Read Genesis 6:1-7
We are not even a dozen chapters into the story of Scripture, and yet, God’s judgment of sin has reverberated on nearly every page. God judged Adam, Eve, the serpent, and creation in Eden (Gen. 3) and then Cain for murdering his brother (Gen. 4). Then God’s judgment echoes in the refrain “and he died” throughout the genealogy from Adam to Noah (Gen. 5). Now we see God’s judgment about to be poured out to wipe humankind off the face of the earth.
Reading these chapters reminds us why so many view God—often referred to as the God of the Old Testament—as a God of anger. But if we look again, we see God’s judgment is not without love and grace.
• God was gracious to Adam and Eve not to take their lives immediately and to cover their shame with clothing made from an animal—picturing a greater substitutional death to come.
• God graciously placed a mark of protection on Cain.
• In the genealogy, we read of one man, Enoch, who did not die, showing us that there is a way to escape sin’s curse.
And even here, as God prepares to flood the world, we will see that He graciously brings one man and his family safely through the waters of judgment. Sin, death, and judgment have indeed saturated the story of Scripture, but so have God’s love, mercy, and grace.
What do you find most difficult about the doctrine of God’s judgment?