“My spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he also is flesh…”

– Genesis 6:3


This is another passage that is likely read over quickly and without much thought.  I find it fascinating that God is already mentioning the connection between His spirit and our flesh this early in this scriptures – a concept that is much more pronounced in the New Testament writings.  This verse, along with verse five which says “Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” sounds almost like a concession of sorts from God, an admission that though God had higher hopes for us, we were failing Him due to our wickedness.  God had hoped that His spirit in us would overcome our fleshly, humanistic desires (similar to His admonition to Cain in Gen. 4:7).  Ultimately, Christ and other writers of the New Testament reiterate this same message:  That our spirit should strive to conquer our flesh; our ability to exhibit godliness over our ungodliness.


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