THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF NOAH AND THE GREAT FLOOD
PART 3: DISOBEDIENCE & THE WRATH OF GOD (GENESIS 6)
In the name of Jehovah God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth.
Brethren it is our heart's desire and the will of God for humankind to obey God. We thank God for a measure of Faith and we pray that God will increase our Faith. For with Faith we can be obedient and Trust in the Lord. As we pursue the story of Noah, we see gross disobedience by the human beings that God had only recently created.
In the 6th Chapter of Genesis we see the beginning of Noah's talk with God. Noah as a Preacher of Righteousness told a dying world of their disobedience and the entire world said he was without his proper mind. The Truth of God causes many to declare that God's messengers are crazy and without sense. Humankind moving by an accepted and chosen wicked nature comes to denounce the Godly and those that are uncompromising in regard to the Truth of the Word.
But we thank God for forewarning us about the wicked nature of humankind and the multitudes that will doubt. We pray Father that humankind and especially so-called Christians will stop trying to re-write the Bible. We also pray Father that the many lost sheep will respect the written word and stop following lost shepherds and read the Word for themselves. We pray Father that we will have peace in the family and home, in the schools, in the church, across the land and country and we pray Father for peace in Jerusalem. We know that these things of peace can and will happen if man will only keep you first and not man, material things and money.
Genesis 6:1. "And it came to pass, when man began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,"
Sons of God are the descendants of Seth, while the daughters of men are the descendants of Cain. It was not the Lord's wish that the two classes of people should intermarry. When God's people marry those who are not God's people there is sure to be trouble.
The story of Cain and Abel is told in the 4th Chapter of Genesis. Therefore there is a need to reflect on the particulars of Cain and Abel as they relate to this verse and our discussion. Cain was the first son of Adam and Eve. He was a farmer by occupation. As an offering to God he brought fruit from the ground. He became angry that his offering was not received by God. (See Hebrews 11:4). His offering was not received because he did not have the right disposition toward Jehovah God. Due to his anger regarding his offering being unacceptable he slew Abel. Meanwhile he added to his guilt by denying his act of murder and not showing any form of repentance.
Abel was the second son of Adam and Eve. He was a keeper of sheep and Cain was a farmer. Here we see the two basic pursuits of civilized life, the agricultural and pastoral. In Matthew 23:35 Abel is described as a righteous man. He offered God a lamb that was acceptable. In 1 John 3:12 we read that Cain's work was evil and the work of Abel was righteous.
In Genesis 4:25-26 we see some additional scriptures that relate to this verse.
Genesis 4:25-26. "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."
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 has been banished from the peaceful presence of the Lord. Therefore, his seed would not be considered to be dear to the Lord. However the descendants of Seth who took the place of the righteous Abel would be entitled to call themselves by His name. Here we see the beginning of recognition of two distinct classes of human beings referred to in our primary verse taken from Genesis 6:1.
(For further reflections of this verse we refer you to Genesis 1:28 and Genesis 9:1-7 and Deuteronomy 7:3-4 In this Chapter and verses God forbids diplomatic relations, social relations and especially marriage between the Hebrews and the heathens. This edict by God is not out of hatred but because of the bad influence upon his people. In 1 Corinthians 15:33 we see "evil companionship corrupt good morals."
When God's people associate with those who are not godly there is a danger that the evil will overcome the good).
We will now return to Genesis 6th Chapter and resume with verse 3.
Genesis 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 a hundred and twenty years."
Strive in this sense means to judge as an umpire, to strive as the law. Therefore it is revealed that God will not keep pleading indefinitely. During this 120-year period God seeks to bring the people to repentance through the preaching of Noah. (Also see 1 Peter 3:18-20, 2 Peter 2:5 and Galatians 5:16).