The previous post made the point that the universal flood was not directly a result, still less a remedy for man’s sinful inclinations; a new start was required for the earth in view of the activity of the fallen watchers (Gen6:1,2). Intended to be a restraining influence on fallen humanity, these angelic beings had rebelled against their Creator and polluted the human seed pool through their unions with women. As the vastly more detailed account in the Book of Enoch explains, they had also imparted knowledge that was not intended for mankind in its infancy.

But in terms of man’s sinfulness, he was back to square 1, or rather square 2 being his post-Fall state of degeneration; hence the need for the confounding of his language to restrain his lofty, self-destructive ambitions – represented by the tower of Babel (v6).

What mankind really needed could not have been remedied by a flood or by the confounding of languages, but by a Saviour, divine instruction and the spiritual resources to restore the broken relationship with his Creator. Such would in due course be brought about, initiated by the calling of Abram, son of Terah.

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