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Increasing Corruption and the Hope of Grace

June 25, 2017 Speaker: Afshin Ziafat Series: Genesis: Out of Eden

Passage: Genesis 6:1–6:8



Genesis chapter 6. I hope you’re there. If you haven't been with us through this series, we've been picking up from where we left off months ago in Genesis chapter 3, looking at the Fall of mankind. Where Adam and Eve turned from God and His ways; disobeyed God, and sin and death entered our human existence. 

So we saw the outworking of that in Genesis 4, when Cain murders his brother Abel out a jealous rage, because Abel's sacrifice and offering were preferred by God over his. So through that, we see the spread of sin and death, through the line of Cain that you find at the end of chapter 4 with Lamech boasting in the violence that comes out of his hands.

And then in Genesis 5, even in the godly line of Seth, we see that death is spreading to all mankind.

So that's what we said last week, that this is the consequence: That all of us, one day, are going to face death. But you get the good news in Genesis 5, in the life of Enoch, who was a man who walked with God, and he did not see death; he did not taste death. He was taken up. He lived a life of faith, pleasing to God, as Hebrews 11:5 says to us. Because he put his trust in God. He believed that God exists and that God rewards those who diligently seek Him, as Hebrews 11:6 says.

And so what we said is that sin and death have spread to all of us. We all, as descendants of Adam, inherit a sin nature, a bent away from God, and because of that, one day we all will die.

But the good news of Enoch is that, basically those of us who put our faith in Christ, believe who Jesus is, and give our lives to following Him, we too can know that death will not have the final word for us. That we too, though we will die one day, will rise again to live forever with God. And that's the hope of the gospel. 

Well, Genesis chapter 6 is really going to pick up that theme. It's going to be the same theme. We're gonna see sin, and we're gonna see judgment, and then we'll see the hope of grace. 

But Genesis 6 is a very difficult passage. So let's jump in. Here we go, Genesis 6 starting at verse 1. 

When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them,2 the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose. 3 Then the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years.” 4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown.

5 The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And the Lord regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. 7 So the Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.” 8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.

These verses remind me of a passage of scripture in 2 Peter 3:16 where Peter refers to Paul's writings as scripture, and then he admits, though some of his writings are hard to understand. Which I so appreciate Peter's candor and openness to say that. And let me just say: This passage that we just read in Genesis 6 is widely regarded as one of the most difficult passages in all the Bible to interpret and to understand. So pray for me.

Here's what my hope is. I want to talk about some of the leading interpretations of what's going on here. But my hope is that we won't get bogged down even in that debate, but that we would really see what the major point of this passage is. 

So, the first question that jumps out is, What's going on here at the beginning of chapter 6. Who are these "sons of God" and the daughters of men? So there are different views.

One view is that these sons of God were fallen angelic beings who entered into creation and engaged in sexual relations with human beings. So the women who were spoken of in verse 1 as rapidly multiplying across the earth; so now this kind of evil is rapidly going forth. So God is displeased with this unholy union, and He's going to judge the world. 

Going in favor of this view are a few things. First of all, the phrase "sons of God," when used in the Old Testament, is most often used to speak of angels.

Secondly, it seems to fit the theme of this downward spiral of sin, where you have sin starting in the heart of Adam and Eve, and they turn against each other, blame each other for sin, and then you see it in Cain killing Abel, you see it throughout the descendants. 

So now you see sin spreading on a cosmic level, and even on a baser level through this angelic-human unholy union. It seems to fit. It also seems to fit, the theme in Genesis of an angelic being trying to thwart the purposes of God, as in Genesis 3 with the serpent trying to come and tempt Adam and Eve to turn from God. And now you have many angelic beings coming to many women, maybe tempting them with the immortality that eluded them the first time. Who knows?

Another thing that supports this view is that the New Testament in 1 Peter 3, 2 Peter 2, and Jude 6 and 7 (you can look those up on your  own). References are made to the time of Noah and angelic beings. There's a link there. So many say that the New Testament seems to be supporting this view.

Then, finally, if you hold this view, the Nephilim, who are mentioned here (this is also a very difficult thing to interpret) -- in this view, the Nephilim would be seen as the hybrid offspring of this angelic/human union.

