by Kristen C. Strocchia
“This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God. Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth. Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. So God said to Noah, ‘I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth.” Genesis 6:9-13
Notice that in verse 9 God explains to us why Noah found favor in His eyes. He was righteous. In other words, Noah lived according to God’s standard of right or morality. He also walked full of faith, steadfast with His God. The one true God.
As with Lamech [McCain], three sons are recorded in Noah’s family: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. And while Methuselah may have been the oldest man who ever lived, Noah–at 500 years old [Genesis 5:32]–takes the prize for oldest first time dad in the Bible.
But Noah’s sons were born into a corrupt world. Corrupt being decay, decomposition, departure from the original or from what is pure and correct, depraved, infected, tainted, wicked, evil. Corrupt, therefore, being the results of the sinful nature rooted in the human heart and lived out in each and every life–with the exception of Noah.
Though Noah was not perfect, he would have had a sin nature like everyone else on the planet, but it was what he chose to do about it that set him apart. And because Noah revered God, his sons are also spared to help replenish the earth after the flood, in hopes that Noah trained up his boys in the way they should go, so that when they were grown they would not depart from the Lord [Proverbs 22:6].
So God confides in Noah. The Almighty speaks with the man–said to have walked with Him–and tells Him exactly what He intends to do. Remember, man was created to commune with God [Genesis 2:18], to have this very intimate relationship that Noah had with Him.
But people find this pronouncement of judgment on Noah’s day to be problematic in their spirits. They ask: How can a loving God destroy people? How can He insist that they only do things His way?
Yet people live in societies that have laws that are upheld by consequencing those who do not obey, and they enjoy the freedom of the safety and prosperity that this type of society creates. In the end, it comes back to the same lie that Satan told Adam and Eve in the Garden and the angels in heaven, “You can be your own God.” People want to choose for themselves which way things should be done.
But is there a God? And if there is a God, and I’m not it, then wouldn’t that Creator God be the one to decide what is right and wrong?
Not to mention, aren’t I grateful that God’s way means that my children will honor me, my husband will not cheat on me, my fellow human beings will not lie to, steal from, be jealous of, or murder me, my boss will give me time off to rest, and that I will not waste my life chasing after godless images that can never provide what I truly need?
Aren’t I grateful that the God who created everything and knows the thoughts and attitudes of the hearts of man, who knows all things, sees all things, and is everywhere present is also good and loving and merciful on my behalf?
Aren’t I grateful that even though there is sin in my life, God made a way to redeem me so that I could have everlasting life with Him?
Didn’t God also give every other human being on this planet the same witness, love and grace? Didn’t they all have the freewill to choose?
Can I really be mad at God for the choices that others make and the consequences those choices bring?
Like Noah, we all have a sin nature. What are you choosing to do about yours?