But there was one righteous man who walked with God. His name was Noah. God told Noah of His plans to destroy the corrupt world. He told Noah to build an ark for himself and his family and bring some of every living thing into the ark to be saved. Noah obeyed, and God brought a great flood upon the earth that no person or animal survived except those who were in the ark.
Why did God save Noah and his family? When man was so bad, why would God love and want to save any of mankind? Even the Psalmist David wondered. “What is man that You take thought of him, and the son of man that You care for him?” he asked in Psalm 8:4. And we see that one of the major themes of the Bible is God’s voice pleading for mankind to come to Him. God’s Word is the story of how He brought salvation to the world through His Son.
God saves man because of His great love for His creation. Since the very beginning, God has wanted a relationship with mankind. When God called Abram and made a covenant with him, He said, “I will … be God to you and to your descendants after you” (Genesis 17:7). Many times, God said to the Israelites through His prophets, “And they shall be My people, and I will be their God” (Jeremiah 32:38). Paul admonishes Christians to stay away from those who would destroy their faith because God dwells in them. He wrote in 2 Corinthians 6:16, “For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, ‘I will dwell in them and walk among them; And I will be their God, and they shall be My people.’”
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