Genesis Chapter SIX…
The length of days that men lived was accomplishing the purpose of multiplying and replenishing the earth (Gen 1:28). This chapter begins with a reference to that fact. SONS OF GOD surely has reference to those faithful to God through the line of Seth; DAUGHTERS OF MEN would include those who were faithful to God and those who were not. The Lord places a time limit upon His “striving with men,” to be 120 years. Evidently this date extends back before the birth of Noah’s sons just a bit and culminates in the Flood.
Giants were present during these days. Also when the marriages mentioned in verse 2 came to pass there were children from those unions who became mighty men of renown. God saw the wickedness of man was great and his every imagination was only evil continually. The extent of the wickedness is expressed as: “it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart” (v. 6). The Lord determined to destroy man and beast.
However, there was one man, Noah, who found favor in the eyes of the Lord. God spoke to Noah and gave to him detailed instructions about constructing an ark that would survive the great Flood. Noah and his family would be spared along with two of each animal. From 1 Peter 3:19-20 we can deduce that Noah preached to the people and it would have been possible for more to enter the ark of safety had they been so inclined. Noah followed all the instructions that the Lord had given him completely.
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