So that's view number 1, that they are fallen angelic beings.

The second view is, no, they are men, but they are the Sethites -- those that come from the godly line of Seth, that we read about in chapter 5. So the "sons of God" are they who came from Seth, and then the daughters of man are the ungodly line of the Cainites. So what's happening here is a union between these two lines that God frowns upon. They're meant to be separate; they're not to blur the godly and ungodly lines. So when it says here that they chose any that they wanted, this is a reference to a lack of discrimination by the sons of God in intermarrying.

The strength behind this view is that it seems to line up with the flow of Genesis. Chapter 4, again, showed the ungodly line of Cain. Chapter 5 shows the godly line of Seth. So it seems to fit. Then also, when the pronouncement of a curse or a judgment is made, the angels aren't mentioned; only humans are mentioned when, in Genesis 3, God doesn't just curse Adam and Eve, but He also curses the serpent. And one other thing, Jesus in Matthew 22, says that angels do not marry. And here it says that they took them to be their wives. And so some people say that it makes more sense for them to be actual humans. Some people see them as tyrants, kings. 

So, where do I land on this? Let me just say that it has been hotly debated. There has never been a clear-cut, definitive, answer that makes the most sense. 

They all seem to have some support, and both of those views seem to have a lot of holes in them. Many modern scholars, and I seem to tend this way, see kind of a mixture of those two major views -- an angelic being and humans. A lot of modern scholars see it that they are fallen angelic beings, in other words, demons who have come and commandeered the souls of men, and these demon-possessed men who have now come to sleep with the daughters of men. And so they have crossed a line that God has set, and so God is displeased.

So that's what most modern scholars believe, and that's what I tend towards. But let me just say this: That is not the major point. We can sit here and debate that forever, and I would not do you service today if I did that. The major point of Genesis chapter 6 is this: That God has a design and an order and an intent, and mankind in our fallen, sinful nature, have decided that we can go our way and cross God's boundaries. This is sin. And because of it, God is displeased, and He will judge us because of our sin. And then there's this final word of hope.

So let's look at these three things in Genesis 6. First of all, the wickedness of mankind. I think Genesis 6 wants us to see the true nature of mankind. In other words, the depth and pervasiveness of our sin. Look at it very clearly stated in verse 5: 

The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 

Now this ought to remind you of Genesis 1, when He created the world, God looked at His creation and saw that it was good. Now you get verse 5, He saw the great wickedness of man. And their thoughts and actions are only continually evil. 

And, friend, hear me say this. This may sound harsh, but you've got to hear that the Bible teaches this truth. The Bible teaches that all of us are descendants of Adam, and that we have a fallen sin nature. What that means is that we have a bent away from submitting our lives to God, and we have a bent toward trying to be God ourselves, to live life for ourselves. Go our own way, disregard God's ways. This is inherent within all of us. Romans 3 says that there is none righteous, not even one. No one seeks for God. There is no fear of God before their eyes (Romans 3:10-11, 18).

Ephesians chapter 2 says that all of us are dead in sin. We're following the course of this world, the prince of the power of the air. And we naturally carry out the desires of our flesh. 

So the Bible in Ephesians 2 is saying, You have an enemy on the outside -- that's the prince of the power of the air. Which means the enemy of God. Scripture says that the enemy of God, satan, is busy blinding the minds of the unbelievers from seeing the truth of the gospel (2 Corinthians 4:4). 

So not only do you have an enemy without, but you have an enemy within. Again, your flesh, your desire to go after whatever pleases you. And so this is true of every one of us.

Now you might say, well, wait a minute. There are some people who don't know Christ, and they do good things. 

I want you to hear me say this though. The Bible is clear: Romans 14:23 says that whatever does not proceed from faith is sin. In other words, I would agree that there are people who aren't Christians who on the outside do good things, but the Bible says that if those good actions are not proceeding from a heart of faith; in other words, they're done unto God, they believe that God exists and that God is good, and they're done to honor and bring glory to God, then it's just but sin.

