Day 7: Noach/Genesis 6:9-11:32
When Messiah returns, the question continues to be germane, “… will He find faith on the earth?”
How about righteousness?
Our Master has already come to earth once to dwell with man for an ephemeral number of years. After Yeshua completed offering Himself as the perfect, supreme sacrificial Lamb, He took back His residence upon His throne. Although YHVH knew beforehand the evil inclination of man’s activities, seeing the corruptness and contempt against Him, He still came into our sin-laden world and stood face to face with man. He confronted man’s sinfulness, with the temptations that inflict us all, as the Son of Man but for a brief moment in history.
As far back as the Garden, the Creator’s intentions were to have fellowship with the centerpiece of His creation—man. Conversely, in the cool of the day when He came looking for His first created man and woman, He sorrowfully found them in the self-inflicted condition called sin. As time marched ever forward, Elohim would search the entire earth only to find one blameless man, Noach—this one man who had not been corrupted by sin. Through one man Elohim chose to re-populate the entire world.
In like fashion, throughout the history of mankind, i.e. Adam, Noach, the people of Babel, Lot and his family, Rahab, the inhabitants of Nineveh, and even Israel and Judah, commonality can be found within people groups and their communities. They all experienced a type of expulsion or destruction from where they lived due to the sinful nature of mankind. Some people were marshaled out of their surroundings due to other’s sins, while others were left to their own demise and corruption. Some inhabitants were hidden, even if only for a brief time, even as others were completely razed. Sometimes, both events occurred.
From these instances, it is quite clear that Elohim is serious about purging evil from the earth and separating the righteous from the unrighteous.
As evidenced through the narrative of Abraham, if just one righteous man is found by YHVH, that man and his family can conceivably survive an impending disaster. (Certainly, it helped that Abraham was interceding for Lot.) Remember, the original objective of our Creator’s heart was for man to follow after Him uprightly all the days of his life in order to have communion with the Creator. Subsequently, Elohim’s intentions, after man had sinned against Him, were for man to repent from his sin and to walk uprightly with Him in restored fellowship.
As this earth continues to spin faithfully upon its axis where Elohim placed it from the beginning of creation, we have the awesome privilege of reflecting upon the backdrop of His Word and learn from the Scriptural lessons. Within the entirety of Torah, the Writings, and the Prophets (Tanakh), we have been given the accounts of what happened to those who were disobedient to His word “as an example, and they were written for our instruction (warning), upon whom the ends of the ages have come.” (1 Cor. 10:11) We are also admonished “to let him who thinks he stands take heed, lest he fall.” (1 Cor. 10:12)
Remember, our Abba, Father of all life, has “declared the end from the beginning,” (Is. 46:10) as we contemplate where we stand in the grand scheme of time and history. In today’s society, we can easily distinguish similarities to the days of Noach, Lot, Babel, and Nineveh. We are rapidly approaching the time when YHVH will once again remove and save His righteous remnant from His final wrath intended for the wicked and disobedient living upon the earth. Yet, His heart is not wishing any to perish but “for all [of His creation] to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9) For, “the eyes of the YHVH move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.” (2 Chron. 16:9)
When Yeshua returns to Tzion, we will see the Salvation of YHVH! Will He find faith and righteous obedience in us?
Dwell upon Revelation 22:10-13, “And he said to me, ‘Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near. Let the one who does wrong, still do wrong; and the one who is filthy, still be filthy; and let the one who is righteous, still practice righteousness; and the one who is holy, still keep himself holy.’ Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done. I am the [Aleph] and the [Tov], the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”