Journey in the Word: The Spread of Corruption

Week 4

Read:  Genesis 6:5

When I come to chapter six of Genesis in my Bible, it has this title for the first eight verses: “The Wickedness of Humankind”

The “downward spiral” of sin which began in the Garden of Eden now pervades the earth.  “Every inclination” of people’s hearts was toward evil.  It was a terrible picture, and it grieved God.  Things were so bad, God could not let them continue unabated.

As bad as this picture is, the good news is that God intervenes in our lives to check the spread of sin.  We do not always appreciate this, and we may fight against it.  But when our “inclination” is that of sin, the inclination of grace is always redemption from it.


About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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