I am going to split this chapter into two parts, since its full of discovery. This first part is about the wickedness of the world before the flood. Genesis 6:1-8. Part II will discuss Noah and the flood. We all know the story from our childhood. Noah built a big boat, animals filled it two by two, and God proceeded to flood the wicked world. Alright, that about sums it up. Next chapter! … Just kidding. This chapter is actually one of my favorites. It’s the best movie script. Epic proportions. Unbelievable achievements. And it all actually happened.
But let’s be real here Hannah, this story could be viewed like the parables Jesus told in the New Testament. Just a made up example to prove a point. But didn’t Moses claim this was a historical event? Well, let’s continue unraveling these complicated pages…
Quick recap from last time: there were a bunch of old guys who continued to multiply Adam’s family line. Temptations were growing as Enoch and his son Methuselah were trying to get people to repent. Well, according to Genesis 6, people did not take advantage of this opportunity. Heads up, this happens a lot. Even to this day we are given opportunities to apologize, to not lie, to repent from our sins through Christ, but do we actually?
Genesis 6:1-2 mentions two groups. “Sons of God” and “daughters of men” which are interpreted differently. Many conclude that the sons of God were from Seth’s family line, and the daughters were from Cain’s line. “Sons of God” is used other times in the Old Testament to talk about angelic creatures. According to Matthew 22:20, angels never marry, but the Bible never mentions that they exist sexless. Plus, angels can assume a human-like form (Hebrews 13:2). They also are not spared by God when they sin (2 Peter 2:4). These sons of God were in rebellion, possibly demon-possessed. Satan tried to pollute this genetic pool with corruption. Overall, no matter the interpretation, these verses demonstrate God disapproval of intermarriage between the godly and the ungodly. An unnatural sexual union. And yes, this is reiterated in the New Testament.
“Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?” – 2 Corinthians 6:14
Another character is introduced. The offspring of the two groups above: Nephilim. Otherwise known as giants. Giants exist after the flood, but these giants are more of a demonic nature because of how they were produced. Think about fallen angels reproducing with human women… yeah that would definitely make some interesting-looking babies. Man’s wickedness was so great, that “every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5). Seems unreal doesn’t it? Man being completely bad, completely evil. Nothing was left uncorrupted by sin. What’s even more worry-some is that these days will be similar to the days when Jesus returns. What to look for: population exploding, sexual perversion, demonic activity, constant evil in man’s heart, widespread corruption and doubt. Looks familiar, doesn’t it?
In Genesis 6:3-4, God said this was enough. Scary. This means there is a “no point of return” in our rebellion of God. He won’t continue trying forever. But remember:
“God doesn’t give up on us until we give up on Him… Have you reached that point? No, you haven’t; if you had, you wouldn’t be… worrying about your salvation.” – Billy Graham
“A man who remains stiff-necked after many rebukes will suddenly be destroyed-without remedy.” – Proverbs 29:1
After God announces the world’s fate, He gives the time for the climax of the movie. 120 years until the flood. We also see God’s feelings here: grief, regret, disappointment, even some anger. Let’s put another twist on things. God knew this was going to happen. Remember, He is also omniscient (Psalm 139). But don’t hurt yourself trying to grasp God’s powers. We can’t. That’s why we’re not God (Isaiah 40:28). Even that God knew man would become this corrupt, He is still feeling in the care for his creation. Why would God let this happen though? Remember from the beginning of Genesis. Man chose to let sin enter this world. Now for the zinger:
God is still in control. He will never let his creation get “out of hand.” Now it was time for him to clean the slate. Stay tuned for Genesis 6 Part II: A Big Problem and A Big Boat.