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*This post, along with others is an excerpt from the prayer journal I have been using to document everything up until this point, it was written on March 13, 2012 after studying Genesis 6:5-8 and 9:8-13.*

It’s incredible to me how something I have read a hundred times has the ability to jump out at me in such a new way! Then again, I shouldn’t be too surprised because that is precisely what I prayed for when starting this journey.  It shouldn’t surprise us when God answers our prayers; it’s natural. So, here is the little bit of insight I got after reading about Noah for the umpteenth time… a true testament to me that God’s Word is Alive!  This revelation came to me on a day of confusion, after seeing some gut-wrenching thing on the news… about why there is so much evil in the world today, what with trafficking, war, and child abusers, and had me wondering why God didn’t just choose to wipe all of those evildoers off the face of the earth; I mean, He did it with Sodom and Gomorrah, right?! 

Well, He answered my heart’s question that day, and He is faithful to do just that in your life too! All He asks of us is to seek Him.

*Note: Spanish text from the NVI (Nueva Version Internacional) version of these scriptures can be found below for reference.

**Note: Please keep in mind that these are little things I’ve found along the way and the reflections I’ve garnered from them; I’m not a theologian. Phew! Glad we got that out of the way, lol!  Also, because I’m giving you an uncensored peek into my “findings,” and hence my World; I hope you are not easily offended by my questioning God and / or  the way we get along {me and the Big Guy, that is}, because I, like everyone else, am flawed in my Earthly perspective. I believe we will get the full view, only when we make it to the other side of eternity. With that said, read on, be blessed, and encouraged! : )

Genesis 6: 5-8, NIV :

5 The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.6 The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled.7 So the Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.”8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.

Genesis 9: 8-13, NIV :

8 Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him:9 “I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you10 and with every living creature that was with you—the birds, the livestock and all the wild animals, all those that came out of the ark with you—every living creature on earth.11 I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.”

12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come:13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.

Wow!  Genesis chapter 9 has never been more eye opening to me before. But before we get into that, let’s go back a little to see what has led up to this point.  According to the brief genealogy given us in Genesis chapter 6 [not listed in reference verses], we are able to see that roughly about 1,000 years have passed in the 10 generations from Adam to Noah.  But still, this is only Genesis 6.  So, in the 6th chapter of the FIRST book of 66 books in the Bible, God is already showing “Buyer’s Remorse,” so to speak.  Translating it, myself, from the Spanish NVI, Genesis 6:5-6 says, “God, seeing that mankind’s wickedness on the Earth was so great, and that all their thoughts were always evil, regretted having made them, and it troubled His heart.”  This alone is astounding! In the beginning, did God not know when He created man and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil that we, as humans, would turn towards sin and live wicked lives?

 Of course He knew, He knew our propensity for both good and evil, and that didn’t stop Him from loving us and creating us.  Is it even possible for God to regret something He has done? Well, the Bible shows us it is.  Regretting something usually implies that something has been done by mistake.  Is it possible that God felt He had made a mistake?! I wonder… the God of the Heavens and the Earth, that I serve, has stated before everything, that He felt remorse / regret at the sight of humanity; and this, only 6 chapters into our history!!

However, with one man… Noah, He was pleased and Noah found favor with God.  Yet another ASTONISHING statement!  There was one who had found favor with God.  Noah was not perfect, but he lived in a way that brought him closer to God. 

Getting back to the destruction of the World bit, these verses also show us that God did not haphazardly destroy all of humanity  -He gave Noah a task-  But, before that even, God singled Noah out, which says to me, that He searched the Earth to find some good in it, to merit being saved such a disaster, and what did he find? One man. In ALL the Earth. One man, and his family. 

God gave Noah a job -much like Adam’s job- we are not given an exact time frame of how long it took, but we know it took many years…  Years, I believe, God spent waiting.  Something we should understand here, is that Noah spent a lot of time building that boat out in the desert, surrounded by a sinful generation.  God said they were violent and corrupt, but in Noah, He found righteousness.  Obviously, in that whole stretch of time, no one else came forth to find favor with God– No One else chose to live righteously, no one else was sent for to accompany Noah’s family into the ark.

Yes, God created all, knows all, and sees all, past and present, but He gave to us Free Will. The way I see it, we can choose any number of paths to follow all with a certain end to each of those paths defined.  Each step, each decision has a consequence, whether good, bad, or neutral… and as we are told by the great Physicist Sir Isaac Newton, “Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.”  So, that said, there was a period of time in which Humanity was given to change their ways.  In the end though, only one family boarded that boat.

