These words are not embellished yet they seem unattainable to us. As I read this morning in the the text, I stopped to consider the weight of such words…what they say…and what they do not say.
When we think of the difficulty of attaining to the standard of the words “righteous” and “blameless in [our] time,” we struggle because our default is to think of our own actions. How can we be righteous? How can we act righteously? What can we do to be blameless? The issue for us is that we are asking the wrong questions. The answer will not be found in what we can do but in what God has done.
In the context of the Genesis narrative (which I could argue persuasively is a “type” of picture…a foreshadowing of the grace to be displayed in Christ)…we find a world that is utterly evil. There are none who live perfectly. To the contrary, the opposite is true and the God describes the people as evil with every thought and intent of heart being continually evil (Ge 6:5). The image of God (imago dei) was so defaced that none of humanity bore outward resemblance to the graciousness of God.
In the midst of this, God showed favor to Noah (Ge 6:8). The outworking of the favor was redemption BUT the method of its realization required effort on Noah’s part to build an Ark and to function as the steward of God’s creation in redeeming it. Certainly God could have given all of the animals the ability to walk on water or gills to live through the flood…or he could have beamed them up to Mars and kept them there for a year; however, He chose to use Noah (who had favor in God’s eyes) to be the means through which these created beings were saved.
If Noah had ignored God, he too would have perished. If he had delayed obedience, we can suppose the same outcome. But he did not. He built an Ark and prepared for a flood and secured animals and food and walked into the Ark with Mrs Noah, his three sons and their wives…and watched God close them in (Ge 7:16). Then they waited a week for the rain to start.
Noah and his household were not saved by their efforts. God saved them. They were, however, saved through their obedient response to God. In this way, they became recipients of God’s grace.
Righteous…blameless in his time…one who walked WITH God.
Do we rest in the righteousness of God? Are you without blame in the present? Are you actively walking WITH (not in front of, parallel to, behind, or contrary to) God?