Genesis 5. Let’s pause. Genesis 1 brought on the promise of new life, new beginnings. The Creator made “creations” on Earth. Animals, vegetation and someone in His image, man. Then man is given a helpmate to assist man in taking care of the Garden in which they are to be the caretakers. What could go wrong? Adam and Eve were given the perfect living conditions from the Creator. But somehow Eve and Adam do exactly what they were told not to do. The repercussions were disastrous. God did not give them a second chance to stay in the Garden. Adam and Eve were evicted and they and their descendants sentenced to a life of hardship. A life opposite from what the Creator wanted for them to have. Something inherent in man and woman doomed us to the future and present we live in now. The first murder in human history happens among the first born of Adam and Eve. We know that three of the first human beings created, Adam, Eve, and Cain are flawed.
Now we move into the descendants of Adam and Eve. Adam lives 930 years before he dies. Other male descendants also live more than 800 plus years. Curiously there is no mention of the lifespan of the women. How long did Eve live? I wonder how each generation was taught about God and the fall of man from Grace? Apparently whatever they taught wasn’t effective as each generation seemed to be testing God’s patience as referenced by God’s comment in Genesis 6. The reference is to God giving a 120 year lifespan to humans. Some interpret that to have meant God was giving people in the time of Noah, 120 years to change their sinful ways. I never have imagined God as being impatient or giving up, so that statement is somewhat shocking if God was truly giving mankind 120 years before it would be time for our Creator to take another action.
Genesis 6:5 indicates that there was widespread wickedness being performed by humans and it was consistently and totally evil. So evil that God was sorry he had ever made humans and put them on the Earth that he created. Can you imagine the total disappointment of seeing something you create become a vehicle of evil and wickedness? Some of us see that in the development of the children we create. Imagine that feeling multiplied by the hundreds of thousands. In Genesis 6, God decides to destroy on Earth all that he has created. God will perform the first reboot. When an electronic device such as a computer does not work as it should, the last option is to turn it off and then turn it back on. Earth 1.1 would reappear in the form of Noah and his family in Earth 2.1. The bible speaks of God destroying all the animals that inhabit the ground. Does this mean that all the animals in the seas and in the watered areas on Earth were not impacted by the coming flood of the Earth that destroyed everything on land? If so is there any special significance that should be given today to the seas and oceans and all the life forms that inhabit them?
From reading the first 6 and a half chapters of Genesis, there is a sense of negativity surrounding the creation and development of life for humans on Earth. Now comes the reboot designed to clean the slate and give mankind another new start.