Down, Way Down
So the LORD said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.”
If God can’t make mistakes, how can He regret creating the world? In fact, doesn’t this language here make Him seem human? Critics of Christianity claim this as proof that the Bible was written by ancient, primitive men who described God in their own terms. But they miss the mustard seed-truth embedded in the linguistic soil. The Scriptures aren’t written by men as much as they’re written for men. See, our Father has effectively translated Himself in our own tongue, in the limits of our own understanding, in the bounds of our own human experience, because incarnation isn’t just the description of His once-for-all-time conception into man, but the definition of His perpetual manifestation to men: through human words, through the Word made flesh, and through our lives of faith.
Remember: Christ was slain before the foundation of the world, which means that heaven was God’s great plan from the beginning. So Genesis 6:7 isn’t a revelation of divine remorse; it’s a way to set the stage for divine redemption.