Can Our Youth Find the Solution to Our Trials

Words From a Young Man

Book of Job Chapters 32 through 37

Today we look at this man Elihu.

I believe one of the greatest lessons we learn from this passage of Scripture is we need to give our young people an opportunity to speak.

Three of Job’s so-called friends had come to comfort him at the loss of everything he owned.

We know that Job did not blink at the loss of his riches, but the death of his ten children had broken him.

Personally, I do not believe these three men ever considered the difference in the loss of family and loss of riches.

I have felt all along that these men were more business friends rather than godly friends.

Job’s so-called godly friends which had abandoned Job entirely.

Job was an elder spiritually just as he was by age.

Paul wrote to Timothy:

1Ti 5:1 Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren;

1Ti 5:17 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.
1Ti 5:18 For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The laborer is worthy of his reward.
1Ti 5:19 Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses.
1Ti 5:20 Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.

We should understand because God never changes, He would have been the same even in the time of Job.

These are some of the lessons we need to learn from the Book of Job.

We must understand why these three men had gone quiet.

They had decided that Job had convinced himself that he was so self-righteous that he had placed himself above God.

I do not believe Job ever did this because the Bible said Job never sinned.

Job 1:22 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.

God would not have said this if it was not true!

The Holy Spirit placed this in the very first chapter of the Book of Job so we would know this throughout this Book of Job.

So what we see is the opinions of the lost when dealing with a godly man.

Not many of the lost will ever have favorable opinions of Christians!

I disagree with most all commentaries on the Book of Job and will try to stick to what the Holy Ghost says.

Which means, I disagree with most of our lesson plan even though some good points are made.

The one thing we see of this young man is the respect for his elders.

We all should have respect for our elders, especially those godly Saints of God who have stuck with Jesus all their days after being saved!

*Job 32:1 So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.
Job 32:2 Then was kindled the wrath of Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the kindred of Ram: against Job was his wrath kindled, because he justified himself rather than God.

Again, these three men had grown quiet because in their own eyes and their own arguments, Job had made himself self-righteous above the righteousness of God.

This was their opinion!

This was not true of Job!

These three men had decided themselves that all our problems in this life are caused by our personal sin.

Job was a godly man and God Himself had said that Job was a godly man!

Since we have the whole picture of these things because the Holy Spirit preserved these things for us, we know more than these three so-called friends, but they still had no excuse to reject the truth of Job himself.

Job had not made himself to be self-righteous! The man offered sacrifices daily for himself and all his family and we can say he did the same for his employees and his friends.

Job was walking the talk the Lord ask us to walk, according to his relationship with the Lord.

Was Job perfect. In the eyes of God Job was perfect because God said so, only because he repented of his sin daily.

Job still had the sin nature that came by Adam and Job knew this very well!

Those three men got quiet because they could not convince Job that it was his sin that had caused his problems, even some hidden grievous sin which was not true.

Job was in great despair because these things had happened, and he had not understood why?

One of the greatest questions we all ask is “why”!

Elihu was a Buzite. The Book of Genesis says Buz was a relative of Abraham by his brother Nahor.

We know that even in the time of Isaac that these were a pagan people.

Elihu got mad at Job because he to felt Job was claiming to be self-righteous.

Righteous meaning upright toward the commands of God and all the things written of Job says this was true of him.

There were no “Laws of Moses”.

There was no mention of faith.

There was only the fact that Job sacrificed clean animals for his sin and the sin of others. This act showed his faith!

What is faith?

Heb 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

This was the faith of Job!

Elihu was mad at those other three men because they had not found a solution to Job trials.

We must keep in mind, Job was suffering grief because he had lost all his children in one day and it just about broke him, but he was clinging to his faith as he told his wife.

The Lord gives, but the Lord also takes away, blessed be the name of the Lord.

*Job 32:3 Also against his three friends was his wrath kindled, because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job.

Job had refused to accept what they were saying as the truth, because Job knew the truth.

When we do not accept what the world sees of us, then the world will get mad at us and condemn us just as these men had done to Job.

This one point did not set well with Elihu, but he was just as wrong in his beliefs.

Job was not a bad man and did not need to be condemned by his friends.

True friends do not condemn us!

True friends help us though our bad times!

Things happen that we have no control over and if we trust Him, the Lord will comfort us through these things.

We should really never ask God why?

We must accept that God knows best for us all! Romans 8:28

*Job 32:4 Now Elihu had waited till Job had spoken, because they were elder than he.
Job 32:5 When Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these three men, then his wrath was kindled.

We can see that Elihu had witnessed all the conversations of these men and he had not butted in, because of his youth.

We can see that even respect for the elders had been taught in the land of Uz.

Some say Elihu was trying to be a moderator between Job and these three men, but what we will see is a new plan to attack Job.

In fact Elihu claims to be a prophet of God.

*Job 33:1 Wherefore, Job, I pray thee, hear my speeches, and hearken to all my words.
Job 33:2 Behold, now I have opened my mouth, my tongue hath spoken in my mouth.
Job 33:3 My words shall be of the uprightness of my heart: and my lips shall utter knowledge clearly.
Job 33:4 The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.
Job 33:5 If thou canst answer me, set thy words in order before me, stand up.
Job 33:6 Behold, I am according to thy wish in God’s stead: I also am formed out of the clay.
Job 33:7 Behold, my terror shall not make thee afraid, neither shall my hand be heavy upon thee.
Job 33:8 Surely thou hast spoken in mine hearing, and I have heard the voice of thy words, saying,

This was a brash young man saying, “now you listen to me Job”.

He said, “I understand all these things Job and I have the answers you seek”.

The Holy Spirit will never lead us to cause harm to someone who is in such grief as Job had, so it was not the Holy Spirit who was using this young man!

It would have been the wicked spirit of Satan!

God called His prophets and God calls each man of God, but God did not call Elihu!

Elihu did know about Creation.

Most all the world accepted Creation according the Word of God for many centuries.

Evolution is a modern-day thought beginning about the time of Darwin.

Elihu said Job, I know you are not a hypocrite.

Elihu said I will ignore the words of your friends, let us just talk about the words you used.

Elihu said let us put aside all that has been said, but “you need to listen to me for my words come by God Himself”, which was a lie!

Elihu immediately calls Job a liar.

*Job 33:9 I am clean without transgression, I am innocent; neither is there iniquity in me.
Job 33:10 Behold, he findeth occasions against me, he counteth me for his enemy,
Job 33:11 He putteth my feet in the stocks, he marketh all my paths.

God Himself had said that Job as perfect as any human being could be.

Job 1:1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.

Many times while being blasphemed by those other men, Job had said he was a sinner but that he had not committed such a grievous sin to cause so much devastation in his life.

God had said this Himself.

Job had never blamed God for what was happening to Him!

Job is just like we all are when we ask that question “Why Lord”.

Did God show a hostility toward Job without a cause?

The one thing we have no right to do is to question the actions of our God because He is a Holy and Just God!

Psa 99:9 Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at his holy hill; for the LORD our God is holy.

It is God who will justify only those who have faith and faith Job had!

Rom 3:30 Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.

Job just did not understand why all these things had happened to him.

Job even asked, why would such men as these be sent as comforters.

Job 16:11 God hath delivered me to the ungodly, and turned me over into the hands of the wicked.

God had not sent these men! We know it was Satan.

Job had never said he was clean in God’s eyes.

Job 14:4 Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one.

All in all Job was saying “Search me Lord”

Psa 139:23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:

Job says, “the Lord knows my path because He directs my path”!

Then Elihu says, Job you are not just, and you cannot justify yourself.

It is true that we cannot justify ourselves. Only by the Lord Jesus are we justified.

Even in the day of Job it was “faith” that justified and Job had that “faith”!

*Job 33:12 Behold, in this thou art not just: I will answer thee, that God is greater than man.

The things God had allowed to happen to Job were not because of some judgment!

God has already stated that to us, but Job never knew these things!

Job knew much more about the ways of God than Elihu and those other three put together.

Elihu was right that God is much greater than man!

Was Job justified in the eyes of God?

Job 1:22 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.

The thing we must understand is, that we must give God full control of our life.

Rom 9:20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?
Rom 9:21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?

As long as we are in the hands of God our future is safe!

If we are asking God to take us through our life with no problems, then that will not happen.

There are going to be Hurricanes.
There are going to be lightning storms.
There are going to be things that affect us that affect everyone else.

We live in a cursed world where Satan roams about freely!

We see that Satan is sometimes allowed to influence these things to cause destruction.

We live in a world of terrorists and fanatics.

The world is trying to indoctrinate our children against us.

The world is trying to stop the Church.

These things happen whether we are the children of God or not!

God promised to be with us through all these things.

These things are not the days of wrath that the Lord promised we would not see!

Again Elihu was wrong.

*Job 33:13 Why dost thou strive against him? for he giveth not account of any of his matters.

Does God give an account of any of His matters?

God has given us 31,173 verses in the King James Bible to give an account for Himself!

God did not have to do this!

In fact God tells us why He does everything that He does!

What He does for us is for our own benefit! Again Romans 8:28

Then what God tells us to do is to find somewhere in the Scriptures where He was not right to do the things He did.

There are none even if we do not understand that God did!

Jehovah is a righteous God that does according to His own will and God does not make mistakes!

God used Job to teach us the truth of Satan, of sorrow, and of misery as a believer.

What happened to Job was for the benefit of the Church today!

It is just that simple! God knew Job would not fail Him as Satan had thought he would fail!

No, we must not strive against God, but it is OK to remind God of His promises if we do it in the right manner.

Just talk to Him. This is where we fail the most!

We want something all the time when we should just spend more time talking to Him.

I believe Job did sit down and just talk to Jehovah often.

God is speaking to us through His actions at all times.

The Scriptures give us Gods plan and we must know that we are a major part of God’s plan.

The key to our relationship is “faith” and we must be willing to listen!

*Job 33:29 Lo, all these things worketh God oftentimes with man,
Job 33:30 To bring back his soul from the pit, to be enlightened with the light of the living.

God has one purpose!

2Pe 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

God is sovereign in that God does as He pleases but He always has His creation in mind!

So is God unrighteous?

God used Job just as He used Pharaoh and just as He uses Satan!

Rom 9:14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.
Rom 9:15 For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.
Rom 9:16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.
Rom 9:17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.
Rom 9:18 Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.

Job never understood what happened for he did love God and tried his best to live a righteous life.

Again the things that happen to Job are written and preserved by the Holy Spirit to teach the modern-day Church!

So are we listening? Do we learn the great lessons in the Bible that are preserved for our learning? We had better!

*Job 37:14 Hearken unto this, O Job: stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God.

If we agree that Jehovah is our Creator, many do not agree, but if we agree, then if we look at all the wonders of God’s creation then we can begin to understand how wonderful the secret things of God are.

There are not words to describe how wonderful Heaven will be!

1Co 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

These are the things we need to lay up in our heart!

These are some of the secret things we need to clearly understand!

The Bible gives us enough information to clearly understand that God’s New Heaven will be a truly wonderful place to spend eternity and anything less than that is Hell, but we know the Hell is a Burning Lake of Fire and nothing but misery will be found in Hell.

Again What is “faith”?

Heb 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Our hope is in the Lord and the Lord said:

Joh 14:1 “Let not your heart be troubled”: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
Joh 14:2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
Joh 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
Joh 14:4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.

This is where our hope must lie!

This is the substance of things not seen!

We all need to stand still and be amazed at the wonders of God!

*Job 37:15 Dost thou know when God disposed them, and caused the light of his cloud to shine?

It is God who makes the rain, small drops and large drops at His choosing.

Job 36:27 For he maketh small the drops of water: they pour down rain according to the vapour thereof:

It is God who forms the majestic clouds and the builder of the thunderstorm.

Job 36:28 Which the clouds do drop and distil upon man abundantly.
Job 36:29 Also can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, or the noise of his tabernacle?

It is God who gave us the rainbow to remind us that He is in control of our atmosphere.

It is God who is in control of this world!

We have seen these things for so long that we ignore the power of God behind His creations.

Job knew all these things to be true!

*Job 37:21 And now men see not the bright light which is in the clouds: but the wind passeth, and cleanseth them.

Just as the Sun is hidden by the clouds but we know it is still there.

Our own “faith” can see light when the whole world is in darkness as it is today.

Job was in the darkest days of his life, but he still knew the truth of God.

Job did not need the advice of Elihu!

Job had already said he knew he had a Redeemer.

Job 19:25 For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:
Job 19:26 And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:
Job 19:27 Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.

Job believed in the resurrection of the body to forever be with the Lord. Job had not forgotten these things!

We as Christians know we will have days of darkness as we travel the pathway to Heaven.

To look for a clear path every day is foolish.

Most of the things that happen to the Christian are the same things that happen to those that hate God or do not know God.

God will test our faith from time to time, not for His knowledge, but for us to know ourselves if we are who we say we are.

Job was not being tested by God. God already knew what the outcome of Job would be!

God is teaching us some valuable lessons in this Book of the Bible.

As Christians we must never worry about the things that Satan can do to us. Even in our darkest days Satan has no power over us!

Jas 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

It is in submitting to God where we fail the most!

This is all we need to know about our dealings with Satan, he will flee from that unmovable Christian.

We need to remember it is our Savior who sits upon the throne of this world at all times!

*Job 37:22 Fair weather cometh out of the north: with God is terrible majesty.

God displays His power in our weather just as He displays His power in our salvation.

If we cannot look upon the Sun on a clear day, how do we believe we could ever look upon the “Glory” of God when He comes down to this earth.

If we are not His children, we will never be able to stand before Him!

Exo 33:20 And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.

Anyone who believes other than this, will burn at the “Glory” of God!

As far Elihu believed, God is so great that no one will ever be able to stand before Him.

Job knew better just as we know better today!

By the Lord Jesus Christ we will one day stand before our Heavenly Father!

*Job 37:23 Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice: he will not afflict.
Job 37:24 Men do therefore fear him: he respecteth not any that are wise of heart.

Elihu believed himself to be some sort of prophet just as so many do today.

We can certainly find the Lord because He is never far from us!

Act 17:27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:

The Lord is not hiding from us, He is keenly aware of the things we go through.

He wants to go through our days of darkness with us and He will if we ask Him to.

When we do not ask, He will still watch over us!

1Pe 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

We must understand the reality of Jehovah God!

Ecc 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: “Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man”.
Ecc 12:14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

These are the things we must do.

Jesus said:

Joh 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

As we study all these things of these three so-called friends and Elihu, we can see why they were of no help to Job because they went against everything Job stood for.

So we know in reality it was Satan who sent these men to try to break Job and they failed because of the “faith” of Job.

We now see why it is said that Job had a lot of patience.

When we face the Lord, we will not be able to offer up excuses because He has shown us men like Job who went through terrible darkness, but held onto their faith and never spoke one word against our Heavenly Father.

There were some things that Jehovah would speak to Job about and we will see these things in our next lesson.

Amen

Friend or Foe

Miserable Comforters

Book of Job Chapter 2 Verse 11 through Chapter 31

What is a comforter? A comforter is anyone who feels called to the side of another to try to strengthen them in their woes.

To console them. To encourage them.

We will see that these men who felt called to help Job were indeed miserable comforters.

Job had been abandoned by those called “the sons of God” like he was some leper and excommunicated.

Job 19:13 He hath put my brethren far from me, and mine acquaintance are verily estranged from me.
Job 19:14 My kinsfolk have failed, and my familiar friends have forgotten me.
Job 19:15 They that dwell in mine house, and my maids, count me for a stranger: I am an alien in their sight.
Job 19:16 I called my servant, and he gave me no answer; I intreated him with my mouth.
Job 19:17 My breath is strange to my wife, though I intreated for the children’s sake of mine own body.
Job 19:18 Yea, young children despised me; I arose, and they spake against me.
Job 19:19 All my inward friends abhorred me: and they whom I loved are turned against me.
Job 19:20 My bone cleaveth to my skin and to my flesh, and I am escaped with the skin of my teeth.
Job 19:21 Have pity upon me, have pity upon me, O ye my friends; for the hand of God hath touched me.
Job 19:22 Why do ye persecute me as God, and are not satisfied with my flesh?

All these that Job had cared for had abandoned him and we will read of three who I believe to be business friends knowing nothing of the ways of God.

God even says they did not know Him!

Job 42:7 And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken these words unto Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath.

So let us meet these so-called friends.

*Job 2:11 Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this evil that was come upon him, they came every one from his own place; Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite: for they had made an appointment together to come to mourn with him and to comfort him.

As we get into these three friends, I believe they may be Job’s friends but business friends of the world and not believers.

Job’s friends who were believers, (the sons of God) had already abandoned him.

God said these three were certainly not any help to Job!

Job 42:7 And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken these words unto Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath.
Job 42:8 Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job.

The world will never be able to solve our problems we must trust in the Lord, as did Job.

Eliphaz was from Teman. We do not know who wrote the Book of Job and the exact time frame so the area would have been later called Teman before the time of Eliphaz.

What we do know is that this area of Teman has never been known of being a place of godly people.

Bildad the Shuhite. Shuah was one of Abrahams son by his second wife Keturah and from Arabia a follower of false gods.

Zophar was an inhabitant Naamah. Another man most likely from Arabia. Probably the worst of the accusers for that is what they were, accusers.

They accused Job of sin and Zophar had the gaul, to tell Job all his children were terrible sinners.

We are all sinners, but this father and his children were godly people.

When they first joined Job it seemed they had good intentions, but their methods were not in any way godly.

Grief is said to be great displeasure with our present condition, sometimes called sorrow.

We know that we are going to suffer being a Christian.

We suffer with grief at the death of our loved ones.

We also know the answer to grief is still the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Lord may not have arrived on the scene in the time of Job, but he did have great faith in The Almighty God.

These three men had met Job face to face and they hardly recognized him as they approached.

*Job 2:12 And when they lifted up their eyes afar off, and knew him not, they lifted up their voice, and wept; and they rent every one his mantle, and sprinkled dust upon their heads toward heaven.
Job 2:13 So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spake a word unto him: for they saw that his grief was very great.

If we do not understand anything else, we need to understand that the grief of this godly man was so great that these three men knew it was best to keep quiet and sit down with him.

In fact we will see it would have been better to have remained quiet and just took care of Job’s necessities.

Sometimes the best comfort we can give is just to be there when our friends need us the most, we do not have to say very much unless called upon to do so.

In fact when these three men began speaking things went downhill, because they became accusers and not friends.

The one thing these all had in common showed, when they sprinkled dust upon their heads.

All Job’s problems had not come from the Lord, but by the actions of Satan, which the Lord allowed.

We all understand as Christians that the Lord is never to be blamed because He is a righteous God.

Righteous meaning, God never does things that are unrighteous.

We know Job’s calamity came from Satan!

Satan’s goal is to destroy God’s people and all godly families!

1Pe 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

What we also know is, Satan cannot touch the Christian without God allowing it and if God allows it then He has a purpose for it to our benefit.

So let us listen in on the conversation of these three men with Job, remembering they came to comfort Job.

At the same time we need to remember Satan was involved in the selection of these three men.

*Job 4:1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,
Job 4:2 If we assay to commune with thee, wilt thou be grieved? but who can withhold himself from speaking?

Job had conveyed his feelings to his friends and now it became time for a response.

