Cainites population swelled–they had many “daughters of men.”
Just as Eve, one of the priests of the Garden/Temple, saw how good was the forbidden fruit and took it, so do professing believers follow the same pattern into apostasy. As Eve fell, so did the Sethites fall away.
God annoucned that the days were numbered for the world as they knew it.
6) The LORD was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.
One thing you have to understand about God is that he reveals himself to us in ways that we can understand. Moses portrays God as experiencing human-like emotion of sorrow and grief, but this does not mean that God does not always know what he is doing and he never makes mistakes. God’s disfavor for the children of Cain and the apostate children of Seth was so great, he no longer wanted to allow them to live on the earth. Gill, “that is, he resolved within himself to destroy him.”
Noah was the one exception of all the people in the world who deserve God’s wrath. It was true that Noah was born with the guilt of Adam’s sin imputed to him; it is true that Noah naturally rebelled against God and committed sins for which he, like the Cainites and apostate Sethites, deserved to be blotted out of the face of the land; but for a reason that has nothing to do with Noah’s behavior or spiritual condition and everything to do with God’s faithfulness to his promise to defeat the Serpent’s seed through the Woman’s Seed. Even though God was so angry with Noah’s generation, God still intended to keep his promise to save sinners, so he granted that Noah alone should believe this promise (Hebrews 11:7
). When people believe God’s promises about salvation, God chooses to see these people as if they have always obeyed God and never sinned against him or anyone else. By grace (God’s favor) we are saved through faith which has been given to us by God (Eph. 2:8-9
), so Noah didn’t earn God’s favor for God’s grace allowed Noah to believe and God alone deserves glory for the salvation of all who believe his good news!
The above outline was the basis for what I taught my 4th-6th graders at Shady Grove Baptist Church in North Richland Hills, Texas yesterday, July 15, 2007. Thoughts? Questions? Critiques?