Genesis 6:5-8

January 31, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Posted in Bible Study | Leave a comment
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Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. The LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. The LORD said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.

This week, we pick up with Genesis chapter six. We’ve seen that things have gone downhill, but it seems like they just keep getting worse. Man has become violent. Whether you believe that the sons of God were the descendants of Seth or fallen angels, the result was vileness and violence. Things have gotten so bad that every thought of man’s heart was evil. Many people will read that and think, “Wow, that must have been a horrible time to live. Everyone was only thinking evil in their hearts continually”. The truth is, nothing has changed! Look around today in America alone. Pornography runs rampant and rakes in billions of dollars a year from men and women. Abortion, the legal right to kill your unborn (or almost born) child has become commonplace to many people. Homosexuality is a stain on our nation. Men committing lewd acts with other men, women committing the same acts with other women, in outright rebellion to God’s order of Creation. Marriages are torn apart by infidelity and adultery. Idols are raised almost on a daily basis as people try to find a “god” that will let them live exactly how they want to live. Evolution is touted as fact, even though there is little evidence (and the story continues to change), and few stop to realize that it’s a religion just like any other.

Murders, rapes, thefts, and other sordid crimes all happen everyday. The fact that the US even has a murder capital at all, says a lot about the depravity of man. Things have not changed at all. We may have more technology or more money or more land, but the state of man’s heart hasn’t changed in the centuries since he was created. Some would argue that they do good things for others and I shouldn’t lump them together with everyone else. They can argue all they want, but the term good has no meaning outside of God. Not only that, God’s version of good is moral perfection. So, unless you’re morally perfect, you’re as evil and sinful as the rest of us.

The stage being set, we read that God is sorry that He made man on the earth. Those that don’t understand, or that hate God, usually point to this as an example of the fact that God doesn’t exist. After all, God is sorry that He made man. The King James version says that God “repented” that He made man. If God repented, then He made a mistake or sinned (gasp!). If He sinned, then He can’t be God. The amazing thing is that people actually think that this argument holds water. God never sins. He is never wrong. The idea here isn’t that God said “Whoops! I sure didn’t know that this was going to happen! Golly gee, what will I do now?”. Instead, God grieved over the fact that man wouldn’t repent of his sins. Remember last week? We looked at how God said that His Spirit wouldn’t strive with man forever. We also saw that this meant that He had given the men living at this time, 120 years to repent before He brought the Flood as judgment. Over 120 years, God watched for the repentance of man. Unfortunately, it didn’t occur. And before you ask, God knew that the people wouldn’t repent. He knew that they would continue to do evil. And it grieved Him to see this. It is not God’s will that any should go to hell, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). However, God’s justice demands that He judges sin. When God had determined that man would only get 120 years to repent before judgment came, it was perfectly right.

When the time had come and 120 years were finished, God declared what He would then do. He decided that He would pass judgment on all mankind. He would blot out man and the rest of Creation. The works of His hands would face His wrath for the sins of man. This still happens today. God still gives men time to repent, but He knows that there is a point where the people in question will not repent of their sins. When man reaches this point, he faces the wrath of God. This was about to take place for the entirety of the Creation and it would happen very soon. Nothing would be safe. Even the things that could not sin against God; animals, plants, bugs, etc., would face the wrath of God because of man’s sin. Again, this may seem unfair to many. A large number of people would think that they shouldn’t be judged for the sins of someone else. They certainly aren’t as sinful as their neighbor. They would never think of doing the things that their neighbor does. And yet, God judged the entire world for the sins of man and it was morally right. It was what should have happened. God had given man 120 years to repent. Those years were now coming to a close and God’s promised judgment would be brought to bear on those who did not repent.

In the midst of the coming judgment and chaos, we end this week’s study with a promising phrase.

But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.

This statement says much that we in today’s time need to hear clearly. God hasn’t changed. He is still looking for those who are righteous. Those who find favor with God will be kept by Him. Sadly, many misunderstand God’s favor to be things that scripture makes it clear that it is not. Many today (especially in America) see favor as material things. It’s money, cars, houses, boats, clothes, and such. If you have these things, you are “blessed” by God. These are not the blessings that believers are to concern themselves with. The blessings that believers truly should be focused on, are the spiritual blessings. We will look more at this next week, but it is important for you and I to know/remember that God desires us to be righteous. We cannot be righteous. Not on our own. For us to be righteous, we must repent of our sins and put our faith in Christ. If we do this, we become righteous through Christ. His righteousness is credited to our account and He takes our sins away from us.

Are you righteous? Have you been born again? Have you repented of your sins and put your faith in Christ so that when God looks at you He only sees Christ’s righteousness? If you’re not, there is still time. Please understand that your sins will cause you the most pain you will ever know. They will bring you pain in this life, but ultimately, they will send you straight to hell. You cannot do anything to make yourself righteous. But, if you realize that the lies, theft, lustful thoughts, hatred, and other things that have peppered your life and become your lifestyle grieve God and cause His wrath to rest on you; then you can be saved. All you have to do is repent of your sins. Tell God your sorry for what you’ve done and STOP DOING IT! Then, you must put your faith in Christ. You must trust Him to save you from God’s wrath. He’ll do it. He loves you enough to die, but you must repent and put your faith in Him first. Today, you can have your sins washed away. You can be righteous in God’s eyes through Jesus. Please don’t go to bed without thinking about this….

Next week, we’ll talk about how Noah was righteous. We’ll find out more about him and how he found God’s favor. We’ll see how he prepared for the judgment to come. Join us, won’t you?

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