6 And it repented (unsettled, saddened) the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
7 And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.
He was sad, or distraught, that He made all men INCLUDING Noah. Why is it was that Noah was saved, but the rest of the world wasn’t? Noah didn’t earn his righteousness and we don’t earn ours; he and we simply receive grace. That part of the equation has NEVER been any different from the beginning of the world until today. That is EXACTLY what happens when we trust in Jesus.
8 But Noah found grace (Unmerited favor) in the eyes of the Lord.
So, it is high time that the wrong-minded Christian doctrine of demanding we choose the Law or choose Grace be put to rest. That choice was never put before us by the Lord. The Law was never a salvation document.
From the beginning, all throughout the OT, and right on to Revelation, Grace has always been the only way to a right relationship with the Lord. The Hebrews believed that, just as we believe it.
This backwards dynamic was set up, by the Roman Church, for the sole purpose of getting us to believe that, for the Christian, the Bible begins at the book of Matthew. That the OT is obsolete. That the Torah is now abolished. And, that the Jews were ditched by God in favor of the gentile Church. None of which is so.
9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just (“tsaddik”…Hebrew for righteous) man and perfect (“tammim”, which is usually translated as blameless or whole-hearted) in his generations, and Noah walked with God.
10 And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
Shem that will soon be identified to us a special set-apart line of people. It is interesting that Shem means “name”. One of God’s titles that is commonly used by Jews is “HaShem”…..The Name.
11 The earth also was corrupt (“shachath” polluted to the point of ruin) before God, and the earth was filled with violence.
12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
“basar” is translated as “flesh”; basar, and flesh, doesn’t just refer to man [although at times it DOES mean man]. Rather it can, and just as often does, refer to animals.
Adam means man or mankind, but that is not used here in this context so the idea at play is speaking more about all living flesh; everything to which God gave life is at fault: Man and animals. Notice in 2 Samuel 23: 20 “And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man, of Kabzeel, who had done many acts, he slew two lionlike men of Moab” as in corrupted flesh.
For all of you that have dismissed the notion of the beasts of greek mythology were just fanciful stories; you should really revisit that thought.