When you think of men of great size, who do you think of? A football or basketball player? How about a wrestler? Do you think of Nephilim? Yeah, I didn’t think so. No one really does as we don’t know exactly who these folks were or how they lived. They were, however, men of great size (see Numbers 13:31-33). Yet in Hebrew, Nephilim means, “fallen ones.” To society, these Nephilim were amazing, but to God, they were sinful and due judgement.
At this point in time, the Bible states how God’s heart grieved. God’s heart was filled with pain. As we read in v. 12, it is not just mankind which has become corrupt; the earth has too. The sinfulness of man spread so that all of God’s creation is corrupt (see Romans 8:19-23). God tells Noah that He is going to put an end to all people because the earth is full of violence because of them. In other words, mankind has ruined God’s creation and God is going to start over with Noah and his family, for Noah found favor in God’s eyes.
Noah was a man who followed God’s commands (v. 22). He was a righteous man (v. 9) for he walked with God. Noah was a man of faith and God spared him. May we, who live in a world full of sinners, recognize our own shortcomings, repent of them, and walk with God.
PRAYER: “Heavenly Father, forgive me and those around me. Help me to resist the lures and temptations of the world and walk with You in truth and light. In Jesus’ strong name, I pray. Amen.”