This is what I learned today from class on The Best of Man in the Worst of Times taught by Rabbi Gutnick.
The following concept rocked my entire world. This blew my mind. I never heard this teaching before.
It wasn’t the immoral behaviour that G-d became really angry with it was this simple yet hard cold fact- man was so trapped by his instinctual desire that his intellectual faculties stopped functioning so that robbery was condoned. This caused all common sense to be thrown out the window. Thus, anything goes.
Genesis 6:11 “Was corrupt” is an expression of immorality and idolatry. “And the earth became full of robbery” [means] thievery.” Rashi
This concept comes from the teaching by Nachmadies, Genesis 6:13:” Our sages teach that man’s fate was sealed with the sin of robbery. Because it is a violation of a mitzvah sichli [a command arrived at through reason], it does not require a prophet to warn us against it.”
This means what I think I do. When my thinking becomes corrupt I become corrupt and I am doomed to fall. Take this concept a step further, when a government condones stealing that nation is doomed to fail.
Noach was a flawed man yet he was able to with stand the pressures of society to live a life that rejected immorality and legalized stealing.
Noach was a righteous man and this is why he and his family were saved.
Noach is a good example of someone who didn’t succumb to the pressures of society to abandoned G-d. Instead Noach stood firm in his walk with G-d (taken from my teacher Pastor Steve Gray) and this Noach became the father of all future generations of man.
This courageous act led to the birth of the Jewish people through Avraham, Yitz’chak, and Ya’akov.
And the end the redemption of man was set in motion by Noach’s refusal to give in to the pressures to walk away from G-d and this laid the foundation for Yeshua come from the House of David.
More to come.