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"Yes, I am coming quickly." Amen.
Revelation 22:20

This is a Home Bible study. It exists to promote the Word of God as it's written, which means nothing added or taken away, and minus opinions.

The Bible is the only source of Divine Truth in the world today. Although it is both helpful and informative in many ways, the Bible often doesn't tell us everything we want to know but the Bible does tell us everything we need to know.

My role is to guide you through the Scriptures; to explain what this book says and in some cases what it does not say because this is just as important.

Ultimately, you have a decision to make concerning your salvation - no one can make it for you. The Lord Jesus Christ, the Creator God, has given everyone the ability to make choices - this is is called "Free Will." I pray you consider your choice wisely.

II Timothy 2:15

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.


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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

God's Repreive for Mankind is 120 Years

HBS Genesis 6:1-22 (Continued)

Lesson 17

Tonight we're going to continue our study of Genesis chapter six right where we left off at verse three.
What I will be attempting to demonstrate to you this evening is the parallel which exists between the days of Noah prior to the flood experience and the world in which we live in today. I hope to show you there is very little difference between the two; so keep that in mind as we go through the lesson tonight.


Anyone who pays even a little bit of attention to the news, and is a professing Christian, understands society today has no fear (respect) of God. This was lacking in the days prior to the flood and it is missing today.
The twentieth century people do not fear God! It will not hear preachers or teachers that speak of God because they are sin-hardened, sin-blinded, and know not God by choice. Sadly for them, one day they will meet the Creator God face to face at the Great White Throne Judgment. So, as we cover this Bible lesson tonight, please keep this in mind. Sinful patterns repeat.

Please turn in your Bibles to Genesis chapter six. Here we find God voicing His displeasure with mankind.

Genesis 6:3

Then the LORD said, "My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, because he also is flesh

(Flesh = morally deficient); nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty years."

What did God mean when He said..."his days shall be one hundred and twenty years?"

Some believe that God meant to limit man's lifespan to just 120 years.
I don't believe that's what this verse is telling us. I think God determined one hundred and twenty years is the reprieve granted for mankind. However, please understand, a reprieve is not a pardon.
Why do I believe this instead of the other interpretation? Scripture supports it. Turn to 1 Peter.

1 Peter 3:20

...who once were disobedient, when the patience of God kept waiting in the days of Noah,
(when?) during the construction of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through the water.

Please understand this, God does not enjoy judgment. It grieves God to see man's rebellion and sin, and He only brings judgment after He has repeatedly warned and appealed to us to turn from our sins.
When God pronounces judgment and brings forth punishment it is always just.

Let's look at God's own words on this:

Ezekiel 33:11

"Say to them, As I live!" declares the LORD GOD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked turn from his
(sinful and unrepentant) way and live...

God's mercy and grace is freely offered. Only when man, through the exercise of his free will, refuses to acknowledge God and His ways does God exact judgment.

Let's move on to Genesis chapter six at verse four.

Genesis 6:4

The Nephillim
(Nef-eel') were on the earth in those days, and also afterward (This is speaking of a time after the flood) when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, (As a result of this intermarriage) and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.

The word Nephillim is rendered "giants" in our English Bibles and possibly is used to describe the height of these individuals. It has also been said that this word means "the fallen ones" that is, the descendants of Cain. This interpretation reveals more to us about their character rather than their size.

Once again, the Bible does not say specifically what Nephillim means. However, if you take the time to search Scripture, we can trace the usage of this word Nephillim to other places in our Bibles.

Just from reading these upcoming verses it certainly seems the Bible translators are speaking about people who were quite tall. Please turn to the book of Numbers.

This is the account of that evil report of the land of Canaan given by the ten spies who went in to scout it out.

Numbers 13

31: But the men who had gone up with him, said, "We are not able to go up against the people, for they are too strong for us."

32: So they gave out to the sons of Israel a bad report of the land they had spied out, saying,
"The land through which we have gone, in spying it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants; and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great size
(referring to their height).

33: "There also we saw the Nephillim (the sons of Anak, (pronounced Aw-nawk) are part of the Nephillim); and we became like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight."

Scientific evidence exists that supports the claim that giant people, both male and female, lived at one time on this earth. They averaged between ten and twelve feet in height and weighed up to 600 pounds.
I have a couple handouts for you to look over. This information was found at:
www.Biblebelievers.org.au/giants.htm

There is more Scripture evidence which supports the claim that giants lived long ago.
Please turn to the book of Deuteronomy.

Deuteronomy 3:11

(For only Og
(Pronounced Ogue) king of Bashan (Baw-shawn) was left of the remnant of the Rephaim (Raw-faw'). Behold, his bedstead was an iron bedstead; it is in Rabbah (Rab-baw) of the sons of Ammon (Am-mone). Its length was nine cubits and its width four cubits by ordinary cubit.)
Or, approximately fourteen feet long by six feet wide.

Back to Genesis chapter six.

Genesis 6

4b: ...Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.

This generation which came from that intermarriage of the "sons of God" and the "daughters of men" became better at everything. Consequently, their technology expanded at an incredible rate.
Is that so hard to believe? For some folks it is. But consider our world today in comparison.
Just in the last one hundred years, what changes have taken place in the area of technology?

A hundred years ago, people used candles and lantern to illuminate their homes.
Today you just walk into a room, flip a switch on the wall, and you have instant lighting.

There's also a box on the wall that controls heat and air conditioning in our homes today.
I don't see many people out back chopping wood for the fireplace anymore.
If you do, its more for recreational purposes than necessity.

A hundred years ago the horse and buggy were the primary means of transportation.
Today we use autos or mass transit to get from point A to point B.
In just a few hours today, you can board a plane, leave the U.S., and be in Europe in a matter of hours, not days, not weeks, not months, hours! We've put the horse out to pasture and put a manned spacecraft on the moon. Why we send men and women into orbit around this planet on a regular basis.
It's becoming so regular that most people hardly notice the event anymore. It's routine.

