Why Send a Flood?
Last week I preached about the great flood that erupted on the Earth to erase the sins of humanity and, as I thought about this topic, I started to remember questions about this story that I had been asking for years: “why was Noah so special?” “How long did it take to build the ark?” and my personal favorite and the topic for today’s post, “why send a flood before sending Jesus?”
Let’s put it this way: if the author of John 3:16 was correct and God does love this world so passionately that He willingly sacrificed His own Son for it, then why, does Genesis 6, at first glance, contradict that by destroying it first? For those who might not have had the time to read this story, because of the wickedness and sins of man, God decimated every living thing on this planet with an unstoppable force of devastating water for one hundred and fifty days until the only living things left were the fish in the ocean and the species on that boat. This question has haunted me for years, or should I say, until about a year ago.
I was working at a bed and breakfast at the time in Marion, Indiana, when one of our guests, a fellow Christian, during a conversation about the validity of the Bible, stopped me in mid-sentence, stared me dead in the eye and, as if he had seen a ghost, asked, “have you heard about the giants?” Taken aback, I gently replied that I had not while he proceeded to educate me on the theory that men and women could have grown to be as tall as buildings back before the flood (apparently they have physical evidence, but that is neither here nor there). More important to me was how the author of Genesis theorizes that they came to be: daughters of men having “relations” with fallen angels, basically (see “the book of Enoch,” Numbers 13, and Genesis 6). To me, this blew my initial question wide open.
It appears to me as though spiritual evil started seeping its way through generational bloodlines so thick that it was certain to have a lasting effect on the generations to come and God, in His unconditional love, saw nothing but an excruciatingly dark future ahead for humanity. If I were God in this situation, I would be torn too. Any father who has to choose between the future of the world and his children is a sorry man, but God, finding any excuse not to completely start over, finds one clean bloodline: Noah’s.
So what does any of this mean?
In my humble opinion, I would argue that this necessary act of “retooling” humanity was a genuine power move by God over the powers of sin and death because of an error made by Adam and Eve in the Garden. This was God’s first step in a series of steps throughout the course of time to reunite God the Father and His children. In essence, by rewriting the holiness of these bloodlines, as well as banishing the “sons of God” (as Enoch describes), once again, righteousness is bred and embedded in the DNA of human beings. Clearly, however, that was not enough for us to withstand the tyranny of the “Prince of the Earth” as the enemy started planting evil devices in our way to prevent us from our unity with God, and is why Jesus’ life and death is so crucial to our Salvation. Unlike Noah, Jesus was able to atone for our past sins to clean the generational slate that plague our children and theirs.
So to bring this all together, I ask the question again, “why did God need to send the flood before Jesus?” The answer now is clear: because God loved us so much that, in His omniscience, knew that sin was generational yet He opted to look toward the future in order to ease our choice towards righteousness in hopes that we might utilize our free will to the benefit of the Kingdom of God and the restoration of mankind to the eternal love and embrace of a God who loves us more than we could ever know.
Be blessed today in knowing that God the Father loves you THIS much: that He is willing to make choices and sacrifices so that you might choose to live to your fullest potential.
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