Eliphaz was probably the oldest and was allowed to speak first and he begins seeming to brag on Job and his qualities as a human being.

Notice the first thing he says is how can you be so grieved?

The things Job had said in Chapter three seemed defiant to Eliphaz.

As if Job had no right to question the things of God.

In fact, we have every right to go before the Lord because by the Lord Jesus Christ the veil was rent opening the way into the throne room of God.

Certainly, we need to be humble when we get there, but God expects us to bring every “every” problem we have before Him!

After all Jehovah has all the answers, but we must come in faith!

Certainly, it was OK for Job to be grieved but Job was not in despair!

Job knew himself and he knew he was far from perfect, but he did offer sacrifice often for his sin and he was pure in the eyes of God as God has already stated.

Job 2:3 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job? for there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and art upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil: and he still holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.

Job had been a great comfort to many others throughout the years of his life.

*Job 4:3 Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands.
Job 4:4 Thy words have upholden him that was falling, and thou hast confirmed the feeble knees.
Job 4:5 But now it is come unto thee, and thou faintest; it toucheth thee, and thou art troubled.

Everyone had known of Job’s wisdom in all matters.

We will see that these three men lacked all godly wisdom.

It is godly wisdom that can be a help to all people, but worldly wisdom, especially the wisdom of false gods is useless to the man of God!

As far as these three men were concerned, Job was just another terrible sinner who whined and cried if things did not go his way.

Keep in mind that Job had lost everything, but it was only the loss of his children that had brought him to this grief.

For Eliphaz he regarded that every man that suffered was only proof of his wickedness!

We know for certain that the same things happen to the godly and the ungodly and the Bible even says that this is true.

Those who are wicked are not always down and nor are all the godly happy in this life.

We must never judge anyone’s character by what we see on the outside!

Remember God looks into the heart where the true character of any man or woman can be seen accurately and clearly!

1Sa 16:7 But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.

When it comes to grieving, Job was no different than any other. His heart was broken over his children.

We can also be sure that suffering is not always connected to sin!

In fact, suffering can bring us closer to God if we know Him by our “faith”!

The things we think when we are suffering, are not always evil when we ask that question “why Lord”.

We must never forget God does what God does and He always has our best interest in mind!

Why God allowed these things to happen to Job we may not understand, but we must accept what we read in the Book of Job and know that Jehovah is a righteous God who does no wrong and is always concerned for us.

What we do know is that all Scripture is written for us to learn about our God!

2Ti_3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

The Lord’s thoughts are always on us!

Psa 139:17 How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!
Psa 139:18 If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.

These things were true for Job also!

We must understand that God does many things just to show us His Almighty Power.

Exo 4:11 And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh a man dumb, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? is it not I the LORD?

God always has His reasons, and His reasons are to teach us, the Church, more about Him!

*Job 4:6 Is not thy fear of God thy confidence, and thy hope the integrity of thy ways?
Job 4:7 Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent? or where were the upright cut off?
Job 4:8 According as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow trouble, reap the same.

Certainly, Job was a God-fearing man and he had shown this all his years.

Job’s grieving now was not a sign of a fall from God!

As far as Eliphaz was concerned, Job had to be guilty of some grievous wicked and hidden sin that only God knew about, which is the same way the world thinks today.

Even in our insurance policies it states, “an act of God”, as if God brings destruction when again Jehovah is a righteous God!

He tells us when He will bring His wrath and yes God does chastise His own children, but the problems of the lost come by this wicked world.

Satan is the instigator of all this world’s problems, except for the ones we cause ourselves, which may be the biggest portion of our problems.

We must never forget that our choices bring consequences!

Job did have the fear of God which was a holy respect for His person!

It could be said that Eliphaz was partially right.

Gal 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Gal 6:8 For he that soweth unto his own flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth unto the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap eternal life.
Gal 6:9 And let us not be weary in well-doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

1Pe 3:12 For the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, And his ears unto their supplication: But the face of the Lord is upon them that do evil.
The truth is, not everything we reap in this life is the result of some evil we have sown!

Theology cannot be replaced with a lost man’s logic!

To say that wherever there is suffering, it is the result of sowing sin is just wrong!

Most suffering in this world comes by this world, its governments and its politicians!

We must understand that God does many things just to show us His Almighty Power.

Joh 9:1 And as he passed by, he saw a man blind from his birth.
Joh 9:2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Rabbi, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he should be born blind?
Joh 9:3 Jesus answered, Neither did this man sin, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

Job answers for himself.

*Job 16:1 Then Job answered and said,
Job 16:2 I have heard many such things: miserable comforters are ye all.

These so-called friends of Job had only added to his misery!

They were in fact troublesome or we could say comforters of trouble!

As soon as I read this, this the first thought that went through my head was the actions of our news sources today.

They too provide nothing but more worries and more trouble!

What had this man asked Job?

Job 15:11 Are the consolations of God small with thee? is there any secret thing with thee?

All the conversations with these three men were based upon their own assumptions and not based on the truth of God.

They had all agreed that Job had some hidden sin that had caused God to cause these things that happened to Job.

This whole Book of Job is given to us not only to show the actions of Satan, but also to teach us how not to be miserable comforters.

When our brothers and sisters in Christ need someone close to them to aid in comfort, they certainly do not need more misery.

All true Christians know their ending and know their Savior in a personal way!

The Holy Spirit is our greatest comfort through all things good and bad!

If we cannot help each other then we must certainly not hurt each other!

Job did not need to repent to these men, he had never wronged them.

When we cause the torment to increase of those we are trying to help, we do them a greater wrong!

In fact Eliphaz could be seen as being the cause of the things said by those other men!

We know by proof in the Scriptures, that Satan perverts and abuses the Scriptures, and we see this is exactly what these three men did to Job.

They certainly did not know the Scriptures!
They certainly did not have a personal relationship with the Lord!
They installed their own views as to what they thought of Jehovah!

2Pe 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

The words Eliphaz had used were useless and vain and he was of no help to Job!

Every lost person knows the many things they do wrong and it is their belief that everyone else is guilty of those same things.

This is the truth behind all hypocrites!

*Job 16:3 Shall vain words have an end? or what emboldeneth thee that thou answerest?

Job had sit through these words of Eliphaz the gentleman that he was, but enough is enough.

In modern terms Eliphaz had indeed slandered Job!

Job 15:1 Then answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and said,
Job 15:2 Should a wise man utter vain knowledge, and fill his belly with the east wind?
Job 15:3 Should he reason with unprofitable talk? or with speeches wherewith he can do no good?

The integrity of Job was known throughout the land, yet we see here that Eliphaz had no respect for Job, and certainly had not considered the tragedy of Job’s children.

Job simply asked what provoked you to such words and we should have little doubt that it was again Satan who was behind the talk of these so-called friends.

Jehovah had given him permission, he could just not take Job’s life, even though if Job happened to take his own life, Satan could then say that Job was just another weak human.

Job 2:4 And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.
Job 2:5 But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face.
Job 2:6 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life.

Satan had gone after Job physically, but we know for certain that Satan accomplishes his greatest work in our minds which then causes our actions!

Job had already asked that these men would just shut up. Their silence would have been far better than their speaking!

Job 13:3 Surely I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to reason with God.
Job 13:4 But ye are forgers of lies, ye are all physicians of no value.
Job 13:5 O that ye would altogether hold your peace! and it should be your wisdom.
Job 13:6 Hear now my reasoning, and hearken to the pleadings of my lips.
Job 13:7 Will ye speak wickedly for God? and talk deceitfully for him?

As we know they would continue until God Himself put an end to it.

Job said, if you were in my shoes “I would treat you with respect”.

*Job 16:4 I also could speak as ye do: if your soul were in my soul’s stead, I could heap up words against you, and shake mine head at you.
Job 16:5 But I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the moving of my lips should asswage your grief.

The worst thing we could ever do, to our friends while they are grieving, is to make heartless speeches.

What is God’s command in such matters?

Rom 12:15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.
Rom 12:16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.

Job was saying “I could run you down as you have done me, but I would never do such a thing”.

Job brings up the “soul” here.

It is the soul that is the most valuable part of us in the eyes of God!

The “soul” is that breath of life given to us by the Lord.

Gen 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

It is this “breath of life” that causes us to seek out our Heavenly Father!

The “shaking of the head” was a sign of contempt and this was the feeling Job felt his friends had for him.

As the Jews had done to the Messiah.

Psa 22:6 But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.
Psa 22:7 All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,
Psa 22:8 He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.

In this instance, Job is a type of Christ.

What are we called upon to do to help our friends in such times as these?

Job said it very gracefully; “But I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the moving of my lips should asswage your grief.”

Pro 27:9 Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man’s friend by hearty counsel.

Then Job says, “no matter what I do my grief remains over my children”.

*Job 16:6 Though I speak, my grief is not asswaged: and though I forbear, what am I eased?

We should understand that as God’s children, when we pray, He hears every prayer we pray in Jesus name.

Joh 14:13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
Joh 14:14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

Joh 16:23 And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.

Now would Job have said in Jesus’ name, probably not, but Job did know of the coming Messiah.

We know for certain that Job prayed and offered the proper sacrifice at that time.

Knowing these things, God still answers prayer in His own time!

We must not forget that Job had done nothing to cause these things to happen.

God had only allowed these things to happen to Job for our benefit!

The Bible is written to the Church.

There are great lessons we are to learn throughout the Bible and the Book of Job teaches us much about suffering in the name of God.

We also learn that Satan has no control over the child of God unless God allows it.

So many other lessons can be found in this great book of the Bible.

Job never knew why these things happened to him, but he never blamed God.

God had the answers for Job with answered prayer, but it was not yet time.

*Job 16:7 But now he hath made me weary: thou hast made desolate all my company.

Here again we see Job as a type of Christ.

Mat 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

These friends of Job had done nothing to help him in his grief and people cannot do what God can do.

God will never abandon us.

Joh 14:14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
Joh 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
Joh 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
Joh 14:17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
Joh 14:18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

If we cannot be that comforter to our brothers and sisters in Christ, then we need to keep quiet and just show them the love of Christ that is within us!

We must certainly understand that God will chasten us, but the most important thing about the chastening of God is the fact that He only chastens those He loves.

Pro 3:11 My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction:
Pro 3:12 For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.

Now we know that Job had not done anything for God to chasten him, but Job was also not perfect.

Job did possess the sin nature of Adam as we all do.

In fact one of the best passages in the Bible is contained in a simple phrase.

Act 2:21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

One hundred and sixty-one times the Bible uses the phrase “it shall come to pass”.

There are many things that we will face in this life and most of them will come and then they will pass on by.

If we learn the lessons intended for us to learn we will benefit from those things!

If not, we may suffer through them again and again!

Amen

From Riches to Rags From Joy to Grief

Prosperity, Adversity, and Misery

Book of Job Chapter 1 through Chapter 2 and verse 10

Job was a real man, and the story of Job is about a good man who in one day suffered more than anyone we could ever imagine.

I still believe there is no one upon this earth that has suffered as much or more than this Job in the Bible, who had not caused it themselves.

The Book of Job is not a work of imagination and the Book of Job is not a parable!

The Book of Job is a book of history.

The Book of Job is one of the wisdom books in the Bible.

The Book of Job is about circumstances that affect us all then and now.

The Book of Job is not about any particular nation, but it is about a certain individual that we can all connect with on a personal level.

The Book of Job is about the suffering of an individual.

We can see this type of suffering still exists today and we can learn valuable lessons from this godly man.

The Book of Job is also the oldest piece of literature known to man.

*Job 1:1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.

In the Book of Genesis we learned from the table of nations that Uz was the son of Aram, who was the son of Shem, who was the son of Noah.

We now that Abraham or Abram, was also nine generations from the line of Shem, the Son of Noah, through Heber, which could be said to be the father of the Hebrew people so Abraham and Job did have some blood relations and both trusted Jehovah God by “faith”.

Job was perfect. Job was not sinless.
Job was upright. Job walk in the ways of the Lord.
Job feared God. This fear was not a dread of God but godly reverence. There was no Bible to direct Job, he just trusted our Creator, our God.
Job eschewed evil. To eschew means Job fled from any and all evil. Job would have no part of any thing that was evil.
Job was a patient man.

Job is recognized in the Old Testament.

Eze 14:14 Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they should deliver but their own souls by their righteousness, saith the Lord GOD.
Eze 14:15 If I cause noisome beasts to pass through the land, and they spoil it, so that it be desolate, that no man may pass through because of the beasts:
Eze 14:16 Though these three men were in it, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, they shall deliver neither sons nor daughters; they only shall be delivered, but the land shall be desolate.
Eze 14:17 Or if I bring a sword upon that land, and say, Sword, go through the land; so that I cut off man and beast from it:
Eze 14:18 Though these three men were in it, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, they shall deliver neither sons nor daughters, but they only shall be delivered themselves.
Eze 14:19 Or if I send a pestilence into that land, and pour out my fury upon it in blood, to cut off from it man and beast:
Eze 14:20 Though Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, they shall deliver neither son nor daughter; they shall but deliver their own souls by their righteousness.

We see that Job was held in high regard by our Heavenly Father, as high as Noah and Daniel.

Job is also recognized in the New Testament.

Jas 5:11 Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.

Job’s patience came by his personal relationship with his Heavenly Father!

Job was a family man.

*Job 1:2 And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters.

Job had a large family of ten. Seven sons and three daughters whom he loved dearly.

Through his labors and God’s blessings, Job had become a rich man.

As God told Pharaoh and the blind man:

Joh 9:3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: “but that the works of God should be made manifest in him”.

Many individuals throughout history had things happen to them so God could be seen at work with them, good or bad.

*Job 1:3 His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east.

Riches, in the day of Job were not about how much land he owned, Job owned much land.

Riches were determined by how many animals that were owned!

Sheep were very valuable animals.

The wool from sheep was used for clothing and fine clothing today is still made from wool.
The sheep were one of the clean animals, so the meat of sheep was good for sacrifice and for food.
The sheep produced milk that was valuable then and still used in many places upon this earth today.

As the Bible states, sheep are also very dumb animals and they needed a shepherd!

The shepherd has many valuable lessons in the Scriptures!

The Camel today has been replaced by the large trucks on our highways. They could get the products of Job’s farm to the market over almost any terrain and through any climate and weather.

A yoke of oxen was also very valuable. The “yoke of oxen” is two animals that work really well with each other.
Matched in strength and durability.

Today the yoke of oxen is replaced by the tractor.

The term acre came about as a measurement of the amount of land a yoke of oxen could plow in one day.

Job’s oxen could plow 500 acres in a day. Job had a large farm.

Job had 500 jackasses.

As camels were to haul long distances, the burro(jackass) could haul the short distance carrying more weight than they weighed themselves.

Job dealt in commodities!

Job had a large household. Which means Job had many employees.

Job was one of the greatest of men of the east.

When we see directions such as east, we can know that this is east of Jerusalem.

East of Jerusalem would be Arabia, or we could say the Orientals. Remember Job lived in the land of Uz.

We can just imagine how close was this family as the children would celebrate their birthdays together.

*Job 1:4 And his sons went and feasted in their houses, every one his day; and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them.

As we know all children have their special days even if it is their birthdays.

This family would gather together every time a brother or sister had a special day.

They showed their love even after they were grownups!

And Job loved his children, and he knew his children.

He checked upon his children to see if they too remained righteous still knowing that we are all sinners.

Toda all sinners need the “Grace” of God through Jesus Christ to be pardoned for their sin!

Even years before the Laws of Moses, the Old testament and the New Testament, Job knew there was a Redeemer coming from God.

Job 19:25 For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:
Job 19:26 And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:
Job 19:27 Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.

Job had instilled these things into his children!

Pro_22:6  Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Most of America and the world have forgotten this or they use it for evil!

*Job 1:5 And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.

In that day, Job was a very rich man and God had blessed him many times over, but he also knew his greatest blessing was his children.

After they had celebrated with each other, Job had taught his children to examine their own consciences and repent of any sin they may have. Why?

Jesus said: Luke 13:3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

We know that Job had faith in his Redeemer.

The lesson of the intercessor stands out in this Scripture.

Job had godly children, yet he also knew we are all sinners. We must pray for our children.

This shows the Lord our love and our concern for them just as Jesus prayed for us.

If we are to be like Christ then we must be an “intercessor” not only for our children, but our families, and even for the lost.

1Ti 2:1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
1Ti 2:2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
1Ti 2:3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
1Ti 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

In a godly family, we as fathers are the head of the family and the high priests of the family.

We cannot show the love of God, if we are not willing to pray for others!

Job had taught his children to be intercessors.

Notice just like in the Book of Genesis, the burnt offering was not new to those who sought out the Lord many years before the 613 laws given to the Children of Israel.

As we study portions of this great book we call the Bible, we will see the sufferings of Job who knew he was a sinner and repented daily for his sin.

Why Job had to suffer is never revealed to Job!

We as students of the Bible are given the entire actions of God who knew the heart of this man and allowed Satan certain freedoms.

This also will teach us that Satan does not have a free hand with God’s children as he does with those who are lost!

Satan needs God’s permission to even touch to cause harm to God’s children.

Many times we suffer just as all people suffer and we question God, but we are affected by the same things that others are affected by.

We live in a sin filled, evil and wicked world, it will affect us almost daily!

We must also consider that God will test our faith!

The test of Job was not about his faith because God knew the faith of Job would not fail him.

*Job 1:8 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?
Job 1:9 Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?
Job 1:10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.
Job 1:11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.
Job 1:12 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.
Job 1:13 And there was a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother’s house:

We must also know that Satan does not have the freedom to prance around in Heaven as he chooses.

He can speak to God just as we do because God is everywhere all the time and Satan is now limited to the ground and to the lower heavens.

Eph_2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

Job 1:7 And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.

Satan is only a tool in the hands of the Almighty God and could be stopped at any time and will be when his purpose is over!

Now we will begin to see the misery of this godly man.

Job is going about his daily routine and he believes the Almighty is with him, and He is, but God has allowed Satan certain freedoms, of which he cannot cause the death Job but only to his possessions.

Job’s children were gathered probably for the birthday of one of them as they always did.

Job had been an intercessor that morning as he always had.

Job had thanked God for His blessings as he always did.

And Job’s world began to collapse around him.

What does Satan do? He immediately goes after Job’s riches thinking he will curse the Almighty God when he becomes poor.

*Job 1:14 And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them:
Job 1:15 And the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away; yea, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.

These Sabeans were the descendants of Cush the oldest son of Ham and the father of Nimrod.

The Bible tells us much about Nimrod so we can understand the type of people these Sabeans were.

These Sabeans were based somewhere in Africa.

After much time the Bible says that even these Sabeans will come to know the Lord.

Psa 72:10 The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents: the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts.

At this time they were only traveling terrorist, out to murder, rob, and destroy.

Job’s day is getting bad and it gets much worse.

*Job 1:16 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.

Job had 7000 sheep and many hire shepherds and lightning destroyed them all at once.

We already know that this thing was caused by Satan because it did not happen until God allowed Satan this freedom, in his attempt to prove Job would curse God.

So we know Satan does still have some great powers, but they are held in check when it comes to God’s people!

To this servant he only knew that the Almighty had this power.

Many today say that thunder is the voice of God, but it is not.

