Ever been really ticked off at your Sergeant? Ever felt like putting the beat-down gloves to good use on some suspect who really deserved it? Ever lusted after a woman who was not your wife? We have all been there.
We so often think of “sin” as being some horrible act like committing a murder; but really “sin” can be something as simple as a heart desire for something wrong; an attitude, or an improper emotion or affection.
Genesis Chapter 6 shows us:
I. The Character of Sin
II. The Consequence of Sin, and
III. The Contrast to Sin
I. The Character of Sin (verse 5)
“And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” – Genesis 6:5
Sin is Intense. “God saw the wickedness of man was great…” Because He saw it, it is clear that it was not something which He had created in the first place. The word “great” speaks of both how widespread and how intense sin had become upon the earth.
Sin is Inward. He saw that the thoughts and imaginations of men had become “only evil continually.” Sin begins in the heart and mind. It is a rejection of God which causes the thoughts and desires of the flesh to grow. This occurs before it is acted out upon another person. Corruption begins in the mind and heart.
Sin is Iniquitous. “Only evil continually…” The root of the Hebrew word we translate as “evil” means noisy, thunderous, publicly perverse, brazen, shameless.” Unbelieving “evil” is active, toxic, and tumultuous.
Sin is Incessant “Only evil continually…” All day, every waking moment. It even invades our dreams at times! Our flesh is never satisfied.
II. The Consequence of Sin (verses 6 & 7)
“And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. (7) And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.” – Genesis 6:6-7
Divine Displeasure. Verse 6: The word “repented” describes the heart-rending disappointment of God in man’s evil desires and behavior. The Hebrew word speaks of “a deep breath taken in extreme pain.” The word for “grieved” means to stab oneself or to be stabbed. It has a connotation of idolatry, as God being stabbed in the heart by seeing His image-bearers worshipping false gods. (See Genesis 1:27)
Divine Disaster Verse 7:
It is Intensive. “I will destroy…” means to blot out or wipe away with the connotation of using a fluid of some kind to blot out or erase an entry in a ledger. This is a clear reference to the Flood of Noah which God would soon send to blot out evil mankind.
It is Extensive. “…man… beast… creeping things… fowls of the air.” Notice that the inclusion of lower life forms shows that the entire organism of nature had been infected by sin. (See Romans 8:22)
I. The Contrast of Sin (verses 8-10)
“But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. (9) These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. (10) And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.” – Genesis 6:8-10
Noah was Forgiven! “Grace” is God’s free gift of salvation and it is available to all who ask for it. It is God’s free gift of kindness to those who have no claim to it or compensation by which to purchase it. We have no right to ask for it or the means to pay for it. But He offers it to those who simply believe and humbly come to Him and ask for it.
Inherent in the word “Grace” is the concept of God condescending to give us something we do not deserve. This is the first mention of “grace” in the Bible and it comes in the face of man’s colossal failure! (See Romans 5:20) The only place to find grace is in the all-seeing eyes of the all-knowing holy God!
Noah was Faithful.
~ He was “just” in his relationship with God. To be “just” is to be viewed by God as being in a right relationship with Him.
~He was “perfect in his generations,” meaning his relationships with his family members, his peers, and his contemporaries. The word “perfect” means complete or whole. It does not mean flawless or sinless.
~Noah walked with God. This expresses an intimacy of relationship, his obedience and service to God. Noah’s faith in god was the sum and substance of Noah’s life!
Hoah was Fruitful. The fact that Noah’s son entered into the ark is proof that they were also godly believing men. The strongest influence upon a child, even in the midst of a perverse and disintegrating culture is the child’s parents! Even though evil was eliminated, the faithful were emancipated!
There is great hope in the account of Noah’s faithfulness. For as the last days will be like the days of Noah, we can rest in the truth that even in wicked times we can influence the next generation to love God, live for God, and be counted with God!
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