HBS Genesis 6:1-22 (Continued)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.
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:
"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.
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.
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:
There is more Scripture evidence which supports the claim that giants lived long ago.
Please turn to the book of Deuteronomy.
(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.
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...
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,
"...for the intent of man's heart is evil from his youth."
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.