Home Bible Study

"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 helpful and informative in many ways, the Bible might not 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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Friday, November 13, 2009

The Ark of Safety - Part One

HBS Group - Genesis 7:1-24

Lesson 19 

I have a few announcements.  Donna moved back to Ohio a short time ago.  I believe the Lord answered her prayers concerning a job offer there. 
I have asked her to keep in touch. 

We pray for her health issues, for encouragement, and for strength, so that she may accomplish all that the good Lord has called her to do.
We also pray for the child in her care.

I want to extend a heart-felt welcome to all our visitors tonight.  Thank you for taking the time to be here with us.  I pray that you'll find this Bible study an aid and a blessing.

We are an informal, nondenominational group.  
Snacks and coffee will be found in the area during the Bible lessons.   

My main goal, and my promise to you, is this; I will only teach what the Bible says.  If I have an opinion about a certain piece of Scripture, I will let you know it is my opinion.  Otherwise, it is ALL about the Word of God.  

It is each and every Christian's responsibility to KNOW what this books says and what it does not say.     
Please understand; I don't claim to know it all and there is certainly room for disagreement on some subjects.  But when it comes to salvation I'm pretty stiff-necked.  The Scriptures are quite clear on this matter; so there is no "wiggle room" there. 

We started our Home Based Bible Study one year ago this month.  We were a "small group" then, and we remain one today; but God is good all the time.  

I want to thank Fred and Sunny for being such gracious hosts.  You are a blessing to all of us - thank you.

Before we leave tonight, we need to decide on the next Bible study date.The holidays are almost here; and if I remember correctly, it was in November last year when we all decided to take a break until after the holidays.

 Now, it's been a while since we last met; so I believe a brief review is in order. 

If you'll remember, as we continue to study the flood, I pointed out a couple of significant parallels.  The first concerned the ungodly lifestyle choices mankind made in the time period preceding the flood, compared to the ungodly lifestyle choices the majority are making today, and which are becoming more and more apparent in our society today.   If you'll carefully study these two time periods, you'll discover there is very little difference between the two.  
History has a way of repeating itself.

The second parallel I spoke of concerned the Ark and the security it provided all those who chose to enter in; and the shed blood of Jesus Christ which affords salvation and security for all those who choose to enter into a personal relationship with Him.  You do that by believing in His death, burial, and resurrection.  (REF: 1 Corinthians 15:1-4).

The shed blood of Jesus Christ is neither a small detail nor a "common" thing. With this thought in mind, I want to begin today's lesson by quickly reviewing a couple of terms introduced in lesson eighteen.

1) The Hebrew word for "pitch" is kaw-faw.  It means to "cover over."  Pitch (or tar) was used to cover over both the inside and the outside of the Ark of Safety to prevent the flood waters of judgment from penetrating. Consequently, this made the Ark a place of safety for all those within.

Today when you place your trust (faith) in the shed blood of Jesus Christ you're salvation is secure. 

If you are not under the blood, then there is no salvation.

Now there are those in the church today who don't like to hear the word blood. They appear to be uncomfortable with its usage.  So some church leaders have opted to omit it from their Sunday sermons.  In some cases, you'll find they have even removed songs which contain the word blood from their hymnals.

It is your belief in the shed blood of Jesus Christ that seals your salvation; and by that act of faith, plus nothing, you are then declared righteous (in right standing) with God.

But let's use the Bible text to teach. 
It's not about what I say, but what does the Bible say.

Romans 3 25: (Paul is speaking of the Lord Jesus Christ) whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation (now watch this) in His blood (and this by our) faith. This was to demonstrate His (Christ Jesus) righteousness, because in the forbearance of God he passed over the sins previously committed.

Don't let that word "propitiation" throw you. This word means that Jesus Christ willingly became the blood sacrifice God demanded for the sins of mankind, past, present, and future.  By Jesus' act of obedience, even unto death on the cross, God's wrath was appeased and mankind's sins expiated.

This is such good stuff! And I enjoy teaching it.

You see, it is all about the righteousness of God from first to last.  There is only one absolute and eternal standard of righteousness that is of the nature and character of God. This is called the "righteousness of God." We say that whatever God does is right because righteousness is summed up in Him.

Whatever God does is right and He does it because it is right.

Psalm 71

19: "For Your righteousness, O God, reaches to the heavens...

Isaiah 55

8: "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways, declared the LORD."

9: "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts."

2) The second term I'd like to go over again is this same word "pitch" in the Hebrew language is also known as "atonement."  The word atonement is an abstract (not relating to concrete objects but expressing something that can only be appreciated intellectually). We express this idea through the word "forgiveness."

Atonement is an outward action that covers over an offense.

Example: You're at a restaurant; the waiter accidentally dips his tie into your bowl of soup while leaning over to pour water into your drinking glass. Astonished, the waiter says, "I'm so sorry!"  To which you reply, "That's all right.  No real harm done."  That's atonement.

Now let's get back to our Bible study.  Please turn to Genesis chapter seven.

It has been approximately 1600 years since God created man, in His image, and placed him in the Garden of Eden. These first six chapters of Genesis cover that time period. 1600 years!  I know we have a tendency to glance over a number like that and just move on; but think! 1600 years is a long time. The U.S.A. has only enjoyed its independence for 233 years in comparison. God waited patiently for 1600 years, or so, before passing judgment on that corrupt society.

God is long-suffering. This is true.  However, God does not "wink" at sin.

God worked through men. "...who called on the name of the LORD" during this age.  But after a time, even these men faded from the scene.  Now God was grieved that He had made man.  His creation has been corrupted by man's sinful influence and their anti-Godliness.

Out of all the men living at this time, and historians believe that number to be in the low BILLIONS, God chose one righteous man, named Noah, to be saved. Why?  I'm so glad you asked.

In a previous lesson, we learned that God would one day send His Redeemer through "the seed of the woman."  (REF: Genesis 3:15)
Noah would help fulfill that plan of redemption. We find evidence of this truth in Luke chapter three.  At verse thirty-six, you;ll find Noah is named in the genealogy of Jesus Christ.

Genesis 7 1: Then the LORD said to Noah, "Enter the ark, you and all your household, for you alone I have seen to be righteous before Me in this time." (NASB)

The King James Version Bible uses the word "come" instead of the word "enter."

Genesis 7 1: And the LORD said unto Noah, "Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation." (KJV)

Does it make a difference? Yes, I believe it does. Allow me to explain.

When the LORD GOD said, "come..." into the ark, where do you suppose God was speaking from? By using the word "come" it would indicate that God spoke from inside the Ark.

Webster defines the word come as: to move from a place thought of as "there" to or into a place thought of as "here."

Do you see the difference? 

God was speaking from inside the Ark to Noah and his family. 
Think about what that means.

I think Noah only had a vague idea of what was about to happen to the planet earth.  Given that, place yourself in his sandals for just a moment.  Do you suppose Noah may have been experiencing some fear and trepidation?  I think so. But the LORD comforted them with the knowledge that not only was He in the Ark of Safety, but that He would remain with them until the storm had passed.

Although the flood waters raged outside from above and below, and the hurricane force winds howled, drowning out the sounds of all those lost souls perishing outside the Ark, absolutely no harm would come to those who chose to enter into the Ark.  Their safety was assured.

This invitation to "come" is still our call to salvation today.
The Ark is an Old Testament picture of our salvation experience today.

Remember what I have often said, what is concealed in the O.T. is often revealed in the N.T.

In lesson eighteen, we learned about the construction of the Ark.
We discovered that the Ark only had one door. How did Noah and his family enter the Ark?  This is not a trick question. 

They came in through the one and only door.

Just as Noah entered the Ark of Safety by that single door, we understand that there is but one way for all to experience salvation today, and that is through the Lord Jesus Christ. 

And once you are "in Christ Jesus" your salvation is secure.

In light of that Bible truth, I want to spend some time speaking to you about "eternal security." To do that I need to show you a verse that is coming up. Skip to verse sixteen.

Genesis 7 16: Those that entered, (Remember the invitation was offered to all those that would come. God permitted the door to the Ark to be left open for seven days) male and female of all flesh, entered as God had commanded him; (Now here it comes) and the LORD closed it behind them.

...and the LORD closed it
(the one and only door to the ark) behind them.

God sealed the door after they were inside the Ark.  

Now hold that thought as you go to the book of John, chapter ten. 

John 10

1: Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbs up some other way, he is a thief and a robber."

2: "But he who enters by the door is a shepherd of the sheep.

Skip down to verse 6.

6: This figure of speech Jesus spoke to them, but they did not understand what those things were which He had been saying to them.

And now verse seven.  This is why we are here.  Look carefully.  We've been speaking about entering the Ark by a "single door" in order for Noah and the rest to be saved.

7: So Jesus said to them again, "Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.

And now verse nine.  You'll find Jesus has to repeat His statement; but He adds one more important item.

9:  "I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved...

This is a conditional statement.  He or she who enters into the salvation experience must enter through Jesus Christ.  This important fact flies in the face of those who teach there is some other way to achieve salvation. 

You need to know a little something about shepherds and sheep to understand this allegory.  The sheepfold is where sheep are kept.  The shepherd and the sheep enter this pen by a single door or entryway.  
And here's the thing, the sheepfold door was located at ground level.  
Therefore, it is accessible to everyone.

This "door" was not located at some hard-to-reach site high on a mountain side.
You don't have to swim the deepest sea, carry an elephant over the Alps, or cross a bed of hot, burning coals barefoot to reach it.
It's right where its always been; right there in front of you.

Romans 10

8: But what does it say?  "THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, IN YOUR MOUTH AND IN YOUR HEART" - that is, the word of faith which we are preaching

It's all about God.  He did all that needed to be done for us all.

When Jesus cried out from the cross, "It is finished," He meant what He said.
For anyone to come back and say, "No, I feel there is something more I must do" makes God out to be a liar!  Man cannot add one thing to the finished work of the cross...oh but they try.

So, Jesus tells us He alone is the door.  There isn't a "back door."
You have to meet Jesus face to face.

Revelation 3

20: "Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me." 

Jesus is the only way.

John 14

6: Jesus said to him (Jesus is addressing Thomas the Doubter.  You have to admit.  There's a little bit of Thomas in each of us.), "I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes (See, there's that word "come" again.  We found this same word in Genesis chapter seven) to the Father but through Me."  

You can't make the message any plainer than that.  This phrase says what it means and means what it says.  But let's jump ahead to the book of Acts to see what the apostle Paul has to say on this subject.

Acts 4

12: "And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved."

And so, this is the reason why God had Noah build the Ark with only the one door.  To find refuge and safety one had to enter by that one door.
There is no "human latch" on the inside of the door.  God shuts it!  
God sealed the door to the Ark after He shut it.  

You can apply this to our salvation experience today.  
Once you "enter in," who seals your salvation?  God does!

II Corinthians 1

21: Now He (God) who establishes us with you in Christ and anointed us in God,

22: who also (What?) sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a (What?) pledge (Or down payment, if you will).


Ephesians 1

13: In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel, (Not "a" gospel, as if there were more than one, but "the" gospel because there is only one) of your salvation - having also believed, (Now that's past tense) you were (here it is again) sealed (Where?) in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise.

Salvation is such an important topic and that's why I've decided to park on this for a time.  Christiandom has really muddied these waters so to speak.  
Today there is so much argument and controversy in the church regarding Eternal Salvation.  Why, some actually teach that your salvation can be lost.  
It's there one moment; and then poof, it's gone. 

Others teach that salvation is much like a prize to be won.  They present a list of dos and don'ts to their people and then say, "Here do this and don't do that.  
If you can manage to do all these things, you just might get to heaven." 

I'm sorry...might get to heaven?  
Wouldn't you like to know you're going to heaven. 

There's no need for confusion.  The Bible gives very clear instructions about what must be done in order to be saved.  And once you are saved, your salvation cannot be lost.  

Ask yourselves these two questions.

1) Was Noah and all those who chose to go into the Ark safe and secure?
2) Is the shed blood of Jesus Christ sufficient to take us through times of testing and in that day of final judgment which is to come?

The answer is YES.   Remember what I'm trying to show you.  

God shut the door of the Ark, sealing all those inside, and guarantying their safety.  The scenario is much the same for us today who are saved by faith plus nothing.  God did all that needed to be done.  Once you believe in the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, according to the Scriptures, not only are you saved, but your salvation is SECURE.  
(REF: I Corinthians 15:1-4)

Salvation is eternal.  That's what this book says.  It's not my idea.

If someone is telling you otherwise, I suggest you walk away from there.

But, let's go to the book; and what a promise!  Why?  Because God cannot lie.
If you believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God, and I trust that you do, then we have to rest on the fact that if God said it that settles it.
Taking God at His word is the definition of FAITH.

Romans 8

1a: Therefore, there is now (That's present tense) no condemnation for those who are (Where?) in Christ Jesus.  

This is a conditional statement.  It does not cover the entire human race, but only those who are in Christ Jesus.  How is that done?  By faith plus nothing.
That promise comes from God folks.

Remember, Noah and his family had to "enter into" the Ark of Safety to be saved.  In like manner, today a person must "enter into" a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ in order to be saved.

Here's an extra.  Some Bible translations have added a few words to the text above (ROM 8:1) that were not in the original manuscript.  These words don't necessarily harm the verse; but they were added by the Bible translators.  
These words are: "...who walked not after the flesh but after the Spirit,"

And that's free for nothing.  Just thought you would like to know.
When you come across an italicized word or group of words in Scripture, please know that the word or words were added by the translators.  
They were not in the original manuscript. 

Romans 8:1 tells us that there is NOTHING God can bring against us in CONDEMNATION if were in Christ Jesus.
Nothing.  Why?  I'm glad you asked.

For the same reason that once Noah and his family went into the Ark, and the door was then shut by God, He sealed it.  The Ark and its inhabitants were then protected against the flood waters of judgment.  Nothing would harm them.

