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by K. Neill Foster

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for May 25, 2018

God Was Outraged!

Text: "My Spirit will not contend with man forever, for he is mortal; . . ." Genesis 6:3

The tendency toward corruption followed in the train of the fall of Adam and Eve. Still to come in the book of Genesis are the flood and the tower of Babel--both of them divine interventions in humanity's rush to corruption. But already God is saying, "My Spirit will not always strive." In other words, "I'm not going to put up with your sin forever."

The occasion for this memorable text is the marrying of the sons of God to the daughters of men. Sons of God are typically described as men-like angels. Unlike the angels of heaven who neither marry or are given in marriage, these fallen angels behaved like demons, taking women as they pleased. (Not all commentators agree on this!)

In any case, God was outraged!

That in itself is enough to bring a lot of us up short. Humans often incorrectly suppose that God's mercy is inexhaustible. We behave as if we can do literally anything wicked with no expectation at all of God's intervention and judgment.

Take heed! There is a place in the affairs of men beyond which there is no forgiveness and no heaven. There are sins--and then there is the unpardonable sin. The sin noted above is not the unpardonable sin, but it is such that God shortens man's life-span from 120 years to what it is presently--70.

                                 "My Spirit shall not always strive with man!"

-knf