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Sin Gone Viral but Grace Abounds – Gen 6:5-8, 9:8-17 PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Tsang   
Thursday, 08 June 2017 12:17

 

Gen 6 to 9 is commonly known as the story of Noah, the animals (two by two), the ark, and the rainbow. Behind all the cute images of Noah and the animals stands a serious story about the depravity of humanity, God’s grief over all of creation, and the demonstration of His grace revealed through a covenant.

 

Since the story of Cain and Abel in Gen 4, a significant number of years have passed (over 1600) and we find that things have gotten really bad. The world was in disarray, chaos has ensued, sin has gone viral, and wickedness and evil was everywhere.

 

The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. (Gen 6:5)

 

 

This is what we might call the social dimension of sin. Previously, in the story of Adam and Eve and Cain and Abel, we saw the escalation of sin within an individual. But now, we see the contagious and viral effect of sin upon a society. So what will God do about this?

 

The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled. So the Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.” (Gen 6:6-7)

 

Judgment was not the end goal but rather, it was the means to a new creation. It is difficult to reconcile the idea that God regretted (other versions – grieved or sorry) that He had created human beings. However, when every inclination of humanity’s heart was wicked (Gen 6:5 and 8:21), God gave creation a new start by sending the flood and then God established a covenant with Noah and all living creatures on earth to never destroy the earth again.

 

From this point on, God’s faithful promise through a covenant will become more specific as the Biblical story unfolds and it will find its greatest fulfillment in the person of Christ as He instituted the New Covenant by His death on the cross and resurrection.

 

Peace and grace, John

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 June 2017 12:46