Genesis 6 Study – “Man’s Wickedness” – “Righteous Noah builds The Ark”
The Wickedness and Judgment of Man
6 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[a] with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” 4 There were [b]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 [c]the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent[d] of the thoughts of his heart was only evil [e]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, [f]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 [g]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 [h]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.
Notes Genesis 6 Study – (vv. 1-22)
6:3: In his disobedience and expulsion from Paradise, man lost the grace of the Holy Spirit – (My Spirit shall not remain) … Nevertheless, His grace was always available to man, but man continually refused it – (for they are flesh) … So, God gave them a grace period of one hundred and twenty years to come to repentance …
1 Enoch 6:1-2
When the sons of men had multiplied, in those days, beautiful and comely daughters were born to them … And the watchers, the sons of heaven, saw them and desired them … And they said to one another, “Come, let us choose for ourselves wives from the daughters of men, and let us beget children for ourselves …”
This is reflecting Genesis 6:1-4, some believe this is a myth in which is based on … Yes, some believe Genesis 6 is a myth, I will read some notes from 1 Enoch study guide …
6:5: Without the grace of the Holy Spirit, man is easily overcome by the devil, for his will power alone is incapable of resisting the devil’s temptations … Furthermore, his will was weakened through his disobedience and expulsion from Paradise … But he willfully refused God’s helping grace – (every intent … was only evil continually) …
6:6: SO, GOD WAS GRIEVED over man’s condition … Murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, and every manner of sin were rampant everywhere … Humans was in danger of disappearing from the face of the earth – (AthanG) …
6:7: God was grieved over these people He created, and swore to blot them out … from the face of the earth … Yet He gave them a grace period of one hundred and twenty years to respond to the grace of the Holy Spirit … Their refusal brought judgement upon themselves, for they had no excuses for not responding to the grace of God …
6:8: But Noah was different from the rest, for he discovered the grace of the Holy Spirit … Because of this discovery, God would preserve a remnant, through which God the Word would become Man … For He would become Man through Noah’s “genealogy” – (vv. 9-10; and Luke 3:36) …
6:9: NOAH WAS A RIGHTEOUS MAN because he found the grace of the Holy Spirit, through which man become righteous … He was perfect because through the grace of the Holy Spirit he obeyed everything God told Him to do – (Genesis 6:22) … His righteous living was well-pleasing to God …
6:11-13: THE EARTH WAS CORRUPT … AND FILLED WITH UNRIGHTEOUSNESS because of man’s willful refusal to become righteous through the grace of the Holy Spirit – (Corrupted their way on the earth) … Their unrighteousness was their own fault – (through them), for they had every opportunity to come to repentance …
6:14-21: The ark in seen as a type of the Mother of God with Christ and the Church in her womb – (Akath) … The floodwaters were a type of baptism, in which we are saved – (1Peter 3:18-22) …
Christ’s Suffering and Ours
18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring [a]us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit, 19 by whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison, 20 who formerly were disobedient, [b]when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water. 21 There is also an antitype which now saves us—baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him.
Genesis 7 Study – “The Flood”
The Great Flood
7 Then the Lord said to Noah, “Come into the ark, you and all your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation. 2 You shall take with you seven each of every clean animal, a male and his female; two each of animals that are unclean, a male and his female; 3 also seven each of birds of the air, male and female, to keep [a]the species alive on the face of all the earth. 4 For after seven more days I will cause it to rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and I will [b]destroy from the face of the earth all living things that I have made.” 5 And Noah did according to all that the Lord commanded him. 6 Noah was six hundred years old when the floodwaters were on the earth.
7 So Noah, with his sons, his wife, and his sons’ wives, went into the ark because of the waters of the flood. 8 Of clean animals, of animals that are unclean, of birds, and of everything that creeps on the earth, 9 two by two they went into the ark to Noah, male and female, as God had commanded Noah. 10 And it came to pass after seven days that the waters of the flood were on the earth. 11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. 12 And the rain was on the earth forty days and forty nights.
13 On the very same day Noah and Noah’s sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons with them, entered the ark— 14 they and every beast after its kind, all cattle after their kind, every creeping thing that creeps on the earth after its kind, and every bird after its kind, every bird of every sort. 15 And they went into the ark to Noah, two by two, of all flesh in which is the breath of life. 16 So those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him; and the Lord shut him in.
17 Now the flood was on the earth forty days. The waters increased and lifted up the ark, and it rose high above the earth. 18 The waters prevailed and greatly increased on the earth, and the ark moved about on the surface of the waters. 19 And the waters prevailed exceedingly on the earth, and all the high hills under the whole heaven were covered. 20 The waters prevailed fifteen cubits upward, and the mountains were covered. 21 And all flesh died that moved on [c]the earth: birds and cattle and beasts and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, and every man. 22 All in whose nostrils was the breath [d]of the spirit of life, all that was on the dry land, died. 23 So He destroyed all living things which were on the face of the ground: both man and cattle, creeping thing and bird of the air. They were destroyed from the earth. Only Noah and those who were with him in the ark remained alive. 24 And the waters prevailed on the earth one hundred and fifty days.
Notes Genesis 7 – (vv. 1-24)
7:1: The Lord God made Noah righteous through faith, by which pleased God – (Hebrews 11:6-7) … Through the grace of the Holy Spirit, he obeyed everything God commanded him to do … So, he and his family entered the ark, which typified salvation …
6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
7 By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.
7:2-15: Noah’s faith also saved the animals … The whole creation will be saved through the children of God – (Romans 8:18-22) …
From Suffering to Glory
18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; 21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of [a]corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.
7:16-24: The Lord God closed the door of the ark, For He is the Judge and determines who is in and who is out … The people on the outside were going about their usual manner of life – buying selling, eating, drinking, marrying, and giving in marriage – but they were indifferent to God and His grace … The Flood came and caught them unaware, but it was too late for them to respond … So it will be in the Day of Judgement – (Matthew 24:37-39; Luke 17:26-27; 2Peter 2:4-5) …