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Lesson 2

Chart 1

"From the Fall to the Flood"

The Time of Conscience

                                                                                                     

  1. From the Fall to the Flood

1. Adam and Eve Outside the Garden

In their new state of consciousness of good and evil, Adam and Eve began their life outside of the Garden of Eden. Existence was quite different from before. Previously, in the peace of the garden, the first man and woman had been charged with dressing and keeping a true paradise. Now Adam was hewing out a living by the sweat of his brow, battling unendingly against weeds and briars.

Eve discovered the truth of God's Word. He had said, "I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children" (Genesis 3:16). The first child that Eve brought into the world was a son named Cain.

She said, "I have gotten a man from the Lord" (Genesis 4:1). But then, Eve gave birth to another son, Abel.

2. The Differences Between Two Brothers

As often happens with brothers in the same family, these two were quite different. Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. Notice that Genesis 4:3-7 points out that these were not the only differences between these two men.

Gen 4:3-7

3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.

 

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:

 

5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.

 

6 And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?

 

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.

 

3. Worship Taught

Adam and Eve had obviously taught their sons about God's existence, and about the need to worship Him, and to offer sacrifices to Him. As time passed by, Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord. Abel also brought an offering of the firstlings of his flock.

 

4. Sacrifice Accepted and Rejected

The Lord accepted Abel's offering, but not that of Cain. This disturbed Cain, and he became angry. The Lord said to him, "Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shall 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." In His mercy and willingness to forgive Cain's error, the Lord appealed to him. He told Cain that his offering could be accepted as well as that of Abel if he, too, would do the right thing. The only thing that would prevent Cain from doing right would be sin.

Once a man was asked this question in a kind way, "What is your trouble?" He answered right away, "No trouble, sir, but myself." The deepest and most dangerous troubles do not come from without, but from within. The enemy had entered through a gate that had been opened from within. Cain's problem was not Abel but himself.

 

5. Blood Sacrifice, a Requirement

What was wrong with Cain's offering? One difference is that while Abel had brought a blood sacrifice, Cain had brought an offering of fruit of the ground. From the very first. God's plan called for a blood sacrifice. In the Garden of Eden, God had slain animals in order to provide skins to cover the nakedness of Adam and Eve. (See Genesis 3:21.)

 

Gen 3:21

21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.

 

 

 

In other words, for man's sins to be covered, blood had to be shed. Jesus Christ is the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. (See Revelation 13:8.)

Rev 13:8

8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

 

The reason God chose a blood sacrifice is that the wages of sin is death. (See Romans 6:23.)

Rom 6:23

23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Without the shedding of blood, sins cannot be remitted.

(See Hebrews 9:22.)

 

Heb 9:22

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

 

Adam must have related this knowledge to his sons, or Abel would not have known what to bring. We do know that Cain brought an improper sacrifice.

Early in scripture notice that sincerity alone will not put a person in right standing with God. The only thing God will honor is obedience. It is not enough to do what you think is right, or the best you know how. You must do as God commands.

 

Abel obeyed God out of faith. Hebrews 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."

 

6. The Punishment of Disobedience

Sadly, Cain did not accept God's offer to try again, but instead murdered his brother, Abel. The Lord, who sees and knows all things, asked, "Where is Abel thy brother?" Cain lied, "I know not; am I my brother's keeper?"

Then God pronounced the penalty on Cain's sin: "What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground. And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand; 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 replied, "My punishment is greater than I can bear. Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me." (See Genesis 4:13-14).

 

Gen 4:13-14

13 And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear.

 

14 Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me.

 

The Lord answered, "Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on sevenfold." (See Genesis 4:15.) Then, the Lord set a mark on Cain, to prevent anyone who found him from killing him.

As a result of his sins of murder and refusal to obey God, Cain left the Lord's presence, and went to live in the lonely land of Nod on the east of Eden.

 

7. Men Walked With God.

a. Seth

Adam and Eve had more children, but it was not until she gave birth to a son whom they named Seth that Eve said, "For God hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew" (Genesis 4:25). It was in the days of Seth, who was evidently a godly man, with a desire to serve God as Abel had, that men began to call upon the name of the Lord. (See Genesis 4:26.)

 

Gen 4:26

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.

 

b. Enoch

One of the most interesting men to live in the Book of Genesis was the great, great, great grandson of Adam. His name was Enoch, and he loved God and was obedient to Him. The Bible says, "And Enoch walked with God; and he was not; for God took him" (Genesis 5:24).

 

 

 

 Hebrews 11:5 offers further information on this unusual event: "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." Early in the dawn of history, there were men who pleased God by their obedience to Him and their faith in Him. However, all men did not share that faith and obedience.

 

c. Noah

In the days of Enoch's great grandson, Noah, God saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. Mankind, was so wicked and lawless, that God grieved that He had ever made man. He 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" (Genesis 6:7).