This is what the Bible is saying.  These are not my words.
If you are "in Christ Jesus" by faith in His shed blood, you are then saved and your salvation cannot be lost or stolen.

Follow me to Romans chapter six.

Romans 6

11: ...Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

More good news!  Those who are in Christ Jesus are ALIVE to God.

Turn to Hebrews chapter five.

Hebrews 5

8: Although He (Jesus Christ) was a Son, He learned obedience from things which He suffered.

9: And having been made perfect, He became to (How many?) all those who obey him the source of (What?) eternal salvation.

Eternal is eternal folks.  Once you are in Christ Jesus, through faith in His shed blood, His death, burial, and resurrection, all according to the Scriptures, you are then saved and your salvation cannot be lost.  Satan will try to convince you otherwise, but listen, truth is truth.  Will you believe God or the father of lies?

There is nothing God can bring against us who are in Christ Jesus. 



You need to know something about shepherds and sheep before we continue with this allegory. The sheepfold is a pen where sheep are kept. The shepherd and the sheep entered this pen by a single door or entryway. Skip down to verse seven.

7: "So Jesus said to them again, "Truly, truly, I say to you, I AM the door of the sheep."

And now let's read verse nine.

9: "I AM the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved..."

Of course, this statement by Jesus is conditional.
He or she who enters in must enter through Jesus Christ.

This important truth flies in the face of all those who teach there is something more or extra a person must do in order to realize salvation. But sadly it doesn't end there. They also teach that you must continue working or striving so that you don't lose your salvation. Preposterous.

People listen to this inaccurate teaching because it's human nature to think there is something we MUST do to obtain salvation. Listen, if our salvation depended on something/anything that we could do ask yourself this question. Why did Jesus have to suffer and then die? Think about it.

The sheepfold door is located at ground level. Therefore, it is accessible to everyone.
It was not located at some hard-to-reach site. In other words, you don't have to climb the highest mountain, swim the deepest sea, or walk over a bed of hot, burning coals barefoot to achieve it.
The door is right there in front of you. It always has been.

It's simple really, and yet so complex at the same time, but God did all that needed to be done. God did it for us all. That's how much He loves us...

When Jesus cried out from the cross, "It is finished," He meant what He said.
For anyone to come back and say, "No, there is something I must do" makes God out to be a liar.

Man cannot add one thing to the finished work of the cross. Oh, but they try.

Jesus said He alone is the door one enters to be saved.

John 14 6: Jesus said to him, (Jesus is speaking to Thomas the doubter) "I AM the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me."

The apostle Paul gives us the same instructions.

Acts 4 12: "And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been (What?) given (Salvation is a gift from God. Now what is the definition of the word gift? It is something freely given and freely received. Once you offer to pay or do something in exchange for it; it is no longer a gift. Salvation cannot be earned) among men by which we must be saved."

Again, Paul writes in I Corinthians this statement for us believers.

I Corinthians 3

10: According to the grace of God which was
(What?) given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, (Paul speaks of laying the foundation) and another is building on it. But each man must be careful how he builds on it.

11: For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Christ Jesus.

And so this is the reason why God instructed Noah to build the Ark with only one door.
To find refuge one must enter by that one door.
There is no human latch on the inside of that door. God shuts it!
When that one door was shut by God, there was no possible way for anyone else to enter in.

I believe this is applicable to our salvation experience today.
Once you enter in, who seals it? God does. Read on.

II Corinthians 1 21: Now He (God) who establishes us with you (Where?) in Christ and anointed us in God.

22: who also (Watch this) sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a (What?) pledge (Or a promise).

There's more:

Ephesians 1 13: In Him, you also after listening to the message of truth, the gospel, (Not a gospel meaning there is more than one; but THE GOSPEL meaning there is but one) of your salvation - having also believed, (Now that's past tense) you were (Here it is again) sealed (Where?) in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise.

There is so much argument and controversy in the church today regarding eternal salvation.
That's why I wanted to "park" on this subject for a time. There are those who preach that your salvation can be lost. Others, teach salvation is like a prize that may or may not be won.
Some preach that you have to constantly strive to achieve it and then keep it. They present a list of dos and don's to their people and say here, do this and do that. If you can manage to do all these things well, you just may get to heaven.

Excuse me. May get to heaven? Wouldn't you like to know for certain you're going to heaven? I would. That's why I teach my friends.

Now, I won't argue about such things. I'm willing to discuss them; and there is room for some disagreement. But on the subject of salvation; I will not bend. I go by what the Bibles says not by what man teaches. If what you are hearing does not line up with Scripture, leave it.

Ask yourselves:
1) Was Noah and all those inside the Ark of Safety secure?
2) Is the shed blood of Jesus Christ sufficient to take us through times of testing and in that day of final judgment which is to come?

Yes - and more!

