In this day to day study, discovering the light of Christ who has come into this world, way before His birth on Christmas morning, once again the theme of: ‘darkness- but the Spirit of God was there- then God brought light…'(Gen. 1:1-3), is continually unfolding in His-Story, the Bible.
The darkness unfolds in Genesis 6:5,6: “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.”
Could it be that God had changed His mind about man because man had ‘changed his mind’ about God?
What were the world conditions like in the ‘days of Noah’? Scripture states that physical appetites were important (Luke 17:27), and that there was great advancement in technology (Gen 4:22), it was a time of materialism (Luke 17:28), and there were attitudes of tolerance and uniformitarianism (Hebrews 11:7). Thoughts and actions about God were ‘care-less'(2Peter 2:5, Jude 15), and there was disregard for the sanctity of marriage (Matthew 24:38) and also the Word of God (1Peter 3:19). In the days of Noah there was an increase in violence (Gen 6:11,13) and in sexual activity outside of marriage (Gen. 4:19, 6:2).
There was a question brought to the Lord, 2 days before facing death on the cross from His disciples that went like this:
“Tell us,…what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” Matthew 24:3. Jesus answered them, “Be careful that no one misleads you-deceiving you and leading you into error…”(Matthew 24::4),”For nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom and there will be famine and earthquakes in place after place;”(Matthew 24:7), “All this is but the beginning – the early pains of the birth pangs- of the intolerable anguish…”(Matthew 24:8, Amplified Version).
O my, this is darkness to be sure, but I believe it is very important for us at this time to hear the remaining words that Jesus had to speak to His followers:
“And the love of the great body of people will grow cold, because of the multiplied lawlessness and iniquity. But he who endures to the end will be saved…” (Matthew 24:12,13).
And after listing more ‘signs’ of this day, Jesus says: “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. “So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near, at the very doors. “Assuredly, I say to you…(Matthew 24:32,33,34), But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.”(Matthew 24:37).
Maybe now, after looking at the state of the earth during the ‘days of Noah’ God’s conclusion makes some sense:
(Gen. 6:7), “So the LORD said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and the birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.”
‘But, the Spirit of God was there, and God said, “Let there be light…”‘ from our general theme we see and are amazed: in Gen 6:8 we read, “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.”
Amazing grace, seen here for the first time in the Bible is what brought Noah to salvation- just like us, as Eph. 2:8 states, “For by grace you have been saved through faith…”
And Noah was given a big job to keep him busy! A job for the next 120 years constructing an Ark, along with preaching the message of repentance before the judgement, in which only his wife, sons and their wives responded to and ‘got on board’ with, so to speak!
So, you are wondering, “where is the light in this story?”
The light, is in…the Door. Gen. 6:16, “You shall make a window for the ark, …and set the door of the ark on its side…”
You see, there is only One Door. And just like Noah and his family, we need to walk through that One door as well, at such a time as this.
‘Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. …I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.” John 10:7-9.
Yes, it does seem a bit narrow minded, but the picture is drawn, there was only One way in that Ark, and that was through the Door. We must hear these words today:
“I am the way , the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6.
We are in the ‘days of Noah’! Oh, how we need to decide to walk through The Door! God has grace in His eyes for you.