Summary: Genesis records the wanton wickedness of humanity & its repercussions. Wanton wickedness invites repercussion. But Why or How does it do this? Wickedness invites repercussion thru...
WICKEDNESS That INVITES REPERCUSSION-I—Genesis 6:1-8
Reiterate the flow of events concerning Cain ‘s legacy of unrepentance & Seth’s transmittance of righteousness.
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/When does wickedness invite repercussion?
7 dispositions/qualities of wickedness that invite repercussion.
1—Wickedness invites repercussion thru...
:1—“Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, & daughters were born to them,”
“Men” began to “increase” in number on the earth, as shown from the genealogies of 4:16—5:32. The birth of “daughters” was obviously part of that equation. And this has been specified in the formula—“& had sons & daughters” of 5:4, 7, 10, 13, 16, 19, 22, 26, 30. As well as implied thru Naamah’s birth as the “sister of Tubal-Cain” in 4:22.
“6:1 introduces the story of the “daughters” often mentioned in passing in chapt. 5 despite their...[seeming]...irrelevance to the genealogical line.”—WBC-G.J. Wenham
“Men”—Mda aw-dawm'—N. m.—1) Man, mankind. Strong—Ruddy i.e. A human being (an individual or the species, mankind, etc.).
“Multiply”—bbr raw-bab'—1) To be or become many, be or become much, be or become great. Strong—a primitive root; properly, To cast together, i.e. Increase, especially in number; also (as denominative from hbbr reb-aw-baw') To multiply by the myriad.
“Daughters”—tb bath—N. f.—1) Daughter; 2) Young women, women. Strong—from hnb baw-naw'; a primitive root; to build (literally & figuratively) (as feminine of Nb ben); A daughter (used in the same wide sense as other terms of relationship, literally & figuratively).
“Born”—dly yaw-lad'—1) to bear, bring forth, beget, gender, travail. Strong—To bear young; causatively, To beget; medically, To act as midwife; specifically, To show lineage.
:2—“that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; & they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose.”
However, “the sons of God” “saw” the beauty of the daughters of these men. This evidently is a bad combination of events...“the daughters” of men & “the sons of God.”
These sons of God “took wives” from the daughters of men. This ‘taking of wives‘ describes a legitimate marriage & is not a description of force. This behavior was unacceptable or unbecoming, in God’s eyes, for the group referred to as “the sons of God.”
The “beauty” of the daughters outweighed the moral commitment of “the sons to God,” so that they intermarried—when they should not have(A previous & gracious attempt to circumvent this by removing Cain to a wandering lifestyle(4:11-16))—regardless of the moral consequences.