Remember, what I'm trying to show you. God shut the door of the Ark, sealing all those inside, and guarantying their safety. It's the same scenario for those who are saved today through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ plus nothing. You cannot add one thing to it. God did all that needed to be done.

Once you believe in the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jeusus Christ, not only are you saved, but your salvation is secure. (I Corinthians 15:1-4)

I'd like to start with Romans chapter eight. What a chapter and what a promise we all have here.
Why? Because God cannot lie. If you believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, and I trust that you do, then we have to rest on the fact that if God said it, that settles it!
There is no room for controversy.

Romans 8 1a: Therefore there is no condemnation for those who are (Where?) in Christ Jesus.

This is a conditional statement. It does not cover the entire human race as some teach; but only those who are in Christ Jesus. And that, my friends, is a promise from God.

Remember, Noah and his family had to "enter into" the Ark to be saved. All those outside the ark were lost. In like manner, when a person today "enters into" a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ you are saved through faith.

I think you should know that some Bible translations have added a few words to the text above that were not in the original manuscript. They don't necessarily harm the text in any way, but these next words were added by the translators. These words are: "...who walked not after the flesh but after the Spirit."

Those words are not in the NASB. Just thought you might like to know.

Romans 8:1 inform us that there is NOTHING God can bring against us in CONDEMNATION if we're in Christ Jesus. Not a thing. Not one sin. Why? I'm glad you asked.

This is what the Bible says. These are not my words.
If you are in Christ Jesus, your salvation is secure.

Follow me to Romans chapter six.

Romans 6 11: ...Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Those who are in Christ Jesus are ALIVE to God. Turn to Hebrews chapter five.

Hebrews 5

8: Although He (Jesus Christ) was a Son, He learned obedience from things which He suffered.

9: And having been made perfect, he became to all those who obey Him (See. Once again, this is a condition statement) the source of (What does it say?) eternal salvation.
Eternal is eternal folks. It means what it says and says what it means. It means without end!
Once you are "in Christ Jesus" by faith in His shed blood, his substitutionary death on the cross, His burial, and His resurrection on the third day, according to the Scriptures, you are then saved and your salvation cannot be lost. Satan will try to convince you otherwise, but the truth will set you free. Will you believe God or will you believe the father of lies?

So, there is absolutely nothing God can bring against a believer in condemnation, if we are in Christ Jesus.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

God's Grace Extended to Noah

HBS Genesis 6:1-22 (Continued)

Lesson 18

Some of you may be wondering why I continue to teach from the book of Genesis.
After all, we are living in the age of grace. Why spend valuable time studying about "the old stuff" when we could be learning about "the new stuff?" My answer is this, "Every Christian needs to hear and they need to understand all of Scripture and not just pieces of it taken from here and there."


There are many who ignore teaching the Old Testament all together today.
They say, "The O.T. has nothing to do with the Church Age," so they cast it aside.
Of course, there are quite a few today who ignore certain parts of the New Testament.
I ought to mention them in order to be fair to both sides of the argument.
One particular denomination rejects the book of Revelation for example. They don't include it in their Bible.
They don't believe it, therefore, they don't teach it.

Scripture does not support their views. Please turn to II Timothy.
This is Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles, writing around 67-68 AD.

II Timothy 3

16: All (Both the O.T. and the N.T.) Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;

17: so that the man
(And the woman) of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.

Please turn to the book of Romans. Again, this is the apostle Paul writing to the believes in Rome.

Romans 15

4: For whatever was written in earlier times
(Paul is speaking of the O.T. writings) was written for (What?) our instruction (Or learning. And here is why.) so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

I don't wish to rush through Bible study and in particular the book of Genesis because we stand to gain so much from the time spent here. For instance, in our last lesson, I showed you the parallel which exists between those days leading up to the Flood and our present day. The people living back then were ungodly and rushing headlong towards judgment, despite the warning signs, and so is our world today. We've come full circle.

Today I want to spend some time speaking about the construction of the Ark, the materials that were used, and why these materials were selected by God. In doing so, I will point out to you the similarities which exist between the Ark of Safety and the Lord Jesus Christ. There may not be time to cover this subject in detail; so I will follow up on this teaching at our next session.

One of my goals is to get you to THINK while you are reading Scripture.
This is where Bible study really begins.
Before you begin to read a portion of the Bible always ask yourself:
1) Who is writing - or speaking?
2) Who are they speaking to?
3) What are the circumstances - it's good to know your history. This helps with your Bible study.

I want you to consider these two questions as we go through our lesson:

a) Why did God elect Noah to be the recipient of His grace?
b) Why didn't God do away with everyone on the planet earth and just start over from scratch?

Let's begin.

