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Message of contrasts | Genesis 6:9-12

9 These are the records of the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God. 10 And Noah fathered three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

11 Now the earth was corrupt in the sight of God, and the earth was filled with violence. 12 And God looked on the earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for humanity had corrupted its way upon the earth.

Genesis 6:9-12 (NASB) 

Righteous Noah

We just read yesterday that Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. Why? Here we find out the reasons:

  • Noah was a righteous man. Webster defines righteous as: acting in accord with divine or moral law : free from guilt or sin. Though he didn’t have The Law of Moses and the 10 commandments, he had them written on his heart (Romans 2:15) and followed them. John Piper expounds on this idea in his short article saying, “that the law really is available to those who have no copy of the Mosaic law, because God has put it in the hearts and given all of us a conscience to awaken us to this moral knowledge in our hearts.” Noah was not free from sin but he agreed with God that he was sinful and lived by faith that God would remedy the sin problem as promised to Adam and Eve (Gen 3:15).
  • He was blameless. I think of the prophet Daniel. No one could find an accusation against him; all he did was right, so he was blameless (Daniel 6:4).
  • Noah was different from the rest of his generation. He really stood out. We can imagine that all those around him mocked him for his faith and adherence to the righteous standard they all knew in their hearts. His presence probably made them feel guilty.
  • He walked with God. We last heard this term in reference to Enoch (Genesis 5:24). We already looked at what it means to walk with God – a matter of how we live our lives to please Him.

Unrighteous mankind

Contrasted to Noah’s stellar example of righteousness, we have the rest of mankind. The earth was corrupt and filled with violence. “in the sight of God” means, according to God’s standard of righteousness. I’m sure there were some self-righteous people then, as there are today, who claimed to be righteous but were using the wrong standard – their own, not Gods. 

RЯeflection

  • Do we strive to be righteous, to act in accordance with God’s law? We don’t do it out of obligation, but out of love. When we do, the world may shun us, but those God is drawing to Himself will come.
  • Noah presented a godly example to his sons. We’ll see later they didn’t all follow it. If you have children (or others you are spiritual parents for), the best we can do is live a godly example…and pray!

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