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Genesis 6:5-7

Lesson # Genesis 6:5-7
Study Material - Genesis 6:5-7

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Gen. 6:5-7

5 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. 6 And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. 7 And 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.'

Psa. 14:1, fools say in their heart that there is no God, no one true God. They seek after the gods of their own convenience. All sin originates in the soul, James 1:15. Often times this is referred to as the heart, but means the thinking part of the mind or the soul where the mind is located.

Wickedness was saturated throughout the land, and the origin of it all was not chance happening of events or accidents, but well thought out and planned patterns of sinful activity. This includes those little sins we might think of like a little white lie, but it also includes much worse sins like all manner of criminality, violence, not the least to mention things like gossip, maligning, judging, all possible sexual degeneracy, and so forth. Sodom was bad, but it was merely a city, this was the entire earth, or the land portion of it. Remember that the land at this time was called Havilah and it referred to a single unit of land, not multiple units of land like we have today in the various continents.

Anyway, what is more wicked then the existence of evil throughout the land is the reference of this wickedness in conjunction with the 'men of renown', mentioned in the previous verse. Wickedness is bad certainly, but when the popular people are really evil and they are held in high regard by the general public for their evil, there exists a massive breakdown in authority, in justice, in freedom, in liberties. Tyranny reigns, and chaos follows when no one is in charge, when there is no law and order for the protection of the common man. When evil men are elected to offices in government, or made popular by their deeds by young followers, then you will generally see a breakdown in society unless there is something to counteract the wickedness and keep it in check.

Wickedness breed wickedness. It feeds on itself and consumes all in its path. God has given mankind in general various means of self preservation. Beginning with volition, marriage, family, authority, nationalism, geographical separations, language and so forth. And to believers He has given us doctrine, which is the ultimate protection against evil.

The earth was saturated. Not just in deeds, but in the basis of all sin, which is the thoughts and intents of the soul. All sin originates in the soul, and if your soul has very little doctrine in it, then the possibilities of sinful thought is extremely high. No one can live a perfect life. No one can live above the resources contained in the soul. Your soul is influenced by your own reasoning ability, your environment, your upbringing, but most important by your volition. You think and do things because you choose to do them. When the pressures of the world are great in their peer pressures around you, it might be tough to buck against the popular thought, but Noah was such a maverick. He went against the popular thought of the day and was protected by God. All the evil around him could not touch him.

God was grieved and sad. Here we need to realize that God does not make mistakes, not does He suffer from emotional lows like we humans. This is language of accommodation for us to be able to understand Gods policy concerning sin and such things. God is consistent in His policy. Hid rules of righteousness and justice do not waiver. God established a policy of patience, warning, discipline, and eventually judgment. This policy has never changed in the history of mankind, or even history prior to man, nor will it change in the future. God decided that he would give 120 years for a change in human hearts to avoid judgment. But no such change came. People rejected God right up until the first rain drops fell, despite all the warnings.

The corruption was so vast and extensive that judgment was decreed against all breathing life. This excluded the fish population. The animals and birds were given to man to rule, but man had so abused his position of responsibility, that all that had been given to man was now going to be taken away from man. The lush forests, of fruit trees would go as well.

Man had the opportunity of walking the length of the land, from end to end, and the entire population became polluted with evil. So God set out a time frame for judgment and then He executed it right on schedule. If you believe only one thing about God, believe that your rope will run out, your life will end and then your judgment will be in your face. This should encourage you or at least give you some incentive to learn more about God in order to avoid eternal condemnation. Pretending that life in hell won't be so bad is a fools reality. Light up your barbecue cooker and get it red hot, then stick your face in it and try to stay there. That experience would be pleasant compared to hell. Of course you shouldn't try it, unless you are really dumb.

So God decided to execute the judgment against mankind in accordance with His policy of justice. Remember that man can never do anything that will delay nor change Gods plan. John the Baptist reminded those who questioned him, that God was able to raise up descendants from Abraham from the very stones that lay on the ground. So you have nothing going for you, nothing with which to negotiate with God for a 'better deal'. Arrogance is always looking for a better deal. But it only looks to the satisfaction of the human desires, lusts, perceived needs. Arrogance only looks to self at the expense of others. Divine knowledge looks to God for guidance and the fulfillment of needs without hurting anyone else. God levels the playing field for everyone so all have an equal opportunity. This world has a tilted playing field and most of us are on the short end of it with all the rules playing against us.

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