But everyone else was evil in God’s sight, and violence had spread everywhere. God looked at the world and saw that it was evil, for the people were all living evil lives. God said to Noah, “I have decided to put an end to the whole human race. I will destroy them completely, because the world is full of their violent deeds (v 11-13)
We look at some of the things going on in our world today and despair at what we see. Corrupt leaders, fighting and murders, greed, immorality, a lack of care for our fellow man. I can’t imagine what it must have been like in Noah’s time for it to have been so bad that God decides to destroy everything. How Noah must have struggled to keep himself close to God when everyone around him was doing whatever they wanted, worshiping other “Gods”, killing each other with hatred and selfish greed.
We saw in a previous post that Noah had tried to “preach” righteousness but no one listened. “God wants to spoil our fun”, “Everyone else is doing it” “I have a right to do what I like” – can you hear those same comments today? Our laws now allow things which God says are not right. Corrupt leaders kill those who oppose them, babies are murdered before they are born for “convenience”. People demand the right to have things which they have not earned or to do whatever they want to do. We have lost our way as our leaders have tried to please the people instead of God.
Moses had so many problems with the people of Israel who were fickle and followed their own desires instead of God. Complaining so much about what they thought they should have, that he said in Deuteronomy 31 v 29:
I know that after my death the people will become wicked and reject what I have taught them. And in time they will meet with disaster because they will have made the LORD angry by doing what he has forbidden
They had a history of wandering off or descending into sinful lives as soon as he was not around. While he was with God on the mountain seeking Gods instruction for them they began to make new idols because they did not want to wait for the word of the LORD and Aaron was too weak to correct them. In Exodus 32 v 7;
The LORD said to Moses, “Go back down at once, because your people whom you led out of Egypt, have sinned and rejected me.
Notice that God refers to “Your” people, not “My” people, they have rejected him and gone their own way as soon as Moses was not around. In the days of Egypt when they cried out to Him, he says “Let MY people go” It had not taken long for their hearts to wander away and lust after the things they had or thought others had that they wanted. They were no longer seeking after him and chose to desire other things instead of God so He is forced to disown them.
God vows to destroy them but Moses pleads with him to spare them and God relents, but when Moses asks who of the people will stand with him on the LORD’S side, only the Levites stood with him so God then uses the Levites to punish them. Moses goes back up to plead for forgiveness on their behalf asking God to remove him from the book of names of God’s people. God replies that it is only those who have sinned against him who will have their names removed.( see also Deuteronomy 9 v 13 onwards).
Noah pleaded with people to repent and turn to God but they did not want to know. we don’t know much about the lives of his ancestors but we do know that the world had become increasingly Godless during that time, each generation was worse than the previous and yet it was only 7 generations! This trend is repeated throughout the Bible.
Judges 2 v 19 – But when the leader died, the people used to return to the old ways and behave worse than the previous generation
It was the same in Ezekiel’s time:
Ezekiel 7 v 23 – Everything is in confusion – the land is full of murders and the cities are full of violence.
We are seeing repeatedly even in these first few chapters of the Bible that God wants a heart that follows Him. He knows we are human and make mistakes but he will forgive us if we seek after him. He want us to love him first, to strive to be righteous in His sight and then he can bless us (Matthew 6 v 33)
Fools say to themselves, “There is no God” They are all corrupt, and they have done terrible things; there is no one who does what is right. The LORD looks down from heaven at human beings to see if there are any who are wise, any who worship him. (Psalm 14 v 1-2)
That is what he looks for – the wise man worships God and not the things of this earth so let this be our prayer
Psalm 7 v 9 – You are a righteous God and judge our thoughts and desires. Stop the wickedness of evildoers and reward those who are good.
All quotes from The Good News Bible