“The Depravity of Man and the Grace of God”

Genesis 6:5-10


5 Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

6 The Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.

7 The Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them.”

8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.

9 These are the records of the generations of Noah.  Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his time; Noah walked with God.

10 Noah became the father of three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.


Other Scripture References:

Matthew 5:48

1 Samuel 16:7

Hebrews 11:7

John 14:15

John 14:21a

John 14:23a

John 14:24a

1 John 2:3



“God’s response of grief over the making of humanity, however, is not remorse in the sense of sorrow over a mistaken creation; our verse shows that God’s pain has its source in the perversion of human sin.  The making of ‘man’ is no error; it is what ‘man’ has made of himself.  God is grieving because this sinful ‘man’ is not the pristine mankind whom he has made to bear his image.” (Dr. K. Mathews)


“That repentance [sorry] does not apply to God is easily established by this one fact: that nothing comes to pass that is not expected or foreseen by Him.  The same reasoning and recognition applies to what follows, that God was moved with sadness.  Certainly God does not grieve or grow sad, but remains forever like Himself in His celestial and happy repose; but because it could not otherwise be known how greatly God hates and detests sin, the Spirit accommodates Himself to our capacity.” (John Calvin)


"It is no surprise that the things that were created for the sake of human beings and that lived to be used by them should be entangled in their ruin.  Cows and donkeys deserved nothing of this, nor did other animals; but because they had been placed under human authority, once those humans fell, the animals were drawn into the same destruction.” (John Calvin)


“We imagine in our unsanctified state that God loves us for what we are intrinsically or for what we have done or can become.  But God does not love us because of that, nor is He gracious to us because of that.  On the contrary, He loves us solely because He loves us.  He is gracious to us only because He is.” (Dr. James Montgomery Boice)