Written by Calvin Fox   
Saturday, 24 January 2015 19:32

Today's Text stands as a summary observation after God observed human behavior over many centuries.

5 The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Mankind [Humanity, male and female] had been created in the likeness of God and He pronounced them to be good with all kinds of potential (Psalm 8).  What happened?  Mankind, in the persons  of Adam and Eve, rebelled against God. They disobeyed a specific command from God. He had warned them they would "die". The original sin was their intent to be autonomous from their Maker, from His authority and to live and do great things  for themselves, not for Him (Gen 3).  They yielded to the temptation to be God (3:5) They gained a knowledge of good and evil and "died". (2:17)  "Death" in Scripture is separation: spiritual, psychological, social and physical.  This "death" led to the human condition described here in 6:5.  See further descriptions in Isaiah 59:1-15 and Romans 3:9-23

Does this description (v. 5) apply to all people today? Is it taught in the rest of the Bible? Yes, it is, eg- by David (Psalm 51:3-5), by Jeremiah (17:9), by Jesus (Mark 7:21-23, John 2:24-25) and Paul (Romans 5:12, 16a, 17a,18a and 19a; Ephesians 2:1-3, et al)


All of us human beings are born with an innate intent in our hearts to suppress God and deny His authority over us.  (Rom 1:18-21)  That is the root of all "evil" as God sees it.  That is what "evil" does.  As the result of that inherited depravity [This word is misunderstood.  It means "completely ( de-) crooked (pravus)" ]  The image of God within us is distorted, disfigured.  We all still bear the image of God.  We still have the faculties of spirituality, creativity, rationality, morality and the ability to live in relationship with others. BUT, the intent, or literally, the designs, of our heart, our thought,at the root, is not to glorify, to revere and fear God as God, but to serve our own interest and glory (Gen 11:4, etc)  We define "good' and "evil" accordingly, in very different ways than God does. See Isaiah 55:8 cf 5:20  "Good" is usually what we see as benefiting us.  "Evil" is what hurts us or society.  The more egregious the hurt, the worse the "evil".  To most people, most Americans, God has little or nothing to do with deciding what they see as good or evil.  We live a-atheistically and are moral pragmatists. 

6 And the LORD was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.

"Sorry", "grieved"!   God?  Yes.  No matter what people may do on their own terms for the welfare of themselves or others, which often is a lot, what matters is our motive and intent: was it for the glory of God, according to His Will and Ways?  Contrary to popular opinion, God does not exist for us.  We exist for Him.  The Lord taught us to pray, before all else: Hallowed by Thy Name, Thy will be done, Thy Kingdom come  Only then may we go on to ask Him for "Bread".

7 So the LORD said, "I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them."

God can not, shall not and  does not, abide what is evil in His sight!  The next paragraph, on through chapter 9  is about the Flood, His dire Judgment on the entire world.

8 BUT [but, but] Noah found favor [ie-grace] in the eyes of the LORD.

This verse and its wonderful truth does not go with verse 9 and what follows.  It concludes the previous passage.  After pronouncing His impending judgment on all Humanity, God gives Grace to one person, Noah.  That is the only hope any sinner has.  The Gospel is not good news for the Middle Class, nor is it about the end of Poverty or economic inequality.  It is not about the end of Islamic Terrorism in the world or of Racism.  It is not about anything the President or Congress can do.  It is not about any decision the current Supreme Court might make about "Gay Marriage".  It is not about immigrants fulfilling the "American Dream". The only Hope of our Nation, of all peoples, is, as it was for Noah, the grace of God available in Christ.  Nothing better could be said about the state of The Union than we "found favor in the eyes of the Lord".

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