I love how John Piper illustrates this idea. He says, imagine if you as a father have a son who wants to borrow the car and go out with some friends. And you say, Only if you wash the car. And let's say he says, Okay, fine, I'll wash the car. But then it's time to go out, and he forgot about washing the car, and you say, Well, you can't have the car, you've gotta go wash the car. And let's see he's angry, says he's gonna be late. Let's say he just huffs and puffs and runs out and washes the car. But the whole time he's just ticked off at you. 

I love how he says this. On the outside, externally, it looks like obedience. But on the inside, in the heart, it is not a Christ-honoring, a father-honoring, a done-out-of-love obedience. 

And so it is with all human virtue. It's depraved -- even if it conforms on the outside to biblical norms, if it's not ultimately done for the glory of God, as 1 Corinthians 10:31 tells us.

And so the pervasiveness of sin. 

And then I want you to see the lure of temptation under this wickedness of man. 

So what happens? The sons of God, listen, they SAW that the daughters of man were attractive. That ought to remind you of Genesis 3. Remember what happened with Eve. The tempter came and said, You can go ahead and eat from the tree that God told you not to eat from. And the Bible teaches us that Eve looked, and she SAW that the tree was good for food. And she took and ate. 

And so you see here the sons of God seeing and taking them to be their wives. Friends, listen to me. This is what the enemy always wants for you and me. He wants us to take our gaze off of what we have abundantly been given by God, and to put our gaze on that which is outside of God's bounds for us. And this is always true. And this is what's happening here; this lure of temptation. 

It's the same way when the enemy came and tried to tempt Jesus in the wilderness, to take His eyes off of God and to put it on His hunger or put it on riches or put it on fame or all these other things. And He kept persisting by walking by the word of God and trusting in God alone. 

So I'm telling you, this is what the enemy wants to do. But here's the main idea under the wickedness of mankind: I think that the main point of Genesis 6 is this: It's teaching us that sin is essentially crossing the boundaries that God has set up. That's what sin is -- basically thumbing our noses at God and saying, Hey, we don't believe what You have said; we're gonna do whatever we want. This is the essence of sin. This is the main idea of Genesis 6. And it's the genesis of sin in Genesis 3. Remember when Adam and Eve basically said, God, forget You, we're gonna cross the boundary You set up, and eat from the tree. We don't believe the consequences that You said, that it's gonna lead to death. And we don't believe that You're good. And so we're gonna go ahead and go our own way.

So, friends, this reminds us again what we studied in Genesis 1, when we saw the way God created the world. It had been formless and void, and God filled it, He shaped it; He put order and structure in the way things work in this world. And so, what we said there was this: You can put on a cape and go up on a high-rise and jump off like you're Superman, and defy the way God has set up gravity to work. Good luck! You're still gonna splat on the ground. 

Now that's kind of easy for us to understand. But listen, specifically in this case, when it comes to marriage: God has defined marriage and set up boundaries for it. And yet, what do we do as humans? All through our society we say, Forget You, God. We know better. We go across the boundary and we say that we can define marriage to be whatever we want it to be, and we don't think there's gonna be any consequence.

And this is exactly what Romans chapter 1 teaches us. We do exactly what we want to do. Mankind, left to our own devices, we basically suppress the truth, we do not honor God, and we basically decide our way is better, so God gives us over to a debased mind, to do what we ought not to do. 

And this is the state of our fallen nature. So friends, let's wake up to this truth. God has set up order. And this, by the way, is the lie: Because the world wants us to hear that God is restrictive, there's boundaries, and you can't explore and enjoy life. No! God is the One who created everything. He created, in this instance, marriage and sex. So He knows exactly the way they're to function to bring you the greatest fulfillment in life. 

And that's the lie of the world: Yeah, you can go outside the boundaries. 

This text is telling us, no! God has come to give you life, and give it to the full. Don't buy this lie. There are consequences for sin. This is what Pharaoh found out in Genesis 12, when Abraham was scared because his wife Sarah was so beautiful, and he says, hey, Sarah, say that you’re my sister. So what does he do? He takes Sarah into his home. And you know what the Bible says? Pharaoh's house was inflicted with great plagues because of Sarah. There were consequences for crossing that boundary in marriage. 

And so Pharaoh goes to Abraham and says, What is this that you have done to me? Why did you not tell me that she was your wife?

