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Grace And Mercy In The Story Of Noah And The Ark

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Even when God is at his most extreme anger, he finds a way to show grace and mercy. We can see the truth of this statement over and over in the times of Noah and the flood.
It’s around 2348 BC and there is violence everywhere. “The Lord saw that the wickedness of humankind was great in the earth and that every inclination of the thoughts of their hearts was only evil continually “(Genesis 6:5). God is saying that humans have stopped thinking (about the Lord) or following the Lord completely and going on about their business. When God saw this he “was sorry that he had made human-kind on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart” (Genesis 6:6). The word “sorry” in Genesis 6:6 is translated to the word “Nacham” in Hebrew. One of the definitions of this word is the word “repent”, and if we look at synonyms for repent we find the word “compassion”. In Genesis 6:7 God says “I will blot out from the earth the human beings I have created- people together with animals and creeping things and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” Again we see the word “sorry” which leads us back to compassion. The definition of the word compassion in the dictionary is sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings of others. This means that God changed his mind and was going to show compassion. These three verses show a lot of evidence that God is showing mercy and grace.
In Genesis 6:8 God says “But Noah found favor in the sight of the Lord.” The word “favor” is translated in Greek to “Charis”, which is then translated to the word “grace”. This verse once again shows the grace of God. He could have easily just killed every single man but instead he shows his grace and mercy to save Noah and his family because Noah listened to God. I think that the word listened and obeyed what God said is really important. God wouldn’t have shown grace to Noah if he was like every other human being. Noah followed every instruction that God gave him concerning the ark, and also when God told him to take clean and unclean animals. In Genesis 6:22 and 7:5 we see that it says something along the following lines: And Noah did all that the Lord commanded him. The really scary thought here are the what if questions? What if Noah wasn’t righteous, would God have shown him grace and let him live? If not then would we be alive today?
The next piece of evidence that we are going to look at is going to be the Foil character. In the flood story we have the protagonist (Noah) going against the antagonist (Flood) and the proponents (Noah’s Family), and then the Foil would be the large group of people that were against Noah and his family. This foil...

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