When God speaks His voice is as thunder!

Many today say that lightning is the fire of God, but to see the example given for the fire of God we need only look at the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah to realize the true fire of God.

The great riches and the businesses of Job was reaching an end that he never anticipated.

But this is not all.

*Job 1:17 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The Chaldeans made out three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have carried them away, yea, and slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.

These Chaldeans were also descendants of Cush and these Chaldeans grew in power until one day in the days of Israel they became a world power.

They were ruthless destroyers, and had no respect for others or the property of others.

Job had been a target of them for many years.

All of Jobs animals and many of Job’s employees were now murdered or stolen and Job who had begun his day rich, was now a poor man.

The Lord gives and the Lords takes away, as Job would say!

Job’s faith was still strong, but this day that began by celebrating a birthday would now be a terribly bad memory.

*Job 1:18 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother’s house:
Job 1:19 And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.

In the span of one day Job had lost everything he owned and all his children.

A day that begin in celebration had ended in a total loss.

Satan had systematically destroyed all the Job had, but he could not take Job’s life because Jehovah would not allow it.

Job was a broken man, but he did not blame God our Creator.

We cannot even imagine these losses especially the loss of his children.

We can be sure if God allowed the death of these children, then God had taken them into Heaven.

We know this because we serve a righteous God who would never do wrong!

All Job knew to do was to go to God in his misery.

*Job 1:20 Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped,
Job 1:21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.
Job 1:22 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.

As we have seen, Job took the losses of his riches calmly with very little reaction, but the loss of a child is devastating enough and we see Job lost all ten of his children at the same time and it brought an entirely different reaction from this godly man.

Just to note, this is a firsthand look at how Satan seeks to destroy our loved ones and our families!

All these things Job did, the renting of his mantle and the shaving of the head were outward signs of grief in the culture of that day, and these type things continued at least through the time of Jesus’ first coming.

Jacob: Gen 37:34 And Jacob rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his loins, and mourned for his son many days.

In the time of Jeremiah: Jer 41:5 That there came certain from Shechem, from Shiloh, and from Samaria, even fourscore men, having their beards shaven, and their clothes rent, and having cut themselves, with offerings and incense in their hand, to bring them to the house of the LORD.

Cutting themselves was more like the heathen did as God cautioned His people to not act like the heathens.

Ezra: Ezr 9:3 And when I heard this thing, I rent my garment and my mantle, and plucked off the hair of my head and of my beard, and sat down astonied.

There are many others in the Scriptures.

Job did not curse God, but fell upon his face and worshipped and verse 21 tells us what he said.

In all this Job never had a harsh word for Jehovah!

Since Job did not do as Satan thought, Satan again said Job was not the godly man that Jehovah bragged about.

God allowed Satan one more opportunity to prove Him wrong.

*Job 2:3 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.
Job 2:4 And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.
Job 2:5 But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face.
Job 2:6 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life.
Job 2:7 So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.

Notice how our integrity is important to our Heavenly Father!

You see Satan spends all his time walking around in search for God’s people to see who he can cause to fall from grace.

God allowed Satan to cause Job bodily harm, but Satan could not take Job’s life.

Boils, as described in this Scripture are related to the “Staph Infections” we see so much of today!

In the case of Job it may be as bad as it gets. There is no other place in the Scriptures, where boils are this bad on any person.

In the Arab lands it was known as black leprosy.

To the Greeks it was called Elephantiasis.

A similar event will also take place near the end of the Great Tribulation.

Rev 16:10 And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain,
Rev 16:11 And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.

For Job, he had no sin and even this event in his life did not cause Job to lose his integrity and cause him to sin!

Job did the best he could to find some relief from his misery. Mentally and physically.

*Job 2:8 And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes.

The ashes were another form of sorrow and grief and may even have brought Job some relief here.

Remember Job suffered not for his riches but for his children!

Job would not use his hands as they too were covered with boils, but he used a piece of broken pottery to scrape away the acrid pus that covered him.

We should know that when we are in our deepest valley, it is at this time we can get closer to the Lord.

This does not mean we wait till we are in a valley to get in touch with the Lord.

2Co_12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

God will snuggle up to us to be with us in our misery and our weaknesses!

To sit down in the ashes was to show God just how miserable he had become.

Eze 27:30 And shall cause their voice to be heard against thee, and shall cry bitterly, and shall cast up dust upon their heads, they shall wallow themselves in the ashes:
Eze 27:31 And they shall make themselves utterly bald for thee, and gird them with sackcloth, and they shall weep for thee with bitterness of heart and bitter wailing.

The misery of Job was seen by his wife, but she did not have the same spiritual strength as Job.

*Job 2:9 Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die.

We need to stop and think of this for a moment. Satan took all Job’s children, at least he caused their death. I am sure they went to the glory world of Heaven.

Satan left Job’s wife and it could be that Satan knew that this woman would add to the trouble Job already felt.

Job’s integrity was based upon his faith!

Her thoughts were if you would forget your “faith”, and curse your God, that he may cause your death also.

This mother had assumed that there were reasons God had taken these children and God was to blame!

As far as this mother was concerned, it was far better to be without her husband than to see him suffer as he was suffering.

How many of us fall into this trap?

It is far better that we hold onto our relationship with God, than to just give up and give in to this world!

Job was not about to fall into this trap!

Job might say later that he wished to be with his children or not even born, but this in no way caused Job to sin nor to lose his integrity.

Satan knew he could not cause Job’s death, but now if he just gave up on life, in a sense take his own life Satan would have laughed all the way to his next confrontation with Jehovah.

You see Satan is a loser and every little victory he thinks he achieves makes him feel that he can win against God, which will never happen!

To this day, Satan does not actually believe he is a loser, but he is!

He is just wickedly evil, and he would destroy all God’s children just to ruin their testimony!

In the end, our testimony is all we have while we are upon this earth!

We have godly testimony and we do not ever need to show the world any weakness as Satan will take advantage of any weakness we have.

Eph 4:24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
Eph 4:25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.
Eph 4:26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
Eph 4:27 Neither give place to the devil.

Job put an end to those things that came from his wife’s mouth.

*Job 2:10 But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.

We know that the Lord is the Master of Life! Why would we ever try to make up our own laws and ask God to think as we do?

We know God is righteous which means God cannot ever do us wrong!

Everything that happens to us is for our benefit even though we may not understand many of those things!

Rom 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

One man wrote, “should we not bless God for all the mercy He has already showed to us”?

When God has saved us from His wrath because we love His Son enough to trust Him for our salvation, why should He do anything else for us?

Why would He not leave us to the whims of Satan all the time, but He does not!

We are blessed with Heavenly blessings that are kept in store awaiting our arrival on Heavens shores!

We are also blessed in so many ways until that day comes when the Lord takes us home!

We have seen that Satan cannot touch us unless God allows it and if God allows it then He has a greater blessing awaiting us!

God only ask us to serve Him until He takes us home and sometimes that means that no matter what happens to us, we are to stand our ground based on our faith.

This is the way it is today as we face these elections.
This is the way it is today as we face this plague.

My thought I just had as I wrote these words is, “could I stand as tall as Job if God allowed Satan to take my family”. I pray I do!

Increase my faith Lord.

Increase my love Lord.

Help me to be more like your Son, Lord.

It is equally right for God to give gifts just as it is for Him to take some away!

God is always thinking ahead in our future and He knows what is best for us at all times.

We see our world approaching those days as they were in Noah’s day.

The things of this world will never get better, and the best awaits us in Heaven!

Yes, what this wife said was foolish, but Job held on to His Savior.

Hold onto the Savior today because no one loves us like Jesus does!

Amen

The Table of Nations

The Failure of Our Ancestors

Book of Genesis Chapters 10 through 11

When we come to these chapters that cover genealogies, we are tempted to skip over them and when we do, we find out later we have missed some important information.

The Bible is not a history book, but the Bible does contain much history and just like all the other Scriptures these things of history are the complete truth!

These chapters in the Book Genesis teach us the beginning of the history of the world.

No matter what nation that exist today, nor what people describe as the races, all of them are the descendants of Noah and his family!

No matter our color we are the descendants of Noah!

The word “race” is never mentioned in the Bible and “race” is not relevant!

The Bible speaks of nationalities.

The Bible speaks of three peoples, the Jews, the Gentiles, and the Church.

The Bible speaks of the only two type of humans. the saved and the lost.

What is relevant is that the Bible deals with mankind, humans!

We must understand that we are the architect of our own circumstances that we find ourselves in today!

One of the greatest truths in the Bibles is found in the Book of Acts.

Act 17:26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;
Act 17:27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:
Act 17:28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.

The foolish world may not accept this truth, but it is still the truth!

In fact the world may reject the Word of God, but it does not make the Word of God any less the truth!

*Gen 10:1 Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth: and unto them were sons born after the flood.

Throughout the Bible we will see that word generations. In fact 118 times the word generations can be seen in the KJV Bible which I use.

We know that the average life span of humans is 70 years now and it will remain that way no matter how far science has developed, until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.

We must also understand the Lord Jesus Christ is the Master of Life, and our lives are in His hands to do as He pleases!

These 70 year life spans, did not begin until after the death of Abraham and Sarah.

Our Scripture insists that from now on, the Bible will deal with the generations of man after the flood and these generations will begin with the sons of Noah.

This passage of Scripture we will see unfold until the Lord Jesus Christ returns the second time to this earth!

He has already come once to provide for our salvation!

*Gen 10:2 The sons of Japheth; Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras.

We must understand that the Bible is earliest table of nations known to mankind.

This same table describes the birth of the nations upon this earth.

It is unmatched in all the world and nothing even comes close in all of literature!

Japheth was not the youngest of Noah’s sons as some believe, but probably the oldest of Noah’s sons and was born one hundred years before the flood.

Gen 9:24 And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him.

Japheth is the father of the Gentile nations in Europe and North of Asia. We could say the white race even though the Bible does not ever use the word race.

Modern ethnological science has proven that there is a three-fold division of the human family just as God says in the Book of Genesis.

The accuracy of this table of nations in the Book of Genesis cannot be denied!

The Gentiles are the descendants of Japheth.

Gen 10:5 By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations.

All nations had there beginning with Noah who was a blood descendant of Adam and patriarch in the blood line to the Messiah born of the virgin Mary a descendant of King David and whose Father is the Holy Ghost.

Notice also the Son named Magog who is well known to us in prophecy.

*Gen 10:6 And the sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut, and Canaan.

Ham was the youngest son of Noah as we have already seen.

Ham is the Father of the Oriental nations.

Ham and Egypt are interchanged in some Scriptures.

Ham is also the Father of the African nations.

In fact the meaning of the name Ham is “sun-burnt”.

It was Ham who provoked the wrath of Noah, his father by an act of indecency towards him.

It was God who killed the first lamb to cover the nakedness of Adam and Eve and this had been taught all the way down to Noah that nakedness exposed to others was indecent.

It is this act that caused Noah to curse Canaan who was the fourth son of Ham.

We will learn that it was the descendants of Shem who would destroy the descendants of Canaan.

This curse was not directed toward Cush, Mizrai, nor Phut.

It was Cush who begat Nimrod the first ruler of all the world.

Gen 10:8 And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth.
Gen 10:9 He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD.
Gen 10:10 And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.

Nimrod was not just the first ruler, but also the first tyrant of this world!

He decided himself to defy God and be the first tyrant making himself out to be some god.

Slavery was one of the things that began in the days of Nimrod as he made slaves to build his gigantic tower to nowhere.

It is said that Nimrod was not trying to reach Heaven with his tower, but to be high enough to survive if God sent another flood, which means he ignored the Word of God!

Nimrod wanted to be worshiped as god!

Noah had another son by the name of Shem.

*Gen 10:21 Unto Shem also, the father of all the children of Eber, the brother of Japheth the elder, even to him were children born.

It is from Shem that the Hebrew children and the Arabians begin their existence.

Before Adam died Methuselah had lived 243 years.

Before Methuselah died Shem was 100 years old.

Before Shem died Abraham was 148 years old and Isaac had been married for 9 years.

These things should give us an idea of how Abraham was very acquainted with Jehovah God even if did live in what we call modern day Iraq.

Shem was the father of the children of Eber, known as the father of the Hebrew speaking people.

This same verse reminds us that Shem had as a brother Japheth the father of the Gentile people which we know when Jesus returns the Hebrews, and the Gentiles will form the Church of the Living God!

Most important of all, the promised Messiah could come from the descendants of Shem.

Shem is the father of the Hebrew people! The father of those who are blessed.

Ham was the father of the Canaanites! The father of those who are cursed.

*Gen 10:23 And the children of Aram; Uz, and Hul, and Gether, and Mash.
Gen 10:24 And Arphaxad begat Salah; and Salah begat Eber.
Gen 10:25 And unto Eber were born two sons: the name of one was Peleg; for in his days was the earth divided; and his brother’s name was Joktan.

In this passage we see that Uz was also a descendant of Shem and a very important man was also from the land of Uz.

Job 1:1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.

Two sons born to Eber one Peleg and one Joktan.

There is a note attached to the man named Peleg.

“For in his days the earth divided”:

1) We know the earth was divided by language during the days of Nimrod.(The Hebrews probably kept their language)
2) We know the families of Joktan and the families of Peleg separated themselves.(Joktan formed the Arabian peoples)
3) The Hebrew word used for Peleg is “earthquake”.(All the continents were divided as we see them today)

Much of the earth changed during and after the flood, but many more changes have occurred.

The earth was one large island until the flood of Noah, but since the flood we see how the earth is now with much separation of the different continents.

I believe much of this happened during the days of Peleg who lived for about 250 years.

One of the most overlooked things in all this, is that there is no one race superior to any other race, we all had the same distant family, Noah and his family.

We are all the same blood relatives!

Act 17:26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;

*Gen 10:32 These are the families of the sons of Noah, after their generations, in their nations: and by these were the nations divided in the earth after the flood.

We know that the Messiah would come from the line of Shem.

Luk 3:36 Which was the son of Cainan, which was the son of Arphaxad, which was the son of Sem, which was the son of Noe, which was the son of Lamech,
Luk 3:37 Which was the son of Mathusala, which was the son of Enoch, which was the son of Jared, which was the son of Maleleel, which was the son of Cainan,
Luk 3:38 Which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God.

This Canaan is sometimes called the second Canaan because of the hatred for the Canaanites but Luke said he gave us the truth.

The one thing we know for sure is the everyone spoke the same language at this time!

It is believed that the Hebrews kept their language which would mean that the Hebrew language was the same language of Adam, but most Bible scholars disagree.

There is coming a pure language that we all will speak.

Zep 3:9 For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve him with one consent.

That pure language will originate from Heaven!

The fact remains that one of the languages still spoken in the world is the language of Adam and Eve!

*Gen 11:1 And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.
Gen 11:2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.

After Babel all the many languages came about. Today, not even one nation has just one language with its borders.

Here in America everyone should be forced to learn our national language, but this is not the only problem.

Even two people when they meet together one will have a different meaning for the same words.

The meaning of words has changed from time to time!

As an elder, I can barely understand our young people today.

When we do not speak the same language then there is a distrust between us!

When words do not mean the same as when we speak them, then it causes confusion.

We should go back to God’s command to Noah.

Gen 9:1 And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.

The earth could not be replenished if all the people lived in one location!

God intended for the people to spread out upon the earth.

Remember Nimrod had taken control of these people and he was not about to follow the Word of God given to Noah.

Remember Noah lived 350 years after the Ark came to rest and Nimrod rebelled against Noah and moved the people to the land of Shinar and put in roots to stay.

This is the land of Mesopotamia or we say Babylonia or Chaldea.

It is a plain where there was no stone.

In contrast Israel is a place where there is so much stone you can hardly walk without stepping on one.

No stone means they had to make brick, so we see that these were intelligent people, just not righteous people.

Humans have always had intelligence! Nothing like what the evolutionist teach today!

They began to rebel against the Word of God.

*Gen 11:3 And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter.
Gen 11:4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.

We know that the land of Shinar is in modern day Iraq.

In order for brick to be used for lasting structures then it had to baked in ovens. Sun dried brick will not stand up to the climates very well.

Slime or bitumen could be described as earth-resin in its earliest stage to become petroleum or kerosene, and it was plentiful in the subterranean fountains not far from Babylon.

It also provided for lights as torches.

In reality, by the actions of Nimrod these people gave up their tents in an attempt to build a city which went against God’s command.

God did not have a problem with cities, but they did need to spread out to be in obedience.

All the people decided that this was a good idea to give in to Nimrod rather that trust the Lord.

They wanted to build a tower that could be seen from the whole world.

The Tower of Babel was designed as a religious center, today called a ziggurat.

Built as staircases to Heaven a deception to people who fall into the traps of Satan.

They felt that they would be safer as a group rather than travel in small parties.

My question is, who were they afraid of? They were the only people upon the earth and God put a fear of them in all the animals!

They were afraid because of that tyrant Nimrod told them all these things.

People have great fear today when tyrants and foolish leaders are in charge!

It is fear that is used by the Democratic Party today in America.

They had forgotten the promises of God.

Jas 2:5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?

2Pe 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

God had saved these people and you would have thought they would acknowledge Him, but they should also have considered His Almighty Power.

The safest place we can ever be on this earth, is in the will of God!

The most dangerous place we can be is outside the will of God, for then we are alone against the world.

Nimrod had demanded their faith to be in him.

He said “let us make a name for ourselves”
He said “let us make us a tower to reach into the heavens”
He said: let us stay right here and not be scattered abroad upon the face of this earth”

We as Christians know that there is only one way to get to God’s Heaven.

Did these people think that they could reach into God’s Heaven or had Nimrod changed the intent of God to form his own religion, as most wicked rulers do when they think of themselves as little gods.

Why is it that every wicked ruler wants to begin his own kingdom and make new rules for everyone?

Today we have a group of politicians who want to abandon our Constitution which has served us well since our beginning, and write something new designed for small groups of people always leaving out the backbone of our nation?

The one thing about city dwellers is that they never consider who will provide them the necessities of life!

A city cannot provide for itself. They would have been far better off to have done what the Lord had told them to do!

So the Lord looked upon what they were doing because He knew their thoughts.

*Gen 11:5 And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.
Gen 11:6 And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.

In reality nothing can escape the eyes of God!

Did God and the Holy Spirit and the Lord Jesus come down to the earth to see this? Probably not, but we must understand, God does what God wants to do anytime God wants to do it.

I believe God does still come down and walks upon this earth!

In reality God does not have to come down from anywhere because God is everywhere, and His power is with Him at all times.

Many times the Holy Spirit will use our human traits to describe the actions of God, to keep our relationship with Him simple.

This is called “anthropomorphic” language.

When God does come down to earth, He is coming to cause some action that He has forewarned us about!

We should understand that we stand on very shaky ground when we defy our Lord!

These people were of one mind and one accord just as those before the flood, and if left on their own, the earth would never have been populated and this group would have eventually perished not being able to support themselves.

Ecc 11:8 But if a man live many years, and rejoice in them all; yet let him remember the days of darkness; for they shall be many. All that cometh is vanity.
Ecc 11:9 Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.

Why do these things never work?

Psa 2:1 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
Psa 2:2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,
Psa 2:3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
Psa 2:4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.
Psa 2:5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.

