I've been reading through Genesis again. I love re-living the Old Testament stories of the beginning. Adam and Eve, Enoch, Abraham, they're so inspiring. Remember the story of Enoch? the Bible says, "Enoch walked with God and was no more." He just kept walking. No death. No judgment. No other details. He just walked with God and kept on going!!
So I was reading in Genesis 6 today. It's the old story of Noah, the ark, the animals, the flood, you remember? We see this story through the eyes of a child as we think about all the animals lining up two by two, and the dove coming to tell Noah it's ok to re-populate the earth, but there's SO MUCH MORE!!
I was reading the part in Genesis 6 where it says, "These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. And Noah had three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence. And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. And God said to Noah, "I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence through them. Behold, I will destroy them with the earth."
Can you imagine what it must be like to live in a world of complete violence and evil, set to be judged by the creator of the universe, and God picks ONE, NOAH!
I was just meditating this morning thinking, "Does God see anyone as righteous today?"
I've been a part of a faith that condemns all mankind, and rightfully so. For all have sinned (Romans 3:23), but surely that includes Noah, right? I mean if all man sins, then Noah was a part of that group too, after all; he was a man.
So if God can find righteous men in the midst of a sinful world, do those men exist today? Or was it simply God's plan to have Noah as a righteous man so the flood could happen? (I know that leads us into a discussion longer than we have space to cover here on this blog.)
How can I live righteous today like the ancient fathers of the faith?
Some might say, "Keep the ten commandments," but I would quickly retort…IMPOSSIBLE!
Others might claim, "It's only by God's grace given to Noah that he could be found righteous," and I would follow, So where does that leave us?
One might say, "It's by Jesus death and sacrifice. It's through the resurrection that we can be seen before God without blemish." And to that notion, I would agree totally. For, it's only through Jesus' that we might live a life worthy of the good news.
But what after?
Surely God has given me a life here on earth for a purpose in addition to knowing, believing, and accepting Jesus as the atonement for my sin. After all, believing in Jesus only takes me about 5 seconds. I've got time here on earth God has called me to live. So now what?
Is it possible for God to look down on a wicked generation, and find righteous people today?
I know the theological arguments on both sides of the aisle here, so there's no need to get into the X's and O's of it. But I think the question needs to be asked. What now?
I remember a friend once asked me, "What happens if you died tonight? Would you go to heaven?" And as a question, I understand the reason for asking. But I think the question I'm asking today is, "What happens if you wake up tomorrow? Will God see you as righteous? How?"
Let's think a little bit.
What is our responsibility to the covenant God has called us to, AFTER THE RESURRECTION?
I can hardly even imagine God looking down and calling me righteous, but what would He see? What would God say of your life as you have lived it today?
Thanks for engaging. Thanks for thinking. We must be a people who are willing to ask the hard questions. It was Jesus who said, "To Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and MIND. This is the first and greatest commandment." So let's use our minds today, and think…what is our responsibility to righteousness today?