And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. – Genesis 6:5-7 NKJ
It did not take long! The Bible is 66 books written by 40 authors that cover roughly 1500 years. One of my favorite expositors of the Bible was Chuck Missler- he described the makeup of the Bible like this,” “It is sixty-six books written by forty authors, written between 1446 B.C. & 90 A.D. But, now we discover that it is an integrated message system from outside our time and space domain.” The entire bible has 1189 chapters, 31,103 verses and 807,361 words- give or take, based on the translation. Just 5 chapters ago, we started like this; In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. (Genesis 1:1-2) Genesis, the first book of the Bible has 50 chapters and 1533 verses, yet in the 6th chapter God had already repented, CHANGED HIS MIND, about the creature He created for fellowship, MAN!
Leader, we must STOP and PAUSE for a moment. God was noticeably clear with His Words! He used universal quantifiers. He did NOT say; there was SOME bad stuff happening. He did NOT say, some people entertained bad thoughts. He did NOT say that sometimes, people had evil imaginations. A Universal Quantifier is defined as; a formal expression used in asserting that a stated general proposition is TRUE OF ALL THE MEMBERS of the delineated universe or class. Look at v5; first he said wickedness OF MAN, NOT some men, NOT a few men, NOT even many men- HE SAID MAN, as in ONE entire group of creatures. “EVERY imagination…was ONLY evil CONTINUALLY”. Let us quickly go back 3 chapters and see where this started. “Then the man and his wife heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the breeze of the day, and they hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. But the LORD God called out to the man, “Where are you?” “I heard Your voice in the garden,” he replied, “and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.” Who told you that you were naked?” asked the LORD God. “Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat? “And the man answered, “The woman whom You gave me, she gave me fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” (Genesis 3:8-13) It was at this moment where it was established that MAN’S free will was NOT GOOD, and that SIN was a problem and that BLOOD was required to COVER US, to COVER OUR SIN. And the LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and He clothed them. (Genesis 3:21) The first SACRIFICE, the FIRST shedding of innocent blood to COVER a SINFUL CREATURE. It has been from THE BEGINNING.
Conduit, years ago I heard someone ask the question, “Why do people do good things?” The usual question is “Why do bad things happen in this world”, or “why do bad things happen to good people?’ The reason nobody asks the question, “why do people do good things”, is because our society believes that man is basically good, and they expect him to do good. In a series called the NATURE OF MAN, bible.org says this: Marxism, Communism and Socialism are prime examples of the naturalist worldview. Evil is defined as capitalism where the wealthy oppress the poor. If everyone in society is equal, then everyone will choose to act properly. They will work to the best of their ability and take only what they need from the community. Does Marxism, Communism, or socialism work? We have already seen the Soviet Union abandon it. China is abandoning it. In practice, a few rule and oppress the masses – keeping them in poverty. Taxes go way up, and productivity goes way down, etc. People are basically selfish and don’t work for the good of society. It’s only those in leadership, with all the privileges, who tell everyone else how wonderful Marxism, Communism or Socialism is”. In 2 Peter 2:22 it is written: … “The dog returns to its own vomit, and the sow, after washing herself, returns to wallow in the mire.” Why does a dog bark… because it is a dog. Why does a cat meow…because it is a cat. Why do we sin…because we are SINNERS. We are sinners, in need of a Savior! This is not something new, this was from THE BEGINNING, and it is more true today! No President, no form of government, no stimulus package and NO MAN who thinks we are basically good, will solve our problems! What the WORLD, and AMERICA need now is LOVE, sweet LOVE! What we need is a GOOD FATHER, who LOVES US, in spite of ourselves. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.” (John 3:16-21) KNOW JESUS, KNOW PEACE. No Jesus, no peace!