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Friday, April 15, 2011

He was grieved in His heart

"Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.  That Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart."--Genesis 6:5-6.  Genesis 6 has always been an interesting but tough chapter to read because of these two little verses right here--"God was sorry that He had made man on the earth and He was grieved in His heart." We will explore these two points.  But first what would follow in Genesis 6:7 is that God would destroy man from the face of the earth. How can that be true with humans still being here today? Well, in Genesis 6:8-22 is when we read about Noah who found favor in God's sight, we will look at Noah on Monday. But let's look at the first point for today.

God was sorry that He had made man. At first glance, one would read this as saying God wished He had never created man. Well the logical consequences of that argument would suggest that God made a mistake by making man and I think we all know that God DOES NOT make mistakes. What this really means is due to the fact of how evil society had become since the garden in Genesis 1-3, God had become sorrowful because humanity as a whole was so far from Him which caused Him to be grieved in His heart.

He was grieved in His heart.  Have you ever been so heartbroken over something someone did to you or to someone else that you just cannot understand why somebody would do such a cold and heartless thing? Take that feeling and multiply it.  This is how God was feeling about how evil His own creation had become as a whole.  Noah and his family of course were the exception. But it's like the rest of humanity just slapped God in the face without giving it a second thought by this point in the opening chapters of the Bible.

What does this mean to us? Well look around our world, I mentioned in last night's devo that sin is everywhere we look so open and exposed.  It's on TV, on the Internet, on billboards and to some extent it is creeping into our church buildings and God's people. There is no doubt that God is grieved in His heart because of what is happening to the world He created which in the beginning was very good. God is no doubt grieved in His heart over the sin that we have allowed to exist among us as His people.

As Christians, we have a responsibility to fight against the sin that exists in this world and in the church by first bringing people to an obedience of God and His Word and an obedience of the gospel of Christ. This is what Noah would attempt to do. We will look at Noah in more detail on Monday. In the meantime, FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT! PRAY ABOUT IT! LOVE Y'ALL! GOD BLESS!

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