dominated society, and threatens today to put an end to human existence.

It also became clear that even the most dramatic and fearful punishment was not sufficient to keep men from sin. The second flood exhausted the possibilities of that sort of intervention on the part of God, and left a big question-mark in the world. Could anything be done by the Lord sufficient to overcome the attractions of selfishness? There arose, however, two other small lights in the world at this time in spite of the surrounding gloom. If the serpent of Genesis 3 had wrought such havoc, it should not last for ever. The seed of the woman should trample the serpent to death, though not without suffering to Himself. And to Enoch was given the wonderful hope that the God who had been, as it were, chased out of the Garden, should one day return to it, and have the delight of fellowship with His Creatures after He had finally destroyed the wicked (Jude vv.14 and 15).