Or how about David with Bathsheeba. What does he do? He goes, and again, just like in this scenario: He sees an attractive woman. What does he do? He takes her. Crosses the boundaries that God set up. And there's adultery. And are there consequences? Yes! He loses his son.

So we ought not think that we can blur and cross over God's boundaries and be God ourselves without suffering the consequences of that choice. And specifically where marriage is concerned, I think what's being told us in Genesis 6 is that God's view of marriage is not an "anything goes" sort of proposition. But it has definite design and purpose. 

Genesis 2 tells us that God created mankind male and female, to perfectly complement each other in their unity, and to be a picture of the gospel. God's word in Genesis 2 tells us, Therefore, a man shall leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. This is God's design for marriage: One man, one woman, in a heterosexual, monogamous marriage, for life. 

So homosexuality, adultery, premarital sex, pornography, any of those are walking outside of God's design and trying to be God ourselves. Again, we do so at our own peril.

By the way, now that we're still on marriage -- I'm gonna go beyond marriage. But I think Genesis 6 is also teaching, this blurring of these two lines, should remind us again that God's word is clear. That we are not to be unequally yoked. It makes no sense for a Christian man or a Christian woman to be pursuing a non-Christian man or woman in marriage. Pursuing them to know Christ? Yes. Missionary dating? No! 

I'm gonna tell you a true story. I preached a few years ago at Lakepoint church in Rockwall. For whatever reason I had five ladies come up to me, one after another. I think I had shared my testimony about coming from Islam. They came up to me with tears in their eyes, telling me how their marriages were a wreck, they were divorced now, they have these children who were suffering. My heart was broken for them. I just prayed for them.

After these five divorced ladies came up to me, a single gal comes up to me and goes, "I have a question. I'm dating a Muslim man. Do you think that's okay?" 

"NO!!!" And she's like, What??? And I go, No, it's not okay. You know what? I've got five ladies who would love to take you to lunch. You got lunch plans today? 

And so I'm just saying, Don't be fools. God has set up things to work a certain way. Not just marriage. In life. We think we know better than God. This is why sin is so repulsive to God. We are attempting to be God and make our own boundaries. 

By the way, let me just say this: When we overstep God's boundaries and decide to do it our own way, basically there are one of four lies that are motivating us transgressing God's boundaries: 

Number one, we don't think that God is SUFFICIENT, that is, that He is enough for us. So we want to cross the boundary and taste and take more. Again, it's the same thing, back to Genesis 3. Adam and Eve were told, Wait, God told you not to eat from the tree? No no no, you are mistaken. God is holding back from you! He knows if you eat from the tree, you'll be like Him! 

So what was the lie? God is not  enough for you - there's something outside of God that will fulfill you. It's the lie of "God AND." And so, for some of us, we cross the boundaries that God has set up, and we sin and go our own way because we don't think God is sufficient.

Or, Number Two, we don't think that He's ABLE. What I mean is, we don't think God is powerful in our situation, to see us through what we're going through, to give us what we really desire. We don't think He's able.

You say, where do you get that from? Well, it's the story of Abraham. Remember when Abraham didn't have a son? And he didn't trust God. He said, Well, God, obviously you need help. I'm still childless. So what does he do? He crosses the boundary of God. And he sleeps with his maidservant. So God allows Ishmael to be born, and there are grave consequences that come from that.

So listen, friends, the idea is this: Sometimes we don't believe that God is able. And so we just go our own way.

Or Third, we don't think He's GOOD. You doubt His sufficiency, you doubt His power, His ability, and then you doubt His goodness. 

What I mean is this. You may be, at the end of the day, maybe you don't cognitively think this, but your heart is doubting: "Does God really care for me and have my best interests in mind?"

Romans 8:32 tells us: "He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him graciously give us all things?" How can we doubt that God has our best interests in mind, when He has already laid His Son down for us?

And then Fourthly, maybe you believe He's sufficient, you believe He's able, you believe He's good, but maybe, if you’re honest, again, you're not thinking it but maybe your heart is saying, "I'm not sure that God is WISE." In other words, you’re doubting the Wisdom of God. I mean you're doubting whether what God has for you is actually better than what you have for you. You think you’re wiser. And so you overstep God's boundaries. This is the height of depravity. 

