The Wickedness and Judgment of Man
1 Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, 2 that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose.
3 And the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” 4 There were giants 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.
5 Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in 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 So the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” 8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.
Noah Pleases God
9 This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God. 10 And Noah begot three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. 12 So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth.
The Ark Prepared
13 And God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth. 14 Make yourself an ark of gopherwood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and outside with pitch. 15 And this is how you shall make it: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, its width fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits. 16 You shall make a window for the ark, and you shall finish it to a cubit from above; and set the door of the ark in its side. You shall make it with lower, second, and third decks. 17 And behold, I Myself am bringing floodwaters on the earth, to destroy from under heaven all flesh in which is the breath of life; everything that is on the earth shall die. 18 But I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall go into the ark—you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. 19 And of every living thing of all flesh you shall bring two of every sort into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female. 20 Of the birds after their kind, of animals after their kind, and of every creeping thing of the earth after its kind, two of every kind will come to you to keep them alive. 21 And you shall take for yourself of all food that is eaten, and you shall gather it to yourself; and it shall be food for you and for them.”
22 Thus Noah did; according to all that God commanded him, so he did.
The distinction between the ‘Men Of God’ and ‘Man’ is interesting. I had asked questions in earlier chapters about the people that were outside of the Garden of Eden, and this seems to confirm that there were other human beings outside of the garden.
The men of God saw the daughters of men and thought they were beautiful, so they took all of them for themselves. The men of God were truly flesh, and only a handful of them actually walked with God. One of those men was Noah, and that is why he was spared in the destruction of the world.
“My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh;…” The definition of strive is: “make great efforts to achieve or obtain something.” This basically is stating that God didn’t intend for this to be a one-sided relationship. He intended for man to commune back with him, and not just follow the urges of the flesh.
When the men of God had children with the daughters of giants, it produced men of renown. Pretty crazy to think that there were giants in the land, and that they were half man / half men of God.
“Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” This is the definition of the world. Its fleshly desires are self-centered and wicked. This grieved God’s heart, and so he had to destroy what he created.
Noah walked with God, so he was used to save humanity and the animals. Everyone knows the story of the Arc, so I won’t go into much detail. The wording is interesting when God says: “And behold, I Myself am bringing floodwaters on the earth.” He says it this way because God isn’t the reason why bad things happen on earth. In this specific instance, he was actually the one who was causing the destruction, so he had to make it known.
“Thus Noah did; according to all that God commanded him, so he did.” Noah was a man of God, and he did what God instructed of him without questioning. This is a demonstration of faith, and the blessing that comes with obeying the will and commands of God.