BIB 201 Introduction to Bible
10 December, 2012
The Bible – oldest ancient document consisted of many stories revealing early church history and believes. In the very beginning of the book of Genesis we see a story about Noah, ancestor of present people. By reading a story it seems that Noah was the only righteous man of his time period. His character is best reflected on: God’s judgment, covenant and obedience. Before talking about character understanding of righteousness concept is required. According to bible dictionary righteous is “a state of acceptability to God”. This brief description is closely related with Noah(pCX).
Judging God is one of the reflections of Noah’s character in this story. “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them.” (Gen. 6:13). Lord warned Noah in order to save him. Lord’s grace came on him because he was “blameless among the people of his times” (Gen. 6:9). Besides that it seems that Noah is the only believer left on earth, who followed God and “walked with God” (Gen. 6:9). Noah’s visible character starts to grow, when God choses him to save. God shows that this is the man, who should begin new generation, generation of righteous people. Lord believed that if Noah, sinless man, will be ancestor for next generations, they would not become so wicked and corrupt as they were. Decision of saving Noah does not mean that he is a perfect human being, but that it simply proves that Noah walks with God, and he is righteous. Bible commentaries by F.E. Gaeblein states similar thing. According to commentaries, author of the Genesis book did not want show why God sent flood, but wanted to show why he saved Noah (pX). There is another theory that God by judging people took their land. Only Noah did everything what God commanded him and he gave him land back (pX). Both cases highlight Noah’s reward received by being righteous in times of...