INSTRUMENTS OF JUDGMENT
"Jehovah saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually" Gen. 6:5
These words give the reason for the Flood. We come at this point in the record of human history, to the first activity of the PUNITIVE JUDGMENT of God. A crisis was reached, which made it necessary, in order to the carrying on of the Divine purpose for humanity, that there should be such action; and in these words the nature of the crisis is revealed. They are very emphatic, and show the utter MORAL DEPRAVITY which prevailed. To read them carefully is to discover that fact. When evil choices and courses have thus wrought themselves out, God always acts in judgment in this way. Over and over again has He done so. We have lived through a period of such Divine activity because of His curse. And so it will continue until the final victory is gained; and evil is completely banished from the earth. Two matters are revealed which are of the greatest importance.
1st, God never acts in such judgment until it is necessary in order to the fulfilling of His highest purposes for humanity.
2nd, God always does so act, when it is necessary.
They are the facts of His PATIENCE and His PERSISTENCE. Evil never escapes Him. He presses upon it, and compels it to go on to the uttermost expression; and that, in order that He may destroy it. The flood, the blood and fire and vapor of smoke, all are the INSTRUMENTS OF HIS JUDGMENT, and are employed in order to the realization of His high ideals for humanity. Nature is under His direction (Psa. 148:8) and reveals constantly that He is still on the throne using what is termed secondary causes.