The conflict between the seeds began almost immediately when Cain, influenced by Satan (1 John 3:12), killed his brother, the righteous Abel (Genesis 4:4; Matthew 23:35). It got much worse after that.
“And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”
Wickedness was so pervasive throughout the world God could not allow it to go unpunished. This wickedness was abetted by the “sons of God” … fallen angels … who interfered in the affairs of mankind, but God took steps to eliminate their evil influence.
The punishment was a worldwide flood. For forty days and forty nights, it would rain, covering the earth and destroying all living things. However, to preserve His plan of redemption, God told Noah, who had found grace in the eyes of the Lord, to build an ark to save his family and two of every kind of animal, male and female. All life perished in the flood except those aboard the ark.
This was, in effect, a ‘do over” of sorts. God would establish a covenant with Noah and his family and the earth. They were to “be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth”.
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