Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Fall of CreationGenesis 6:1-7
5 The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And the Lord regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. [Genesis 6:5,6 –ESV]
The account of the fall of creation as given in Genesis 1-3 is well known to all of us. God created heaven and earth and everything in it at the beginning including humans in His image. He placed Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden with specific instructions to obey, so that they may enjoy His fellowship. It was life in paradise – life without pain, sorrow, shame, or sin. They enjoyed God’s most favored status. However, that status turned upside down when they fell to the temptation of the evil one – the serpent. They disobeyed God’s instructions and fell to be victims of sin – resulting in their separation from God. This was where the fall of creation started, and it continues even today. Whenever we disobey God -- alienate from Him -- we fall to sin.
Today’s passage refers to what God saw in people ten generations after the original fall and God’s response. The situation had only worsened as “the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” It is the evil intention of the heart that prospers violence, immorality, lies, blasphemy, disregard for God, relativism, and so on in today’s culture. But God sees everything including our thoughts. Seeing the fall of His creation any time causes Him deep sorrow and to grieve over it because God is holy and righteous. There is no room to tolerate wickedness. Consequently, He decides to destroy the fallen creation. Even today there is going to be a day of judgment for the wicked.
Though the passage ends leaving us in a hopeless state the next verse (8) gives us a ray of hope. While God is righteous, He is also God of grace. He has a plan to save the fallen creation. That is what we have in Jesus Christ. He opened the door for the fall to become a child of God. “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,” [John 1:12]
Dear Lord, we are sorry that we have fallen often and become part of the fallen creation. We are thankful that in Your Grace You have opened the door in Jesus for us to become a child of God. We surrender ourselves to Your Grace. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen
Thought for the Day
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. [1 John 1:9]
Dr. Thomas Philip
Orlando MTC, Orlando