How does our sin affect others? More directly, how does our unfaithfulness to what God tells us to do affect future generations? Adam and Eve sinned, this we know. As we read through Genesis, we see that in chapter 6:5 “The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord regretted that he had made man on earth, and it grieved him to his heart.” If sin is something we know is birthed out of the heart into action, and we as the human race were so evil continually that God regretted even creating us; so much that he wiped us out with a flood; how much worse were we than today? Were we that much worse?
I can’t help but think of Adam. At this point in scripture we have moved past Adam and are into another story, ready for Noah and the flood! But if you do the math, Adam was still alive folks when Noah’s dad was 56. He watched as the fruits of his sin act with Eve against God took root. He saw what happens when people give over to their own desires. He watched his offspring turn against the creator he walked with and talked with. This was the very God who took a rib from him and made his wife! He knew God personally! Then watched as Gods own creation rebelled to such a degree that God was ready to wipe them out. I wonder what Adam and Eve thought? I wonder what they talked about at night? I wonder if they gave up trying to change the hearts of their great grandchildren (to the 5th-7th power). We don’t always get to see what direct consequence our actions have, but every action we take has a consequence or a blessing. Every act of obedience or disobedience will result in spiritual growth or decay not only in my and your personal life but also in the lives of those we have been entrusted. You may not get to see it like Adam and Eve, but it’s there. It’s your choice, choose wisely.
And God did wipe everyone out. But He is merciful. “But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD” (6:8). And because of that - we are here today.
Give thanks to the LORD for He is good. His love endures forever.