The point being driven home in chapter 5 is “…and he died.” God said if they ate the fruit, they would surely die and the snake said, “you will not surely die!” This is the moment we let it sink in that the snake is a liar.
Rebellion against God=Death
Maybe this is why there is one exception to the rule (as you will see throughout the Bible), in Enoch. “He walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.” (5:24)
It struck me funny, this morning, reading chapter six. I imagine God sighing on His throne, running His hand through His perfect hair the declaring, “They’re living too long.” As He gets up to do something about it. I mean, come on, Methuselah! That’s way too much time wreaking havoc. “Every intent of the thoughts of man’s heart was only evil continually.” (6:5) YIKES.
Then another exception: Noah and the animals. God is truly personal. If you are walking humbly before Him, you’ll never have to fear being swept away with the wicked. He is oh so near.
Remember how much we need His redemption and His Spirit. On our own we will burn this city down. Recent events have brought the worst out of all of us and pulled America’s skirt over its head. I constantly have to stop myself and find the eyes of Jesus.
“He is before all things and in Him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:17)