May 11, 2013

The Divine Consequences of Sin

Although Genesis Chapter Six is a difficult passage to interpret, its major point is clear. Sin pains and grieves the heart of God, and God deals with sin with complete justice. As the fallen human race multiplied, so did evil. The imaginations of the human heart became so wicked that God had to judge them. Genesis Six describes the nature and extent of human wickedness in Noah’s time, and God’s response of judgment.

Genesis 6:1-8 – “Now it came about, when men began to multiply on the face of the land, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose. Then the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, because he also is flesh; nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.

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.