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God Must Punish Sin

Old Testament

A Sermon on Genesis 6:7-8

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.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD. (ESV)

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The story of the flood as found in Genesis tells us something very important about who God is and who man is. Listen as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones studies Genesis 6:7-8 and explains the justice of God that will not tolerate sin and his holiness that demands that punishment of evil. This is exactly what he did in sending the flood upon the whole earth, wiping out all the inhabitants for their iniquities. He spares only Noah and his family because Noah found favor with God. Furthermore, just as God judged the world in the time of Noah, he will also come again to judge the world and punish all evildoers who do not repent and believe in Christ Jesus. Despite this clear warning, many live as if God never judges the earth. Just as men in the time of Noah scoffed at the idea that God was going to flood the earth, so in our day, many laugh at the belief that Christ Jesus will return and bring judgment on the last day. For the Bible warns us God is just and holy, and that because of sin the whole world lies under the condemnation of God, and it is only by believing in the Gospel that any will be saved.

Additional Scripture Translations

Genesis 6:7-8, New American Standard Bible

7Then the Lord said, “I will wipe out mankind whom I have created from the face of the land; mankind, and animals as well, and crawling things, and the birds of the sky. For I am sorry that I have made them.” 8But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.

Genesis 6:7-8, King James Version

7And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.

8But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.

About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.