Genesis 11:1-9 Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. 2 And as people migrated from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. 3 And they said to one another, "Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly." And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar. 4 Then they said, "Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth." 5 And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of man had built. And the LORD said, "Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another's speech." 8 So the LORD dispersed them from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city. 9 Therefore its
name was called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of all the earth. And from there the LORD dispersed them over the face of all the earth.
God created Adam and Eve with the knowledge of a language. Everyone learned the same language from
birth. As the earth was repopulated after the flood the people were still learning the same language used by Adam and Eve. The people were also very intelligent and easily shared their learning with one
another. God said of them that whatever they proposed to do they would be able to do. This would be okay if sin were not involved. However, sin was involved. Sin is leaving God out of the picture. When God is left out of the picture sin ruins and destroys people, creatures, and all creation (Romans 8:19-21). The people did not want to obey God and fill the whole earth. They wanted to stay in one place. This is
merely a symptom of mankind’s sin which is rebellion against God.
God opposes those who are prideful (independent of God) but gives grace to the humble (those who depend upon God). God opposed the people building a tower to the heavens by confusing their language, separate languages were given t0 various groups of people and they were scattered throughout the earth.
Are you depending on God and receiving His grace to accomplish His purpose? Are you depending on
yourself alone and running into His opposition? If you are depending on yourself alone, you need to repent of your sin and begin to depend upon the Lord Jesus Christ. If you don’t depend upon
the Lord alone you will find a “babel” type experience in your life.
Genesis 9:18 The sons of Noah who went forth from the ark were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. (Ham was the father of Canaan.) 19 These three were the sons of Noah, and from these the whole earth was
populated.20 Noah began to be a man of the soil, and he planted a vineyard. 21 He drank of the wine and became drunk and lay uncovered in his tent. 22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father and told his two brothers outside. 23 Then Shem and Japheth took a garment, laid it on both their shoulders, and walked backward and covered the nakedness of their father. Their faces were
turned , backward, and they did not see their father's nakedness. 24 When Noah awoke from
his wine and knew what his youngest son had done to him, 25 he said, "Cursed be Canaan; a servant of
servants shall he be to his brothers." 26 He also said, "Blessed be the LORD, the God of Shem; and let Canaan be his servant. 27 May God enlarge Japheth, and let him dwell in the tents of Shem, and let Canaan be his servant." 28 After the flood Noah lived 350 years. 29 All the days of Noah were 950 years, and he died.
Again we are told that the earth was populated again by Noah’s family. Sin was still at work in
Noah got drunk on wine and his son Ham disrespected his father while his father was drunk. The
result was Ham’s son Canaan being cursed by his grandfather, Noah. Many generations were affected by Noah’s sin of drunkenness.
What can we learn from this historical account? We need to deal with our sin so it doesn’t affect the generations after us. We are told by Jesus, to bless when we are wronged. We are told by Jesus to repent when we sin and confess our sin to God to be restored to fellowship. We need to stop habits of sin so they do not get passed on to the next generation. We are to bless and not curse.
1 Peter 3:8-12 Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. 9 Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. 10 For "Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit; 11 let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it. 12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil."
Are you dealing with your habits of sin using the power you have in Christ? Are you blessing those
who wrong you? You can in Christ. When we attempt to obey
God expecting Him to help us, He will.
Genesis 9:8-17 Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, 9 "Behold, I establish my covenant with you and your offspring after you, 10 and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the
livestock, and every beast of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark; it is for every beast of the earth. 11 I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth." 12 And God said, "This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: 13 I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16 When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth." 17 God said to Noah, "This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me an all flesh that is on the earth."
God made a covenant with Noah, his sons and all living creatures that He would never again judge the world with a flood that destroys all the people and creatures on the earth. He gave the rainbow as the sign of His promise. Whenever we see a rainbow we are reminded of God’s faithfulness to His promise.
God has made a covenant with people who believe Jesus died on the cross for the sins of the world, rose again from the dead on the third day and is Lord over all. He promised that all who believe in Jesus death, resurrection and lordship will never die. John 11:25 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?" Everyone who believes receives the Holy Spirit as a guarantee of God’s promise (Ephesians 1:13-14).
Have you believed in Jesus? If you have you will never die. The death referred to is the second death in the Lake of Fire (Revelation 21:8). If you have believed you will experience eternal life (John 3:16).
