Genesis 6:9-13: A stark contrast.

“9 This is the account of Noah and his family.  Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God. 10 Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth.  11 Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. 12 God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. 13 So God said to Noah, ‘I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth.” NIV


A sharp line is drawn (or so it seems to me) between the ‘’righteous man’’ (9), and the ‘’corrupt’’/‘’corrupted’’ and ‘violent’ people (11-13). Noah was a vastly different man, and he stood out from the crowd. It is probably true to say that the longer he walked with God, the more he took on His character. That’s how it goes in life: you tend to become like the people you regularly hang out with. (That’s why the book of ‘Proverbs’ warns, for example, that bad company corrupts character. But it can also work in a positive direction).

Violence is one of the marks of a corrupt world. I would venture to suggest, so is being entertained by it! During this week alone, probably millions of people will sit in cinemas, eating popcorn and watching people ‘die’ in crashes and explosions; in stabbings, stranglings, shootings and the like. Now there’s room for nuance here. I’m not saying we should never watch or read stories which contain violent elements. We each have personal decisions to make about what we should or should not be exposed to. It’s not for me to judge anyone else, or their choices. What I do want to highlight is this point: I believe the appetite for gratuitous scenes of violence is a symptom of a terribly sick society. I fear we too are headed for destruction, apart from God’s gracious intervention.

PRAYER: Lord have mercy on us. We have drifted so far away from you. It feels like we are close to ‘the eve of destruction’ if we are not already there. Please graciously turn our hearts to Jesus, the only true ‘ark of safety’ provided by you for our salvation.