God Judges The Sin Of Men

God Judges The Sin of Men

Text: Genesis 18-20

Focus: Genesis 18:17-21. 23-26; 19:1-9, 24. 25

As we continue in our study in Genesis we find it has been about three months since the Lord last appeared to Abraham. Remember from chapters 16 to chapter 17, 13 years had passed that Abraham was out of fellowship with the Lord. Since that last time Abraham had circumcised every male that traveled with him. The family, those he had bought and strangers that stayed with him. The Lord appeared again to Abraham as he set in the shadow of his tent in the heat of the day.

We will learn some great truths in these passages as throughout God’s word.

1.) God’s love is universal
2.) God is no respecter of persons
3.) God’s hatred for sin is also universal

Throughout time man’s perversion to sin has often seen the judgment of God.

Three times in the Book of Ezekiel God say’s:

Eze 7:4  [And mine eye shall not spare thee, neither will I have pity: but I will recompense thy ways upon thee], and thine abominations shall be in the midst of thee: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

Why does God say that?

Eze 7:5  Thus saith the Lord GOD; An evil, an only evil, behold, is come.

God does not just get mad and do things when He sees sin. No God is longsuffering, praise the Lord, or we would all be destroyed.

Psa 86:5  For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.

But God also has these words for those that are stubborn:

Pro 29:1  He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.

Sin will be judged and punished. Sin is never without consequences. The righteousness and justice of God “demands” that He judge sin.

Psa 89:14  Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face.

What we see in these passages is an example of how God will spare the faithful who are living in a sinful generation. God is ready willing and able to grant mercy to all those that call upon Him. God is also willing to remove those that sin in powerful and dramatic ways.

Remember God saved Noah and his family out of the sinful world before the flood.

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 will spare the faithful. If we look around us we can see that our world is a lot like Noah’s world. A world whose “every imagination of thoughts of his heart was only evil continuously.”

God will show His friendship to Abraham and His judgment upon sin all in the same day.

THIS IS THE PRIVILEGE OF FAITH!

Just a few of the scriptures that prove the “Rapture” will happen before the tribulation period besides these great examples God shows us in His Word.

Psa 2:12  Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. [Blessed are all they that put their trust in him].

Rom 5:9  Much more then, [being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him].

1Th 1:10  And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, [even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come]. 

1Th 5:9  [For God hath not appointed us to wrath], but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

Heb 2:3  [How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation]; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;

Lot had been a poor witness for the Lord. Lot only showed us how important it is for the Church to NOT be a part of the World.

2Co 6:17  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
2Co 6:18  And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. 

The way to know the divine purpose about the world is not to be mixed up with its schemes and speculations but walking in communion with Christ. We must be a true witness to the Lost! We cannot be that witness if we partake in their ways or condone their life styles. Even the lost want no part of a hypocrit!

The Bible says:

Rom 12:1  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Rom 12:2  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

When we yield ourselves to the Spirit that abides in us we will not be conformed to this world! The closer the believer walks with God, the more he will know of God’s mind about everything. The secrets of the Lord are with those who fear Him.

God says:

Pro 14:34  Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.

Everyone in Hell are now believers. When the Church is taken out, the world will be full of non-believers. Some will go through the “tribulation” period and be saved but not any that sat in a Church will be among them.

2Th 2:10  And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; [because they received not the love of the truth], that they might be saved.
2Th 2:11  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
2Th 2:12  That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Our Text:

Gen 18:17  And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do;
Gen 18:18  Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?
Gen 18:19  For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.
Gen 18:20  And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous;
Gen 18:21  I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know.

Why did Abraham need to know? God explains Himself in verse 18. Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation. The Bible had not been written at this time. The Nation of Israel would be the nation to bring forth the preserved word of God. God wanted Abraham to have no doubts about the blessings of God and also the wrath of God.

You see God does not have some secret agenda!

Amo 3:7  Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.

In other words there is nothing that God is going to do that He has not told us!

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.

God spoke through the prophets and then Jesus, who spoke through the Apostles.

Heb 1:1  God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
Heb 1:2  [Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son], whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

Listen to what Jesus Says:

Joh 17:15  I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
Joh 17:16  They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
Joh 17:17  Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
Joh 17:18  As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.
Joh 17:19  And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.
Joh 17:20  Neither pray I for these alone, [but for them also which shall believe on me through their word];
Joh 17:21  [That they all may be one]; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, [that they also may be one in us]: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

Why did Abraham need to know all these things?

********Verse 19:

“For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment”;

The Lord is omniscient. He has universal knowledge or knowledge of all things; infinitely knowing; all-seeing. Only God has this trait, not Satan, not the angels and certainly not mankind.

You see all these things are written for us:

1Co 10:11  Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

These things are written so we do not fail!

Heb 4:11  Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

*******God will punish sin! (verse 20)

“because their sin is very grievous”

1.) (the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah)

This means that though they did not know God there were many people in Sodom and Gomorrah that were suffering for the sin of these two cities. We will learn about a certain sinful life style shortly but we can be sure that murder and mayhem and all other social crimes were happening also in these cities.

Way back in chapter four when Cain murdered Able:

Gen 4:10  And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of [thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground].
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;

God hears these things:

In the time of Moses:

Exo 3:7  And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and [have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters]; for I know their sorrows;

God hears and sees the affliction of all people!

Psa 22:24  For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; [but when he cried unto him, he heard].

Psa 106:44  Nevertheless he regarded their affliction, [when he heard their cry]:

Even when the lost are oppressed by others God will respond with His wrath. There are two days ahead for this world that are sure:

Isa 63:4  For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come.

You see Christ Our Lord knows the feeling of pain!

Isa 52:14  As many were astonied at thee; [his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men]:

And He knows the temptation of sin!

Heb 4:15  For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

God wanted Abraham to know all these things and also to witness them with his own eyes.

***********verse 21:

There is another main thing God wanted Abraham to know.

“I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it”

Did God need to come down and see for Himself the sin of these cities. Of course He did not but He wanted Abraham to know that He does not take any one else’s word for what people do. He wanted Abraham to know that He would not punish anyone on the hearsay of another. God will always check things out for Himself!

After all:

Rev 12:10  And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

We need to know that God will always see for Himself before He destroys any people. He never takes anything Satan says to be the truth. Praise the Lord! We would all be in Hell if God was any other way.

*********Our text:

Gen 18:23  And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?
Gen 18:24  Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein?
Gen 18:25  That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?
Gen 18:26  And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.

What does the rest of this chapter tells us about Abraham?

He was a prayer warrior. He shows in type “Our Intercessor”. Abraham pleads with God for any righteous that might still be alive in these cities.

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.
1Ti 2:5  [For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus];
1Ti 2:6  Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

What does this show us about God?

He will not ever destroy the righteous with the lost! There will be a “rapture” of the Church before God brings His wrath to this Earth.

Our God is truly righteous!

God will not break His Own Word!

Joh 7:24  Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

**********Our text:

Gen 19:1  And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground;
Gen 19:2  And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant’s house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways. And they said, Nay; but we will abide in the street all night.
Gen 19:3  And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat.
Gen 19:4  But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter:
Gen 19:5  And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.
Gen 19:6  And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him,
Gen 19:7  And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly.
Gen 19:8  Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof.
Gen 19:9  And they said, Stand back. And they said again, This one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge: now will we deal worse with thee, than with them. And they pressed sore upon the man, even Lot, and came near to break the door.

Now we should know that Lot did not know these two men were angels in human form. It was the custom at that time for the important men of the city to be sitting at the gate to welcome the traveler, to do business with the merchant, or to simply greet all others and tell them where they could stay or refresh themselves. This is also where the business of the city was conducted.

Rth 4:1  Then went Boaz up to the gate, and sat him down there: and, behold, the kinsman of whom Boaz spake came by; unto whom he said, Ho, such a one! turn aside, sit down here. And he turned aside, and sat down.
Rth 4:2  And he took ten men of the elders of the city, and said, Sit ye down here. And they sat down.

What we find here in Sodom is that only Lot sat at the gate. We also find that Lot knew how much the morals of this city had degenerated and it seems Lot still tried to protect any visitors. Lot had not been much of a witness to these people but Lot was still a righteous man that tried to do right.

2Pe 2:7  And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:
2Pe 2:8  (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)

We can see in this the results of our testimony when we run with the immoral crowd. We are called to witness to them but not to fellowship with them and certainly not to live amongst them if we can help it.

Were these angels looking to see if there were at least ten righteous men. No, I don’t think so. God was doing some things to show Abraham, Lot and all those that would read and study the Bible that He was truly a Righteous Judge but the Lord came down to do a certain thing.

Jud 1:7  Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

This is our example of what happens when immorality and sin dominate this Earth and the Righteous have been removed. Let there be no doubt this world we live in will be judged by the Lord.

Did you know this is the very first time we see the word “unleavened” in the Bible. This word will be used  60 more times in the scriptures. Just the mention of this word shows us Lot knew the wickedness he lived in and he did not want to discuss it with these angels, these visitors.

1Co 5:8  Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

We can see in verse four that the wickedness of this city came to the residence of Lot and they did not come to be friends but to push their way of life onto these strangers.

Now what we read in these next passages come straight from the word of God. If we believe in the Salvation of the Bible and the God of the Bible then we must believe that God considers this lifestyle to be a grievous sin.

Gen 18:20  And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous;
Gen 18:21  I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know.

The truth of this city and the others mentioned will be shown to the World as an example of what God calls grievous sin. These things do not change because our God does not change. We see this lifestyle increasingly grow and in most cases it is pushed upon other societies as being just a way of life. We can see how this lifestyle is pushing it’s way into the Church. We need to see what God says and abide by what He says!

To repent is to walk away from all evil lifestyles and to obey God this includes the gay lifestyle. No lost person can become a Christian without being Born Again.

Our example of repentance:

Mat 21:28  But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard.
Mat 21:29  [He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went].
Mat 21:30  And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not.

There must be a change of mind and a new direction! God’s rules and He is the only One who can forgive us! It doesn’t matter what we think!

The truth of Christ:

Joh 3:3  Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

How does this take place:

1Pe 1:18  Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
1Pe 1:19  But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
1Pe 1:20  Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,
1Pe 1:21  Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.
1Pe 1:22  Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:
1Pe 1:23  [Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever].
1Pe 1:24  For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:
1Pe 1:25  But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

There is no place for this lifestyle in the family of God. Neither is there a place for any who do not repent from every wicked lifestyle:

1Th 2:10  Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe:
1Th 2:11  As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children,
1Th 2:12  That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.
1Th 2:13  For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.

There is no place for unrepented sin in the House of God! No Christian can find his pleasure and profit in the world and at the same time bear effectual testimony against the world.

If people would just get a clear picture of Hell in their heads, they would want a means of escape and they would not hesitate to give up their old lifestyles. Now we cannot yet be perfect but we should try our best to live a life as Jesus led in His short years because He to is our example.

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.
Luk 16:24  And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, [that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame].

It’s easy to see this man was in torment and he was now a believer, but he would still spend eternity in a torment that would never change.

It is easy to see the truth of Romans chapter one in these wicked men:

Rom 1:24  Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
Rom 1:25  Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
Rom 1:26  For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
Rom 1:27  And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
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.

What else do we see?

In gaining great worldly influence, Lot had lost all influence and spiritual power, even over his own family. When Lot offered up his children, he showed he would still do anything to have influence in this wicked city.

The people that lead this lifestyle will turn on you if you not stand with them and just like the world does now, THEY SAY WE HAVE NO RIGHT TO JUDGE THEIR ACTIONS.

We do not have to be judges to stand up for “right” when the World is wrong!
The World will try to silence everyone that goes against them.

Now Lot sees the plan of God though he didn’t understand the reality of it.

Sodom would be destroyed.

It’s not discussed in this lesson so much but look what the angels told Lot in verse 22. They cannot destroy Sodom and Gomorrah until Lot is out of the city and at a safe distance.

The Word of God tells us:

1Th 4:13  But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
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.
1Th 4:15  For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
1Th 4:16  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
1Th 4:17  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
1Th 4:18  Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

There can be no tribulation on this world until all the children of God are removed from it.

Our Text:

Gen 19:24  Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven;
Gen 19:25  And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground. 

God literally turned Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes. Let’s go back for a moment.

Gen 13:10  And Lot lifted up his eyes, and [beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where], before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar.
Gen 13:11  [Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan]; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other.

No one has ever found a trace of these two cities. Abraham viewed the destruction from many miles away. There is no well watered plain of Jordan anymore, at this time.

Gen 19:27  And Abraham gat up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the LORD:
Gen 19:28  [And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace].

The daughters of Lot thought the whole world had been destroyed:

Gen 19:31  And the firstborn said unto the younger, Our father is old, and there is not a man in the earth to come in unto us after the manner of all the earth:
Gen 19:32  Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.

It is believed that the waters of the Dead Sea flowed into place of Sodom and Gomorrah and their remains are under the Dead Sea.

This our example of future judgment

Jud 1:7  Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

These historical accounts teach us that God will judge the perversion of contemptuous people. When we are tempted to sin we must learn to rely on the Word of God to keep us strong in our faith.

Jesus Christ warned that it would be more tolerable for the residents of Sodom and Gomorrah in judgment than for those who had heard and rejected His Message

Mat 10:14  And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.
Mat 10:15  Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.

God HATES sin but God still LOVES the sinner. Through the power of Jesus every soul can change and become a new creature.

2Co 5:17  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
2Co 5:18  And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
2Co 5:19  To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
2Co 5:20  Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.
2Co 5:21  For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

We do not have to yield to the temptations of sin and we certainly do not have to degenerate into a lifestyle that dishonor our bodies and violates the clearly revealed will of God!

Let’s pray!

God Directs, Despite Impatience

GOD DIRECTS, DESPITE IMPATIENCE

Our Text:

Genesis 16; 17

Focus:

Genesis 16:1-4, 15, 16: 17:1-5, 15-21

We need to know that God will direct our lives in spite of our own impatience. If we truly trust Him, we will trust His timing also! God is perfect and His timing of events is perfect.

Impatience is, according to the Webster’s dictionary, “Uneasiness under pain or suffering; the not enduring pain with composure; [or the absence of expected good].

Impatience begins when we do not trust God! Disaster begins when we think God needs our help to bring about His will in our lives. I have stated many times the only duty of mankind is to obey God and keep His commandments.

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.

God expects no less from us and expected no less from Abraham. God has a purpose for everyone of us that know Him. Those that do not know Him as Savior will also fulfill God’s purpose. Does that mean that there are people God will not save, NO! God will save all that repent and believe on Him.

Jesus Christ said these words:

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.

The Apostle Peter said these words:

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.

Thank God he is not impatient, but He will fulfill the words He gave us. The entire Word of God will be fulfilled just as it is written. Men can try to rewrite God’s word all they want to but it does not and will not change the message God gave to this Nation of Israel to bring to us. This nation has fulfilled their purpose of bringing us God’s Word. The proof of that is that we have the Bible and we have had it for a few thousand years now. That can be said of no other book. We are also called to fulfill a purpose.

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 get busy about the Master’s work and patiently wait on the Lord:

Psa 37:7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
Psa 37:8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.

Heb 10:36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.
Heb 10:37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.

He is a coming and I am a going, are you?

No human wisdom can match the wisdom of Our Father Who Art in Heaven!

Our Text:

Gen 16:1 Now Sarai Abram’s wife bare him no children: and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar.
Gen 16:2 And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the LORD hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.
Gen 16:3 And Sarai Abram’s wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife.
Gen 16:4 And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes.

Gen 16:15 And Hagar bare Abram a son: and Abram called his son’s name, which Hagar bare, Ishmael.
Gen 16:16 And Abram was fourscore and six years old, when Hagar bare Ishmael to Abram.

We cannot condone what Sarah did. What she was asking Abraham to do was to commit adultery. There is not one place in the Bible where God says this is OK to do so.

The guideline God gave us was in this very book and the very first 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.

Cleave would mean to stick like glue to his wife. Jesus sticks like glue to the Bride of Christ, the Church.

There is no mention of more than two people and one of them is man and the other a woman. We know this is true. In the time of Abraham there were some customs, (some of man’s faulty wisdom), that:

1.) A son could be adopted from a servant that was born in his household if his wife bore no children.

Gen 15:2 And Abram said, Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus?

Now there is nothing wrong with adoption if it is done for the right reasons. After all, all God’s children are adopted into His family.

Eph 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
Eph 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
Eph 1:5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
Eph 1:6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
Eph 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
Eph 1:8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;
Eph 1:9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
Eph 1:10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
Eph 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
Eph 1:12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.

2.) A wife could offer up one of her maids and the child would be counted as from the wife. We call that a surrogate mother in our day.

Surrogate Mother: Is a relationship in which one woman bears and gives birth to a child for a person or a couple who then adopts or takes legal custody of the child. In surrogate motherhood, one woman acts as a surrogate, or replacement, mother for another woman, sometimes called the intended mother, who either cannot produce fertile eggs or cannot carry a pregnancy through to birth, or term.

Gen 16:2 And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the LORD hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.

Remember God had said the child would come from the bowels of Abraham. God meant from the union of Sarah and Abraham but this is when man’s wisdom get’s him in trouble.

Gen 15:4 And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir.

God will never go against His own true word and many men will try to tell us that these things are OK under certain circumstances which is simply not true.

1Jn 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

There are many questions about the surrogate even when the coming together of the persons are not involved such as artificial insemination. If what any man says goes against what God says in His word then that man is a liar. It does not matter whose custom it is. Just because everyone else is doing it, it does not make it right in the eyes off God. Motherhood is also a blessing of God not to be taken so lightly.

*****In verse three God gives us a time line. It had been ten years since God first called Abraham out of Ur of the Chaldees(Iraq).

*****Verse four:

When we do not take a stand for God’s word we place everyone around us in jeopardy. When Sarah first approached Abraham about this foolish thing, he should have stood up for what was right and what was right was to obey God. Adultery is a sin against God and a sin against our own bodies. The results of this seemingly innocent mistake has affected the Orient for three thousand years. This mistake in judgment has affected the entire world and is real evident in these last days. Both Sarah and Abraham were a part of this evil. It is possible Hagar may not have had any choice in this matter but she should have resisted as much as possible. Now people do this for money and this could have been the case with Hagar but we will not know these things for sure.

When Hagar realized she had conceived she turned upon Sarah and despised her. She had probably been a faithful servant up until this time. Sin has a way of causing problems quickly. Hagar had done something that Sarah had never been able to do. Hagar was filled with pride. This is also a sinful act. Sin abounds when not addressed and repented.

But thank God for His grace:

Rom 5:19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
Rom 5:20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. [But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
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].

God’s word always holds true from the time of Adam.

You see God knows man needs but one wife. Does that mean one wife at a time? That is possible but only after a death of the spouse or a Biblical sound divorce. God does not expect couples to live in abuse of one or the other.

1Ti 3:2 A bishop then must be blameless, [the husband of one wife], vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;

*****Verse five is not part of our lesson but we can see that Sarah laid the blame upon Abraham. She was partially right. Abraham was the man of the house and he was the man of God’s promise. He should have been a man of God’s word but they were both to blame.

Also not part of this lesson but let’s take a moment with another first time in the Book of Genesis:

The Angel of the Lord: Genesis 16:7

This phrase is used 52 times in the Old Testament. Many believe that these are “theophanies”. This means an appearance of the Lord Jesus Christ prior to His incarnation. A careful reading of the text in most cases would seem that this true. But in any case this special angel played an important part in the history of Israel.

1.) He wrestles Jacob: Gen. 32:24-30
2.) He redeems Jacob: Gen 48:16
3.) He spoke to Moses from the burning bush: Ex. 3:2
4.) He protected Israel at the Red Sea: Ex. 14:19
5.) He prepared Israel for the promised land: Ex, 23:20-23; Ps. 34:7; Isa. 63:9; 1 Co. 10:1-4
6.) He commissioned Gideon: Jdg, 6:11
7.) He ministered to Elijah: 1 Ki. 19:7
8.) He reassures Joshua: Josh 5:13-15
9.) He saves Jerusalem: Isa. 37:36
10.) He preserves three Jewish boys: Dan 3:25

Here the angel of the Lord finds and comforts Hagar. Hagar is caught in the middle of sin, she is not spiritual, she is hateful, proud, disrespectful, and a poor mother. Is she rejected of God? No, God loves her and comes to help her.

