“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.” (Genesis 6:5) The pre-flood civilizations obeyed God’s commandment to be “fruitful, multiple, replenish and subdue” (Genesis 1:28) and flourished. They developed agriculture, material science, engineering and the arts as typified by Enoch. Nonetheless, they were wicked. “Men began to multiply on the face of the earth” (Genesis 6:1), but some sort of moral perversion manifested itself. “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. 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.” Genesis 6:4&5. They had achieved material success, but the wickedness of man was great and his thoughts were evil continually. Even while producing goods and services that others needed (food), ostensibly doing “good work”, man’s heart was still evil. “when they knew God, they glorified him not as God.” Romans 1:21.
“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. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” Genesis 6:7&8
Praise the Lord, that the Lord was gracious to Noah and his family. “And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly” (2 Peter 2:5) God brought judgment and destruction upon the whole world of old for the wickedness and thoughts of continuous evil. Prosperity, which today often passes as “God’s blessing” meant nothing to a Holy God.
“Everything that is in the earth shall die” Genesis 6:17 and God brought judgment. Again, God restates his purpose for man “Be fruitful, and multiply and replenish the earth” Genesis 9:1 after the destruction. In addition, God gives to man, authority over man, to carry out justice.
“And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man’s brother will I require the life of man”. Genesis 9:5.
Cain took Abel’s life, which was Abel’s property, given to him by God. God now formalizes the recompense for doing so. By man shall man’s blood be shed for the shedding of another’s blood. Man has responsibility to execute justice to those who violate God’s law; take a life, forfeit your life.
What God has ordained should not be taken lightly and should be obeyed.
Ham’s son Cush had the child Nimrod. Nimrod, like his ancestor Cain, refused the counsel of God. Nimrod was a “mighty hunter before , the Lord” Genesis 10:9 and he established a kingdom of great cities in direct disobedience to God. Rather than obey and spread out before the land, Nimrod used his might to exalt himself.
Nimrod consolidated his authority (a might hunter) in Babel and institutionalized the anti-God “world system” that started with Satan’s rebellion in heaven, flowed to earth with the fall of man and now starts a new civilization Babylon. A system that was economic in nature, supported by a false religion and force.
Noah’s three sons, Shem, Ham and Japeth only fulfilled God’s command “Be fruitful, and multiply and replenish the earth” (Genesis 9:1 ) to their father Noah after the judgment of God in Genesis 11. While sequentially out of order, the practice of oriental writing was such that the effect was presented before the cause.
The genealogy of Shem concludes “By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands..” Genesis 10:5. The genealogy of Shem concludes “And their dwelling was from Mesha, as thou goest unto Sephar a mount of the east. These are the sons of Shem, after their families, after their tongues, in their lands, after their nations.” Genesis 10:31
Ham’s descendants for the most part obeyed likewise. “These are the sons of Ham, after their families, after their tongues, in their countries and in their nations”. Genesis 10:20.