The Death of the Old World (Gen 7:1-24)

Author’s Note: I am preaching through Genesis on Wednesday nights. Here I will present edited notes in blog form. You can listen to the sermon below and download it here. May God be glorified and His people edified. Comments below if you like.

After three sessions in Genesis 6, in this study we finally move on to chapter seven. God had previously decreed His Spirit would not strive with man forever, because every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually, so 120 years were given for man before he would be blotted out. During that 120 years God showed grace to Noah and told him to build the ark, because a flood that would wipe out everything was coming, but God would preserve Noah, his wife, his sons, their wives, and animals. He would save them from the judgment.

Well, tonight in Genesis 7, the judgment, the Flood comes. So read chapter seven…

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. You shall take with you of every clean animal by sevens, a male and his female; and of the animals that are not clean two, a male and his female; also of the birds of the sky, by sevens, male and female, to keep offspring alive on the face of all the earth. For after seven more days, I will send rain on the earth forty days and forty nights; and I will blot out from the face of the land every living thing that I have made.” Noah did according to all that the Lord had commanded him.

Now Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of water came upon the earth. Then Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him entered the ark because of the water of the flood. Of clean animals and animals that are not clean and birds and everything that creeps on the ground, there went into the ark to Noah by twos, male and female, as God had commanded Noah. It came about after the seven days, that the water of the flood came upon the earth. In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on the same day all the fountains of the great deep burst open, and the floodgates of the sky were opened. The rain fell upon the earth for forty days and forty nights.

On the very same day Noah and Shem and Ham and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons with them, entered the ark, they and every beast after its kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth after its kind, and every bird after its kind, all sorts of birds. So they went into the ark to Noah, by twos of all flesh in which was the breath of life. Those that entered, male and female of all flesh, entered as God had commanded him; and the Lord closed it behind him.

Then the flood came upon the earth for forty days, and the water increased and lifted up the ark, so that it rose above the earth. The water prevailed and increased greatly upon the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water. The water prevailed more and more upon the earth, so that all the high mountains everywhere under the heavens were covered. The water prevailed fifteen cubits higher, and the mountains were covered. All flesh that moved on the earth perished, birds and cattle and beasts and every swarming thing that swarms upon the earth, and all mankind; of all that was on the dry land, all in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life, died. Thus He blotted out every living thing that was upon the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky, and they were blotted out from the earth; and only Noah was left, together with those that were with him in the ark. The water prevailed upon the earth one hundred and fifty days.

This was the death of the old world. Continue reading The Death of the Old World (Gen 7:1-24)

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Eve of Destruction (Gen 6:9-22)

Author’s Note: I am preaching through Genesis on Wednesday nights. Here I will present edited notes in blog form. You can listen to the sermon below and download it here. May God be glorified and His people edified. Comments below if you like.

We come back in our study of the book of Genesis to chapter six, picking up from our last study, where the first eight verses tell us what the days of Noah were like, and even how similar our own days are becoming.

In short, Noah’s days were filled with wickedness. Every thought of the intents of men’s hearts was only evil continually. That’s the damning indictment of mankind found in verse five. God was grieved in His heart in verse six, and in verse seven He decreed He would blot out man whom He created. He was sorry He made man.

But as we’ve seen in Genesis 3, Genesis 4, and Genesis 5, now again in chapter six, at the conclusion of each section where we see sin, wickedness, and how deep it permeates and how wide it spreads… at the conclusion of each section there is hope. And sure enough, hope is found in verse eight, where despite the fact God is going to destroy the world He created, Noah, himself a sinner, finds favor (or grace) in the eyes of the LORD. God would not strive with man forever. His days would be 120 years, but God showed grace to Noah.

So now we come to what amounts to the eve of destruction for the world, and let’s see what God’s grace to Noah entailed. Genesis 6:9-22…

These are the records of the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his time; Noah walked with God. Noah became the father of three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

Now the earth was corrupt in the sight of God, and the earth was filled with violence. God looked on the earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth.

Then God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence because of them; and behold, I am about to destroy them with the earth. Make for yourself an ark of gopher wood; you shall make the ark with rooms, and shall cover it inside and out with pitch. This is how you shall make it: the length of the ark three hundred cubits, its breadth fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits. 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. Behold, I, even I am bringing the flood of water upon the earth, to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life, from under heaven; everything that is on the earth shall perish. But I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall enter the ark—you and your sons and your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. 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. 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 come to you to keep them alive. As for you, take for yourself some of all food which is edible, and gather it to yourself; and it shall be for food for you and for them.” Thus Noah did; according to all that God had commanded him, so he did.