And so I want you to see the wickedness of mankind. 

Now, quickly, let's see the two reactions of God: the PAIN of God, and the PLAN of God. The pain of God you see in verse 6, after He sees the wickedness, it says that "The Lord regretted that He had made man on the earth. And it grieved Him to His heart." I want you to see the emotional reaction of God toward our sin. 

Now this may trouble us. God regretted? God was grieved? Now we are not to imagine that God was surprised or taken unaware by the events that took place. That's not what's going on here. In fact, 1 Samuel 15 tells us that God is not like man, that He should have regret. 

So it's not like God was like, "Oh man, I messed up! I shouldn't have made man. Can I have a re-do?" No, what's happening here is anthropomorphic language is being ascribed by God, to speak to His personality. That He is a God who has feelings. He's a relational being. He's not this kind of inanimate, up there with no feelings. No, He actually as a father, grieves over our sin. It's not that He didn't know this was going to happen. 

As a father, if I see a scenario, and I know that my daughter is going to sin in a certain way, and I know what the consequences are, and when she does that, I don't rejoice and say, I was right! No, as a father I see her do it, and I grieve. And in this way, we're meant to see that God is our Father, who grieves over our sins. 

So I want to camp here real quick, because I think this is so critical for us to embrace. Because the tragedy of sin, first and foremost, is that it grieves the heart of God. I mentioned consequences just a little while ago. But even the fear of consequences should not be the greatest motive to fight sin! That's a motive, for sure. But the greatest motive to fight sin ought to be that my heart breaks because I've offended a God who loves me. And He's grieving over my sin.

And I'm telling you, THAT's the kind of motive that will keep you in the fight against sin. Because if you're only grieving consequences, like you might lose something if you’re found out, that's dangerous. Because then you'll hide your sin. But if your motive to fight sin is, "I don't want to offend God; I don't care what I might lose." Then you're going to bring it into the light. You’re gonna confess it to others. You see it? That has to remain the motive. It's going to offend God. 

It's what Joseph said to Potiphar's wife when she was tempting him to sleep with her.  He's like, "How should I do this to my master who has given me everything?" In the same way, we should say, "I don't want to do this because I don't want to offend God, who has richly blessed me." 

And so I want you to see the Pain, but I want you to see the Plan of God. Look at verse 7. The Lord decides that “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land . . . for I am sorry that I have made them.”

Now this is the volitional. The pain was the emotional; this is the volitional. The Lord determines to destroy all living creatures from the earth, and this is where we're headed with the Flood. Now listen, you see this and immediately, you might say, "This is appalling, that God would have THIS kind of reaction.

And friends, we need to be more appalled at the sin than at the punishment. The sin of thinking we know better than God, and usurping Him, and trying to take His throne. 

And if God is a just God, He must punish sin. And you think God delights in this? No, Ezekiel 33:11 and Ezekiel 18:23 both say that God does not delight when the wicked perish. He does not delight in it! His heart is grieving. But in order to be a just God, He must punish sin. And this is what the Bible says. All of us, apart from Christ, the wrath of God is bearing down on all mankind (John 3). All of us remain under the wrath of God until we put our faith in Christ. And this is good; this is just; this is Romans 3 saying how God is just. Because we are sinners, and we are deserving of death.

And so we see evil in the world, and we say, "God, where are You? Why aren't You moving?" But we see this and we're appalled. We ought to see this and say, "Wow, I'm a sinner just like they were. I've gone my own way, I've crossed boundaries, I have said to God over and over again, I know better than You. And I'm deserving of punishment."

And so, finally, I want you to see the hope of grace. Look at the hope of grace, verse 8:

But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. ***

Now actually before I hit Noah, I want to hit one more thing that I skipped. I want you to first see Common grace, before we see the special grace here. Look at verse 3. When the Lord says, My Spirit shall not abide in man forever. I'm not going to sustain man forever. For his flesh, his days shall be a hundred and twenty years.

What's going on there? I don't think it means that He has limited the span of human life to 120 years now, because we know that after the flood, mankind in several instances lived beyond 120 years. I think what's going on here is that He's saying, The clock is starting, and in 120 years, judgment is coming, and it's gonna come in the form of the flood.

