Letters from Neil | April 15th, 2020

Redemption AZ / May 31, 2020
covid-19, salt

April 15, 2020

Good morning Salties and friends,

It’s another beautiful day. I walked to the office these last 2 mornings, it’s just 1.3 miles. It was refreshing and good to get some exercise. I miss the gym!

We’re continuing our study in Genesis 6. After dealing with the first 4 difficult verses we jump right into one of the saddest verses in all of the Old Testament, verse 5. “The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” This verse is a vivid portrayal of just how deep and comprehensive human depravity had become. Wickedness, the defining word of this verse is the absence of the life of God at work in human society. Wickedness is always opposed to the things of God. We find an accurate description of wickedness in Galatians where Paul describes the works of the flesh (Gal 5:19-21). 

God made man in His image to respond to Him with a heart of love through worship, but the outward manifestation of wickedness seen here was a result of sin polluted hearts, as it always is. Look at the words in verse 5 describing the wickedness, “every, only, continually.” It’s hard to imagine such darkness. However, the reality is that a little leaven (a metaphor for sin in Scripture) leavens the whole lump (1 Cor 5:6). We are not as wicked as those described in Genesis 6:5 but we must remember that God sees spiritual health only by the standards of His righteousness. James 2:10 says “For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it.” Even the smallest sin is a serious offense against God. I hope reading this one verse will cause us to examine our own hearts and be willing to do what Paul says in 1 Cor 5:7, cleanse out the old leaven. That happens when we agree with God, confess our sin and ask for His power to repent, turn away from that sin and return to Him with our whole heart.

I love and miss you, Neil