Summary: 6 of 7. Genesis records humanity's wanton wickedness & its repercussions. Wanton wickedness invites repercussion. How does wickedness invite repercussion? 7 aberrations of wickedness that invite repercussion.
WICKEDNESS That INVITES REPERCUSSION-VI—Genesis 6:1-8
Wash the Dishes Pleeease!
A young man called his mother & announced excitedly that he had just met a young lady at church who was of true Christian character & virtue. He was so thrilled, he could hardly contain himself. But he hadn’t asked her out on a date yet, so he asked his mother what he should do.
His mother had an idea, knowing that her son was an excellent cook: “Why don't you send her flowers, & on the card invite her to your apartment for a home-cooked meal?”
He thought this was a great strategy. He made his roommates aware of the situation so they would behave themselves. And a week later, the woman came to dinner. His mother called the next day to see how things had gone.
He moaned, “I was totally humiliated.” “She insisted on washing the dishes.”
His mother asks, “What's wrong with that? Your father & I have some of our best conversations while washing dishes together.”
Her son dejectedly replied, “We hadn't started eating yet!”
There are things we may do or not do, that circumvent/destroy our best intentions.
Self-service, self-love, & flesh-driven feeling wreak havoc on us & others. In Noah’s day the majority of humanity did not consider, &/or were indifferent towards, or were openly malicious toward their Creator.
Likewise today, when Christ is considered inconsequential to a person’s or a nation’s life, vitally important matters are treated as though they were of little worth. Simultaneously, other things become elevated to the place of indispensability, taking Christ’s place as Head. If we are not vigilant to honor Christ, we find ourselves making great sacrifices for that which has no eternal value, for the sake of temporal satisfaction.
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 from God.
How/When 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 (An) Aberrant...
5. GRIEF(:6) God’s Grief
6—Wickedness invites repercussion thru(An) Aberrant...
Explanation: (:7) God’s Solution/‘His’ way changes
:7—“So the LORD said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man & beast, creeping thing & birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.””
YaHoWeH’s solution for the wickedness to which man had descended, was to “destroy” that very crown of His creation from the earth. To wipe Him from it.
This destruction would not only effect man but animals as well. All creatures are dependent upon man for the fullness of their existence. All nature/creation is thus inextricably tied to mankind’s resolve/decision/choice!(Rom. 8:18-22)
Rom. 8:18-23—“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans & labors with birth pangs together until now. Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.”
If man chooses destructive spirituality & its resulting behaviors, then destruction—a spirit of destruction—reigns & encompasses all creation...If man chooses spiritual truth & God’s salvation, then a salvific spirit reigns & encompasses all creation!
God will supply His Solution thru the Flood. It is intended to remove opposing/antithetical elements, thus bringing man freely back to the true God.
“Destroy”—hxm maw-khaw'—1) To wipe, wipe out; 2) (Qal)--To strike; 3) (Pual)--Full of marrow(participle). Strong—properly--To stroke or rub; by implication--To erase; also To smooth(as if with oil), i.e. Grease or make fat; also--To touch, i.e. Reach to. Used 36X.
“Created”—arb baw-raw'—1) To create, shape, form; 2) To be fat—2a) (Hiphil)--To make yourselves fat. Strong—a primitive root; (absolutely) To create; (qualified)--To cut down(a wood), Select, Feed(as formative processes).
“Beast”—hmhb be-hay-maw'—1) Beast, cattle, animal—1a) Beasts(coll of all animals), 1b) Cattle, livestock(of domestic animals), 1c) Wild beasts. Strong—from an unused root(probably meaning to be mute); properly--A dumb beast; especially any large quadruped or animal(often collective).
“Sorry”(See :6)—Mxn naw-kham'—V.—1) To be sorry, console oneself, repent, regret, comfort, be comforted. Strong–a primitive root; properly--To sigh, i.e. Breathe strongly; by implication--To be sorry, i.e. (in a favorable sense)--To pity, console or reflexively--Rue; or (unfavorably)--To avenge(oneself).