“Then the Lord said to Noah, “Come into the ark, you and all your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before me in this generation” (Genesis 7:1).
You can read about several righteous persons in the Scripture. But the heaven points out five persons each from the New and Old Testaments as righteous. Not only that. We can learn by going through the books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes about the seventy-one blessings which the righteous receive.
Righteous are the ones who do justice and protect their conscience to be pure. Our God is righteous. “He is the judge of all the earth” (Genesis 18:25). There are blameless people and upright people too. There are also good people in the eyes of the world. But the word ‘righteous’ holds a deeper sense. Even though Solomon had written many proverbs and words of wisdom, God did not call him righteous. Immoral women made him turn aside from God.
The very same hands which built a Glorious Church for God also built the stages for the gods of the gentiles.
For a city or nation to perish or not to perish is in the hands of the righteous living there. When God came to destroy Sodom He said to Abraham “If there are fifty righteous, I will save the whole city. If there are ten righteous, that city will escape from getting destroyed. If there is only one righteous, I will shift him away from the city and then destroy it.” This is the determinism of God.
But in the city of Sodom, the number of righteous was neither fifty nor ten. Lot was the only righteous there. So God brought Lot and his family out of Sodom and rained brimstone and fire on the city and destroyed it.
But in the days of Noah, there were not ten righteous in the entire world. Noah was the only righteous on earth. It is because of Noah, all his family members received mercy. He dedicated as Joshua saying “But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15). Dear children of God, if you are righteous God will save your family. He will show mercy to generation after generation making covenants.
Balaam, the prophet in the Old Testament had a good desire. He expressed it saying “Let me die the death of the righteous and let my end be like his” (Numbers 23:10). You can die as a righteous only if you live as a righteous. How can one die as a righteous after committing sins, iniquities, lie and distortions? How can such a person find a place in the heavenly Kingdom?
To meditate: “Mark the blameless man and observe the upright; for the future of that man is peace” (Psalm 37:37).