There is one further point to ponder before moving on from the Flood: if God perceived man’s nature to be sinful as a result of our first parents’ disobedience (which was certainly the case), why Oh why did he repopulate the world with more of the same? Why utilise Noah’s family for that purpose? Yes, he judged its head (at least) to be righteous but the redeemed family were still under the reign of sin and death. Why did God not fully go through with His threat to “destroy all flesh” (Gen6:17)? What a seemingly missed opportunity to start afresh with a pure gene pool (I speak as a fool). It was surely for the same reason He stipulated that seven pairs of each “clean” animal species were to be taken into the ark together with one pair of each unclean beast (7:3). It pertained to Rom8:20-21 and what I was saying in earlier posts about God’s purposes for the elevation of many children of dust to a glorious destiny in association with His Son, and how that transformation could best be accomplished. It pertained not just for the need for souls to be healed and communion with the divine to be restored, but also for a life of challenges, divisions and even suffering to be the grist for future glory:
“IT WAS FITTING (EVEN) FOR (JESUS), FOR WHOM ARE ALL THINGS AND BY WHOM ARE ALL THINGS, IN BRINGING MANY SONS TO GLORY, TO MAKE THE CAPTAIN OF THEIR SALVATION PERFECT THROUGH SUFFERING (Heb2:10NKJV).
Hence a sovereign and all-powerful God will later say through His Son:
“IT IS INDEED NECESSARY THAT OFFENCES COME TO THE WORLD, BUT WOE TO THE ONE BY WHOM THEY COME” (Mt18:7).
Such a preparation is not so that we might eternally rest in the peace of Heaven but be resurrected and actively participate with the divine Glory throughout His domain (Dan7:18), the details concerning which have not been disclosed, even to the Church.
“FOR WE ARE THE CHILDREN OF GOD AND IT HAS NOT BEEN MANIFESTED WHAT WE SHALL BE, BUT WE KNOW WHEN HE IS MADE MANIFEST WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM” (cf. 1Jn3:2).