God is faithful to keep all His
Genesis 9:1 And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. 2 The fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth and upon every bird of the heavens, upon everything that creeps on the ground and all the fish of the sea. Into your hand they are delivered. 3 Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything. 4 But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood. 5 And for your
lifeblood I will require a reckoning: from every beast I will require it and from man. From his fellow man I will require a reckoning for the life of man. 6 "Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall
his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image. 7 And you, be fruitful and multiply, populate the earth and multiply in it."
After the flood, Noah and his sons were given the command to be fruitful and multiply to populate the earth again. The Lord protected His people from the land and air creatures so they could accomplish His will. The Lord provided all the material provision Noah and sons would need to accomplish God's will. We can also expect God's provision and protection so we will accomplish all He has given us to do.
God gave the death penalty to any man that murdered another man because man is made in the image of God. The death penalty for taking another person's life is what is the right thing to do.
We are to live daily expecting the protection and provision of God as we go about living according to His will. God protects society from murderers by the death penalty.
Genesis 8:20 Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and took some of every clean animal and some of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar. 21 And when the LORD smelled the pleasing aroma, the LORD said in his heart, "I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the intention of man's heart is evil from his youth. Neither will I ever again strike down every living creature as I have
done. 22 While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease."
God had remembered Noah, brought him and his family through the flood of judgment. Noah's response was to offer God sacrifices of blood to thank Him and atone for sin (Hebrews 9:22). Noah sought to please God and succeeded. Today we are to offer God sacrifices of praise, doing good and sharing what we have in response to God pardoning us from judgment by Christ's death on the cross. These sacrifices are pleasing to the Lord.
God gave Noah some promises. He would not curse the ground again or strike down every living creature as He did with the flood. The Lord promised that while the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night shall not cease. We have seen the Lord keep His promises over the last 4500 years since the flood. God has given us many promises since Jesus came, died on the cross, rose from the dead and ascended back to His throne to rule over all - the promise of eternal and abundant life, the promise of the Holy Spirit, the promise of provision as we seek Him, the promise of peace and many more. 2 Corinthians 1:20 tells us that all the promises of God are ours in Christ. I was young and now am old and have never seen a promise of God broken. He has fulfilled and will continue to fulfill every promise He has made.
What we are to do with what the scripture has taught us. We are to daily of God sacrifices of praise, doing good and sharing what we have with others. We are to know the promises of God are trustworthy and claim them always. We are to be assured that every year we will have food to eat, seasons to live through, days to work in and nights to rest.
Genesis 8:1 But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the livestock that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind blow over the earth, and the waters subsided. 2 The fountains of the deep and the windows of the heavens were closed, the rain from the heavens was restrained, 3 and the waters
receded from the earth continually. At the end of 150 days the waters had abated, 4 and in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat.
5 And the waters continued to abate until the tenth month; in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains were seen. 6 At the end of forty days Noah opened the window of the ark that he had made 7 and sent forth a raven. It went to and fro until the waters were dried up from the earth. 8 Then he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters had subsided from the face of the ground. 9 But the dove found no place to set her foot, and she returned to him to the ark, for the waters were still on the face of the whole earth. So he put out his hand and took her and brought her into the ark with him. 10 He waited another seven days, and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark. 11 And the dove came back to him in the evening, and behold, in her mouth was a freshly plucked olive leaf. So Noah knew that the waters had subsided from the earth. 12 Then he waited another seven days and sent forth the dove, and she did not return to him anymore. 13 In the six hundred and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried from off the earth. And Noah removed the covering of the ark and looked, and behold, the face of the ground was dry. 14 In the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth had dried out. 15 Then God said to Noah, 16 "Go out from the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons' wives with you. 17 Bring out with you every living thing that is with you of all flesh- birds and animals and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth- that they may swarm on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth." 18 So Noah went out, and his sons and his wife and his sons' wives with him. 19 Every beast, every creeping thing, and every bird, everything that moves on the earth, went out by families from the ark.
After six and one third months in the ark Noah may have thought how long he was going to be in ark. We often ask, "How long, Lord?" But God never forgets us. The text says, "But God remembered Noah." Whatever trial we are going through; whatever tough assignment we are going through, God never forgets us! He will see us through the trial and help us complete a difficult assignment.
God made a wind to blow over the earth and the waters subsided. We can look for the "wind" God creates that will get us through. Note that it took time after God provided the "wind" for the trial to be over, for the assignment to be completed (vs 13). Don't get impatient. God is at work. Live in peace and joy knowing God is at work to get you through the trial and to help you complete your assigned work.
