A Remnant-Genesis 6:5-8

Genesis 6:5-8 “The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth’ had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. 6 The Lord was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain. 7 So the Lord said, “I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth — men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air — for I am grieved that I have made them.” 8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.”
Genesi 6:5-8 « Il Signore vide che la malvagità degli uomini era grande sulla terra e che il loro cuore concepiva soltanto disegni malvagi in ogni tempo. 6 Il Signore si pentì d’aver fatto l’uomo sulla terra, e se ne addolorò in cuor suo. 7 E il Signore disse: «Io sterminerò dalla faccia della terra l’uomo che ho creato: dall’uomo al bestiame, ai rettili, agli uccelli dei cieli; perché mi pento di averli fatti».8 Ma Noè trovò grazia agli occhi del Signore.”
 
     The infectious nature of sin has intensified. Chapter 5 traces the ten generations from Adam to Noah. It is during the time of Noah that demonic activity reaches a point where God makes this statement about His creation in Genesis 6:6: “The Lord was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain.” What was God grieved over? It was the pain of sin in the world. In such a short amount of time, the decaying effects of sin had produced such evil that God declares in judgment that He would destroy it rather than to continue to shield mankind.
     This is a stark reminder that God will not always be silent to the evil ways of man. There is a day coming when God will declare once again: “Enough”! Peter cites examples of where God didn’t spare angels or man in judgment. In 2 Peter 2:4-10, his second example is the story of Noah.
     Noah comes on the scene in Genesis 5:29. His father, Lamech, named him this because Noah would bring comfort to their life of pain. While God is filled with pain over sin, Noah brings comfort from the pain of life.   
     What is central to the narrative is that God has always had a remnant that will seek after Him. Sometimes it is many and sometimes it is a few but God has never been without someone to carry His message. In the midst of all evil, “Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.” Favor here can also be translated grace. Paul said, “But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 5:20-21)
Pray with me: Lord, I live in a world where disregard for You and Your ways is prevalent. Help me to remain true as a remnant as You shine Your favor and grace upon me.


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