Note: I owe you all an apology because I made a mistake in the audio recording. Thinking of the 10 generations between Adam and Noah, and the fact that they lived several hundreds of years (some closer to 1,000), I stated that the decaying process of sin lasted close to 10,000 years, not taking into consideration “the overlap” between the birth of the sons and the death of the fathers. The correct time calculation is actually closer to 1,600 years.
I made the same mistake up below in the post and was able to correct it. Unfortunately, I am unable to correct the audio. I guess that’s what I get for recording while I drive!
Decaying and corrupted – what a way to go
And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt [shachath]; for all flesh had corrupted [shachath] his way upon the earth.
The Hebrew word for “corrupted” is shachath and it doesn’t exactly match our Western definition of the word. I don’t know about you, but when I think of “corruption,” I think about our government, the church system and big business.
But when you look up shachath in the Strong’s concordance, you can see that this word carries with it a sense of rot and decay. When something rots and decays, it slowly gets smelly and disgusting, weakening a once solid structure over a period of time.
If you need a visual, think of the slow water leak under your bathroom sink that you’ve chosen to ignore over the last couple years. Yeah … ick.
If we use the Strong’s definition of the word “corrupt,” we come to the understanding that the corruption spoken of in Genesis 6 was not a quick process, but actually took quite a long time to develop. What started out as Eve questioning God’s Word had digressed into mankind believing that they could have sex with fallen angels.
There may have been only 10 generations (or so) from Adam to Noah, but they were living close to a thousand years each. This decaying process had approximately 1,600 years to develop.
Why was mankind so corrupt that sex with fallen angels was even an option?
In order to answer this question we need to look closely at Genesis 6:5. As abominable as interbreeding with fallen angels may be, it is the ultimate fruit of an even deeper matter.
Why did God consider man’s ways corrupt?
In a prior verse, before God reveals how heartbroken He had become over the state of His creation, the Word tells us WHY mankind was considered so corrupt.
And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination [yetser] of the thoughts of his heart was only evil [ra] continually.
In some ways, I believe that this verse has been poorly translated … here is why.
As a westerner, when I think of the word “imagination,” I think of dreams, ideas and other mental experiences, but this is not what the Hebrew word “yetser” means. Yetser means “framework, forming or form” and is found in the following verse.
For He knows our frame [yetser]; He remembers that we are dust.
The root word of “yetser” is “yatsar”, used in the following verses.
And the LORD God formed [yatsar] man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.
Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth [yatsar] mischief by a law?
“O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter [yatsar]?” says the LORD. “Look, as the clay is in the potter’s [yatsar] hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel!”
So, putting this altogether, we can see that Genesis 6:5 is not necessarily saying that man’s thoughts were corrupted (although I’m sure they were), but the very framework from which those thoughts were spawned was corrupted. Mankind had no righteous frame of reference to generate a thought (or a plan) that would be aligned with God’s Way.
Because the very construct of man’s thoughts had been corrupted, it caused them to focus on evil [ra] all the time. Now, looking at the Strong’s concordance entry, ra seems to be a pretty general term for anything bad. If you plug in any derivative of the word “ra” (such as “bad” or “evil” or any other nefarious term) into this verse, you are led to believe (at least from our western world view) that everyone sat around and continuously thought of murder, rape and other criminal activity to the exclusion of everything else.
But this would be an incorrect assumption. Here is why.
Evil [Ra] is not necessarily extreme criminal behavior
In order to get a better idea as to the state of man before the flood, we need to go back and look at the tree of the knowledge of good and evil [ra]. What do we know about the fruit of this tree?
So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.
So we see from this verse that this fruit:
- looked edible
- was pleasing to the eye
- was somehow was connected to the promise of wisdom
In the same way, the human race before the flood was continually obsessed with fulfilling their fleshly desires, which obviously included, but was not limited to, the worst forms of criminal behavior. They were focused on, and captivated by, “ra.”
This evil obsession stemmed from a corrupted framework from which their thoughts were brought forth. They were not only consumed with what we would think are the most evil actions (murder, rape, pillage), but were obsessed with satisfying their own corrupted ends.
For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
Notice how the Messiah didn’t mention the intermingling with fallen angels? I’m not saying that fallen angel/nephilim activity will not be present in these Last Days, I’m just saying that the focus here seems to be man’s obsession with their own carnality.
Why is all this important?
They say that, if you never learn from history, you are destined to repeat it.
Those who call themselves “the church” do not even realize that they are exhibiting the same symptoms of mankind prior to the flood. As they mill about, going from Sunday to Sunday, conference to conference, constantly in search of the next fix of the flesh and emotional high, they cannot fathom that their own mental construct is completely warped.
This deception has been a slow decay over the past 2000 years, gradually infiltrating the ranks of would-be saints of the Most High, adjusting a doctrine here, compromising the commandment there … just a little so that the change will be virtually unnoticeable.
And what is the inevitable result of religious conditioning over 2000 years?
The sheeple blindly think they are correct because this life, this experience and this church culture are all that they have ever known. And yet their whole walk stands opposed to the Word of God, they don’t even know the One whom they claim to love.
This type of corrupted mindset is especially strong among those who work in signs and wonders, because they perceive the supernatural as a seal of God’s approval.
Some of the fringe preachers, seeing the extreme difference between the first century church and the church of today, will boldly proclaim, “We need to go back to being an Acts church!” but they really have no clue what they are saying.
All they can see are the “signs and wonders” part of the Acts church.
They don’t see the obedience to what was considered “the Word of God” in the first century. They don’t see the holiness, the “set-apartness,” of the early believers.
This blindness has occurred because, like the pre-flood multitudes, their mental/religious framework is so completely corrupted that they can’t even fathom they are walking down the wrong path. Anything before Matthew seems too “legalistic,” so it’s unworthy of their consideration … unless, of course, you need material for a good children’s bible story.
So what do we do about this?
How to we fix this corrupted framework? How do we truly align ourselves with His Ways and escape the coming judgment?
This will be the subject of the next post.
Until then, I leave you with this. Meditate on it.
Righteousness will go before Him, and shall make His footsteps our pathway.
Additionally, I recorded this short audio clip with “supplementary” thoughts on this topic. Please forgive the raw recording style – it’s all I have to work with right now. Feel free to check it out!