Genesis 6 is one of the chapters in the bible where God expressed frustration with his creation (vs 3, 6 and 7). It was right around that time when the watchers – fallen angels – were interbreeding with women – creating giants – and teaching mankind witchcraft, how to work metals, make cosmetics, weapons and an array of evil acts. Evil became widespread and Yahweh was sorry he created men.
The earth and its inhabitants still exist today because God found favour in Noah. Noah walked with God and taught his children to fear (respect) God and to live a circumspect life before the Lord. Should we choose the path of living in accordance with God’s words, laws and statutes, ALL the promises, protection and blessings that were granted to our ancestors in the Holy Scriptures will be ours as well. Isn’t that great? Bless the Lord!
Sometimes the directives of God for our lives will not be as direct as it were with Noah and other great men of God. It may be through the opening of our bible to a random but pertinent message, a radio or television broadcast or even a social media post. The one thing that is certain is that God will lead us to the directive and will use the Holy Spirit to tell us when it is found. Our job is to keep our channels open and our vessels clean so that the Holy Spirit can always have an abiding city within us. I will not say every gut feeling we have is of the Holy Spirit, but there are some – that could be – where our minds and body is against something and yet there is that little voice within us that supports it. We keep our channels open by keeping The Most High’s commandments which are parts of the road map to upright living – which He will reward us for (Psalms 84:11).
The entire chapter of Genesis six (6) highlights the second biggest move God has made in relation to the earth after He made it. The first was making the inhabitants of the earth and, as shown in Genesis 6 and 7, the second was destroying most of what He created. Both chapters demonstrate God’s disdain for sinfulness and the immensity of His wrath and also contrasts them with His love and care for those who respect Him and keep His commandments.
Chapter 6 is also a powerful passage owing to the faith demonstrated by Noah. This is a man who had never witnessed rainfall prior to the flood, likewise his ancestors, but this did not hinder his trust in the Lord. He, without a complaint about resources or labour, obeyed everything and detail the Lord commanded of him. Can you imagine the ridicule he endured building a massive -450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high – boat on dry land?
These are the times in which we need to be more like Noah, being willing to look ridiculous for God. People will never understand our relationship with Yahweh, where He has brought us from and what He has planned for our lives. Sometime we ourselves don’t even know! We are certain however, that the season of pride is over and we should be ready to live purely for the Lord. The following are some of the things which may cause us to be ridiculed for God:
- Keeping the commandments – The powers that be tries to normalize sin and set the stage for most social activities or events to be held during the Sabbath.
- God’s Time – Set aside time daily to feed our souls and be with the Lord the same way we set time aside for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- Bless others – Always try to identify genuine need and try to help if we can, or seek help for the person in need. This does not mean we should go out of our way.
- Give thanks and praise – Thank God for everything in your life constantly.
- Do not block sinners – Never provide unbelievers with reasons to doubt our faith in God or our walk with Him.
- Dress Modestly – Brothers, pull up those pants and sisters wear those lovely skirts and dresses.
- Choose friends who will enhance or encourage our walk with the Lord and not people who will have us feeling guilty for not always being able to hang with them.
Mordecai Amon Israel