By comparison, the world has turned bad under the weight of humanity’s sin. God sees creation, much like he did at the end of the creation week, but now it is not good. The word that is repeatedly used in verses 11 and 12 is “ruined.” Creation has spoiled from all the violence committed by men. God determines that He will ruin creation the rest of the way because of man’s violence. It is a perfect case of the punishment fitting the crime.
But God will not have his redemptive plan thwarted. He is still working to bring creation and humanity back into a right relationship with Himself. He tells Noah of his plan and commands him to build a boat. God will spare humanity through Noah’s family, and the rest of life through animals that He will bring into the ark with Noah.
And in one of the most powerful verses in scripture, Noah demonstrates his goodness, what later writers will hold up as an example of faith. Noah stands in contrast to his ancestor Adam. When God commands:
“Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him.”