My series on giants that I referred to in my last blog was written after lengthy research and prayer. If the topic of giants wasn’t intriguing enough, we come to one of the biggest events in history. Genesis 6 begins to tell the story of the Flood. We have learned that the whole earth was corrupt from the wickedness of man. The evil spirit in man was so heavy it bled across all life, polluting it.
Because of man, every living species experienced death.
The Need for The Flood
In my book, What Every Woman Should Know, I dedicate much thought to the corruption of man and the need of the Flood including its aftermath and how it destroyed the earth. One of the ideas I expand upon in the book is something to consider. In the Garden, man was eternal. The very instant Adam and Eve ate from the Tree, and the knowledge of good and evil overcame them, they were separated from God.
Death came from this separation.
Instantly, Adam and Eve, humanity, lost their immortality. Make no mistake, they would still be eternal beings, but they would not live forever in human form. Being designed with free will, after the Fall, they were not under God’s grace as we are today, rather they were under sin. Atonement had to be made.
Man’s Life on Earth Limited in Years From The Flood
If we look with intent, we will capture God’s grace, though, in His grand design. With the Fall, immortality met with a finite number of years on earth, somewhere in the vicinity of 700+ years. During this immediate time, corruption was on the rise to the point God was so grieved. But don’t be mistaken. God wasn’t simply fed up and couldn’t take anymore and waved a wand and a flood came.
If we look at the text, in Genesis 6:3, “My Spirit shall not strive with men forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” So man went from being immortal to living for hundreds of years to living for 120 years, and eventually, the average age of a man was reduced to 40 years. The Flood robbed the earth of its goodness, its nutrients. The soil lost its vitality.
The earth was destroyed.
Destruction is Part of God’s Plan
Its destruction, however, was part of God’s design. Look at verse 13, “ The end of all flesh has come before Me…” God is speaking to Noah here and it is as if He is telling Noah, “The time of earths destruction is finally here.” There is a sense of anticipation in those words.
Understand that sin destroys. God, knowing this, provided a way out. Not only is this specific time in Genesis a time where God is giving guidance to Noah in the great escape, but also it is symbolic of the coming salvation through Christ to all of humanity that will follow through Noah and his sons after the Flood.
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…