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And The LORD Was Sorry

And The LORD Was Sorry

Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.  And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. Genesis 6:5-6(NKJV)

"And the LORD was sorry."  Such were the words of God about making mankind.  God abhorred the hearts of men as every intent of the thoughts of man's heart were evil, and God regretted making man.  Of all the things I have read in the Bible, I have to think this is one of the saddest things that could possibly be written.  This account was written just 6-chapters into the Bible - man had chosen freely to walk independent of God and to follow the desires of his flesh.

It wasn't always that way though as we see that just three chapters earlier God walked with man each day when it was cool.  He would fellowship with man, as it was His desire to have a close relationship.  Adam and Eve chose to listen to, and act on the temptation of the serpent to eat of the fruit of the forbidden tree in the middle of the Garden - a temptation that would reveal "Good & Evil" and forever change mankind (See Gen. 3:4-8).

Q:    Had God truly made a mistake in making man, and did He not know that man would fall in this temptation?

A:    God did not make a mistake, because God foreknew that Adam and Eve would stumble - just as He knows that we will stumble long before we every face the temptation.  

God gave man free will to make choices, even though He knew that man would make poor choices.  But along with that free will God has given man proper guidance, counsel, and warnings that if we are to freely choose to do certain things, we can expect certain consequences - and in the case of Adam & Eve, the consequences were "Spiritual death."  And it was that sin within the flesh of Adam and Eve that is responsible for the spiritual death of every one of us.

Just nine generations after Adam made that fateful decision to go against God's commandments, mankind had sunken into total depravity and God was now "Sorry" that He had made man (Gen. 6:6).  Had it not been for Adam's descendant Noah, mankind would have been completely removed from the face of the earth by God's righteous judgment.  

Out of the entire world at that time, Noah was the only one who, "Walked with God" (Gen. 6:9), which means that he led his family in the ways of the LORD, and as a result, God's grace was manifested upon Noah and his family and mankind was spared through his linage, as judgment was pronounced when the world was flooded (See Gen. 6-7).

Q:    Why was God's grace only placed upon Noah and his family?

A:    It wasn't!  God had shed His "Grace" upon every human being, but Noah was the only one to accept it and respond by being obedient to God.

Through Adam we have all sinned, but through God's "Grace" we can all now live eternally as we can be justified before God and forgiven of our sin through Jesus' sacrifice.

Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come. But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man's offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many. And the gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned. For the judgment which came from one offense resulted in condemnation, but the free gift which came from many offenses resulted in justification. Romans 5:14-16 (NKJV)

I would like to point out that we are no different than those of Noah's day - we too, can either be like those who said, "No" to God, or be like Noah, and "Walk with God."  Here me in this!  God has promised that He would not destroy the world by flood again, but His righteous judgment will come to pass for those who chose to live for the pleasures of this world as they did in Noah's day.  

For those who have made a profession of faith and who've accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior; their name has been written in the Lamb's book of life - a book that contains the name of every person who will enter eternal life to be with God.  And the amazing truth of this resonating within our hearts should cause us to "Walk with God," much like Noah.  The life of a Christian believer should be one of abiding (Walking) with Him and His Word - one that produces fruit as a result of this "Abiding" (See John 15).

Hey Christian, I want to encourage you today to live your life in a way that reflects God's love, grace, and mercy.  Live among others in a way that they might see God in you.  Be a person that finds grace in the eyes of the Lorda person who glorifies God's grace.

STUDY QUESTION: How Does Romans 5:14-16 describe God's gift through Christ?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you "Walking with God?"

APPLICATION: Seek the will of God (Rom 12:1-2) for your life; abide in Christ and in God's word, and He will abide in you.  Apply and share what the Lord has done and is doing for you with others.

Father, Thank You for sharing Your Word with me.  Thank You for telling me why I am tempted to do the things that I do.  Thank You for sending Your Son to die in my place so that I may be justified before You.  Lord, I desire to walk with You, and I need You in my life.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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