Gen1toRev22: A Way of Deliverance

Scripture Passage: Genesis 7:7-24

Observations on the Context:

In verses 7-10 we see reiterated that all life perished. The Flood was global and catastrophic. The fountains of the deep burst forth and the windows of Heaven (water canopy) was opened. For 40 days and nights rain fell and it wasn’t no sprinkle but a torrential downpour!

Yet God preserved life. He made a way of deliverance, of salvation, for Noah who sought Him.

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Gen1toRev22: The Forgotten Fourteen

Scripture Passage: Genesis 7:2-3

Observations on the Context:

It is often neglected that Noah did not just take two of every animal. He took seven pairs of male and female (14) of every clean animals and bird. Why? Because God commanded it. This is likely because there is some understanding of clean (worthy) and unclean (unworthy) animals for sacrifices and clothing. There would be more of these creatures needed because they were used for purposes that shortened their lives.

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Gen1toRev22: Amazing Obedience, 6:18-22

Scripture Passage: Genesis 6:18-22

Observations on the Context:

Not only does God reveal what He is about to do in judgment to Noah and instruct Noah how to escape the destruction of sin’s judgment, but God details much more for Noah on what type of catastrophe is coming.

God mercifully establishes a covenant with Noah, God initiates this covenant (like the covenant of marriage) till ‘death-do-you-part.’ The covenant was made with Noah and his family. In addition, God instructed Noah to take a male and female of every living thing (excluding sea creatures) into the ark to preserve them. Noah was also to take a supply of every sort of food that is edible.

It is fitting that the section concludes with the simple statement that Noah did all God commanded him. Read more

Gen1toRev22: Make an Ark, 6:14-17

Scripture Passage: Genesis 6:14-17

Observations on the Context:

God confides in Noah that a worldwide flood is coming which will destroy all life. But God’s will is for Noah and his family to live. So here’s what God instructs them to do, build an ark. A boat with three decks (verse 16), out of a specific type of wood (verse 14) and covered inside and out with pitch (verse 14). In addition, God gives the dimensions of the Ark. Now, the Lord instructs Noah according to cubits. A cubit is the distance from the elbow to the middle finger. Usually it is around 18 inches and at times in ancient history was slightly above 20 inches. Regardless, lets be conservative and assume an 18-inch cubit. That would put the Ark at 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet tall. Skeptics attack these dimensions and say that the boat would be too big. Well, take a look at this chart from AiG, now the Ark is not inconceivable:

Apply It:

God loves those who walk with Him. He alone preserves their life.

It is interesting to note later on in this section of Scripture some similarities with the New Testament. There is one door into the ark which is sealed shut by the finger of God. Jesus Christ is the one way to eternal life and our place in Heaven is sealed by God’s promise. The ark was covered inside and out with pitch. We are covered by the blood of Jesus when we trust in Him for salvation. The ark is a vessel to preserve from global judgment. Salvation preserves us from eternal judgement.

Do you see redemption’s fingerprints in the Flood account?

Pray It:

Father, thank You that You love those who walk with You. Father, You preserve the lives of those who are Your people; You spare them from judgment that the world deservers. Thank You for Your mercy, Father. May I walk with You as Noah. May I obey as Noah did. Lord, may I believe as Noah did. In Jesus name, amen.

Gen1toRev22: The Nephilim Conundrum, Genesis 6:1-4

Scripture Passage: Genesis 6:1-4
Observations on the Context:
We encounter our first passage of considerable debate amongst godly Christians who have gone before us and it has to do with the entire nature of who these Nephilim were. Were they the offspring of demons or demon-possessed individuals who bore children who grew up to be giants or were these simply great sinners who were borne to godly people?
The first few observations from the text of Scripture itself is that the phrase “sons of God” is used in contrast to “daughters of men.” Read more

Gen1toRev22: The Unknown Names and the Known

Scripture Passage: Genesis 5:3-32, Proverbs 10:7

Observations on the Context:

For the vast majority of the names in our passage, nothing is known beside their names. We do see the incredible length of the first human’s lifespans, which if one turns this ancestry into a chart, you will find it interesting how many lifetimes overlap with Adam, the first man.

