Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence. And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. And God said to Noah, “I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence through them. Behold, I will destroy them with the earth. Make yourself an ark of gopher wood. Make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and out with pitch. This is how you are to make it: the length of the ark 300 cubits, its breadth 50 cubits, and its height 30 cubits. Make a roof for the ark, and finish it to a cubit above, and set the door of the ark in its side. Make it with lower, second, and third decks. For behold, I will bring a flood of waters upon the earth to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life under heaven. Everything that is on the earth shall die. But I will establish my covenant with you, and you shall come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. And of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every sort into the ark to keep them alive with you. They shall be male and female. Of the birds according to their kinds, and of the animals according to their kinds, of every creeping thing of the ground, according to its kind, two of every sort shall come in to you to keep them alive. Also take with you every sort of food that is eaten, and store it up. It shall serve as food for you and for them.” Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him.
Genesis 6:11-22 ESV
Then the Lord said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and all your household, for I have seen that you are righteous before me in this generation. Take with you seven pairs of all clean animals, the male and his mate, and a pair of the animals that are not clean, the male and his mate, and seven pairs of the birds of the heavens also, male and female, to keep their offspring alive on the face of all the earth. For in seven days I will send rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and every living thing that I have made I will blot out from the face of the ground.” And Noah did all that the Lord had commanded him.
Genesis 7:1-5 ESV
As I was reading passage, I realized that this event showed how God is so relational and gracious. I think to myself, God can simply wipe out all His creations and start anew with better (non-rebellious) people. For sure He didn’t need Noah to bring animals to the ark to keep them alive, He could have just recreated them or pour out His power to them so they won’t die drowning in the flood. But God did… Then I think about His motivations in doing so and it boils down to His perfect character. God loves His creations especially man, there was too much corruption then but God still looked for reason to save them (as Noah found favor in the sight of God). Not only God is loving and patient but He is really relational. He wants to involve mankind in His plans when He asked Noah to keep sets of animals so they can live and reproduce. Again, God can recreate animals all by Himself but He asked Noah to take part. And Noah obeyed the Lord.
As I reflect on this story, it inspired me to become more patient with what is happening around me as my God is patient. Also, it motivates me to always say ‘yes’ every time God would want me be part of His plans as His plans are good and perfect. Finally, God can just let us all go to hell and make another mankind who won’t grieve Him but He chose to send His Son Jesus for us to have a chance to reconcile and have relationship with Him. That says a lot about His character! 😉
Soli Deo Gloria!