Look at our ability to communicate today. You can contact anyone from anywhere in the world via cell phone or the internet. Its' all really very incredible. But don't we all take it for granted? Sure we do.
We're already looking for the next great thing. That's the nature of man.
We're never satisfied, but that's another lesson.

So, our technology is literally exploding. Alright, it was the same situation in the days prior to the flood.
Their technology was advancing in every area of concern, but here's the thing. These same people were retreating further and further in the spiritual sense from their Creator God.
Meaning: these people were man-centered and not God-centered!

They put their faith in science and in their abilities rather than Jehovah God.
But before we become too critical of their poor choice, please remember that people are still responding in the same way today to God and His offer of Grace. Nothing has changed in that respect.
Why, because man has not changed. We are all lawbreakers.

A Bible teacher named Les Feldick said, "We're not sinners because we have broken the law.
We break the law because we're sinners." Think about that...

Genesis 6

5: Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil
(How often?) continually.

Murder is on the increase. Immorality is on the increase along with drug usage, drunkenness, you name it, they practiced it. It was total depravity and "continually" as the Bible says.
Every waking moment of the day was devoted to some sort of wickedness.

The heart of man was evil, deceitful, and desperately wicked; their principles were corrupt.
In Genesis chapter eight, God said,

Genesis 8:21b

"...for the intent of man's heart is evil from his youth."

Genesis 6

6: The LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart."

There was no good to be found among them, no not one, not at any time.
The stream of sin was full and strong, and constant; and God saw it.
Here is God's resentment of man's wickedness.
He did not see it as an unconcerned spectator, but as one injured and insulted by it.
God saw man's wickedness as a tender father sees the folly and stubbornness of a rebellious child, which not only angers but grieves him, and makes him wish he had been childless.

Let's review a companion verse on this subject shall we?

Psalm 14

1: The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God." They are
(what?) corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds; There is no one who does good.

2: The LORD has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men to see if there is any who understands, Who seeks God
(Where are those men who once called upon the name of the LORD?)

3: They have (How many?) all turned aside, together they have become corrupt; There is no one who does good, not even one (Notice the repetition of this theme. It's for emphasis)

4: Do all the workers of wickedness not know, Who eat up (Now this is not referring to cannibalism. The Hebrew word "eat" translated "Aw-kal" means: to slay, to consume, or use in such a way that it cannot be reused or recovered afterward, and to destroy) My people as they eat bread, And do not call upon the name of the LORD?

Genesis 6

7: The LORD said, "I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things, and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them."

So, now we have the LORD GOD pronouncing judgment on His creation.
Notice the phrase above, "I will." This is God speaking of a future event. It's prophecy.
The LORD is going to obliterate His creation from the earth, with the exception of Noah and his family, much like a homeowner would exterminate a colony of termites corrupting his home.

Everything that God had created has been tainted by this terrible contagion.
The human race had degenerated to the point that He could not just destroy man.
Everything God had made had to be taken off the scene completely.
We find the only creatures not included in this destruction were those living in the oceans.

"I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land..." as dirt is wiped off from a place which should be clean.

Genesis 6

8: But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.

God examined the character of every person on earth before He pronounced it universally corrupt and therefore worthy of judgment; and God found one good man. His name was Noah.

What are we to learn from this?
God always provides an exemption from judgment.
God will always preserve a line of grace.
Noah became the recipient of God's grace.
The reason for this, I believe, may be found in the next verse.

9: These are the records of the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his time; Noah walked with God.

Remember, Noah came from the line of Adam and then Seth. Noah was a believer.
The phrase "walked with God" is simply there to inform us readers that Noah was spiritually mature; he enjoyed fellowship with God. Noah was head and shoulders above the rest of humanity.

10: Noah became the father of three sons; Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

These three names become quite important later on after the flood experience.
The whole earth will become populated once again from these three men.
We'll get to that in detail later on.

11a: Now the earth was corrupt in the sight of God,

Now I don't think I have to tell you what corrupt means. It refers to something that is vile.
Allow me to illustrate.

Some time ago I made a batch of spaghetti sauce from scratch. It takes hours to make this sauce, but it is so good. As it cooks, spices and whatnot are added. But what really makes this sauce great is refrigeration. You have to let the sauce cool and then you place it in the fridge for at least 24 hours.
All those flavors get a chance to get acquainted, if you know what I mean.

After the meal, I had some of this sauce left, so I put it in a container and placed it in the fridge.
Time passed by...and then some more time passed by. I forgot this sauce was in the fridge.
Then one day, while cleaning out my fridge, I came across this container way in the back, and on the bottom shelf. What's this? I thought to myself.

I had to open the container to see what was inside. Boy was I sorry I did that.
Suddenly an odor quickly invaded the kitchen and threatened the rest of the house.
Whatever it was inside this container was unrecognizable. And there was a green fungus growing on it and in it. I replaced the lid quickly and decided to throw both the container and the stuff inside away.
It was rancid. It was corrupt. This is how God pictured His creation.

Genesis 6


11b: ...and the earth was filled with violence.


The word "violence" as used in verse eleven in the Hebrew translates to: destruction, malice, ruthlessness, cruelty, hatred, injustice, and of course murder.

Now you can use words like "corrupt" to describe humanity during this time period. But I wanted to know what was it really like back then. So I went to Scripture to find the answer. Turn to 2 Timothy chapter three.
Start at verse one. Here we get a glimpse of what life was like back then.

II Timothy 3


1: But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come.


2: For men
(This is a generic term for both men and women) will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy.


3: unloving, irreconcilable, malicious, gossips, without self control, brutal, haters of good,


4: treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.


5: holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power;


This was the pre-flood world that God would judge.
This also described the world the apostle Paul lived in when he wrote this letter around 57-58 AD.
And I have news for you; this is the world we live in today.
Get the picture? Society has not changed. People have not changed.
But I'm afraid it's going to get a whole lot worse.

