice, promising He would never again destroy the earth.
We read an ominous statement regarding the heart of man after the flood; “the imagination [thinking; inner thoughts] of man’s heart [mind; understanding; center of his thinking] is evil [sinful; wicked; ] from his youth”(Genesis 8:21b).
The pre-flood world had been laid waste and the face of the earth scarred as a lasting reminder of God’s wrath [example – the Grand Canyon]; however, one thing had not changed…the heart of man.
God’s observation before the flood was, “every imagination of the thoughts of his [man’s] heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5). The same malady was true of the heart of man after the flood (Genesis 8:21b).
Sadly, that reality will be too soon apparent in Genesis 9.
Copyright 2019 – Travis D. Smith