A Man Who Found Grace in the Eyes of the Lord
But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God. And Noah begot three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. (Genesis 6:8-10)
It is fitting that this very first mention of the word grace in the Bible is related to Noah and his life. This grace represents God’s favor not only to Noah, but also to the entire world.
Noah’s name means “rest.” Through his compliance to God’s command to build an ark to give salvation to human race, the world had rest—rest from the incomprehensible evil that engulfed it (Genesis 6:1-7, 10-12). Humanity would be given a new start, a second chance. And the birth line to Messiah would remain unbroken. In Him, all who believe find rest. Had everyone been destroyed in the flood, all hope would have been lost. There would be no last Adam to win the victory and rescue us (1 Corinthians 15:45; Romans 5:15,17).
Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD, and the world was given mercy. We know that because Noah was a “preacher of righteousness” (2 Peter 2:5). God gave man a chance to repent, allowing hundreds of years to elapse before judgment fell. The world as it was could not be saved, they were too far gone. The Divine record states that “every intent of the thoughts of his [mankind’s] heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5). Man was completely depraved.
Therefore, it was merciful of God to destroy everything and start anew with Noah and his family. Otherwise, man would have ultimately destroyed himself by his own sin.
For Further Review
1. What is your definition of grace? How would you explain grace to a third grader?
2. Write out your own story … when did you personally find grace in the eyes of the LORD?
3. How was it merciful for God to destroy the world by the flood? What did the flood prevent?