3 things we can learn from Genesis 6
In Genesis chapter 6, we are introduced to Noah and the promised flood to come. As always, there are many things that we can learn from this chapter but we are going to look at three today. Please comment below with the things in that chapter that stand out for you.
God’s people and the World’s people don’t mix.
It has been said that if you put a boat in the water, it works perfectly. But, if you put the water in the boat, you have a problem.
In this passage, the Sons of God are not just finding the daughters of man attractive but they are taking them as wives and producing children. When those that are righteous allow those who are not righteous to have such an influence on their children (as all mothers do), it should be no surprise when in a short period of time that the wickedness grows. It grows so much that scripture says ‘that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually’ (verse 5).
That is a lot of evil thinking among people who live to be 600 to 900 years old.
Why is it that the Sons of God wanted the daughters of man? Verse two says that they were attractive. I don’t think that this is to say that the daughters of God were unattractive but I imagine that the daughters of man were more willing to emphasize their feminine characteristics, perhaps with braiding of hair, gold or attire, the very thing that woman who seek to please God will DE-emphasize according to Peter.
1Pe 3:3 ESV Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear—
There is little doubt that a worldly woman will more often than not turn a godly man from service to God. Even a wise man like Solomon fell to this trap.
1Ki 11:4 ESV For when Solomon was old his wives turned away his heart after other gods, and his heart was not wholly true to the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father.
The good news is that a godly woman can turn hearts to God and build up the strength of those already serving God. Sons of God should look for wives among others who will follow God with their whole heart and be more like the worthy woman of Proverbs 31. While there are exceptions (Rahab and Ruth stand out here) most of the time that worthy woman is going to found among the Daughters of God.
Noah found favor in God’s sight-Noah walked with God.
Just like his great grandfather, Enoch, Noah walked with God. Verse 9 tells us that he was a righteous man and blameless in his generation, that he walked with God. These three things are key to why Noah found favor in God’s sight. When the world is finally destroyed, who will be the ones who are saved? It will be those who walk with God. Those who are righteous. We, of course, will not stand in our own righteousness but rather the righteousness of Christ.
Php 3:9 ESV and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith—
Noah did not stand in his own righteousness either, but his faith, just like all who walk with God, will be counted as righteousness through Jesus Christ.
Noah did all that God commanded.
The book of Hebrews tells us that by Faith Noah took God’s warning seriously and built that ark. Faith is used in Hebrews 11, as it generally is, of trusting obedience. Noah believed and trusted God and then obeyed what God told him to do. We don’t know what kind of wood Gopher wood was but assuming it was Cedar wood, then Noah did not build the ark out of Elm or Pine….He built it to the given dimensions and also with the right number of doors (one) and windows (one) and gathered the animals God sent him.
He did all that God commanded him. When we do things by faith we do them the way God tells us to, not the way we want to or His way if it is convenient for us.
There are many points to make from Genesis 6. What other lessons have you found in this chapter that warns of the flood to come?