“…Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his time; Noah walked with God.” Gen. 6:9.
Thank you for the response to my new series, Walking With Jesus To Eternity. If you have missed a post, we just started and you can learn more about it from Monday’s post, A New Series and catch up with yesterday’s post, A Voice for God. Now back to today’s, How Do You Smell?
Walking through the house, I notice an unsavory odor. Actually, it stinks of rot. I roll my eyes as I stick my hand in the potato sack. Yuck! I find a rotten potato when I accidentally stick my finger into it and its odorous juice runs into my hand. It’s almost impossible to wash the smell off, and throwing it out makes it explode wherever it lands. Is this what the Lord smelled when He looked on the earth in the days of Noah?
“The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and behold, it was corrupt: for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.” Gen. 6:11,12.
Corrupt…Decay, destroy, mar, decaying morally through killing, wounding, acting perversely, wickedness…
The world then:
“…behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die.” Gen. 6:17.
The world later in Israel’s history:
“Ah, sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward. Why should ye be stricken more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment. Your country is desolate…Except the LORD of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant.” Isa. 1:4-7,9.
The world now:
“Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.” 2Pet. 3:6,7.
Creation, in the first days, rose before God as a sweet smell of goodness. The fruit of His labor was ripe with His goodness, until a virus crept in and began its decay. Approximately 1600 years later, like a rotten potato splattering across the earth spewing out its stench, the earth revolted vomiting out the corruption.
God grieved over his creation. It pained Him to bring judgment against the creation He loved. Among the stench one man’s righteousness reached the heavens, a sweet smell of God’s mercy and grace.
“But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD…Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.” Gen. 6:8-10.
Another translation renders just as righteous.
- What rendered Noah righteous before God?
“By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.” Heb. 11:7.
The same faith that accounted to Noah’s righteousness, seen in his obedience, accounts for ours today.
“Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:” Rom. 3:22.
- What rendered Noah perfect?
Noah was without blame, completing all God gave him to do, proving his faith. “Thus did Noah: according to all that God commanded him, so did he.” Gen. 6:22. This accolade is repeated three times in Gen. 7:5,9,16. Keep in mind Noah was perfect, not sinless.
God used one righteous man in a world of corruption to save His creation. He would not and will not destroy the righteous with the wicked. Can one righteous person make a difference in this corrupt world? Yes, even if it is only to a few.
“…the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.”1Pet. 3:20.
The water that cleansed the earth of it putrid corruption also saved the righteous. “And Noah walked with God.”
What question would you like to ask Noah? What impresses you most about his walk with God? How would you explain to another what it means to walk with God?
And finally, how are you smelling today?