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I Am Amazed

By Don Loftis | 06.14.17

The early chapters of Genesis tell of the remarkable flood that God sent to destroy life on the planet.  It is one of the most familiar stories in the Bible, but there are some amazing things that are often overlooked.


First, I am amazed at how quickly evil had captured the hearts of mankind.  In ten generations spanning about 1500 years, Genesis 6:5 can vividly proclaim, “Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”  Of all the people living, only 8 were characterized as righteous.


Secondly, I am amazed at how the Creator felt.  The totality of the world’s destruction leads us to stress the anger of the Lord.  However, there was more than anger as Genesis 6:6 reveals: “The Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.”  In a sense, mankind’s sin broke the heart of God.  If heaven rejoices over one sinner who repents, we should not miss the reality that it grieves over every sinner who rebels.


Finally, I am amazed at Noah’s response.  He was told about an impending flood in an era that did not even have rain (see 2:6).  He was told to build a massive boat measuring 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high.  He was called to preach to an audience that was unresponsive and certainly verbally abusive.  Yet 6:22 says, “Thus Noah did.  According to all that God had commanded him, so he did.”


We cannot convert the world from sin, but we can obey God and set an example of faith that challenges others to live for the Creator.



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