You know God scraped me out of the bottom of the barrel one day and comforted me and saved me. Thank You Jesus for paying my debt on that cross. I could not have done that myself. I’m clean because I’m washed in the blood of Jesus.

Col 1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
Col 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
Col 1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
Col 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
Col 1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
Col 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
Col 1:19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;
Col 1:20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
Col 1:21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled

Why does God tell us these things?

1Jn 5:11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
1Jn 5:12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
1Jn 5:13 [These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God].

*****Our lesson continues:

verse 15

Ishmael is born. Before he is born we already know what kind of man he will be:

Gen 16:12 And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.

The meaning of the name “Ishmael” is “to hear intelligently and with understanding of circumstances”. The name also implies compassion. Every time Ishmael heard his name he would know the God had heard the plight of his mother. God had understood her and acted to care for her.

Ishmael was raised in a family of strife and he would shortly know he would not be the one to inherit his fathers riches.

We do not have good thoughts of Ishmael when we read the Bible but we must notice the turmoil in his young life and just as God had said he rebelled to being a wild man. Do we wonder why our own children rebel. Sometimes it can be what happens at home. Our home life should start with, “What Would Jesus Do”. This is still the question we should have before we proceed to do foolish things.

verse 16

God gives us another time line. At the birth of Ishmael, Abraham had been in Canaan for eleven years.

Gen 12:4 So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.

*****Our Text:

Gen 17:1 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.
Gen 17:2 And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.
Gen 17:3 And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,
Gen 17:4 As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.
Gen 17:5 Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.
Gen 17:6 And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee.

If you do not think sin has an influence on your relationship with God, in just one verse 13 years has gone by before God again makes contact with Abraham. God will always remember His promises! But Abraham had gotten the Heavenly Hickory for 13 years. I believe he was now ready to do as he was told.

“to walk in the perfect ways of God”

It is important for the child of God to daily try to be blameless and sincere in our faith:

Php 2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
Php 2:14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
Php 2:15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

Abraham was at his lowest spiritual point. He had sinned and was out of fellowship with God. He was also out of fellowship with his family.

We wonder sometimes why answers don’t come from our prayers:

Eph 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
Eph 4:31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
Eph 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

God will answer the child of God but in His time frame:

Psa 106:15 And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul.

In spite of all this God is gracious and forgives and restores: Psalm 51

Psa 51:1 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.

God had a special purpose for Abraham and Abraham had missed the blessings of God for thirteen years. There would be more tests coming. God already knew the outcome but Abraham would need sure faith to fulfill the plan of God.

Rom 4:16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,
Rom 4:17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.

The Hebrew word for appear used here is “raah” indicates a visible occurrence. It is translated 351 times “saw”, 306 times “seen” and 162 times “appeared”.

The “Lord”, Hebrew “Jehovah”, is used 6412 times in the Old Testament but there is another title of God we see for the first time in this verse. “El Shaddai” THE ALMIGHTY GOD. The meaning of this title comes from the idea of One having so much power as to change the unchangeable, the power to overcome and to destroy with irresistible force. God does the impossible and Abraham and Sarah would now see the impossible happen in their own lives.

(verse three)

“Abraham fell on his face”

We can pray to God in any position. The Apostle Paul said:

1Th 5:17 Pray without ceasing.

We can pray standing, sitting, on our bed, driving our car and most any where else but when we fall down on our knees we are humbling our selves and without saying a word we are admitting that we are nothing and God is everything. Abraham had prayed many times I’m sure, but God had not spoken to him for 13 years.

As soon as Abraham showed this purest form of reverence, God began speaking to him. God reminded Abraham that He had not forgotten the Covenant that He had made.

The Hebrew word used for God in this verse is “Elohim”. In Genesis verse one we find that this is the God of creation, the Creator of all things.

(verse four)

God says: “this is my covenant”

To us all that read and study our Bible, God wants us to know that He (God) started this covenant and it would be He (God ) that would see that this covenant was kept. You see God was going to do this and not Abraham and Sarah.

WE ARE BUT TOOLS IN THE MASTERS HANDS.

An old Preacher once told a young Preacher that asked “How can I better serve God” to which he responded, “GET OUT OF GOD’S WAY”.

Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar had not hindered the work of God! They had only lost out on many blessings!

(verse five)

Why the name change? Abraham had stumbled on the fact that he would be the father of many nations. The extent of the covenant of God with him had an impact on him. Abram means “exalted father”. That reflected his role as the patriarch of a great family and nation but that was not the intention of God. Abraham’s heritage would include all the nations on this Earth. Abraham means “father of multitudes”. A more appropriate title.

(verse six and seven)

1.) Abraham was not only the father of the Hebrew nation, Isaac then Jacob and his twelve sons where later there were many kings: Matthew 1:1-17
2.) Abraham was the father of the twelve princes of Ishmael: 1 Chron 1:28-31
3.) After the death of Sarah, Abraham remarried and from Keturah: 1 Chron 1:32-33
4.) We cannot forget Esau and his nation
5.).) And the many Gentile Nations who have embraced the faith of Abraham through Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Gal 4:28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.

What we must realize is that the Covenant God made with Abraham would be to the child born of Abraham and Sarah we know as Isaac. This is an everlasting covenant to the children of Israel. Many so called teachers teach that God is finished with Israel. If this is true then God would have told a lie to Abraham.

My God Does Not Lie!

Tit 1:1 Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness;
Tit 1:2 In hope of eternal life, [which God, that cannot lie], promised before the world began;

He Would Not Be God if He Did So!

*****Our text:

Gen 17:15 And God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be.
Gen 17:16 And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her.
Gen 17:17 Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear?
Gen 17:18 And Abraham said unto God, O that Ishmael might live before thee!
Gen 17:19 And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him.
Gen 17:20 And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation.
Gen 17:21 But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year.

Before we move on we should mention that “circumcision” is [the sign] of faithfulness with Abraham and the Hebrew people, (Israel). This is long before the law of Moses time by about 500 years. Like tithing, circumcision did not originate with Moses nor did tithing. This is the sign of the covenant that Israel must keep. If the Jew represents God’s people then what is a Jew.

The Apostle Paul writes:

Rom 2:28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:
Rom 2:29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

If you are a child of God and search for His praise, you will be circumcised of the heart and in spirit. Not by any law!

To the Church “baptism” is such a sign. It has nothing to do with salvation but it is a sign that you have submitted to your covenant with God.

Jesus Christ was both circumcised and baptized to show us all the He was not above His Own Word.

Luk 2:25 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.
Luk 2:26 And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.
Luk 2:27 And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law,

Mat 3:13 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.
Mat 3:14 But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?
Mat 3:15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.

Another thing is circumcision on the eighth day: It wasn’t until the Twentieth Century until doctors clearly understood why circumcision should be done on the “eighth day”.

In 1935, professor H. Dam proposed the name “vitamin K” for the factor in foods that helped prevent hemorrhaging in baby chicks. We now know vitamin K is responsible for the production (by the liver) of the element known as prothrombin. If vitamin K is deficient, there will be a prothrombin deficiency and hemorrhaging may occur. Oddly, it is only on the fifth through the seventh days of the newborn male’s life that vitamin K (produced by bacteria in the intestinal tract) is present in adequate quantities. Vitamin K, coupled with prothrombin, causes blood coagulation, which is important in any surgical procedure. Holt and McIntosh, in their classic work, Holt Pediatrics, observed that a newborn infant has “peculiar susceptibility to bleeding between the second and fifth days of life…. Hemorrhages at this time, though often inconsequential, are sometimes extensive; they may produce serious damage to internal organs, especially to the brain, and cause death from shock and exsanguination” (1953, pp. 125-126). Obviously, then, if vitamin K is not produced in sufficient quantities until days five through seven, it would be wise to postpone any surgery until some time after that. But why did God specify day eight?

On the eighth day, the amount of prothrombin present actually is elevated above one-hundred percent of normal—and is the only day in the male’s life in which this will be the case under normal conditions. If surgery is to be performed, day eight is the perfect day to do it. Vitamin K and prothrombin levels are at their peak.

You see God knows more about us than any doctor because as the Creator, He wrote the “owners manual”. (Psalms 13)

*****Why did Abraham laugh?

Joh 8:56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.
Joh 8:57 Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?
Joh 8:58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

Jesus said that Abraham finally realized that the Messiah would come from a descendant of a child by he and Sarah.
Sarai and Sarah: Both names mean to have dominion. “Sarai”(princely) means she would have her own house, her own family, to be a mother but “Sarah”(noble woman or princess) means much more. Sarah was to be the Mother of Nations to include the gentile nations.

Verse 16 the word nations is the Hebrew word “goy” which means foreign nations. These speaks of all descendants of Abraham that were not Hebrew.
Abraham was 99 years old at this time and he fell down with overwhelming joy!
Abraham was not ready to forsake Ishmael but we see that God’s plan for salvation would not involve Ishmael. Ishmael would still be blessed and he and all his descendants still had the option of serving God but he chose another path. Many have chosen that path since.

Deu 10:15 Only the LORD had a delight in thy fathers to love them, and he chose their seed after them, even you above all people, as it is this day.
Deu 10:16 Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiffnecked.
Deu 10:17 For the LORD your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward:
Deu 10:18 He doth execute the judgment of the fatherless and widow, and loveth the stranger, in giving him food and raiment.

*****But My Covenant is with Isaac:

Why is this important to Israel?

Rom 9:4 Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises;
Rom 9:5 Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.
Rom 9:6 Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel:
Rom 9:7 Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called.
Rom 9:8 That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.
Rom 9:9 For this is the word of promise, At this time will I come, and Sara shall have a son.

You might say then, why is this so important to the Church?

Rom 9:22 What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:
Rom 9:23 And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,
Rom 9:24 Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?
Rom 9:25 As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved.
Rom 9:26 And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God.

The Apostle Paul wrote to the Galatians:

Gal 4:22 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman.
Gal 4:23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise.
Gal 4:24 Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.
Gal 4:25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.
Gal 4:26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.
Gal 4:27 For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband.
Gal 4:28 [Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise].
Gal 4:29 But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.
Gal 4:30 Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.
Gal 4:31 So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.

By accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, YOU BECOME FREE OF THE BONDAGE OF SIN!

It was important for the Jews that they be considered the Children of Promise and they are but, what of the Church?

Paul writes again:

Gal 3:7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.

You see it is by faith just as Abraham had that the Church belongs to God. That is because of the work of Christ on the cross at Calvary.

Without faith we cannot please God!

Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that
he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

There is no better choice for any of us than to understand the Word of God and to live
by it. We cannot comprehend it all but we must have faith that God will do as He
says. By studying God’s word we can see how His promises have always come to pass
and they always will. Nothing is impossible for God! God will honor His Word!

Paul wrote:

2Ti 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
2Ti 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give
me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

So let’s just wait on the Lord!

Let’s Pray!

God Calls A Follower

God Calls A Follower

Text: Genesis 12-15

Focus: Genesis 12:1-7; 13:8:14-18; 15:6

What some people have a hard time believing is that God uses people to get things done in this world. Man is God’s greatest creation. We have studied some already. Adam, Noah, and Job, all important to the plan of God. We will now spend some time with Abraham. Abraham is recognized by God’s children and the Muslim world as a great man. The Book of Genesis is the book of the beginnings, we will see that the Bible says that Abraham was the first Hebrew. It is Abraham that is the father of the Hebrew nation we know as Israel. Abraham is also the father of the Arab nations. There is a family feud between the children that have Sarah as a mother and those that have Hagar as a mother. This feud has been going on for over 4000 years. The Children of Ishmael and Isaac will one day join hands but that will not happen in the Church age. We will find that God begins to form and work with this nation of Israel beginning in chapter 12. He will use this nation for specific purposes. This nation of Israel has many enemies in our day but let’s look at some of the things the Jew have contributed to the world before we call them our enemy.

PRACTICAL INVENTIONS: Jeans, Lipstick, the Ballpoint Pen, Contraceptives, Instant Coffee, Television Remote Control, Traffic Lights, Scotch guard, the Flexistraw.

BIG INVENTIONS: The Atomic Bomb, the Thermonuclear Bomb, Genetic Engineering, the Nuclear Chain Reactor, Virtual Reality.

CULTURAL CONTRIBUTIONS: Hollywood, the Sit-Com, the Long Playing Record, Woodstock, Sound Movies, Videotape, Color Television, Instant Photography, Holography

GAME CHANGERS: Monotheism, Psychoanalysis, the Theory of Relativity, the Weekend (Shabbat)

INVENTIONS BEGINNING WITH THE LETTER “C’: Capitalism, Communism, Circumcision, Cheesecake, Cafeterias

RETAIL: Discount Stores, Pawn Shops, the Shopping Cart and the Ready-to-Wear Clothing Industry

MEDICAL: Prozac, Valium, The Polio Vaccine, Radiation, Chemotherapy, the Artificial Kidney Dialysis machine, the Defibrillator, the Cardiac Pacemaker, Vaccination against the deadly “Hepatitis B” virus, the Vaccinating Needle, Laser Technology

TECHNICAL: Google, the Wire Transmission Facsimile (FAX) , the Microphone, the Gramophone, the Micro processing Chip, Optical Fiber Cable, Laser, Cellular Technology, the Videotape Recorder

HOW COULD WE LIVE WITHOUT THESE?: Drip Irrigation, Scale Model Electric Trains, the Pager, the Walkie-talkie, Refrigerated Railroad Car, High-vacuum Electron Tubes, the Incandescent Lamp, Kodachrome Film, the Blimp, the Adding Machine, Stainless Steel, Tapered Roller Bearings.

A NOBLE PEOPLE: At least 178 Jews have been awarded the Nobel Prize, accounting for 23% of all individual recipients worldwide between 1901 and 2008, and constituting 37% of all US recipients during the same period. In the scientific research fields of Chemistry, Economics, Medicine and Physics, the corresponding world and US percentages are 27% and 40%, respectively. (Jews currently make up approximately 0.25% of the world’s population and 2% of the US population).

We will see that the Bible will show how God has used this great nation to be a blessing to the world and the world could not be the same place without the Jew.

God’s promise:

Gen 12:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

We can see from the days of Abraham to the days we are in now that Israel has been a blessing. As one of the oldest nations on this Earth we can see the Prophecy of God will hold true.

If we as God’s creation would just accept the truth of God’s word, we would have a much clearer perception of what is going on in this world we live in. God does not hide things from us!

Amo 3:7 Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.

What we saw that in Genesis chapters 1-11 was a period of about 2000 years but what we will see in the the remaining chapters 12-50 is a period of only about 280 years. Chapter 12 is the pivotal point in the Book of Genesis. We will see the covenant nation of Israel. We will see the origin and the calling out of a special people and a special nation to carry out God’s plan of redemption through the promised seed.

These people were no different than the rest of the world in fact they were worse than some:

Deu 7:6 For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.

Deu 7:7 The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people:

Deu 7:8 But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.

36 times God calls these people a rebellious people:

Eze 3:7 But the house of Israel will not hearken unto thee; for they will not hearken unto me: for all the house of Israel are impudent and hardhearted.

Eze 3:8 Behold, I have made thy face strong against their faces, and thy forehead strong against their foreheads.

Eze 3:9 As an adamant harder than flint have I made thy forehead: fear them not, neither be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.

You see God has a purpose for all of us. The nation of Israel brought God’s Word to the world. The proof being the Bible itself.

Rom 3:1 What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision?

Rom 3:2 Much every way: chiefly, because that [unto them were committed the oracles of God].

Rom 3:3 For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?

Rom 3:4 God forbid: yea, [let God be true, but every man a liar]; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.

With Satan’s help the Nation of Israel ceased for a time but if you want to see prophecy fulfilled in our time all we need do is look at the rebirth of the Nation of Israel.

Isa 66:8 Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.

May 14, 1948 this prophecy was fulfilled. Israel became a nation again to live in their own land. We see their battle to survive daily with our very own eyes. The world is foolish to not realize the HAND OF GOD!

Jesus Christ was a Jew. To hate the Jew is to hate the Word of God! To be saved is to be bathed in the Word of God!

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.

To say you are Christian and hate Israel you are denying the Word of God! Real faith is not based on feeling nor emotion. Real faith is accepting the promises of God. When we believe God then we should act on that belief. WE CANNOT IMAGINE THE WONDEFUL THINGS GOD HAS IN STORE FOR US BUT WE CAN GET AN IDEA BY TRUSTING IN THE TRUTH OF THE BIBLE. THAT’S WHY IT IS CALLED FAITH!

****Our Text:

Gen 12:1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:

Gen 12:2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

Gen 12:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

If you do not believe the study of Genesis and Abraham is important to the Church then let’s see what the first deacon of the Church had to say:

Act 7:2 And he said, Men, brethren, and fathers, hearken; The God of glory appeared unto our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charran,

Act 7:3 And said unto him, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and come into the land which I shall shew thee.

Act 7:4 Then came he out of the land of the Chaldaeans, and dwelt in Charran: and from thence, when his father was dead, he removed him into this land, wherein ye now dwell.

Act 7:5 And he gave him none inheritance in it, no, not so much as to set his foot on: yet he promised that he would give it to him for a possession, and to his seed after him, when as yet he had no child.

Act 7:6 And God spake on this wise, That his seed should sojourn in a strange land; and that they should bring them into bondage, and entreat them evil four hundred years.

We know at the end of those 4 hundred years began the Exodus from Egypt but, continue on to read from verse Act 7:7-54 for a short history lesson.

We can see it takes real “faith” to trust God completely. Do we have that kind of faith today? It takes real faith to be saved. THE SAME FAITH ABRAHAM HAD!

The Bible says:

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

Heb 11:2 For by it the elders obtained a good report.

Heb 11:3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Abraham did not come from a godly family nor was there any part of the Church existing at that time:

The Bible says:

Jos 24:2 And Joshua said unto all the people, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Your fathers dwelt on the other side of the flood in old time, even Terah, the father of Abraham, and the father of Nachor: [and they served other god]s.

It is the Jew among others that honor Abraham but they do not honor the New Testament of the Bible but we can find Abraham’s name 196 times in the Bible and that includes 74 times in the New Testament. Abraham is mentioned in every Book of the New Testament but Jude.

You know every child of God is called out just as Abraham was called:

1Th 2:12 That ye would walk worthy of God, [who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory].

1Th 2:13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, [but as it is in truth, the word of God], which effectually worketh also in you that believe.

Is there some great revelation? Maybe, sometimes, but it is more likely a visit to one of God’s churches or some child of God inviting you, or a gospel trac, or some witness of God’s people or you just stumble onto God’s word, among the many other ways God uses to call. If you are reading this lesson you have been called. Nothing happens in the world that does not fulfill God’s will and His purpose:

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].

Does God call just the Jew?:

Rom 9:22 What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:

Rom 9:23 And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,

Rom 9:24 Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, [but also of the Gentiles]?

God calls “WHOSOEVER” WILL BELIEVE!

1Pe 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

1Pe 2:10 [Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God]: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

1Pe 5:10 But the God of all grace, [who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus], after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

1Pe 5:11 To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

That call can only come through Jesus Christ, there is no other way to reach God:

Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, [I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me].

Joh 14:7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.

We already know that Abraham was called to begin the nation of Israel but the purpose of this nation was to preserve the word of God for all people. They have fulfilled that purpose and God will keep His promises to them. It is the purpose of the Word of God to establish the Church of Jesus Christ and that began at Pentecost just after the ascension of Jesus Christ back to Heaven.

Act 2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

Act 2:2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

Act 2:3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

Act 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

It is the Holy Spirit that brought life to the Church because it is the Holy Spirit that brings life to God’s children.

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.

*****Verse 3:

One of the most important scriptures in the Bible is Genesis 12:3. All nations and peoples of the World need to take notice.

GOD SAID HE WOULD BLESS EVERYONE THAT BLESSED THIS NATION OF ISRAEL. Most of the World seems to hate this Nation of Israel. If you believe the Word of God then we need to believe what is written in this verse because it comes also with the “CURSE OF GOD”!

ALL FAMILIES WILL BE BLESSED IN CHRIST JESUS IF YOU BELIEVE. TO THOSE THAT DO NOT BELIEVE, YOU WILL SEE GOD’S WRATH!

Let’s review the seven promises of God:

1.) God said “I will make of thee a great nation”

2.) God said “I will bless thee”

3.) God said “I will make thy name great”

4.) God said “You will be a blessing to the world”

5.) God said “I will bless them that bless you”

6.) God said “I will curse them that curse you”

7.) God said “In you will all the families of the World be blessed”

The blessing to the world came in Jesus Christ!

