Sin, Sight, & Satisfaction: Genesis 6 Part 1

Posted: January 13, 2011 in Devotionals

Life goes on…..The story proceeds from bad to worse. Chapter 6 begins by telling us that the population of people continued to increase. They “began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them” (Genesis 6:1) At first glance this seems great. People are doing what the LORD commanded them to. From the beginning, he had been telling man to “be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it…..” (Genesis 1: 28). However, as you read further you see that man takes this command of God and uses it as an opportunity to sin. As their numbers increased on the earth, so did their sinfulness.

Verses 1 to 4 describe for us a few different groups of characters: the sons of God, the daughters of man, and the Nephilim. I won’t spend time here dealing with the proposed options for who these groups are exactly (email me if you’re interested in learning more… hbomb709@gmail.com). Whatever the specifics may be, it’s clear that God is displeased with everybody mentioned. We see that both from God’s response in verse 3 and in verse 5-7.

“the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose.”

                                                                                                                                                                       Genesis 6:2

This isn’t a case of a man noticing and admiring the beauty of an attractive woman. This was a case of something good gone terribly bad because of sin. God created men to be attracted to women and vice versa, but he never intended us to just have free reign in this area (or any other area in life for that matter). As if we could do whatever we want. Here, the sons of God showed no regard for the LORD and instead they did whatever they wanted. They saw what they wanted…and they took it.

That’s how sin works. It often involves a good thing that gets used without regard for God or in outright disobedience to his rule. Sin tries to convince us that something other than God is ultimate….most important. What we want often blinds us or at the very least makes us ignore God and his commands. We saw this happen in Genesis 3:6, where Eve…”saw that the tree was good for food and, and it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her and he ate.”

We see it happen again here in Genesis 6….when the sons of God see the attractiveness of the daughters of man…and we see it every day in our own lives and in the lives of people around us. There are all kinds of things around us ….all kinds of things that we see, that we believe are better….more satisfying and enjoyable than listening to what God says and obeying him.

Think about it: Katherine Hepburn once said, “If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun!”

This quote captures the mindset and heart of many people. Think about this quote in terms of obedience to the LORD. Do you see obedience to Him as the equivalent of missing out on all the “fun” enjoyable things in life. Which is more enjoyable to you: obeying God and living the way he commands us to or doing your own thing and following your own desires?

Striving to be satisfied in the LORD,

Hassan

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