Genesis 6 describes how, over time, men and women began to procreate and increase in numbers. Men and women placed less emphasis on spiritual matters and thus less emphasis on God in their lives. They became known as the ‘Giants of the Earth’.
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Furthermore, humanity became secularized as time passed, and this made men and women begin to question their relationship with God. As a result, God was affected–angered–and he began to consider his decision to create man.
God’s Response and Noah’s Ark
Corruption and the violence among men became so commonplace that God made a radical decision. He chose to punish men and women collectively and forcefully. God called on a man named Noah while simultaneously creating a great flood to punish humanity. Noah was austere and kind, and this pleased God; he hoped Noah would serve as a role model for a fallen peoples.
God commanded Noah to build a giant “Ark”, and if he did so he would save himself from the flood soon to come. God advised Noah on how to build the ark. Noah followed his instructions carefully and built the ark according to God’s specific design.
Two By Two
Because God believed humanity had forsaken him, he chose instead to have Noah save every species of animal by walking them to the ark “two by two”. Each animal species would enter the ark as a male and a female. God decided also to save all of Noah’s family, including his own wife, sons, and the wives of his sons.
As they prepared for the great flood, Noah gathered food and supplies so as to provide his family and the many animals with the necessities for a long journey. God wanted to recreate the human species anew and establish a special covenant with Noah and his family.
Genesis Chapter 6 (King James Version)
1 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,
2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.
3 And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.
5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
6 And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
7 And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.
8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.
9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.
10 And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.
12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
14 Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.
15 And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits.
16 A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it.
17 And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die.
18 But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives with thee.
19 And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female.
20 Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive.
21 And take thou unto thee of all food that is eaten, and thou shalt gather it to thee; and it shall be for food for thee, and for them.
22 Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.