Genesis 6 Commentary

Genesis 6 Begins a difficult section. Who are these sons of God? Some say these could be fallen angels. One possibility is that these were the ‘select’ grouping arising from Seth’s line. Rather than being separate and distinguished they began to expand their interaction with the more ungodly line of Cain or indeed other lines that sided with Cain’s ungodly character.

The decision to marry the daughters of men didn’t have the approval of God. The consequence was yet another moment of disgrace. Genesis 3 is repeating itself. Advancement in wickedness was met with an even stronger hand. Man’s years were capped and reduced to 120 years. So from Noah’s time, the huge figures in age begin to disappear….. GENESIS IS INTERESTING….

The key moment comes when the LORD says that His Spirit would no longer contend with man. They are bent on evil. It appears Cain’s corruption now extended to even the ‘select’ via marriage. The choice to mingle with the godless was evidence of man’s disregard for his God. The decision to rid the earth of mankind is reached and Noah comes into the picture.

Only 8 people are saved. The flood is both severe and mean. It achieves it’s objective. God’s decision to preserve animals, in addition to people means that the LORD considers animals as critical elements of creation. It also tells us a lot about God’s unwillingness to get back to the workshop to start creating animals. Even when the work in the workshop is just talking! There is no collateral damage. Species are considered one by one – the many species. Noah is instructed to carry with him provisions for the animals. At times we think we care more about animals than the Creator Himself!

Genesis 6 leaves us with a bad feeling. Have things gotten so bad that the LORD is moved to regret having created mankind. How we should pray that our lives aren’t the ones to make the LORD regret!

“the sons of God saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose. Verse 6

Here again is a choice placed in front of man. Who you marry is important to God. In most cases, we marry the people we want. Do we ever stop to ask, “is this what the LORD wants?”

Chapter 6 is yet another point where we see God as a loving Father. How does He rescue His creation, apparently from God Himself. This strange combination of justice and mercy is always a difficult matter for our brains. It’s like there are many in one. One of them is hard and allergic to sin. Holiness is key and therefore the LORD moves to eradicate ungodliness quickly. The other one is loving and always wanting to preserve His beloved creation. Here in chapter 6, we seem to see a compromise reached between the two. But it’s the same LORD.

Published by Joseph Malekani

Joseph Malekani is a born-again Christian with a strong PAOG/Baptist background. He is heavily involved in student ministry with ZAFES – an IFES movement with focus on student ministry in Zambia. He is married to Audrey and they have two lovely children.

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