We continue our “Series in Genesis“
BEFORE READING GENESIS 6, I RECOMMEND READING JOHN GILL’S INTRODUCTION TO GENESIS
Chapter CONTEXT from MHCC: The most remarkable thing we have upon record concerning the old world is the destruction of it by the universal deluge, the account of which commences in this chapter, wherein we have, I. The abounding iniquity of that wicked world (v. 1-5, 11, 12). II. The righteous God’s just resentment of that abounding iniquity, and his holy resolution to punish it (v. 6, 7). III. The special favour of God to his servant Noah. 1. In the character given of him (v. 8-10) 2. In the communication of God’s purpose to him (v. 13, 17). 3. In the directions he gave him to make an ark for his own safety (v. 14-16). 4. In the employing of him for the preservation of the rest of the creatures (v. 18-21). Lastly, Noah’s obedience to the instructions given him (v. 22). And this concerning the old world is written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the new would have come.
|Genesis chapter 6 Outline|
|Ge 6:1-7.||The wickedness of the world provoked God’s wrath, and caused the flood.|
|Ge 6:8.||Noah finds grace.|
|Ge 6:9-13.||His generations, etc.|
|Ge 6:14-22.||The order, form, dimensions, and end of the ark.|
I know of no better comment concerning this chapter than that of Matthew Henry’s opening remarks. It is hard to imagine, anything more significant (apart from creation itself) than God’s decision to destroy the very things He created.
Herein we have of course the beginning of the Biblical account of the Great Flood. I say Biblical account only because a great flood is recorded in the history of many cultures with of course many levels of detail. Most cultures recount a great flood but do not explain why it happened or the results of the flood.
In Chapter six we have _3_ main theological themes:
- Creations Rebellion Against God (v.1-5, 11-12)
- God’s Righteous Wrath against His Creation (v.6-7)
- Noah’s Faithfulness to God (v.8-22)
Rebellion is open rejection or opposition to authority. As noted above our text for today makes it clear that mankind had rebelled against God their creator. Anytime there is a case of open rebellion (except maybe recently here in the US in 2020 😢) against a just authority there are consequences to pay.
In the case of Noah’s contemporaries, the Wrath of God was unleashed upon them. If any of you saw the horrible movie, Noah(2014) the only thing it may have gotten correct was Noah warning those around him of the coming calamity. That act of warning his neighbors, his building of the ark when others surely mocked him, was what contributed to Noah being found Faithful in the eyes of God.
Lest anyone think that the Wrath of God is limited to the Old Testament I suggest reading Romans 1:18-32, with the opening verse: For [God does not overlook sin and] the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who in their wickedness suppress and stifle the truth, (AMP). Maybe it is just me but when I read that along with Romans 2:5, no sir I want no part of the stored-up wrath of God.
Praying through Genesis 6:8
Heavenly Father, thank You that You are a God of goodness and grace and for the example of Noah and other men and women of faith who trusted Your Word and discovered that You are a God Who credits our faith in You with righteousness. Thank You that Jesus came to earth to die on the cross for my sin – and that by believing in Him I have the forgiveness of sins and life everlasting – thank You in Jesus’ name, AMEN
“But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.” (Genesis 6:8)
If you have never read this classic I highly recommend it.