Favour

Genesis 5-6

This page tells of two different men who had walked faithfully with GOD. The first, Enoch, was taken from the earth one day and his family didn’t see him again, Noah was shut in an ark and saw no-one else but his family.

With Noah, walking faithfully was linked to being righteous and blameless. Noah was said to have found favour with GOD.

To find favour with GOD … isn’t that what we are all looking for? Here we have the answer. All we need to do is walk faithfully, be righteous and blameless … OH! That is not so easy is it? Walking faithfully indicates moving forward and without turning from the path, being righteous is living a morally right and justifiable life, and blameless is being innocent of wrongdoing. Hmm, I think we may have hit a problem.

The people in Noah’s time were none of these things.

The LORD saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. The LORD regretted that he had made human beings on the earth and his heart was deeply troubled. Genesis 6:5-6

For GOD to regret something … it must have been awful. In fact it was so bad that He was going to destroy the human race. Then there is this wonderful verse.

But Noah found favour in the eyes of the LORD. Genesis 6:8

I love it! Noah was going to be the vessel that would save the human race. Yes, there would be an ark, but it was with Noah that GOD found favour. We would not be destroyed because of the life of one man. Again, this account of history points us once again to a single saviour.

How do we find favour with GOD? The truth is, by ourselves we can’t, but with Jesus we can. He walked faithfully, is righteous and completely blameless.

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.  2 Corinthians 5:17-21

The moment we accept Jesus as our saviour we are made new creations and are clothed in Christ. The favour that Jesus has with his Father, we also have as heirs. WOW!

 

 

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