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Advent Day 18

December 17, 2008

noahMatthew 24:37/But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.

So I thought I’d look at the days of Noah. In light of yesterday’s post, the beginning of chapter 7 caught my attention:

Genesis 7:1/Then the LORD said to Noah, “Come into the ark, you and all your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation.

It was “in this generation” that grabbed me. The generation in question is the one that is found so wicked, they merit complete destruction. A chapter earlier we read, “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” (Genesis 6:5).

Every intent was only evil … continually.

That’s pretty bad. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that generation was more displeasing (wicked, evil – choose your loaded adjective) than ours. I’m sure that’s where we’re headed, since the Lord said the last days would be like the days of Noah, but that’s not the point today.

Noah was found righteous before God in that generation. Moreso, Noah was the only one found righteous before God in that generation. Surrounded by perversion, violence, immorality, and hatred – with no mentor or pastor -Noah maintained his heart before God.

If that’s what God expected of His people in the beginning, it’s what He expects of His people in the end too. Surrounded by our culture, and in the midst of a deteriorating society, God expects us to be found righteous before Him. He understands our temptations, but He doesn’t excuse falling for them.

Noah did it in the middle of that generation. Shouldn’t we be able to do it in ours?

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