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Noah Found Favor in the Eyes of the Lord

January 11, 2008
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Genesis 6:The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. So the Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.

I find it enlightening that the first mention of Noah is not about anything Noah has done, but on how God favored him.  It does mention Noah as righteous later, but the Bible’s view on Abraham’s faith, which Romans says is credited to him as righteousness, can be used to inform this.  The amazing thing about the flood is not that God judged the world.  The world deserves this judgment because of their sin, and God is merciful in saving humanity at all.  Our sin, an affront to our creator, makes humanity more than deserving of nothing but judgment.  However, God chooses to save a people for himself.  In Noah’s case, only he and his family were saved from the wrath of God.  How thankful must he have been that God saved him!  Can you imagine being Noah, knowing that God, for some reason, had saved you from judgment?  He and his family must have lived a life of joy and thankfulness to God for sparing them!

How thankful should Christians be that we have found favor in the eyes of the Lord!  We have done nothing to deserve this – God saved us because for some reason unknown to us from a judgment just as certain and even more terrible than the flood of Noah’s time.  Let us love God for this great salvation from his wrath by Christ’s propitiating sacrifice for our sin.

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