Mat 1:1 [The book of the generation of Jesus Christ], the son of David, [the son of Abraham].

Gal 3:14 [That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ]; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

You will notice Abraham did’t have to say anything. This promise has no conditions. This promise does not require anything from Abraham except to Believe.

*****Our text:

Gen 12:4 So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.

Gen 12:5 And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came.

Gen 12:6 And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem, unto the plain of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land.

Gen 12:7 And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded

Abraham forgot his age of 75 years. He laid aside the fact that he was rich and had few needs if any. He broke away from false religion and he left his family in what is now Iraq. Abraham believed God and left on a journey to the promised land.

This is the exact same thing we all will do when we believe in the promises of God. When we are born again into the family of God and do not place our faith in the unending power of God we are failing in our faith. We are strangers in this land. Our home is in Heaven. God will provide our needs. It may not be riches because our riches are in Heaven. If we leave all false religion we may have to leave our family behind but they have the same choice to make. They do not have to be left behind. We see that Sarah and Lot went with Abraham.

Our faith should encourage and influence others to follow God’s word and the leadership of the Holy Spirit!

Tit 2:7 In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,

Tit 2:8 Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.

Php 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Php 3:15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.

Php 3:16 Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.

1Ti 4:12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

Abraham stepped out on faith alone:

Heb 11:8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.

Heb 11:9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:

Heb 11:10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

Abraham’s first stop along the way:

Sichem, also known as Shechem, Sychem,

Sichem means ridge

Shechem means a ridge, the neck(between the shoulders)

Sychem means ridge

All these being the same place and many important things would happen at this place in Palestine

Who is already in this land? We find the first use of the word Canaanite. We will learn a great deal more about the Canaanites later on. It will be some 600 years before Joshua finally wrestles this promised land away from the Canaanites. These Canaanites were the, Hittites, Amorites, Jebusites and many other clans. None of these are descendants of Abraham. Abraham chose this location to stop and worship the Lord and the Lord appeared unto him.

Here again we see another word that appears for the first time in the Bible, (Bethel).

Bethel means “House of God”. When we worship the Lord God Almighty as often as we can it should be in the house where He has placed His name.

Neh 1:9 But if ye turn unto me, and keep my commandments, and do them; though there were of you cast out unto the uttermost part of the heaven, yet [will I gather them from thence, and will bring them unto the place that I have chosen to set my name there].

And we should assemble more often in these end times:

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).

Not in our lesson but in verse 9 we see that Abraham traveled further toward the south. In the travels of Abraham and others I should point out that “to the south” means south of Jerusalem and “to the north” means north of Jerusalem. This will stop some of the confusion of traveling when we remember directions will have Jerusalem as the place of origin. We must also remember Abraham never settled in any one place because he was looking for a city made by God. That city is New Jerusalem!

Heb 11:8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.

Heb 11:9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:

Heb 11:10 [For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God].

Rev 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, [new Jerusalem], [coming down from God out of heaven], prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

*****Our text:

Gen 13:8 And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren.

Gen 13:14 And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward:

Gen 13:15 For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.

Gen 13:16 And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered.

Gen 13:17 Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.

Gen 13:18 Then Abram removed his tent, and came and dwelt in the plain of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and built there an altar unto the LORD.

Gen 15:6 And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.

In verse 13:8 we can see the answer to all the Church is in being in one accord. “let there be no strife, for we are all brethren”

Those that gathered at Pentecost were in one accord and 3000 were saved in the first church.

They continued daily in one accord and the Church grew daily. We of the Christian Church are all brothers in Christ. We are brothers because of Christ Jesus. If you know Jesus Christ as your savior you are my brother no matter where you live and call on the name of God. Jesus Christ is Lord to all whom believe.

WHY ARE OUR CHURCHES CLOSING THE DOORS? ******STRIFE.

Pro 28:25 He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.

Pro 28:26 He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.

God is not the author of strife or ill feelings nor hard feelings, no never! When these things are in the Church then somebody has failed to obey God! When these things happen, some will go the wrong way:

Gen 13:12 Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom.

Lot was walking by sight and not by faith at this time in his life. We know he came to know God at some point in his life.

The Bible says:

2Pe 2:7 And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:

2Pe 2:8 (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)

2Pe 2:9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:

How many of the Church do we hear of daily that have pitched their tents toward Sodom. No doubt that at this time Sodom and Gomorrah and the adjacent cities are the most immoral on the Earth.

Gen 13:13 But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.

The gay life style was one of these exceeding sins in these cities and we can see this lifestyle is growing in all the world. We need to pray and love them into the arms of Christ where they will find true love if they repent. Repent still means to walk away from a sinful life.

The Bible says to the Church:

1Jn 3:13 Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.

1Jn 3:14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.

1Jn 3:15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

1Jn 3:16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

Lot was foolish enough to separate himself from Abraham. Abraham was God’s man. We will see that Lot chose with his eyes and not with the Word of God. Lot lost all his family by his actions. We can see that when we choose what we think is the best of this life without looking unto God, without listening to the teaching of Jesus Christ we will find ourselves alone, our lives destroyed and our families broken. Divorce rates in the world are higher than they have ever been even in the Church. God had said to Abraham, “I will bless those that bless thee”. Abraham was the source of Lot’s blessing just as his descendant, the Messiah, THE LORD JESUS CHRIST is the place of blessings for all the World.

Verse 15:

There is a lot of argument over a very small piece of land that is called Palestine. There is no nation of Palestine and there never has been. The name Palestine has always meant “the land of the Hebrews”. For any other people to lay claim on this land is a slap of God’s face. As God always does He will honor His Word.

Exo 15:14 The people shall hear, and be afraid: sorrow shall take hold on the inhabitants of Palestina.

Exo 15:16 Fear and dread shall fall upon them; by the greatness of thine arm they shall be as still as a stone; till thy people pass over, O LORD, till the people pass over, which thou hast purchased.

Exo 15:17 Thou shalt bring them in, and plant them in the mountain of thine inheritance, in the place, O LORD, which thou hast made for thee to dwell in, in the Sanctuary, O Lord, which thy hands have established.

To battle against the true owners of this land is to battle with God.

Deu 20:1 When thou goest out to battle against thine enemies, and seest horses, and chariots, and a people more than thou, be not afraid of them: [for the LORD thy God is with thee, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt].

The covenant God made with Abraham will still hold true, when Jesus returns and that is sooner than most people realize.

Plain of Mamre:

Mamre is an important place in the Bible and this is the first time we hear of it.

1.) This is the place God made His key promise to Abraham.

2.) The Lord announced to Abraham and Sarah they would have a child.

3.) The burying place of Abraham and Sarah.

4.) Isaac dwelt there and was buried in the same cave of his father.

5.) Jacob was buried there with his fathers.

6.) David reigned at first from Hebron which is Mamre.

About a mile from the town of Hebron, up the valley, is one of the largest oak trees in Palestine. This, say some, is the very tree beneath which Abraham pitched his tent, and it still bears the name of the patriarch.

*****Gen 15:6

How simple can it get!

The plan of “salvation” is so simple that people overlook the simplicity of it.

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.

We must remember just what the serpent did. Satan twists and turns the pure word of God into something that is false. Why are there so many versions of the Bible? SO PEOPLE CAN FIND ONE THAT SUITS THEIR LIFE STYLE!

God has just a couple of rules:

1.) Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

2.) Mat 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

Mat 22:38 This is the first and great commandment.

3.) Mat 22:39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

There is only one duty of mankind:

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].

This means we must trust in the Word of God and that the Bible is the truth in ALL that it says. We do not need science or history to back up the Bible. The Bible backs up science and history so we can know that they are true.

Rom 3:4 God forbid: yea, [let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written], That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.

Mankind has complicated the world since the time of the Tower of Babel and confusion still reigns in this world. God is not the “author”, (you know He wrote this Book) of confusion!

1Co 14:33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

The author of confusion is the Devil, Satan! He began with Eve and he even had me for most of my life but THANK GOD FOR JESUS CHRIST, THE WAY TO SALVATION.

There is no other way but Jesus!

Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Joh 14:7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.

What does the scripture say?

Rom 4:3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.

THIS IS THE ONLY WORK ABRAHAM DID FOR HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, “HE BELIEVED”!

It does not get any easier that that.

Genesis 15:6 is one of the most important pieces of scripture in all the world and in the Bible.

1.) The Jew honor Abraham!

2.) The Arab world honors Abraham!

3.) The Christian Church honors Abraham!

Now if we could get together with this belief what would the world look like then. We would would squash the terrorist and all corrupt governments and there could be peace.

The first time the word “believed” is used in all the Bible(KJV) is in this verse of Genesis 15:6.

The Hebrew word “aman” says: to trust, to believe, to have faith, to be certain, to establish.

THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH!

Hab 2:4 Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.

Rom 1:7 To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Gal 3:11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.

Heb 10:38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.

In verse 15:2 we see the Hebrew word “adonay”(Lord) which means: to rule or govern as judge.

In verse 15:6 we see the Hebrew word “y hovah”(Lord) which means: the self existent one, the Eternal God of this entire world as we know it.

If you want to be a friend with the Almighty God then you must believe as Abraham.

Jas 2:23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and [he was called the Friend of God].

To believe other wise will make you an “enemy” of God.

When you believe in the substitutionary work of the Lord upon the cross and accept this for yourself then God counts your faith to you for “righteousness”.

There are so many things to cover in these chapters that we cannot in these short lessons. Please read and study the Book of Genesis. It is truly the Book of “The Beginnings”.

Remember it takes but “simple faith” to pleas God. God does not give reasons, HE GIVES PROMISES. Abraham did not respond with questions, HE RESPONDED WITH FAITH. Did Abraham do everything right? No He made many mistakes, BUT HE NEVER FORGOT WHO HIS GOD WAS AND WE CANNOT ALLOW THE NAME OF JESUS TO BE SMEARED IN THIS WORLD BUT WE MUST STAND UP FOR OUR FAITH. IT IS THE FAITH THAT CAN MOVE ALL MOUNTAINS!

Jesus said:

Mat 17:20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

Who is the Creator and Savior of this world?

1Jn 2:22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.

Abraham knew he was coming and Abraham believed. He is coming back for His Church at any time now. I believe do you?

GOD IS STILL CALLING FOLLOWERS!

Let’s Pray!

The Failure of Mankind

THE FAILURE OF MANKIND

Genesis 10:1-11:9

Focus: Genesis 10: 1,2,6,21,22,32, 11:1-9

Key Verse:

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].

The time line of these chapters is about 1800 years after creation or about 2200 years before the “virgin” birth of Jesus Christ. The history of the Tower of Babel is a pause in that history to show us how the world was scattered by the hand of God. God will always see that His “purpose” is fulfilled. The construction began on the Tower of Babel approximately 100 years after the flood. These people were again becoming immoral and spiritually ignorant and falling away from the truth of God. The flood had destroyed millions of people but it had not destroyed the sin nature of mankind that began from the fall of Adam.

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.

This sin nature can only be removed by the action of Jesus Christ:

Rom 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

Rom 6:7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.

Rom 6:8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:

Rom 6:9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.

Rom 6:10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.

So what are “Generations”? A single succession in natural descent, as the children of the same parents; hence, an age.

“Generations” is the heading of every chief section of the book of Genesis. When we see the word “generations” we will normally see one age ending and another beginning.

In Genesis 2:4:

The phrase “these are the generations of the heavens and of the Earth” means this is THE HISTORY.

History is an account of facts, particularly of facts respecting to nations or states; a narration of events in the order in which they happened,with their causes and effects.

In Genesis 5:1:

The phrase”the book of the generations of” means this is a family register, or the HISTORY of Adam.

This is where we see his descendants are traced down to Noah.

In Genesis 10:1:

The phrase “the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth” means the HISTORY of the way the Earth was populated.

What is “Genealogy”? A series of children or descendants from the same stock.

“the generations of the sons of Noah,” Shem, Ham, and Japheth, IS, The oldest and most accurate existing ethnological record we have in this world and it’s HISTORY.

What is Geography? Measuring out to the nations “the bounds of their habitation.” History, in ancient times, being based on genealogies.

Every human being that has ever lived is a descendant of Adam but we can also see that every human being that has ever lived is from the blood of Noah.

God saw fit to give the Earth another chance through Noah and his family and at least one pair of each animal that roamed this Earth. Remember all other living creatures were destroyed by the flood because the world had turned away from God.

We see the very same thing going on now in this world, and after the Rapture of the Church, the stage is set for God to destroy this Earth again. The only thing lacking would be the promise God made to Israel and He will fulfill it during the 1000 years that will come after the 7 year tribulation period. The children of Israel will see the Church is gone and they will immediately see that they were wrong and turn to God.

Rom 11:25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

Rom 11:26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:

Rom 11:27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.

If not for that God would destroy this world at that time. Remember what God told Abraham. If there are at least ten He would hold off His wrath.

Gen 18:32 And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten’s sake.

God does not change so His Word still holds true. God will not destroy this Earth until He has removed His Church,(the Bride) at the Rapture and every other Saint of God through the 1000 year period. God is long suffering but He will not wait forever for you to make up your mind. Time grows short with every tick of the clock.

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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.

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

Most all Bible critics agree at least in this one place of the Bible. It is known as the table of nations. It is an accurate historical document as well as the truth of the Word of God. As Bible believers we need to accept all, ALL, the Word of God as it is written, rightly divided.

The New Testament says:

Act 17:24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;

Act 17:25 Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;

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.

From the seven sons of Japheth come the “Gentile” nations. Gentile means “heathen” many times in the Bible but it simply means all others that are not Israelite. It can also mean a foreigner to the nation of Israel.

These people settled Central Asia, Persia(Iran,Iraq), Greece, Spain, Russia, The Old Thracian Empire and all of Europe. America was developed from this family of Japheth.

These will include the Indo-Europeans and the Asian Aryans.

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

The sons of Ham include the Babylonians, the southern Arabs, the Ethiopians, and the Egyptians.

The Name Cush means “Black”. He is the father of the Black people. We know also of Seba’s descendants or the Sabeans. The Bible says that during the Millennium the Sabeans will come to worship the Lord Jesus Christ during His Earthly reign.

Isa 45:11 Thus saith the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me.

Isa 45:12 I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.

Isa 45:13 I have raised him up in righteousness, and I will direct all his ways: he shall build my city, and he shall let go my captives, not for price nor reward, saith the LORD of hosts.

Isa 45:14 Thus saith the LORD, The labour of Egypt, and merchandise of Ethiopia and [of the Sabeans, men of stature, shall come over unto thee, and they shall be thine]: they shall come after thee; in chains they shall come over, and they shall fall down unto thee, they shall make supplication unto thee, saying, Surely God is in thee; and there is none else, there is no God.

Isa 45:15 Verily thou art a God that hidest thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour.

This most likely present day Yemen. But it is Nimrod that is singled out from all the other sons. The phrase “he was a mighty hunter” really means that he was the first “Tyrant” on this Earth.

Babel is Babylon, Erech (Urak) is south east of Babylon, Accad(Akkad) is just north of Babylon. It is also written that is was Nimrod that built Nineveh on the Tigris river along with Calah.

The prophet Micah called this land the land of Nimrod:

Mic 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

Mic 5:3 Therefore will he give them up, until the time that she which travaileth hath brought forth: then the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel.

Mic 5:4 And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God; and they shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth.

Mic 5:5 And this man shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds, and eight principal men.

Mic 5:6 And they shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and [the land of Nimrod in the entrances thereof: thus shall he deliver us from the Assyrian, when he cometh into our land], and when he treadeth within our borders.

We may also note that the Philistine of the Bible are descendants of Ham through Casluhim and to not forget Canaan the father of the Canaanites. Maybe the most immoral of the people on this Earth.

These were settled on the land that God gave to Israel:

Exo 13:11 And it shall be when the LORD shall bring thee into the land of the Canaanites, as he sware unto thee and to thy fathers, and shall give it thee,

Exo 13:5 And it shall be when the LORD shall bring thee into the land of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee, a land flowing with milk and honey, that thou shalt keep this service in this month.

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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.

Gen 10:22 The children of Shem; Elam, and Asshur, and Arphaxad, and Lud, and Aram.

We find their locations to be Elam: Elam was an ancient civilization located in what is now southwest Iran.

We find Asshur: This is Assyria.

We find Arphaxad:

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.

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,

It is from Arphaxad that the line to Jesus Christ will come.

What we see in Eber is that the word Hebrew comes from this name.

What we see in Peleg is during his lifetime the Earth was divided:

What we see is that God first scattered all the people after the flood. They refused at the Tower of Babel but God confused their tongues and they scattered as He had said.

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.

It is after they were scattered that God divided the Earth:

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.

The Earth went through some major changes after the flood but the continental divide happened in the days of Peleg. Peleg lived for 239 years plenty of time for the work of God. This division becomes clear with the confounding to the languages and the scattering of the people. The division is both ethnic and Geographic. The breaking up of the deep and the great water pressure of the flood, plus God’s handiwork at Babel brought about the continental divisions.

The name Peleg means: Earthquake!

Get you a map and cut the water out of the way and you will see the puzzle.

You know Noah lived for 350 years after the flood. From the flood to the death of Peleg was about 240 years. When we get to Heaven it will be good to talk to Noah because Noah saw it all!

Before we move on we can also see that a son of Aram was named Uz. This name means “fertile land”. We will be studying the Book of Job shortly and Job was from the land of Uz.

The Bible says:

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.

We may not know for sure but I would say that Job was a descendant of Shem through his son Aram and his son Uz. We do know that Job was a God fearing man. It was Shem who followed and obeyed God and who is in the line of Adam to Jesus Christ. We also know that that line went through Arphaxad and not Aram.

*****Our text:

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.

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.

What do we know about language?

Those who dismiss the Genesis explanation of the origin of language do not necessarily have a better explanation for the origin of language. The Bible says the first man on earth could speak and understand language (Genesis 2:16, 20). Then, as we have seen, the Bible gives a reasonable explanation of how other languages came about.

Note that the Bible does not say that God created a whole pile of exotic languages from scratch at Babel. It says He confounded or confused the one language that everyone originally spoke. So the elements of grammar of that original language would still be there, and similarities in many words and expressions would be an obvious outcome.

Language appeared abruptly. This fact seems totally alien to the idea that humans evolved over millions of years from ape-like animals. There are no human-like languages among apes, and what evolutionists believe to be our closest ancestors are completely incapable of making speech like we do (for example, the hypoglossal nerve canals in chimp are only half as wide as in humans. These nerves supply the muscles of the tongue and hyoid bone).

What we know is that the majority of language experts agree that all languages are similar in many ways and all of them developed essentially the same way. The evolutionist cannot explain away this truth because there has never been any proof at all of language development in animals. They don’t have the internal organs that can make language happen.

It is the Bible that gives the history of language!

We first see that these people moved eastward from Ararat.

Mesopotamia is generally credited with being the first place where civilized societies truly began to take shape. Mesopotamia is the region of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in southwestern Asia. The region extends northwestward from the Persian Gulf through the center of modern Iraq. It includes the eastern part of Syria and a small part of southeastern Turkey, where the two rivers have their sources. The name Mesopotamia, Greek for “land between the rivers,” was given the region by Alexander the Great. It has been called the “cradle of civilization.”The Land of Shinar is a region in Mesopotamia, the plain between the Tigris and Euphrates.

In verse three we see the rebellion against the word of God:

The Name “Nimrod” means “rebellion”.

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.

What we see is even after the flood, when the memory of it should still be fresh, the sin nature of mankind rebelled against the Word of God. When these people reached this place to be known as Babylon they decided they had gone far enough.

God had said to Noah:

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

Gen 8:16 [Go forth] of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons’ wives with thee.

Gen 8:17 Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, of all flesh, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth; that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and [be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth].

God did not say to stop and pick out a nice spot to build a city. This a group who decided to do things their way. Nimrod was an evil tyrant ruler and he found a way to control these people. Nimrod would try to do things his way.

The Bible says:

Pro 14:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

They chose brick and not stone. We know it is God that made all the stone. They said “LET US” decide our own future and IGNORE the Word of God. The people before the flood had “ignored” the word of God and died. We will see the MERCY of God as He chose to not destroy the human race again at this time. What we can see as this world goes forward that THE WORLD MORE AND MORE HAS DECIDED TO IGNORE THE WORD OF GOD.

