8. Examples of God’s mercy and judgment
Genesis 6 God shows mercy toward Noah
The beginning of this passage explains just how corrupt earth had become. Most commentaries say the Sons of God were from the godly lineage of Seth, and the daughters of men were descendants of Cain.*
These men chose brides based on attraction and not based on the good values of their ancestor, Seth. As a result, the earth’s population grew increasingly corrupt.
He (God) wanted us to know that this was not an arbitrary action but an act of justice on those who were destroyed and mercy on the human race yet to come. If the Lord hadn’t destroyed these wicked people, there wouldn’t have been a virgin left on the earth through whom He could have fulfilled His plan of sending His Son.
God only found one man, Noah, who had a sincere desire to do His will. God spared Noah, his descendants, and their spouses.
*Some believe the Nephilim were fallen angels who took women as wives. If so, their offspring was another species different from either of God’s original creations. Angels cannot be forgiven and humans can.
Once again, the outcry against corruption caused God to take action. This time, it was against the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.
God sent angels to force Lot and his family to leave before it was too late. The men Lot’s daughters planned to marry wouldn’t listen.
Just like during the days of Noah, God couldn’t find even ten people in those cities worthy of sparing. Even Lot and his family seem questionable.
Those who rejected Jesus as the promised Messiah would see Him return in judgment on Jerusalem. The elements of the old covenant would be completely burned up.
The entire city, including the temple, the palace, and most of its inhabitants, died.
- Many died of starvation.
- Many burned to death.
- Many were crushed as buildings collapsed.
- Many fell to their death as high places collapsed.
- Many were killed by Roman swords.
God saw to it that every one of Jesus’ followers escaped.
9. God makes every effort to reach unbelievers.
The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise (to come in judgment against Jerusalem), as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent. 2 Peter 3:9 NLT
He wants not only us but everyone saved, you know, everyone to get to know the truth we’ve learned: that there’s one God and only one, and one Priest-Mediator between God and us—Jesus, who offered himself in exchange for everyone held captive by sin, to set them all free.
Eventually the news is going to get out. This and this only has been my appointed work: getting this news to those who have never heard of God, and explaining how it works by simple faith and plain truth. 1 Timothy 2:4-7 MSG