Lent 2022 Day 5
Mon 7 Mar
Gen 6:1-9 The Flood
6 When human beings began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, 2 the sons of God saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose. 3 Then the Lord said, ‘My Spirit will not contend with humans for ever, for they are mortal; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.’
4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days – and also afterwards – when the sons of God went to the daughters of humans and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.
5 The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. 6 The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled. 7 So the Lord said, ‘I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created – and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground – for I regret that I have made them.’ 8 But Noah found favour in the eyes of the Lord.
9 This is the account of Noah and his family.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.
There are some strange stories in the Old Testament. Chapter 6 of Genesis tells of sons of God mating with humans and producing heroes. It’s hard to figure out what this is all about, but it may sometimes be too easy just to dismiss anything that doesn’t fit in with our view of the world.
We’re also given our three score years and ten, sorry six score years.
God gets emotional about mankind. Yes, the distant, holy and unapproachable God gets troubled in his heart. He even questions his actions as he expresses his regrets at creating people. This is a God who sits and ponders, who suffers emotional heartburn, and perhaps wonders whether his plan has not worked. We are made in his image.
There is just one man, Noah, who finds favour with God. One man. Somehow, Noah’s line maintains a link of awareness of God and godly behaviour from the early days. God sets this man a mammoth task, and Noah would be well over 120 years old by the time it was completed.
God’s decision to wipe away all but the one family and the selected animals implies that human life, and animal life, are not sacred. There is no comfortable response to this that does not ignore the death sentence placed upon the whole of the rest of creation. How do you see it?
Did giants actually exist? If not, what were they doing here? Would their DNA still be in the gene pool?
God pondered removing humans, and all other living creatures as well. What might this say about the animal kingdom and its created purpose?
Father God, this passage reveals much about your nature as a God of emotional depth, from whom we have inherited our own emotional makeup. Teach me sorrow and anguish before I move to anger and revenge. Amen.
It would be lovely to be able to reflect on God’s grace, but here we go: