Day 12: The Lord regretted

Read Genesis 6:1-8

“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.”

The dragonish hunger is everywhere. It turns out that Cain wasn’t the only one who failed to master it. In fact, it seems as though all humankind prefers sin to God. Adam and Eve were the first to eat the poisoned fruit and now all their children crave it.

Remember how God was so pleased with the humans at the start that he blessed us and called us very good? Now he’s sorry he made us. He’s ready to wipe us from the face of the earth.

Sin is everywhere and it has ruined everything.

“But Noah found favour in the eyes of the Lord.” One man seems to have mastered sin. One man has chosen God over the dragon. One man will save with world: a hero. But I’m getting ahead again.

I need to back up to the first four verses of today’s reading, and tell you something: I used to seriously dislike them.

For years I ignored these verses because they challenged my understanding of how the world works, and what God allows. I didn’t like to think about ‘Sons of God’ – angels? – marrying ‘daughters of men.’

It was preposterous.

It was scary.

I decided the verses probably didn’t mean what they seemed to mean. It was just another mystery.

But lately I’ve been noticing other verses (1 Cor. 11:9, 1 Peter 3:19-20, 2 Peter 2:4-5) which seem to refer to these verses, and seem to take them at face value: angels married humans and created children of mythical size and strength. The verses are far from clear, but they make me think my skepticism might be wrong.

It might have happened.

It could be where the ancient myths of gods and half-gods come from, and it seems to have been a bad thing: it led to widespread sin.

Still, the idea doesn’t scare me like it once did.

Now it excites me. The more I learn about God, the less I fear him.

And maybe I’m still wrong. Maybe those other verses don’t mean what I think. That’s okay too.

But now, I kind of hope they do. I’d like to take these verses today at face value because they open a window – for just a second – to more: angels mingling with humans.

They weren’t supposed to be marrying – but the fact that they could

Doesn’t it make Heaven that much more real?

And close!

Close enough to touch.