The foolish things we think we can do on our own, without God are comical in His eyes!

I am so glad we have a “loving” God full of “Mercy” and “Grace”!

This is one time in the Bible when we can actually see that the will of God is forced upon the people, but still for their own safety.

The will of God and the plan of God will move forward at His pace until the Lord returns!

God is working behind the scenes every day to accomplish what He has set out to accomplish!

God is visible or at least His actions are visible, we are just to blind to see them!

These people would pass these things down to those that came from them, until God told Moses to write it all down.

We can believe all these things in the Book of Genesis are accurate!

*Gen 11:7 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.

Here again we see Elohim, the Triune God. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit take the necessary action, this time to cause no harm to anyone, but just to separate themselves to do as the Lord had commanded.

God will get His will done one way or another!

We will never be able to dictate to God our own will!

God knows the godless purpose of wicked men, and He will not allow things to happen that go against His perfect plan of salvation!

*Gen 11:8 So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.
Gen 11:9 Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.

That name Babylon has been around since the Book of Genesis and all it has ever meant is confusion.

Nimrod built the city of confusion.
Nimrod built the Tower of confusion.

These people have been confused ever since!

These things are still with us because this is Satan’s main tool to use against us.

The Lord did not confound the languages because of Satan!

The Lord confounded the languages put His plan into action!

You see this world is operating under the Will of God even when the world goes against God in every way!

This world will improve if it admits God is right and the world is wrong.

We must also remember God does not make threats, but He does give warnings, because it is He that holds our future in His hands!

God did not give anyone a second chance because He does this all the time.

The things of this world must move along just as written down the God’s Book of Truth and no one can change this.

No President.
No world leader.
No action by congress.
No action by the UN.

None of these things can change what God plans to do and everything God does is for the Church.

Why are there all the different races, the different languages, the different cultures? Because wickedness explodes upon the innocent.

Why are you born in the color of your skin? Because all our heritage from the time of Noah rebelled against God.

When you take the skin off, we are all the same under our skin!

Do not blame God for your situation, blame sin!

Amen

God’s Promises To This Present World

God’s Covenant with the Present World

Book of Genesis Chapter 9

The Noahic Covenant is the promise that God made to Noah and his descendants after the flood which destroyed the world.

This Covenant has several distinguishing features.

First: it is an unconditional covenant.
Second: it was made to Noah and all his descendants (includes us today) as well as “every living creature” and the earth in general (Genesis 9:8-10).
Third: it was sealed with a sign, the rainbow.

The Noahic Covenant is an unconditional covenant since it does not depend upon anything Noah or his descendants, or us today have to do to fulfill the covenant.

We are also the descendants of Noah!

This promise is based upon God’s faithfulness alone!

Because of God’s faithfulness to always do what He says He will do, we can know today with certainty that there will never be another worldwide flood as there was in the days of Noah, no matter how wicked mankind becomes.

Neither the wickedness nor the righteousness of mankind affects this unconditional covenant!

There is no “condition” under which God will renege on His promise!

This does not mean that God will never again destroy the earth, however!

He has promised to one day destroy the earth by fire (2 Peter 3:10, 11; Revelation 20:9, 21:1 ) in the terrible events known as the “day of the Lord.”

After the flood, God promised that He would never again send a worldwide flood to destroy the earth as an act of His divine judgment for sin.

As a sign to remind Noah and his descendants of His covenant promise, God “set the rainbow in the cloud” (Genesis 9:12-13).

The lesson to us is, that when we see a rainbow we should always be reminded of God’s faithfulness and His amazing grace.

We should also be reminded that our God is a holy and righteous! God has a holy hatred for sin, and He will not allow sin to go unpunished forever.
Also, just as God provided a way for Noah and his family to be saved in the Ark, He also has provided a way for us to be saved through Jesus Christ who is my Ark.

Noah and his family were saved from the wrath of God that came in the flood, just as those who are in Christ will be saved from the “wrath to come” (1 Thessalonians 1:10).

*Gen 9:1 And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.

The first thing we see after the flood is over and Noah and his family are free to leave the Ark, is that they receive a blessing from God.

It is from these four couples that all the earth would be established.

They were all still sinners because they inherited the sin nature of Adam just as we still do today!

Noah at this time was the head of the human race and I am sure our DNA can be traced back to Noah!

What we should understand that whatever God established with Noah is still in effect today in the eyes of God!

In blessing Noah, God has blessed us all!

In words used today, a New World Order had truly begun!

The lesson of what God does with sin is a reality.

More important, we now understand God’s mercy and His grace to those who choose righteousness based upon the Word of God.

We see God’s good will and God’s intentions.

We see God’s pleasure and joy in providing for those who love Him.

We see God has great gifts.

Most important, God makes great promises, and we begin to see that God will never break His promises!

All but these eight humans had been completely wiped out, erased, from the face of the earth.

The Apostles clearly understood these things of God.

1Pe 3:18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
1Pe 3:19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;
1Pe 3:20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.

Who did Jesus preach to? He went to preach to the descendants of Seth!

For the Word of God to remain true, then the Earth would need to be filled with humans.

Married couples, one man and one woman, would come together and repopulate this earth.

This could not happen if the world were full of Sodomites or lesbian women.

This is another reason that abortion goes against the Word of God!

God has never withdrawn His command to replenish this earth, and there has always been enough food and the capability to produce enough food for the entire population of this world.

It is so-called politicians and dictators, who cause the world’s food problems

It is evil and wicked humans who do not allow food to reach the poor.

God will not bless our soils until we quit spilling innocent blood!

Reproduction establishes families.

Families establish societies.

Societies establish governments.

In our nation the Democrats want the prisoners to vote.

They want the illegal immigrants to vote.

Yet, they reject those millions of babies murdered each year and they reject those votes.

Are they afraid every newborn will be a Republican?

Babies have been sacrificed since the beginning and every time it has been about false religion!

Their platform has this and another agenda!

Reproduction teaches us that we are all one blood, from one source.

Therefore all races, all people, all nations are to live and work together to subdue the earth and these who brag so much about the climate and the freedoms and constitutions, are the same ones trying to destroy these things because they belong to Satan and they are proud of it.

The animal world would also have to change for the populations of humans to reach out into the world.

*Gen 9:2 And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered.

This could be called a New World Order from the days that were before the flood.

God told Adam he was to subdue the earth.

Gen 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

Notice the command to subdue the earth was not given to Noah!

Because of sin, mankind no longer has the ability to subdue the earth, so these things are left in God’s hands.

After all Jehovah, Elohim, is the Master of Life.

Man will never be able to control nature no matter how hard they try!

We can do our best to control climate changes, but our work will amount to nothingness!

Man will never be able to produce a pure environment and foolish to try.

Those monies would be better spent to help the poor and those that truly have needs, and not those who refuse to work.

2Th_3:10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.

It is our God who is in control all of nature!

Heb 2:7 Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands:

Even in our modern world, we still do not reign supreme over nature nor the animal world.

In fact our answer to things we do not understand is to destroy them!

*Gen 9:3 Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.
Gen 9:4 But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.

Notice that humans were given God’s permission to eat of the animal world.

Before the flood it is never stated that God would allow the consumption of animals. We do know that certain animals were sacrificed to God.

Remember Abel brought the best portions of the animal to sacrifice to Jehovah, but it never says they consumed that was remained even though the skins were used for clothing and probably milk was consumed.

Because of the curse, the vegetables and the herbs and the fruit did not provide the nourishment that it once did because of sin.

The land that had changed after the flood, made the tilling of the ground harder to accomplish.

We should understand that at no time would man be able to completely provide for himself without the help of God.

1Ti 4:4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:
1Ti 4:5 For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

These eight people that remained totally understood the power of God and it was these eight people who were to teach those that came after them the truth of God and that sin has its consequences.

We think about these people from our past as having no law, but we should know that when it came time for Moses to write these things down by the Holy Spirit, many of these laws were observed in the time of Adam and the time of Noah.

There is one exception to the eating of animals. It is never to be consumed raw.

A live animal is not to be eaten, nor dead animals with the blood still in them. The blood needs to be drained from animals!

In fact animals need be killed in a precise manner. Every hunter knows that an animal that suffers until death will damage the flavor of the meat.

A quick kill is important in most all cases.

We know that certain beast prey animals and they start devouring their kill even before they die, and these animals are never good for food even though at the time of Noah all animals were approved because the answer to nourishment comes by prayer!

The answer to nourishment today is that prayer of thanksgiving at the provision of God!

Then God said you need to clearly understand that the murder of your fellow humans will not be tolerated!

*Gen 9:5 And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man’s brother will I require the life of man.
Gen 9:6 Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.

The beginning of policing. The beginning of laws and governments had their start in the time of Noah long before Moses.

To obey this law of God it would require government. To police is the internal regulation of government of a kingdom or state.

As these families of Noah spread out across the earth this commandment was to go with them just as all the Word of God is to be with us at all times.

Today we used the phrase, “Capital Punishment”, when we sentence a murderer to death, but we can see this is a command of God.

Murder is a serious offense in the eyes of God.

It is a fact that today the hardened criminal does not fear our “justice system”!

Our justice system has become a revolving door to the true criminal while the innocent victims are forgotten.

Today the victim of a crime is not even considered!

Example, those who are causing destruction in many cities are allowed to destroy private property, while the justice system stands by and allows it to happen.

Even God teaches us the difference between murder and murder by accident and there is the murder by self-defense.

God calls for those who plan a murder, to be put to death!

Blood for blood and life for life. God requires the death of the murderer!

What does God say about all those who reject “Capital Punishment”?

Psa 10:13 Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God? he hath said in his heart, Thou wilt not require it.

It is wickedness to reject the Word of God!

Elsewhere the Bible says you will know them by their works.

If any animal causes the death of any human, then that animal should be put to death.

The human is God’s greatest creation, and the human was created in the image of God and this still does not have anything to do with our looks!

We must understand that when an innocent victim is murdered then his or her purpose is lost to society.

We will never know what good things we have lost to our societies by the murder of all those innocent babies who have been aborted!

The cure to many diseases could be in one of those babies who did not get a chance to live!

God told humans to populate our earth. Every family knows how many children they can provide for which is our job, but this is still not to abort any child that is conceived.

This does not mean to overpopulate the earth it means to produce a people that will follow our Creator!

Psa 127:3 Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
Psa 127:4 As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
Psa 127:5 Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.

Every quiver can hold only so many arrows!

Still we are to obey the commands of God!

*Gen 9:7 And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein.

When God gives this command to Noah, the only ones alive were married couples.

The family, one man and one woman was established by our Heavenly Father!

You cannot have a society without families.

You cannot have government without societies made up of families.

It is the family that is being forgotten by the corruption of our government!

I am not talking about President Trump who does his best to serve the family!

All these things being true then marriage is a sacred institution!

This marriage must be between one man and one woman to be able to obey Gods command to multiply by procreation.

Any and all relationships outside this marriage of one man and one woman, is then a violation to the commandment of God and is only fornication a sin in the eyes of God.

Heb 13:4 Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.

Tit 1:6 If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly.

And God said to Noah, listen to my words and do them!

*Gen 9:8 And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying,
Gen 9:9 And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you;
Gen 9:10 And with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth.
Gen 9:11 And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.

Now who did God make this covenant with?

To Noah and his wife.
To all three sons and their wives.
To all the descendants of Noah throughout life upon this earth.

This includes all of us here today.

No matter the color of our skin we are blood relatives of Noah!

This covenant was also made with every animal that had been saved by the Ark.

Remembering the Ark is a type of Christ, just as the water is a type of Christ!

That pitch is a type of the Holy Spirit.

We now begin to understand the promises of God that include us who are here today.

This flood in the days of Noah was the most devastating thing that has happened to this earth we live on.

Every living thing on the face of the earth was erased except the animals that survive in water and many of those died as the flood waters receded and the eight humans and the animals that were on the Ark.

It would have traumatic just to witness these things that happened.

When I was in Vietnam, I witnessed what rain for forty days can do to a small area.

At one time it rained day and night for 45 days and 75 inches of rain was recorded.

Wet weather streams became rivers and rivers became lakes and my platoon were out in this thing with no shelter but the terrain and the poncho.

This does not compare to the time of Noah, but it does have some similarities if you are caught in it.

In the time of Noah the earth changed from one large continent to breaking up into many continents and continued to do so for many years, especially through the days of Peleg.

In fact this earth we call home continuously changes every day, along with the climate.

It happens and most of it is not man-made not man caused!

What did Noah’s family need from the Lord as these days came to an end? They needed God’s assurance.

We must never be fooled, it is our Holy God who has total control of the happenings that take place on our planet earth, just as He does in all His creation.

The rains would come from above instead of from below as they do today, and Jehovah did not want this family of Noah to be frightened every time it came.

Another thing we must realize is, that these eight individuals were in the care of our Holy God until families began to be established again.

We can say that it was God who wrote down the facts of this first covenant!

A normal covenant is between two or more people, but God made this covenant with Himself!

This promise of God would be fulfilled no matter what Noah and his family did.

We can say that covenant was another covenant of Grace, a free gift of God.

This same covenant is still in effect today, since God made this covenant with every living being on this earth!

God said: “this is My Covenant”.
God said: “it is in My Power that these things will be true”
God said: “it is My Desire to keep you safe from ever seeing this thing again”

It is the promises of God that give us assurance.

If the oceans are rising, God did not tell us to build so close to the waters.
If the forests are burning, God did not tell us to not manage our forest in fact God told Adam to manage the forest of the Garden.
If the Amazon is being cleared for others to live, God did not tell us we could not plant new tree for those that are being removed.

Who are we to dictate what other nations are to do! They are also in the hand of God.

If we want to do something productive for this place called earth, we could at least pick up the trash that is thrown down and put a stop to this travesty to our earth, our nations, our cities and our communities.

We cannot say we are serious about the climate until we can stop those who litter!

All of nature is in the hands of God and there are no experts who can teach us how to stop nature or improve on nature.

Noah became the father of all life of the humans and Noah believed the promises of God.

Another thing we should understand is that this earth will exist until God says it will come to an end!

There will be seasons, there will be summer and winter, there will be hot and cold because these are the promises of God until the Lord returns!

Gen 8:22 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

God will not break this promise to the descendants of Noah which includes us here today.

We must do what we can to keep our earth beautiful, but the safety of our earth lies in the hands of an All Powerful God who is a God of All Power and cannot be swayed nor defeated in His purposes!

Do not be frightened by those who claim the destruction of climate change, and I do not need some scientist’s approval when I have the Word of God and the promises of God!

Our earth will not be destroyed by floods.
Our earth will not be destroyed by hurricanes.
Our Earth will not be destroyed by volcanoes.
Our earth will not be destroyed by a disaster of any kind, even man-made until the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ when it will be destroyed by fire for the same exact reason God sent the flood, SIN, because we never learn.

Until then we do not have to concern ourselves, knowing we are to be good stewards of the things God shares with us!

This written picture of Noah and the Ark, because of sin, gives us the perfect picture of our salvation by the Lord Jesus Christ.

All those who claim destruction by “climate change” are sinners who reject the truth of God!

All those who trust the Word of God, live in peace that all these things are in God’s hands and God has never broken a promise!

2Ti 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
2Ti 2:20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.
2Ti 2:21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.

“And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth”.

Then God gave us a sign to remind us of His promise.

*Gen 9:12 And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations:
Gen 9:13 I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.

It was only Noah and his family that needed God’s assurance at this time, but we see that God knew we would need those same assurances today because sin still abounds.

Just over 5000 years ago God gave this sign to Noah and in the year 2020 we can still see the beautiful sign of the rainbow.

Ezekiel wrote; that the day he had a vision of the Lord, He stood out just as the vision of the rainbow which we get to see at end of almost every rain.

Eze 1:27 And I saw as the colour of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about.
Eze 1:28 As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.

The truth is, the rainbow is not just a sign for us to remember the end of the destruction of the flood in Noah’s day also when God sees the rainbow He too will remember what He did because of sin.

Now we cannot say that God remembers His wrath in a bad way because He is righteous in everything that He does!

We also know that nothing that God does in our lives shows His intent to destroy us because everything that God does for us or to us is for our own good.

Rom 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

We need to forget about whether God knows what He is doing because He does, and we need to concentrate on our obedience to Him.

There may stories from false religions about the “Rainbow” but the rainbow was placed in the sky for the reason God states right here in the Scriptures.

Do not get confused by some commentaries. There had never been a rainbow until it was shown to Noah!

A token is something intended to indicate another event!

The rainbow is to assurance, as the blood of the Lamb is to redemption!

*Gen 9:14 And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud:
Gen 9:15 And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.
Gen 9:16 And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.

We should understand that that this promise is not that the rainbow will be seen whenever God sends the clouds to cover the earth, but that, whenever God sends the clouds and His rainbow is visible, He will remember His covenant.

The wrath of God is a sight to behold but the rainbow reminds the Lord it is not yet time for His wrath to return.

Hab 3:8 Was the LORD displeased against the rivers? was thine anger against the rivers? was thy wrath against the sea, that thou didst ride upon thine horses and thy chariots of salvation?
Hab 3:9 Thy bow was made quite naked, according to the oaths of the tribes, even thy word. Selah. Thou didst cleave the earth with rivers.
Hab 3:10 The mountains saw thee, and they trembled: the overflowing of the water passed by: the deep uttered his voice, and lifted up his hands on high.
Hab 3:11 The sun and moon stood still in their habitation: at the light of thine arrows they went, and at the shining of thy glittering spear.
Hab 3:12 Thou didst march through the land in indignation, thou didst thresh the heathen in anger.
Hab 3:13 Thou wentest forth for the salvation of thy people, even for salvation with thine anointed; thou woundedst the head out of the house of the wicked, by discovering the foundation unto the neck. Selah.

We should understand that God does not need reminders because He wrote this book called the Bible, and He knows exactly what He is going to do at every moment and why He did these things, so in the end all these things are to teach us the ways of our Savior!

*Gen 9:17 And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth.

There is no greater assurance than for the Lord to tell us what He is going to do and the reasons He does these things!

We now have seen what has happened since the time of Noah and things have stood just exactly as the Lord said they would.

So much in fact that scoffers ask; “where is the promise of His coming”.

2Pe 3:4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

Notice these same scoffers are not believers because they have ignored the flood.

Our government is full of scoffers today!

All evolution so-called scientist are scoffers today!

God says they are just ignorant.

2Pe 3:5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
2Pe 3:6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
2Pe 3:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

We must not be ignorant with them, but have “faith” in the Word of God and just trust that what God says He will cause to happen.

It is not guess work?

It is the truth of our Holy God who can do no wrong.

All those who die by fire will die because they chose it to be that way.

We cannot be ignorant of the truth of God and still say we are Christians!

We cannot be Pro Abortion and still be Christians!

We cannot ordain the marriage of two people unless it is between one man and one woman and still be Christians!

We cannot approve of sodomites and lesbians and still be Christians!

We must believe the virgin birth!
We must believe in the sinless blood of Jesus was shed for our sin!
We must trust in the work of the Lord Jesus Christ to pay our sin debt!

We must love the Lord Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father who sent Him!

We must be filled with God the Holy Spirit or we do not belong to God!

These are the covenants God has given to us!

