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God’s mercy, and our sin

So Genesis 6-8 is all about the flood, Gods judgement on a corrupt world. Noah is singledout by God because “Noah found favour in the eyes of the LORD” (6:8). Indeed in the next verse he is described as a righteous man,blameless in his generation.

Now you might think that having been given such high praise God might be pretty pleased with the situation post-flood. We are left with a single group of people, being led by a man who walked with God. It would be easy to think that Gods promise that “I will never again curse the ground because of man” (8:21) flowed out of hope that he would not need to, that man had learnt his lesson from the flood.

This is not the case, 8:21 reads in full

And when the LORD smelledthe pleasing aroma, the LORD said in his heart, “I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the intention of mans heart is evil from his youth.Neither will I ever again strike down every living creature as I have done.

The reason God promised not to curse the earth again because of man was that he looked at Noah and co., and realised that he would have to. Mans heart is evil from his youth, so the corruption of humanity was inevitable.

So often the rainbow is described as a reminder of Gods mercy and grace, and thats brilliant. But lets not forget that it is also a reminder of our corrupt and evil hearts which led to the near destruction of the planet. Praise God that in his mercy he came up with another plan, praise God that he sent his son instead of the second flood we deserved.


God’s mercy

It would be easy to look at Genesis 3-4 in a negative light. In these two chapters you find the fall of man with accompanying curse. You also shortly afterwards discover the murder of Abel and a further curse upon Cain.

These chapters are filled with devastation, the paradise of Eden is lost and humanity is torn apart.

But in the midst of that I cannot help but be overwhelmed by Gods love and mercy. Adam and Eve were told that they would surely die if they ate the fruit, and this is true, they did die. But God was merciful and did not kill them immediately, instead he clothed them and sent them away. Not only that, but he also blessed them with children as evidence that he would allow them to continue their task.

And Cain, who was cast intothe wilderness to wander for the rest of his life, was also protected by God. A mark was put on him so that no one would kill him, and he had children, a brief genealogy is listed in chapter 4.

Gods great mercy shines through in the early chapters of Genesis, despite the immense disobedience of man. Praise God.

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