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)”