God Judged Mankind
Judgment Was Required
Although He had been patient, there came a time when God had to declare that He could not allow the evil of man to contaminate the world any further.
So God said, “I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth-men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air. I am going to put an end to all people for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth. I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens.”
The whole human race had resisted God’s will contended, or fought against obedience to God. In other words, people fought against their own reason for being. In this way, they destroyed 8 themselves in the sight of God. They had corrupted, or misused, what God had given them. God’s nature could not allow such evil to stain His creation. God who is truth and purity had to bring judgment upon sin.
Now you know that a good father, even though he loves his children, cannot stand by and allow them to corrupt his name. The honor of the family name cannot be neglected. Children are not to disobey and disrespect their father. He must chastise them if they persist in such wicked ways. The good father does not like to punish his children, but he has no choice. The wickedness of the children makes punishment necessary. Such punishment, administered in love, serves only to guide the children along the right path, which leads to honor, not to shame.
God was in a position similar to that of the father who has suffered disrespect and disobedience from his children. In addition, God’s nature is total holiness. Such holiness cannot share its presence with sinfulness. Holiness must judge sin.
For You To Do
Circle the letters in front of the correct completions to the following statement:
God had to send judgment upon mankind because
a) He did not love the people.
b) the people continually resisted His purposes.
c) His holiness must judge sin.
d) He wished to prove His power.