"But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come."

The word "difficult" in the Greek language means: harsh, fierce, savage, and dangerous.
I believe even we believers in America, one day soon, will be faced with such trials as these.
This country has received the blessings of God; but today America has no time for God and they reject His One and 0nly Son through which salvation is achieved.

You take away conscience and the fear of God, and men become beasts.
Consider this. Can you name another creature on earth, other than man, that will torture another human being, and takes great pleasure in doing so? You won't find anything like that in the animal kingdom.
Man alone has this deplorable distinction.

So, "the earth was filled violence."

What aggravated the situation was the spreading of this contagion.
When wickedness becomes general, or commonplace, then universal ruin is not too far off.
Sodom and Gomorrah, and the suburbs surrounding these cities, are just two examples of this principle.
We'll get to them in a bit.

So God says, I have to put a stop to this corruption. Let's read on.

Genesis 6

12a: God looked on the earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth.

Here you see the word "corrupt" repeated again. Take note.
When Scripture repeats itself, especially in a short span of time, it is there for emphasis.

This generation was wicked, vile, and its time was running out!

In the absence of any well-regulated government it is easy to imagine what evils will arise.
Men did what was right in their own eyes, and having no fear of God, destruction and misery were a part of everyday life.

13: The God said to Noah, "The end of all flesh has come before Me; (God is the only righteous judge. He alone will correct the wrongs carried out by man) for the earth is filled with violence because of them; and behold, I am about to destroy them with the earth."

Sometimes it is necessary to read and reread Bible verses. I went over verse thirteen several times yet I did not understand what I was reading. God is going to destroy "them with the earth?"
I thought to myself, this verse is telling me God is going to use the earth somehow to wipe out mankind...as a demolition team would use a wrecking ball to knock down a building.

But that's not what this verse is saying.
God is going to destroy "them," meaning His creation along with the earth!
Everything, including the planet itself, is going to be turned inside out, and upside down.
All of God's creation is going to be undone.

We find a similar concept in Genesis 1:2 where the Bible reveals:
The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep,
(water).

According to many well-known Bible scholars, Noah's flood was not the first.
Noah's flood is the second flood by which God destroyed the planet earth.

D.L. Moody once said, "This poor earth is a wrecked vessel. Man is drifting on into the night, and judgment is coming." Now why do you suppose that is? The number one reason is unbelief.
Man simply will not believe God.

If you are reading this lesson tonight with uncertainly in your heart and living your life in rebellion, and opposition to the Holy God, know this,

Hebrews 10 31: "It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God."

And:

Hebrews 12

29: "Our God is a consuming fire!"

God is loving, God is Long-suffering, and God is eager to show mercy; but know this truth.
God's patience ended when He shut the door of the ark, sealing Noah and his family safely inside; and then He condemned the remaining world to destruction.

My friends, we are living in a world today, rapidly rushing towards judgment.
The earth is becoming more Godless, getting ready and fast, for the Great Tribulation, and the worship of the Antichrist. As this country elects to force God out of every aspect of daily life, whether by design or by ignorance, they vote to elect in His place of honor the Antichrist whose day is swiftly coming.

They ignored all the warning signs in the days of Noah.
They had seven days, after Noah and his family, and all the creatures boarded the Ark to come to their senses. The door remained opened for seven days, per God's instructions. And yet none came forth.

This world has had over two thousand years to know God and His ways.
They have had the written word of God at their disposal for hundreds of years.
They have had Godly men and women speaking of God's power and His grace freely offered to all who would come. Sadly, in the last days of our world I fear, not many will be spared the judgment to come.
It has always been that way.

1 Corinthians 1

18: For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

19: For it is written, "I WILL DESTROY THE WISDOM OF THE WISE, AND THE CLEVERNESS OF THE CLEVER I WILL SET ASIDE.

20: Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age?
Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?

While the world debates the very existence of God, God waits for the world to simply believe.
Please understand this; no man has the privilege of doubting God. The Creator God has every right to condemn all those who treat the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ as a "common thing."

We'll stop here for now and pick this back up again when next we meet.
Please read ahead from Genesis 6:14 through Genesis chapter seven.
My plan is to finish teaching Genesis chapter six at our next session.













Saturday, September 19, 2009

Mankind is Corrupt

HBS Genesis 6: 1-22

Lesson 16

If you remember from an earlier lesson on Creation, after God had completed all His work on the seventh day, He declared all that He had made "very good." (See Genesis 1:31). The Hebrew word "Ba rah" describes God's creation as PERFECT!

But now, "God looked on the earth, and behold, it was corrupt." Genesis 6:11

I contend a more appropriate word than corrupt could not be found.
The word corrupt means: "rotten - putrid or decomposing."
This describes the state of man in his sinful condition.

God's original creation was without a flaw. It was perfect. But now it is infected by sin.
Man has chosen to go his own way. As time passed by, man has forgotten his creator.

Psalm 14:1

The fool has said, "There is no God." They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds...;

Again it's unfortunate that the Bible translators added two words to this text because it changes the meaning of the verse. If you leave out the words "There" and "is," you'll have the original translation.
Let's read it in that light shall we?

The fool has said, "No God."
Outright rebellion - don't you think?

We have learned that God gave man explicit instructions on how to approach him after the fall of Adam.
Faith and a blood sacrifice were required. But the fool says, "No God."

Question: What caused mankind to forget God and bring itself to this present condition?
Well sin of course, but one other item needs to be mentioned and discussed. We'll do that tonight.

I don't want to rush through this chapter of Genesis because there is much to learn from it.
The Lord Jesus Christ likened the time before the flood to the day prior to His second coming.

Matthew 24:37-39

Jesus said, "For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. For as in those days which were before the flood they were eating, and drinking, they were marrying and giving in marriage
(Everything was normal), until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so shall the coming of the Son of Man be."

