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The Man Behind The Ark
"But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. This is the account of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God." (Genesis 6:8-9)
(Bible Study Online Article Covers : Genesis 6:6-17)
The Verdict is In
In the last article we took the time to take a closer look at some fun interesting facts, mysteries and even some conspiracy theories, that constantly surrounds the great ship that was known as the "Ark".
Now it's time to move forward by continuing our journey into the account of Noah - the man who God used to build the Ark:
"But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. This is the account of Noah.
"Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God." -- Genesis 6:8-9
Bible Study OnlineDid God Regret Making Man?
We've now reached a point from within this Sacred Record - where it's revealed that God had decided that He was going to destroy all of mankind, and every other living thing that He had made that was upon the earth. Remember that God was disappointed and had even expressed regret, because mankind had become so evil and morally corrupt - when it came to their thoughts, actions and overall lifestyle.
Now if we were to go back a little farther from within the Sacred Record - we'd see that the Scriptures had also pointed out that God had indeed, regretted making man: "And the Lord was sorry [regretted] that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart." -- Genesis 6:6
Understand that this particular passage is constantly debated amongst Christian leaders, Bible scholars and teachers alike. And if one were to be completely honest, they would have to admit that the idea that God had regretted making the highlight of His overall creation, could bring even a raging bull, to a pause. I mean after all, why would God reveal such a thought? Often times I think to myself: "Why would God admit, to perhaps, making a mistake when it comes to humanity?
Bible Study OnlineWhy Are Christians So Afraid?
And although most Christian leaders and Bible teachers would scoff at such a notion, when it comes to God - perhaps making a mistake and admitting it. But again, if we were to be honest with ourselves, we would find that these questions, which deal with God admitting that He had made a mistake, when it came to mankind, are definitely warranted. And for the life of me, I don't know why Christians are so afraid to travel down this road to begin with?
Be that as it may, let's really be truthful with ourselves, by admitting to the fact that these questions in reality, can't be truly answered? Just because the Sacred Record seem to indicate that God did regret making us, does that make us less valuable in His eye? Would the statement seem to insinuate, that God doesn't love us?
Bible Study OnlineAs a Matter of Fact - It Proves That God Loves Us - Unconditionally?
If anything, it's a testament of God's love toward us? For I personally think, that it was God's tremendous love for us, that kept Him from completely destroying us, after we had turned our backs on Him. Now that's my opinion, but I know that some Holier-than-thou church leaders and Bible teachers, would not even entertain these questions to begin with. Being that these leaders would mock and laugh at you, for even thinking about a question that would even suggest, that God had made a mistake, and even worse... admitted it.
Yeah I know, God is perfect and He can't make mistakes. But since the statement was brought up from within the Sacred Record, then the idea of it, carries significant weight. Besides, does this alleged admission by God, seem to indicate that He's flawed in some kind of way? Of course not, don't be silly.
Bible Study OnlineGod Gave Us Everything?
It just means that God created something so perfect in design, and poured so much into that creation, that it shows the tremendous love that He has had for us since the very beginning of creation. Make no mistake, God truly cares about us, and the statement reveals that it grieved Him mightily - when He saw that mankind was on a path of self-destruction. Because of this heavy sorrow that was on His divine heart, God refused to stand by and watch us as a human race, suffer any longer - especially by our own doing.
To put it simply, God loves us unconditionally, more than we will ever know. And if we believe God's love to be true - then why would we expect Him to stand by and let us destroy ourselves? This is why, I'm not afraid to put forth the notion of what the Sacred Record implies: "And the Lord was sorry [regretted] that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart." -- Genesis 6:6
Bible Study OnlineWhat Would You Have Done?
Now this article is suppose to be about Noah - so I won't get too deep into this senseless debate, when it comes to God loving us. But I would like to take this moment to share something with you, and to make it absolutely clear? Know that I too, don't believe that God did, or could ever make a mistake. I believe that everything that the Lord does, is done for a reason.