We know of Adam that he fathered Seth, after his own likeness. Seth is a special man for he was given by the Lord to replace righteous Abel whom Cain had murdered. We then see multiple names of men whom we know nothing of beside the fact that they are in the family line.

Some notable names that we see that cause us to praise to God are in verse 24 and 29: Enoch and Noah. Enoch walked with God—what a simple and profound statement of this man’s life. Enoch’s lifetime was short for God took him, raptured him without death to Heaven (see Hebrews 11:5). We also see Noah come on the scene and prophecy is given at Noah’s birth that God would bring relief or rest from the toil of mankind’s curse upon the ground. Noah’s name means rest. We also will find out later more about Noah’s three sons (who appear to be triplets) in verse 32: Shem, Ham and Japheth.

One other notable figure is Methuselah, who was the oldest man ever in the Bible, living longer than Adam by 39 years for a total lifespan of 969 years. Sadly, while Methuselah lived long, he did not appear to follow the Lord for only Noah found grace in the Lord’s eyes—Scripture does not say that Noah’s sons or wife followed the Lord (2 Peter 2:5). Additionally, it is interesting to note that Methuselah died the same year of the Flood, perhaps even in the Flood. Lamech, who prophesied of his son Noah’s birth appears to have died five years before the Flood. While we do not know much of Methuselah or Lamech, we have a clear picture of Noah.

Application:

Why do we not know more of these other names? Perhaps it is because they were not godly people. This seems likely, for Enoch and Noah have positive statements attached to their brief time in the family listing. In addition, only Noah is found favor in God’s eyes (Genesis 6:8). Adam is mentioned, but sadly we never hear a positive word about Adam after the Fall. Did he ever turn back to the Lord? It does not seem so since man did not turn back to calling upon the Lord’s name after Abel’s death until Enosh (Genesis 4:26). A proverb came to mind as I worked through today’s passage:

The memory of the righteous is a blessing,
but the name of the wicked will rot. Proverbs 10:7 ESV

Pray:

Father in Heaven, thank You for preserving the godly through many trials throughout the ages. Lord, may You make me into one who it will be said when I am gone that I walked with God. No other accomplishment, fame, nor epitaph do I need. But may even my death bring glory to Christ if He should tarry that I walked with God in my generation.

Gen1toRev22: The Family Continues

Scripture Passage: Genesis 4:17-26

 

Observations on the Context:

Cain had a son and built a city in honor of his son. Then we receive a list of genealogies. Lamech is born from Cain’s line and he commits the sin of polygamy, acquiring two wives. Further, Lamech murdered a young man and appears to pridefully pronounce that his instance should be avenged 10 times Cain’s if anyone dare to kill him. Lamech was a wicked man.

In verse 20 and 22, we learn of three family heads who fathered clans that were nomadic and cared for livestock, who were musical and who were blacksmiths.

While the Scripture, records these facts here, following Cain’s sin and Lamech’s, we begin to see a glimmer of hope. God provides Seth to Adam and Eve in the place of Abel. Seth’s line begins a godly line again for Seth father’s Enosh and verse 26, records the season of Seth and Enosh, people began again to call upon God’s name.

 

Apply It:

Even after Abel’s death, there were new beginnings, there was new life. Humanity did not halt progress forever. While it is important to know our history and remember the past appropriately, the Believer is not to live in the past. We are to live aiming toward our future with Christ. We are to look unto our Heavenly home.

Even when the righteous suffer, what man means for evil, God can turn for good. Abel’s death was not good. There were family sins that continued in Cain’s line. However, God provided and raised up another godly line through Seth.

 

Pray It:

Thank You, Lord that even after the tragedies of sin in this life, there are new beginnings and fingerprints of Your work quietly continuing in the background of the noisy, chaotic world of sin. Lord, make me of Seth’s line spiritually and not of Cain’s. Praise be to Jesus Christ who set me from bondage to sin and death by His blood and has saved this wretched sinner by grace alone. What a testimony all God’s people have – let us give glory to God and testament to man that we are sinners saved by grace!

