“He said to Noah: ‘I have decided to put an end to all mortals on earth; the earth is full of lawlessness because of them. So I will destroy them and all life on earth.’ ” —Genesis 6:13

“The sons of heaven had intercourse with the daughters of man, who bore them sons” (6:4). “When the Lord saw how great was man’s wickedness on earth, and how no desire that his heart conceived was ever anything but evil, He regretted that He had made man on the earth, and His heart was grieved. So the Lord said: ‘I will wipe out from the earth the men whom I have created, and not only the men, but also the beasts and the creeping things and the birds of the air, for I am sorry that I made them’ ” (6:5-7). The flood was an attempt to remove the cancer of sin, while leaving a few people to begin a new creation. It failed, since even Noah and his family were cancerous. Every human being was in sin (see Rm 3:23).

Prayer: Father, thank You for the waters of baptism in which I was drowned and from which I rose as a new creation.
Promise: “With you I will establish My covenant; you and your sons, your wife and your sons’ wives, shall go into the ark.” —6:18

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