When Nimrod commanded these to build this Tower of Evil, he needed a tremendous work force. We can see immediately these people were very intelligent but by speaking one language they became the target of false religion because of this evil Nimrod. Nimrod has been followed by many who would try to dominate this world, yet the world just sits back and allows it to happen.

Soon after Nimrod, came the Pharaohs. We know of Nebuchadnezzar and Cyrus, and Darius, and Alexander the Great and the Caesars and Napoleon, and Adolf Hitler. We see the many that would try if they had the capability now and all we here out of every one of our own presidents and other world leaders is the phrase “A NEW WORLD ORDER”. Yes there are those as we speak that would rule the world if they could. It will happen with the soon coming Antichrist. The world is ready for him. The biggest deterrent at the Tower of Babylon and in our day is the fact that we all still speak different languages and this one thing makes it hard to get everyone under one roof but the walls of language are falling everyday.

How can so called intelligent people become so foolish to follow such evil men? Look around at the leaders of our nations and listen to what they are saying. Really listen don’t just accept what you hear others say.

It has been a long goal of the United Council of Churches and Rome to bring every one under one roof. Satan used Cain and Nimrod to do his evilness. It’s not so hard to see that Satan is still active in the politics of this world.

The VOTE of every Christian is a precious tool if we would just use it to do the right thing!

Just as every false religion that exist today, Nimrod and his followers were using the wrong building material. Mankind builds with brick and slime on sinking sand. Nothing will ever last on such a shaky foundation.

Daniel prophesied of our day when he wrote:

Dan 2:40 And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.

Dan 2:41 [And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay.

Dan 2:42 And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.

Dan 2:43 And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.]

Dan 2:44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.

False religion will have it’s day:

Rev 14:8 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.

Judgment will come to false leaders and false prophets:

2Pe 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and [bring upon themselves swift destruction].

2Pe 2:2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.

2Pe 2:3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.

God builds with the “TRUTH”:

Isa 28:16 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.

1Pe 2:6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.

1Co 3:11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

1Co 3:12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;

1Co 3:13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.

1Co 3:14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.

These that followed Nimrod had chosen a false path to Heaven. Every false religion has their own path to Heaven. The Muslim even go so far to teach innocent children that they can go to Heaven by strapping on a bomb and murdering others. There is only one way to Heaven period:

Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: [no man cometh unto the Father, but by me].

Joh 14:7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.

1Jn 5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; [that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God].

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;

Joh 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and [the truth shall make you free].

THESE SIMPLE TRUTHS ARE IGNORED IN THIS WORLD.

THIS TIME OF GRACE IS RUNNING OUT!

THE MERCY OF GOD WILL TURN INTO THE WRATH OF GOD NO MATTER WHAT THOSE LIBERAL PREACHERS PREACH AND NO MATTER WHAT YOUR FALSE RELIGION TELLS YOU.

IT’S ALL ABOUT JESUS!

Israel also failed:

Rom 9:30 What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith.

Rom 9:31 But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness.

But Israel has an unfulfilled covenant of God but mankind would be foolish to try to go through what they will go through. It’s now, this age that is the day of “SALVATION”.

*****Our text:

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.

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

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.

God’s answer to rebellion this time again was His Grace! God came down not because He didn’t know what was happening but God will always make the first move to bring us back to Him. You see it is God that reached down from Heaven and pulled me out of this mirery clay of sin and the filthy slime of this world of sin and SAVED MY SOUL. He will do the same for everyone that comes to Him with an open heart and calls on Him with their own mouth.

Rev 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

Jesus Christ stands at the door of your heart but you have to open it to let Him in.

When God came down to this evil tower what did He see?

Jer 7:23 But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you.

Jer 7:24 [But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward].

Sin likes company!

Just because others are doing things it does not make it right!

Exo 23:2 Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment:

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:

Without causing any bodily harm to even one soul GOD BROUGHT JUDGMENT TO THE WORLD AGAIN!

We do not know if the families of Shem were following Nimrod at this time but we do know of Job who was probably a descendant of Shem because he lived in Uz a son to Aram.

These people would now separate and scatter throughout the world not because they would obey God but because they sought out others that they could understand and then distance themselves from those they could not understand.

God will have His WILL done regardless of what we think. If you are avoiding the will of God you are placing yourself in reach of the “Heavenly Hickory”. If you are avoiding the known will of God which is His Word, then you are in reach of His WRATH.

You see God can use destructive means as in the flood and God can use other means such as the confusion of language but what we truly see is that it is God that sits on the throne and He will have His way. This shows us that God is much more powerful and mighty than mere men in spite of what men think!

You see whatsoever that is born of God will over come this world:

1Jn 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

THAT VICTORY IS OUR FAITH IN THE ALMIGHTY GOD. THE GOD OF THE BIBLE!

It’s best we remember who is in charge:

Ecc 12:1 Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;

Ecc 12:2 While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain:

Ecc 12:3 In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those that look out of the windows be darkened,

Ecc 12:4 And the doors shall be shut in the streets, when the sound of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of musick shall be brought low;

Ecc 12:5 Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets:

Ecc 12:6 Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern.

Ecc 12:7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

Let’s pray!

The Covenant of God With Mankind

THE COVENANT OF GOD WITH MANKIND

Genesis 9

Focus Genesis 9:1-17

The Key verse:

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.

Noah and his family have just been given a new life. Not just them but all the air breathing animals on Earth. The death of the old world could not touch the life of those that trusted in Jehovah God. It’s the same today. If you place your life in the hands of Jehovah, Christ Our Lord, you will be Born Again into a new life that the death of this flesh cannot touch. Satan had the power of death until Jesus died on that cross. God has always and will always have all power and He is the “Giver of Life”. Now we can choose to get what we can out of this short life we have in this flesh OR WE CAN BELIEVE IN THE WORD OF GOD AND CHOOSE TO LIVE ETERNALLY. THIS IS THE CHOICE THAT WE ALL HAVE TO MAKE.

I’VE MADE MINE. I CHOOSE HEAVEN.

The Bible is clear about this:

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:

Rom 4:25 Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.

Rom 8:11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

Rom 8:12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.

2Co 13:4 For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God toward you.

2Co 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

2Co 13:6 But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates.

2Co 13:7 Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates.

2Co 13:8 For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.

Eph 2:15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;

Eph 2:16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:

Eph 2:17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.

Eph 2:18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

Eph 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

As we go through the lesson let’s remember the truth of the Bible and the God of the Bible. There are many religions and they worship what they also call god. THERE IS ONLY ONE GOD. ON EARTH WE CALLED HIM JESUS THE MESSIAH, JESUS CHRIST.

1Jn 2:22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.

1Jn 2:23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.

THE SIGN OF A FALSE RELIGION IS THE DENIAL OF JESUS:

1.) As a man.

2.) As the Messiah.

3.) As God.

THERE IS ANOTHER SIGN OF FALSE RELIGION:

God is not some Idol that can be looked upon and dusted off and hidden away when not needed. God is a Spirit and those that deny the Holy Spirit ALSO DENY JESUS CHRIST.

Joh 15:26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, [he shall testify of me]:

RELIGION WILL SEND YOU TO HELL. IT IS THE WORD OF GOD THAT HAS THE TRUTH ABOUT SALVATION AND ETERNAL LIFE. THAT LIFE IS IN CHRIST JESUS.

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.

Col 3:4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

There are really just two main covenants.

1.) To Adam a [covenant of “Works”]:

a.) This was a “conditional” covenant.

b.) Adam was the representative as Human.

c.) God was the moral Governor of the covenant.

d.) The promise was”LIFE”.

e.) The condition was perfect obedience to the word of God.

f.) The test was to never eat of the tree of knowledge.

g.) The penalty was death.

2.) To Noah began the first of the covenants of “Grace”.

a.) This was an “unconditional” covenant.

b.) The only work is to believe (Faith).

c.) God makes all the promises.

3.) The Bible concentrates on Christ: the Covenant of Grace:

a.) Christ the covenant of Grace:

Isa 42:6 I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and [give thee for a covenant of the people], for a light of the Gentiles;

Isa 42:7 To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.

Isa 42:8 I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.

Isa 42:9 Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.

b.) Christ will be the “Mediator” of this covenant of Grace:

Heb 8:6 But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also [he is the mediator of a better covenant], which was established upon better promises.

Heb 8:7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.

c.) Christ will be the “Messenger” of this covenant of Grace:

Mal 3:1 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: [and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in]: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.

d.) Christ will “confirm” the covenant of Grace:

Gal 3:17 And this I say, that [the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ], the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.

e.) Christ will “ratify” the covenant of Grace WITH HIS BLOOD:

Heb 9:16 For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.

Heb 9:17 For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.

Heb 9:18 Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood.

Heb 9:19 For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people,

Heb 9:20 Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you.

Heb 9:21 Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry.

Heb 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and [without shedding of blood is no remission].

Heb 9:23 It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; [but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these].

f.) NO ONE Especially the Church should despise God’s New Covenant:

Heb 10:29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and [hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace]?

We will see in this lesson how God’s make promises to His children and He will keep His promises:

2Co 1:20 [For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God] by us.

2Co 1:21 Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God;

2Co 1:22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

*****Our Text:

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Noah and his family are the first ones in the Bible that went through a near death experience. If Noah had not believed every word that God said and followed his instructions in building the Ark, he nor his family could have survived. You know the plan of “Salvation” comes from the word of God and it cannot be altered by any man or any religion or religious beliefs. God will not honor anything except His Word. It is the “Word” that will judge us and has judged us:

These words of Jesus need to sink into every heart and mind on this planet:

Joh 12:47 And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.

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].

If we are to be judged by the Word of God then we need to study the Word of God on our own and not trust those leaders of religion. Religion will bring death. Faith in Christ will bring LIFE.

God never changes but He does change the way He deals with mankind. We need to understand this first covenant of Grace. We still live in this world and if we are to understand our lives and the history of mankind we need to understand this time of Noah. If you are living on this planet not only are you a descendant of Adam and Eve you are a descendant of one of the sons of Noah.

God again gave man dominion over this planet and it’s animal kingdom. We should believe that before the flood all animals were as tame as what we see in our dogs and cats and cattle and some of the other farm animals of today. This would not be the case after the flood. There would be a large group of animals that would have enough fear of man to try to avoid all contact with them. We know that is true because it is still true today. The animals needed that fear of man or they would not scatter and reproduce. The Bible tells us when this began. The Hebrew word “chath”(dread) means terror and dismay. They needed this fear because God had told Adam and all his descendant, we would have to work for what we eat.

Gen 3:17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;

Gen 3:18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;

Gen 3:19 [In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground]; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

God would now allow meat for food but the blood would have to be drained out of the animals. Certain food animals would have to be domesticated.

You know the Bible does not say that we are better of if we are strictly vegetarian. It would seem sometimes that it is healthier to be that way but Christ our Lord ate meat and he ate fish. He did this before and after His resurrection. We also had better not forget the words Jesus told Peter:

Act 10:9 On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour:

Act 10:10 And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance,

Act 10:11 And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth:

Act 10:12 Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air.

Act 10:13 And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat.

Act 10:14 But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.

Act 10:15 And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.

God doesn’t say to not be vegetarian but He does say not to condemn anyone for what they eat and He does not say we are better off with any meal, “especially if we pray over it”:

1Co 8:8 But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse.

1Co 8:9 But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.

Rom 14:1 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.

Rom 14:2 For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs.

Rom 14:3 Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.

Rom 14:4 Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.

Rom 14:5 One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.

Rom 14:7 For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.

Rom 14:8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.

Rom 14:9 For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.

*****Capitol Punishment:

Capitol punishment is not only in the Bible, it comes directly from God. Those that believe in evolution believe man came from some accident of some kind so man is no better than all other things. God on the other hand says point blank that it is man that is His “greatest” creation and to murder anyone of His greatest creations would be a major sin that would require the murderer’s own life. It’s a simple thing because God’s laws are simple. This would in itself be it’s own self deterrent of murder and mayhem. The victim of crime is forgotten by most societies of today, they thinking only of how to retrain the murderer. Capitol punishment does not mean vengeance but a lawful government action.

Notice that if an animal causes a man to die the same goes for that animal. Notice that if an animal is a known killer or mauler and that animal kills again then even the owner of the animal should be punished with death.

You know if you have a convicted killer set free by a judge and that killer kills again what does God think of that judge. Just a thought.

God says man was created in the image of God and therefore hold a special place on this Earth. If you believe in salvation then you cannot throw this verses out of the Bible. They were written by the same person, The Holy Ghost, is the giver of “life”. Those who murder will answer to God and should answer to man. The law in all moral nations says “thou shalt not kill”. One of the functions of any government is to be the policemen of the word of God.

Exo 21:12 He that smiteth a man, so that he die, shall be surely put to death.

It is God that puts governments in place and it is they(the governments) that are suppose to operate by the word of God.

Rom 13:1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

Rom 13:2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.

Rom 13:3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:

Rom 13:4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.

We can see how backwards the world is becoming because even our governments want to have “A New World Order”. Most all governments have thrown out God’s Word in favor of corrupt leadership who rule to fill their own pockets or their chance to be ruler.

It get’s closer and closer to the Coming of Christ with every tick of the clock.

*****Be fruitful and multiply:

Seven times in the Book of Genesis, God uses the phrase “be fruitful”.

In this same sense of Noah, we are to be busy sowing the seed of righteousness throughout our places of living. You are God’s missionary to the location He has you living at. God put’s people in a place for a reason and that reason is to spread the Gospel in every way we can. It is God Himself that controls the increase.

1Co 3:7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.

1Co 3:8 Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and [every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour].

Our text:

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.

A “covenant of Grace” is made with all living creatures on this planet. This covenant is made to every future born man, woman, child and all animals. It’s a shame that through abortion the world has thrown away many who could have made this world a better place. Every nation will declare that their existence depends on the coming generation yet those same governments kill innocent children and babies to to pacify some that say they have the right to have fun and not answer for it.

This covenant is still in effect in our day. This covenant calls for no human response! It is a solely promised oath of God. God will keep every promise, every covenant He has ever made.

Isa 54:9 For this is as the waters of Noah unto me: for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth; so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee.

There are many promises all the way to the Book of Revelation that are tied to this first covenant.

Gen 8:22 says While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

It is the Creator God that can make such a promise:

Psa 104:5 Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever.

Psa 104:6 Thou coveredst it with the deep as with a garment: the waters stood above the mountains.

Psa 104:7 At thy rebuke they fled; at the voice of thy thunder they hasted away.

Psa 104:8 They go up by the mountains; they go down by the valleys unto the place which thou hast founded for them.

Psa 104:9 Thou hast set a bound that they may not pass over; that they turn not again to cover the earth.

Psa 104:10 He sendeth the springs into the valleys, which run among the hills.

Psa 104:11 They give drink to every beast of the field: the wild asses quench their thirst.

Psa 104:12 By them shall the fowls of the heaven have their habitation, which sing among the branches.

Psa 104:13 He watereth the hills from his chambers: the earth is satisfied with the fruit of thy works.

Compare this passage in Jeremiah:

Jer 31:35 Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts is his name:

Jer 31:36 If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the LORD, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever.

Because of this promise to Noah, God will honor His promise to Israel.

Jer 33:20 Thus saith the LORD; If ye can break my covenant of the day, and my covenant of the night, and that there should not be day and night in their season;

Jer 33:21 Then may also my covenant be broken with David my servant, that he should not have a son to reign upon his throne; and with the Levites the priests, my ministers.

If the covenant to Noah is broken then there would be no promise to David nor to the Priests His ministers.

Because God will not nor can He tell a lie:

Heb 6:16 For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife.

Heb 6:17 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:

Heb 6:18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:

Heb 6:19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;

Heb 6:20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

We know that Our Savior is true and He is coming back to get His Church.

We know that this first covenant of Grace will stand. He will protect both human and animal life from massive destruction from every source until His time of wrath. This is the promise God made with His creation. Nothing will destroy mankind until after the rapture of the Church and the redeeming of Israel. Not until it’s time for the New Heaven and New Earth at the end of the Millennial Kingdom. Neither “natural” nor human sin can prevent God from maintaining this, His priority of “Life”.

*****Our Text:

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.

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.

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.

What is a “token”? According to the Hebrew word “oth” it is an appearing like a signal. Similar to a flag, or beacon or a monument. Some would say an “Omen”. Or a “good” lawyer would say it is “evidence” of the truth of the Word of God.

The Webster dictionary says: A sign; something intended to represent or indicate another thing or an event. Thus the rainbow is a token of God’s covenant established with Noah.

The Psalmist wrote:

Psa 86:17 Shew me a token for good; that they which hate me may see it, and be ashamed: because thou, LORD, hast holpen me, and comforted me.

In other words if you can look upon the Rainbow and not see that it is a sign from God for good then you should be ashamed.

Rainbows can be observed whenever there are water drops in the air and sunlight shining from behind at a low altitude angle. The most spectacular rainbow displays happen when half of the sky is still dark with raining clouds and the observer is at a spot with clear sky in the direction of the Sun. The result is a luminous rainbow that contrasts with the darkened background.

In other words when you see a “Rainbow” you will be seeing the sun (Son of God) shining through “your storms of life”.

Mal 4:2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.

Mal 4:3 And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts.

What is perpetual? The Hebrew word “olam, olam” says it is time that extends further than our minds can realize. Like eternity or some would say “always” or “without end”.

The Websters says: Never ceasing; continuing forever in future time; destined to be eternal; as a perpetual covenant; a perpetual statute.

Ezekiel compared the rainbow to the brightness of the Glory of God:

Eze 1:26 And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it.

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.

John saw the throne surrounded by the rainbow:

Rev 4:3 And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.

John saw The Lord wearing the Rainbow:

Rev 10:1 And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:

John saw the color of Emerald:

God has His reasons but the fact is the color green is a healing color:

How the color green affects us physically

* Soothes

* Relaxes mentally, as well as physically

* Helps alleviate depression, nervousness, and anxiety

* Offers a sense of renewal, self-control, and harmony

Green is seen in the world as:

* Green is used worldwide to represent safety.

* Green is the color associated with resurrection and regeneration.

* Green, blue-green symbolize paradise.

* Green is regarded as the color of eternal life.

* Green is considered to be royal.

* Green stones represent virtue and beauty.

* Green is the color of hope because of its associations with spring.

We can see that God loved the color green just as He loved the Garden with it’s many flowers.

A combination of the primary colors will give us the color of Green.

GREEN IS THE SIGN OF GOD’S GRACE!

God has not yet forgotten His Covenant with Noah and all the Earth because He made this covenant with all the flesh that lives on this Earth.(Vs 17)

1.) So next time you hear about that Meteor that will collide with Earth and destroy us, forget about it.

2.) Next time you here the Sun will explode and destroy us forget about it.

3.) When the green peace people say we are destroying this Earth, they are wrong. God will do whatever it takes to fulfill this promise.

4.) If man were in charge this world would destroy itself but WE HAVE A GOD OF MERCY WHO SITS ON THE THRONE AND IT IS HE THAT SAYS WHEN IT IS TIME.

The beautiful rainbow is not a natural phenomena that has no meaning. It is a sign of the Marvelous Power of God and His promise to this Earth. When you believe in Christ, the wonders of this world take on a whole new meaning and you can appreciate the things God does for us every day.

He’s coming back soon to get His Church. That will be the beginning of what will end in the destruction of this Earth.

Heb 13:20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,

Heb 13:21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

IT’S A GOOD DAY TO CALL ON JESUS AND BE SAVED!

Let’s pray!

The Judgment of God On Mankind

THE JUDGMENT OF GOD ON MANKIND

Text: Genesis 7; 8 Focus: Genesis 7:1-10, 15-17, 20; 8:1, 4, 20-22

Key verse:

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.

The word “judgment” is used 294 times in the Bible. God wants us to know about judgment. We are studying the “judgment” on this world because of sin. What we read about this flood is the truth. There is evidence of it all over the world. It did happen. That is the past and we can be sure that there will be a final judgment. This is also in the Bible.

We call it THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST!

This lesson clearly establishes the truth that God will “judge” the “wicked” and He will give “mercy” and “grace” to those that humble themselves to Him.

Satan was judged at the cross:

Joh 16:11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.

His children:

Joh 8:42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.

Joh 8:43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.

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.

Joh 8:46 Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me?

Joh 8:47 He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.

