God is Pro-Life (Gen 9:1-7)

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 have to remember that God is the God of eternity, and if the study of Genesis has shown us anything it is that the problems we face today as sinners have their root at the introduction of sin in the Garden, and the resultant curse, but that there is hope — eternal hope — found in fearing the LORD, trusting in the LORD, which necessarily entails obeying His commandments.

We’ve also seen what happens when men don’t obey God’s commandments, when they don’t fear Him, trust in Him. Most recently, we’ve seen the entire population of earth — with the exception of eight faithful men and women, represented by the head of the family, Noah — the entire population of the earth blotted out, washed away by a global, catastrophic Flood. But hope came at the end of the Flood. In chapter eight that the waters subsided, Noah and his family got off the ark, and the first thing he did was worship the LORD. The old world was dead, but by the grace and mercy of God he, his wife, his sons, and their wives had their lives preserved to forge humanity’s way — under God — in a new world. Noah makes an altar and sacrifices clean animals. All of this is pleasing to God. He smells the soothing aroma.

And then curiously, in 8:21, He says to Himself, not others, “I will never again curse the ground on account of man, for the intent of man’s heart is evil from his youth; and I will never again destroy every living thing, as I have done.” He says this to Himself in chapter eight. But now, as chapter nine begins, He will once again speak to man, and specifically to Noah. We pick up in Genesis 9:1: Continue reading “God is Pro-Life (Gen 9:1-7)”

But God remembered Noah (Gen 8:1-22)

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.

Let’s consider Genesis 8:1-22…

But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the cattle that were with him in the ark; and God caused a wind to pass over the earth, and the water subsided. Also the fountains of the deep and the floodgates of the sky were closed, and the rain from the sky was restrained; and the water receded steadily from the earth, and at the end of one hundred and fifty days the water decreased. In the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark rested upon the mountains of Ararat. The water decreased steadily until the tenth month; in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains became visible.

Then it came about at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made; and he sent out a raven, and it flew here and there until the water was dried up from the earth. Then he sent out a dove from him, to see if the water was abated from the face of the land; but the dove found no resting place for the sole of her foot, so she returned to him into the ark, for the water was on the surface of all the earth. Then he put out his hand and took her, and brought her into the ark to himself. So he waited yet another seven days; and again he sent out the dove from the ark. The dove came to him toward evening, and behold, in her [f]beak was a freshly picked olive leaf. So Noah knew that the water was abated from the earth. Then he waited yet another seven days, and sent out the dove; but she did not return to him again.

Now it came about in the six hundred and first year, in the first month, on the first of the month, the water was dried up from the earth. Then Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and behold, the surface of the ground was dried up. In the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth was dry. Then God spoke to Noah, saying, “Go out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and your sons’ wives with you. Bring out with you every living thing of all flesh that is with you, birds and animals and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, that they may breed abundantly on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth.” So Noah went out, and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him. Every beast, every creeping thing, and every bird, everything that moves on the earth, went out by their families from the ark.

Then Noah built an altar to the Lord, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar. The Lord smelled the soothing aroma; and the Lord said to Himself, “I will never again curse the ground on account of man, for the intent of man’s heart is evil from his youth; and I will never again destroy every living thing, as I have done.

“While the earth remains,
Seedtime and harvest,
And cold and heat,
And summer and winter,
And day and night
Shall not cease.”

In Genesis 6 there was the buildup to the Flood. In chapter seven the Flood came, along with the resultant destruction and death, a horror story of unspeakable gravity — God’s righteous, holy anger burning against sin and sinners, all that lived on the land being blotted out, but that which was in the ark, the instrument of salvation. And perhaps since the account of the Flood and the ark point so clearly to the salvation we find only in Jesus, many have tried to forget or explain away what is so clear in Genesis 6-9. As one commentator puts it, “In our modern age of scientific skepticism, the enormity of this great event of the past has been all but forgotten. Its testimony of the awfulness of sin and the reality of divine retribution is so disturbingly unwelcome that men have tried for ages somehow to explain it away and forget it.”

That is why in the last session so much attention was given to why this is not a myth, or a local flood, or a regional flood. It was a global catastrophe destroying all the earth and what lived on it. Continue reading “But God remembered Noah (Gen 8:1-22)”

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)”

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)”

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)”

The Days of Noah, Part 1 (Gen 6:1-4)

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 in our study now to what is undoubtedly one of the strangest, head-scratching, least understood, most debated passages in all of the Old Testament, if not the whole Bible. It’s one that has puzzled many, understandably so. That said, it’s not beyond understanding. I believe we can read Scripture, compare Scripture with Scripture, and make a bit more than educated guess as to what the Holy Spirit is saying in Genesis 6:1-4. So let’s read…

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.

This is, of course, and you can include verses 5-8 in this, the prelude to the Flood. We have seen since chapter three with the introduction of sin into the world that sin has spread deep and wide and it doesn’t discriminate. It’s affected everyone and everything. The curse is upon the world. It is true there is hope in the midst of the curse. One has been promised, a Seed of the woman, who will crush the head of the serpent. The sons of Seth have called upon the name of the LORD. Enoch walked with God and God took him. There were preachers of righteousness, prophets even, such as Methuselah, Lamech, and now we’re getting into Noah. So there were some righteous and there was hope amidst the curse. Nevertheless, as Henry Morris puts it, godless civilization descended into such “a terrible morass of wickedness and corruption that only a global bath of water from the windows of heaven could purge and cleanse the fevered earth.” And this text is the ramp up to that judgment. Continue reading “The Days of Noah, Part 1 (Gen 6:1-4)”