There are other covenants we need to study!

Amen

The World That Perished

The World That Perished

Book of Genesis Chapters 7 and 8

Last week we met Noah. Noah was the only man upon the face of the earth who our Creator saw was righteous.

Gen 6:8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.

The rest of the world had destroyed their relationship with our Creator!

Gen 6:5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

We should keep these things in mind as we see the things that are happening in our nation today!

Noah began working on a ship called the Ark, the first ship ever built that would bring him and his family to safety.

For 120 years Noah had worked on this ship and raised a family and every seventh day Noah preached the truth of God and the coming flood.

To the world, Noah seemed only to be a lunatic!

In all the world only Noah believed the Word of God and his family remained true to him.

Gen 6:11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.

Gen 6:13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

“We should open our eyes and see the Lord does not like violence”!

Psa 11:5 The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.

The Lord loves righteousness. (Doing things according to the Word of God)

This ship was completed, and the time had passed, and God said to Noah: gather your family and come into the Ark.

*Gen 7:1 And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.

We should ask ourselves, what are the desires of our heart?

Do we desire to have a relationship with the world, or do we desire to have a relationship with our Creator, the Lord Jesus Christ?

Everything God had asked of Noah was now completed and it was time to do what He said He would do.

God has a Master plan for all His creation, but in the midst of that plan we see how in the days of Noah, God had a precise plan and this plan was very complex, yet was carefully carried out.

We could say that this plan was a plan of destruction.

We could also say that this was a plan of salvation.

1Pe 3:18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
1Pe 3:19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;
1Pe 3:20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.

God also preserved His animal kingdom in a way that only He knew how!

The big question is, are you going to enter into the Ark to be saved with Noah? Come on in Noah, bring all your family.

*Gen 7:2 Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female.
Gen 7:3 Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.

Before the Laws of Moses, we already see where some animals were called clean and many called unclean.

For those who do not realize it, animal sacrifice had been going on since God first sacrificed an animal to make clothes for Adam and Eve to cover their nakedness.

Noah could not enter into the Ark without the sacrificial animals.

These are the same animals that would also be used for food once the Ark had landed so, there were 7 pairs of each.

There were only one pair of each of the unclean animals, animals not used for sacrifice nor for food.

Remembering that if God says it is OK to eat an animal, then it is OK.

Clean are those things washed in a prayer of thanksgiving!

Notice also, the importance of our feathered friends, the fowls of the air. They would be needed to help reseed the earth.

I am not a gardener, but I did plant three tomato plants this spring and after they produced fruit, I have not had to purchase more from the store.

As spring progressed, I received more than three more plants brought to me by the birds and they now are also producing fruit of varieties which I did not plant.

The birds have given me border grass, and 3 magnolia trees and some other plants. I do feed the birds and they bring me these things in return.

Birds are important.

In all these things, we can hardly doubt that it was Moses who wrote the Book of Genesis guided by the Holy Spirit!

It was only seven days until the rain would come and this is interesting that the door was not shut until the end of those seven days.

Also in these things we see the determination of God to reshape this earth and the destruction of all humans who allowed sin to dominate their lives.

*Gen 7:4 For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.

Notice God gave His final warning seven days before He would send the rains and other waters to cover the entire earth.

The 120 years had expired down to the last week.

We could ask ourselves, why would God be so patient if He knew none other than Noah and his family would board the Ark.

We must understand that The Bible is written to Christians and God wants us to understand His thoughts and His reasons.

The Hebrew words used said He would “wipe out” or “blot out” or “erase” every living creature from the face of the earth.

They would be wiped from His memory of them!

You see anyone, “anyone” could have joined Noah and his family if they had chosen to do so!

This was God’s last act of “Grace” before He sends the rains.

Everyone left could have quoted you the words of Noah’s sermons as he had repeated it over and over for 120 years.

Many of the aged had died, rejecting the Word of God.
Many of the newborn had grown up hearing the Word of God.

There is no telling how many of them had said “I wish that old fool would shut up” and probably laughed as Noah and his family entered the Ark.

The Ark was an Ark of “safety”!

Just like many today, they said that a loving God would never do such a thing as destroy His creations.

Those who rejected the Word of God were wrong then just as those who say the same things are wrong today!

What did Peter write to us by the Holy Spirit?

2Pe 3:3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
2Pe 3:4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
2Pe 3:5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
2Pe 3:6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
2Pe 3:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

We do not have to be ignorant we can be victors!

The Lord will do just as He says He will do!

2Pe 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
2Pe 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

The biggest problem we have in the Church today is, that people are taught that only part of the Scriptures are actually the Word of God, but this is never the truth.

2Ti 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
2Ti 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

Every word given to the writers of the true Bible were given to them by the Holy Spirit who has preserved the Word of God for us!

We need only rightly divide the Bible knowing that we need to study all the Word of God!

2Ti 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

What did Noah do? Noah did exactly what God told him to do!

Noah loved the Lord and Noah loved his family and would not take a chance on the life of those he loved.

Why would Fathers and Mothers even take the chance that the Word of God is not true for their children’s sake?

*Gen 7:5 And Noah did according unto all that the LORD commanded him.
Gen 7:6 And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth.

This is the only thing the Lord has asked us to do!

We need to listen to what God says, for the safety of ourselves and our families.

Noah’s children obeyed their father!

From chapter 6 through our chapter 7 we see that God had repeated Himself 4 times about this destruction.

In reality, if God says it one time it is enough, but throughout the Scriptures God repeats Himself over and over, so we should not have any doubt about His actions pertaining with sin nor His actions pertaining with salvation.

Noah was no spring chicken Noah was 600 years old when he entered into the Ark.

You God does not even leave out small tidbits of information for us to understand what He is saying.

God’s relationship to us is very personal when we allow ourselves to just accept God and the Words, He has given to us!

Noah just obeyed God without questioning Him because it was not the time for questioning, it was time to do the work he would be doing for more than a year.

Those animals needed his attention for they must survive also. Their importance was real!

And the rains came, and the entire earth was covered.

*Gen 7:19 And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered.
Gen 7:20 Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered.

In our studies of Chapter 1, we know that all the land was like one, very large island, surrounded by seas on all sides, so there was only one high hill at the time.

The earth did not go through her first serious changes, until they were caused by the flood waters as they exploded to the surface and then receded.

The water was at least 22 1/2 feet above the highest hill.

We will later find out that this highest hill was in Ararat Mountain range.

The highest mountain in Ararat today has two peaks one at 14,300 feet and the other 10,300 feet above sea level, but it was not like this before the flood.

Today, this place is called Noah’s mountain named by the Persians.

The waters had to raise over this mountain to make sure the birds died also.

Today this cannot be denied because the remains of fish can be found in every mountain range, because the water levels dropped so fast and they were trapped on land.

What did God ask of Job?

Job 12:7 But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee:
**Job 12:8 Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee.
Job 12:9 Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this?
Job 12:10 In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.

Today those who seek these answers are called Paleontologist.

*Gen 7:21 And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man:
Gen 7:22 All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died. –
Gen 7:23 And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.
Gen 7:24 And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days.

But God said the proof of this flood is in the fossils and it is.

Just because many so-called, scientist reject what they find does not make what God says any less true.

It just makes those persons to look foolish!

Paleontology is the scientific study of life that existed prior to our day.

God says this is how it all happened, and it happened because of sin!

Today these things seem important, but to God, it was only those inside the Ark who were important.

You see God does not finish the flood story until Noah and his family are back on dry ground.

The flood waters remained at least 22 feet above the highest hill for 150 days.

You see God does care about our trials and tribulations and how they affect us!

All those who had rebelled against God were now in Hell the entire population of the earth at that time, except Noah and his family.

Noah and his family had plenty to do during this time as they were all shepherds to the remaining animals on the Ark.

And yes there were dinosaurs on the Ark. God had said there would be at least one pair of all land-based animals and the fowl, the birds.

Many may not realize it, but of all the dinosaur skeletons that have been found, 90 percent or more have been no larger than a chicken but we never hear about these smaller ones, only the gigantic ones who are made to be meat eaters when they were grass eaters.

We might ask, why all these animals, but we should take knowledge that wicked and evil men can change even the actions of animals!

We must also understand that what God has already done, teaches us about what God will do in the future, because God never changes.

So God remembered Noah and his family.

*Gen 8:1 And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters asswaged;
Gen 8:2 The fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained;
Gen 8:3 And the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated.

Psa 139:17 “Says” How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!
Psa 139:18 If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.

When we are going through trials and temptations we are on the mind of God!

When we are not going through trials and temptations we are on the mind of God!

Psa 40:5 Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, “and thy thoughts which are to us-ward”: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.

No matter what we are going through God is never far from us.

Jer 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you”, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Jer 29:12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, “and I will hearken unto you”.
Jer 29:13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

You see God remembered Noah and not just Noah, but every living thing aboard that Ark of safety.

Noah, his family and all these other living creatures had been on the Ark for 150 days, so God began to remove the flood waters.

This place called earth, went through some drastic changes for these next 150 days, the time it took for the waters to be restored to their locations.

On the second month of the Hebrew calendar on the seventeenth day the rains began.

On the seventh month and the seventeenth day the Ark came to rest upon the highest mountain called Ararat.

The waters continued to recede till the tenth month and the first day of the month.

Forty days later Noah opened the window and sent forth a raven.

Remember a raven will eat anything.

The Noah sent forth a dove which will not land on a dead creature and the dove returned.

Seven more days passed and again Noah sent the dove and the dove brought forth a leaf.

Seven days later Noah sent forth the dove and it did not return.

Again on the second month and the twenty seventh day the earth was dried, and God told Noah he could leave the Ark.

And the first thing Noah did was to build and altar of sacrifice.

*Gen 8:20 And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
Gen 8:21 And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.
Gen 8:22 While the earth remaineth, “seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease”.

We must understand that the worship of God as individuals, is necessary!

We should also understand that public worship is also necessary!

Psa 96:7 Give unto the LORD, O ye kindreds of the people, give unto the LORD glory and strength.
Psa 96:8 Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts.
Psa 96:9 O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.
Psa 96:10 Say among the heathen that the LORD reigneth: the world also shall be established that it shall not be moved: he shall judge the people righteously.

Psa 76:11 Vow, and pay unto the LORD your God: let all that be round about him bring presents unto him that ought to be feared.

Noah may not have been given all those 613 commandments given to the Hebrew children, but he did know to worship.

The Ark had provided Noah and his family safety for more than a year while God had destroyed life on this earth.

Surely it was time to offer thankfulness!

What we as Christians know is, that as long as this place called earth endures, there will be seed time and harvest, there will be cold and heat, there will be Summer and Winter, and there will be Day and Night.

We hear so much about climate change that it is becoming like just foolish talk when we compare it to what God says.

What God says is the actual truth and there is far too much political talk about climate change which will end up being only a formula to raise taxes that will be used to waste. just like our government waste the tax monies today.

Noah’s family were now to go forward and repopulate this earth and it would not happen without God’s blessing.

So it was not time to build a house, it was time to worship.

So it was not time to celebrate because they had survived the flood, it was time to worship!

So it was not time to plan for survival on new land, it was time to worship!

Noah’s first concern was not for his family, he must first thank God!

You see God made a serious promise to not just Noah, but to every human who has lived since that day, and those who will live after we are gone as long as time last!

Praise be to God!

Amen!

Then Came Grace

The Grace of God in a Sinful World

Book of Genesis Chapter 6

There are a lot of different thoughts about chapter 6 and the flood of the entire world but one thing we should clearly understand.

Our Heavenly Father has a plan of salvation and Satan will do everything he possibly do to cause God’s plan to fail, which is impossible.

The things before the flood is our lesson today. We live in the world after the flood!

If we are not careful, we will make the events of Chapter 6 complicated when they are not.

We must understand once sin entered into the world, this world began to die.

This process of death began in earnest after the world-wide flood, and yes there was a world-wide flood.

The first part of society is the family, but when sin entered into the world of that day because of Adam, it passed down through his family and on to everyone who has been born since that day.

We begin to see the division.

A godly side who continued to worship and serve God, the line of Seth.

The ungodly side who neglected the worship and commands of God, the line of Cain.

In my mind this is what happened after Cain refused to repent and moved away.

We must understand the words of the Holy Spirit here!

2Co 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

We know that our God never changes, so it would have been the same command in the time of Adam and of Seth.

We will soon see that even those born in the line of Seth will soon depart from the truth.

There are certain reasons God does not want His children to be wed or joined to unbelievers, and we can see many of these reasons in this chapter.

Certainly, mankind was multiplying upon the earth at a pace we cannot comprehend.

Just look at Adam who lived to be 930 years old.

Gen 5:4 And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: “and he begat sons and daughters”:
Gen 5:5 And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.

All these men who were mentioned in the line of Seth lived many years and had many children and it would have been similar in the line of Cain.

*Gen 6:1 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,
Gen 6:2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.

We should not get confused about this phrase “the sons of God”.

If it is talking about angels, we should be clear that the “fallen angels” are never called the sons of God!

If we consider that it was angels that came together with these daughters of men, then we would have to ignore the truth that the Lord Jesus teaches the Church.

Mat_22:30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.
Mar_12:25 For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven.

To understand what Jesus says is that angels do not have the ability to come together with human women or any humans at all!

Since this is true or Jesus is a liar, then we know these “sons of God” are other men who once served God in reality or falsely, and throughout the Scriptures the “sons of God” refer to believers or so-called believers!

This being true then, these “sons of God” must be the descendants of Seth from Chapter 5.

When we understand this, we can understand this whole passage.

Throughout this passage we never see the word angel!

Even in the New Testament references, we still see that this passage refers to men.

Mat 24:37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
Mat 24:38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
Mat 24:39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Luk 17:26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.
Luk 17:27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.

Again the Bible is written for Christians.

2Ti 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
2Ti 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

Now we see that these descendants of Seth looked out into the world and decided that the daughters of the world are more desirable than the daughters of the sons of God.

Yes, men were told to multiply upon the face of the earth, yet corruption caused the abuse of God’s blessing and turned it into another curse!

Moses understood that intermarriage between the godly and the ungodly was forbidden many years before there was such a law.

Deu 7:3 Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son.

Why would God teach us these things?

Deu 7:4 For they will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve other gods: “so will the anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and destroy thee suddenly”.

Moses knew how serious this issue was with Jehovah and that He might destroy them suddenly.

Even Isaac and Rebekah understood this thing.

Gen 27:46 And Rebekah said to Isaac, I am weary of my life because of the daughters of Heth: if Jacob take a wife of the daughters of Heth, such as these which are of the daughters of the land, what good shall my life do me?

Gen 28:1 And Isaac called Jacob, and blessed him, and charged him, and said unto him, Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan.

There is never a time in the Scriptures where we find angels marrying human beings and God will never allow such a thing.

When godly men fall into this trap with ungodly women, the only sure thing is that sin will increase but it does not change the fact that we are on the winning side!

Pro 29:16 When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth: but the righteous shall see their fall.

When the godly look at the world for satisfaction, it means they have forgotten what God has already done for them!

Then God our Creator says these words:

*Gen 6:3 And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.

In this verse we begin to understand the ministry of the Holy Spirit.

It is crucial that we follow the lead of the Holy Spirit!

Rom 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
Rom 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
Rom 8:8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
Rom 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

Gal 5:16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
Gal 5:17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

This Scripture leaves little doubt that the Holy Spirit was striving to keep the children of God on the right path!

In chapter 5 we see a list of men in the line of Seth who lived for many years and we can attribute this long life to the Holy Spirit.

We already know that our death cannot come, as long as we have that God breathed spirit within us.

We can also believe that we cannot live long lives, even eternity, without the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, who will never leave us once he moves in.

In this Scripture God is saying that these long lives would begin to get shorter and that length of life would get an average of 70 years as told by Moses, rather than near 900 years of the old patriarchs.

We know that God did allow Moses to live for 120 years but who died when his body was still healthy and strong.

All these things being true the truth is because Noah found “Grace” in the eyes of God, he was given 120 years to build the Ark of safety and the Holy Spirit would work for these 120 years on these unbelievers and then He would only work when called on by our Heavenly Father.

We can believe that God will not waste His time on those who have set their hearts on rebellion!

The Holy Spirit worked on these men by the preaching of Noah and He did so for 120 years and it is just that simple.

God does not beg for us to listen to Him and He will not beg us nor will He force us!

To spend eternity with our Heavenly Father is something we must have a great desire to do!

In the New Covenant, the Holy Spirit will only come to live within those who have already made this decision and then it takes place only by the “Grace of God” just like it happened to Noah!

Now all these things being clear, we can learn of giants in the land.

*Gen 6:4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.

Humanity becomes totally lawless.

We must not be deceived by that word “giant”. In this passage it means “tyrants”, “bullies”, “apostates” from the truth of God and history proves this out whenever lawlessness occurs, and it can also mean some who were above average in their growth.

One group would attack another group until only the strongest most wicked groups were left.

In reality we still see these things in rogue godless nations because this is what sin does as sin increases!

We can be sure that there were men larger than other men and the strongest usually came out on top.

Many times these are the most wicked because they are feared.

The earth had become a place where the physically powerful ruled and dominated.

To me it sounds like the stories of the old wild west we use to enjoy as kids where there was always the hero coming to the rescue.

There was no one coming to the rescue at this time anywhere upon the earth and the Holy Spirit saw the end of His usefulness at this time which left only destruction.

God will not allow sin to rule for very long until, He puts a stop to it!

Deu 2:20 (That also was accounted a land of giants: giants dwelt therein in old time; and the Ammonites call them Zamzummims;
Deu 2:21 A people great, and many, and tall, as the Anakims; but the LORD destroyed them before them; and they succeeded them, and dwelt in their stead:
Deu 2:22 As he did to the children of Esau, which dwelt in Seir, when he destroyed the Horims from before them; and they succeeded them, and dwelt in their stead even unto this day:
Deu 2:23 And the Avims which dwelt in Hazerim, even unto Azzah, the Caphtorims, which came forth out of Caphtor, destroyed them, and dwelt in their stead.)

These giants, men of renown, could be the descendants of those men in the line of Seth who left the Lord and married into the line of Cain.

Even today we know of many who have left the Lord to serve the world and they are some of the most wicked.

We already know that the Lord would bring an end to this evil day by a world-wide flood.

We already know that God will use fire to destroy this earth completely in our future.

*Gen 6:5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
Gen 6:6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.

When I read this passage, I just wonder what God sees today upon this same earth?

One man wrote: Before the world-wide flood we could look down as if we were in Heaven and see the things that were happening on God’s creation. We were allowed to listen in on God’s conversations with Adam and Eve, but after the flood, we can only see the characters of the Bible.

We see the story of the Bible and what sin has done to our world.

We see the flood waters come up around us and we will witness how God closes the door of the Ark to keep sin from safety.

What causes these things? The wickedness to humanity!

The wickedness of sin had multiplied much more than righteousness.

Society had fallen so deep into sin there was no bringing them back.

We now see that the wickedness of sin today, is becoming as it was before the flood!

It amazes me, especially in a certain state, that someone imagines something wicked in their mind and immediately they want to make it a new law for all people everywhere to observe.

It amazes me that some “judge” in no man’s land can make a ruling and then say it will be the same through all 50 states and he is allowed to get away with it.