Now even though the first mention of Noah is back toward the end of chapter five — when his father Lamech prophesied his son, whose name means rest, would bring rest to the people weary from the curse — even though Noah has already been mentioned, this is really the beginning of his story. In verse nine we see for the third time one of those “These are the records of” type of statements. The first two were in Genesis 2:4 and 5:1. So this is the beginning of a new section of Genesis, and it will take us through the end of chapter nine. Continue reading Eve of Destruction (Gen 6:9-22)

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The Days of Noah, Part 2 (Gen 6:5-8)

Author’s Note: I am preaching through Genesis on Wednesday nights. Here I will present edited notes in blog form. You can listen to the sermon below and download it here. May God be glorified and His people edified. Comments below if you like.

In the last study we focused in Genesis 6 on verses 1-4, that difficult text about the sons of God, the daughters of men, the giants. It was then I shared my conclusion: that the sons of God were fallen angels who intermingled, had intercourse, with women, producing dominant physical offspring, leading to God announcing the time for man would be 120 years. The world was supersaturated with sin, like a sponge. It was seeping out, and God wouldn’t strive with man forever.

We see that again here in verses 5-8, which focus more on the human side of all of this that led to God’s judgment, and yes, we’ll consider our own day as well. I have some thoughts about it the Scriptures have provoked. But let’s start by reading the word of God, and to give us some context I’ll read verses 1-8.

Now it came about, when men began to multiply on the face of the land, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose. Then the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, because he also is flesh; nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.

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 continually. The Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. 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.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.

Again, our concentration is on those last four verses, 5-8, and the first thing we see, in verse five, is the verdict. The sinfulness of man has been compounded by the demonic invasion of verses 1-4. So what is the verdict? Well, we saw in verse three God set a time limit on man: 120 years. Now that is expounded upon: “Then YHWH saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent on the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” Only evil continually. Let those words marinate a bit in your mind… only evil continually. Continue reading The Days of Noah, Part 2 (Gen 6:5-8)

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On Planned Parenthood: The wicked strut, the Lord reigns

Rather than show any semblance of a conscience — except to exhibit their’s is seared (Rom 2:15; 1 Tim 4:2) — Planned Parenthood has gone all in, giving God and any who would stand up for the murdered unborn the finger, ironically using a children’s movie to do it.

The wicked strut about on every side when vileness is exalted among the sons of men. – Ps 12:8

Planned Parenthood gives God and pro-lifers the finger.

Meanwhile, President Obama’s Department of Justice prepares to investigate the group showing for all to see what so many of us suspected already.

They can drop all the mics they want. I long for the day the Lord Jesus Christ drops Planned Parenthood, and the millions of children murdered on their watch cheer and glory in the Lamb who was slain for them.

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In the mirror and out the window

Author’s note: This is an amended version of a post I did at my blog on my church’s site —

mirrorpostThere is a lot of talk about church health these days, particularly regarding smaller, rural, more traditional congregations such as the one I pastor. While we place our faith in Jesus Christ, who said He would build His church and the gates of Hades would not prevail against it, churches do die off in various ways and for various reasons.

Sometimes those reasons have to do with regional demographics. More people are moving to urban areas so there are less people out in the country.

But more often than we probably care to admit those reasons have to do with a church focused too much on ourselves, something written about by Thom Rainer in his book my church has been talking about in Sunday School, Autopsy of a Deceased Church.

To be sure, we should be looking at ourselves, but not so that we can think about the good ole days, how things at the church seemed so much better in the past, how pews (if not filled) were substantially fuller, how there was always activity. We should be looking at ourselves for the reasons the Bible tells us to; namely, to practice the one anothers — to love one another, help meet the needs of one another, encourage one another, pray for one another, and one too often neglected — confess sin to one another.

One of the problems of small, rural churches is that — in the community — almost everybody knows almost everybody, so we not only know the people we like, we know the people we don’t like. We know people’s faults. We know their histories. We live amongst people who’ve made us mad for decades. And sometimes (more often than we care to admit) this carries over to the local church, and so those in the community wonder why they should bother — going to church with those people.

That makes it all the more incumbent upon the body of Christ to look within — so that any sin in us might be done away with. We ought to be praying to God (while at the same time being fully submissive to His will) that He might blow the sin out of us, even when it makes things hard for us. So, yes, we ought to be looking ourselves in the mirror — and your church (if not Bethlehem), should be, too.

But we must not neglect the window… and the door… If we only look internally, then we will neglect Jesus’ command to go and make disciples. You can’t do the latter if you’re not doing the former. As a church we have to be willing to be ridiculed, castigated, rejected for the sake of the gospel. As a church we have to be willing to go to those people in the community we’ve known forever and say, “Yeah, you’re right, we don’t have it all together. We’ve made mistakes. And we will in the future. But that is why our sufficiency is found is Christ and not ourselves.” We have to love people enough to not be content to live among them, but lay ourselves on the line that they might hear the gospel, and by God’s grace, respond in obedient faith.

Kind of like Jesus did.

By God’s grace may we respond in obedient faith. To God be the glory!

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