The Sin Is Pandemic
God of holiness, shine Your cleansing light into my life, my family, my society. May Your ways be known to all.
Read GENESIS 5:1-6:8
 This is the written account of Adam’s line. When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God.  He created them male and female and blessed them. And when they were created, he called them “man.”  When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, in his own image; and he named him Seth.  After Seth was born, Adam lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters.  Altogether, Adam lived 930 years, and then he died.  When Seth had lived 105 years, he became the father of Enosh.  And after he became the father of Enosh, Seth lived 807 years and had other sons and daughters.  Altogether, Seth lived 912 years, and then he died.  When Enosh had lived 90 years, he became the father of Kenan.  And after he became the father of Kenan, Enosh lived 815 years and had other sons and daughters.  Altogether, Enosh lived 905 years, and then he died.  When Kenan had lived 70 years, he became the father of Mahalalel.  And after he became the father of Mahalalel, Kenan lived 840 years and had other sons and daughters.  Altogether, Kenan lived 910 years, and then he died.  When Mahalalel had lived 65 years, he became the father of Jared.  And after he became the father of Jared, Mahalalel lived 830 years and had other sons and daughters.  Altogether, Mahalalel lived 895 years, and then he died.  When Jared had lived 162 years, he became the father of Enoch.  And after he became the father of Enoch, Jared lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters.  Altogether, Jared lived 962 years, and then he died.  When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah.  And after he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters.  Altogether, Enoch lived 365 years.  Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.  When Methuselah had lived 187 years, he became the father of Lamech.  And after he became the father of Lamech, Methuselah lived 782 years and had other sons and daughters.  Altogether, Methuselah lived 969 years, and then he died.  When Lamech had lived 182 years, he had a son.  He named him Noah and said, “He will comfort us in the labor and painful toil of our hands caused by the ground the LORD has cursed.”  After Noah was born, Lamech lived 595 years and had other sons and daughters.  Altogether, Lamech lived 777 years, and then he died.  After Noah was 500 years old, he became the father of Shem, Ham and Japheth.  When men began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them,  the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose.  Then the LORD said, “My Spirit will not contend with man forever, for he is mortal; his days will be a hundred and twenty years.”  The Nephilim were on the earth in those days-and also afterward-when the sons of God went to the daughters of men and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.  The LORD saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time.  The LORD was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain.  So the LORD said, “I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth-men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air-for I am grieved that I have made them.”  But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD. Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
ReflectWhy did God decide to send the flood?
Since Genesis 3, we have seen how the sin disease has spread. The genealogy shows that God’s blessing continues as each generation is born. Yet each generation, infected with sin, faces God’s justice in death.
By Genesis 6 sin is pandemic. Leaders in the Ancient Near East were often described as “sons of God.” They regularly practiced the “right of the first night” (sleeping with any bride in the community) to subjugate their people. If this is what vs. 1 and 2 refer to, God’s rage that marriage was being defaced to oppress the weak (3) is unsurprising.
It is a great relief to know that God hates sin (3,6), that he cares about its damage to individuals and societies, and that he acts to limit and prevent it (3,7). We need God’s justice. But the truth of v. 5 hits home, for I know that sin lurks in the thoughts of my heart and I, too, deserve to be swept away. However, two windows of hope are tucked away in this passage (24; 6:8,9). Because Enoch and Noah walked closely with God they were delivered from this sin-infected world (24) and saved from God’s judgment.
What may break God’s heart today? How can you avoid doing them and prevent others from doing them, also?
Lord, help me and all your people walk with You today. Deliver us from sin. Lead us in right living for Your glory.
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