The men of pre-flood world had given themselves over to ungodly pleasures. They did not seek God, but despised Him. As a result, the waters of the judgment of God would soon come upon them.
God Himself said, "Behold, I, even I am bringing the flood of water upon the earth" (Genesis 6:17). The coming of this flood was certain. In a sense, it was promised, but God had a much different promise in store for Noah:
But I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall enter the ark--you and your sons and your wife, and your sons' wives with you. (Genesis 6:18)The world did not find favor in the eyes of the Lord, but Noah did find favor in the eyes of the Lord. The waters of the flood would soon come crashing down upon the pre-flood world, but Noah would be spared from those waters. Noah, along with seven others in his immediate family, would be saved, but the rest of the world would be destroyed.
The mercy that God showed to Noah in rescuing him from the flood was certainly great, but even greater was that God would establish His covenant with Noah. A covenant is a compact— a promise. And unlike deceiving and unreliable men, God is always faithful to His word. The details of the covenant that God would establish with Noah are not indicated in this passage (they were not revealed to Noah until after the flood in Genesis 9:9-17).
The simple fact that God would seek to make a covenant with a man is indescribably gracious. Who would have thought that God would give any fallen man such grace? That God loves men is a truth of unspeakable proportions!
God. Stooping down. Giving grace to fallen man. It is the story of Scripture— the story of all of history. God's promises are indeed precious. And at the dusk of the pre-flood era, God's grace was not exhausted, but was just beginning.
The Animals Come To Noah - Genesis 6:19-20
The Coming Flood of the Pre-Flood World - Genesis 6:17
State Of The World (2469 BC): 120 Years Before The Flood - Genesis 6:3
God's Ark Which Noah Built - Genesis 6:14
Noah Found Favor In The Eyes Of The LORD - Genesis 6:8