These people ignored the warning signs and gave themselves over to their lusts or sinful desires. So, what I want to show you tonight is that sin certainly played a part in the corruption process, however, there is another critical item that is often overlooked in this course of action and that is compromise!

Sin begins with compromise, goes on to corruption, and ends in condemnation, unless one responds to God's grace.

In our previous Bible lesson, we discovered that God preserved a remnant of believing individuals who passed on their faith and reverence (fear) of God to their offspring. (Preserved = to keep something protected from anything that would cause its current quality or condition to change or deteriorate or cause it to fall out of use).

Men like Seth, Enosh, Enoch, and others, were living testimonies of God's grace and His Holiness.
But the people of Noah's day did not know God. They chose to go about living their lives in an ungodly fashion. They busied themselves with the normal things of life oblivious to the repeated warnings of judgment until it was too late. Well, judgment came swift and final; and they were lost.

The same thing will happen to billions of people prior to the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Why?
They too are choosing to ignore God and the obvious warning signs.
We won't be talking about the love of God at the great "Day of the Lord."
No, at that time, the world will experience God's wrath just as they did at the time of the flood.

But there is still time to accept God's grace for the Bible teaches us,
"...now is the day of salvation." 2 Corinthians 6:2

TODAY WE LIVE IN THE AGE OF GRACE...TOMORROW, WHO KNOWS BUT GOD!

Please turn to Genesis chapter six.

Genesis 6

1: Now it came about, when men begin to multiply on the face of the land, and daughters were born to them,

2: that the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose.

Controversy surrounds verse two, so I want to take some time to look at it carefully.

We read, as the population grew, "the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose."

We're going to look at three points of interest in this verse.
1.
Who are "the sons of God?"
2.
Who are "the daughters of men?"
3.
And this, "They took wives...whomever they chose."

It's easy to lose the application of this text while debating the "correct" interpretation.
Bible scholars love to debate such things.

The application is simply this; the human race before the flood was corrupted by sin, and that corruption began with compromise. (Compromise = to undermine or devalue somebody or something by making concessions.)

So, what is Genesis 6:2a revealing to us? Such a good question. Let's explore.

There are three well known views on this verse. I don't want to take the time to explore each in great detail. I just want you to be aware of them.

1. Some hold that these sons of God were powerful rulers, probably controlled by demons striving for fame and fertility. The daughters of men simply refers to all women.

2. The second view, more widely held, is that the sons of God refers to fallen angels (demons) who came to earth in human bodies and cohabitated with the women, resulting in a superhuman race called the Nephillim (Pronounced - Nef-eel'). Many respected theologians hold to this interpretation and this dates back to the year 200 B.C. The Nephillim, according to the Hebrew text may mean, "those causing others to fall." They were called this because men's hearts would fail at the sight of them. Another possibility is that the term is a generic term for "giants" in general, which is consistent with the Septuagint and Vulgate translations.

3. The third view, and the one which I believe is the correct interpretation, is that these "sons of God" were descendants of Seth, to whom the covenant promises had been passed. These folks kept to themselves, pretty much, and away from the ungodly line of Cain and his descendants for a time. The offspring of Cain were not called "ungodly" because of their behavior. They were called ungodly because they were without God. They did not possess a shred of faith.
The daughters of men refer to these ungodly women born of these ungodly men from the lineage of Cain.
Remember, Cain rejected God. He was a man without faith.

So, what I think we are seeing in Genesis 6:2a is that these people eventually came to a place where they abandoned their principles. These Godly men began to intermarry with ungodly women and in so doing compromised their character, their ideals, and most importantly their faith.
That covers point one and point two mentioned earlier in this lesson.

Again, this is my opinion. I want you all to know that. The Bible does not say, but I believe it to be the most accurate theory of the three offered because companion verses and similar concepts exist in Scripture.
When you compare Scripture with Scripture often times you are able to track these ideas down and then find the truth. Of course, none of this would be possible without God's help.

1 Corinthians 2

12: Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, (The Holy Spirit helps us to interpret Scripture. Without the Holy Spirit's help we can not understand it.)

13: which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.

Combining spiritual with spiritual or Scripture with Scripture.

It is my opinion that these Godly men in the line of Seth married ungodly women in the line of Cain and in so doing compromised their beliefs and their character. Over time, they forgot God and went about living their lives apart from Him and His instructions. Remember, it has been approximately 1,500 years since Adam's sin.

Godly men were attracted to and influenced by women of questionable character to say the least.
Since these women did not know God, and since there were at this time no laws, rules, and regulations on the books, so to speak, these people lived in an "anything goes society." Maybe that in itself was part of the attraction for these Godly men. The Bible does not say, but the idea is worth consideration.
I offer these ideas to you just to get you think as you read your Bibles.

Let's match up this concept about Godly men and these ungodly women by comparing some Scripture verses. Please turn to the book of Exodus. This is God speaking to the nation of Israel.

Exodus 23

31: "I will (This is prophecy) fix your boundary from the Red Sea to the sea of the Philistines, and from the wilderness to the River Euphrates; for I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand, and you will drive them out before you."

32: "You shall make no covenant with them or with their gods."

33: "They (These ungodly gentile people in the land) shall not live in your land, because they will make you sin against Me; for if you serve their gods, it will surely be a snare to you."

Let's look at one more example. Remember God is warning His elect, the Jews, not to mix with the ungodly.

Numbers 33

55: But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land before you, then it shall come about that those whom you let remain of them will become as pricks in your eyes and as thorns in your sides, and they will trouble you in the land in which you live.

I ask you, look at the nation of Israel today. Are they living in peace with their neighbors? I believe you know the correct answer. No, they are not. Why? Because the Israelis did not heed God's warning to rid the land of all its inhabitants and this is why there is so much turmoil in the Middle East today.

The Jews clearly understood God's command not to mix with non-Jews. One example that comes quickly to mind is the man named Jonah. When the LORD God commanded Jonah to go the gentile city of Nineveh what did Jonah do? He went the other way! In fact, Jonah went so far in the opposite direction he left land and boarded a ship. Jonah understood that he (A Jew) was not to associate with the pagan gentiles.
Jonah was a good Jew.