The time came for Noah and his family to get out of the ark. God gave directions to Noah when he left the ark. God told Noah to get all the living creatures out of the ark and instructed him to be fruitful and multiply. Noah did what God said.
Lessons to live by: God knows our situation. He hasn't forgotten us. God will act at the right time to deliver us through our trial and to help us complete our God-given assignment. God will give us direction for the next stage of our life. Our job is to be currently engaged in doing what God has set before us knowing we are in His care. Jesus will be with us through all of our life. We are in His very capable hands (John 10:28)
Genesis 7:1 Then the LORD said to Noah, "Go into the ark, you and all your household, for I have seen that you are righteous before me in this generation. 2 Take with you seven pairs of all clean animals, the male and his mate, and a pair of the animals that are not clean, the male and his mate, 3 and seven pairs
of the birds of the heavens also, male and female, to keep their offspring alive on the face of all the earth. 4 For in seven days I will send rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and every living thing that I have made I will blot out from the face of the ground." 5 And Noah did all that the LORD had commanded him. 6 Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters came upon the earth. 7 And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons' wives with him went into the ark to escape the waters of the flood. 8 Of clean animals, and of animals that are not clean, and of birds, and of everything that creeps on the ground, 9 two and two, male and female, went into the ark with Noah, as God had
commanded Noah. 10 And after seven days the waters of the flood came upon the earth. 11 In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were opened. 12 And rain fell upon the earth forty days and forty nights. 13 On the very same day Noah and his sons, Shem and Ham and Japheth, and Noah's wife and the three wives of his sons with them entered the ark, 14 they and every beast, according to its kind, and all the livestock according to their kinds, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, according to its kind, and every bird, according to its kind, every winged creature. 15 They went into the ark with Noah, two and two of all flesh in which there was the breath of life. 16 And those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him. And the LORD shut him in. 17 The flood continued forty days on the earth. The waters increased and bore up the ark, and it rose high above the earth. 18 The waters prevailed and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the face of the waters. 19 And the waters prevailed so mightily on the earth that
all the high mountains under the whole heaven were covered. 20 The waters prevailed above the mountains, covering them fifteen cubits deep. 21 And all flesh died that moved on the earth, birds, livestock, beasts, all swarming creatures that swarm on the earth, and all mankind. 22 Everything on
the dry land in whose nostrils was the breath of life died. 23 He blotted out every living thing that was on the face of the ground, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens. They were blotted out from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those who were with him in the ark. 24 And the waters
prevailed on the earth 150 days.
How does this passage instruct us to daily live? We are to live listening to what God commands us to do and do it (vss 1,5). We are to take God's word to be true. We are to expect the Lord to help us do
what He commands us to do (vss 14-16). Noah listened to what the Lord was saying to Him. Jesus commanded His disciples to teach new disciples to obey everything He commanded them (Matthew 28:19-20). In Matthew 17:5 God commands us to listen to Him. We fulfill that command by learning God's written word, the Bible. We are not only to listen to Jesus's commands, but we are to obey them. saving faith gives us a desire to obey the Lord (Romans 1:5; James 2:14-26).
Noah believed what God said would happen (Hebrew 11:6-7). We are to believe that what God says is true. Jesus proved what He said was true by rising from the dead just as He said He would. Jesus' resurrection proves the Bible is true (John 2:18-22).
We are to expect the Lord to help us do what He commands us to do. God helped Noah know how to build the ark, He helped the living creatures to come into the ark, and He closed the door of the ark after all entered. We can expect God's help to be and do all He commands us. 2 Peter 1:3-4 tells we have been given everything we need for life and godliness. God is our provider (Matthew 6:25-34). The Lord gives us strength to do all He assigns us to do (Philippians 4:13). We access all His provision by faith. We exercise faith when we attempt to be or do God's commands expecting Him to help us do them.
Are you listening to God by daily reading His word? Are you believing God's word is true? Are you expecting God to help you obey His commands? Ask the Lord to help you. He will.
