This post only discusses a portion of Genesis 8:21. For an explanation of how this portion relates to the rest of Genesis 8:21, click here. For an overview of Genesis 8:21 click here
Even from the beginning chapters of Genesis, the testimony of Scripture is this: man is not good. The problem with man is not that he that he occasionally makes mistakes.
The problem with man is that he is evil.
Adam was made in the image of God, but since the fall in the garden, all men have been born in the image of fallen Adam (Genesis 5:3). While it is true that men are born in the image of God (Genesis 9:6), that image in man has been tainted. In fact, Genesis 8:21 says that man, even as a child, has a heart which gravitates to evil:
for the intent of man’s heart is evil from his youth (Genesis 8:21)Notice that Genesis 8:21 goes right to the source of man's problem. Why is society corrupt? Why is history filled with so much evil and bloodshed? It all goes back to this: the intent of man's heart, his heart's inclination, his disposition— what man's heart tends towards is this: evil.
The world and Satan want us believe the opposite of Genesis 8:21. They want us to believe this: That overall, man is a good creature! That man is born with a good heart. That man is born innocent— and any inconsistency or corruption in man is merely the fault of society.
Such falsities contradict both Genesis 8:21 and the rest of Scripture. The Bible proclaims that all men are just as believers: by nature children of wrath (Ephesians 2:3). King David said in deep sorrow, "Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me." (Psalm 51:5)
The beauty of the cross is that through Christ, God changes the evil intention of man's heart. Through Christ, God takes a man's stony heart, a heart that wants evil, and He turns that heart into a heart of flesh— a heart that wants Him (Ezekiel 36:26).
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