But if you could try to imagine yourself being in a position to where your child, who you helped bring into this world, someone who you love true and dear, and that child is trying their best to torment and destroy themselves...
My question to you would be: "How would you feel?" Would you be sad that you brought someone in this world, only to see them suffer and be placed in a state of enduring pain and affliction, for the better part of their life? What caring parent would want to see that happen to their child? You would think that you would try to do something about it? Right?
Be that as it may, I will leave it at that, for I can't answer for God. As a matter of fact, it would be absurd on my part to even think that with my finite mind, I could even achieve such a daunting feat, when it comes to answering for the Almighty. Now if I were to laugh, or mock anything - it would be at the notion that I actually could think, for the Most High.
Bible Study OnlineNoah Was A Seed Worthy Enough?
But let's move forward...
However, at times, I wonder if people are truly thankful that Noah had actually found favor in God's eyes, during this pivotal moment in time for humanity? For it was at a time when mankind had become so morally corrupt and wicked, that it would bring about the wrath of God - that had never been seen up to that point from within humanity's history. Now I personally believe that we should be appreciative that God was able to find someone amongst the filth that humanity had become, that was worthy enough to be an ambassador for mankind at this time.
For God saw that Noah had enough good qualities from within him, to where He decided to turn him into a "seed" that would be a representation for mankind as a whole. Because of this representation, humanity would be saved in spite of its wicked and evil ways.
Bible Study OnlineNoah Was A Just Man?
Make sure you get that? It was at this time when God had decided that He was going to destroy mankind. But instead, He decided to save humanity by using Noah as a seed. The Sacred Record states that Noah was a "just man" - which simply means, that he had been justified by God to be a reasonable man. Justified by God, to a point where God had absolved him of all his wrongs, and deemed him worthy enough to be a representation for all of humanity... during this time.
Bible Study OnlineMake No Mistake -- Jesus Christ is Our Savior?
Please pay attention from within my statement, where I stress the point that deals with: "during this time". For I'm not trying to make Noah into Jesus Christ. So calm down church leaders... don't be so quick to drag me to the gallows. Make no mistake, Jesus is the Son of God, Truth, Light, and through the gift of forgiveness of sins - He's the Savior of humanity and the only Door to obtaining eternal life:
"Jesus said to them, 'If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I came from God and now Am here. I have not come on My own; but [of] He [Who] sent Me. Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word.
'You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
'Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me! Can any of you prove Me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don't you believe Me? He who belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.'" - John 10:42-47
Bible Study OnlineGod Recorded It For A Reason?
But with that being stated, also know that we must not ignore the other people that God used before, and after Jesus' earthly ministry, as well. For there's a reason why their Sacred Accounts are recorded, and it would behoove us, to learn also from their recorded accounts, ministries and life experiences.
For their recorded accounts provides us with a rare opportunity to be able to gain some much needed wisdom, without having to endure what they had to endure. This is what I would call, having an invaluable unique advantage that has been afforded to us through the Sacred Record.
Bible Study OnlineNoah's Personal Relationship with God?
The Sacred Record also states that Noah "walked with God" - which basically means, just like the prophet Enoch did before him, he had a very personal relationship with the Most High God. Know that Noah followed the right principles that God had approved of, and he had a great disposition about himself. Also know that Noah's conversation had a pure agenda, and was found to be untainted and without corruption.
So when you think about how the world was during Noah's time, with it being so vile, morally corrupt and wicked, to where God had made the decision that He would ultimately destroy mankind, the highlight of His most awesome creation. We must keep in mind, that in spite of all of this, Noah was able to find favor in God's eyes, which says a lot about the man behind the Ark.
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Now that we've taken a closer look a Noah and the type of man that he was, and the kind of relationship that he had with the Lord. We'll begin to move forward into Noah's account. Did God make a covenant (promise) to Noah? And if so, what did it all entail?
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