They will be judged at Christ’s second coming:

2Pe 3:1 This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:

2Pe 3:2 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:

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].

Pe 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.

2Pe 3:11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,

2Pe 3:12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?

IF THE RULER OF SIN HAS BEEN JUDGED HIS FOLLOWERS WILL BE ALSO!

We are in the Church age and we are in the age that will end in judgment at, “AT” the return of Christ. Because God is Holy, He “must” judge all that is unholy or He would no longer be Holy. He tells us:

1Pe 1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

It is true that God has judged this present age. He has judged Lucifer and the fallen angels:

2Pe 2:4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;

Jud 1:6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.

We are now studying about the flood of Noah’s day.

He also judged the people at the tower of Babel.

He also judged the Northern Kingdom.

He also judged Judah.

He also judged the early church.

The Apostle Paul stressed that there is still a judgment coming:

Rom 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

There is still a final judgment coming:

Mat 16:27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.

Mat 11:24 But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.

A judgment comes after the first death:

Heb 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

The final judgment(called the second death) of all that do not know Jesus Christ as Savior:

Rev 20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

Rev 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

Rev 20:13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

Rev 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

Rev 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Believers will also be judged but this takes place at the “Judgment seat of Christ”:

Rom 14:10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.

Genesis Chapter 8 is a vivid picture of the judgment by flood on the unrighteous. This flood completely changed the world God first created into the world we now call Earth. The entire Earth was rearranged. For a period of about a year there was no life on the Earth but only Noah and his children and their wives and the animals on the ark were all that were left on this planet.

*****Our text:

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.

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.

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.

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.

Gen 7:7 And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood.

Gen 7:8 Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth,

Gen 7:9 There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah.

Gen 7:10 And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth.

Noah had been preaching of this coming judgment and building this Ark for 120 years. We can know that Methuselah had died because God said “come”. We have already studied how that the name Methuselah means “judgment will come at death”. The unrighteous that would die knew the results every time they said the name Methuselah. Noah was a just and lawful man before God which means that no one on Earth saw him as unrighteous. Noah found “grace” in a world gone mad. Noah lived what he preached. He set the standard for his family regardless what the world thought.

*****As Christians we should have this same testimony and set the standard for our families no matter what the world thinks. The world thinks wrong! The world has gone so bad that they think the Church will turn the world upside down:

Act 17:6 And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also;

The world at that time was ruled by some of the most evil men that existed, the Caesars. No, it’s the world that thinks backwards! Most people will agree but they will go against what the word of God says just because they hate Jesus Christ.

God brought:

1.) Animals for food. (seven pairs each)

2.) Animals for sacrifice. (seven pairs each)

3.) Animals that would just be saved for other purposes. (one pair each)

onto this Ark but He also laid the ground work of the animal population in place for generations to come for the children of Israel and their laws and even unto our day.

We can see that there were seven pairs of all birds (clean and unclean) because they had a specific purpose. They would distribute seed throughout the newly changed Earth. God would not plant all the Earth as He had in the beginning. Those that do not understand this need only look at a fence line where birds rest on their feet.

God left the door of the Ark open for seven days. Noah was inside. The Animals were in inside. It would seem that their was no reason to leave the door open. God was showing His “Grace”. There were millions, some say billions of people on Earth at that time. Many had heard and known Enoch. Many had met Methuselah and called his name many times in his 969 years. They had heard these prophecies. They had heard the preaching of Noah for 120 years. They had seen when Noah and his family went into the Ark with all the animals. If they repented and decided to go with Noah, God gave them that opportunity because it would be God that would shut the door. It is only God who can shut the door of time limits. It is the individual that shuts his own door to salvation by rejecting God’s word the Holy Bible..

It is God “only” that can save. Jesus said “I am the door”!

Joh 10:7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.

Joh 10:8 All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.

Joh 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

You see if any soul had entered the Ark before the rains came they would have shown faith and belief in God.

Jesus said if you cannot do it for my sake do it because of the things you see me do:

Joh 14:11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: [or else believe me for the very works’ sake.]

Joh 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, [the works that I do shall he do also]; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

Only God could have talked a man, Noah to make the commitment that he did.

Noah kept his side of the covenant and God would now keep His side of the covenant. The floods were coming!

THE RAINS BEGAN!

If we follow these dates given we will see that Noah and his family and these animals were in this ark for one year and ten days by the Jewish calender or one year and five days by our calender.

The rain fell for 40 days and nights. This rain began in the daytime while people could still see. Noah was 600 years old when he first saw rain.

Our text:

Gen 7:15 And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life.

Gen 7:16 And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in.

Gen 7:17 And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth.

Gen 7:20 Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered.

God gave Noah the power to control these animals and they came unto him. All that came into the Ark were safe and secured. In typology we can know that every saint of God is safe and secure when we open the door to Jesus to come into our heart. He doesn’t have to come from a far place because He is standing at the door of your heart no matter where you are at, waiting on you to invite Him in.

Rev 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

Rev 3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

You know Noah and his family were calmly going about the business of settling in for the soon coming judgment. They were not in great despair! They were safe and they knew that they were safe. Noah believed God and accepted that he and his family would be safe.

God tells us in His word that He tells us these things “that we may know” we have eternal life.

1Jn 5:11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

1Jn 5:12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

1Jn 5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; [that ye may know that ye have eternal life], and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

A Christian is not afraid to die nor to serve the Lord. We know we are going to a better place and there is nothing this world can do but maybe send us home earlier.

You will notice it is the Lord that “shut him in”. You see it is not man that decides who can be saved. It is not man that decides when this world will end. It is not man that decides when to close out those that think differently. It is the Creator, the God of this Universe that decides when He has patiently waited long enough for all those that desire the real life that last forever. It was the Lord that shut the door and it was only the Lord that could open the door.

Once that rain began we can be sure that there were many that knew the word of God was true. You know everyone in Hell is a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. If they had done so before they died a physical death, they would be in Heaven and not Hell. There is no way out of Hell after your body of flesh dies. This decision must be made before you draw your last breath. If God put time limits on people then I might not have made it. He waited on me and He is waiting on you.

Noah didn’t shut the door and he could not out of pity to those he had known and preach too for 120 years. He probably would have opened the door and allowed them to escape their fate. God had left that door open for an additional seven days.

He didn’t do that for His own satisfaction. He already knew that none would come before the rains came. He did it for Noah. This was another sign of His “Grace” and His “Mercy”. Noah had preached this exact sermon for 120 years. These people had been called and they had rejected God and His word.

This was also done for us as we study and read the Bible. We can know at the end of the Church age many will slide of the pews straight into hell because they have rejected the truth of God and just played church. Once the door of salvation is closed in the Church Age it will not be opened for any that change their mind when they witness the Rapture of the Church.

2Th 2:7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

2Th 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

2Th 2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

2Th 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; [because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved[.

2Th 2:11 [And for this cause] [God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

2Th 2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness].

There will be many saved during the Great Tribulation that follows the Rapture of the Church but none that claim to have known God and rejected His Son Jesus Christ from the Church Age.

1Jn 2:22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.

1Jn 5:9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.

1Jn 5:10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.

Noah and all that were with him remained alive as God promised. Only those that put their trust in the Word of God will make it safely through the judgments 0f the Almighty God.

Joh 5:22 For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:

Joh 5:23 That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.

Joh 5:24 [Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life].

Joh 5:25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.

Joh 5:26 For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;

Joh 5:27 And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.

Joh 5:28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,

Joh 5:29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

Joh 5:30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.

We can see in verse twenty that the water was at least twenty two feet above any land structure including the highest mountain. No man nor animal could have survived outside of the Ark. We can see that God was determined that all flesh was to die. We can also see who really sits on the throne of power. It is God Almighty the Creator of this place we call our temporary home. He is the Master of the Elements.

Mankind cannot survive outside the ark of safety that the Lord provides.

Mar 5:36 As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.

Joh 8:24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

Joh 10:1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.

Though the world teaches differently. It is only the word of God that brings salvation.

*****Our text:

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 assuaged;

Gen 8:4 And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.

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.

Always in the darkest hour of judgment God remembers those that are His!

Psa 34:15 The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.

Psa 33:18 Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy;

1Pe 3:12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.

The “wind” God used to clear the water from this Earth was not just the wind of nature. The Hebrew word “ruach” is used to refer to the Breath of God. In other words it is the Holy Spirit again that brings life to this planet and safety to Noah and his family. This same word is used as Spirit in Gen1:2

The water God used to destroy life on the world before the flood was the same water that He used to save Noah and his family:

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].

You know by all measurements that Ark had about one fourth unoccupied space, it could have held more souls.

By the Genesis record we can believe that the world before the flood was a tropical paradise. That would not be the case after the flood. After the flood the temperatures ranged from below freezing to the extreme of a desert climate and still had some places tropical.

This would be the time that we first have polar ice. You know the North Pole sits on no land mass. If and when it melts the water level will naturally go down in the world not raise. Water is about the only liquid that expands when it freezes. Some of the proof of the tropical paradise is in this frozen ice. Tremendous fruit trees that still have fruit have been found. Animals like the Mammoth Elephant have been found frozen solid in this ice. A 20 feet tall rhino was found frozen solid in this ice. Reeds 60 feet tall and coral were found. Nothing but the flood as described in the Bible can explain all this.

The Bible says:

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?

The entire world will see weather patterns that did not exist before the flood. The word “assuaged” comes from the Hebrew word “shakak” which means a great majority of that flood water is still on the Earth trapped in a subterranean water supply. We know this is true or you could not have the first well anywhere in the world.

Psa 104:5 Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever.

Psa 104:6 Thou coveredst it with the deep as with a garment: the waters stood above the mountains.

Psa 104:7 At thy rebuke they fled; at the voice of thy thunder they hasted away.

Psa 104:8 They go up by the mountains; they go down by the valleys unto the place which thou hast founded for them.

Psa 104:9 Thou hast set a bound that they may not pass over; that they turn not again to cover the earth.

Psa 104:10 He sendeth the springs into the valleys, which run among the hills.

Psa 104:11 They give drink to every beast of the field: the wild asses quench their thirst.

Psa 104:12 By them shall the fowls of the heaven have their habitation, which sing among the branches.

Psa 104:13 He watereth the hills from his chambers: the earth is satisfied with the fruit of thy works.

If all the depths of the Seas and Oceans were filled with dirt, the water would raise enough to cover the highest mountain by at least twenty feet.

A lot of people are looking on Mount Ararat in Turkey for the Ark and some say that they have found it. I truly hope so. What greater proof of the Bible could we find for those that don’t already believe the truth. The truth is that this scripture says the Ark rested in the “mountains” of Ararat. That means the Ark rested somewhere in the entire mountain range and not necessarily on Mount Ararat itself. It would still be nice for it to be found. The Ark was the only unsinkable ship ever built! It had God’s children on it!

We don’t have those birds as part of our lesson today but just a couple of things should be mentioned.

1.) The Raven: Before the flood the Raven was a plant eating bird. We can see that, all that changed after the flood. Noah first sent out the Raven that went back and forth from the Ark until it decided that it was no longer necessary. It had found an abundance of food from the death that floated on the water. God kept Noah inside the Ark for about six months after the floods had gone down. It takes about six months for a dead body to disappear. The Raven is now a scavenger. It is listed as a bird of prey like the Eagle and Hawk. It is found around the world but “it is more numerous in Israel” than in any other country. I wonder why!

Rev 19:17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying [to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God];

2.) The Dove: The Dove is different than any other bird. It is the picture of promised blessings. It is the picture of rest. The Dove builds temporary homes(nest). The Dove mates for life and will not get another mate if the other dies. A Dove has fixed eyes. They have to look straight at you to see. The Dove is a symbol of rest. A Dove flutters down when it has reached it’s destination.

Mat 3:16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God [descending “like” a dove], and lighting upon him:

Mat 3:17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

The Dove found no rest for it’s feet because the Dove is unlike the Raven who would rest on the dead. The Dove needed the hand of the Noah.

This in typology means:

The Christian can find no rest in this flesh and we need the hand of God for our well being and our salvation.

Are you a Raven or a Dove?

When is the last time you have been to the Altar of God?

Noah sacrificed animals but they had to be clean. Jesus Christ was our sacrifice for our sin. It’s time we sacrificed our selves to Him. This does not mean in death but it does mean to kill our fleshy ways.

Peter writes:

1Pe 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again [unto a lively hope] by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

Again:

1Pe 2:5 Ye also, [as lively stones], are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

And Paul wrote:

Rom 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, [that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service].

Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

1.) We rest our “Hope” in Christ while we are ALIVE.

2.) As a “lively stone” we are a building block while we are ALIVE in the House of God.

3.) God wants the use of our bodies while we are ALIVE.

This is when the Lord will smell a sweet savor in our lives. To be called a Christian is when we do as Jesus did. When we have the mind of Christ and when we walk in His ways. When we put on Christ. Then and only then is when God sees His Son in Us.

Rom 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, [even so we also should walk in newness of life].

Php 2:5 [Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus]:

Rom 13:14 [But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ], and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

Act 11:26 And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. [And the disciples were called Christians] first in Antioch.

When we die we will go home but that is when He calls us HOME.

God gives us many guarantees and here we read of some of them:

1.) God said He would never again curse the ground for what mankind has done. (He did not remove the curse to Adam and to Cain)

God says that man will carry the sin nature from his youth.

Psa 78:38 But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath.

Psa 78:39 For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again.

2.) God said He would never kill all the living again because of sin as He had done this time.

He provided the atoning Blood Of Jesus so all could be saved!

3.) While this Earth stands, no matter what those that worship Mother Earth say:

1.) There will seed time, a time to plant.

2.) There will be harvest time, a time to gather food.

3.) There will be cold and a winter time.

4.) There will be heat and a summer time.

5.) There will be distinct seasons.

6.) There will be days.

7.) There will be nights.

This is God’s word and His word is true. Even in the times of the Great Tribulation these things will hold true until God destroys this Earth and brings us to the New Earth and to the New Jerusalem.

Rev 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

Rev 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

Rev 21:5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

The beginning of these things have already started. The Lord Jesus is coming soon. God through Noah gave the world a second chance. He has changed the rules a little but all we have ever had to do was to be obedient to Him.

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.

Today is a good day to be saved and be busy about the Masters work!

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.

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.

2Ti 2:23 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.

2Ti 2:24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,

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 we are going through a hard time and God brings us through it, we must not forget the first thing we need to do is PRAY to the ONE that SAVED US.

A CHILD OF GOD IS SWEET TO HIM! (Like a breath of fresh air)

Let’s pray!

The GRACE Of God

THE GRACE OF GOD TO NOAH

Genesis 6

Focus on Genesis 6: 1-14, 17-19, 22

We must not forget that the word of God concerning death is still as true today as it was in the days of Adam’s generation. You will die! This we know as a fact of life. So this is no longer in question, you should ask yourself are you ready for death. DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR SOUL WILL SPEND ETERNITY?

God has had a witness in every generation from the time of Adam.

The Apostle Paul wrote of the Greeks:

Act 14:15 And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein:

Act 14:16 Who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways.

Act 14:17 Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.

In a way this passage of the time of Noah will tell us how some of these false beliefs of the Greeks and the Romans could have gotten started.

Since Christ first came to the Earth to save us, HE HAS BEEN OUR WITNESS and WE NEED NO OTHER WITNESS!

Heb 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

Heb 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Death may come before Christ returns so we must be ready to die.

In Chapters 4 and 5 we saw that there are basically two groups in the world at this time.

1.) The followers of Cain.

2.) The followers of Seth.

We know that in the time of Seth organized worship of the Lord began:

Gen 4:26 And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began [men to call upon the name of the LORD].

This is the first organized corporate worship on Earth and we need to pay close attention to what happens next. This a “TYPE” of the Church Age leading to the Laodicean Church. God gives us many examples and many “types” of this in His word over and over again.

Think about the phrase:

Luk 17:25 [But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation].

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.

1.) God was dealing with “rejection” in the time of Noah.

2.) God was dealing with “rejection” in the time of Lot.

3.) God was dealing with “rejection” in the time of Balaam.

4.) God was dealing with “rejection” all through the time of the Nation of Israel.

5.) JESUS WAS DEALING WITH “REJECTION” AT THE CROSS!

6.) Jesus is dealing with “rejection” in the day we live in now, the Church Age.

Jesus is coming again but:

Luk 18:6 And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith.

Luk 18:7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?

Luk 18:8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. {Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?}

We can see what is happening in this world and it is leading to a total “rejection” of Jesus Christ. Will their be any faith on Earth after the Rapture of the Church. Now let’s see what happened in the time of Noah as our first example our first “type” or typology as a Bible student would say.

The Apostle Peter and, he mentioned that the Apostle Paul taught this in the early Church:

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.

2Pe 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

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.

2Pe 3:11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,

2Pe 3:12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?

2Pe 3:13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

2Pe 3:14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.

2Pe 3:15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;

2Pe 3:16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.

If you are willingly ignorant of God’s word then study God’s word and He will lead you to the truth. We must remember the key to understanding the Bible:

Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: [for he that cometh to God must believe that he is], and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Our text:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

*****In verse 1: We see the worldly family of Cain. A true statement, [“daughters were born unto them”].

*****In verse 2: [We see the sons, from the line of Seth, those that follow God]. “And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: [then began men to call upon the name of the LORD].”

These “sons of God” are not any of the angels! Angels cannot do these things!

Mat 22:30 For in the resurrection [they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven].

These are the descendants of Seth. The ones from Genesis 4:26:

Gen 4:26 And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD.

This is the beginning of corporate worship.

We can see the influence that an ungodly person has on the godly person. THE BATTLE OF GOOD AND EVIL BEGINS IN THE FAMILY.

Remember these timeless words of God:

2Co 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

2Co 6:18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

From Genesis to Revelation this taught in the Bible:

The very first Psalm:

Psa 1:1 [Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful].

Psa 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

The beginning of the Church:

Act 2:40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, [Save yourselves from this untoward generation].

And just before the second coming of Christ:

Rev 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, [Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues].

In the Church age we are cautioned to marry in the Church:

1Co 7:39 The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, [she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; (only in the Lord)].

BUT ONLY IN THE LORD!

GOD SAYS WE SHOULD MARRY ONLY THOSE THAT HAVE FAITH IN GOD AS WE DO!

GOD DOES NOT CHANGE SO THIS WAS THE SAME GOD IN THE TIME OF NOAH!

*****Verse 3:

God says “MY SPIRIT WILL NOT ALWAYS STRIVE WITH MAN”

What are some things we know of the Holy Spirit and Mankind?

1.) The Holy Spirit did not indwell mankind until the Church Age!

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.

This did not happen until the Pentecost after the Ascension of Christ back to Heaven!

Compare:

Act 1:5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.

to

Act 11:14 Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved.

Act 11:15 And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning.

Act 11:16 Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost.

Now listen to these verses of the Body of Christ:

1Co 12:12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.

1Co 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

1Co 12:14 For the body is not one member, but many.

2.) The Holy Spirit does restrain sin in all ages but as we read here, He will not always strive with man. Genesis 6:3 indicates we limit the Holy Spirit when we refuse to heed His convicting ministry.

“and they took them wives of all which (they chose)”

These wives they chose were of the daughters of Cain.

God gives the world 120 years to see if how many will come to Him before He destroys mankind from the Earth. As we study this passage we will see a parallel between the Old Testament and the New Testament.

1.) In Genesis 6 we will see Noah ministering for 120 years.

2.) We will see Noah removed.

3.) We will see the flood, Mankind destroyed.

In the New Testament:

2Th 2:7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

2Th 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

1.) The Church is ministering through the Church Age.

2.) The Church is removed. (Rapture)

3.) The Tribulation period begins.

The Holy Spirit was given in the Old Testament to select individuals to perform certain task.

*****Verse 4

“And there were giants”

You know I am six feet tall but if I went to a professional basketball game I would be around what I would call giants. Were there some very large people back in the Bible times? We know yes is the answer. We read of many of them.

Did some of them seize power because of their massive size and strength. We know this is true because it still happens in our day. Goliath was a real man. His brothers were also very large. We know that in the time of Israel and King Saul, his only special trait was that he was a head and shoulders taller than anyone else in Israel. Is the Bible talking about these kind of men. Sure but even in when America, George Washington was a giant and he was just a regular man. We have had many heroes and non heroes that have been giants in history. Try to convince the Muslim that Muhammad is not a giant in their eyes.

