by Esther Griggs

God’s anger and judgement are difficult topics. They are however, a constant theme in the scriptures. God has a personality and these are part of who He is. As we look to these things we better understand the other sides of His nature. We learn His heart. In reading Genesis 6, we consider the condition of mankind, the man Noah, and God’s plan.

The Condition of Man

The condition of man was deplorable. God said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh.” At this point He states, “His days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” When He looked upon man he saw great wickedness. The heart of man, his every intent, and the thoughts of his heart were continually evil. It broke the heart of God. The heart which once declared, “It is good,” repented of making man. Man was corrupt and earth was full of violence.


Despite God’s grieving heart, there was one bright spot. His name was Noah. “Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.” What made Noah different? We read that he was a just man. In his generation he was a man of integrity. He was blameless in his walk with God.

God’s Plan

In Noah, God found a man who would hear His heart. He told him the earth was full of violence and His plans to destroy them with the earth. Then He made a covenant with Noah, a covenant of protection for Noah, his family, and a remnant of the animals. In reading Genesis 6, we considered the condition of mankind, the man Noah, and God’s plan.

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