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The End to Flourishing Wickedness

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07.26.17                                                                                                                                                                                                 The End to Flourishing Wickedness

 

The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.  And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.  And God said unto Noah, ‘The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.’ (11-13)

We are now at the end of our discussion of the wickedness that prevailed in the world prior to the Great Flood.  We are on the cusp of the interaction between God and Noah.  Dear reader, it is very important that we understand that what we are studying in God’s Word is truth.  It is simple truth as revealed to us by the God of the universe, who cares for his Creation.

Previously, we were presented with the beginning of great wickedness in the world.  “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time.” (Genesis 6:5).  If there were a nightly news in that day, it would contain no good news.  One of the local channels from the Twin Cities tells us that while they want to give us the news of the day (usually bad), they also want to help us smile.  Prior to the flood, according to the text, there would be nothing to smile about.

This was all prompted by the fact that the godly on the earth chose to marry off their children to the ungodly.  There was no separation, and the entire world became corrupt.  The good apples don’t help the rotten one, but the rotten one spoils the rest.

How did God react to this dire situation?  He showed His displeasure, He promised judgment, and He extended grace to the one man yet in the world who had not compromised his family.  “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.” (Genesis 6:8) Noah was a godly man who walked with God and who led his family aright.  He had three sons, and apparently they married godly young women.

Today our focus is on the end of this flourishing wickedness as described in our opening text.  I draw your attention to it.

It describes clearly the condition on the earth (11).  The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.  Corruption and violence; not a pretty picture.  The world has contained these things since the early days of Cain and Lamach, but in Noah’s day it was the norm.  The terrorism of our day is only a glimmer of what the world was facing then.

Next, it describes God’s understanding of the situation. (12)  And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. God clearly saw and understood this condition of mankind.  Previously we were told that this grieved God; it pained Him to see what His Creation had done.

Finally, we see God’s communication to Noah. (13) And God said unto Noah, ‘The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.’

Our Creator is a patient God.  He had given man some 2500 years to make his choice.  He had sent warnings, but now man’s time is about up.  There will be 120 more years available for man to repent and turn to God.  This is the amount of time Noah was given to construct the ark.

Next time, we plan to begin looking at the instructions God gave to Noah.  They are clear and interesting, for God is a great Designer.  Is He your God?


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