Genesis 6:11 Now the earth was corrupt in God's sight, and the earth was filled with violence. 12 And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. 13 And God said to Noah, "I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence through them. Behold, I will destroy them with the earth. 14 Make yourself an ark of gopher wood. Make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and out with pitch. 15 This is how you are to make it: the length of the ark 300 cubits, its breadth 50 cubits, and its height 30 cubits. 16 Make a roof for the ark, and finish it to a cubit above, and set the door of the ark in its side. Make it with lower, second, and third decks. 17 For behold, I will bring a flood of waters upon the earth to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life
under heaven. Everything that is on the earth shall die. 18 But I will establish my covenant with you, and you shall come 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 according to their kinds, and of the animals according to their kinds, of every creeping thing of the ground, according to its kind, two of every sort shall come in to you to keep them alive. 21 Also take with you every sort of food that is eaten, and store it up. It shall serve as food for you and for them." 22 Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him.
It is good to label each part of the text at times in order to get the most out of it.
6:11 The fact: The earth was corrupt in God's sight and full of violence. Insight question: Is the earth corrupt in God's sight right now? Galatians 1:4 instructs us that we live in a "present evil age".
6:12 God sees all the earth and how we have corrupted our ways. Insight question: What does God see today? Romans 3:23 informs us of what the Lord sees, "All have sinned...". All of us are corrupt in our ways today.
6:13,17 God is a just God and must punish sin. He determined that after Noah had preached righteousness for 120 years (Genesis 6:3; 2 Peter 2:5) He would destroy all flesh on the earth, everything on the earth would die by drowning. He was going to flood the entire earth.
6:14a, 18-21 God had a plan to save all who sought Him. Noah sought the Lord and would be saved by God. Today God has a plan to save people who seek Him. John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone that believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life." Jesus called the people who sought Him (see Luke 7:29-30) to repent and believe the gospel (the gospel: Jesus died on the cross for our sins, rose again victorious on the third day and is Lord of all). Peter tells us that God will destroy the earth and all in it by fire when He judges the earth again because all have sinned (see 2 Peter 3:5-7)
6:14b-16 God gave Noah the details of what he needed to do to be saved from the world wide flood that was coming to judge the corrupt earth. Today God is announcing what we must do to be saved through His people who are proclaiming His plan of salvation (see Romans 10:13-15).
6:22 Noah obeyed God and was saved. People today need to obey the Lord's commands to repent and believe the gospel in order to be saved. God gives us the power to repent and believe the gospel.
Noah is a good example to follow. Hebrews 11:7 "By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith." We have been warned of a coming judgment. We need to exercise God-given faith and help our family know the gospel so they can be saved. We do this by daily living out God's word for our family to see and teaching God's word for our family to hear. Are you doing what it takes to help your family be saved from the coming judgment?
Genesis 6:8-10 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD. 9 These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God. 10 And Noah had three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
Why did Noah find favor with God in a world that was characterized by great wickedness (Genesis 6:5, 8)? The reason is found in Genesis 6:9 "...Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God." Hebrews 11:6-7 reveals how Noah was righteous and blameless in his generation. Hebrews 11:6-7 "And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. 7 By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household.
By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith."
Noah was a man of faith. He believed God exists and that He rewards those who seek Him. Noah was a man of faith. He sought God, received God's warning of coming judgment because of sin and by faith obeyed God to save his family. Noah was righteous by faith and walked with God.
We are warned by God today that He is going to judge man's sin. 2 Peter 3:5-7 "For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and
through water by the word of God, 6 and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished. 7 But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly." We need to take God at His word, receive God's warning of coming judgment because of sin and by faith obey God and save our family.
The first two commands Jesus gave us to obey were, "Repent and believe the gospel" (Mark 1:15 - the gospel is stated in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 10:9-10). When we obey these commands we are saved from the coming judgment and equipped with the Holy Spirit who enables us to walk with God by faith.
Have you found favor with God? Are you walking with God by faith as Noah did? Are you helping your family know and believe the gospel? You can begin today. Ask Jesus to help you.
August 20, 2013 Devotional begins here.
Genesis 6:11-22 Now the earth was corrupt in God's sight, and the earth was filled with violence. 12 And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. 13 And God said to Noah, "I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence through them. Behold, I will destroy them with the earth. 14 Make yourself an ark of gopher wood. Make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and out with pitch. 15 This is how you are to make it: the length of the ark 300 cubits, its breadth 50 cubits, and its height 30 cubits. 16 Make a roof for the ark, and finish it to a cubit above, and set the door of the ark in its side. Make it with lower, second, and third decks. 17 For behold, I will bring a flood of waters upon the earth to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life under heaven. Everything that is on the earth shall die. 18 But I will establish my covenant with you,
and you shall come 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 according to their kinds, and of the animals according to their kinds, of every creeping thing of the ground, according to its kind, two of every sort shall come in to you to keep them alive. 21 Also take with you every sort of food that is eaten, and store it up. It shall serve as food for you and for them." 22 Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him.
