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Preaching The Bible- The Flood Passage

29 Apr

I do not need to regale you with another account of how the flood applies to today’s world, so much has been written on this topic that it is pointless to expound on what everyone already knows almost everything about, even though debates remain on several issues mentioned in Genesis 6-9.  To start, I am going to go back to Noah’s father’s comment in Genesis 5:

#1. 28 Lamech lived one hundred and eighty-two years, and became the father of a son. 29 Now he called his name Noah, saying, “This one will [c]give us rest from our work and from the toil of our hands arising from the ground which the Lord has cursed.”

Adam had died by this time but what we see in Lamech’s words is the knowledge that the curse actually took place and that it was real. Men were already looking for relief from their toil and that they knew where the origin of their work came from.  This is further proof that the fall took place and that through 9 generations that truth was passed down to each new member of society.

How it was passed down, we are not told but rest assured, the children would have asked their parents why they had to do so much work and the parents would hopefully, tell them the truth and as it seems some did.

#2. 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 [a]beautiful; and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose.

This is one of those passages that generates a lot of discussion and I feel that scholars and other biblical students over-think the issue. These words do not imply that spiritual beings married and had sex with earthly women. There is no biblical teaching that this is even possible, let alone took place only one time if they could do so. Why would spiritual beings deprive themselves of this option since beautiful women have been born throughout the ages? We would certainly know that it took place other than that one pre-flood moment. We have no recorded restriction made by God in the Bible so let’s get rid of this thought that the supernatural interacted physically with terrestrial people.

When people use terms like ‘sons of God’ and ‘daughters of men’ they are usually referring to godly men and those women born to unbelievers. I know of no other use for those terms. In Genesis 4 we read the following:

26 To Seth, to him also a son was born; and he called his name Enosh. Then men began to call [s]upon the name of the Lord.

This verse supports the point I just made as there were both godly men and daughters of unbelievers existing at that time.

#3. Then the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not [b]strive with man forever, [c]because he also is flesh; [d]nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty years

The word in bold is the focus of this point. Even though God sees our future and knows what is going to happen between us and him spiritually, he shows his generosity by saying ‘nevertheless’ then proceeds to give mankind a generous life span. This generosity is something we consistently with God. He gave the pre-flood world 120 years, while Noah built the ark to repent, then he gives man a lifespan of 120 years which provides him with ample time to repent of their sins and walk with God, on top of that he has given mankind at least 2000 years since Christ’s resurrection to find the truth and turn to it, leaving their sin behind and obtain eternal life.

We cannot find any generosity equal to this. Most humans would have given up with the pre-flood world and gone off to do something else but God knowing what would take place, saves 8 people and allows humans to fill the earth a second time, without removing the gift of free choice. What was God’s reward for this generosity? False religions, alternative origin theories, ISIS, Boko Haram, Communism, evil dictators, murderers, rapists, pedophiles and so much more. The population of true believers is minute in comparison to those who have chosen to remain with evil.

In the pre-flood world, his generosity was even greater as he gave them almost 1000 years of life to live and he was repaid how?

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…11 Now the earth was corrupt in the sight of God, and the earth was filled with violence. 12 God looked on the earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth.

They were so corrupt, that not one parent pleaded with Noah or his family to take their children upon the ark and save them. Many people ask me what crime or sin did less than 2-year-old babies commit to deserve this death sentence. They didn’t have to commit a sin. They were victims of the evil and corruption residing in the hearts of their parents and older siblings.

god gave parents the same authority to raise their children, make decisions for them until the child was old enough to know how to make decisions and so on, he does not violate that gift today and he did not violate it then. Today, secular people violate that right but not God as he did not tell Noah to go and collect the babies for safe keeping and rescue. He remained consistent and let the parents use their parental authority in deciding how the lives of their babies would play out.

Too many people blame God for being a murderer but he set up an order for how he wanted his world to run and he upheld that order even though he knew the babies would suffer for their parents sinful decisions. Those same people should be blaming the parents who refused to save their children for they are the true murderers of babies. God had provided a way out but they refused to take it thus God is not at fault.

