Many Saved because of One Man
Published October 26th, 2022
Main point summary
Enter with your family
καὶ εἶπεν κύριος ὁ θεὸς πρὸς Νωε
εἴσελθε σὺ καὶ πᾶς ὁ οἶκός σου εἰς τὴν κιβωτόν
ὅτι σὲ εἶδον δίκαιον ἐναντίον μου ἐν τῇ γενεᾷ ταύτῃ
BIG IDEA OF IDEA OF GENESIS 7:1 Many saved because of One Our passage falls within the story of the great flood found in Genesis 6:1–8:19. The flood story is an account of God's mercy and grace to undeserving men and animals. When "every inclination of the thoughts of their minds was only evil all the time." (6:5b, NET), God decided that it was best to destroy every living thing he had created because creation had lost its way. Man's sin had contaminated the animals so that all were culpable ( the phrase “all flesh” is used consistently of humankind and the animals in Gen 6–9 (6:17, 19; 7:15–16, 21; 8:17; 9:11, 15–17), suggesting that the author intends to picture all living creatures, humankind and animals, as guilty of moral failure. This would explain why the animals, not just humankind, are victims of the ensuing divine judgment. The OT sometimes views animals as morally culpable (Gen 9:5; Exod 21:28–29; Jonah 3:7–8). The OT also teaches that a person’s sin can contaminate others (people and animals) in the sinful person’s sphere (see the story of Achan, especially Josh 7:10). So the animals could be viewed here as morally contaminated because of their association with sinful humankind. (NET notes)). God was going to destroy both man and beast from the face of the earth. However, he chose to spare Noah, his family and some animals. Why did God choose to spare Noah and his family? Genesis 6:9b tells us that "Noah was a godly man; he was blameless among his contemporaries. Ge 6:9 (NET). So, God chose to show mercy to Noah's family because of Noah. The animals likewise experienced grace because of Noah. Genesis 7:1 is about God showing to a select few because of one faithful man. When God is ushering Noah into the arc he tells him that "Enter the ark, you and all your household, for you alone I have seen to be righteous before Me in this time." (7:1, NASB). The pronoun "you" in this passage, is singular in the LXX and the Hebrew Bible. This says that Noah alone was the reason his family and everyone that did not perish in the flood was spared. God spared many from destruction for the sake of one man. APPLICATION OF GENESIS 7:1 The story of Noah is a pointer to what we see perfectly revealed in the work of our lord Jesus Christ. We have obtained salvation because of the blamelessness of our Lord Jesus Christ before God. His righteousness is what kept God from destroying us and it is his righteousness that protects us on a daily basis from the wrath of God. What a Joy to know that we are in a relationship with one who shields us from the wrath of God. Now, in our personal lives do we act like our God by overlooking offences because of the one who is standing in the place of those who offend us? Do we look at others and first see the one who is standing in their place as their righteousness to spare them or do we just condemn our fellow brothers and sisters? This does not only end with our believing brothers, we see that God shows mercy even to unclean animals because of Noah (Genesis 7:2). Noah was but one sinful man yet he covered for his family and many animals. Our lord who is greater than Noah should serve as a good reason for us to imitate our God in showing mercy to both believers and unbelievers. We have received immeasurable grace and mercy because of one man. we will do well to imitate our God, who abounds in grace, by being gracious and merciful towards our fellow men.