Today I would like to continue leaving you Insights to Genesis. Continuing chronologically, we come to the next intriguing portion of Scripture in Genesis. This is found in Chapter Six and here we discover God was sorry He made man. In verse 3 He says, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh.”
What does this mean?
After the fall, Adam’s years were reduced. Man went from being eternal to living for almost a millennia. In Genesis 6, we see God’s plan to begin reducing the average years of a man’s life significantly. If we continue reading in this chapter, we learn that man was severely depraved.
It is not easy to read this.
Wickedness All Over
How can man go from walking with God in a perfect place to toiling all his days on the earth and sink even further down to being so wicked?
The answer is that sin had such a stronghold upon humanity.
Reading further, we will see how this depravity and the condition of sin stretched out to impact the animal kingdom, too. For what we consider “natural today,” the “cycle of life” isn’t actually natural at all. Death was never part of God’s original plan. And that includes the death of anything living.
When God looked upon His creation, He only saw that every thought of man was evil, continually. Wickedness was man’s intent constantly. This was so grievous to YHWH that He was laden with regret for creating humankind. His plan was to wipe out nearly all living things, except for the one man who found grace, Noah.
Choosing God’s Grace
For me, it is so hard to read this. Imagine my surprise in my youth so many years ago when I sat down to read the Bible for the first time and I cracked it open to Genesis and early on in Genesis I come across chapter six to discover God was sorry He made man. I was shocked! Horrified! And I had such a heavy heart. I was always conscious of the fact that men were evil and only had wicked intent. I set out to be different, and I made it my ambition to be more like Noah. Oh, how I wanted God’s grace!
Comparing the ways of the world to finding favour with God bears no resemblance. How much better to be at peace and receive all the blessings He has for us with no wrath included! How difficult it must have been for Noah to separate from the world he lived in, to see when everyone around him was blind.
How difficult is it for us today?
I think it is very difficult. Either things in the world have never changed since the days of Noah, or they are coming full circle. Genesis 6 states that the earth was so corrupt and filled with violence.
Days of Violence
We would be living under a bushel to deny that violence is all around us today. And it seems to be escalating. The powers that be are arranging for a civil war in America, some analysts would say. So I want to leave you with this thought, in these days of darkness, when the cunning one is luring you to compromise, will you trust God for His word? Will you say “no” and find favour with Him? Will you walk with God?
Just like YHWH provided for Noah, He will provide for you. Just like God spoke to Noah and gave Him a specific blueprint, He will give one to you. He will always provide you with a way out. Always. In these coming days, don’t be surprised by the waves coming toward you. Floodwaters are near. Don’t be moved. Stand your ground. I pray you clear vision and a strong heart and may God increase your faith.
Written by Jori Sams
Jori Sams is a Christian author and freelance writer with nearly 2000 published pieces on the Internet, with over 1500 being published by Yahoo. Her books are published through Writeious Books. When she isn’t writing, you can usually find her following the sun…