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God’s Favor amid Wickedness – Genesis 6:1-6:8

The three scenes narrow the focus down from the general and historical scenario of Man to the very specific and present example of Noah.  It illustrates that God’s favor is as much local to the individual as it is global to all creation.  This understanding of God’s favor makes it not only possible despite the surrounding evil, not only a source of hope for each individual, but also a purpose for each individual in God’s plan for the greater whole.

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Genesis 6:1-8

New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Now it came about, when men began to multiply on the face of the land, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose. Then the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, because he also is flesh; nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.

Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. The Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. The Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.

The Theme Explained

Before continuing, read the passage above and slowly let the images soak in.  Each image is someone’s personal expression of the theme.  Discover how the images reveal the theme from the passage.


This prologue to the Noah story sets the stage for the coming events.  While it is clear that God’s anger is escalating, the narrator also conveys a sense of increasing specificity, narrowing down the story until we reach Noah.

The first scene is broad not only in its ambiguity but its timeframe.  The idea of giants indicates a pre-history which is bordering mythology.  In other words, a time when the world itself was different.  The mighty and famous men were not current celebrities, but deified heroes.  Similar to how the Western world might imagine Achilles, Ulysses, and Hercules.

The second scene brings the timeframe closer to the present as well as narrows the scope.  While the first scene involved, men, giants, and mythical heroes, the focus of the second scene is now only on the interactions between men.  The author moves the scene further forward in time to a more contemporary period, a recent history.  Further, the LORD’s decision on a near future action creates a sense of immediacy in this time.

The final scene narrows down the focus to a single man, Noah.  The stark contrast of this individual focus with the broad scales in chronological distance and duration down to this seemingly single moment of favor creates a sense of relief as well as anticipation.

The sense of relief is derived from the fact that amid all of the chaos and evil that is surrounding Man, God has allowed at least one individual to find favor.  God’s involvement in Man was both at a global level as well as the personal level.  While all Man had lost sight, this single Man was not judged as one among the collection of his peers and predecessors.

Anticipation stemming from this scene comes from both hope and individuality.  Hope derived from God’s hope in Man.  God has not lost all hope, since at least one was enough to find favor.  The individuality of Noah’s case creates anticipation for the purpose behind finding the favor.

The three scenes narrow the focus down from the general and historical scenario of Man to the very specific and present example of Noah.  It illustrates that God’s favor is as much local to the individual as it is global to all creation.  This understanding of God’s favor makes it not only possible despite the surrounding evil, not only a source of hope for each individual, but also a purpose for each individual in God’s plan for the greater whole.

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