Genesis 6:5 “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.”
The account of the descendants of Adam are given across chapters 5-6 of Genesis. At the beginning of chapter 6 we read where God observes the plight of mankind and notes how evil the heart of mankind really is. The Bible says that the wickedness of the entire earth’s population save a few had become great. Violence ruled the earth. Along with this terrible situation, the state of mankind continued to plummet to the depths of moral depravity. God could no longer contend with man’s evil and decided to destroy the human race save 8, who would become the re-progenitors of the human race. The earth and its inhabitants would soon be destroyed a cataclysmic, global flood.
When I read this verse from Genesis, I am reminded of the current state of the earth. If the earth was filled with man’s violence that was greatly wicked, then how do we describe the evil that rules the world today? Remember that God destroyed the human race save 8 because of the evil state of mankind’s heart. The very “inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.” Does not this sound eerily similar to the condition of mankind today?
Yes, God wiped out humanity in the beginning for his great evil and wicked heart, and He will do so again in the future. Just because God saved Noah to re-populate the earth did not mean that mankind was “good to go.” In fact, because God used a descendant of Adam, who sinned in the very beginning, there was a continued need for humanity to be saved still. The sin that was passed down through time and with each generation of man caused a need for a Savior. Animal blood sacrifice had been instituted since the days of Eden and were practiced even in Noah’s day and beyond until the coming of Messiah and His death, burial and resurrection.
What we fail to understand as a species of creation is that without God, we would all revert to evil and destroy one another. People of the world like to claim that they are “good people” and love their fellow-man. They may and do to some level, but given the opportunity, all people left to their own will would turn on others regardless of what they say with their lips and mouths. It is only through the love and grace of God that we are even in existence to this day. God loved humanity enough to provide the ultimate sacrifice to pay for the evil of men’s hearts–the blood of His Son, Jesus.
God destroyed the earth and humanity with water the first time, but it will be fire and brimstone in the next. Just because you think you are a good person DOES NOT guarantee you a spot in eternity with God. You can only live in eternity with God through belief in His Son who was raised from the dead and confessing that Jesus IS Lord. This is the gift of grace. You don’t deserve to live and neither do I, but God loved us so much that He gave all that He had to save us from eternal separation from Him. He wants you to live with Him for eternity, but the decision rests with you. Will you come to God and give your life, will, thoughts, things, and all that is yours to Him? Will you abandon your life of wickedness to receive God’s love and become His child? He died and rose again just so you could. Again, it’s your choice–eternal life with God or without God–HEAVEN OR HELL?
Father, my heart aches at the very thought that millions, nay billions, have died and will die and spend eternity away from you in the torment of the second death in the lake of fire and brimstone where the fire never quenches. What a sad and tremendous thing to happen! Thank you for not obliterating the human race off the face of the earth. Thank you for having compassion on us. We owe all that we have and are to you. You are truly loving and gracious and caring, but you are also just and true, which requires judgment on the sin of mankind. Water took out our ancestors because of their continual evil, and it will be fire the next time. Oh that many would and will come to know You as their Father, Lord, Savior, King and Friend. Thank You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.