#4. 13 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. 14 Make for yourself an ark of gopher wood; you shall make the ark with rooms, and shall [j]cover it inside and out with pitch. 15 This is how you shall make it:

How did Noah build the ark? Well we have two options here. First, God performed a miracle and zapped him and his sons with the correct construction knowledge and skills to build but we do not know if that took place or not. Second, given the evidence that Cain knew how to build a city and that the pre-flood world built many structures since that first city, we can rest assured that the art of construction was given to Noah and his sons through direct teaching, through apprenticeship or some other instructional means.

We know that metal work was not unknown in those days thus wood construction was probably well-known as well. We do not know if shipbuilding was in existence or prevalent in those days as we do not know the actual geography of the pre-flood world nor do we know how much they explored, though given all the mysterious ruins we uncover, the pre-flood world spread out and fulfilled God’s blessing found in Genesis 1

28 God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the [al]sky and over every living thing that [am]moves on the earth.”

If the pre-flood world had not done so, then Noah would not have needed an ark, God would have simply moved him to a safe territory and moved the animals himself.

#5. 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...11 The dove came to him toward [e]evening, and behold, in her [f]beak was a freshly picked olive leaf. So Noah knew that the water was abated from the earth. 12 Then he waited yet another seven days, and sent out the dove; but she did not return to him again.

These verses in Chapter 8 speaking on the water levels are important for they do not include 1 important detail. That detail is how much water actually left or remained.  God does not tell us and judging from the evidence of sunken cities, glaciers, lakes high in the mountains and so much more, all the water did not leave the earth. God altered the post-flood geography for his purpose only. According to last known accounts, some 450 feet of ocean front property is buried under the sea and this rise in water levels was not due to any ice age or alternative source other than the flood.

The glaciers are a result of God possibly altering the axis of the earth and that ‘pole shift’ is theorized on by Dr. Charles Hapgood in his book, The path of the Poles, and other scientists who dared to deal with such a topic. This pole shift may explain why we find mammoths that were flash frozen, I do not know because we are not told how all this took place. Scientist can only hypothesize and since most of them are unbelievers, we will not get the truth from them nor will they ask God for help in figuring out the answer.

#6. 15 Then God spoke to Noah, saying, 16 “Go out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and your sons’ wives with you. 17 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 [i]breed abundantly on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth

Many skeptics claim that there would not be enough room on the ark for all the animals and argue that they probably were full-grown but as we can see by that passage of scripture, God took those animals at an age where they would be ready to refill the earth once they got off the ark after the flood. Since we are only dealing with ‘kinds’ and not species, the amount of food required would be minimal and as would the variety of species.

Keep in mind also that the animals taken aboard the ark were of pre-flood stock thus their abilities were probably far more enhanced than the post-flood crop of animal descendents. many people assume that the animals looked like they do today but Noah did not have such specimens to gather from. He had those animals from his world not ours, thus their longevity and size would allow them to breed for a long, long time afterwards.

#7. 21 The Lord smelled the soothing aroma; and the Lord said [k]to Himself, “I will never again curse the ground on account of man, for the [l]intent of man’s heart is evil from his youth; and I will never again [m]destroy every living thing, as I have done.

Here we see mention of man’s sin nature that came upon us at Adam’s sin and provides us with the reason why Jesus was sent to save us from our sins. We also see the reason why God instituted a sacrificial system until that time when Jesus ended it. The flood did not wipe out the sin nature in man, for the 8 people on the ark brought that forward with them, then passed it on down to us with each subsequent generation.

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

Here is an interesting promise that I have not heard spoken upon before. God i snot only promising not to destroy the world with water again, he is guaranteeing us that the ability to provide food and water for ourselves will not end while the earth exists. We can ignore all those naysaying secular scientists who fearmonger about the food supply. We will have an endless supply of food but if one reads Rev. we need to manage it well or we will be the cause of our own hunger and thirst.

We cannot let this promise allows us to ignore being good stewards of our farm land or take the wrong attitude about our food and water supply. we still have to be responsible and care of it as it is all the land we will get.  We can also see that we need to be able to provide housing for ourselves as the seasons and their temperatures will not go away either.

The flood passage gives us a lot more than just Noah building an ark and saving the animals. Gen. 6-8 is not an environmental story but one of many lessons, with the most important being that God will punish unrepentant sin and his judgement will not be like ours.

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