Ok, I want to get into what I see from my initial observation of Genesis 6. I’m not going to go into super big depth because it would overwhelm most people, but I will work to explain my thinking and process. We’re going to look at some words in depth, You can do that with this tool.
First off, This book… author? type of literature? Moses is the author. Many would describe Genesis as mythology. The modern educated mind has been conditioned to believe it is mythology. I disagree. I believe it is history. I believe Jesus thought it was history and thats enough for me. I’ll go with Him as my authority. If you disagree with me on this point, you might still get something out of my study methods. The point is, type of literature matters. That assumption will dictate everything else. In the Word we have epistles, songbooks, history, law, proverbs or wisdom literature, prophecy, etc. It’s important to identify. You’ll study poetry differently than you will a history.
So the next thing is the 5 Ws and an H. Who what when where why how. And the theme of the chapter. If I were doing a book study I’d want the theme of the book first. In fact I should likely find out what it is here if at all possible. I can take a clue from the name. Genesis. Beginning. First things.
What beginnings do we have in this chapter? We have the first plan for salvation from judgment. The first use of the word covenant. We have the entire world corrupted. We have God saving his people. So the theme of the chapter for me has to do with God sovereignly providing an escape from judgment and corruption and also acting as a judge. God intervenes in grace.
I’m not going to spend a lot of time on “sons of God” and “daughters of men,” not that I haven’t thought deeply about it. I’m a fantasy writer. Trust me, I have lots of ideas. I’ve landed on “I don’t understand this fully” and am content to remain in my questions. A big thing for me though, is that Jesus said it would be “As it was in the days of Noah” in the last days of our planet. Hm. Interesting. Also, not referenced as mythology but as history.
So to me, it means this will happen again. When it does, we might well understand who the sons of God and daughters of men are. And we might see giants. I will say this. The rate of population growth seems to have been high. It’s mentioned several times. There was a big baby boom. Also sounds a little bit like a free love fest. Sexual propriety at the very least, was ignored. Boundaries crossed. That’s the idea, whatever else you want to believe. Heh.
What I also see is God’s reaction. Looking at my 5W’s and an H, Who is God. The name first used here for God is the name of the Creator, referring to the “sons of God” The sons of Elohim saw that the daughters of other humans were beautiful. Elohim is a plural noun, used here as a singular. I believe its the Trinity in His Creator aspect.
The sons “married any woman they chose.” This smacks of impropriety, the way it is worded.
The reaction to their impropriety comes from YHWH or Jehovah. I AM. The Self-existent one.
And what did He do? We’re gonna list it. Lists are big when you’re looking at the 5 Ws and an H.
He said “My Spirit shall not [b]strive with man forever, [c]because he also is flesh; [d]nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.”
So here he’s cutting their lives short.
He saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
was sorry that He had made man on the earth
He was grieved [e]in His heart.
God comes up with a plan.
“I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the [f]sky; for I am sorry that I have made them.
He chooses someone to save.
Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.
It says about Noah: Noah had God’s approval and was a man of integrity among the people of his time. He walked with Elohim. 10 He had three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
(He) looked on the earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth.
He said: The end of all flesh has come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence because of them; and behold, I am about to destroy them with the earth. 14 Make for yourself an ark …
Behold, I, even I am bringing the flood of water upon the earth, to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life…
I will establish My covenant with you (Noah); and you shall enter the ark. And of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every kind into the ark, to keep them alive with you;
Now when God talks to Noah, it’s as Elohim. Noah walks with Elohim. Elohim has the same responses as YHWH. Same person. But God relates to Noah as Elohim at first.
I find this significant. What do we learn about God from all this? In Genesis 1 we see the first use of Elohim. Jehovah or YHWH is used first in Genesis 2:4, the re-telling of events in Genesis 1. What’s different? Man. Man is there, along with Adam. In this passage, the only section where we see YHWH is the section where he first grieves about the corruption. YHWH is the reflection of God to us as a personal God, a God of justice. Justice is the idea of making things right.
I think Noah didn’t know God as YHWH yet, but he might yet come to know him as YHWH. God initiated the action with him as Elohim. He started with where Noah was. But Noah was walking in habitual fellowship with God. Seeking him daily, to talk to him and be led by him.
God is grieved by corruption and sin. He works to limit it in His grace. He suffers and hopes for repentance. He gives opportunities to escape judgment. He cares about the smallest life form. He is a God of covenant. He works through covenant. More on that later. But He says he will establish his covenant with Noah.
