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.  And the LORD regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.  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.” (ESV)
This morning I celebrated round 7 of my audio bible journey. It is always refreshing to get back to Genesis and hear of the Lord’s “speaking” life into existence. And yes, I believe that is exactly what He did, “breathed life” into man. Unfortunately, as Genesis continues, we pass through the FALL, as you know where Eve and Adam choose poorly in their freedom and become separated physically, emotionally, & spiritually from the Lord. Our Father immediately remedies this situation through His Son and the Promise and generations begin to be formed from the first couple.
I understand most of you may not need a re-cap of Genesis or the Fall, or the generations that come to inhabit earth, but as we arrive at Genesis 6:5-7, and as I heard it spoken aloud this morning, the reality set in.
How did our God feel about His creation, His children on this day? When we read this disappointment does it not just completely deflate our confidence and thoughts of “mankind” and our intentions, inventions, and wit?
Read it one more time:
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.  And the LORD regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.  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.”
Am I the only one this morning that is feeling a bit useless and disgusted at man? All the beauty, all the majesty, all the amazement of the universe, the earth, the atmosphere, the ocean life, the mammals, the whole stinking thing…. BEAUTIFUL AND AMAZING.. the way a child is created… humans having emotions, DNA, Blood streams, immune systems, nerve endings, brain patterns, BIRTH… I mean seriously? We have been touched by the One most powerful, omniscient, omnipresent, everlasting King!
Yet, here.. in Genesis 6:5 He expresses His utmost sorrow. He shows His sadness and remorse for all of it. I assume there was only ONE other day in history that surpassed this feeling God had, you know the one, on a Good Friday perhaps. God looks across the vastness of what man had become and finds NOTHING worth holding onto… I’m pretty sure that included Noah, yet God figured……. maybe Grace?
Look, I write all this not to send you off this Friday with sadness and depression and guilt. On the contrary, the LORD felt that on this very bad day for man… a day that led to the ark holding on to the animals and Noah’s immediate family and then the flood. We had the dove find dry ground and we went on to create towers, golden calves, the roman empire, world war, third country poverty, the internet, human trafficking… I mean dear FATHER in Heaven what ARE we doing?
Admittedly, more often than I wish, I do not know what I am doing. Fortunately, and thankfully, using the flood, and then using His Son, Jesus Christ, GOD has my future in mind. God refused to allow man’s will and wicked hearts to eliminate the options. The Father comes to you this morning with open arms and ABOUNDING GRACE and HE IS ABLE. I have to tell you, i get fired up when i focus back on HIS LOVE. I want you to feel that this morning and get past all the downfalls. I’m not the only one that has failed, worshiped an idol, or misplaced my identity. You are not the only guy that woke up this morning and thought for a few moments, “I’m going to give in and give up.”
We got this God that has more. We have this King that reigns justice, and honor and glory. He is calling you into His likeness and through your faith in Christ He calls you Son. Walk in it Brother.