God Is Judge

Genesis 6:9-13

9 These (are) the generations of Noah:

Noah (was) a righteous man, wholesome[1] in his generations, (and) Noah walked around with God. 10 Noah was father to three sons… Shem, Ham and Japheth.

11 But the earth was corrupt[2] before God, and the earth was full of violence. 12 And God saw the earth, and, look[3], it was corrupted[4], because all flesh corrupted[5] its way on earth.13 And God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh is coming before me, because the earth is full of violence before them, and, look[6], and I am destroying[7] them with the earth.

Application

The generations of Noah started with Noah and his three sons.  Noah was a righteous man, wholesome or perfect in his generations, and Noah walked to and fro (Hitpael in Hebrew), meaning to walk back and forth, with God.

However, the rest of the earth was corrupt.  God saw it was corrupt, but He hadn’t designed it to be corrupt.  However, he’d given mankind free will, and, with their free will, all flesh, mankind, corrupted their own way.  Noah, alone on earth, was seeking his Creator.

Then God spoke to Noah and revealed what He was going to do.  He told Noah that all flesh was corrupt and that the earth was filled with violence, which I somehow feel Noah knew anyway.  But God told Noah he was destroying them all, along with the earth…

I just wonder what Noah thought when he heard these first words of judgement…. God speaking… “I’m going to destroy all flesh and the earth that they live on” … And, in Noah’s mind, “Hey, don’t I live on earth?  What am I going to do?  Am I going to die?  Why are you telling me all of this?”

Sometimes the first thing I hear can be enough to close my mind to the rest of the conversation.  Perhaps Noah knew God well enough to realise that he was safe and loved.  My need is to know God so well that I know that I know he’ll never leave, never forsake me, and that He’s working everything together for good for me.

Prayer

Father, please help me to walk around with You.  Please take my hand and be with me in every moment of every day.  Father, I want to see what You’re doing, and do that in submission and obedience.  I again surrender to You.

In Jesus’ name.  Amen.


[1] תָּמִים – tamiym – Strongs 8549 – “complete/whole/sound/entire/wholesome/having integrity/entirely true”

[2] שָׁחַת – shachath – Strongs 7843 –  (v) – “to destroy/destroyed/destroyer/act corruptly/acted corruptly/to corrupt/ruin/ravaged/marred/blemished/become corrupt/be injured/be ruined/to pervert/spoiled/destroying/blemish animal/go to ruin/devastate/filled/harm/jeopardise/laid waste/polluted/raiders/ravage/ravaged/set/spoiled/stifled/waste/easted/wreaking destruction/become corrupt”

[3] הִנֵּה – hinneh – Strongs 2009 – (dem) – “Behold!/indeed/Here!/Look!/There!/See!/lo/if/a call to attention/go/how/if/if he sees/if he has/now/surely/unless”

[4] שָׁחַת – shachath – Strongs 7843 –  (v) – “to destroy/destroyed/destroyer/act corruptly/acted corruptly/to corrupt/ruin/ravaged/marred/blemished/become corrupt/be injured/be ruined/to pervert/spoiled/destroying/blemish animal/go to ruin/devastate/filled/harm/jeopardise/laid waste/polluted/raiders/ravage/ravaged/set/spoiled/stifled/waste/easted/wreaking destruction/become corrupt”

[5] שָׁחַת – shachath – Strongs 7843 –  (v) – “to destroy/destroyed/destroyer/act corruptly/acted corruptly/to corrupt/ruin/ravaged/marred/blemished/become corrupt/be injured/be ruined/to pervert/spoiled/destroying/blemish animal/go to ruin/devastate/filled/harm/jeopardise/laid waste/polluted/raiders/ravage/ravaged/set/spoiled/stifled/waste/easted/wreaking destruction/become corrupt”

[6] הִנֵּה – hinneh – Strongs 2009 – (dem) – “Behold!/indeed/Here!/Look!/There!/See!/lo/if/a call to attention/go/how/if/if he sees/if he has/now/surely/unless”

[7] שָׁחַת – shachath – Strongs 7843 –  (v) – “to destroy/destroyed/destroyer/act corruptly/acted corruptly/to corrupt/ruin/ravaged/marred/blemished/become corrupt/be injured/be ruined/to pervert/spoiled/destroying/blemish animal/go to ruin/devastate/filled/harm/jeopardise/laid waste/polluted/raiders/ravage/ravaged/set/spoiled/stifled/waste/easted/wreaking destruction/become corrupt”