So all of that answrs my what. The why: Corruption of men in connection (sorry guys) with sex and marriage. And with the thoughts of the heart, because both imagination and intention were only evil continually. The evil wasn’t broken up by spaces of grace or repentance. It was just evil. The two ideas are both expressed here.
What is evil? Might be important since it brings about the apocalypse. The word translated Wickedness means: evil, misery, distress, injury. The root idea is
evil (10), rottenness (4), sad (1), sadness (1), ugliness (1), wickedness (2).
from the translations of the word by the NAS
It’s a very similar word with the same root used for evil. It’s been translated more widely.
bad (23), bad* (2), badly (1), deadly (1), defamed* (1), defames* (1), defect* (1), destroying (1), displease* (1), displeased (1), displeasing (1), distressing (1), evil (124), evil man (3), evil men (4), evil things (4), evildoer (1), evildoers* (1), evils (1), great (1), grievous (4), harm* (1), harmful (3), man (1), miserable (1), misfortune* (1), sad (4), selfish* (1), serious (1), severe (2), sore (2), threats* (1), treacherous (1), trouble* (1), troubled (1), ugly (6), unpleasant (1), what is evil (2), what was evil (5), which is evil (3), wicked (15), wicked women (1), wild (5), worst (1), wretched (1).
The interesting thing for me about this word, Roa, is that it contains in it the idea I understand from my book, Sorrowfish.
badness (as marring), physically or morally — X be so bad, badness, (X be so) evil, naughtiness, sadness, sorrow, wickedness. One usage relates to the bad cattle in the famous dream Joseph interprets for Pharoah (unfit, unusable, starved, gaunt) Then we have the idea of willfulness and ethical badness followed by sadness. The ideas occur nearly as a progression in association with this word. It’s a word associated with Egypt before the Lord rescues his people out of slavery.
In contrast to this evil Noah is blameless in his time. He’s waaaaaay different. And the word used to describe him means “complete, sound.”
Anyone besides me getting zombie movie vibes? The idea i’m seeing is that man as a race was broken and causing everyone and everything a great deal of grief. They needed killin.’ Like zombies.
I’m not super stoked about this happening again, by the way.
God works to restrain the corruption by shortening man’s lifespan from 1000 years+ to less than 120 years, and by wiping out the infected. He killed the infected. He started over.
The covenant established with Noah did what? Well the translation says he was gonna establish it. The word for establish was arise, lift up, stand. It’s used of enacting a new law.
The idea being it was lying down, not active. Now the covenant is gonna stand and act. The purpose of the covenant was to not destroy everything again, by water.
I think God was gonna strive via the Holy Spirit to to restrain evil. Which to me means there will be a point where He doesn’t anymore and we will have the same outcome. Only next time the end will come with fire. Revelation etc.
The rest of the Bible is about His striving. It’s His Story. In this chapter, he plans for salvation, cleansing, a new beginning and a new relationship to people with a covenant. How?– he uses the Flood. When? After the corruption reached a certain threshold having to do with sex/marriage and the thoughts of mens’ heart. Both things. The heart problems led to the relational evil. There’s a level of brokenness and gauntness, starvation, violence, injury throughout the human race. It was too diseased to continue.
Where? On Earth. How? Through a covenant plan.
You’d need to list the other Who’s in this chapter. All of them, and do the 5 W’s and an H for each to understand them. Learn what you can from this chapter then cross reference these things in other books of the bible. Do word studies. That’s what I do.
Anyhow, you get the idea. I have to revisit this later to finish and will do so in my blank books or notebooks. Not here, but I wanted to add one more thing before i end this post.
I’m feeling very much a need to pray for and study joy now. So I’m working through Phillipians. The word of God is what works to transform us, as much as any sacrament. My current interpretation of what God is teaching me is why I’ve been under such crazy trials. I think I’m getting instruction on how to overcome them. I need to stand. I also think He’s teaching me answers to questions I have about my writing all through this study. I’m being led to study this chapter to help me write my series. And I’m also learning about how to walk with God. It’s epic.
I used to study a lot but I fell into legalism and pride and have been afraid to do studies like this ever since. I never ever want to fall into that trap again. But I realized I’ve been doubting God’s power to keep me from falling. So I had to sheepishly admit to that, confess and start studying again.
I believe we need to study with Him in love and practice regular communion so we don’t become prideful. We need grace and a literal infusion of His life into us. I believe the sacraments of communion and confession are the means He uses to restrain the evil in the sense of this chapter. To keep us from the crazy.
“Confess your sins to one another that you might be healed. “
Anyhow, I hope this gives you guys some understanding of how I study and process the Word. <3
Feel free to ask questions as needed. I won’t bite.