The Jews were not to have anything to do with gentiles. Why?
Because God knew His chosen people would be compromised by these pagans.
In other words, they would conform to their surroundings.

Now this begs the question what does the Bible have to say about believers in the grace age mixing with unbelievers today?

2 Corinthians 6

14: Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?

15: Or what harmony has Christ with Belial (Bel-ee'-al) or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever?

The word "fellowship" means joint participation toward a common goal. It's not a religious word per se but much like other words such as faith, church, etc. it takes on a spiritual connotation when it's used in the Bible. Not all fellowship pleases God. It displeases God when fellowship involves wrong people and sinful activity.

For example, the apostle Paul chastised the Corinthian fellowship of believers when they chose to look the other way when one of their own brethren was having sexual relations with his father's wife.

I Corinthians 5

1: (This is Paul speaking) It is actually reported that there is immorality among you, and immorality of such kind as does not exist even among the Gentiles, that some one has his father's wife.

2: You have become arrogant and have not mourned instead, so that the one who had done this deed would be removed from your midst.

Well, you see that is an example of people "winking at sin." That's compromise pure and simple.
There is an invisible line, or boundary, that is crossed every time a person elects to take part in a wrongful activity whatever that activity may be. If that invisible line is crossed once too often, that boundary disappears altogether. Sin then becomes commonplace and of no consequence to the trespasser.

God does not WINK AT SIN!

"do not be bound together with unbelievers..."

Begin bound (unequally yoked in the KJV) has to do with "joining an unbeliever in sin."
It means to partnership, fellowship, enjoy harmony, having in common, being in agreement with an unbeliever in THAT WHICH IS SINFUL. To involve one's self in a relationship where sin will occur is a mistake!

What kind of human relationships do we apply this teaching to? All of them!

Whether it's business, marriage, family, friendship, recreation, political, social, etc. we must NOT join in no partnership/fellowship which will lead us or someone else into sin.

Question: are relationships with unbelievers prohibited by Scripture?

1 Corinthians 5

9: I (Paul) wrote you in my letter not to associate with immoral people;

10: I did not at all mean with immoral people of this world, or with the covetous and swindlers, or with idolaters, for then you would have to go out of this world (Believers would have to leave the planet).

11: But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler - not to even eat with such a one.

So, Paul makes it clear that believers are not to associate with people who participate in the practices mentioned in this text even though they profess to be a Christian.

Not all relationships with unbelievers are forbidden; just those that would compromise our faith.
We certainly can eat, help, play, and work with unbelievers without committing sin, though not all these partnerships may be the wisest decision on our part. Remember, even Jesus ate with sinners, but He did not participate in sin with them. (See Mark 2:16 and Hebrews 4:15)

Ephesians 5:11

"And do not participate in the unfaithful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them."

So, we see that partnering up with unbelievers is not a sin.
Paul forbids participating in sinful or "unclean" activities with them.

Next question: are Christians permitted to marry nonbelievers?

1 Corinthians 7

10: But to the married I give these instructions, not I, but the Lord, that the wife should not leave her husband. (Skip to verse 12)

12: But to the rest I say, not the Lord, that if any brother has a wife who is an unbeliever, and she consents to live with him, he must not divorce her.

13: And a woman who has an unbelieving husband, and he consents to live with her, she must not send him away.

14: For the unbelieving husband is sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified through her believing husband; for otherwise your children are unclean, but now they are holy.

Clearly, what Paul is teaching here is that the believer was not to leave his/her spouse. This being so, then our Bible text forbidding being bound to unbelievers does not necessarily apply to marriage to unbelievers.
The text does not say, "Do not become bound to unbelievers," but instead, "Do not be bound to unbelievers."

If marriage is the application, then Paul would tell Christians married to unbelievers to leave them.
Instead Paul does the opposite. Paul instructs them to stay together, so to make this passage speak about marriage is incorrect.

There are, of course, many reasons why a believer should not marry an unbeliever. A good rule to follow when considering marriage to an unbeliever is, "Will this individual be a plus or a minus for me and our children when it comes to growing in our faith and knowledge of God?" If the answer is yes, then marriage should not be considered whether the person claims to be a believer or not.

God knows "the flesh is weak..."
Instead of being transformed by the Spirit of God, humans tend to conform to their surroundings.
That's not a good plan for a Christian.
One Bible teacher I follow puts in in this perspective.

If you have ever paddle
Boldd a canoe on a river, then you know as long as you keep your paddle in the water moving upstream is no big deal. But once you remove your paddle from the water what happens?
Well, the current of the river takes over and you go where the river takes you.

We Christians need to keep our paddles in the water. Living the Christian life is work people.
Spiritual warfare is a daily concern. Be on guard. Spend time each day in this book. Learn.

Once again, compromise and corruption go hand in hand.

Point number three: Please turn to Genesis 6:2b.

"and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose."

Do you see God anywhere in that decision making process? I don't see it.

These Godly men took wives for themselves based solely on their beauty and not their morality.
This was not the will of God.

These "sons of God" SAW that the "daughters of men" were beautiful...
So what's wrong with that? Good question. The Bible reveals the answer.

Turn back to Genesis chapter three.
We find the woman in verse six. She listened to the serpents lie and now she turns to consider the forbidden fruit.

Genesis 3

6: When the woman (what?) saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, (Now what is that contemplating? She can be like God) she took from its fruit and ate...

Here we have listed all three aspects of the temptation process.
1. The lust of the flesh (This doesn't mean just the sexual. It means any appetite. In the woman's case it meant hunger.
2. The lust of the eyes. (The fruit looked delicious).
3. The pride of life. (If she ate, she could be like God).

Let's go to the book of 1 John to find more information about this sin process.

