Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God. (Gen. 6:9)
What a way to be introduced in Scripture! To be called righteous, blameless, and faithful to God in a time when the people of the earth were corrupt and full of violence. And, what a time to be alive! A time when God was disappointed in humanity and how they were caring for each other and the earth. People thought nothing of doing evil. The disease of sin had shaken humanity to its core, and only Noah and his family could be called any bit good.
How do you think God felt? He must have been so sad to see that people were choosing self and evil over him. God’s plan was to act and redeem the earth, but the measures were drastic. God was going to send an earth-shaking flood, a deluge of destruction.
God demonstrated special favor to Noah and his family—his wife, his three sons, and their wives. These would be the future founding families of the rest of humanity, along with the specific sets of animals to repopulate the earth. God chose one man and one family, not only because of Noah’s righteousness, but so that we could see God’s plan of redemption. Jesus Christ was one man from one family and lineage. Jesus came to save the whole world from their sin, but only he died for us.
Seek to be a righteous person of God, just as Noah was.
Aaron Miller is a licensed minister at Bay City Wesleyan Church of the Great Lakes District of The Wesleyan Church. He loves spending time with family and meeting new people.
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