This chapter about the flood. The flood story in the Christian bible spans 3 chapters! This chapter also has the sons of God, the Nephilim, & the dimensions of the ark. I hope you enjoy!
At this point in the story of humankind, there’s a population boom. And like with all species of with 2 different genders, daughters were being born. The “sons of God” thought that these human daughters were beautiful. And they got married, these “sons of God” & daughters of men, & had all kinds of ‘adult’ time with each other. There are circles out there that believe that the “sons of God” & the human women were the parents of the Nephilim.
God wasn’t too pleased about this turn of events! Because he made a decision for humankind. He said, “My Spirit will not contend with man forever, for he’s mortal. His days will be 120 years.” So because the “sons of God” & the human women decided to get together, the human life span went from 7, 8, 900 years to 120 years, at max. (This makes me shake my head SO hard!)
The Nephilim were on the earth in those days & also afterwards. It doesn’t say how long after they were here. The Nephilim are also thought of as the fallen angels that rebelled against with Lucifer. The forbidden book of the Christian bible, called the Book of Enoch, gets into the Nephilim more in depth. The Nephilim were also known as giants. Goliath (yes, David’s Goliath.) was/is thought to be a Nephilim or one of their offspring. They were there when the “sons of God” & the daughters of men had children. Some think that the Nephilim & the offspring of the “sons of God” are one in the same. But to me the Nephilim & the offspring of the “sons of God” are 2 different race of beings. That’s how the text reads to me. The bible says that the offspring of the “sons of God” & the daughters of men “were the heroes old, men of renown.”
Verse 6 says, “The Lord was grieved that he had made man on the earth, & his heart was filled with pain.” God saw humankind’s “wickedness” was great & that every thought of our hearts was evil, all of the time. So God decided to wipe out mankind from the face of the earth. Even the animals weren’t safe! God then said, “…for I’m grieved that I’ve made them.” But somehow Noah, & only Noah, found favor in God’s eyes.
Verse 9 starts like this: “This is the account of Noah.” Noah was a righteous man. He was blameless among the people of his time. Noah also walked with God. We don’t know if that’s a physical or a metaphoric walking with God.
God then gets into telling Noah to build an ark. And telling Noah that he’s gonna destroy the earth & humankind. Here’s the description of the ark: It’s made of cypress wood. It’s got rooms in it & coated with pitch inside & out. It was 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, & 45 feet high. It had a roof. “And finish the ark to within 18 inches of the top.” There’s a door in the side of the ark. And 3 levels or decks. Then God tells Noah that’s he’s going to use floodwaters to destroy all life “under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish.” God then tasks Noah to getting 2 of every living creature (male & female). This one kinda gets me. If there’s only 2 of every living creature in the ark, once the creatures start having offspring…what else are they gonna have more offspring with? There’s no other animals to procreate with besides mom or dad, right?! But Noah did what God asked of him.