For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment; 5and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly…[2 Peter 2:4-5]
The pre-flood world was much stranger than any of us could possibly imagine. Rebellious angels came down to the earth and committed forbidden sins, introducing all kinds of evil to mankind. Giant genetic hybrids roamed and ruled the earth, devouring the sons of Adam. All flesh had been corrupted or killed. Time was running out to save the human race and preserve the promised seed of the woman (Genesis 3:15).
By the time Noah and his family finished building the ark, they were almost certainly the last uncorrupted human family alive on the earth. The fate and future of the human race would be left up to eight souls.
God showed Noah grace in his generation and gave him an extraordinary assignment — the salvation of humanity — and we are here today because of Noah’s faithful obedience.
To discover more about Noah — the great hero of our faith — check out the next session in my Genesis study.
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