We see portrayed upon the screens of our television sets everyday wickedness and evilness continually.

We see that the very best people can do still falls far short of righteousness!

Righteousness is simply doing things that are right!

This is what God saw. The heart of society on earth had grown evil!

People were mean.
People were immoral.
People were perverse.
People were vile.
People were destructive.
People were lustful and sensual.
People were filthy and foul.
People were judgmental and condemning, of all those who did not think the way that they thought.

All these things sound familiar and could describe our own nation today.

Job 15:16 How much more abominable and filthy is man, which drinketh iniquity like water?

Crime was gross and heinous.

Psa 14:1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.
Psa 14:2 The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.
Psa 14:3 They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

When we get to the building of the Ark, we will realize that if Noah was not looked upon as a lunatic, the Ark would have never been built.

Our Creator groaned in His heart for what humans He had created.

We could say that the heart of our Creator was broken at what He was seeing happen to His creation, but still total destruction was never part of His plan.

God’s mercy is still one of His greatest traits! Surely His great love is His greatest trait!

God decided that humanity should not exist and to destroy all mankind was the only answer!

*Gen 6:7 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.

Jehovah said: “I will erase this day from the days of creation”.

What had God created on the fifth and sixth day?

Gen 1:20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
Gen 1:21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

Gen 1:24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
Gen 1:25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
Gen 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
Gen 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
Gen 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
Gen 1:29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

God said He would destroy everything but the fish and mammals of the sea. These would be living creatures that did not depend upon the land for survival.

The animals and other creatures were destroyed because they were made for man’s pleasure!

All things concerning humanity would change after the flood.

This is the very reason the flood had to be a world-wide event!

That word “destroy” used in this passage means to “erase”.

All these creatures were created to show the awesomeness of God, that man might serve and honor Him, but just as today the world did not see our Creator at all.

What happened that day is happening again today!

Rom 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
Rom 1:29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
Rom 1:30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
Rom 1:31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
Rom 1:32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

There is very little doubt at least in my mind, that this is the mindset of a certain party of politicians who want to rule us because they are reprobates!

Reprobates have infiltrated their way into many places of government!

There was only one man that helped God to decide what He would do!

A man named Noah.

*Gen 6:8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
Gen 6:9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.
Gen 6:10 And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

Throughout the Bible we will never see where God will destroy a righteous human being!

You see “Grace” is the theme of the New Testament (New Covenant) and Jehovah could not show His lack of “Grace” to this righteous man.

What had God promised Satan?

Gen 3:14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
Gen 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; “it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel”.

Once God said this then He had to know it would happen!

This is the first promise of the coming of the Messiah!

If there was no Messiah, then the Word of God would be a lie!

One man in the entire world still acknowledged our Creator and his name was Noah!

It was Noah who would continue the line from Adam to Jesus!

Luk 3:23 And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli,
Luk 3:24 Which was the son of Matthat, which was the son of Levi, which was the son of Melchi, which was the son of Janna, which was the son of Joseph,
Luk 3:25 Which was the son of Mattathias, which was the son of Amos, which was the son of Naum, which was the son of Esli, which was the son of Nagge,
Luk 3:26 Which was the son of Maath, which was the son of Mattathias, which was the son of Semei, which was the son of Joseph, which was the son of Juda,
Luk 3:27 Which was the son of Joanna, which was the son of Rhesa, which was the son of Zorobabel, which was the son of Salathiel, which was the son of Neri,
Luk 3:28 Which was the son of Melchi, which was the son of Addi, which was the son of Cosam, which was the son of Elmodam, which was the son of Er,
Luk 3:29 Which was the son of Jose, which was the son of Eliezer, which was the son of Jorim, which was the son of Matthat, which was the son of Levi,
Luk 3:30 Which was the son of Simeon, which was the son of Juda, which was the son of Joseph, which was the son of Jonan, which was the son of Eliakim,
Luk 3:31 Which was the son of Melea, which was the son of Menan, which was the son of Mattatha, which was the son of Nathan, which was the son of David,
Luk 3:32 Which was the son of Jesse, which was the son of Obed, which was the son of Booz, which was the son of Salmon, which was the son of Naasson,
Luk 3:33 Which was the son of Aminadab, which was the son of Aram, which was the son of Esrom, which was the son of Phares, which was the son of Juda,
Luk 3:34 Which was the son of Jacob, which was the son of Isaac, which was the son of Abraham, which was the son of Thara, which was the son of Nachor,
Luk 3:35 Which was the son of Saruch, which was the son of Ragau, which was the son of Phalec, which was the son of Heber, which was the son of Sala,
Luk 3:36 Which was the son of Cainan, which was the son of Arphaxad, which was the son of Sem, “which was the son of Noe”, which was the son of Lamech,
Luk 3:37 Which was the son of Mathusala, which was the son of Enoch, which was the son of Jared, which was the son of Maleleel, which was the son of Cainan,
Luk 3:38 Which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God.

The one thing our Creator will never do is, to destroy those who love Him! He will always remove them from His wrath!

The same water that caused the destruction of all humans and the land-based animals and the birds, is the same water that raised the Ark that Noah built to carry him to safety.

1Pe 3:18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
1Pe 3:19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;
1Pe 3:20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.

The Ark of Noah in typology represents the Ark that saved Moses.

These two arks are very different in size!

Moses’ ark was maybe a yard long. Noah’s ark was 150 times longer. Moses’ ark was made of reeds from the Nile. Noah’s ark was made from cypress wood. One thing they both had in common — they were both covered in pitch or tar to keep them from sinking. And both arks represent the same thing — God’s means of saving humanity.

Noah’s ark saved a righteous family from God’s judgment on humanity!

Moses’ ark saved the man who would lead a nation to safety after God’s judgment on Egypt!

Both arks are about salvation, saving those God loves!

They were life preservers for everyone on board, leading the world to the ultimate ark, the cross.

The cross is for those today who are sinking in a sea of sin. Hold on, it will get you through to the other side, where life everlasting awaits you.

God always sends an ark to save you from drowning. You just have to climb aboard!

We should understand that “salvation and holiness” are the work of God! God just ask us to have a part in them.

The Ark in typology represents Jesus Christ Incarnate on earth.

Noah became the symbol of salvation for mankind in his day, because he was the only remnant to survive, while Moses became the symbol of salvation for the Israelites, because he was the one who led them out of Egypt from the slavery that they endured.

Also, both of them were put into water as their journey. Noah was put into a wooden ark covered in pitch and then that ark was in the Flood.

Similarly, Moses (as a baby) was put into a reed basket covered in pitch which was placed on the Nile.

Water is a significant symbol in both of the narratives. In The Bible, water tends to symbolize salvation or cleansing, hence the first comparison.

Both are types of Jesus Christ!

Noah had three sons who would repopulate the earth along with Noah and their wives.

We know that Noah found the “Grace” of God, but it does not say his children did.

God could have just saved Noah, but God has a much greater plan than to just save an Ark full of people and animals.

The one thing we know is that God’s patience does have an end!

Now listen closely as the Bible describes the America of today.

*Gen 6:11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.
Gen 6:12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.

What are two words that express the wickedness of our world.

1) Corrupt
2) Violence

What are the two biggest things we see in America?

1) Corruption
2) Violence.

The government is corrupt and those few who battle for righteousness are just outnumbered.

Those who are corrupt instill this violence we see every day along with the News Media and Facebook and Twitter and other such sources contribute also!

To add to this, the Church has become corrupt because the world has been invited into the pulpits and into the leadership of the church.

In the day of Noah, all these things were true as the “sons of God” had become caught up in the “maids” of the world.

No one in their right mind can say our day is not getting as bad as it was in the days of Noah!

Our Creator never changes, and we know what He did in the day of Noah, He will do again!

This time without water, but fire!

Wickedness breeds corruption and corruption breeds violence!

God had only one answer to stay true to His holiness.

These things had to be destroyed!

*Gen 6:14 Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.

Since we have discussed this Ark, we will keep this short.

Gopher wood the wood used for ships is also the wood used for coffins in many areas of the world.

As Noah built this Ark, he also preached to those who were lost.

God had allowed 120 years for these things to take place.

Noah may not have known the day or the hour that the rain would come, he did know the year.

The pitch that water-proofed this Ark, can be said to be represent a “pardon” which we know comes only by the Lord Jesus Christ!

The Ark and the pitch together represent “Grace” which in reality still means God’s Mercy At Christ’s Expense”.

The study of the Ark is a lesson in itself.

Not many realize that seven days before the rains began, Noah and his family moved into the Ark.

The one and only door stayed open for these seven days and “whosoever” chose could have boarded the Ark and not one of those people chose to do so.

Then God shut the door so that not even Noah could open it, and when the rains came, we can just imagine how many tried to get into the Ark, but it was too late!

Do not wait until the door to Heaven is closed. Come while you still have time. God still takes “whosoever” will come while the door to safety is open!

Amen

Sin Is A Predator

The Fruit of Sin

Book of Genesis Chapter 4 (Focus on verses 1-15)

What does the word fruit mean?

In a general sense, fruit is the things that the earth produces for nourishment of animals and humans, but also for clothing and for profit.

It is the seed of the plant or in many cases the part of the fruit that holds the seed.

In Christianity, we say the fruit of the Holy Spirit that dwells within us.

In the case of sin, it means the effect of sin or the consequence of sin and we could add the production of sin.

So far in our lessons we saw in God’s creation that everything was very good.

In reality we see that Heaven was not perfect and the Earth was not perfect, and we noticed that Satan took advantage of these things in Heaven until he was tossed out and then he immediately took advantage upon this earth.

Now this not to say God cannot create perfect things because He can, and He will.

Much of the Bible teaches us how with a plan God, conceived everything before He made anything.

God has a plan to make every human perfect.

The only perfect being in existence is our Creator!

Now we can also say all those that have made their journey to our Heavenly Home are now perfect even though they are not yet complete.

1Th 4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus “will God bring with him”.

God has placed a craving within each human to seek out our Creator!

In order for God’s plan to work, then each human was given the ability to make choices.

Choice is the act of selecting from two or more things to determine which one is preferred and in the end which one is best for us.

God installed in each of us the yearning to reach out for perfection, but we can never reach this perfection without His help and He planned it this way!

This is the lesson we must learn early in life, but some do not learn it until later in life, but the opportunity still remains until we reach physical death!

Adam and Eve are now sinners in need of a Savior and the Earth has been cursed because of sin.

We say all the time that it was our Creator who caused the curse, in reality it is because sin changes us and it is not for the better!

Adam was told to leave the Garden of Eden and Adam now has to work hard to provide for his family and those who are true to our families are still doing this today.

In our lesson today we will learn of the birth of the first children upon this earth!

Gen 4:1 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.

We will also note that no children were born to Adam and Eve until they had succumbed to sin.

Everyone must face temptation!

In this chapter we also begin to see the results of false worship.

Though they were now sinners, the relationship of Adam and Eve to the Lord had been restored with the blood sacrifice of a lamb and they had also received some clothing to cover their nakedness.

We can have one question that goes unanswered. It is believed that all humans were had meals of vegetables and herbs until after the flood, but we might ask what happened to the meat of the animals that were sacrificed unless it was all sacrificed to the Lord.

What does that word “knew” mean to us?

Gen 3:16 Unto the woman he said, “I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children”; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

Adam “knew” that part of being a helpmeet to him was also a purpose for Eve was to bring forth children and by her falling into sin she had made this work much more sorrowful which means mental pain and grief.

The pains of bearing children will be used in many different ways throughout the Bible.

Adam recognized her nature and uses according to the Word of God.

Gen 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

Do not be fooled by that word replenish. It simply means to make the earth full of humans and replace those that will die off.

There are actually two descriptions of sorrow:

2Co 7:10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.

Adam had relations with his wife, and she became pregnant and she would bear many children and her children would bear many children and so those children would bear many children and the world would begin its population growth.

Yes, the wives of Cain and Seth were also their sisters, but this did not create the same problems that incest creates today. We could say they pure bloods.

Her first child was a male child who was named Cain.

Eve had felt that sorrow in childbearing, but she now felt the joy of deliverance.

She also knew that all children are from the Lord and they are not given to abort, to murder, nor to treat as less than human, from the moment of conception.

Mar 10:13 And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them.
Mar 10:14 But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
Mar 10:15 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.
Mar 10:16 And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.

Jesus loved the little children and we should too!

Those nine months had been a great learning experience to pass on to her children.

Nine months later she had her second son, Abel.

*Gen 4:2 And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.

We know that there is nothing wrong with either of these occupations.

Food and clothing are necessities of life.

The name Abel suggest pastoral life as Cain to agricultural life.

We know that in the Bible, Moses and David and many others had been shepherds and while alone with their sheep, they got a better understanding of God.

We also know that a tiller of the ground, after the soil is tilled and the seed planted, they too have much time to spend with the Lord for Him to provide the needed Sun and water.

This is why some of the first false gods pertained to the Sun and the Moon.

Even if the earth brought forth the water as an underground sprinkler system, now because of the curse it also brought forth briers and weeds and the bramble bush.

It amazes me that weeds thrive without water.

God had already planted the pastures, but they now contained things that could cause harm to the sheep and also the danger of wild animals that did not exist before sin entered the world.

The shepherd began to understand the ways of man and the need of a Shepherd.

Psa 78:70 He chose David also his servant, and took him from the sheepfolds:
Psa 78:71 From following the ewes great with young he brought him to feed Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance.
Psa 78:72 So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the skilfulness of his hands.

It became time to offer a sacrifice to the Lord.

Cain wanted to be recognized for his works, but God would not allow this!

*Gen 4:3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.

We should understand that God had required a specific time and a certain place for worship.

We can see that this was probably be at harvest time. No doubt that Cain had worked hard, but he did have to realize that though he tilled the ground the seed he used came from God’s creation. The watering of the plants came by God’s irrigation system.

Many a farmer would love to have an irrigation system as this one in the Book of Genesis.

Cain also had to realize that it was the Sun another creation of God that caused this harvest to be bountiful.

When Cain had gone to worship on his own and he offered a sacrifice that he had never seen his parents offer, we can see that Cain was trying to add to the Word of God

This day of sacrifice was later added to days of worship for the Hebrew children.

Exo 23:16 And the feast of harvest, the firstfruits of thy labours, which thou hast sown in the field: and the feast of ingathering, which is in the end of the year, when thou hast gathered in thy labours out of the field.

This was a bloodless sacrifice!

Heb 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

They understood that sin had enter into the world.

When Moses wrote the commandments, all 613, we should know that many of these laws already existed from the time of Adam and Eve.

At this time, all tree fruits and garden produce, were excluded for the sacrifice.

Why, because God had caused these things to grow before sin entered in the world.

The true sin of Cain was the fact that he attached to his sacrifice his ability to do these things without the help of God.

We are never to feel like we can do without God for one minute.

Worship is recognizing we have God our Creator and we are trying to please Him.

Sacrifice is an outward show of that worship.

We must be willing to give back to God because He has given so much to us.

Even before Moses the tithe is established, but in reality, all we have belongs to God and our acknowledgement of sacrifice is to show our gratitude for the things God has provided.

When we give back a tenth, then we are saying God will give back that tenth in multiples when we obey Him.

Another truth is it is just as wrong to approach God with empty hands!

Exo 23:15 Thou shalt keep the feast of unleavened bread: (thou shalt eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded thee, in the time appointed of the month Abib; for in it thou camest out from Egypt: and “none shall appear before me empty:”)

Obviously, Cain had brought a part of his harvest all of which our Creator had caused to grow.

It may not have been the best that he offered but more probable it was his attitude of making himself equal with God.

We must be very careful how we approach our Heavenly Father!

Jesus said in teaching His disciples how to pray:

Luk_11:2 And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.

We must begin by acknowledging the power of the Almighty Living God!

When we cannot do this, we make our selves gods and equal to our Heavenly Father and this what Satan told Eve.

Sin is disobedience and disobedience is like telling God we know more how to take care of ourselves than He does!

We can be sure that Adam would have been very careful to teach his children, how to approach God!

Let us see what Abel did.

*Gen 4:4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:

Abel brought the first born of his flocks and the choicest portions.

When we give the Lord our very best, and the very best of ourselves, God sees that He is first in our lives.

It should be obvious to us that Cain was a wicked man and Abel was not!

They both were sinners. The sin of Abel would be forgiven. The sin of Cain would not be forgiven.

It also seems here that flesh (meat) could have been eaten before the flood.

God accepted the person of Abel, then He accepted his sacrifice.

Heb_11:4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.

1Jn_3:12 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.

Cain was evil and wicked in his heart.

*Gen 4:5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
Gen 4:6 And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?

Even when God knew how wicked and evil Cain was trying to be, God still loved on him.

God still loves the sinner today!

Cain was mad and it showed.

It is almost impossible to hide our anger from those who are close to us, but it is impossible to hide our anger from God.

Anger held for very long becomes sin!

Eph_4:26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:

What happens when we do?

Eph 4:27 Neither give place to the devil.

This is exactly what happened to Cain.

We can see that most all the principles of sin can be found in the Book of Genesis.

God says: Why are you so mad Cain? You see God will always give us space to repent!

Rev_2:21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.

We will see that Cain will do the same, he will refuse to repent because he would allow himself to think he was better than Abel as good as God!

*Gen 4:7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.

If you cannot see the tender side of our God in this Scripture, then you are blind!

You can also see that God opens the door of repentance to Cain and all Cain had to do was to walk inside.

We can see that if we are to remain in the will of God, then those things we do according to His commandments, we must do well!

In reality there was nothing wrong with the sacrifice that Cain offered, it was his attitude of sacrifice.

Jas 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
Jas 2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

1Jn 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
1Jn 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

Giving our best means to give according to a righteous heart. Not in self-righteousness!

According to Jehovah, sin is always lying at the door ready to pounce on our mistakes and our misgivings.

We are to rule over our sin and not allow sin to rule over us!

The Apostle Paul said:

Rom_8:13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

Col_3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:

Put our sin in that coffin and go ahead bury it, so it can no more come between us and the Lord!

What do we know? Cain ignored God’s Words and rebelled and sin grew into murder.

These facts of the first murder upon this earth are recorded in the Bible.

*Gen 4:8 And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.

We can read into this what we want, but it seems Cain enticed his brother Abel away from his family and murdered him.

Today we would say this was premeditated murder!

There is deception in most all murders! This thing did not happen by accident!

Cain allowed his anger to fester into a greater sin!

Gen 4:4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:
Gen 4:5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.

There was surely some jealousy.

More important there was complete rejection of the will of God!

Cain simply was not going to be obedient to the Word of God nor the teaching of his parents.

The Plants multiplied as the Lord said.
The Animals multiplied as the Lord said.
The Humans multiplied as the Lord had said.

We now see that sin will multiply at every opportunity as the Lord has said! (sin lieth at the door)

In fact we will soon see the sin will far outpace righteousness in this newly created world.

Sin is as a predator ready to strike at any time!

1Pe_5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

Cain may have been out of sight of his parents and who knows his plan of deceiving them, but we are never out of sight of our Creator, Elohim.

It was the blood of Abel that cried out to its Creator.

The Blood of Abel cried out for vengeance just as the blood of all martyrs.

Rev 6:9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:
Rev 6:10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?