1 John 2

16a: For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh (This can mean any of our appetites. Any one of them can get the best of us) and the lust of the eyes (This pertains to anything that attracts our attention) and the boastful pride of life, (Pride is one of man kinds biggest problems. Pride is probably the number one thing that keeps the majority of people from salvation. People are too proud to admit God exists and He's right) is not of the Father, but is from the world.

Turn back to Genesis chapter six.

Sin certainly plays a role in the events leading up to those days prior to the flood, but the problem that led to the corruption of the human race and its subsequent downfall was the inter-marriage of the Godly line of Seth with the godless women from the line of Cain.

Satan was involved in this activity. Satan will often use wrongful marriages as the area of compromise to seduce God's people. It is an effective tool, since the sex drive and the romantic emotions are so powerful.
Many believers become neutralized in their Christian lives by marrying "nice" unbelievers who are "beautiful" on the outside, but inside their hearts are as corrupt as the world we all live in.

Remember, Satan's goal is thwart the plan of God.
Satan hates God and anyone who has a relationship with Him.
Satan knew that if Godly men married ungodly women, in time, they would be corrupted by these women through compromise.

Genesis 6:2b

...and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose."

This decision was the beginning of the end for the "sons of God."
These men compromised their integrity. They had a name to live up to: "the sons of God."
But their lives did not match their title.

God knows that when you mix people of faith with unbelievers the stronger of the two will win out in the end.
The pull of this world, along with its false promises, is strong. Too often believers compromise their position of faith and their ideals in order to please their unbelieving spouse.

This has been the story throughout human history.
Satan has been quite active in it. He's even more active today because he knows his time is short.

Question: how do Christians compromise their faith/beliefs at home, at work, and at play today?

See you again in two weeks.















Thursday, September 3, 2009

The Descendants of Adam

HBS Genesis 5:1-32

Lesson 15


Genesis 5:1

This is the book of the generations of Adam.

Since the creation of Adam, approximately 1500 years have gone by more or less. And the LORD God has been patient with mankind.

However, God’s patience with sinners, although sometimes long, is always limited as we soon will discover.

The first two verses review events which occurred some time ago. There’s no need to go over these subjects again.

Genesis 5

3: When Adam had lived one hundred and thirty years, he became the father of a son in his own likeness (Likeness = manner or like-fashion), according to his image (Image = Adam was made in the image of God; but now he is fallen and corrupted. He begat a son in his own image, sinful and defiled, frail and mortal, and miserable like himself; not only a man like himself, consisting of body and soul, remember his spirit died upon sinning; but a sinner like himself, guilty and obnoxious, degenerate and corrupt. He was conceived and born in sin (Psalm 51:5).


This was Adam's own likeness, the reverse of that Divine likeness in which Adam was made; but having lost it himself he could not convey it to his seed), and named him Seth.

4: Then the days of Adam after he became the father of Seth were eight hundred years, and he had other sons and daughters.

5: So all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years, and he died.

What was it that God said back there in Genesis chapter 2?

Genesis 2:17

“…but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day you eat from it you will surely die.”

Now we know that Adam did not drop dead physically after taking that first bite of the forbidden fruit (Whatever it was); but he did die spiritually right then and there, and that single act of disobedience brought death and suffering into the world, not just for man, but for all of God’s creation. Abel was the 1st unnatural death recorded in Scripture, because he was slain by Cain, but now we have evidence of the 1st natural death occurring in Scripture with Adam.

You never want to assume with Scripture, but I think you can certainly read between the lines by comparing Scripture with Scripture. Evidence of this truth is here. It is subtle, but it is here. This is what I want to show you:

Adam obviously shared his knowledge of God with his offspring.

I can imagine the family seated near the fire at mealtime, for example, and Adam talking about the “good old days.”

Adam spoke of an earlier time, in the garden, when God would come to visit them. They enjoyed fellowship. They talked, and they laughed. And I don’t think it’s stretching Scripture one bit to offer this bit of information. I think they even ate meals together.

There is evidence of this activity in the Bible.

Turn with me to book of Matthew.

Matthew 11

18: “For John (The Baptist) came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, “He has a demon!”

19: The Son of Man (Jesus Christ) came eating and drinking, and they say, “Behold a gluttonous man and a drunkard…,


This is not the only piece of Scripture that speaks of God sharing a meal with others. And this is why I believe God, Adam, and Eve, ate meals together. No big deal, if you think otherwise.

Let’s get back to Adam and his offspring in Genesis five.

I’m certain that Adam also relayed to the children God’s command about the need for a blood sacrifice, or a substitute death being offered up to God, when they sinned. Adam also expressed to his children the need to trust in what God had revealed.

Question: Does God expect mankind to understand without being told what He expects from them?

Think about it. Do you believe that God would withhold vital information from mankind and then call them out for doing the wrong thing? No! Back in Genesis chapter two did God command Adam to leave the tree of the knowledge of good and evil alone or did he keep that important piece of knowledge to Himself?

I think you all know the answer. God told Adam what He expected of him. Why Adam was even informed about the consequences should he disobey…course, God knew he would, but that’s another matter.

So you can see that God does not leave mankind in the dark, so to speak, and then drop the axe when they fail to do the right thing!

Now bring that concept into Cain’s experience with the LORD God.

Cain knew and understood God’s command to bring a blood sacrifice when he sinned. That was not kept a secret.

How do we know this?

We know this because his brother, Abel, did the right thing; and we know it was the right response because God commended him for it.

God was pleased by his offering and His demonstration of faith.

By this, we know that to obtain a right relationship with God and to receive forgiveness, it was absolutely necessary to believe God.

Faith was required but there also was the need for a substitute animal death when they sinned.

So, all of this was just to show you that God gives mankind careful instructions and then He expects them to believe Him.

Genesis 5

6: Seth lived one hundred and five years, and became the father of Enosh (Pronounced - en-ohsh').

7: Then Seth lived eight hundred and seven years after he became the father of Enosh, and he had other sons and daughters.

8: So all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years, and he died.

