Genesis 7:21-22 – The Breath of Life

Genesis 7:21-22
And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man:
22 All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died.

-Imagine the solemnity in the Lord’s voice as He inspires the words in verse 22.  Almost the entire human race has just died and this is their epitaph. The Lord is reminding us that it was He Himself who breathed life into each of them. (Genesis 2:7)  He is reminding us that although humanity had become wicked beyond imagining, they were more than just pieces of trash to be tossed away.  Judgment must come, but the Lord does not take vengeance with joy.  “As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die?”  (Ezekiel 33:11)

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