What we see is the as evil rulers came into power they ignored the truth of God. Verse five explains what God saw.

*****Verse 5

1.) God saw the wickedness of man was great. The Hebrew word “ra/raah” is used here and it means EVIL 440 times in the Bible. It means wickedness 59 times in the Bible. It is not used in any other way.

The Webster dictionary says of wickedness: A departure from the rules of divine law. An evil disposition. Immoral, Crime, Sin, Corrupt.

THIS IS THE WORLD THAT WOULD BE DESTROYED BY THE FLOOD UNLESS THEY REPENTED. REPENT WOULD AND STILL MEANS TO TURN BACK TO GOD.

Psa 5:5 The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.

Psa 5:6 Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.

Psa 5:9 For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue.

And the righteous say:

Psa 58:10 The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.

Psa 58:11 So that a man shall say, Verily there is a reward for the righteous: verily he is a God that judgeth in the earth.

God will not be mocked:

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 to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

And there is no life without the regeneration of the Holy Spirit:

Rom 8:10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; [but the Spirit is life because of righteousness].

Rom 8:11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies [by his Spirit that dwelleth in you].

*****Verse 6:

God repented. God turned His face from mankind. Repenting is a change of mind and a change of direction.

Mat 21:28 But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard.

Mat 21:29 He answered and said, I will not: [but afterward he repented, and went].

It grieved Him:

It is sin to cause God grief:

Eph 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

Isa 63:10 But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them.

1Th 5:19 Quench not the Spirit.

Heb 3:10 Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.

Heb 3:11 So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)

*****Verse 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.

You see Enoch had prophesied of this day. God will not do anything that He has not told us He would do and the other side of that is God will do everything that He says he will do.

Amo 3:7 Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, [but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets].

Enoch prophesied of the second coming of Christ but also of the coming judgment on the preflood people. He did this through the naming of his son Methuselah.

The Name Methuselah means:

The name Methuselah is made up of two Hebrew words. “muth” meaning TO DIE and “shalak” meaning TO SEND FORTH JUDGMENT.

Methuselah had 243 years with Adam and 600 years with his grandson Noah. God sent the judgment of the flood when Methuselah died. Everyday the people on Earth saw Methuselah they knew they had time. They may have felt that he would live forever. They were wrong. Methuselah lived to be 969 years old but that can only be explained by the longsuffering of God. Tack on the 120 years of the preaching of Noah and we can see that God did not want any to perish but He left them that choice just as He does us today. Everyone that have ever lived on this Earth will be judged by the word of God one day. These people had 120 years of preaching from a righteous man but none ever listened. They “rejected” the Word of God! It’s to late for them but not for you. God’s word is still being preached all over this world.

The Bible says:

1Co 1:21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.

and

1Co 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

YOU CAN KNOW THIS POWER TODAY. GOD GAVE US HIS WORD SO WE COULD KNOW THE TRUTH!

*****Our text:

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.

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.

Grace, the unmerited favor and love of God. Every human being must find “Grace” in the eyes of God. For it is by His “Grace” that we are saved:

Eph 2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

The “Grace” of God is free to all that repent their sin:

Rom 5:15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.

Rom 5:16 And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.

God has more “Grace” than there is “sin” in each one of us:

Rom 5:20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:

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.

“Grace” comes by Jesus Christ:

Joh 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

There is only one way to obtain the “Grace” of God.

Rom 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

Rom 5:2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

All mankind are redeemed by by the “Grace” of God:

Rom 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

Though they may say so, there is no excuse for rejecting God and His word:

Rom 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

Rom 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

Tit 2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

Noah had faith in God. Faith precedes action. In other words it is by the “Grace” of God that we can be servants to the One true God.

Paul wrote:

1Co 15:10 [But by the grace of God I am what I am]: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

It is said also that Noah was perfect but this means that he was upright, sincere and blameless before others. In other words in this evil world just before it was destroyed and in front of all these sinful people, Noah was an example of the “Grace” of God in everything he did.

The Bible says:

1Th 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

The Bible says that Noah walked with God. Are we so different from Noah? Can it be said that we(You and I) are walking with God?

Enoch walked with God and was translated that he did not see death.

Noah walked with God and he was saved from the destruction of the flood.

Abraham walked with God and was called God’s friend.

Are you a friend to God?

Jesus said:

Joh 15:12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

Joh 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Joh 15:14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

Joh 15:15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

Noah raised a God fearing family and his family was saved with him.

You see this coming flood’s real purpose was not to destroy all other flesh [as much as it was to preserve the lives of those who were not corrupt].

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].

You see these that perished in the flood still had to face Jesus Christ after the cross but only Noah and his family were saved, 8 souls out of millions or maybe billions.

Noah accomplished a great feat in this world filled with violence and corruption. Remembered he also preached to all that would listen to him for 120 years. In reading this passage of scripture we find that it is written in the third person. We never read that Noah said anything. His only contribution at this time is that “he obeyed God”.

This is the only thing we need to do to be in the “grace” of 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.

We must not lean onto our own understanding!

Pro 3:4 [So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man].

Pro 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

Pro 3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Pro 3:7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

We cannot serve God unless we are obedient to Him and His word!

God is always watching over His Creation!

The Bible says:

Psa 53:1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good.

Psa 53:2 God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God.

Psa 53:3 Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

Psa 53:4 Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread: they have not called upon God.

God only saw corruption and notice God says “all flesh has corrupted his own way”. When we live in sin we corrupt ourselves. When we live without God in our lives we jeopardize ourselves, our families, our communities and our nations. These at this time of Noah had jeopardized the entire world and we can see it happening again in our own day. The world grows more corrupt every day. Our leaders are corrupt and most of the people are corrupt and NOBODY SEEMS TO CARE.

*****Our Text:

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.

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.

Gen 6:17 And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die.

Gen 6:18 But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives with thee.

Gen 6:19 And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female.

Gen 6:22 Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.

God said the world was filled with violence through those same ones that corrupted themselves. IS NOT OUR OWN WORLD FILLED WITH VIOLENCE?. Those that corrupt themselves are the ones that seek their own way and ignore God’s way.

This perfect world that was created had degenerated to a point that it had ceased to reflect God’s glory and He was no longer comforted by it.

Let’s go forward to a time that has not yet come:

Rev 4:11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: [for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created].

We know that this passage takes place just after the future “Rapture” of the Church. What we find is that the world has again degenerated to a point that ceases to reflect God’s glory and he will be no longer be comforted by it. He removed Noah and his family before He sent the flood. He will remove the Church just before He sends judgment to the world we live in.

WAKE UP WORLD!

(verse 14) Make [thee] an ARK:

In our measurements this Ark would be 450 feet by 75 feet by 45 feet. This would be a floating covered barge. For over 6000 years these same ratios are used in shipbuilding. It wasn’t until about the time “that knowledge began to increase”(from the Book of Daniel) before a ship of this size was built again. It is estimated that this Ark would hold the contents of over 500 railroad boxcars. Gopher wood is thought to be Cypress in our day or from the family of the Cypress tree.

Noah was to cover this Ark with pitch on the inside and the outside. Noah became the first shipbuilder and the first zoo keeper of all time. What did Noah do?

Heb 11:7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

The book of Genesis is full of first things and the beginnings of all things but this book of truth also begins our journey through the “types” or the study of “Typology”.

Here we see:

1.) Enoch a “type” of the Church. Saved and taken out of that world before the tribulation of that time. Being saved from the Flood Judgment.

2.) Noah a “type” of children of Israel. Saved but going through the future Great Tribulation period. Inside the Ark during the storm.

3.) The Ark itself is a “type” of Christ.

The Hebrew words used for “pitch” a.) kaphar b.) kopher

a.) Pitch “kapher” means atonement:

Exo 30:10 And Aaron shall make [an atonement upon the horns of it once in a year with the blood] of the sin offering of atonements: once in the year shall he make atonement upon it throughout your generations: it is most holy unto the LORD.

We know that Jesus Christ is our atonement and we are covered with His Blood!

b.) Pitch “kopher” means a covering: Covered within and without because this atonement protects all those that believe from sin.

This Ark would have no sails because God would be the “Pilot”. If we do not let God be the “Pilot” of our lives we will surely sink in the tribulations of this world we live in.

The word “flood” Hebrew “mabbul”: means a deluge

It is God that brought the flood waters. This not a freak happening of nature. There had never been rain in all this time of Noah and we have already stated in an earlier lesson that on any given day if we got all the rain to fall in one day that we get in just one year there is enough water in our own atmosphere to flood this entire Earth about three feet deep. There are those that say it did not flood but they do not say it cannot happen. The proof is on the surface of the Earth where we live. From the highest mountain to the lowest valley clam shells and fish skeletons have been found besides other evidence that show that there is no place on Earth that was not at one time under water. No scientist disputes this fact.

The word “covenant” is used for the first time in the Bible in this passage. In this case it was a mutual agreement by both parties. God would save Noah and his family if Noah had enough faith to build the Ark and gather his family and those animals. “Then thou shalt come into the Ark”.

What is the only thing that is required of God?

Gen 6:22 Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.

We need only to obey God!

The world thought Noah was a foolish man. Noah preached the coming judgment of God for 120 years as he built this Ark. There was no other souls but his family that believed what God was saying. They went about their sinful ways ignoring the truth of God. As Typology goes, this whole example in the Bible is again about the second coming of Christ prophesied by the first prophet, Enoch. The world, just as in the days of Noah does not believe. Many in the Church have no faith in God’s word. Did this stop the judgment from coming?

Our lesson is to heed the prophecies of the end of this present world. The word of God will come to pass just as it is written!

Open your heart to the Word of the Lord and find “grace” and receive the greatest gift there is:

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.

Let’s pray!

The Consequences of The Fall

THE CONSEQUENCES OF THE FALL

Our text:

Genesis Chapters 4 and 5

Focus on Genesis Chapter 4:1-12, 23-26

As we go through the short life that we have we will have to make many choices. We can never underestimate the power of one moment of decision. It only took one bad decision to plunge the human race into sin.

ALL SIN, ALL SICKNESS, AND ALL DEATH ARE CONSEQUENCES OF THE FALL OF ADAM!

All we need do is ride around in our communities and we will see the legacy of sin. We will find graveyards, cemetery, mausoleums, and even roadside memorials. Death is a reality to this flesh we live in. It is appointed man once to die.

Heb 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

There are so many ways to die it is unreal but Spiritual death is not appointed. We have the means to avoid spiritual death through Jesus Christ. It seems to me that very few people die of old age anymore. No it is the curse of this world that is taking it’s toll on our fleshy bodies.

Once sin entered into the world it had to be dealt with. There are only two ways for man to will deal with sin.

1.) We will ignore God’s word and rationalize our sin in our own way.

2.) We will admit to our sin and follow God’s word to redemption.

It took one decision to cause the fall of man and it will take one decision to to forever deal with our sin. When we repent and place our faith in Jesus Christ, we can overcome our old sin nature and our practice through His shed blood. When we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior, the resurrection power of God, through the Holy Spirit will bring life where there was death and we will be SPIRITUALLY ALIVE EVERMORE.

You have to be born twice to die once. But if you stay in your sin you will be born once but die twice.

A preacher once said:

The highway to the cross is now firmly established. Here the “lamb” is seen, one “lamb” for one man. Later at the Passover there will be one “lamb” for one household. Then on the Day of Atonement, there will be one sacrifice, one “lamb” for an entire nation. And finally, it is Christ, the “Lamb” of God that takes away the sin of the whole World.

No one can live without sin no matter how hard we try:

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;

What God’s word teaches us is how to deal with the sin in our lives. A wise man will learn that we are indeed our brother’s keeper. We are a part of each others lives whether we know it or not. Sin will bring forth death physically and “Spiritually”. When we choose to not repent we then leave God no options but to judge us.

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].

We already know that it was the Jews who were given these laws but it is written that these laws are our school master until we come to Christ:

Gal 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

Gal 3:25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

Gal 3:26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

*****Our text:

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.

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.

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.

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.

Gen 4:6 And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?

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.

We can see that we have the first ever birth of a human being. We should mention the words “knew Eve”. We can find this similarly mention many times in the Bible and we can see that reproduction is dealt openly and discreetly in the Bible.

The first born child was named Cain. The name “Cain” means: possession. For she said “I have gotten a man from the Lord”.

We can see that Eve had now felt she had mercy from the Lord God. She then had another son and his name “Abel” meant: A breath, A vapor, vanity. This brings to mind the scripture:

Jas 4:14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. [For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.]

Abel the second son of Adam had a very short life even by our standards but in his short life we see a great diversity in talents given to each and everyone of us. Abel was a shepherd. The Bible has a lot written about shepherds and the shepherd is a type of Christ but also the preachers and pastors of the Church. We see that Cain was a farmer and there is great satisfaction for a man to toil in the Earth and plant crops to be harvested for food. One thing we should all remember is that the soil is a creation of God and He provides the sun and the rain. He provides the increase:

1Co 3:7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.

1Co 3:8 Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.

(Verse three)

I should point out one thing about offerings to God. Every sacrifice should be vitally connected with the spirit of the worshiper:

Isa 1:11 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.

Isa 1:13 Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting. (vain means “empty’)

It was OK for Cain to bring his his offering but if the offering was for sin, then he was wrong but it is not the offering that caused the Lord to not respect it:

Heb 11:4 says 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.

It is seen that Cain did not make his sacrifice in faith:

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.]

We can also see that Cain had no intention of honoring God. Cain was trying to work his way to find favor of God.

Jud 1:11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.

We see that Cain was wanting a reward for going through the motions. What we have is the intent of Satan to begin a false religion from the start. A religion based on works and people just going through the motions. It did not matter what offering Cain brought to God that day because he was not sincere.

We can see that Abel on the other hand received the respect of the Lord for his sincere sacrifice. We must worship God in spirit and truth or we are not worshiping at all.

Joh 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

Joh 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

We must also know that there will be no forgiveness without the shedding of blood:

Heb 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

The false religion of Cain is prevalent in the final days of the Church Age but we can see it had it’s beginnings also in the Book of Genesis. Satan will take advantage of any such situation as this one of Cain.

2Co 2:11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.

Even at this time of direct lack of respect for God, He still shows mercy and opens the door for Cain to repent. We’ve already read that Cain was of Satan and no repentance would be coming from him. He had it in his mind that “he would worship his way”.

The Bible says:

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 to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

Gal 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

God’s warning to Cain was that sin is always ready to rise up in the form of jealousy or anger, to take over a persons life and to dominate his actions.

The Bible also says:

Pro 14:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

We will see this proverb come true before our very eyes.

Satan shows up:

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

*****Our text:

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.

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.

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.

Cain makes the wrong choice!

It did not take long for death to show up. The very first murder in the Bible happened to the first two sons of Adam and Eve. Cain’s rage over his false religion was against God. This is also true of false religions of our day. Every false religion in the world today have a lot of things that set them apart from each other but the one thing they have in common is they hate Jesus Christ and in most cases they hate the Bible. Cain had been taught the right way to worship. The way of Cain is “willful ignorance” of God’s word.

We can see that this murder was no accident. Cain talked his brother into going to the field. This was premeditated murder. Cain had seen the animals that had been sacrificed and also their use for clothing. Cain knew what death was all about. Cain got Abel away from the existing society and murdered his brother Abel. We may be able to get ourselves to a spot that others of the world do not know but we can never hide from God!

Job 34:21 For his eyes are upon the ways of man, and he seeth all his goings.

Job 34:22 There is no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.

Job 34:23 For he will not lay upon man more than right; that he should enter into judgment with God.

God says this many times and His word is always true:

Jer 23:23 Am I a God at hand, saith the LORD, and not a God afar off?

Jer 23:24 Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD.

God says no matter where you go:

Amo 9:2 Though they dig into hell, thence shall mine hand take them; though they climb up to heaven, thence will I bring them down:

Amo 9:3 And though they hide themselves in the top of Carmel, I will search and take them out thence; and though they be hid from my sight in the bottom of the sea, thence will I command the serpent, and he shall bite them:

Amo 9:4 And though they go into captivity before their enemies, thence will I command the sword, and it shall slay them: and I will set mine eyes upon them for evil, and not for good.

You see it is Christ that you cannot hide from:

Heb 4:13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

Heb 4:14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.

What we cannot miss in these scriptures is the way sin multiplies itself.

The one sin of jealousy has now become a sin of murder and then a sin of lying. Sin springs up and takes control of your life if you allow it and you cannot stop it without Jesus. Sin will alienate you from God and corrupt human relations.

Cain had not heeded to God’s warning. Cain had not mastered evil but EVIL HAD MASTERED HIM!

God’s judgment is revealed against all manner of sin and to those that know the truth and yet still believe the truth of God is unrighteous. Those of false religion will always deny any wrongdoing. We see it every time a young man or woman straps a bomb to them selves as their masters have told them to die as martyrs. Those that lead them to do this deny the wrongdoing of murder. They are burning in Hell before those they murder go to whatever place they go. Satan blinds them just as he did Cain. Sinful man is always looking for someone else to take the blame.

You see the blood of Abel cried out for justice. We can see in the book of Revelation that the many souls in Heaven that were killed or murdered for believing the truth are already in the presence of God.

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.

You the sacrificial blood was poured out under the altar:

Exo 29:12 And thou shalt take of the blood of the bullock, and put it upon the horns of the altar with thy finger, and [pour all the blood beside the bottom of the altar].

Every child of Jesus Christ that is murdered for believing the truth is crying out to God for revenge. God is listening and He is coming back for vengeance.

“that they should rest until their fellow servants and brethren should be killed and this time fulfilled”

Cain has burned in Hell for a long time now along with many more that reject God’s word and choose Satan.

The Bible says:

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.

The shedding of blood by murderous acts are very sensitive to God!

You know we read of the sacrifice of Abel to show us that Satan was already busy in the beginning of this world but we as Christians know of a greater sacrifice for all mankind:

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.

Could Cain have repented and been forgiven, YES? The dread of false religion is revealed in the actions of Cain. The world is full of people who think they can go through life and reject God and His word and yet still somehow get His forgiveness. Cain said “my punishment is more than I can bear”. God has the same reaction now as He did then.

YOU WILL BE DRIVEN AWAY FROM THE PRESENCE OF GOD IN THE END, ETERNALY!

YOU WILL LAST SEE GOD AT THE WHITE THRONE OF JUDGMENT AND THEN THE BURNING LAKE OF FIRE. THIS IS THE TRUTH OF THE BIBLE.

GOD PROVIDED A MEANS OF ESCAPE BUT IT IS ONLY THROUGH JESUS CHRIST.

Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Joh 14:7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.

THIS IS THE TRUTH OF THE BIBLE AND THEREFORE THE TRUTH OF GOD!

1.) What is a fugitive? A rover or a wanderer, a refugee from your own people, one who is seeking to escape judgment, a deserter from truth. One who has fallen to the Enemy (Satan). ONE WHO FLEES.

2.) What is a vagabond?

A vagabond is an exile. One who wanders from place to place without any settled habitation. He has no direction. To be a vagabond is actually against the law in most nations.

The Bible says:

Joh 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

Cain had lost his relationship with his family. He was a farmer and had raised many good things. You cannot be a farmer and move from place to place. In fact God had taken his ability to grow things away from him. (Verse 12)

The earth, the soil would never again be a blessing to Cain. He would live off the streets. This was once his profession that he enjoyed. He could no longer use his abilities for something he was real good at.

*****Our text:

Gen 4:23 And Lamech said unto his wives, Adah and Zillah, Hear my voice; ye wives of Lamech, hearken unto my speech: for I have slain a man to my wounding, and a young man to my hurt.

Gen 4:24 If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold.

Gen 4:25 And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.

Gen 4:26 And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD.

Cain was expelled from the presence of the Lord, but God also acted to stop the cycle of murder. God set a mark on Cain to prevent others from taking revenge on him. Five generations later we see Lamech.

The first thing we notice is that Lamech is the first recorded “bigamist”. He had two wives.

We can see it is the purpose of the Holy Spirit was not to include the entire details of human history. In fact we can see that beginning with chapter five there are basically two groups represented. Those that know God and those that have chosen to ignore God. Those of Cain and those of Seth. This will develop up until we have the flood. So we really have a moral and spiritual history of mankind.

Cain built a city probably to try to defy God’s curse but we can see that he had to name the city after his son Enoch. This implies there was a large population. This course of human history has developed under the shadow of sin. We can see there was a lot of cultural development (Jabal, Jubal, Tubalcain) but there are tragic declines in morality.