Gen1toRev22: Cain and Abel Part 2

Scripture Passage: Genesis 4:8-16

Observations from the Context:

We have seen before, the Lord’s warning to Cain to be on guard against his self-pity and anger. Cain, however, succumbed to temptation and drew his brother to the field where Cain slew him. When God confronts Cain about what happened, Cain mouths off. The Lord, has the witness of Abel’s innocent blood against Cain and, therefore, the Lord curses (punishes) Cain.

The Lord’s curse was twofold: Cain would no longer have the same bounty as a farmer and Cain would be fugitive and wander the rest of his days. We do not know what “mark” was on Cain. It was not black skin (as racists have attributed to this passage) which “marked” all of Cain’s descendants as lesser human beings. Such an interpretation is preposterous. Some interpret the passage as a literal mark that the Lord put on Cain. Others, say that the mark was not a physical mark but the pronouncement of the Lord’s curse on Cain that anyone who killed Cain would be avenged sevenfold. Whatever the mark, it was clearly a mark to protect Cain.

The last verse in our passage today aptly concludes that Cain went out from God’s presence to the land of Nod (which means wandering) in the East.

 

Apply It:

Throughout history, the righteous have suffered at the hands of the wicked. So suffered our Lord. The Lord sees every deed of the wicked and the Lord hears the cry of the poor, the oppressed, the innocent, the widow and the orphan. The Lord Almighty is their defender. We may not always understand the Lord’s patience and tarrying, but the Lord will rise up. While Cain was cursed, he had his physical life graciously preserved. How sad it is that we have no evidence of Cain’s repentance, but rather spending the rest of his life as a wander away from the presence of God.

 

Pray:

Lord, like Cain, I have deliberately planned sin before. I have rebelled. O Lord, have I not also mouthed off to you when you confronted me with my sin? O forgive me! I am not worthy to even look up to you for I am a miserable sinner . . . But O Your grace! You extend Your hand to those who sorrow over their sin. You redeem those who repent. Lord, make me not a wander like Cain who lived the rest of his days wandering from you as a result of His sin. Restore to me the joy of my salvation, set me back on my feet and cause me to walk in the paths of righteousness. This I ask in the name of Jesus, amen.

Gen1toRev22: Move On – Genesis 3:20-24

Scripture Passage: Genesis 3:20-24

Observations on the Context:
After the Lord has spoken the consequences, God gets right to action moving on. Adam and Eve could not get out of the consequences, they had to accept them and move on. The question we do not know is did they walk with the Lord after their sin.
Hearing that Eve will have a seed that will be at enmity with the serpent’s seed seems to prompt Adam giving Eve her name rather than “woman” in verse 20.
God made clothing for the pair, from the skin of animals. Adam and Eve’s sin also; therefore, required the lives of animals. Primitive loin clothes made of fig leaves that they had made would not do.
Mankind now knew good and evil; therefore, God had to protect the tree of life. He did so by sending a cherubim (angel) and a flaming sword and driving mankind out.

Application:
Life would now be different for mankind. The world itself was different as well. Perfection was not marred by sin. Death had entered the world. The creation was changed and cursed. God’s Garden was no longer accessible and man began a course of life full of toil.
How has my life been marred by sin?
What consequences are present in my life not because of past sin?
Has God had to drive me out of something good because of my rebellion toward Him?
Have I repented?
Like Adam and Eve, we are guilty of a sin. Our only proper response is repentance. Once we repent, however, we must move on in life. We cannot stay living in shame and wallowing in pity over our past once Christ has set us free from the sin. Consequences may not all roll out of the way, our reputation may not be restored but a blood-bought saint of the living God must be the new creation that God has ordained. Seeking to live as the old creation again is a slap in the face of God’s mercy and a refusal of His grace. Read Ephesians 2:8-9.

Pray It:
Lord, thank You for Your mercy and free gift of grace through Jesus. I have repented of my sin. Now help me to live joyously as a new creation. Restore to me the joy of my salvation and grant a willing spirit to sustain me. In Jesus Name, amen.