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But the Lord saw that the wickedness of humankind had become great on the earth. Every inclination of the thoughts of their minds was only evil all the time. The Lord regretted that he had made humankind on the earth, and he was highly offended. So the Lord said, “I will wipe humankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth—everything from humankind to animals, including creatures that move on the ground and birds of the air, for I regret that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the sight of the Lord. This is the account of Noah. Noah was a godly man; he was blameless among his contemporaries. He walked with God.
Verse 5 isn't talking about people having weak moments; the picture here is a total and complete corruption of the human heart. The people here were “hell-bent” on anything and everything except for God. In this moment, we see God’s desire for justice. Yet, Noah found favor. The KJV says that Noah found grace. God is Just, and God gives grace. The cost of sin is death and we are saved from that cost by Jesus. God's wrath for all sin hit Jesus instead of us. That makes Jesus "the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Him". (John 14:6)
Then God said, “I now give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the entire earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the animals of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to all the creatures that move on the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” It was so. God saw all that he had made—and it was very good! There was evening, and there was morning, the sixth day.
We were given so much in the beginning, and it was all good. Our perspective shifted when the serpent entered in and perverted what we understood to be the instruction of God. Today, we should all be challenged to stop making that same mistake. We strive to live lives in full surrender to Christ, yet in certain areas we sometimes continue to feel like slaves to sin. The sting of death is sin (1 Corinthians 15:56), and Christ overcame both and paved our way to right relationship with God. You have been made free. The chains that held you have been broken.
Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, after our likeness, so they may rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move on the earth.”
Our original role was to rule over the earth forever. He wanted to give us everything, and live together with us for eternity. We were disobedient to the direction of God and ate of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. God still wants to give you everything, and He proved it by sending His Son. There is no truth that is more important than this. Jesus Christ was born, and chose to die on your behalf to save you from the cost of sin and make your relationship with God right again. Let this shatter all the lies you have been told, and leave only what is promised in Christ.
The heavens and the earth were completed with everything that was in them. By the seventh day God finished the work that he had been doing, and he ceased on the seventh day all the work that he had been doing. God blessed the seventh day and made it holy because on it he ceased all the work that he had been doing in creation.
This is the introduction to the idea of the “Sabbath” – the day of rest. This theme would be carried throughout the Bible. Various things are set apart – holy – and the Sabbath rest is one of them. It is biblical to rest in the Lord. Do you think the Lord rested because He was tired? Did creating the Heaven’s and the Earth just wipe Him out – leave Him with no energy? Of course not! So, here at the creation of the heavens and the earth, why does God “rest”? He does so because it is part of who He is – and to show us that it should be part of our lives surrendered to Him.
But to Adam he said, “Because you obeyed your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’ cursed is the ground thanks to you; in painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, but you will eat the grain of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat food until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you will return.”
Adam’s consequences for “the fall” include working hard (toiling) to produce food fit to eat. The ground being cursed here is a consequence of the sin. God knows that he breathed life into Adam, and He knew the fall would take place. Nothing here is a surprise to God, because God already knew. Even here in Genesis God is setting up His redemption plan. He uses us to dance on Satan’s head, until the time when the one would come to crush it (Jesus Christ). Mercy abounds in this story; see the love of God.