Read: Genesis 6-8:19
Summary: Sin spreads until God must take drastic action
As if sin’s damage had not been enough in the family of Adam and Eve, it would only spread like a fast-growing cancer through all of humanity. So extensive is sin’s spread that God takes drastic action to eradicate it from the earth by means of the flood. We should be duly impressed with sin’s power and pervasiveness. It is something which God obviously takes quite seriously as should we.
The flood, like the creation account, is questioned by many people. In addition to Jesus’ statement about what Moses wrote (John 5:46-47, which we noted on January 1st), one should also consider how Jesus viewed Noah and the flood. He unquestionably saw it as a very real, historical event to which He did not hesitate to appeal (Matt. 24:37-39).
The world was filled with corruption and violence. That’s what prompted God to send the flood (Gen. 6:11). Instead of “corruption,” the NET Bible says the earth was “ruined.” This same word is used on two other occasions (Jer. 13:7; 18:4) where it refers to a loincloth that was spoiled after being buried in the earth and a clay jar that was marred on the turning wheel and reformed by the potter.
So, one sense of the corrupting effect of sin is that it ruins us. It turns us into something far different from what God intended.
The world of Noah’s day was not what God wanted. It began as “very good” (Gen. 1:31) and became continually evil (Gen. 6:5). Make no mistake, our sin ruins us; it spoils and it mars.
The antidote is Noah’s formula of being righteous (doing what is right and blameless); integrity (Gen. 6:9). He’s not the only one described this way in Scripture; Job and John the Baptist’s parents are said to be the same (Job. 1:1; Luke 1:6). But he was the only one like this among his contemporaries.
Sin will ruin us, but it doesn’t have to. It may ruin everyone else, but it doesn’t have to ruin me.