After Cain killed Abel, Cain’s murderous and godless line continued to populate the earth. Adam’s wife, Eve gave birth to another son named Seth. Seth was the father of Enosh and through the line of Enosh; “men began to call upon the name of the Lord.” (Gen 4:26)
The earth was now being well populated and the few men that were following God began to intermarry with women who had no desire to follow God. The corruption of mankind became so bad that God said, “Every intent of the thoughts of man’s heart was only evil continually.” (Gen 6:5). That’s not good!
There are times that we think that this world is really bad as we watch the news and hear about all of the murders, theft and corruption. I’m not denying that this world is a mess, because it is, but we are not quite as bad as the days of Noah, though we are probably not too far from that point.
In the days of Noah would be a scary time to live in, because every person had only evil thoughts continually. Who could you trust? Would it be safe to walk down the street in the middle of the day? Was it total chaos as everyone did as they wanted?
In the midst of an entire earth doing what they want for their own pleasure; there was one man that did not follow everyone else. His name was Noah.
…Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD…Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his time; Noah walked with God. Genesis 6:8-9
Noah was born with a purpose like each of us. As seen at this birth, his father said, “This one will give us rest from our work and from the toil of our hands arising from the ground which the Lord has cursed.” (Gen 5:29) They were in an agrarian society and of course, another hand on a farm is always helpful and will bring relief in the work load, but the idea of rest goes deeper than physical relief. In spite of the judgment of God which was about to come; Noah will bring peace and rest to those in his line who listen to his words, and those who would listen to his words as he preached righteousness to those around as he built the ark (though none listened).
God had to intervene otherwise mankind would exterminate itself. So, before this happened, even though it sounds coldhearted, insensitive and violent, God decided to wipe out the evilness of mankind with a world-wide flood just so he can protect mankind by bringing peace and rest through the line Noah and eventually send the one who has ultimate peace: Jesus Christ.
Before God decided to wipe out the earth; He did give mankind a chance to repent. God sent Enoch and thousands of holy ones (Jude 1:14-15) to point people to God and to preach to this rebellious group. After all of God’s holy ones dies, and what seems to be no converts (at least alive), this only left Noah and his family. This really shows the depravity of mankind. It’s now down to one man on the entire earth walking with God. God told Noah to build a big boat for him and his family to be saved.
Through faith, Noah was shown grace and was declared righteous because he walked with God. Even in the midst of a corrupt society were everyone had only evil thoughts continually; he obediently proceeded to shine for God and fulfill his God-given purpose in life. He stood alone for God even though everyone around him had no desire to serve God. Noah was without doubt mocked and ridiculed for taking this stand, but even so, God used Noah mightily to bring peace and rest to mankind.
Even today as the darkness of evil is pressing in and when those around you will not follow God; take your stand and let Jesus’ light shine through you to show people the peace and rest that you have in Jesus Christ because of God’s grace shown to Noah.
Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. John 14:27