Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually‚ÄĚ (Gen. 6:5, NKJV). The verb ‚Äúsaw‚ÄĚ (Gen. 6:5) brings the reader back to each step of God‚Äôs initial Creation. But what God sees now, instead of tov, ‚Äúgood,‚ÄĚ is ra‚Äė, ‚Äúevil‚ÄĚ (Gen. 6:5). It is as if God regretted that He had created the world, now full of ra‚Äė (Gen. 6:6, 7).
And yet, God‚Äôs regret contains elements of salvation, as well. The Hebrew word for ‚Äúsorry‚ÄĚ (nakham) is echoed in the name of Noah (Noakh), which means ‚Äúcomfort‚ÄĚ (Gen. 5:29). Thus, God‚Äôs response to this wickedness has two sides. It contains the threat of justice, leading to destruction for some; and yet, His response promises comfort and mercy, leading to salvation, as well, for others.
This ‚Äúdouble voice‚ÄĚ already was heard with Cain and Abel/Seth, and it was repeated through the contrast between the two lines of Seth (the ‚Äúsons of God‚ÄĚ) and Cain (the ‚Äúsons of men‚ÄĚ). Now we hear it again as God differentiates between Noah and the rest of humankind.
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Aired: Saturday 23 April 2022 9am-11am