Apart from a brief reference to the wonderful man, Enoch, who walked with God, the next man we meet in Genesis is Noah.
In Noah’s day sin and wickedness had increased to such an extent that God sent a world-wide flood to destroy man and begin again.
“Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and the Lord was grieved in His heart.
So, the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.”
But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord”, Genesis 6:5-8”.
This is the description of sin at its worst. So badly had sin developed in the heart of mankind that “that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually”. What terribleness!
No wonder God had to bring judgement upon all mankind.
In the midst of a such a severe judgement God had prepared Noah, along with his family, and they were safe in the ark. After many months shut in the ark by God Himself, Noah and his family emerged on to a new earth, a new world – a new creation!
There was a restoration of the original purpose of God for humanity to be in the image of God.
“Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed; for in the image of God He made man. And as for you, be fruitful and multiply, bring forth abundantly in the earth and multiply in it, Genesis 9:6,7”.
God also set their place in the new creation by establishing a covenant with them; a new creation and a new covenant.
There was also the continuation of the seed line from Noah, through his son Shem, to Abram, the single most dominant figure of the Old Testament, “Genesis 9:18, 10:21, 11:10, 11:26”.