Why The Flood?

by J. Vernon McGee

The account of the Flood carries a great deal of geological and historical evidence and is a fascinating subject for research and exploration. However, it is not my intention to deal with this aspect of the Flood. Rather I want to deal with this question: Why did God send the Flood? Why was this type of extreme surgery needed on the human race? There are those who are saying today that capital punishment is not humane. Believe me, God had mass execution in that day. Why was it necessary? Why the Flood?

"And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair, and they took them wives of all which they chose" (Gen. 6:1,2).

The sons of God chose wives on the basis of physical beauty; they had no regard for the spiritual side at all. You will see the intermarrying of these two classes, godly with the ungodly, all the way through the Scriptures. Also in our day, the intermarriage of believers and unbelievers is a most dangerous thing. God records it here before the Flood as a warning to us today.

The day came, therefore, when only one man among the millions on this earth found grace in the eyes of the Lord: "But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord" (Gen. 6:8). Because of the intermarriage and the intrusion of that which was godless into the godly line, men and women were produced who turned their backs on God. Finally we get down to the time when there was one who did not-one! How tragic!

The cancer of sin was terminal. The human race was suffering from the incurable disease of sin. If God had not taken extreme measures, no one would have turned to God in the next generation. The entire human family would have been lost. Therefore God moved in while He had yet one man left. God was long-suffering; He was patient. He saw this erosion of spiritual life, man turning away from Him; He waited until there was only one man left. If He had waited any longer, the entire race would have been lost.

May I say to you, friend, the Flood was a judgment, an awful judgment. God never said it wasn't awful; it was awful. But it was a blessing in disguise. The reason today that you and I have been able to hear the gospel and be saved is that God brought His judgment of the Flood when He did. He waited as long as He could. Only Noah was left. Only one turned to God. This is shocking, I admit. Only one!

Excerpted and adapted from Why the Flood?

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