Noah lived in a corrupt world and yet he didn't live corruptly. We live in a corrupt world and we are not to live corruptly. We have received the power to live righteously in a corrupt world. We do that by obeying the Lord Jesus Christ. Read Matthew 28:19-20; 2 Peter 1:3-4 and Galatians 2:20 right now. These Scriptures inform us how we are to live, how we are equipped to live and how we live in obedience to God.
God warned Noah that He was going to judge the entire corrupt world and how he could save himself and his family. God is warning us today that He will judge the entire world by burning it up (2 Peter 3:5-7) and tells us how we can save our self and our family. God gave Noah specific instructions to make an ark to save his family from the coming world wide flood. Noah did all that God commanded him and saved his family. God has given us specific instruction in the Bible on how to save ourselves and our families. Can it be said of us, "(name) did all that God commanded them."?
Pick up your Bible. Read it systematically, prayerfully and with the intention of obeying what you read using the power and promises God has given you (2 Peter 1:3-4).
Genesis 6:1-7 When man began to be many on the face of the land and daughters were born to them, 2 the sons of God (elohim in Hebrew) saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose. 3 Then the LORD said, "My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years." 4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were
the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown. 5 The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And the LORD was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. 7 So the LORD
said, "I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them."
The time period of Genesis 6:1-4 would likely have been from maybe 100 AC (After Creation) until 1436 AC (the flood of 1656 AC – 120 yrs of Genesis 6:3). The population 120 years before the flood (1656 AC) would have been large even if death and disease may have held it to increase far less than it had from the day of creation until the day sin entered the world – sometime around 100 years after God created Adam and Eve. (Why around 100 years after creation happened? Eve thought she had birthed the offspring that God had said would wound the head of Satan – Genesis 4:1. Cain and Abel had grown int0 manhood – Abel was a prophet and shepherd, Cain was a farmer- Genesis 4:2. Seth was born in Adam’s 130th year. 130 -100= 30 and would have been an adult age for Cain and Abel.) The flood occurred 1656 years after creation. Genesis 6:3 tells us the Lord gave mankind 120 years to respond to Noah’s righteous preaching (2 Peter 2:5 tells us Noah was a preacher of righteousness). Read the previous paragraph again slowly and thoughtfully so it makes sense to you. It is a lot of information in a little space. The time period of Genesis 6:1-4 was about 1436 years after sin entered the world.
Who are the “sons of God”? The Hebrew word for “God” is “Elohim”. Elohim can be translated, “God”, “gods”, “judges”, “angels”, and “mighty ones”. We know that angels neither marry nor are given in marriage, they do not reproduce. Angels are not referred to by “sons of God”. We know that
humans only reproduce with humans. The “sons of God” or "sons of mighty ones" were rulers or mighty ones in the human race. Psalm 82:1-8 makes it clear sons of God are rulers of nations. The rulers were the “mighty ones” in the midst of the people they ruled. “Sons of God” or "sons of mighty ones" were the rulers among mankind. The rulers took the best of the women for themselves, multiple wives and concubines, and the offspring of the “mighty ones” and “best women” became mighty men of their day, men of renown.
Who are the Nephilim? The word may be of unknown origin and mean "heroes" or "fierce warriors" etc, The RSV and NIV transliteration "Nephilim" is safer and may be correct in referring the noun to
a race or nation. (TWOT Lexicon)
What was the condition of man on earth 120 years before the flood? 5 The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
What was God going to do because of mankind’s wickedness? 7 So the LORD said, "I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them."
Noah was preaching righteousness to the wicked people for the entire 120 years (Genesis 4:3) God gave them time to repent and turn from their wickedness. The people didn’t listen and the flood came upon the earth. Jesus taught us that before His return the people on the earth would be like the people in the days of Noah (Matthew 24:36-39). We, like Noah are to be preaching righteousness to the world and to our family. We are to live holy lives for people to see Jesus. We are to do all we can in word and deed to help our family repent of their sin and believe the gospel so they will be saved from God’s judgment by being safely in Christ. Are you doing these things? If not, why not?