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The Righteousness of Noah

I heard something about Noah the other day that has had me thinking for quite awhile. Most preachers, when they talk about Noah, like to bring up the fact that the Bible says Noah was a righteous man. They then talk about how, because Noah was righteous, he found favor with God and was used to build the ark and keep the human race in existence. Here's the problem: the Bible says Noah was a righteous man after it says he found favor with God, not before.

In fact, in Genesis 6:6 we learn that God saw 'that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.' This includes Noah! Noah was wicked and the intention of his heart was as evil as anyone else's. It WAS NOT because of Noah's righteousness that God choose him to preserve humanity. It was because of God's undeserved, unearned, unmerited favor that Noah was considered righteous.

You and I are desperately in need of God's favor, and we were given that favor through the gift of his Son Jesus Christ and the gift of his Holy Spirit indwelling our souls. The intention of my heart (and yours) apart from the work of Jesus is just as intent on evil as the hearts of the men in Noah's day. Praise be to God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ.
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