Author’s Note: I am preaching through Genesis on Wednesday nights. Here I will present edited notes in blog form. You can listen to the sermon below and download it here. May God be glorified and His people edified. Comments below if you like.
We come back in our study of the book of Genesis to chapter six, picking up from our last study, where the first eight verses tell us what the days of Noah were like, and even how similar our own days are becoming.
In short, Noah’s days were filled with wickedness. Every thought of the intents of men’s hearts was only evil continually. That’s the damning indictment of mankind found in verse five. God was grieved in His heart in verse six, and in verse seven He decreed He would blot out man whom He created. He was sorry He made man.
But as we’ve seen in Genesis 3, Genesis 4, and Genesis 5, now again in chapter six, at the conclusion of each section where we see sin, wickedness, and how deep it permeates and how wide it spreads… at the conclusion of each section there is hope. And sure enough, hope is found in verse eight, where despite the fact God is going to destroy the world He created, Noah, himself a sinner, finds favor (or grace) in the eyes of the LORD. God would not strive with man forever. His days would be 120 years, but God showed grace to Noah.
So now we come to what amounts to the eve of destruction for the world, and let’s see what God’s grace to Noah entailed. Genesis 6:9-22…
These are the records of the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his time; Noah walked with God. Noah became the father of three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
Now the earth was corrupt in the sight of God, and the earth was filled with violence. God looked on the earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth.
Then God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence because of them; and behold, I am about to destroy them with the earth. Make for yourself an ark of gopher wood; you shall make the ark with rooms, and shall cover it inside and out with pitch. This is how you shall make it: the length of the ark three hundred cubits, its breadth fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits. You shall make a window for the ark, and finish it to a cubit from the top; and set the door of the ark in the side of it; you shall make it with lower, second, and third decks. Behold, I, even I am bringing the flood of water upon the earth, to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life, from under heaven; everything that is on the earth shall perish. But I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall enter the ark—you and your sons and your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. And of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every kind into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female. Of the birds after their kind, and of the animals after their kind, of every creeping thing of the ground after its kind, two of every kind will come to you to keep them alive. As for you, take for yourself some of all food which is edible, and gather it to yourself; and it shall be for food for you and for them.” Thus Noah did; according to all that God had commanded him, so he did.
Now even though the first mention of Noah is back toward the end of chapter five — when his father Lamech prophesied his son, whose name means rest, would bring rest to the people weary from the curse — even though Noah has already been mentioned, this is really the beginning of his story. In verse nine we see for the third time one of those “These are the records of” type of statements. The first two were in Genesis 2:4 and 5:1. So this is the beginning of a new section of Genesis, and it will take us through the end of chapter nine. Continue reading “Eve of Destruction (Gen 6:9-22)”