The Days of Noah, Part 2 (Gen 6:5-8)

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.

In the last study we focused in Genesis 6 on verses 1-4, that difficult text about the sons of God, the daughters of men, the giants. It was then I shared my conclusion: that the sons of God were fallen angels who intermingled, had intercourse, with women, producing dominant physical offspring, leading to God announcing the time for man would be 120 years. The world was supersaturated with sin, like a sponge. It was seeping out, and God wouldn’t strive with man forever.

We see that again here in verses 5-8, which focus more on the human side of all of this that led to God’s judgment, and yes, we’ll consider our own day as well. I have some thoughts about it the Scriptures have provoked. But let’s start by reading the word of God, and to give us some context I’ll read verses 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.

Again, our concentration is on those last four verses, 5-8, and the first thing we see, in verse five, is the verdict. The sinfulness of man has been compounded by the demonic invasion of verses 1-4. So what is the verdict? Well, we saw in verse three God set a time limit on man: 120 years. Now that is expounded upon: “Then YHWH saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent on the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” Only evil continually. Let those words marinate a bit in your mind… only evil continually. Continue reading “The Days of Noah, Part 2 (Gen 6:5-8)”

The Days of Noah, Part 1 (Gen 6:1-4)

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 in our study now to what is undoubtedly one of the strangest, head-scratching, least understood, most debated passages in all of the Old Testament, if not the whole Bible. It’s one that has puzzled many, understandably so. That said, it’s not beyond understanding. I believe we can read Scripture, compare Scripture with Scripture, and make a bit more than educated guess as to what the Holy Spirit is saying in Genesis 6:1-4. So let’s read…

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.

This is, of course, and you can include verses 5-8 in this, the prelude to the Flood. We have seen since chapter three with the introduction of sin into the world that sin has spread deep and wide and it doesn’t discriminate. It’s affected everyone and everything. The curse is upon the world. It is true there is hope in the midst of the curse. One has been promised, a Seed of the woman, who will crush the head of the serpent. The sons of Seth have called upon the name of the LORD. Enoch walked with God and God took him. There were preachers of righteousness, prophets even, such as Methuselah, Lamech, and now we’re getting into Noah. So there were some righteous and there was hope amidst the curse. Nevertheless, as Henry Morris puts it, godless civilization descended into such “a terrible morass of wickedness and corruption that only a global bath of water from the windows of heaven could purge and cleanse the fevered earth.” And this text is the ramp up to that judgment. Continue reading “The Days of Noah, Part 1 (Gen 6:1-4)”

The Gospel According to Genesis 5

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.

Well, let’s take our Bibles and open them up to the fifth chapter of Genesis, a chapter which covers well over 1000 years of the history of God’s creation, over a millennium of world history. Genesis 5 takes us from the the first man, Adam, to the birth of Noah. From the perfection of creation, to the specter of death and impending judgment to come — via the Flood. So this is no placeholder text. Genesis 5 is just as much a part of the inspired, inerrant, authoritative, and sufficient word of God as Genesis 1:1 or John 3:16. So let’s read it, and then see what can be drawn out of it, illuminated by the Holy Spirit, to thoroughly equip us for every good work. Continue reading “The Gospel According to Genesis 5”