11Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence. 12And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. 13And 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. 14Make yourself an ark of gopher wood. Make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and out with pitch. 15This is how you are to make it: the length of the ark 300 cubits, its breadth 50 cubits, and its height 30 cubits. 16Make 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. 17 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.
“…everything that is on the earth shall die.” God continues to remind us that the consequences of sin is death. The purpose of the flood was, at least in part, to hasten those consequences upon those who were living in rebellion against God.
We are not given any indication of humanity being given a set of laws as Moses was, but there is no doubt that people knew that there was right and wrong. Paul speaks of those who without the law do what the law requires (Romans 2:14). There is a law written on the hearts of all mankind that testifies of us all being image bearers of God. The people of Noah’s day were not innocent dupes who, if God had only said something to them, would have behaved better. They were rebels against God who did their own thing. According to Peter they were also those who were in the presence of Noah, a preacher of righteousness (II Peter 2:5). Noah preached righteousness and no one believed him.
Note also that Noah had brothers and sisters (5:30). This means that when he built the ark, none of his brothers or sisters believed him and they were all destroyed in the flood.
Does your faithfulness to God extend beyond the precious and emotional ties of family solidarity? Do you allow love for family to loosen your grip on Christ? Does a family member’s sin or non Christian belief cause you to doubt what God Himself has said?
The flood account is about the righteousness of God, the rebellion of the vast majority of mankind against what they knew was right, and it is, perhaps above all, a testimony of mercy and grace. Let us never forget, in the story of flood, death and destruction, that God preserved the faithful. There was only one ark and there is today only one way to escape the wrath of God. Jesus Christ is the only way to peace with God.
Noah remained faithful against incredible odds, was preserved, and used by God to repopulate the earth. What will God do through you if you remain faithful to Him no matter what pulls there are against you to make you give up the faith? Well – remain faithful and see!