Letters from Neil | April 17th, 2020

Redemption AZ / May 31, 2020
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April 17, 2020

Good afternoon Salties and friends,

Sorry I’m late today, I had an opportunity for some exercise this morning. 

Back to Genesis 6. The gravity of the situation in verse 6 is made apparent by the severity of the divine resolution in verse 7: “I will blot out mankind.” Sin has become so predominant and vile that only the most extreme measures can deal with it. There can have been no prospect of reform of the corrupt mass of mankind. Strange to say, this plan for the destruction of mankind is made by Yahweh, the self-existent one who first revealed Himself in preparation for redeeming Israel. It was apparently for the purpose of making possible the development of the seed of the woman destined to crush the serpent’s head. Yahweh’s right to destroy the major part of mankind is indicated by the phrase: “whom I have created.” The Giver of life is the Supreme Lord over life and death. The thoroughness with which He is about to do His work is indicated by the naming all other forms of life that are to perish with man: “animals” (behemah), here including wild as well as domesticated animals, “creepers” and “birds of the heavens.” Fish naturally are not mentioned because of the mode of the destruction in this instance. The universality of the judgment impresses upon us how serious the issues really are. Animals and other creatures, which were originally created for man’s sake, will also perish. Things are so bad that it takes a cataclysmic remedy before the demonic wickedness could take control completely.

But then there’s verse 8. “Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord”. There is going to be at least one sinner saved by grace. It’s the first time the Hebrew word for grace or favor is used in Scripture. By sovereign mercy God gives Noah grace. Noah is delivered from God’s righteous wrath by an act of grace and it’s not because of anything he’s done. First Noah received God’s grace then in verse 9 he is declared righteous. The order is still the same today. Salvation is always the same, first a sinner receives Sovereign grace who then responds through the gift of faith (Eph 2:8) believing the truth about ourselves (sinners) and believing Jesus is the propitiation for those sins so that we may be redeemed from our slavery to sin. Salvation is from the Lord, praise be to our great God and King.

In His Holy Name, Neil