Saturday, March 26, 2011


A couple of days of ago I was reading the flood story in Genesis 6-10. As God looked as his creation, he sees that sin is increasing.  Genesis 6:6 is a terrible verse:

And the Lord was sorry that he had made humankind on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.
It's terrible to think that God regretted his act of creation.  He had such joy -- saw such goodness in the beginning, and now he wishes he had never created humankind.

It grieved him in his heart.  I wonder if the grief was because of the state of man or if it was the sorrow that caused the grief.

What was interesting to me is that the word for grief is probably translated best as "anguish."  It's the same word used in Genesis 3 to describe the pain women will have in childbirth and the grief man will suffer to till the earth.  The result of the sin in Genesis 3 -- the consequences -- are experienced by God as well.

Isn't that part of parenting?  Don't we experience the anguish of our children?

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