In the days of Noah, the average human life span extended hundreds of years, and the race propagated with vigor across the earth. Because rebellion against God rule is a genetic predisposition, the increasing population engendered a crescendo of violence and corruption. A certain company of men who descended from God lusted after the daughters of men, and they defiled them. Taking them as wives, they created the Nephilim race, “fallen giants,” the titans of renown.
God lamented over humanity’s wickedness and swore, “I’m cutting them off. Human lives will be shortened to no more than a hundred and twenty years.” Even so, he regretted ever creating such an insurgent breed and decided to eradicate them, along with their pets, wild animals, birds, and anything else that creeped along the ground.
Enoch’s great-grandson, Noah, was perfect compared to any other specimen, so God brought him into his circle of one.
“I’ve decided to destroy the earth and its inhabitants with a great flood,” he told Noah. “Make a three-story vessel from cypress wood and waterproof it. When the waters emerge and surround you, everything outside the vessel will die. Bring your family along. It will be an unforgettable ride.”
He further instructed Noah, “Bring a male and a female of every living thing into the vessel, and keep them alive. In addition, bring seven pairs of all split-hooved grazers and birds. Finally, store up plenty of food for you and the creatures you bring in with you.”
Noah obeyed God. He was six hundred years old when he and his family boarded the vessel together with all the animals and provisions in preparation for the catastrophic deluge. Just as promised, the pipes burst from deep beneath the seas, and torrential rains emptied themselves from the heavens. It rained for forty days and nights, and when the highest mountain peaks were buried in a sea of foaming floodwaters, every living thing outside of God’s protective haven perished.
Inspiration: Genesis 6-7