Summary: 2 of ? Genesis records humanity's wanton wickedness & its repercussions.Wanton wickedness invites repercussion. How does wickedness invite repercussion? 6 aberrations of wickedness that invite repercussion.
WICKEDNESS That INVITES REPERCUSSION-II—Genesis 6:1-8
There was a student who had no transportation to the community college she was attending.
None of the students live on campus & had to get to class by their own means. Many catch a ride with someone who has a car.
This particular student found a person gracious enough to help her & agreed to a departure time. Two times the rider ‘held-up’ the driver making them both nearly late to class. Incensed, the driver plainly told the rider that if she wasn’t at the car by 6:45, then she would go without her!
You know what happened...The rider was not there in time & as the driver headed down the road, she saw the rider walking down the driveway in her rearview mirror. The driver continued to the school by herself!
The potential’ rider is now in danger of being kicked out of school for inattendance.
If people would take it upon themselves to heed God’s alarm clock, they would not be considered ‘wicked’ & suffer the consequences of missing His presence!
Genesis records the wanton wickedness of humanity & its repercussions.
Repercussion—An unintended consequence occurring some time after an event or action, esp. an unwelcome one.
Wanton wickedness invites repercussion.
How does wickedness invite repercussion?
7 channels thru which wickedness invites repercussion.
7 aberrations of wickedness that invite repercussion.
We have seen previously that Wickedness invites Repercussion thru...
1. Aberrant RELATIONSHIPs(:1-2)
2—Wickedness invites repercussion thru...
Explanation: (:3) Cause God strife/To Burden God
:3—“And the LORD said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred & twenty years.””
The mind & heart of YaHWeH are revealed. It appears that He is speaking to Himself &/or Noah but obviously & ultimately reveals His heart to Moses the writer. God’s Spirit would not contend for control with any person for any great deal of time, as had been exemplified by the unusually(?) long lives in the genealogy of Adam(5:1-32).
God has granted man much time to respond positively to God’s love.
This may also be interpreted as YaHoWeH’s having reached the point of ultimate frustration with His offer of grace. God is giving man 120 years to repent prior to the arrival of judgment, i.e., prior to the Flood.
*This scenario seems a better fit in the context of ‘the times’(4:16—5:32), than to see it as a lowering of the physical age of men(in general) following the Flood.
“What's He been doing? Striving with man. He's been trying to bring these sinners to repentance & He says, “I'm not going to do this indefinitely.”—John MacArthur
“The word yadhon[(Nyd)“strive”] has been rendered variously as contend, strive, or abide; the etymology is uncertain. It is usually taken to mean that “God will not forever bear the consequences of man’s sin.”—‘THE MEANING OF “SONS OF GOD” IN GENESIS 6:1-4’—Trevor J. Major
“The word strive(dyin-Nyd) has the sense “to contend” or “to plead.” God was saying He would not continually strive, plead, or contend with the humans. He noted that they were flesh, implying that they had given themselves over to sensuality & immorality.”—‘Genesis Chapter 6’ - Commentary By Mike Wells
*Selfishness as well as love are consequences of free-will, which is itself God-ordained!
And one day, in our future, God will bring about man’s destruction & exaltation again...& thereby his final judgment!(Heb. 9:27)
Heb. 9:27—“And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,”
“Spirit”—xwr roo'-akh—Noun Fem.—1) Wind, breath, mind, spirit—1a) Breath, 1b) Wind, 1c) Spirit(as that which breathes quickly in animation or agitation)—1c1) Spirit, animation, vivacity, vigor, 1c2) Courage, 1c3) Temper, anger, 1c4) Impatience, patience, 1c5) Spirit, disposition(as troubled, bitter, discontented), 1c6) Disposition(of various kinds), unaccountable or uncontrollable impulse, 1c7) Prophetic spirit, 1d) Spirit(of the living, breathing being in man & animals)—1d1) As gift, preserved by God, God's spirit, departing at death, disembodied being, 1e) Spirit(as seat of emotion)—1e1) Desire, 1e2) Sorrow, trouble, 1f) Spirit—1f1) As seat or organ of mental acts, 1f2) Rarely of the will, 1f3) As seat especially of moral character,. Strong—Wind; by resemblance--Breath, i.e. A sensible(or even violent) exhalation; figuratively--Life, anger, unsubstantiality; by extension--A region of the sky; by resemblance--Spirit, but only of a rational being(including its expression & functions).
xwr corresponds to Greek—pneuma. A)quch—Breath, i.e. by implication--Spirit, abstractly or concretely--The animal sentient principle only, which is distinguished from, B) pneuma—The rational & immortal soul, & C)zwh—Mere vitality, even of plants. These terms thus exactly correspond respectively to the Hebrew...A)vpn, B)xwr & C)yx.
*“Strive/Contend”—Nyd dee-yn—Qal Imperfect—1) To judge, contend, plead; 1a) (Qal)--1a1) To act as judge, minister judgment, 1a2) To plead a cause, 1a3) To execute judgment, requite, vindicate, 1a4) To govern, 1a5) To contend, strive. Strong—a primitive root; To rule; by implication--To judge(as umpire); also To strive(as at law). Used 24X.