THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF NOAH AND THE GREAT FLOOD
PART 4: THE NEED FOR REPENTANCE
In the name of Jehovah God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth.
Dearly beloved repentance is a necessary ingredient to salvation. It is surely one of the most
important elements in the Christian journey. At the dawn of the Creation we see that man failed
to repent and we see the wrath of God. Therefore before we proceed with our scripture lesson
taken from Genesis 6:5-22 we will bring more clarity to repentance.
Repentance is translated from two Greek words. For example Metanioa (See Acts 2:38 and
Romans 2:4) means a change of mind with regard to sin. Also a sorrow for sin which primarily is
intellectual in nature. The second word metameleia means a change of soul, a sorrow that leads to
turning away from sin (See Matthew 27:3 and 11 Corinthians 7:9-10).
Both words define repentance as that divinely wrought conviction of sin in that the soul is
guilty before God. However repentance is not complete until the person turns away from sin in
which the sinner identifies himself with the gracious act of God in redeeming him. Logically then
repentance involves both a change of mind about sin, and a change of heart and attitude toward sin.
Repentance is also seen in the human and divine perspective. God is the author of repentance
(See Acts 4:31). Through the power of the Holy Spirit man is led to the consciousness of his
sinful state. Repentance is also impacted by Faith. Where you find true Faith you will find true
repentance. The lack of true Faith renders a lack of true repentance. Finally repentance as a key
to salvation is revealed in the following scriptures: Matthew 3:2-8, Matthew 4:17. Paul and Peter
identified it with true salvation Acts 20:21 and 11 Peter 3:9.
Genesis 6:5. "And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually."
Man was in need of repentance. Man had given himself over to carnal lusts in the selection of wives. Logically then their character and general life was given over to sin and shame.
Genesis 6:6-7. "And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart."
6:7. "And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them."
God did not regret creating humankind. God also does not change His mind. (See 1 Samuel 15:29). God expressed sorrow and He was sorry that the people had chose sin and death instead of a relationship with Him. The universal meaning of repentance is change. The scripture teaches us that God does not repent as man, ye He repents. When man repents he changes his will. When God repents he wills a change.
Genesis 6: 8-9. "But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord."
6:9. "These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God."
God was displeased with the sin of the people. However Noah pleased God. He was not perfect but he sought to please God. He found grace in God regardless of the sin that surrounded him. This was during the Patriarchal Dispensation when the father was the chief or head of the family. Noah in this instance brought favor from God for the family. (See 11 Peter 2:5).
Again we note that Noah was not perfect as recorded in Genesis 9:20. However he loved God and tried to walk the path of righteousness.
Genesis 6:14-15. “Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch."
6:15. "And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: the length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits."
In verse 14 the word gopher is exclusively noted in scripture. This is the only place in the Bible you find this word which pertains to cypress. Since God is all powerful he could have kept the water from saturating the walls of the ark without any such natural means. However this is another instance o God using the cooperation of man to carry out his great plans. It is the will of God to require man to do something for his own good.
The word cubit is noted several times in scripture. At times its meaning is indefinite but usually it is noted as a unit of measurement. Thus it is usually noted as the length of the forearm below the elbow. The cubit as noted in the Bible is 18 inches.
Genesis 6: 21-22. "And take thou unto thee of all food that is eaten, and thou shalt gather it to thee; and it shall be for food for thee, and for them."
6:22. Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he."
The 21st verse tells that it was the food to be eaten that would be taken in. This implies that some things that could be eaten would not so used. This is especially true of animal flesh. As Noah obeyed God and built the ark the multitudes looked on and thought Noah was crazy. However they were warned of the coming judgment and disaster. The people of today are forewarned of the coming judgment yet they still turn from God.
Meanwhile the wicked of these contemporary times deny God and beguile others to follow the path of unrighteousness. But Noah has left us with a great lesson in Faith. Trust in the Lord and be delivered from all evil. The deliverance from evil will also reap Peace and Paradise.