Genesis 6:6 may be the saddest passage in all of Scripture. Could you get more graphic, more specific, more all-inclusive words? "And the Lord regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart."
Human beings were created to love God. Our love for God was supposed to shape every thought, motive, choice, decision, word and action. But in Genesis 6 it’s very clear that our love for God has been replaced with love of self. All the evil in the world happens because we no longer love God as we should, and in his place, we position ourselves on the throne.
As you continue with the story, what does God do? Genesis 6:7 – “So the Lord said, ‘I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land…for I am sorry that I have made them.’” It sounds like a horrible way to end the story. But praise God! Genesis chapter 6 has an eighth verse: “But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.”
In an act of sovereign grace, God places his favor on Noah and his family. After the flood, God promises to bless his descendants. If you know your genealogies, one of those descendants is Abraham. And God says to Abraham, “In your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed” (Genesis 22:18).
That blessing was Christ, wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger (Luke 2:7). This Advent season, celebrate Genesis 6:8 and God’s merciful plan of redemption through the baby in the manger. But take seriously the cause of evil in Genesis 6:5. You are still very capable of loving yourself.
- Do the same things that grieve the heart of the Lord bring your heart sadness?
- In what ways this week did you allow love of self to replace love of God?
Paul David Tripp