Genesis 6

13: Then God said to Noah, "The end of all flesh has come before Me;
(God is the only Righteous Judge.) for the earth is filled with violence because of them: and behold, I am about to destroy them with the earth."

I've been exposed to more than one teaching as to what the meaning of "with the earth" means.
Some believe this is saying that God intends to use the very thing this wicked generation loved the most to destroy them. These people were certainly materialistic; so why not use the thing they loved more than God to undo them? This sound logical.

The other teaching says God planned to not only destroy all flesh but also the planet itself.
The destruction unleashed upon this planet by God would certainly be enough to take out every creature that breathed air but this act would also eliminate every created thing.
There is scientific evidence to support this theory. We'll look at this evidence in a future lesson.

I may upset some by saying this, but I believe both of these theories are true. I think they are both right.
There is Scriptural evidence to support both of these theories as well. More on this later.

Besides the wickedness and the violence perpetrated by man, what displeased God more than these was their UNBELIEF. There was a time when certain men "called upon the name of the LORD," but no more.
Mankind has forgotten God...except for Noah.

"...I am about to destroy them with the earth."

The forces of nature are subject to God. There is not one thing outside of God's control.
Please turn to the book of Matthew.

Matthew 8

23: When He got into the boat, His disciples followed Him.

24: And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves; but Jesus Himself was asleep.

25: And they came to Him and woke Him saying, "Save us, Lord; we are perishing!"

26: He said to them, "Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?" Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it became perfectly calm.

27: The men were amazed, and said, "What kind of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?"

If you live in Florida, you'll have a healthier respect for hurricanes than most.
Some of you may have even experienced one of these terrible storms in your lifetime.
I have and while at sea. The destroyer I was serving on was three days steaming time from the island of Bermuda when we encountered a category three hurricane. Our warship was tossed around like some child's toy boat in a bathtub. It was downright scary. I understand what Jesus' disciples felt in the midst of this storm at sea. You are utterly helpless while in it.
The power of nature is an awesome thing, but not nearly as awesome as the power of the Creator God.

The violence the LORD GOD unleashed upon this planet in the days of Noah (around 1600 BC) would make a hurricane look like a spring shower in comparison.

Next, we have the LORD GOD giving explicit instructions to Noah on how to construct the Ark.
God leaves nothing to chance.

Some of you may not be aware of this, it was covered in a previous lesson, so it bears repeating.
God is going to destroy the planet with water from above and "from the fountains of the deep."
You need to know that up until this time it has never rained. No one has ever seen rain on the earth.

Please turn to Genesis chapter two.

Genesis 2

5: Now no shrub of the field was yet in the earth, and no plant of the field had yet sprouted, for the LORD GOD had not sent rain upon the earth, and there was no man to cultivate the ground.

6: But a mist used to rise from the earth and water the whole surface of the ground.

N0ah had never seen rain. No one had.
Let's look at another companion verse on this subject. Go to Hebrews chapter eleven.

Hebrews 11

7: By faith, Noah, being warned by God about
(Here it comes) things not yet seen (I believe this is referring to not only the flood waters but also the rain falling from above) in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household; by which He condemned the world, and became an heir of righteousness which is according to faith.

The next item I need to mention is Noah did not live near a seaport. Noah lived on the plains.
Noah was surrounded by dry land. He was told to construct the Ark on dry land.
Can you imagine the verbal abuse he and his family endured while they labored on this project?
It must have been cruel and relentless.

But what did Noah do? Did he argue with God? No!
Noah believed God and went to work building the Ark. Noah put his faith into ACTION!

Genesis 6

14: "Make for yourself an ark of gopher wood...;"

When you hear the word ark, what picture comes to mind?
Do you see a cute boat, with a shed-like structure in the middle of the deck, there's a white-haired old man waving, and there's a giraffe peeking out one of the windows near the top of the structure? I bet you do.

That is the typical Sunday School picture that hung on every classroom wall in the children's ministry area. I know. I've put quite a few of them up in my day. But that is not what the ark looked like.

The Ark of Safety - that's what you would call it - was a rectangular box. It looked more like a coffin than it did a boat. The word "Ark" comes from the Latin word "Arca" which means box or chest.
In the trail from Greek to Latin to English we find Noah's Ark and the Ark of the Covenant sharing the same term. Another example would be the basket which was built for the baby Moses before he was placed in the Nile River.

The Ark was built with gopher wood. We know this as cypress wood today.
Cypress wood has the characteristics of being both sturdy and water resistant.
That's why God chose this wood.
God is going to have Noah build the Ark so that it can withstand the tremendous forces of nature.

Know this too, the Ark was not powered because it wasn't going anywhere.
There were no sails, and no rudder for steerage. There were no oars.
The Ark was built to survive. That's all.

God's precise instructions continue.

