These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God. And Noah had three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence. And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. And God said to Noah, I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence through them. Behold, I will destroy them with the earth. (ESV)
People do not fear God, having become cold and callous.
We see the following in this passage:
- A Christ-like Character (v9)
Noah was righteous and blameless (innocent) in his generation. Innocence is the most precious thing man can have: Holiness (found in Christ alone). Man lost his innocence and his close fellowship with God with The Fall.
Noah was saved because he was in Jesus Christ. Noah built an ark being in The Church, which Jesus builds. Noah lived in accordance with God’s will striving to live a blameless life (righteous and exceptional in his moral character in comparison to the other people of his time).
Notice Noah’s Christ-like character:
a. His flawless disposition (righteous and blameless),
b. his faithful devotion (walking with God) and
c. his first descendants (three sons).
- A Corrupt Culture (v11-12)
The earth was corrupt (morally perverse) in God’s sight and defied the Will of God (Romans 1:21-32). God also condemned man’s cruelty (violence).
- A Coming Calamity (v13)
God will destroy man and the earth. We see:
a. God’s Resolve – once God has determined there is no turning back,
b. God’s Response – to make an end of all flesh) and
c. God’s Reason – the earth is filled with violence.