But here's what I want you to see. You say, where's the grace in that? Here's the grace: God extends time for mankind to repent and turn to Him. And this is grace. Those of us who've never surrendered and repented of our sin, and turned to the only way God has made for us to be saved, which is Jesus. The Bible says that every day we live, every breath we were given, is actually grace. God is being patient with us. 

2 Peter 3:8-9 says, 

But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

So, friends, if you are walking away from God, every day that He allows you, that He allows any of us apart from Christ to keep living, is actually grace. He's long-suffering. He's patient. His desire is that you will come to your senses, and to see as we all see, that we're all sinners deserving of punishment. 

But then I want to close with the special grace seen in the life of Noah. Now people read verse 8, "He found favor," and they immediately go to verse 9, and go, "Oh, here's why, because he was a righteous man, blameless, and he walked with God." But here's what I want you to hear me say: If you study the Bible from beginning to end, you’re gonna read this, and you’re gonna attach verse 8 more to verses 5-7. In other words, you're gonna see verse 8 flowing over to verse 9, instead of verse 9 being the cause of verse 8. 

Verse 9 is not the cause of verse 8. The reason he found favor with God is not because of anything he did, but is owing SOLELY to the grace of God. Verse 8 comes on the heels of verses 5-7 to tell us this: Noah is just like all of the mankind that lived then. And is just like all of us. Noah is deserving of punishment. There is nothing inherently in Noah that should save him. But it's only because of God's grace. And this is what the Bible says in Ephesians 2:8-9. "We are saved by grace through faith, and that not of ourselves, it is a gift of God." In other words, even the faith to believe in Jesus, which puts you in right standing with God, is given to you by grace. It's a gift, to be received by faith.

So listen to me, friend, then it goes on to say, then God has works for us to follow in, in obedience, in Ephesians 2:10. 

So the resounding message of Genesis 6 is this: We are sinners, we've transgressed against God, we're deserving of punishment. But God, because He loves us, has provided a way. And that way is Jesus. Ephesians 2:4, "But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our sins and trespasses, He made us alive together with Christ." Again, by grace you were saved. Jesus is the One who, on the cross, takes the punishment we deserve. That's what the flood is foreshadowing. And Noah is foreshadowing the way, the only way, through faith in Christ, that we can be saved from this flood. 

So this grace ought to move us. It ought to move us, as Romans 12:1 says, to "offer our lives to God." It ought to move us to put my brother or sister before myself, even when they offend me. It ought to move us to go out to people, knowing that God is long-suffering with people, as 2 Corinthians 5 says, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade men. Knowing that there is judgment coming, for all are deserving. We ought to go out and present to people the only way God has made for us to be saved. 

You say, How? The grace that is the gift of Jesus. He lived a sinless life, died in your stead, and rose again. And if you put your faith in Him, the Bible says that you will be saved. 

So I close with this. The New Testament parallel to Genesis 6 is found in Matthew 24:37-39, when Jesus says this: 

For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, 39 and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 

Guys, look at me. You are not unaware. Don't be unaware. The flood is coming. God's judgment is coming, because He is a good judge, a just judge. But He's also a loving judge. So today, you turn to Him. Give your life to Him. Submit your life to His ways. Because I'm telling you, His ways lead to life. Would you bow your head with me, and let's pray. 

Father, we love You. We thank You, Lord, for Genesis chapter 6, verses 1-8. We thank You for a clear picture of the depth of our sin. God, we are guilty as charged. We think we know better than You; we go our own way. But Lord, You have sent a way for us. Jesus, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world. The One who was bruised for our transgressions; the One by whose stripes we are healed. What amazing grace was extended to us.

If you’re here this morning and you do not know this Jesus, the Bible is clear: There are not multiple ways; there is one way for you to know God, for you to live forever, for you to experience life abundantly. Give your life to Christ. Turn to Him in faith.

And those of us who know Him, may we be reminded of the grace that has been given us. May it truly amaze us and cause us to live our life in His ways. Don't be a fool. We don't know better than God. Jesus, we need You. Thank You for Your grace that sustains us every day. In Christ's name we pray, Amen.

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