Genesis 6

14b: you shall make the ark with rooms,

The Ark would have to accommodate Noah, his family, two of every living creature, and their food stores. You may not be aware of this fact, but Noah and his family would be eating the same food the animals ate.
Surprised? (See Genesis 9: 1-3).

The measurements of the Ark were based on the cubit.
There is a short cubit and a long cubit. A cubit is the measurement from a man's forearm to the tip of his middle finger. If we use the short cubit, and the Ark is to be 300 cubits long, then our rectangle would be 450 ft. long and 75 ft. wide. The Ark was to be 45 feet high from top to bottom.

That equals the height of a three story building with 15 ft. ceilings.
Now that's a pretty big box. In order to put this into perspective, a football field is 300 ft. long from goal post to goal post. The Ark was all of that plus 150 ft. more.

Timbers of tremendous size must have been used in the construction of the Ark.
If that is so, Noah and his three sons, even if they worked diligently around the clock, could not have accomplished this enormous task without help.

Evidently, Noah had to hire a lot of this work out to the surrounding communities.
Think. Perhaps part of God's plan was to involve outsiders in the building processes and thereby educating them about the coming judgment. The Bible does not say, but it is conceivable.

Dr. Rehwinkel, a professor of theology at Concordia University in St. Louis, wrote a book titled, "The Flood" and he offers an illustration that ought to make people sit up and take notice.
He said, day in and day out people labored with the sweat of their brow to help build the Ark.
But when the flood came, they were not inside the Ark so they were lost. He goes on to say, today, how many church members are busy working in the church, performing whatever duty they believe they are called to do, such as singing in the choir, working in the kitchen, helping in the parking lot, etc, yet they have never ENTERED into a salvation experience, so when the the day of judgment is upon them, they are not going to be IN the Ark, they are going to be caught OUTSIDE.

So, for Noah and his family the Ark would be their place of refuge.
To escape the flood waters of judgment, it was necessary for them to be inside the Ark.
To experience salvation today, a person must ENTER into a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.
You do that by believing in His death, burial, and resurrection. (See I Corinthians 15:1-4).

Genesis 6:14c

...and shall cover it inside and out with pitch...

The word pitch in Hebrew = kaw-far. This word means to "cover over" such as a lid and is the word for the lid of the Ark of the Covenant. This word is translated as "pitch" which was spread over the ark inside and outside in order to make it water tight.

This same word "pitch" is also translated as ATONEMENT.
The word atonement is an abstract. In order to understand the true Hebrew meaning of a word; we must look to the concrete meaning. If an offense has been made, the one that has been offended can act as though the offense is "covered over" and therefore unseen. We express this idea through the word of forgiveness today.
Atonement is an outward action that covers over the offense.

The "pitch" of Noah's Ark is a significant type or picture of the blood of Jesus Christ.
Because pitch was tar, it was something that would seal out the water protecting all those inside the Ark.
The flood waters became the waters of judgment. But for those inside the Ark, it was a place of safety.
That pitch or tar kept the flood waters out; so the family inside was kept perfectly safe.


Just as Noah and his family were saved from the waters of judgment by being inside the Ark all those who are in Christ Jesus are saved today. How save are we?

Romans 8

38: For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,

39 nor height, nor depth, nor any created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

At the beginning of this lesson, there were two questions I wanted you to think about.
Why did God elect Noah?
Why didn't God destroy every living thing and start over?

From our lesson two weeks ago, the Bible informs us that "Noah walked with God."
This bit of information tells us much if you are willing to dig a little deeper.

Noah lived in a generation in which it seemed that everything had gone downhill (sound familiar?) and it had.
Violence had increased to the point that it filled the earth. It wasn't safe to walk the roads alone.
Sexual promiscuity was rampant. But Noah did not allow the wickedness of those around him to distract him from serving God. He was not a follower of God in name only. Rather, Noah walked with God and God walked with Noah. They had a relationship that was so important to God that He refused to destroy the whole earth without giving Noah a chance to save his family by building an Ark. Noah's obedience did save not only his life and the lives of his family members, but also the hope of future generations.

And that last sentence answers question number two for us.

Why didn't God do away with everyone and just start over?
Because God promised to redeem His lost creation.

Back in our study of Genesis chapter three we have the first prophetic statement from God. Let's review it.

Genesis 3

15: And I
(God) will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He (The Redeemer) shall bruise your head (Speaks of a mortal wound) And you (The devil) shall bruise Him on the heel (Speaks of non-lethal wound).

God said from the seed of the woman My Redeemer will come.
In Him alone, is the hope of salvation for all mankind.
However, for this to happen, Adam and Eve's bloodline had to continue.
If God ended all life, then His word would be worth nothing.
Throughout Scripture we find God retaining a remnant of believers who have been set apart from the unbelieving world around them for His purpose.

