Dave Burnette's Commentary

Genesis Chapter 6

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Moses
Date Penned: (1450-1410 BC)
Overview: To Record God's Creation and Identify His Plan (c 1-22)
Theme: The Story of Noah (c 6-11)
Message: The Great Flood (v 1-22)

Genesis 6 Commentary

(6:1-2)  The Sons of God - Some people have thought that the "sons of God" were fallen angels. But this is unlikely, because angels do not marry or reproduce (Matthew 22;30; Mark 12:25). Some interpreters believe this phrase refers to the descendants of Seth who intermarried with Cain's evil descendants. This would have weakened the good influence of the faithful and increased moral depravity in the world, resulting in an explosion of evil.

(6:3) A Time to Repent - "His days shall be an hundred and twenty years" has been interpreted by some commentators to mean that God was allowing the people of Noah's day 120 years to change their sinful ways. God shows his great patience with us as well (2 Peter 3:8-9). He is giving us time to quit living our way and begin living his way, the way he shows us in his Word. While 120 years may seem like a long time, eventually the time ran out, and the floodwaters swept across the earth. Your time also may be running out (2 Peter 3:10-14). Turn to God to forgive your sins. You don't know how much time God will give you to turn to him, and once that time comes, there will be no more opportunities.

(6:4) The Giants - The giants mentioned here were probably nine or ten feet tall. This same Hebrew term was used to name a tall race of people mentioned in Numbers 13:33-possibly the ancestors of Goliath, who was nine feet tall (1:Samuel 17). The giants used their physical advantage to oppress the people around them.

(6:6-7) God's Sorrow - Does this text mean that God regretted creating humanity? Was he saying he made a mistake? No, Instead, he was expressing sorrow for what the people had done to themselves, as a parent might express sorrow over a rebellious child. God was sorry that the people chose sin and death instead of a relationship with him.

(6:6-8) God is Grieved - The people's sin grieved God. Our sins break God's heart as much as sin did in Noah's day. Noah, however, pleased God, although he was far from perfect. We can follow Noah's example and find grace in the eyes of the Lord in spite of the sin that surrounds us. Saying that Noah was just and perfect does not mean that he never sinned (the Bible records one of his sins in 9:20-21). Rather, it means that Noah wholeheartedly loved and obeyed God. For a lifetime he walked step by step in faith as a living example to his generation, Like Noah, we live in a world filled with evil. Are we influencing others or being influenced by them? Are our priorities being set by God and his people or by those who stand against him?

(6:15) The Ark's Size - A cubit was about 18 inches long. The boat Noah built was no raft! Picture yourself building a boat the length of one and a half football fields and as high as a four-story building. The ark was exactly six times longer than it was wide--the same ratio used by modern shipbuilders. This huge boat was probably built miles from any body of water by only a few faithful men who believed God's promises and obeyed his commands. 6:18 When God said, "With thee will I establish my covenant, " he was making a promise. This is a familiar theme in Scripture--God making covenants with his people. How reassuring it is to know God's covenant is established with us. He is still our salvation, and we are kept safe through our relationship with him. (For more on covenants, see 9:8-17; 12:1-3; and 15:17-21.)

(6:22) Noah's Diligence -  Noah got right to work when God told him to build the ark. Other people must have been warned about the coming disaster, but apparently they did not expect it to happen (see 1Peter 3:20; 2 Peter 2:5). Today things haven't changed much. Each day thousands of people are warned of God's inevitable judgment, yet most of them don't really believe it will happen. Don't expect people to welcome or accept your message of God's coming judgment on sin. Those who don't believe in God will deny his judgment and try to get you to deny God as well. But remember God's promise to Noah to keep him safe. This can inspire you to trust God for deliverance in the judgment that is sure to come.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

God Cares

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter, making application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. There are many applications we can make from each day's text. Today we Continue in the book of Genesis with Chapter 6, and in today's text, we see the familiar account of Noah and the Ark. What catches my eye today is verse 8, which says, "But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord." God's wrath was about to be unveiled, but one righteous man turned the heart of God. In previous chapters, we see how God loves and cares for us individually, and today we see that our lives influence God's hand. Not that we tell God what to do, but instead, He has compassion towards us, and our lives matter to Him. In making an application, I can't help to think how our prayer and kindness toward others can cause a compassionate God to delay His wrath toward deserving sinners. I am so glad that someone prayed for me when I was lost in sin, and God saw fit to delay His wrath towards me, and I got saved. How about you? Do you know that God cares for you and those we love? Let us pray and witness for those we love because you do make a difference to a loving God who Cares


Genesis 6

Genesis 6

 1And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,

 2That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.

 3And 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.

 4There 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.

 5And 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.

 6And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.

 7And 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.

 8But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.

 9These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.

 10And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

 11The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.

 12And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.

 13And 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.

 14Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.

 15And 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.

 16A 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.

 17And, 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.

 18But 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.

 19And 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.

 20Of 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.

 21And 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.

 22Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.