Although we are told the rains lasted 40 days and 40 nights, and that the Earth was flooded more than 7 meters above the highest mountain tops, Genesis 7:24 reminds us that the waters flooded the earth for 150 days.  Afterwards, we read that The Lord sent a great wind, and that the waters began to recede, which took about another 150 days.  So, it was approximately about a year total they spent on the ark.  Noah was documented as being 600 years old when he entered the ark and 601 when he left the ark.  That is a LONG time to be stuck on a boat!

Then, when it was all over, God made a pact with Noah to never destroy the earth again by flood and gave the rainbow as a sign to both man and God of this covenant.  AMAZING- that God should make and keep pacts, promises, and covenants with us, mere mortals…but, we were made in His image and He loves us so!

My goal here, is to point out that from Genesis to Revelation, we hear about generation after wicked generation of people who fail to follow God- but, NEVER does He send a flood to start over.  Interestingly, “all of life” is included in this promise.

Another interesting thing to note, God never says that He regretted flooding the earth- it was necessary- only that He would never do it again.  My question is, are we any less evil than those of old, who were destroyed in the flood? I don’t think so. If I had to guess, we are more evil of a generation, but I don’t know either.

(Btw, There’s some evolution for ya…Noah: Survival of the fittest? No; Survival of the most righteous? yes.)

 It made me wonder what the point of the flood really was, if we as a race would ultimately be evil once more?  Ironically, I think it shows God’s compassion for us, His creation.  The Bibles tells us that when God sees a rainbow, that He, himself, is reminded of His pact with us.  It’s as if He KNOWS -which He does- that all WILL go a muck yet again. But, He is promising to all living creatures and to Himself that no matter how horrible we get- a flood will not be the answer for us again.  He has never broken this promise.

Also, interesting to note, is that unlike so many of his promises to His people, this one was unconditional.  There was no condition given with this promise, because He knew we would break it.  His love for His creation is unconditional. 

Recap: God said His heart was troubled by the condition of the Human race. Couldn’t this also be true today? I daresay it is.  Wickedness abounds in the world, and if it troubles you, then how much more does it trouble God, our father?! If He gave you His eyes for a minute, what would you do with what you saw? Would you then ask for His hands and promise to be His feet?

Every sin is equal in His eyes, thus we have all fallen short monumentally, but still He loves us and keeps His promise to not destroy us all.  He gives us the gift of compassion to help a hurting world in His name.

Final thought: Even if He intervened and got rid of all the “bad” people today, we would STILL have sin in the world, and eventually all would be as it once was.  So, until we are joined with Him in Heaven, darkness will surround us- only to be dispelled by the light that shines in and through us.

Take away message: I can trust God everyday and even if I don’t understand Him completely, I can know that He is concerned with and for me and the people of this world. I can then share the light I have found in Christ with others, and it’s super important now, because starting over just ISN’T an option anymore!

 

Thanks for reading and I invite you to comment or question below!

Génesis 6: 5-8, NVI :

5 Al ver el Señor que la maldad del ser humano en la tierra era muy grande, y que todos sus pensamientos tendían siempre hacia el mal, 6 se arrepintió de haber hecho al ser humano en la tierra, y le dolió en el corazón. 7 Entonces dijo: «Voy a borrar de la tierra al ser humano que he creado. Y haré lo mismo con los animales, los reptiles y las aves del cielo. ¡Me arrepiento de haberlos creado!» 8 Pero Noé contaba con el favor del Señor.

Génesis 9: 8-13, NVI :

8 Dios les habló otra vez a Noé y a sus hijos, y les dijo: 9 «Yo establezco mi *pacto con ustedes, con sus descendientes, 10 y con todos los seres vivientes que están con ustedes, es decir, con todos los seres vivientes de la tierra que salieron del arca: las aves, y los animales domésticos y salvajes. 11 Éste es mi pacto con ustedes: Nunca más serán exterminados los seres humanos por un diluvio; nunca más habrá un diluvio que destruya la tierra.»
12 Y Dios añadió: «Ésta es la señal del pacto que establezco para siempre con ustedes y con todos los seres vivientes que los acompañan: 13 He colocado mi arco iris en las nubes, el cual servirá como señal de mi pacto con la tierra.

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  1. Isn’t it great to realize that no matter how evil the world had become God searched until he found someone worth saving? And since He is the same yesterday, today and forever it goes without saying that He is doing the same thing now. Your analysis reminds me that it doesn’t matter where we have been, what we have done wrong or how far off the path we stray, nothing can separate us from the love of God and he will go to the ends of the earth to save us!

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  2. Maybe you were called to preach …

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