Read: Genesis 6

Genesis Six sets the stage for the Flood narrative highlighted in chapters 7-9. It sets forth the issues that bring about the flood and the judgment of God on the earth. There are numerous items of academic consideration in this chapter. For instance, who are the Nephilim? What is their function in the narrative? Scholars have debated this question, and the short answer is that we do not know. However, we know that the moral actions of men are growing worse because of sin and its consequences. That point should not be missed as one reads this chapter. First, note that man is multiplying on the earth (6:1). This parallels the command of God given to our first parents to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. Man is obeying this command, but with consequences brought on by sin. The second issue is related: the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth (6:5). Due to the nature of sin inherited by everyone, the actions will follow. Third, the highlighting of Noah as a righteous man demonstrates God’s willingness to redeem a people (6:9-22). God commands Noah to build an ark to save him and his family from the coming judgment. The ark is a picture of Christ, who alone saves sinners from the coming judgment.

Applications:

  1. Sin gives birth to more sin. Due to our fallen nature, we sin. The heart of man is desperately wicked. Without the grace and kindness of God, we would face the consequences of our sins.
  2. The only solution and hope for man is the saving work of the Lord Jesus Christ. He alone can rescue us from the coming judgment of God.

Learn:

  1. Memorize WSC Q82
  2. Memorize the names of Noah’s family (Noah and his three sons: Shem, Ham, Japheth).
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