Genesis – In the Beginning
By Carri Pratt
Chapter 6 – Increasing Corruption on the Earth
“The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.” Genesis 6:5
Think about how bad it must have gotten for God to desire to wipe out all of mankind. Jesus actually referred back to this time when He said, “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.” Matthew 24:37.
Jesus often called Himself, “Son of Man” to demonstrate that He was God in human flesh, “What is mankind that you are mindful of them, a son of man that you care for him?” Hebrews 2:6
Here the reader can put together a piece of the Old Testament from Genesis with a piece of the New Testament from Matthew and lay them side by side. We see that the Bible is a beautiful tapestry telling one story, the story of God’s love and the redemption of His creation through Jesus Christ, His Son.
There was one man, and one family, that God saw as good on the earth. “Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.” Genesis 6:9
I have to wonder, would my family be seen as “good” or “righteous” in God’s sight?
Kirk Cameron has a ministry that reaches out to people who see themselves as “good” and therefore as going to heaven. “Way of the Master” is his way of showing people how Jesus revealed the Good News to people of His day.
There are many videos on YouTube showing Kirk Cameron interviewing people and the most amazing thing is to see their expressions change and sometimes even begin to weep, when confronted with the truth of sin.
The truth is, no one is able to be good enough to stand before a Holy God and God, in His infinite mercy, sent His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, to die a horrible death, to be resurrected and conquer death, so that all who call on His name may be saved.
“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
This week’s reading: Chapter 7 – TheFlood