9: Enosh lived ninety years, and became the father of Kenan (Pronounced – kay-nawn).

10: Then Enosh lived eight hundred and fifteen years after he became the father of Kenan, and he had other sons and daughters.

11: So all the days of Enosh were nine hundred and five years, and he died.

12: Kenan lived seventy years, and became the father of Mahalalel (Pronounced - mah-hal-al-ale’).

13: Then Kenan lived eight hundred and forty years after he became the father of Mahalalel, and he had other sons and daughters.

14: So all the days of Kenan were nine hundred and ten years, and he died.

15: Mahalalel lived sixty-five years, and became the father of Jared (Pronounced - yeh'-red).

16: Then Mahalalel lived eight hundred and thirty years after he became the father of Jared, and he had other sons and daughters.

17: So all the days of Mahalalel were eight hundred and ninety five years, and he died.

18: Jared lived one hundred and sixty-two years, and became the father of Enoch (Pronounced - khan-oke').

19: Then Jared lived eight hundred years after he became the father of Enoch, and he had other sons and daughters.

From Genesis 5:6 thru Genesis 5:19 we have a record concerning five of the patriarchs before the flood, Seth, Enosh, Kenan, Mahalalel, and Jared. We are told how long they lived, they lived in God's fear (Fear = reverence not terror), and when they died, they died in His favor.

20: So all the days of Jared were nine hundred and sixty-two years, and he died.

21: Enoch lived sixty-five years, and became the father of Methuselah (Pronounced - meth-oo-sheh'-lakh).

*Methuselah was the son of Enoch and the grand-father of Noah. He was sixth in the line of descent from Seth.

He lived 969 years making him the oldest living person in the Bible.

Methuselah was the father of Lamech.

And Lamech is the father of Noah.

Methuselah’s name meant: “When he dies, judgment.”

Methuselah died in the year of the Flood.

Remember, I am trying to show you that even though the Bible does not specifically say Adam shared his knowledge of God with his offspring, there is plenty of evidence here.

The evidence is revealed in the lives of these great men.

The most vivid example of this truth lies just ahead.

Go to verse 22.

Genesis 5

22: Then Enoch (Did what?) walked with God (How long?) three hundred years after he became the father of Methuselah, and he had other sons and daughters.

23: So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. (Compared to others living at this time this seems to be a short life span. Read on and discover why?)

24: Enoch walked with God; and he was not, (Enoch didn’t die. He was simply here one moment and then gone the next.) for God took him (The word “took” in the Hebrew means to carry away).

We find more information about Enoch in Hebrews chapter eleven.

Hebrews 11:

5: By faith, (There’s that word again) Enoch was taken up so that he would not see death;

AND HE WAS NOT FOUND BECAUSE GOD TOOK HIM UP; for he obtained the witness that before his being taken up he was pleasing to God.

Oh to be one found to be “pleasing to God” is there a greater reward in the entire universe? I think not.

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Reading Scripture is all well and good; however, one of my goals in this Bible course is to get you to think.

We’ve visited the great FAITH chapter (Hebrews 11) in our last lesson. We learned that Abel’s sacrifice was pleasing to God.

Why was it pleasing to God? (Because Adam believed God and brought a blood sacrifice when he sinned).

Cain, his brother, brought fruit instead of the required sacrifice.

God was not pleased by his lack of faith.

Abel was just as truly a sinner as Cain, for God says,

“There is no distinction; for all have sinned.”

God respected Abel’s offering – not his character! A sinner should judge himself to be a sinner, worthy of death, and also at the same moment dare to exercise faith in a Holy God.

Cain lacked self-judgment as a sinner, and, consequently, did not have faith; for none but self-condemned sinners can really trust a Holy God! Cain was of the evil one. (See 1 John 3:12)

The first four faith examples in Hebrews 11 have something to show us. In other words, there is more here than meets the eye.

What can we learn from them? Let’s investigate.

ABEL represents “the path of salvation by faith” in the blood substitute.

How does one begin the journey with God?

Where does one start?

Matthew 7

13: “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it.

14: “For the gate is (how big?) small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are (how many?) few who find it.”

There are so many “paths” one could follow in this world.

With so many paths to choose from, how do we know which path is the RIGHT one?

John 14:6 Jesus said to them, “I AM the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”

There are not many paths to salvation, as one preacher taught his congregation one Sunday morning. There is but One!

Your salvation is based on believing that Jesus Christ died for your sins, His divine blood was shed to satisfy God’s wrath,

He was buried, and then on the third day He rose from the dead according to the Scriptures. (I COR 15:1-4).

Romans 3

23: For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

24: being (what?) justified as a gift by His (God’s) grace (How?) through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus;

25: whom God displayed publicly as propitiation in (What?) His blood (and this one accomplishes or appropriates) through faith.

To sum up, Adam shows us the path to righteousness is by faith in God and the blood sacrifice. God does all the rest.

ENOCH is the next step; one who is declared righteous is “seen walking with God.

What does it mean to “walk with God?” I think the answer is obvious. The opposite of walking with God is to walk away from God, don’t’ you think? Those who choose to “walk with God” demonstrate their belief, or put their faith into action.

God has much to say about how we are to “walk with Him.”

I just want to show you a couple of them and from the N.T.

Romans 6:4

Therefore, we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might (what?) walk in newness of life.

And:

2 Corinthians 5:7

For we walk by faith, not by sight.

Galatians 5:16

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.

Ephesians 2:10

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

So, “walking with God” is simply taking your expressed faith in God and in what He has said and putting it into action.

Scripture teaches us this is exactly what Enoch did.

Enoch did not experience death.

He was here on earth one moment and gone the next.

Now I’ve heard some people teach that Enoch is an O.T. example of a N.T. event. They compare Enoch’s experience to that of the church age believers who will still be alive at the time of the rapture.

(See I Thessalonians 4:17).


