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Category: Genesis 6

11-6-2015 Genesis 6:13-22

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13 And God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth. 14 Make yourself an ark of gopherwood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and outside with pitch. 15 And this is how you shall make it: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, its width fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits. 16 You shall make a window for the ark, and you shall finish it to a cubit from above; and set the door of the ark in its side. You shall make it with lower, second, and third decks. 17 And behold, I Myself am bringing floodwaters on the earth, to destroy from under heaven all flesh in which is the breath of life; everything that is on the earth shall die. 18 But I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall go into the ark—you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. 19 And of every living thing of all flesh you shall bring two of every sort into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female. 20 Of the birds after their kind, of animals after their kind, and of every creeping thing of the earth after its kind, two of every kind will come to you to keep them alive. 21 And you shall take for yourself of all food that is eaten, and you shall gather it to yourself; and it shall be food for you and for them.” 22 Thus Noah did; according to all that God commanded him, so he did.

Here we see God giving instructions to Noah to build the ark, and Noah did what God told him to do. If I’m Noah, I’m thinking…..Huh??? Is this some sort of joke.  See it had never even rained at this time.  Noah knew that everyone would be ridiculing him and his family.  Everyone would think he was completely nuts!  However, Noah obeyed God.  He had “faith”.  Hebrews 11:6 states: ” But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is”.  We have to have that same faith to follow what Jesus has instructed us to do even when it doesn’t make sense. Many individuals of this world attack, and undermine the Christian faith.  It has been removed from our schools, our government (even though this is the foundation of the constitution), and even our homes.  The harsh reality is this….Just as God closed the door on the ark, Jesus will also close the door on the opportunity to have a relationship with Him.  The end will come.  The question is… Where will you be? For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God (Romans 14:11).  And then He will say one of two things to you: Well done , good and faithful servant (Matthew 25:21) or ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’(Matthew 7:23).  The choice is yours.  Today I choose Jesus. He makes all things new.  I am living proof of this.  So if you’re confused, lost, broken, or just tired and don’t know what to do.  Just say Jesus!

11-5-2015 Genesis 6:9-12

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9 This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God. 10 And Noah begot three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. 11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. 12 So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth.

Look at verse 11.  Sounds exactly like our world today.  We have corruption within our government, media, business, and even our churches.  There is violence everywhere. Sounds hopeless to me.  God had to wipe it out.  However, if you look He had a plan.  Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations and he walked with God.  So God used Noah to save mankind from extinction.  Well, what about now?  The human race seems to be on the same downward spiral. Ahhh…. God thought of everything.  See 2000 years ago God came in the flesh as a man named Jesus.  He was perfect and walked with God.  However, this time he died for us.  For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23).  Back in Noah’s time, God paid mankind for his sinful ways with death.  A price has to be paid for sin.  Today Jesus has paid that price, and He freely gives us the gift of eternal life.  All we have to do is accept it.  Paul the apostle told us ” that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved (Romans 10:9).  Easy….right?  Well not so fast.  The key part to this verse is “believe in your heart”.  God knows your heart.  When you give God your heart everything changes.  Jesus died for us so we can have a relationship with Him.  He truly loves us that much.  Most of us know John 3:16… For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.   It’s that simple.  So if you’re reading this and don’t have a relationship with Jesus, please don’t wait any longer.  Today is the day.  But if you don’t know what to say….just say Jesus!

11-4-2015 Genesis 6:5-8

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5 Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. 7 So the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” 8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.

These verses tell us that man was so corrupt and so wicked that God needed to wipe them out.  Holy crap! …..Jesus said: “But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be” (Matthew 24 37-39).  Many people believe we are in the last days.  That means if God’s heart was grieved then, it must be grieving now.  I must confess that I have seen and been part of the corruption and wickedness in our world.  It wasn’t until I truly surrendered to Jesus that my life turned around.  Putting my trust in Jesus allows me to combat the distractions of this world and live a life the is both pleasing to myself and others.  Jesus died and rose again for us so that we can have that same grace that Noah was given.  All we have to do is accept and believe.  It’s a matter of faith.  Hebrews 11:6 states:  But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is.  Just for today I choose to please God through faith in our Lord.  But if you don’t know what to say…..just say Jesus!

11-3-2015 Genesis 6:1-4

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Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, 2 that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose.

3 And the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” 4 There were Nephilim 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.

These 4 verses are probably the most controversial and misunderstood in the Bible.  Here is what I believe to be true.  The phrase ‘sons of God’ is used in the Bible several times with the Hebrew phrase being ‘bene ha-elohim’.  This refers to a direct creation of God.  Adam was a direct creation of God also, however we are not.  We are descendants of Adam or sons of Adam.  I believe this refers to the fallen angels.  There are more references to this most notably in the Genesis Apocryphon, among the Dead Sea Scrolls, which states this angelic interpretation. When this phrase is used elsewhere in the Old Testament (Job 1:6; 2:1;38:7; Daniel 3:25 has the same expression in the singular) it always refers to angels. See also a similar phrase in Psalm 29:1; 89:7 where the text obviously refers to angels. Likewise, in the rabbinic literature, the phrase always refers to angels, never to men. When, therefore, we find the expression without any explanatory addition, we should not attribute to it a meaning other than that which it normally has in the Bible. Therefore, it’s a reference to angels, not humans.  Now here is the real kicker…. Jesus said: ” But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be (Matthew 24:37-39).  Jesus is pointing back to this time.  Man was wicked in the days of Noah, as he is today.  We see crazy stuff going on in our world.  Many things that can’t be explained.  We need to be ready. In verse 44 Jesus states:  “Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect”.  In other words…. Just say Jesus!!!

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