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Revelation 22:20

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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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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.















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