So the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord (Genesis 6:7-8)
In Luke’s Gospel, the Messiah teaches through the parable of the fruitless fig tree (Lk. 13:6-9) that God expects His creation to function in its purpose. Put simply, because the fig tree in the parable wasn’t producing figs, the owner was ready to remove it, indicating that it was just taking up space.
Compare that with the fact that Messiah cursed the fig tree that put out leaves but bore no fruit (Matthew 21:18-22). The Bible seems to clearly indicate that things which don’t serve God’s purposes have no permanent title to life. So when He says, “I will blot out man,” is to suggest that, because mankind wasn’t serving their purpose, God decided to remove them.
Nevertheless, just because men abandon their God-ordained purpose, doesn’t mean that God abandons His purpose for man. He never tears down unless He intends to build up; that which is destroyed only serves to precede what is to be restored. Moses broke the first tablets of the Law but God allowed for a second set of tablets to be restored. There will be a new heaven and new earth (Rev. 21:1). The destruction caused by the Flood removed corrupt seed so that Good Seed (Noah and his family) could grow unfettered.
That the Bible says, “Noah found grace” indicates there is always a remnant of God’s people in the midst of wickedness and chaos. Noah was the righteous seed in a sea of corruption who, for many years, preached righteousness. Likewise, you and I need to be that righteous seed in the sea of corruption. We must be the preachers of righteousness in our day, working tirelessly to alert this generation of the things to come. May we all find grace in His sight.
Blessings and Shalom,