In the beginning of January I read these words in Genesis 6 and I couldn’t shake them off. They were tumbling around in my mind like clothes in a dryer. I was wrestling with them for weeks, even as I reached far into the stories of The Tower of Babel and Abram’s Call and Isaac’s Birth. I was toiling with these words, playing them forwards and backwards, afraid to ask God what they meant for me today.
The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the LORD regretted that he has made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. So the LORD said, ”I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.” — Genesis 6:5-8, ESV, emphasis mine
I know that I must have read this passage before, but never before had the realization hit me so hard that there was a time that He regretted created people.
I know He loved us.
But when did His regret turn into complete delight?
When did being sorry turn into extreme measures to pursue us?
The answer had been spoken to the prophets and they spent their lives doing their best to tell the people to hope and to wait patiently. To just hold on a little longer.
The answer was Jesus. The answer was God in flesh. The answer was a life lived perfectly. The answer was redemption. The answer was God not answering Jesus’ prayer before his crucifixion, so He could, through Christ’s blood, answer our prayers for salvation.
The symbol of covenant between God and man is no longer just a rainbow over the wiped-out-earth, but also a cross.
Read the rest of this post over at The Rising.