We know that the blood of our Savior does not cry out for vengeance, the blood of Jesus cries out for redemption!

Heb 12:23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
Heb 12:24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.

And the Lord said to Cain:

*Gen 4:9 And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?
Gen 4:10 And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.

Cain had murdered his brother Abel, but just listen as he responds to God’s questions.

Keep in mind, Jehovah already knows everything that happened, and when and why it happened. We cannot fool God!

When God questions us like this, He is never looking for answers, He is looking for remorse.

He is looking for a confession of our sin!

He is looking for repentance!

After God’s rebuke of his sacrifice, Cain did not learn from his mistake, he had a new sin, the sin of hatred.

Cain hated his brother more each day until he lured him away from his parents and murdered him.

Certainly, he knew where the body of his brother was located.

God knew where the body of Abel was located.

Cain denied the responsibility for his sin and treated his brother’s absence as if it were nothing.

You see no matter what the “judge” says.

No matter what society says.

The premeditated murderer has no remorse for what they have done!

Satan had such a hold on Cain that he might acknowledge the death of his brother, but he would never confess his sin and repent.

Cain was now a child of Satan!

Cain was probably the very first person to enter into Hell! If not him then his son!

Next question, are we our brother’s keeper?

Abel was a keeper of sheep, Cain said “am I my brother’s keeper”. Cain was saying, am I to be his shepherd?

What does God say about the wicked?

Psa 10:1 Why standest thou afar off, O LORD? why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble?
Psa 10:2 The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined.
Psa 10:3 For the wicked boasteth of his heart’s desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the LORD abhorreth.
Psa 10:4 The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.
Psa 10:5 His ways are always grievous; thy judgments are far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he puffeth at them.
Psa 10:6 He hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for I shall never be in adversity.
Psa 10:7 His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity.
Psa 10:8 He sitteth in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are privily set against the poor.
Psa 10:9 He lieth in wait secretly as a lion in his den: he lieth in wait to catch the poor: he doth catch the poor, when he draweth him into his net.
Psa 10:10 He croucheth, and humbleth himself, that the poor may fall by his strong ones.
Psa 10:11 He hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten: he hideth his face; he will never see it.
Psa 10:12 Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up thine hand: forget not the humble.
Psa 10:13 Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God? he hath said in his heart, Thou wilt not require it.
Psa 10:14 Thou hast seen it; for thou beholdest mischief and spite, to requite it with thy hand: the poor committeth himself unto thee; thou art the helper of the fatherless.
Psa 10:15 Break thou the arm of the wicked and the evil man: seek out his wickedness till thou find none.
Psa 10:16 The LORD is King for ever and ever: the heathen are perished out of his land.
Psa 10:17 LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:
Psa 10:18 To judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may no more oppress.

What is wrong in America today?

What is wrong in the world today?

2Ti 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2Ti 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
2Ti 3:3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
2Ti 3:4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
2Ti 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

There is no natural affection for one another, and it began with Cain.

God had no choice but to bring judgment to Cain.

*Gen 4:11 And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand;
Gen 4:12 When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.

The man with the first green thumb lost his ability, because green thumbs come by the hand of God!

We must understand that there will be consequences for sin!

Even when sin is repented there will still be consequences.

Today we are still paying for the consequences of that first murder.

Cain had shown no remorse for the premeditated murder of his brother.

The one thing we should remember is, that because of the sin of Adam, we all inherited our sin nature.

One man wrote: “Even at the time when we face the Lord of Life, Jesus the Messiah, the juices of death still flow through our flesh”!

Mat 5:21 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:
Mat 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

You see, it was so important for Cain to settle these things with his brother in peace and not in death.

It is the same for all of us today!

Jesus also says that we may not always be able to do this, but this does not mean we are not to try very hard.

God told Cain if he would do well all these things would one day be a bad memory.

Life goes haywire when we think it is just too much to listen to what God has to say!

We must understand that to violate a brother is a deadly act and it is about the same to violate a brother or sister in Christ!

Listen as the Apostle Paul speaks to the Church.

Rom 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
Rom 12:20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
Rom 12:21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

The first curse (Genesis 3:14-19) is Elohim’s punishment for the consequences of sin.

What about Cain? Yes, he was part of the first curse as a descendant of Adam, his first son.

For Cain, he found farming to be enjoyable and preferred it above all things even God.

Now by the curse, he would no longer have such bountiful harvest.

Now by the curse, the harvest would no longer yield its strength.

He would have to eat more to keep his strength, and we all know this causes us to be overweight.

You can see God withholds His blessing when we are not obedient to the things, He teaches us!

Cain could only listen as Elohim gives His verdict of judgment.

Cain was cursed in his soul.

A vagabond in his body, a vagabond being a fugitive, a wanderer, no longer considering any place his home.

His labors would no longer be prosperous.

This is the first curse pronounced against a human being, but Cain still had the power to repent which he never did all the days of his life.

The ground had already been cursed because of the sin of Adam and Eve, but the misery of Cain would be far worse.

Added to this the blood of Abel was now in the earth and the blood of martyrs pour onto the earth are never forgotten by the Lord.

Rev 6:9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:
Rev 6:10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
Rev 6:11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

Jesus had these things to say:

Luk 11:47 Woe unto you! for ye build the sepulchres of the prophets, and your fathers killed them.
Luk 11:48 Truly ye bear witness that ye allow the deeds of your fathers: for they indeed killed them, and ye build their sepulchres.
Luk 11:49 Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall slay and persecute:
Luk 11:50 That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation;
Luk 11:51 From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, which perished between the altar and the temple: verily I say unto you, It shall be required of this generation.

God will never forget those who shed the blood of innocents!

How did Cain respond? Just like every guilty person who has done such things.

*Gen 4:13 And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear.
Gen 4:14 Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me.

Cain felt that he could never be forgiven, but he never repented.

Repentance brings forgiveness!

So many people do not understand the “Grace of God”.

Rom_5:20 Moreover the law entered, that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:

Even in the time of Cain, the Lord was still full of “Grace” but Cain rejected the “Grace of God” just like many do today.

Cain’s soul remained troubled all his days!

Cain hardened his heart against God.

Listen to what Cain says:

1) The punishment is just too great.
2) It is just too severe.
3) Its simply unfair.
4) It is just too abusive.
5) It is just too much for me and for anyone else to bear.
6) It just goes beyond and far outweighs the sin he had committed.

Lam 3:39 Wherefore doth a living man complain, a man for the punishment of his sins?
Lam 3:40 Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the LORD.

These are the same excuses used by the liberal hearts today!

Just look at those who are destroying properties and committing murders in the name of protest, where all the methods that police use are considered just too harsh.

Cain understands that others may never forgive him, and they will seek to do him harm.

Cain does not hate his sin.
Cain does not hate that he caused the death of his only brother.

As we see the happenings of the Church today, the world sees the judgment of the Church far too harsh for the sin of the world and the Church has become the enemy for trying to do good.

Isa_5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

God never changes and all those such as Cain who refuse to repent will live similar lives until they find out, Hell is much worse than hell on earth!

Cain feared for his own safety, but God was not about to allow His judgment to end so easily and God was not about to allow a revenge killing which is still murder.

*Gen 4:15 And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.

The murder of Abel was premeditated murder on the part of Cain.

For anyone to commit revenge killing would be far worse in the eyes of God and it should be.

Remember God had set the family unit as the first members of society.

As more family units came about a society would be formed.

Revenge is one of the things that breaks down societies.

We see this more and more today!

There is no doubt that some of the history of our nation is not a proud thing to look back upon.

History is history. History cannot be erased, but it is there to learn from our mistakes and see that it does not happen again.

What is going on in America today is revenge thinking!

Certain groups want revenge in any way they can get it or they will try to take it and they will be looked upon as seven times worse in the eyes of God and those who push such an agenda will be seen even worse than these people!

Why? Because vengeance belongs to the Lord.

The containment of these things will bring about a stable society where these things can be studied to make sure they do not happen again, and laws changed to make all the people be on equal standing.

We do not see this in our government today and I am not talking our President who inherited this mess.

We only see people starving for power when there is only one Power and that is the power of God.

We as society and who seek equality, will never win until we use our power to vote to make real changes and quit listening to broken and unrealistic promises.

Washington needs to be overhauled and those old scalawags need to be retired for good!

Remember the family unit is the first thing God established and the governments are to protect the family unit and not cause the destruction of families as we see today.

The government is not in place to run the lives of the people.

In fact the people are to put a government in place to protect the people and to serve the people.

A sevenfold judgment on those who violate the commands of God is serious.

Amen

And In Walked Sin

The Beginning of Sin on Earth

Book of Genesis Chapter 3

What is the truth of humanity? The world believes that humans are basically good. We may do some bad things, but we all have a good nature and just need to educate ourselves so our good nature will rule our lives.

This sounds good but it is a total lie!

The truth is we all have a sinful and evil nature and we may all do some things good, but we are all sinners in need of a Savior.

This is the theme of the Bible with the Lord Jesus Christ being that One and Only Savior!

Rom 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

Rom 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

1Jn 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
1Jn 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
1Jn 2:17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

The Book of Genesis being the Book of the Beginnings, explains to us where and how sin began.

We must understand sin is any and all things that go against the written Word of God or we could say the “commands” of our Creator, Elohim!

In this chapter we will meet the source of all sin, Satan who is alive and even more evil today.

*Gen 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

It is important that we believe that Adam and Eve are real people in most all ways just as we are today.

At this time in their lives they were just totally innocent and did not know sin.

God had created innocent people who knew no sin and all they knew was that they were to obey the words spoken by our Creator.

What was one of the things God had commanded Adam?

Gen 2:16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
Gen 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

God explained to Adam that there was one tree in the Garden of Eden that he was not to eat from. Seems simple enough.

Adam was not denied anything that was good for him. He was “commanded” not to do this one thing that would harm him.

Now as we meet Satan, we will see why the Bible uses that word “subtil”.

That word “subtil” means being artful in cunning; being sly; being crafty; being wiley; insinuating and skillful at executing these things.

What will we find out about Satan? He is Lucifer, the leader of a pack of angels who rebelled against God, and was tossed out of Heaven to become the prince of darkness upon this earth.

Luk 10:18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

Eph 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

What else did Jesus say?

Joh 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
Joh 8:45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.

Let us just see how this wicked angel operates as he transforms himself into a serpent?

2Co 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

2Co 11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
2Co 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

First, we see he does not go after Adam, but instead he first attacks the woman.

As far as we know God did not give Eve the command about this tree but to Adam who should have informed Eve which he did.

Eve got her information second handed but she did understand she was not to eat of the fruit of this tree.

Now watch as Satan will twist the Word of God to cause confusion. “Did God say these things or did your husband say these things?”

*Gen 3:2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
Gen 3:3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

First Eve answered correctly. She knew she could eat from all the trees in the Garden of Eden but this one tree.

Do you notice that just like many do today, Eve tried to add to the Word of God!

She did get her information second handed because Adam was commanded by God not to eat of the tree in the midst of the Garden known as “the tree of knowledge of good and evil”.

We can see that Adam passed this knowledge on to his wife Eve.

God did not tell Adam not to touch this tree but just the opposite, God told Adam to dress all the trees in the Garden of Eden.

To dress could mean to prune, or cultivate, or other things along this line.

We can probably see that neither Adam nor Eve really understood what this “death” would mean just as those who are lost do not understand it today!

Most of the world sees “death” as the cessation of life.

Since humans are both physical and spiritual then this definition is only partially true.

We could say that death is the separation of the soul from the body.

What did Jesus say just before His death?

Luk 23:46 And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.

Jesus was not dead until His Spirit left His body!

Remember God is Spirit and Jesus had only taken up the flesh of a human to be with us here on Earth.

But this is the same for all humans, we are not dead until our spirit leaves our body.

Ecc 12:7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

This is the death that the Church accepts.

Heb 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
Heb 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

Still this is not the complete definition of death.

Notice every human will suffer this death, but we must not miss that phrase “but after this the judgment”.

We must understand that physical death is the result of sin and that sin through Adam in the Garden of Eden.

Rom 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

But then that “Judgment”.

It is in the power of this “judgment” when our Heavenly Father determines true death!

Rom 5:21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

True death comes to all those who reject the free gift of “Grace”, which comes by the knowledge of the Work that Christ Jesus has done to provide that “Grace”.

That spirit given to us by our Creator will not ever die!

Death for the believer is actually spectacular.

2Co 5:8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
2Co 5:9 Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.

Death to the unbeliever is very sad, because they allowed it to happen to themselves!

Mat 26:24 The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born.

Psa 18:5 The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the snares of death prevented me.

True death comes, when to be absent from the body “is not” to be present with the Lord!

Luk 16:22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
Luk 16:23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

Notice till this day, this man is still in that same position looking up toward Heaven, a place he will never see.

This the death of living in torments throughout eternity!

This is the death to avoid!

This is the death that Adam and Eve did not understand.

This is the death that Old Serpent desires for every human, an eternal separation from our Creator

*Gen 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
Gen 3:5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

Many take these things for granted but these two people Adam and Eve are our historical parents and Satan wasted no time in going after them to cause them to die so the Messiah could never come.

Satan went after the first family and he tries his best to destroy all families today!

What is the greatest lie of sin? That sin will somehow make us better, that there is some great benefit to sin.

The truth is, sin brings death just like our Creator said it would!

Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

This is the same thing God told Adam.

We know that God had made this command to Adam and Adam had relayed this to his wife.

We see that Satan that old serpent, begins to twist the Word of God to make it seem that our Creator was keeping secrets from us, which He never does.

Sin will cause all of us to believe that we can be as God, but this will never be true!

Sin will cause us to believe we have needs that cannot be met in any other way.
Sin will cause us to believe that our eyes will be opened to some new reality.
Sin will cause us to believe that we can do as God does.
Sin will cause us to believe that we know more about our needs than our Creator ever did.

All these things are illusions.

What do little gods do, make people think they do not need God!

What was the downfall of the people before the Great Flood of Noah’s day?

Gen 6:5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

This is what sin accomplishes and we see this more today than we ever have!

If we took a good look around us, we would see that our world has reached this place again!

Our Creator God is the God of the living not the God of the dead because Satan is the god of the dead!

Joh 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

Eve did not stand a chance against Satan and Adam stood by and allowed this to happen to his wife because in his eyes, his wife could do no wrong because of his great love for her.

*Gen 3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

How did the Apostle John describe these things?

1Jn_2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

These things perfectly describe Eve’s actions because this statement is true for all of us when it comes to sin!

Eve saw that this was a healthy tree and the fruit good or better than all the other trees, (the lust of the eyes).
Eve felt that if she ate of the fruit it would be just like Satan had said, (the lust of the flesh).
Eve felt she would become wise, even as wise as Jehovah, Elohim, (the pride of life).

Eve was deceived by her own lust while she was enticed and tempted by Satan.

I keep saying Satan because it was Satan who had used a snake as a disguise in his deception and his conquest of Eve.

Rev 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

We do not know what was going in Adam’s mind while Satan was tempting Eve, but it appears that Adam was standing right beside Eve during this whole thing.

1Ti 2:13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve.
1Ti 2:14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.
1Ti 2:15 Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.

We must understand there are some things that we do not need to know!
There are many things that we do not need in our lives.
The one thing we must do, to keep doing our best is to obey the written Word of God.

The Bible is not a Book of suggestions, but a book of commandments!
The Bible is a Book of Truth!

We must obey the commandments of God rightly divided.

There are three groups in the Bible. The Hebrew children, the Church, and the lost world.

We should know who God is speaking to, knowing that the entire Bible is written for the Christian.

The entire Bible is the Word of God!

So what happened when Adam and Eve partook of the forbidden fruit?

*Gen 3:7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

We must realize that there was a time on this earth that there was no sin, but it did not last long.

The day sin entered into humanity was the very first day our world began to die!

Rom 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

The very first thing that was lost was innocence.

Innocence is the freedom from guilt.
Innocence is the freedom from evil intentions. (This is a biggie today)
Innocence is the untainted purity of heart and life.

Adam and Eve lost these things and so did the world that would come from their lineage!

Isa 30:1 Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin:

And the woes began!

They immediately felt guilty for what they had done.
They immediately knew something was wrong, they had changed in their heart and mind.

It was not those eyes in their head that was opened! It was the eyes of their heart and their mind.

They had eaten from the fruit of evil and turned against God!

What was their first thought? Let us hide this from God! (Which is impossible)

Most all of us have been guilty of trying to hide our sin from God.

Even as Christians, we will try to hang on to that pet sin we have for as long as possible.

Job 31:33 If I covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding mine iniquity in my bosom:

There is absolutely nothing of this earth that can hide our sin from the Almighty God.

When we turn away from God, He will turn away from us.

While they were trying to hide their sin, God called out to them.

You see up until this time God would walk with Adam.

*Gen 3:8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.
Gen 3:9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?

Here we see the philosophy of most all humans. They believe that Jehovah God does not have the power to see what we are doing.

Adam and Eve would find out that we cannot hide the things we do from God our Creator!

Pro 15:3 The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.

Yes, we must feel shame for not being obedient to the Word of God!

Yahweh would come down to this earth and walk amongst His creation up until this day and talk to Adam and Eve face to face, but this would now end.

Now it cannot be said that Elohim does not still come and walk upon this earth when He so chooses or why would there be flowers and beautiful landscapes where humans cannot travel, but he does not talk face to face with humans after this event, at least until Jesus was upon this earth.

To restore that fellowship we must accept the work that the Lord Jesus did for our salvation in faith!

Corruption had entered into the creation of our Holy God!

Most of this world still tries to run away from God!
Most of this world still refuse to listen to what God has to say!
Most of this world does not seek the true God, Jehovah!
Most of this world denies the existence of our Creator!
Most of this world denies sin!
Most of this world ignores the truth and listen to heretics!

God called out to Adam and Adam responded.

*Gen 3:10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.
Gen 3:11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?

When we respond to God’s questions, He is not seeking information from us.

God has perfect knowledge and perfect perception and we are all guilty before Him!

Rom 3:19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.

There is the sin of commission and then the sin of omission. We are guilty of one or the other or most times of both every day!

Adam had been disobedient, and he knew it!

Adam did not know what death really meant!

Adam was afraid with real fear, something humanity has forgotten, just how powerful God truly is.

Adam knew that what he had done had made a real impact on his relationship with his Creator!

Adam knew he was no longer innocent!

Adam knew he was no longer in the image of God!

Adam had been created in original righteousness, knowledge, righteousness, and holiness.

All these things lost in the fall of Adam, have been restored in Jesus Christ, if we have “faith” in Him!

Eph 4:20 But ye have not so learned Christ;
Eph 4:21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:
Eph 4:22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
Eph 4:23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
Eph 4:24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

Col 3:10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

God said: “who told you, you are naked”, but He did not wait for the answer because He already knew the answer.

God then confronted Adam’s guilt. Adam had disobeyed the commands of His Creator and He wanted Adam to admit to his sin.

This is something we must all do!

We must admit we are sinners and then we can realize we need a Savior!

We have learned in this one chapter the origin of sin in humanity.

If Adam is not a real person who brought sin into humanity, then there is no need for Jesus to take away that sin!

There is a reason God gives us commands because sin brings real harmful consequences to human beings!