Let's look at one example.

I Kings 19

13: When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. And behold, a voice came to him and said, "What are you doing here, Elijah?"

14: Then he said, "I have been zealous for the LORD, the God of hosts; for the sons of Israel have forsaken Your covenants, torn down Your altars and killed Your prophets with the sword. And I alone am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.

Elijah thought he was the last believer in all of Israel. All the others were dead and he is next. Skip down to verse eighteen.

18: (This is the LORD speaking) "Yet I will leave (How many?) 7,000 in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal and every mouth that has not kissed him."

It is estimated at this time in history there were approximately 7,000,000 Jews living in Israel.
7,000 of these Jews were still faithful to God.
Now that is not very many considering, but there never has been a great multitude following God at any time in history. Believes have always been in the minority.
So keep this in mind. When it comes to matters of faith, the majority don't get it.

So, that answers the two questions introduced earlier in this lesson.

Genesis 6

15: "This is how you shall make it: the length of the ark three hundred cubits, its breadth fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits."

16: "You shall make a window for the ark, and finish it to a cubit from the top; and set the door of the ark in the side of it; you shall make it with lower, second, and third decks."

17: "Behold, I, even I am bringing the flood water upon the earth, to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life, from under heaven; everything of life, that is on the earth shall perish."

18: "But I will establish My covenant with you."

We will discuss covenants later on in our Bible study, but please know this.
A covenant is something God makes with man. It is not something man makes with God.
Therefore, once God establishes a covenant, it is unbreakable.

There are many covenants in Scripture.
God's covenant with Noah is called the Noahic Covenant.

God promised Noah that He would never again destroy the earth with a flood.
A rainbow was placed in the sky to remind man of this promise from God.

Genesis 6

18: "But I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall enter the ark - you and your sons and your wife, and your son's wives with you."

19: "And of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every kind into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female."

20: "Of the birds after their kind, and of the animals after their kind, of every creeping thing of the ground after its kind, two of every kind will (Now watch this) come to you to keep them alive."

I've heard many people teach that Noah and his sons had to go out and "fetch these animals" in order to save them. That's not what this verse is saying. Look again at the text.

...two of every kind WILL COME TO YOU...

Noah didn't have to go out and trap these animals. The animals came to him. Every living thing, after its kind, came to the place where the Ark of Safety was being built. They came to Noah.
Hard to believe? Let's check Scripture.

Back in Genesis chapter two there is a similar event recorded for us.
God brought every living creature to Adam so he could give them a name.

Genesis 2

19: Out of the ground the LORD GOD formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky,
(Now read carefully) and brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name.

This doesn't say that Adam had to go searching for these creatures in order to name them.
No. God brought the creatures to Adam. All right then, the situation is the same with Noah.
Noah didn't go out and trap these animals in order to get them into the ark.
God brought every living creature, after its kind, to Noah.

That being the case, this was one more warning sign to the inhabitants of the world.
Think. People are going about their business, ignoring God, and sinning in abundance, when all of a sudden they look up and see two elephants coming up the road being followed by two rhinos.
The stop and stare at the spectacle until the animals are out of sight. But they notice more and more of these strange animals arriving day and night by twos; and they are all headed for the same place. Noah's! HELLO!

Genesis 6

21: "As for you, take for yourself some of the food which is edible, and gather it to yourself; and it shall be food for you and for them."

22: Thus Noah did; according to all that God had commanded him, so he did.

Twice in this last verse we see that Noah put his faith into action.
Faith is simply taking God at His word.

If we are right with God, there is a way out of every problem that we encounter.
Our Ark of Safety is belief in the Lord Jesus Christ.
And this Ark of Safety saved Noah and his family, Jesus Christ will save us and our families.

One thing that really concerns me today is that we are not "building" and ark as God commanded Noah to do. Some are being saved, but very few are shoring up the sides and thoroughly preparing for the day of trouble. Noah was not saved from the flood, he was saved in it. Today we have a Brill Cream Religion - a little dab will do you. What do I mean by that?

God gets about an hour on Sunday of half-hear ted worship and then most of the Christian world is done for the week. They return to the world and their lives until next Sunday where the process begins again. Noah had an attribute that many could take a lesson from today. He listened to God and he took instruction well.

So many of us will not SLOW DOWN enough to hear God speak, and even they do, they seldom listen. This is a generation that does not like to be instructed by God.
My how sinful patterns repeat.

Our hearing apparatus in the heart is coated over with cares and concerns of this world.
How many people even bother to read God's word - it is one form of fellowship you know?

People we must get into God's word.
I hear people say, "I don't understand the Bible."
I'm offering to help. But it takes a bit of effort.


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:

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,

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."


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.


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


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.
Who are "the sons of God?"
Who are "the daughters of men?"
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.