Lamech disregarded the ideal of monogamy in marriage and we can see that he bragged about the double murder of two other individuals. We can see that this also premeditated murder even though this could have been in retribution of some injury they had caused him.

It gets even worse as he said if God would revenge any harm to Cain seven fold then he (Lamech) would have ten times more vengeance on anyone that defied him. Lamech was truly an evil man. Lamech was morally bankrupt!

Those who followed Cain became like him, killers. Every one of them thought they had more power than God. In just six generations they had wealth, cities, music, and poetry but they also had tyrants and murderers and were wicked to the extreme.

The Bible says:

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 37:14 The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of upright conversation.

But God says:

Pro 2:22 But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it.

That day is coming soon.

*****Immediately (verse 25) we see that God has an answer for evil. The birth of Seth shows a beginning of those that would follow the Lord. These are the “children of God” of chapter six. This is also the line to follow down the the time of the Messiah.

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.

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,

The name “Seth” means appointed. His parents knew that God had not forsaken them. Seth would fill the void that Abel had left. His parents had seen the evil of Cain but God had shown His grace by giving them another Godly son. The Earth still had hope. We also see here what we will see all the way down through the history of the world.

1.) Those that ignore the word of God (Cain).

2.) Those that follow the word of God. (Seth)

Another first happens at this time. The official practice of the worship of God. Now worship has become a part of life. The development of worship opened a way for people to be reconciled to God. The hand of God was moving amongst His children. The greatest contrast between the descendants of Cain and the descendants of Seth was their worship of the Lord.

The phrase “men began to call upon the name of the Lord” implies that PUBLIC WORSHIP had begun on Earth and it had become a part of their lives.

With the beginning of chapter five we see the first mention of a book of records. The first record of Godly genealogy given in scriptures. Only those names that carried the line of the Messiah would be written in this book.

*****Verse 5:2 tells us that it is God that is the Creator to remind us. They were both called Adam because if we remember where the name Adam comes from:

Adam is the Hebrew word for man: A man from “dust or dirt” from the ground.

The word “ground” comes from the Hebrew word “Adamah”. The name Adam comes from this word. (From the ground).

Eve was taken from a rib of Adam so both are from the dust of the ground and man here in this verse 5:2 means mankind.

We can see that there is no way for evolution to be involved with this process of Creation by God Himself. What we see in the process of Adams son is that they were created in his (Adam’s) image where Adam was created in God’s image. Seth also possessed the sin nature of Adam. Seth was also granted choice and he chose to serve God.

The truth of the fall of man and its results are clearly seen.

Rom 5:12 says 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:

*****Verse 5:5 shows us the truth of scripture:

Heb 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

Adam had his day! Every man, woman, and child that will follow Adam will also have their appointed day.

*****Verse 5:22

We see one of the first(the first being Abel) of the great heroes of faith, Enoch:

Enoch’s life was in harmony with God and he walked with God:

Heb 11:5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

Enoch was the first of only two recorded in the Bible that went straight to Heaven without having died on this Earth. (the other being the prophet Elijah) (it is believed by many that these two will be the two witnesses of Revolution for this reason and it has merit because it is appointed men once to die)

We can also see that Enoch was the first prophet of God:

Jud 1:14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,

You see that Enoch looked beyond the flood and the first coming of Christ to see the second coming of the Lord at the end of the Tribulation period. But we can also see that by naming his son Methuselah he prophesied the destruction of the flood. “Methuselah” come form two words:

1.) “muth” meaning to die

2.) “shalak” meaning to send forth

In other words at the death of Methuselah, God would send forth death to mankind.

*****Verse 5:27

We see Methuselah was the oldest man to have ever lived. His death would signal the beginning of the flood. God allowed Methuselah to finish his days before He brought the flood. Methuselah out lived his son Lamech by two years.

You see God was not willing that any would perish and He showed His longsuffering in the Life of Methuselah:

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.

*****Verse 5:32:

We now see Noah whose name means “rest”. God would use Noah and put an end to the sin in the world at that time by using a flood to cover the entire Earth. Noah is the tenth recorded son of Adam. The number ten is the number of completion in the Bible. He was the tenth son in the faith line if it can be said that way.

It is a wonderful thing to find peace and rest for our souls and we can find it in the Lord Jesus Christ. Apart from Christ there can be no rest, no security and no assurance but in Him we live and move and have our being.

We can rest in the finished work of our Lord and our Savior, Christ Jesus:

When sin is finished it brings forth death:

Jas 1:15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

But the finished work of the Lord Jesus on the Cross brings life:

Joh 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

The Bible says:

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.

Lets pray!

The Fall of Adam and Eve

THE FALL OF ADAM AND EVE

Genesis Chapter 3

Focus 3:1-13, 23, 24

In creation we learned how powerful our God truly is. In the fall of Adam and Eve(the fall of man) we will learn how loving our God is and how He is always showing His “mercy” and His “grace”.

Adam and Eve were living in a mutually fulfilling companionship with each other and [in fellowship with God]. They lived in the most beautiful place on Earth at that time. ALL their NEEDS were met.

As we go through this lesson there are some questions we should ask:

1.) What happened to God’s creation?
2.) What happened to our fellowship with God?
3.) Why is there such a gap in the ideal world of Adam and Eve and the world we live in now?
4.) Why is there so much “evil” and “violence” in this world we live in?

The Garden of Eden could not have contributed in any way to the fall of mankind! Those that say changing one’s social environment will make a better person are proven wrong from the beginning. God will prove this again in the time of the Millennial Kingdom. It’s not so much the environment we live in but the fact of the sin nature of mankind.

It is impossible to over emphasize the importance of the things that happen in these verses. There are basically two different views of humanity.

1.) Mankind is basically good. He may do some bad things but inside everyone has a good nature and we just need to educate mankind and show people how to let the good in them control their behavior. Sadly most of the world believes this.

2.) The truth is, that man has a sinful and evil nature. We may do some good things on occasion but we are sinners by nature as well as practice and we need the saving “GRACE” of God to change our sinful nature and replace it with the Nature of Jesus Christ. The Bible says we must “MUST” be Born Again.

Joh 3:3  Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

SIN is not a minor mistake! Sin is a DELIBERATE decision which always brings death and destruction of man and his surroundings.

*****Our Text:

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?
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.
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.

Now who is this serpent?

We find that Satan can take on shape of other things:

2Co 11:14  And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
2Co 11:15  Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

We should know this very well because we have many of his ministers behind our pulpits today in our day. Satan could not have just appeared to Eve. He had to use whatever was available at that time. That true serpent must have stood up on two or even maybe four legs and was supposedly a magnificent animal at this time. We can believe Adam and Eve were in awe of all God’s creation. This serpent was being used of the Devil, Satan.

The Bible points this out in the Book of Revelation:

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.

Rev 20:2  And he laid hold on the dragon, [that old serpent], [which is the Devil, and Satan], and bound him a thousand years,

The Apostle Paul even wrote of this 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.

We can be certain this was Satan, the Devil at work. We should not equate the behavior of this one serpent with any creature of the present world.

***What is “subtil”?

Here are some words to think about:

Deceitful; treacherous, Sly; artful; cunning; crafty; insinuating.

The only chance Eve had was to depend and believe all the word of God. The word of God is the only weapon we have to stand up to the Devil!

***What is doubt?

To waver or fluctuate in opinion; to hesitate; to be in suspense; to be in uncertainty.

When we waver on God’s word and do not take it literally, we are an open door to the wiles of the Devil.

***What is a lie?

To utter falsehood with an intention to deceive, or with an immoral design.

The Bible says of Satan:

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].

We can see that Paul, Moses, John and our Lord Jesus are all referring back to this verse in Genesis 3.

Eve knew the truth but she was not convinced SHE HAD TO OBEY THE TRUTH!

When Satan said: “did God really say”:

The effect of this was to cause doubt in God’s word. Eve may have gotten the word from her husband Adam but it was still the word of God. God speaks to us through His written word in our day. It is still the Holy Word of God!

Satan insinuated that a loving God should and would not withhold anything good from the people He created. Satan said this would have been selfish of God not wanting to share knowledge.

Eve made the sad mistake of trying to reason with the Devil. We have all made this same mistake and old Satan has not had to change his tactics in over 6000 years. The truth is most of us do not take the time to read and study God’s word for ourselves but depend on our Pastors and Preachers to tell us what the Bible says. We are an open book of disaster when Satan comes at us in full force.

The word “Devil” comes from the Greek word “diabolos” which means slanderer, false accuser.
The word “diabolos” comes from another Greek word “diaballo” meaning to libel or accuse.

The word “Satan” comes from the Greek word “satanas” meaning accuser, opponent.

We can see these descriptions fit this evil, vile person, who rejected God and was thrown out of Heaven.

ALL SIN is based on doubting the word of God! We can believe the Bible because the Bible really does say what it says and God means what He says.

Jesus Christ defeated the Temptation of Satan with only the word of God:

Mat 4:4  But he answered and said, [It is written], Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Mat 4:7  Jesus said unto him, [It is written again], Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

Mat 4:10  Then saith Jesus unto him, [Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written], Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

We should notice that it is Satan that had to leave the scene:

Jas 4:7  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Jas 4:8  Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

We submit to God first by believing Him and then obeying His word!

God says:

Eph 6:11  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Eph 6:12  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Eph 6:13  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Eph 6:14  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
Eph 6:15  And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Eph 6:16  Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
Eph 6:17  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
Eph 6:18  Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

These words may have been written by Paul but he got them from the Holy Spirit.

IF WE ARE TO DRESS IN THIS MANNER THEN WE CAN EXPECT A WAR WITH SATAN AT ALL TIMES. If we try to dispute what the Bible says we will be just like Eve and we will lose to Satan every time.

You see Eve corrected Satan by saying we can eat of all the trees but this one in the center of the garden. God said it would cause us harm and that we could die and she added(neither shall we touch it). There was a pretty good chance Adam actually had to touch this tree as he was the caretaker of all the trees in the garden. It was his job to dress the trees in the garden.

We can see the Devil was trying to destroy the sovereignty of God in the eyes of Eve. What Satan was telling Eve was that God just would not punish “SIN”. In our day there are many who still preach against the judgment of God and a literal HELL but we can see from the very start that judgment is a truth of the Bible.

Questioning the word of God leads to greater sin. Eve was tampering with God’s word. There are those today that come up with version after version. They are also tampering with God’s word. They are no different than Eve and it all leads to “SIN”.

What we need to ask ourselves is, what was Eve doing near this tree of death. We seem to always get into trouble when we go to places we should never be. There may not have been a temptation on this day if Eve had been dong what she was supposed to be doing instead of being near this tree.

What we see is once Eve says these things Satan then goes for the kill.

(“Ye shall not surely die”)

SATAN IMPLIED THAT GOD WAS A LIAR!

(“ye shall be as gods”)

THIS IS THE SAME THOUGHT THAT WAS THE DOWNFALL OF LUCIFER.

When we ignore the word of God we make gods of ourselves. We make our own selves to be better or smarter than God. The truth is when we ignore the word of God we jeopardize our selves and everyone around us. This is the beginning of every false religion that exist:

1.) The Mormon teach that what God is man can become. They believe that Adam was a god. If this were true then God is a sinner and no better than we are. The Bible says Adam was only a creation of God!

2.) The World Wide Church of God (Armstrongism) believe they all will become gods. Those that believe this way have already made themselves smarter than God!

3.) Buddhism teaches the 8 steps for the soul to reach Nirvana where they will be reunited with Brahman. (A false god)

4.) Hinduism teaches that reincarnation will continuously take you to a higher and higher plain of existence. (Until you become a god)

5.) All cults deny the deity of Christ or a literal Hell or the Immortality of the soul or the Holy Ghost. (To deny anyone of these things is to deny the God of the Bible).

The vast majority of modern day translations are really MUTILATIONS OF THE WORD OF GOD!

Satan was telling Eve that she did not need God. She would not need the Cross, and she would not need the blood atonement. You can save yourself.

This friends is the [Doctrine of works]. Many too many people still believe this today.

The Bible says emphatically:

Eph 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Eph 2:9  Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Salvation is by “Grace”, but this repulsive to the natural man for they are always seeking some “glory” for
themselves. They want to “buy” their way in, in some form or fashion. They want to maneuver their they into
Heaven.

Every sinner will go through the “cross” or they will burn in Hell.

Jesus said:

Mar 7:21  For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,
Mar 7:22  Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:
Mar 7:23  All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.

A wise man wrote:

Pro 4:23  Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

If we will look into our own hearts we will all agree to the truth of this word of God.

What was Satan doing in the Garden of Eden?

What we know:

Isa 14:12  How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
Isa 14:13  For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
Isa 14:14  I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
Isa 14:15  Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

We also know:

Eze 28:6  Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; [Because thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God];

Eze 28:13  [Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God]; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.
Eze 28:14  Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
Eze 28:15  Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.

From Peter we know:

1Pe 5:8  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
1Pe 5:9  Whom resist stedfast in the faith, [knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world].

We can see that it was Eve the Devil had set his sights on and she was not prepared and since his fall from grace
everyone that calls on the name of the Lord will be his target. We must have and wear the armor of God as
defined in the Book of Ephesians.

Isaiah wrote:

Isa 53:6  [All we like sheep have gone astray]; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid
on him the iniquity of us all.

That Him is the Lord Jesus Christ!

*****Our text:

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.
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.

The Apostle John wrote of the steps our flesh takes in regard to sin:

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.

As we follow the path of Eve, we will see it is just as John wrote.

(The Look) The woman saw the tree. We can see it was the lust of her eyes that began her downfall. This probably a beautiful tree, maybe the most beautiful in the garden but it had been set aside by God Himself.
(The food) The fruit of the tree was good and pleasant to the satisfying of the flesh.
(The desire) Eve filled with lust was filled with the pride of a chance to be as wise as God.

This is human reasoning substituted for the “clear commandment of God”.

ALL GOD’S COMMANDS ARE CLEAR!

THIS IS THE ESSENCE OF SIN!
SIN IS NEVER SATISFIED!

See she then gave some to Adam. Adam was not deceived. He knew exactly what He was doing and he was a
willing partner in sin.

1Ti 2:14  And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.

From this time all the way through the day we live in, lost mankind would determine for themselves what is good
or evil based on their own reasoning. We know it is true because we witness it every day and we see it from the
very first couple on Earth.

God alone has the right to determine right or wrong because it is He, and He Only that can save!

According to modern philosophy, mankind is his own god.

The Bible says:

Psa 82:1 God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods.

This is talking about all those that reject the truth of the word of God.

THEY CHOSE TO MAKE THEMSELVES THE CENTER OF THE WORLD!

God says:

Rom 12:3  For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

You see Adam and Eve had declared their independence from a Holy and merciful God. (SHAME ON US)

God still sits on the throne no matter what we think!

All they learned was, what it means to be disobedient, guilty, full of shame, and most of all alienated from God.

IT IS THESE TRAITS THAT ARE PASSED DOWN FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION!

Satan still uses this method on all sinners because it continues to work on everyone he attacks all these years!

Did man create God(in their minds) as evolution teaches, or did God create man which is the truth?

*****Our text:

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?
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?
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.
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.

Gen 3:23  Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.
Gen 3:24  So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

THE CONSEQUENCES OF SIN WERE IMMEDIATE AND IRREVERSABLE! However, praise the Lord, they
were not beyond forgiveness.

HOW CAN GOD FORGIVE US?

Notice now Adam and Eve are afraid to hear the word of God. Most of the world is like that now, they are afraid
that God’s people will tell someone about Jesus and they might possibly believe. If we are to have true freedom of
religion let’s open up all the books and let all the preachers preach and all religions teach and see where the people
will go.

My God says His word will never come back void:

Isa 55:11  So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

Let the truth of the word of God free. I can tell you why the world denies the word of God. It is because they know
IT IS THE TRUTH, and they just like Adam and Eve are afraid of God’s word.

But we must notice, IT IS GOD THAT “STILL” DESIRES FELLOWSHIP. HE CAME SEEKING THE MAN AND
THE WOMAN.

The presence of God made them feel guilty. When God spoke it caused them to fear and have shame.

To deny sin in the face of God is wrong. They were no longer in harmony with God. THEY KNEW THEY WERE
SINNERS. They attempted to cover their sin themselves. In fact it seems that they were ashamed of each other.
We see that they each made their own clothes. This is a man made effect of sin. THIS IS WORKS! Our WORKS
will not restore us to fellowship with God. We know as Christians we have to come under the Blood of Jesus to
remove that guilt and shame.

WE CANNOT HIDE FROM GOD!

Peace with God comes from the blood of Jesus at the foot of the cross! We have access to it if we bow and pray.
We will then and only then rise back up in fellowship with God with peace again in our hearts.

ADAM AND EVE HAD DIED THE SPIRITUAL DEATH!

Psa 139:7  Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?

We cannot escape the truth of the Gospel of God!

The “works” theology has been passed down from generation to generation. Cain brought the “work” of his own
hands to sacrifice to God. (Arminianism) Not in the Blood!

The Bible says:

Rom 3:23  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Rom 3:24  Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
Rom 3:25  Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
Rom 3:26  To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

Eph 1:5  Having predestinate us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
Eph 1:6  To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
Eph 1:7  In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

Eph 2:7  That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
Eph 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Eph 2:9  Not of works, lest any man should boast.

SIN WILL CAUSE YOU TO LIE TO GOD:

Ananias was caught lying to God when he didn’t have anything to gain but maybe some bragging rights.

Act 5:3  But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?
Act 5:4  Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.

SIN WILL CAUSE OTHERS TO SIN:

1Co 5:5  To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
1Co 5:6  Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?

1Ti 1:19  Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:
1Ti 1:20  Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.

SATAN WILL CAUSE YOU TO BELIEVE A LIE: (walking in your own trespasses)

Eph 2:1  And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
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:

THIS IS THE STATE OF ALL MANKIND:

Eph 2:3  Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

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.

THE HEART OF MAN WAS NOW DESPERATE AND DECEITFUL AS WAS HIS SONS:

Jer 17:9  The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

(The Blame) When we have done wrong and we know we have, sometimes, we don’t know what to do about it. In
most cases we just ignore it and suffer the consequences of it. Adam laid the blame for his own sin squarely on his
wife and then on God. He said that the woman “which you gave me” caused this problem of sin. Adam claimed no
fault for himself but he did not deny that he knew the truth.

There is no excuse for sin but there is another thought. God had told Adam and Eve to go forth and multiply and
replenish 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.

A reason he ate the fruit could have been that he was aware that he might lose fellowship with his wife in her fall.
Adam wanted continued fellowship with his wife. Adam loved his wife. If Adam stayed in a sinless position he
would not have been able to have fellowship with his wife. His bride who sinned. So in order to be identified with
her in her fall Adam voluntarily and deliberately took of the forbidden fruit. Eve gave Adam the fruit but Adam
was not tricked into eating it but out of his love for her he ate the fruit willingly.

Rom 5:14  Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.
Rom 5:15  But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.

This in typology is exactly what Jesus Christ did. Out of His love He took all our sin, so we could live. He took all
our sin so He could live, bleed, and die for His bride, the Church. Adam was a shadow of the second Adam in
Jerusalem. The second Adam laid His life down at Calvary for all our sin.

The Bible says:

1Co 15:22  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

1Co 15:45  And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
1Co 15:46  Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
1Co 15:47  The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.

Adam and Eve had made their choice. That choice has affected every living soul to be born on this Earth since.
Therefore there is the need to be “Born Again”, “Washed in the Blood of Jesus” and “Made alive by the Holy Spirit”
(regeneration)

The Bible says:

1Jn 5:4  For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
1Jn 5:5  Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
1Jn 5:6  This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.
1Jn 5:7  For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
1Jn 5:8  And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.
1Jn 5:9  If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.
1Jn 5:10  He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.
1Jn 5:11  And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
1Jn 5:12  He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
1Jn 5:13  These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

God says I tell you these things THAT YOU MAY KNOW!

This is the only way to be restored to fellowship with God!

Notice the serpent was not permitted to reply at all. Satan had shown us an example that he would continue to use
until the Second Coming of Christ.

Though Eve tried to blame the serpent, she had lost to him because she had not relied on God’s word. This why we
as individuals all need to know the word of God.

Ephesians chapter six tells us of the armor of God. Through Eve would come the “seed” of God’s promises. From
that “seed” redemption would be provided both for the woman and for the man.

