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. Genesis 6:13
It must have been odd for Noah being part of the human race that the Lord was getting ready to destroy. It’s as if we are privy to God thinking out loud, except that Noah was set to obey. He was eager to obey because he wouldn’t be among those who would be eliminated. On the other hand, it must have been terribly lonely for Noah knowing what he knew God was thinking.
From past reading of this passage, I knew the people were wicked, but I never remembered that they were increasingly violent and that God pointed it out twice in the same passage.
Unfortunately we see violence all around us if we cared to look. The media’s only going to show you a small portion of it. As mentioned yesterday, preceding the violence is hate. Hate is such a strong word in the English language but it carries a powerful meaning. Often the hatred is totally irrational, but mostly it originates and is exacerbated by the evil one. He has always hated and loves to stir up violence in families, in communities, and in entire nations. Until we understand that the evil one is not nor has ever been a friend of mankind, we will still fall prey to his schemes.
Today would be a good time to pray against the evils of society: the murders, rapes, abortions, human trafficking and slavery, and the violence in our city streets.