February 17, 2015 Genesis 6:5-8; 7:1-5, 10; Mark 8:14-21
When the LORD saw how great was man’s wickedness on earth,
and how no desire that his heart conceived
was ever anything but evil,
he regretted that he had made man on the earth,
and his heart was grieved.
So the LORD said:
“I will wipe out from the earth the men whom I have created,
and not only the men,
but also the beasts and the creeping things and the birds of the air,
for I am sorry that I made them.”
But Noah found favor with the LORD.
Then the LORD said to Noah:
“Go into the ark, you and all your household,
for you alone in this age have I found to be truly just.
Of every clean animal, take with you seven pairs,
a male and its mate;
and of the unclean animals, one pair,
a male and its mate;
likewise, of every clean bird of the air, seven pairs,
a male and a female,
and of all the unclean birds, one pair,
a male and a female.
Thus you will keep their issue alive over all the earth.
Seven days from now I will bring rain down on the earth
for forty days and forty nights,
and so I will wipe out from the surface of the earth
every moving creature that I have made.”
Noah did just as the LORD had commanded him.
As soon as the seven days were over,
the waters of the flood came upon the earth.
All last week we listened and reflected on God’s love and mercy as told through the creation story. God was so pleased … and everything was good! That is … until pride and disobedience crept into the heart of Adam and Eve … and they fell short of God’s expectations and sinned. And then yesterday … Cain does the unthinkable in slaying his brother.
Today … we see a continuation of human failure as it trickles down through the ages into the time of Noah. The sinfulness is so rampant … that God has regrets for His works of creation that He once called “good”… and now He means to destroy it all.
There was one man though … Noah … who had redeeming qualities. God found Noah worthy of saving … and so as the story goes … Noah follows God’s directives … and consequently … God relents and again gives another chance to His creations.
As we ponder these scripture passages … may we remember that:
God’s ways are wonderful and mysterious … and that
God never gives up on us!
God’s mercy is endless!