Genesis Chapter 6

By the time Noah was on the earth, many generations had been born and raised. There were many people on the earth. There were some of the people who were the sons of God, who were righteous and covenant men and bearers of the priesthood. Then there were those who were not the covenant people of God.

1 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,
2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.
3 And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.

Those who were covenant men, decided to marry women outside of the covenant and therefore they had temporal marriages without a common faith. This compromise of one’s covenants and beliefs may possibly lead to a falling away, which is why the Lord said His spirit would not always be with man. When we lean to the ways of man, over the ways of God, the spirit cannot be heard over the noise of the world.

As time went on, the life-span of men got shorter. I think that this is do to an adjustment from the state of pre-mortal paradise, where time was much like that of heaven. The early generations lived for hundreds of years, where today we are lucky to live for one hundred. The further we separate ourselves, as a whole, physically and spiritually from God, the less our time can be like his time. At this same time, there were people of all types on the earth, including giants or men very large in stature and very strong.

5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
6 And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
7 And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.
8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.

The whole of mankind, save Noah and his immediate kin, had turned to wickedness and evil. They had turned completely away from God, and I think it is pretty safe to say they did not even believe there was a God for them. It is completely possible to get to the point where every thought is evil. It is crazy how one impure thing that we allow to grow in our hearts and minds, easily turns into two, then four, and so on. I have experienced this for myself, and it takes great control and will power to turn around once it is allowed to grow. It is best for us to catch these thoughts and feelings when they start, so that we don’t get caught up in Satan’s traps. It is important to know also, that if we are deep in these traps, the Lord is always there to take us in when we return to him and repent.

To save these people from eternal damnation for their sins, the Lord said he would destroy all that was living at this time. This was an example of the pure compassion and mercy of the Lord. I am sure that if man had continued to live as they were in that day, many more would have gotten to the point of not being able to choose greater blessings after this life. The Lord gives us all every opportunity to be saved from eternally death and misery. I can only imagine in the smallest measure, how sad it would have been to witness the sin of that day. I am sure that there is sadness that comes from witnessing our time as well. The state of the world today is declining and becoming more like the time of Noah before the flood. I recognize this to be a sign of the times. I believe that it will get much worse before the time of the Second Coming and I hope to stand firm and immovable in the faith of Jesus Christ even as the world continues to fall away from those things that are righteous and good.

9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.
10 And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.
12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

Noah found favor with God, because he was a righteous man. He was so righteous that he “walked with God” I think that this could be a literal translation, but I think that mostly this means that he walked in the path that God had for him. He obeyed the commandments and his will was the will of God. This should be the goal for each of us in this life. If we can align our will with God’s, we will walk with Him and receive every blessing that is in store for us. Noah received a promise from the Lord, that the flesh on the earth would be destroyed for the corruption and violence found in them. I am sure that while this would have been sorrowful for Noah, he must have understood the reason for it, because he was such a righteous prophet in a wicked world.

14 Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.
15 And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits.
16 A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it.
17 And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die.
18 But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives with thee.
19 And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female.
20 Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive.
21 And take thou unto thee of all food that is eaten, and thou shalt gather it to thee; and it shall be for food for thee, and for them.
22 Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.

The Lord commanded Noah to build the ark. Then he promised that floods would destroy all the living on the earth. The people of the earth would be removed from its earth, and the breath of life would be taken from them. This is a gift that I do not want to take for granted. I believe that God gives this gift to each of us individually, and that alone makes every minute of our lives a blessing from God. He has the power to give us breath and to take it away at His will. This was a case, where this was taken from people, so that many would still have the chance to be saved. The Lord covenanted with Noah that he would be spared if he would take his family and a male and female of every animal onto the ark with him, to be able to start life fresh again after the floods. In the Joseph Smith Translation it says that verse 18 reads “But with thee will I establish my covenant, even as I have sworn unto thy father, Enoch, that of thy posterity shall come all nations; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives with thee. Noah and his family would be saved so that the promise given to Enoch would remain with Noah, meaning his family would be the beginning of all the nations left on the earth. When all other people were destroyed, this promise was fulfilled.

Noah was also told to bring all the food that was needed with them. Noah was faithful to the commandments of the Lord and because of this, life continued after the destruction of the flood. In his obedience, Noah built the ark after the manner that he was taught by the Lord. Because of this, they were protected from all that was going on outside of the ark. I cannot even imagine what that experience would have been like, and just how much faith it would have taken to entirely place the lives of those he loved in the hands of the Lord for so much time and through so much hardship. I would hope that I could follow this great example and be that strong if I was asked to do the same. Noah truly was a great man of strong faith.

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