Verses 14 through 22 are not part of this lesson but there are some highlights we should see:

1.) The curse on the snake tells us why he has no legs and why he crawls as they do and why people have such
fear and revulsion for them.

2.) Verse 15 tells us the fight of good versus evil will end with [good being the victor].

3.) Verse 16 tells us why a woman goes through so much pain at childbirth.

4.) Verses 17 and 18 tells [why man will work to supply his own food] and battle all the obstacles that make it hard
to do so.

5.) Verse 19 tells us [it is appointed for all men once to die] and return to the dust we are all made of.

6.) Verse 20 tells us that [it is Eve who is the mother of all human beings].

7.) Verse 21 tells us that [without the shedding of blood there will be no redemption of sin and therefore no
fellowship with God]. This is what God did. When we read further we will see that Able brought a lamb for
sacrifice so I believe this represents the Lamb of God.

(to continue on with the lesson)

With the entrance of sin into the world, the life styles of Adam and Eve were permanently changed. How true this
is throughout all time.

SIN IS NOT A MINOR THING!

All sin separates us from God and all that is good in this world and in the world that is to come.

The cool of the day was replaced with the sweat of the brow. The sentence of death was fatefully established upon
all creation. Adam and Eve knew about good and evil but not in the way Satan had promised.

THE AGE OF INNOCENSE CAME TO AN ABRUPT END!

The access to the Tree Of Life was removed. It had to be this way. God showed “His Grace” in doing so. First He
provided garments of animal skins to clothe them. In that way God showed them He would not use their shame
to make them suffer more.

You see they had sinned against God but [it was God who took the initiative to begin redemption]. Some innocent
animals had to die to provide that clothing. BLOOD WAS SHED!

Heb 9:22  And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

God sent them from the garden away from the Tree Of Life. You see if Adam or Eve or anyone else had access to
this tree they would have been locked forever in a condition without God. They would not have had a chance to
make that “individual” choice for to live forever with God. They would have been condemned from that point on.

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.

Those in Hell now will never again know the fellowship of God no matter what some religions teach. There is no
amount of praying and no amount of money that can get you out of Hell once you go there. Any that would have
eaten of the Tree of Life would have been in that same condition.

God’s next work would begin the age of redemption to bring mankind back to restored fellowship through “His
Grace”.

The human family had tried to make themselves the center of God’s world through rebellion against God. God
simply will not allow this to happen.

The Bible says:

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.

Rom 10:9  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Rom 10:10  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Lets Pray and pray for all those that do not know God!

The Creation of Adam and Eve

THE CREATION OF ADAM AND EVE

Genesis Chapter 1:24-31 and Chapter 2

I seem to want to ask God why He formed me knowing that I would break His heart. I’m sure we will not understand the purpose of creation until we get to Heaven. God has a purpose. He tells us so:

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].

Again the Bible will lead us to Jesus and we can know that the purpose of creation follows in line with the plan of God. He knew what would happen and He gave us a means of salvation and He made this plan before He created anything else in this universe and also in Heaven:

2Ti 1:9  Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, [but according to his own purpose and grace], (which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began),
2Ti 1:10  But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:

God did not ask anyone else about what He planned to do. God just created it all:

Eph 1:11  In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated [according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will]:

God did not select just a few to be saved but He wished all would choose to “Believe” on Him.

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].

Until we get to Heaven we may never understand why God would make mankind. If He had just wanted to create life, He could have stopped with the plants and had a beautiful Earth or even added the animals who could cause Him no heart ache. As we read further in this chapter we will see that God created man and woman and only these are created in His image.

All we have seen so far and what we will see in this lesson is that the human and the souls God created are a thing of love for Him. God loves each and every one on this planet.

No greater love:

Joh 15:12  This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
Joh 15:13  Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Joh 15:14  Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

For God so Loved the world:

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.

When we believe that God had this plan, then everything He created in the first five days were created for His main creation “Mankind”.

Eph 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

All He ask us to do is to “BELIEVE”. (Have Faith)

*****Our text:

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.
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.

These animals and all these living creatures are not to be confused with any sea bound creature. God made them on different days. Notice the words “after their kind”. This tells us that cats and dogs cannot go together. Neither horses and cows. Neither birds and fish. Only animals that are in the same family could replenish the Earth. Notice also that these animals are also created from the dust of the Earth.

God did not create eggs and embryos but mature animals just like He did the plants. The true facts of science prove that life began in a perfect mature state. This what the book of Genesis teaches. There is no one single particle that could cause the diversity of life that we have on this planet.

What is “ecology”?

Ecology is the study of how living things and their environment interact with one another.

What do we know for sure about “ecology”?

Nature’s living organisms (humans included) depend on one another.

All animals everywhere at this time were vegetarian. The food chain did not consist of each other. The world was in harmony at this time but it would not last very long. The fallible humans would be next.

You see these things cannot be by accident. It took wisdom far greater than we know on this Earth to create such harmony.

The Glory of the Creator is revealed in His creation. With everything in place it was now time to make “Man” (Mankind).

The main purpose of creation so far was to make a place that would sustain human life. God loves plants and animals and it shows. We have already seen that our very existence depends on these very plants and animals. On this Earth our survival depends on all life surviving. We also know that more plants and animals become extinct every day so this world is dying just as the Bible says:

Psa 102:25  Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.
Psa 102:26  They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed:

Isa 51:6  Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath: for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner: but my salvation shall be for ever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished.

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.

You see the proof of evolution depends on evolving. BUT, The truth is the Earth and all creation is aging and dying.

What does it mean to be made in the image of God?

Notice the words “Our image”. This is talking about the Holy Trinity of God.

God the Father
God the Son
God the Holy Ghost.

Then God says He created man in His own image still showing us that there is only one God. He just has three forms.

This in itself makes man a unique creation of God. He does not say this about any of the animals. Humanity is far superior to all animals. The “image” of God does not refer to the physical, bodily form of human life! The physical form of humans are more related to animals than to God. You see God is a spirit, so we cannot resemble Him in our looks or form.

Man does have body, soul, and spirit. This cannot be said about the plants or the animals. There is an enormous gulf between the lowest human and the highest animal.

The Apostle Paul wrote:

1Th 5:23  And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God [your whole “spirit” and “soul” and “body”] be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The spirit is that part of man that has knowledge:

1Co 2:11  [For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him]? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

The soul is our self conscious life as distinguished from plants that have unconscious life. It can be said that animals have soul but not on the level of man. It can the said that the soul is the seat of emotions, desires and affections.

The heart in scripture usage is talking about soul in most cases. The body “separable from spirit and soul and is susceptible to death.

Deu 6:5  And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

Psa 72:14  He shall redeem their soul from deceit and violence: and precious shall their blood be in his sight.

Heb 4:12  For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the  [dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow], and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Creation in the image of God includes morality as a quality of human life. Without this trait of God the world would be totally immoral. Humans are more than animals, they may choose to live on the level of an animal but they do not cease to be human. The animal has no such choice. Humanity was created less than divine so a person can never rise above his humanness.

It is the “spirit” that returns to God at the point of physical death:

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 not said of the animals:

Ecc 3:17  I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.
Ecc 3:18  I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts.
Ecc 3:19  For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity.
Ecc 3:20  All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.
Ecc 3:21  [Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward], and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?

It is mankind that God has bestowed this honor!

Psa 8:4  What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
Psa 8:5  For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.

We will always be subject to God. (This is where Satan had his greatest failure.) God gave us the freedom of choice. We choose wrong most of the time.

Job 14:1  Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.

You see our existence is not this flesh but our inner being. Our soul our spirit!

The Bible says:

Job 4:17  Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker?
Job 4:18  Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly:
Job 4:19  [How much less in them that dwell in houses of clay], whose foundation is in the dust, which are crushed before the moth?

We should remember God planned a means of salvation before He created anything.

2Co 5:1  For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
2Co 5:2  For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:
2Co 5:3  If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.
2Co 5:4  For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.

Peter also understood this:

2Pe 1:13  Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance;
2Pe 1:14  Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me.

God even promises us a new body a resurrected body like that of the Lord Jesus one day but it is the soul and spirit that must be saved first.

Joh 3:3  Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Joh 3:4  Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?
Joh 3:5  Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

No matter what the future will hold God says that the food of human consumption will be the herb bearing seed and and every tree which is a fruit tree for food. Not one animal is listed yet for food. The animals are to eat of the grasses and the herbs. The fish eat what is in the waters as far as plant life.

It is man that is to be the dominate species on this Earth. The care of the Earth and it’s resources were placed in our hands.

One of the biggest verses in the Bible is verse thirty one Genesis.

God said everything He made was “very good”. This means from Genesis verse 1 all the way to Genesis verse 30, God was very satisfied with His creation. There are no gaps, no day theories, and no place for millions or billions of years. Only the six actual 24 hour days of creation.

Ecc 3:11  He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.
Ecc 3:12  I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life.
Ecc 3:13  And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.

*****Our text:

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.

We first see that there were the three heavens but there is only one Earth mentioned. No matter how man explores the second Heaven they will never find another place that can support life like Earth.

*****All the “hosts” of them:

The Hebrew word “tsaba” is used for the English word “host”.

This is a mass of persons.

The Webster dictionary says: “any great number or multitude”.

We can know that every angel in Heaven was made at this time for they are also created beings. On Earth only Adam and Eve and at least a pair of each animal were created because only on Earth is the command to replenish given.

In fact the command was to “to be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the Earth”. In other words death was already in the picture. No one, nor any animal was going to live forever on Earth. This command was not given in Heaven. There is no physical death in Heaven. Angels cannot die any more than the spirit God sends to dwell in our physical body can die. That’s why we must make a choice while we are living in our flesh to where we will spend eternity.  God gave us this choice, the freedom to choose. Everyone in Hell now believes the word of God and wish they had chosen life with God rather than eternal damnation.

*****God ended His work:

What most people do not realize is that God created everything at this time. He is not sitting in Heaven making new things as old ones pass away. Every soul that will ever live was created at that time. That soul remains with God until the birth of the flesh that will house it is born. Everything we see now and in the future was created  at that time. Our celestial system is not still growing but stars are dying all the time. There are no knew solar systems but only those we haven’t been able to see. There not any new things coming alive on the Earth but there are many things dying everyday. Even when Jesus says these words:

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.

He is not talking about creating but making ready:

The Greek word “hetoimazo” means to make ready.

When Jesus says “I make all things new”:

Rev 21:5  And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for
these words are true and faithful.

Here the Greek word “poieo” is used and it means to bring forth.

What he is saying is he will show us things we have never seen! There are many things we have never seen and will not see until we get to Heaven.

*****God rested

From hanging the Earth in space on nothing and making it rotate to completing everything He said God spent six literal days doing these things. God now notes the seventh day. If He had said nothing we would have six day weeks. On the seventh day God ceased from doing any work of creating or making. There was noting more that remained to be done.

Now there are those that believe that God just went on about His business and left this planet to be on it’s own but that’s not true. God was refreshed by the satisfaction of having before Him a finished work that was very good.

Was God tired?

God was not weary nor was He tired. God was pleased!

1Co 15:38  But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body.
1Co 15:39  All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.
1Co 15:40  There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.
1Co 15:41  There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.
1Co 15:42  So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:
1Co 15:43  It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:
1Co 15:44  It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
1Co 15:45  And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
1Co 15:46  Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
1Co 15:47  The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.
1Co 15:48  As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
1Co 15:49  And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.

*****There is no account of this seventh day being made compulsory upon man. God sanctified and blessed this day for Himself. This day ended creation week. God set this day apart for Holy use. On this day God did not say that He did anything. He rested from His creating is all we know for sure. God says three times in these verse that He rested.

Sanctified means:

Made holy; consecrated; set apart for sacred services.

Blessed means:

Made happy or prosperous; extolled; pronounced happy. Happy; prosperous in worldly affairs; enjoying spiritual happiness and the favor of God; enjoying heavenly felicity.

God always sets the example for us but here again we have the freedom to choose.

The Jew chose the sabbath to honor God.

The Church chose Sunday to honor God.

What day have you chosen to honor God?

I also believe God is telling us we need a day of rest from the labors of this world. If we want this blessing of God then we need to set aside a day for Him and rest or [be pleased] with the wonderful gifts He has given us and especially His Holy Word. We need to find out all we can about Our Lord God and He gave us this Book, this “love letter” so we can know Him.

Remember:

1.) There is a spiritual meaning to the duration of this day. Notice it does not say the evening and the morning. The seventh day of rest is designed to be without end.

Heb 4:1  Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.
Heb 4:2  For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.
Heb 4:3  For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.
Heb 4:4  For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works.
Heb 4:5  And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest.
Heb 4:6  Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:
Heb 4:7  Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
Heb 4:8  For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.
Heb 4:9  There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
Heb 4:10  For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
Heb 4:11  Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

2.) This day is specifically blessed of God:

God did not bless the other six days. That means this seventh day was a blessing to the entire creation.

3.) This day was sanctified of God:

This means that this day has a special use and a designated purpose.

Moses knew the importance of a the seventh day and through the Holy Spirit it was made a commandment to the Jew to observe this day but the laws where not given to the Gentile and a Gentile is everyone that is not a Jew.

The Bible says:

Gal 3:22  But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
Gal 3:23  But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
Gal 3:24  [Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith].
Gal 3:25  But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
Gal 3:26  For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
Gal 3:27  For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
Gal 3:28  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

Our text:

Gen 2:4  These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens,

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.
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.
Gen 2:10  And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.

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.
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.
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.

(these are the generations of) These words are used ten times in the Book of Genesis. This phrase is used to document “History”. It gives us a time line if we follow them.

We will not go deep into this at this time but verse five says it did not rain on the Earth. God watered the Earth with a heavy dew. In the time of Noah when he said God was going to cause rain to fall enough to flood the Earth was unacceptable to the population of those days. They were unbelievers who died in there unbelief. We can see how this carries us all the way through the Bible.

Unbelief is the greatest sin!

Jesus said of the Holy Spirit:

Joh 16:8  And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
Joh 16:9  Of sin, [because they believe not on me];
Joh 16:10  Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;
Joh 16:11  Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.

(Verse 7)

Along with everything else in this world man is made from the dust of the ground. The Hebrew word used here is “aphar” which means: dust (as powdered or gray); hence clay, earth, mud: – ashes, dust, earth, ground, morter, powder, rubbish.

The Hebrew word for ground is “adamah” which means: soil (from its general redness): – country, earth, ground, husband [-man] (-ry), land.

The first thing we should notice is this is where Adam got his name!

In today’s market man has very little value but there is a God that says we are of great value. The very next statement is what separates mankind from all other creation:

” the LORD God —— breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”

God has given life to all his creation! BUT in this instance God has given man spirit. This was not given to the animal world.

Isa 42:5  Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; [he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein]:

The life that man has is internal and eternal. The soul of man will never die and His spirit will go back to the Creator who gave it.

Ecc 12:7  Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

Mankind is the center of life in God’s creation!

Therefore mankind only has one duty! You can study all the books you want if the Bible is not the one that is closest to your heart then you are in the wrong books.

Ecc 12:12  And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.
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.

We are created in the image and likeness of God!

1.) Image can best be understood in the casting of a shadow on a wall. The shadow is not actual but it will reveal certain characteristics of the actual.

2.) Likeness on the other hand comes from comparing at least two objects to see if there are similarities.

God created man a shadow of Himself with a few similarities!

This not ever said of Jesus Christ. In fact the Bible states:

Heb 1:1  God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
Heb 1:2  Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
Heb 1:3  Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
Heb 1:4  Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.

The words express image would mean IDENTICAL, EXACTLY LIKE.

(That Garden)

The name Eden means: pleasure; delight. God created this garden for His pleasure. This was not a vegetable garden. This would be more like a park. This was the place God would choose to meet with His children. There are many today that find enjoyment and delight in a serene park. That is one of the things that comes from God in our likeness.

Jesus Christ loved the Garden of Gethsemane. He promises again to meet us in His paradise if we only believe.

Rev 2:7  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, {which is in the midst of the paradise of God}.

It is not important where the exact location of this first garden was located for is proven that the “Fertile Crescent” is the region that archaeologists have found traces of the oldest civilizations.

Definition: The “fertile crescent” refers to an ancient area of fertile soil and important rivers stretching in an arc from the Nile to the Tigris and Euphrates. It covers Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, and Iraq. The Mediterranean in on the outside edge of the arc. To the south of the arc is the Arabian Desert. On the east, the fertile crescent extends to the Persian Gulf.

This water basin of rivers has been changed greatly because of the flood of Noah’s day but this was a great river that began in this garden and split into the heads of four rivers. What we see in our day is that many streams and smaller rivers flow together to make a mighty river. The Euphrates still exist by that name today and is a great river of the fertile crescent.

****What was man’s (Adam) job?

To dress and keep this garden. He didn’t have to plant, nor water, nor fertilize in this garden.

1.) This was his place to serve.
2.) This was his place to be a watchman for God.

*****Now comes man’s first test!

The command to obey.

In all this whole garden there is only one tree that is not for food. God did not threaten Adam, He only told him the truth. Did Adam understand. When God gave Adam his job, God knew he understood what He was saying. There was truly only one thing to understand, Obey God. This had nothing to do with any tree.

The trees of the garden had already been described as pleasant to look upon and good for food. (verse 9) The difference now was the concern for moral judgment. The willingness to obey was on trial here and the outcome of life was at stake.

We must understand the twofold nature of death. Death is a separation. At physical death the spiritual dimension of human life, along with the physical life, is separated from the body and the body disintegrates through decay. A body in the open will pretty much disappear in about six months. This flesh will turn back to dust.

There is also a spiritual death. This the state of the relationship with God in which a person is alienated from God through disobedience, rebellion, trespasses and sins.

Eph 2:1  And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
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:
Eph 2:3  Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

We were created to live lives of moral choice rather than being creatures of instinct. God gave us the freedom to choose but He also said we would suffer the consequences for our choices. We can choose to obey or to not obey. As we study the Bible it is full of examples of those that chose not to obey. We are all foolish when we ignore the word of God.

(It is not good for man to be alone)

The reason it was not good for Adam to be alone was because of another commandment.

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.

Adam could not do this on his own. God would not allow Adam to be like the animals.

Help meet means:

The Hebrew word “ezer” means help to aid.

The Hebrew word for meet “neged” means: a counterpart, a mate, opposite. A person of opposite sex.

There is no place in the Bible where you find that God condones lesbianism or male counterparts. (Gays)

This why God took so much time to explain what He meant. God did not bring woman directly from the Earth.

*****Our text:

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.
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.

Verse 19 and 20 are not part of this lesson but let’s read them any now:

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.

It was important for Adam to see all the animals God had created. This verse also shows us the intelligence of Adam as he named them all. His vocabulary was tremendous. What Adam noticed was he did not have a mate.

God wanted a permanent relation between a man and a woman. This not to be a dominance thing. This was to be a counterpart, and aid, a friend, and of course a permanent lover. You see God set up the family before He set up the Church. Because the woman was made from man (his rib), a man should find his wife to be the most dearest person on Earth to him. Adam was created with a need for companionship. This need was to be partially fulfilled with the wife but she was not to take the place of God in man’s life!

There is no way to fit the creation of Eve into any kind of evolution theory.

The Bible says:

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.

1Ti 2:13  For Adam was first formed, then Eve.

Adam could be put into a deep sleep because as of yet there was no death in the world. Only the created life of God.

If we consider that at the time of this writing there was not a high regard for the woman in that culture and in some places now a woman is treated as property, we can see that these scriptures hold a woman in high regard. She is valued for herself. Her child bearing role is not even mentioned at this time. A relationship between man and woman should be precious in their both eyes and hearts.

The Bible says:

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.
Eph 5:28  So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
Eph 5:29  For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:
Eph 5:30  For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

Marriage is between one man and one woman:

Mat 19:5  And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?
Mat 19:6  Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

To acknowledge the Genesis account of creation gives sanctity of life. It also gives us the moral responsibility to obey God.

Who is God?

1Jn 5:1  Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.
1Jn 5:2  By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
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.
1Jn 5:5  Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

When God completed His work with Adam and Eve, He then said His work was complete and he rested but not until then. This is the importance we have with Our Lord and Savior. Every day we are sustained by this creation of God. We enjoy uncounted blessings from the hand of God. If you leave God out of your life your days will be filled with miserable substitutes for the love of our Father.

When we ignore the word of God we jeopardize our selves and everyone else around us!

Let’s Pray!