What did Satan do to achieve his success?

1) Satan raised doubt concerning the Word of God and God’s commands.
2) Satan lied and He is the father of all liars.
3) Satan twisted the Word of God into a lie.

Satan told Eve she would be like God with the knowledge of good and evil, but he did not mention the pain, the suffering and the death that would surely occur because God cannot lie.

Then Adam hunts for and excuse for his disobedience.

*Gen 3:12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.

The key to our forgiveness from the Lord is the admission of our guilt.

We must understand we are sinners.

Even though Adam was innocent before he rejected the commands of the Lord, that was no longer the case.

Adam was a sinner and he now possessed the traits of a sinner.

Adam first tried to blame God and next he blamed Eve.

See what Adam says: “The woman that thou gavest to me”.

In other words God this would not have happened if you had not created woman!

Many a person, even Christians, have a tendency, to blame God, for things that go on in their life.

“It’s your fault God because you did this and you did that”, ridiculous!

God had already told Adam that that his problems began when he ate of the forbidden fruit of the tree in the middle of the Garden after God, (Elohim) had told him not to.

Sin breaks our relationship with the Heavenly Father, our Creator.

Adam needed to see the depth that he had fallen.

Psa 38:3 There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine anger; neither is there any rest in my bones because of my sin.
Psa 38:4 For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me.
Psa 38:5 My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness.

We cannot run away and hide from who we are!

Rom 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
Rom 3:11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
Rom 3:12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
Rom 3:13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:
Rom 3:14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:
Rom 3:15 Their feet are swift to shed blood:
Rom 3:16 Destruction and misery are in their ways:
Rom 3:17 And the way of peace have they not known:
Rom 3:18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.
Rom 3:19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
Rom 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
Rom 3:21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
Rom 3:22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
Rom 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

We are sinners and we will remain sinners unless we give our heart to the Lord Jesus Christ and we will still remain sinners as long as we are in this flesh, but those sins will be under the blood, blotted out from the eyes of God!

We need to quit making excuses!

Yes, it was Eve who gave into the temptations of Satan, but it was Adam who had received the direct commandment for his Creator to not eat of that tree.

Adam made Eve his idol when he listened to her rather than God!

Adam allowed the love of his wife to be more than the love of his Creator.

Luk 14:26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.
Luk 14:27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

I am sure the Lord has heard every excuse that has ever been used.

We might say just what is the big deal about this little sin?

All the descendants of Adam and Eve would now be born sinners. This is every person that has been born from the time of Adam and Eve.

Many a person have said “well my sin is so little compared to a murderer” but we are not to compare ourselves to other humans, we are to compare ourselves to the sinless Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Joh 12:48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.
Joh 12:49 For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.
Joh 12:50 And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.

Jas 4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

As Christians who read the Bible and hear the truth of God, we know that the Bible is a book of commandments and not a book of suggestions.

Adam was wrong!

Now God questions Eve.

*Gen 3:13 And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.

What does Satan do? He beguiles everyone he possibly can!

To beguile is to mislead by craftiness!

To beguile is deceive, to delude, to mislead, to divert, to entertain, to charm.

These are all words that describe Satan.

Eve would have needed much support from her husband, and we should realize they were both innocent, we could say perfect, at least, very good.

The truth of Satan is that without the Lord Jesus Christ a person cannot stand up against Satan!

2Ti 2:25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
2Ti 2:26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, “who are taken captive by him at his will”.

When Satan comes after someone who does not know the Lord, they have no armor to protect them!

When Satan comes after a child of God, we have available the whole armor of God and the power of the Holy Spirit if we will just stand our ground, but at the same time we need to flee from all temptation.

2Ti_2:22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

But if we stand firm on our relationship with the Lord, it is Satan who will flee!

Jas_4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

God would chastise both Adam and Eve.

God would place a curse upon the earth.

God would change the snake forever.

God told Satan that one day in the future he would also die the same death as all those who reject the truth of God!

Sin entered into God’s creation and He had to send His Son to make a way to escape this eternal death!

Amen

The Beginning of Human Life

Book of Genesis

Chapter 1 Verses 26-31; Chapter 2

The Beginning of Mankind

It amazes me that you have to find an old dictionary to get the definition of man unless you have a Bible.

Man is described as a human being, distinguished from animals. (There are no in-betweens)

Mankind means the human race as distinguished from animals.

We did not evolve from some animal!

If you believe in evolution then by definition you do not fall into the category of being a human, because you believe you are some animal or some other creature in transition to become some other creature.

No one in their right mind should fall for this so-called science!

Listen as our Heavenly Father describes our creation.

*Gen 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

In the first half of the sixth day God had created all the land-based animals and yes this included the now called dinosaurs which for the most part, are all extinct along with many other animals that are not classified as dinosaurs.

In the last half of the sixth day our Father’s greatest creation “man” is created. A total separate creation from all animals and from all other creatures!

When we look around our entire environment, we see some amazing things in our universe, but what we should know is that all these things were and are created for God’s greatest creation, human beings!

God spoke all things into existence, but we should understand that human beings are handmade, each one a little different from each other.

Man is God’s crowning achievement! When we look at the great galaxies and other things in the night sky, we wonder why we say this thing, but it is still true.

Humans are the only creatures that can live with our Creator if we follow His commandments!

It is God’s plans for man that caused Lucifer to rebel, because he believed he was God’s crowning achievement and the angels, but he was so wrong.

Job_7:17 What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? and that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him?

Psa_144:3 LORD, what is man, that thou takest knowledge of him! or the son of man, that thou makest account of him!

Ecc_6:11 Seeing there be many things that increase vanity, what is man the better?

It is our Creator who decided that man or mankind, would be made in His image.

It is our Creator who decided that mankind, would have dominion over all life upon this place called earth.

It is our Creator who decided that He would abide and live amongst those humans who believed on Him!

Our Heavenly Father held a counsel with Himself, His Son and His Spirit (Let Us) in regard to the creation of mankind.

It does not say this was done for any part of all His other creations.

In this thing are we created in the image of God!

1) Man has a mind and a heart that can connect to our Creator.
2) God breathed into the nostrils of man to place God’s own thoughts into man.
3) God gave man dominion over all other life on this planet called earth.

God is Spirit so He is invisible, we cannot have the appearance of our Heavenly Father!

Joh_4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

We are in the image of God in our creation, not in our physical image!

It is God who took on our image when He came as Jesus, to provide a means of salvation.

Php 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Php 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
Php 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
Php 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Php 2:9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
Php 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
Php 2:11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

*Gen 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

Just what does it mean “to be created in the image of God”?

Man is of this earth, but man is also of God.
Man is of this physical world, but man is also of the spiritual world. (Man is flesh, but he is also spirit)
Man is related to the animal world by his physical make up, but man is related to God by his spirit.

In man, both flesh and spirit are brought together to represent both Earth and Heaven

Rom 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Rom 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Rom 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Rom 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

It is our spiritual side that must believe the truth!

1Co 3:1 And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.
1Co 3:2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.
1Co 3:3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?

It is our flesh that causes us our greatest problems!

Gal 5:17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

We exist only because God as a purpose and a plan for us!

Only mankind is created to live in immortality and God spends most all the Bible teaching us what eternal life is all about for those who love Him and for those who hate Him.

**Gen 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
Gen 1:29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
Gen 1:30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
Gen 1:31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

God said that these six days had yielded very good results!

We have seen so far that Elohim is a God of order and not a God of chaos!

We should remember our Creator knows us better than we know ourselves!

*Gen 2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
Gen 2:2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
Gen 2:3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

God used six of our twenty-four days to create all things and then He declared a rest.

Was God tired? No, that rest is declared for the human beings he has created.

To rest was to be the first lesson we were to learn

The hosts of the heavens we can see, are the stars, the planets, our Sun and our Moon and it includes the comets and all other God made things in our heavens visible and invisible.

The hosts of the Heaven of Heavens are also the angels, who are also created beings, who also live eternally, but they do not have a soul and they cannot be filled with the Holy Spirit.

They were created to minister to God’s creation!

Heb 1:10 And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands:
Heb 1:11 They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment;
Heb 1:12 And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.
Heb 1:13 But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?
Heb 1:14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?

God rested from creating on the seventh day and God blessed the seventh day and sanctified the seventh day to make it holy.

Most all the Bible was written by the Hebrew men, but all Scripture was written under the direction of the Holy Spirit.

2Ti 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
2Ti 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

Under Hebrew tradition, this day is called the Sabbath Day.

In reality, God said we need to rest from our labors every seven days and that day would be a good day to spend with Him.

For the Church that seventh day is on Sunday, simply because of the Lord Jesus Christ and the New Testament, the New Covenant as opposed to the Old Covenant.

We must remember we are under the “New Covenant”!

We worship on the Lord’s day which is the day the Lord Jesus arose from that grave. John wrote:

Rev_1:10 I was in the Spirit on “the Lord’s day”, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,

Sunday, the first day of the week on the Hebrew calendar

Joh 20:19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.

Joh 20:26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.

The eighth day would again be Sunday the first day of the Hebrew week.

Act 20:7 And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.

This communion was on Sunday, the first day of the Hebrew week.

1Co 16:2 Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.

The collection for the Church happened when the people gathered on Sunday, the first day of the Hebrew week.

To many of us today, Monday is the first day of the week because we for many years considered it the first day of the work week.

Sadly, the world runs seven days of the week and it is taking its toll upon the people of the world.

It is also taking its toll upon our world!

There is more of everything that is bad, and one of the main reasons is because we do not rest as God commanded!

God said we need a rest, so we do!

God said we need some Spiritual guidance, and you had better believe we do!

We need these things seven days each week and God’s people need to gather, “to encourage each other” even more often as we see these last days approaching.

Heb 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
Heb 10:24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
Heb 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

God sanctified this seventh day. Which means we are to set it apart from the other six days and just sit at the feet of Jesus!

Let God Himself describe how He created “mankind”.

*Gen 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

Just like the land-based animals, man is made from the materials of this earth.

Ecc_3:20 All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.

Ecc_12:7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

Psa 139:14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
Psa 139:15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Psa 139:16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

Then we see the differences of man and animal.

Job 33:4 The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.

It is that “God breathed” spirit than man has, and the animals do not have!

If we were not made of the dust of the ground, then we could not get any nourishment and many other things from the animal world and the plant world that is around us.

We breath the same air and partake of many of the same things that God provides.

It is the unity of nature that allows us to live in harmony with nature!

There is a great difference in the spirit of man and the spirit of animals. All of us have said that a horse without spirit is not much of a horse, but the spirit of man is something entirely different.

Ecc 3:21 Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?

We should see that the spirit of man belongs to our Creator and remains in His control!

One man wrote:

“The difference of destination does not make itself manifest to the senses. To all outward appearance the dissolution of the man and of the beast is exactly the same kind of thing; the human being does not appear to have any per-eminence in this respect over the mere animal.
Now, all these circumstances and appearances put men to the proof; they test men as to whether they will allow themselves to sink down into a mare animal, selfish life, or whether they will follow those Divine inspirations which link them to God, beckon them to righteousness, and point them to immortality.

The spirit that our Creator gives us is our connection to our Creator that the animal world and even the plant world does not have!

God has given us the privilege of immortality and the freedom to choose. Animals do not have these things!

Now do not get me wrong, most all animals have the ability to choose many things but none of them have the ability to make choices about eternal life!

It is the choices that we as mankind make that determine so many things while we live in this flesh, and that future eternal life that our Creator has given to us.

Our Creator expects us all to choose to spend eternity with Him, but He will not ever force us to make this choice. There is an alternative, but it is not a very good one!

Most all the Bible concerns these two choices!

We should next understand that when it comes to man, our Creator expects us to work.

*Gen 2:8 And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
Gen 2:9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

A garden is a cultivated place for plants to grow. This Garden of Eden was a place that would meet all the nourishment requirements for man, and we had better believe this place also had a flower garden intermingled amongst those plants that were needed for food.

There was actually very little work to do here in this garden, but there was some.

Water was not a problem because our Creator provided an irrigation system.

Gen 2:6 But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.

Our Creator designed into this Garden, this “paradise” some things that cause man to choose.

All our life we have to make choices and we must realize we must learn from our mistakes.

Some mistakes are very painful!

We will soon see that first man was named Adam and Adam was given the first choice and that first thing was obedience.

Our Creator, our God requires obedience!

Keeping that train of thought in our minds, God placed a means of “temptation” into this beautiful garden that required very little work, and as long as Adam was alone, he was obedient.

The beautiful paradise was also the home of Adam. There is nothing man-made that can compare to the Garden of Eden in beauty or as a residence.

Luk 12:27 Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
Luk 12:28 If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?

*Gen 2:15 And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.

The greatest challenge we all face is the challenge we have in being obedient to the Word of God!

In fact much of the world do not believe we have a Creator and this I cannot understand at all.

Everything in evolution depends upon accident which is chaos!

If God had not created in the specific order that He has given to us, there could be no humans in existence.

If animals did not breed of their own kind, there would be no animals.

God is a Creator of order and not of chaos!

Again the work Adam had to do was simply to keep the Garden.

One definition of “to keep” is to retain the power of possession.

We will soon see this was Adams greatest sin! Adam lost the possession of God’s creation to Satan.

To do this thing he needed only to obey the Word of God.

In reality we will find that Adam gave up possession of the Garden to Satan and it took a great cost for our Creator to regain this possession.

We may never understand the love our God, our Creator has for His creation!

Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Joh 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
Joh 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Here comes obedience.

*Gen 2:16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
Gen 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

We should immediately see that this Book we call the Bible is not a Book of Suggestions.

The Bible is a Book of Great Detail and it is a Book of the Commands of our Creator God who is Elohim from chapter one and verse one.

Gen 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

That word god is such a generic word that we should use the names of God much of the time.

There are many gods but there is only one Elohim and He said Himself, His name was Jehovah. (Yahweh with Hebrew vowels)

Isa_45:21 Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me.

Isa_43:11 I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.

Isa_45:5 I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:

Exo_6:3 And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them.

None of these things have changed, nor will they ever change!

Adam could eat of anything in the Garden to Eden except from this one tree.

It was the tree of “the knowledge of good and evil” which means in reality it was the tree of temptation.

It would have been best if we never learned evil!

All Adam saw around him was life and we can believe that he probably did not understand that word death at all.

It does not say the fruit of this tree was any more beautiful than the fruit of any other tree.

It only says Adam was not to eat the fruit from this tree.

In fact, not many today understand what God means when He uses that word “death”.

In fact, it really has nothing to do with our life and death cycle.

God was referring to the death of that breathed in spirit which is the soul of man!

Rom 2:2 But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.
Rom 2:3 And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?
Rom 2:4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
Rom 2:5 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;
Rom 2:6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds:
Rom 2:7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:
Rom 2:8 But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,
Rom 2:9 Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;
Rom 2:10 But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:
Rom 2:11 For there is no respect of persons with God.

Our Creator only had one commandment and that commandment is just simply obey the Word of God! The same commandment we have today.

Indignation and wrath through eternal death of the soul, to all those who cannot obey what God has said!

Then our Creator said: it is not a good thing that Adam was the only human upon the face of the earth.

It was not good, because all the plants and all the animals were being fruitful and multiplying and their numbers were growing tremendously.

*Gen 2:18 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.

Notice again that this is something that God decided Himself.

Creating a man was taken in counsel with God the Son and God the Holy Spirit and man was made after their image.

God the Father decided the man needed a “help meet”. We could say that a “help meet” would be someone like man in many ways but also separate from man in many ways.

The fact that God does not create in-betweens has been proven in all six days that God created all things.

This “help meet” would be someone who could help man through life and follow the directive to multiply and furnish the earth with those like themselves.

Why was it not good for man to be alone?

Gen 2:19 And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.
Gen 2:20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.

The angels were more than could be counted. Angels were to be ministers of God’s creation.

We can see that Adam was created with great intelligence and he would never question his Creator.

The animals were beginning to reproduce and multiply.

Adam did not have any living creature on the same rank as himself. Adam was more alone than any of us could ever imagine.

Adam needed someone who would be an aide to him, but this someone also had to be separate from Him.

Adam was incomplete until God made woman!

As we study the Word of God, we will see that God had written all these things down well before He created anything, so this was not something that was overlooked.

Much, if not all the Bible teaches us the thinking pattern of our God, Elohim!

God begins in the Book of the Beginnings, allowing us to know His thoughts and why He does what He does.

God does not keep many secrets. In fact I know of only one that is somethings that will happen during the Great Tribulation that He does not want His children to be concerned about.

Obviously, we do not know a whole lot about Heaven, but we do know that it is more beautiful than anything upon this earth.

1Co_2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

Other than these things God reads like an open book of just how wonderful our Creator truly is and just how much He loves us, His greatest creation.
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We can actually say that the true Bible is a love letter from our Creator, Elohim.

How does God explain His creation of woman?

*Gen 2:21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
Gen 2:22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
Gen 2:23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.

Note to surgeons: It is best to put man asleep before major surgery is performed!

Adam did not know of sin at this time.

God decided that Adam did not need to know about pain at this time.

We all wish we never knew anything about pain, and we would not have, if sin had not entered into the world.

There is a new day coming when we will not know pain, at least all those who love the Lord God Elohim.

Remember man is made different from the animals.

Many, many things that Adam had that this woman would also need.

Many things that Adam had should remain in him.

Many things this woman would need would not be needed by Adam.

I must emphasize God does not make mistakes. There had to be a complete separation of many things, but the core of this woman is that she would also be human.

Animals would have multiple partners, but it was not intended for the humans to be so.

Far different from the animal world just as Adam was.

She would still have that spiritual feeling of need because it was given by her Creator!

Mankind must still reign as supreme over all the animal world.

There would also be a hierarchy set up by God in responsibility and God would hold the man responsible for the woman that He had created, but Adam was not to dominate her.

We could say woman was created to allow man to have closeness.

They could feel a closeness to each other and they each could feel a closeness to our Creator, our God, yet both are separate individuals!

Woman was created equal to man in being and in person in every respect! Physically, mentally, and spiritually she was taken out of God greatest creation, man.

We must remember that God is a God of order and not a God of chaos.

1Co 11:3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.

1Co 11:7 For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.
1Co 11:8 For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man.
1Co 11:9 Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.
1Co 11:10 For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels.
1Co 11:11 Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord.
1Co 11:12 For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God.

Eph 5:21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
Eph 5:22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
Eph 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
Eph 5:24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
Eph 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
Eph 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
Eph 5:27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

How did Adam understand these things?

Adam clearly understood that this lovely creature that was now beside him was a piece of him and Adam felt more whole than he had ever felt since the day God had made him.

Adam accepted her and cherished her.
Adam did not feel superior to this woman.
Adam felt that he now had a partner.
Adam felt that this woman was his equal, but her functions were certainly different than his.
Adam fell in love at first site.
Adam’s love for God increased and he now had a new love in his life!

God instilled in Adam the truth of a marriage:

*Gen 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

We should be very clear! Our Creator establish the family unit as the first institution of society!

All government that would come later was to be established according to the protection of the family unit.

It is the family that is to be the model for the Church.

The Church is to be modeled after a family with Christ at the head.

Therefore our Creator establishes the importance of marriage between one man and one woman and the family unit!

Amen