Now it came about, when men began to multiply on the face of the land, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose. Then the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, because he also is flesh; nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.
Then the Lord 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. The Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. The Lord said, “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 sky; for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.
These are the records of the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his time; Noah walked with God. Noah [became the father of three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
Now the earth was corrupt in the sight of God, and the earth was filled with violence. God looked on the earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth.
Then God said to Noah, “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. Make for yourself an ark of gopher wood; you shall make the ark with rooms, and shall cover it inside and out with pitch. This is how you shall make it: the length of the ark three hundred cubits, its breadth fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits. You shall make a window for the ark, and finish it to a cubit from the top; and set the door of the ark in the side of it; you shall make it with lower, second, and third decks. Behold, I, even I am bringing the flood of water upon the earth, to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life, from under heaven; everything that is on the earth shall perish. But I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall enter the ark—you and your sons and your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. And of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every kind into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female. Of the birds after their kind, and of the animals after their kind, of every creeping thing of the ground after its kind, two of every kind will come to you to keep them alive. As for you, take for yourself some of all food which is edible, and gather it to yourself; and it shall be for food for you and for them.” Thus Noah did; according to all that God had commanded him, so he did.
As the story of early humanity unfolds, it comes to a certain point where Adam no longer lives and the first person who is mentioned in chapter 5 who is born in the line of Seth after his death is Noah. Noah’s time on earth is not a good one. His world has literally gone to hell in a hand basket which is a turn of phrase that has the connotation of skipping along merrily into hell. Everyone’s mind thinks of evil and only evil all the time.
In Matthew Jesus speaks of this time as one where everyone was simply going about their business until the flood destroyed them. They lived in evil and had embraced it to the point it was normal in every way. It makes me wonder if the flood that will come will be the thing that cause such a remembrance in the human race that we never truly get this bad again, well at least till the very end in some people’s view of Biblical future.
It is striking time, to be in a world where God looks at all the possibilities of the future and cannot see a single possibility where there is the possibility of redemption. Save one. Only if Noah builds and ark will the world be spared a complete loss of human life. Noah lives in a world gone to hell but does God’s will anyway. His righteousness is what saves humanity even though it did not deserve saving.
The lesson here is one of perseverance of spirit. Of living in a world gone to hell in a hand basket and yet remaining true to God. It is a lesson we all need to learn because we live in a world that is not that far gone at least yet.