When the trumpet sounds, those who are still alive, and in Christ Jesus, will be caught up with Him in the air…

I don’t get the connection. They are separate events. Since

Scripture draws no comparison between the two I won’t either.

NOAH represents the next result of faith – “testimony of coming judgment.


What is significant about this man Noah?

First, from his birth, Noah was marked for “greatness.” The very name Noah implies that “out of the ground which the LORD has cursed this one shall bring us relief from our work and the toil of our hands. (GEN 5:29).

Next, he is virtually the second father of humankind, because all of Adam’s descendents were wiped out by the flood.

But because Noah, who was by then 600 years old, had remained steadfast in faith, “a righteous man, blameless in his generation;” God was moved to save him and his family from the coming judgment.

Scripture does not reveal the length of time it took for Noah to build the ark according to the LORD’s directions. But I believe there is a clue. Turn to Genesis chapter six.

Genesis 6:3

Then the LORD said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, because he also is flesh; nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.”

I’ve listened to many sermons on this verse. Some believe this is God’s way of saying – man will no longer live for hundreds of years. From now on man’s lifespan is only 120 years.

That’s unfortunate. I believe they missed the truth.

I believe God is saying this. In 120 years time, I will judge mankind for their wickedness and they will receive no more grace from Me. God is saying, you have 120 years in which you will choose to do the right thing or you’re out of here.

So, Noah is God’s way of expressing his revulsion for mankind whose “…every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” Noah is also God’s way of providing a living picture to mankind of the coming judgment.


However long it took Noah and his family to build the ark of safety, all this activity, each nail being driven into the gopher wood, and every moment of its construction was evidence of God’s wrath to come against an unbelieving generation.

Therefore, Noah was God’s “testimony of coming judgment.”

This world has almost come full circle. If you care to notice, there is little difference between the world back then and the world we live in today. How did the “world” behave back then?

Was it really that bad?

How does the world today compare with it?

Let’s see what Scripture has to say.

Romans 1

26…God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural,

27: and in the same way also men abandoned the natural function of the women and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own person the due penalty of their error.

28: And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper,

29: being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice, they are gossips,

30: slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents,

31: without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful;

32: and although they know the ordinances of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.

We’re there people! We have been there for some time.

More people are noticing it than ever before because it is so prevalent. You can’t pick up a newspaper, or tune into a news broadcast without hearing of these very things Paul, by the work of the Holy Spirit, has shown us. We are there…

Right is wrong and wrong is right.

There’s more:

Galatians 5

19: Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality,

(The first three listed have to do with sexual behavior and they lead the list for a reason. Mankind has given itself over to “lusts of the flesh” such as adultery, pornography, lewdness, homosexuality, and the teaching of these sins to others. One of the chief tactics in sales and marketing today is sex. We are literally bombarded daily by it. God knows where there is sexual misconduct idolatry is near by. And idolatry is the next evil practice to be mentioned.)

20: idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outburst of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions,

21: envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, (In other words, let there be no mistaking this truth) that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Each and every faith professing Christian living today is also a “testimony of God’s coming judgment.”

And that is why the unbelieving world has a “problem” with us.

We stand for Truth. And they don’t want to hear the Truth.

They prefer the darkness. They run to the darkness.

Reminds me of a time long ago when I would walk into the kitchen in the wee hours of the morning, flip on the light, and there see all these cockroaches running for the cover of darkness.

Sinners love the darkness. It is their refuge.

Abraham, a tent-dwelling pilgrim, is an example of one found to be “living on divine promises.”

Abraham is “called out;” for the world has left God.

So God’s people are to leave it (The world) today.

The “world” had been judged by the Flood and as soon as possible set out to build the tower of Babel.

Led by Nimrod, idolatry and the worship of man set in.

Abraham represents separation, and pilgrim hood.

He is called to leave everything, his country, his kin, even his fathers’ house, going out, not knowing where he was going.

If a reporter from CNN could stop Abraham’s caravan after he left the city of Ur of the Chaldeans to interview him, the conversation may have sounded like this,

“Where do you come from?”

“I come from the land of Shinar.”

“Where are you going?”

“I do not know, but I am going to a land that I am to receive for an inheritance.”

“Who told you that you would find such a land and then posses it?”

“The God whose name is I AM has called me and told me to go.”

Hearing this, the reporter would shake his head and declare him to be an idiot!

But so it is for every believing Christian. He/she has come out from the world, for their Lord has said, “You are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. (John 15)

The unbelieving world scoffs at your belief in the One True God and then laughs and mocks you because of your faith. Not much has changed since Abraham. Let’s return to Genesis chapter five.

Genesis 5

25: Methuselah lived one hundred and eighty-seven years, and became the father of Lamech.

26: Then Methuselah lived seven hundred and eighty-two years after he became the father of Lamech, and he had other sons and daughters.

27: So all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred and sixty-nine years, and he died.

28: Lamech lived one hundred and eighty-two years and became the father of a son.

29: Now he called his name Noah, saying, “This one will give us rest from our work and from the toil of our hands arising from the ground which the LORD has cursed.”

30: Then Lamech lived five hundred and ninety-five years after he became the father of Noah, and he had other sons and daughters.

31: So all the days of Lamech were seven hundred and seventy-seven years, and he died.

32: Noah was five hundred years old, and Noah became the father of Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

And Noah begat three sons named here: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Japheth was the eldest, according to Gen 10:21, but Shem is recorded first for us. Why? Because on him was God’s covenant passed, (See Gen 9:26), where God is called the Lord God of Shem. Therefore, to Shem is the birthright given.

What about Japheth and Ham?

Well, we’ll soon learn that even though one is born into a family who reveres God, and adheres to His Word, this does not necessarily mean or imply that all are then saved.

Salvation is not automatic.

Being born into a Christian family, sitting in a church pew on Sunday, giving ten percent of your income regularly, or leading a Sunday school class, will no more save you then sitting in a garage all day long will make you a chevy.

The key element in the salvation process has always been faith.

God has always required this of man.