Traditional stories all around the world feature supermen – or women – giants, heroes, dragons and the like. Their appearance in most cultures suggests there is something that happened back then, and the Bible in Genesis 6 v 1-4 tries to explain it. I’m not a theologian, but as I understand it, the fallen angels took up with the girls, and produced offspring that were not fully human, and so larger – possibly giants – and capable of great exploits.
Here’s the thing, though, they weren’t real humans; and reading on to verse 5, they were not good – at all. Whilst the story of the flood seems a bit harsh, (how could a loving God…) they were alien and evil, corrupting the beautiful world full of beautiful people that God had created.
‘The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.’
A world like that does not sound attractive. Listening to the horrors of today’s news pales into insignificance beside this. I’m glad I wasn’t there. Noah and his family had a lot to put up with in that environment.
So God put on a time limit. 120 years (v3). Probably that’s how long it would take for Noah to get ready, build his ark, and collect the livestock and feed.
120 years of grace. God had got to the end of his tether with the corruption, but he did not rush things. Noah was given the time he needed so that he and his family, and enough creatures to repopulate the earth, could be safe.
None of us know how long we have left on this earth, but if God has given us a job to do, he will give us the time and strength to complete all that he requires of us.
But that’s not an excuse to procrastinate. We need to get going and get on with whatever God’s given us to do.