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The Lord Sees

August 08, 2019
By Martin Luther

When man began to multiply on the face of the land . . . the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth.

GENESIS 6:1, 5

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The Lord Sees

In this conglomeration of people who were becoming progressively worse and were departing from the godliness and virtue of their ancestors, saintly Noah lived, utterly despised and hated by all. How could he approve of this lust of the decadent generation? But they on their part were most intolerant of any censure. While his example shines brightly and his saintliness fills all the lands, the world becomes worse day by day; the greater Noah's saintliness and chastity is, the greater the world's madness becomes through lust. These are the initial stages that always precede destruction. When God raises up holy men full of the Holy Spirit, to instruct and reprove the world, the world, intolerant of sound doctrine, indulges in sins with greater zeal and continues in them even more persistently. This was what happened at the beginning of the world, and we see that the same thing is happening now at the end of the world.

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