There was one man, however, who found grace in the eyes of the Lord: Noah. While others thought continually about evil things, and practiced all kinds of wickedness, Noah believed in God and obeyed Him. Hebrews 11:7 puts it this way: "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."

What did Abel, Seth, Enoch, and Noah have in common? Faith. They believed God, and obeyed Him. From the beginning of mankind faith has been God's requirement. As Hebrews 11:6 points out, "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."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lesson 2

Chart 2

"The Righteous Family Preserved"

                                                                                                    

 

The Righteous Family Preserved

1. Faith and Action Required

Notice that while God made a way of escape, He required faith and action on Noah's part. God gave Noah specific instructions on how the ark was to be built. The type of wood, (gopher) the size, (300 cubits long, 50 cubits wide, and 30 cubits high) the number of doors and windows (one) and floors (three) were all decided by God. The Lord even told Noah how many animals to take into the ark. He was to take the clean beasts by sevens, and the unclean by twos. (See Genesis 7:2).

 

Gen 7:2

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.

 

2. One Plan of Escape

What if Noah, like Cain, had decided to do things his own way? What if he had added another window or door, or used a different type of wood, or changed any other detail of God's plan? Without any doubt at all, his family would have perished in the flood along with the rest of sinful, disobedient humanity. God has never spared those who were disobedient to His Word. Because of Eve's sin, the first human couple had to leave the beautiful Garden in Eden. Because of Cain's sin, the Lord set a mark upon him and banished him from His presence. Because of the sinfulness of the human race, the whole world— except Noah and his family—were destroyed. As God said, "My spirit shall not always strive with man. . ." (Genesis 6:3).

However, God saved Noah, who was a preacher of righteousness. (See II Peter 2:5.)

2 Peter 2:5

5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;

 

Evidently, Noah not only prepared for his family, but warned others as well of the impending judgment and their need to repent and obey God. His message, however, went unheeded. God, in His long-suffering, was waiting for mankind to repent.

(See I Peter 3:20.)

 

1 Peter 3:20

20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.

 

The end result was, "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." (See Hebrews 11:7.)

Heb 11:7

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 home is still the place to start the devotional life before God, and is the preserver of the godly life within the family.

 

3. The Place of Safety

One week before the flood, Noah and his family were led of God into the ark. The Lord also directed the animals in, after which God shut the door. (See Genesis 7:15, 16.)

Gen 7:15-16

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

 

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.

 

Noah was 600 years old. (See Genesis 7:11.)

Gen 7:11

11 In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.

The rain began to fall, and the fountains of the deep were broken up. Steadily, the depth of the water increased for the 40 days. The water continued to cover the mountains for 110 more days. At the end of 150 days, the waters began to subside. The waters decreased continually for another 150 days.

The ark rested upon the mountains of Ararat in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month. On the first day of the tenth month, the tops of the mountains became visible. The ark came to a rest upon the mountains of Ararat.

Forty days later, Noah opened the window and sent out a raven and a dove. The dove found no place to land, and returned to the ark. After seven days, Noah sent the dove out again, and when it returned, the bird had an olive leaf in its mouth. Finally, after an additional seven days, Noah sent forth the dove again, and it never returned.

 

4. Noah Receives a Promise

After a year and 17 days. God told Noah, together with his family and the animals, to leave the ark. (See Genesis 8:13-18).

 

Gen 8:13-18

13 And it came to pass in the six hundredth and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from off the earth: and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and, behold, the face of the ground was dry.

14 And in the second month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, was the earth dried.

15 And God spake unto Noah, saying,

 

16 Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons' wives with thee.

 

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.

 

18 And Noah went forth, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him:

 

One of the first things that Noah did upon leaving the ark was to build an altar upon which he offered burnt offerings to the Lord.

How many homes have a family altar? Today many excuse themselves on the ground that the pace of life has been so speeded up that there is no time for family devotion and prayer.

The Lord said, "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 everything living, as I have done. While the earth remaineth, seed time and winter, and day and night shall not cease" (Genesis 8:21-22).

This was not the end of God's communication with Noah, however. As He had commanded the first man and woman. God told Noah and his family to multiply and fill the earth.               (See Genesis 9:1.)

 

Gen 9:1

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

 

He said that from that time forward, animals would fear men and be used by men for food, except for the blood. (See Genesis 9:2-4.)

Gen 9:2-4

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.

 

3 Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.

 

4 But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.

 

Also, God instituted human government by providing that murderers suffer capital punishment. (See Genesis 9:5, 6.)

Gen 9:5-6

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.

 

6 Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.

 

To Noah and his sons. God said, "And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you; 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.

 

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. 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: I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth"           (Genesis 9:9-13).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lesson 2

Chart 3

"Mankind Judged"

                                                                                                      

Days of Noah

Gen 6:5

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 6:11

11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.

 

 

Partying

Phil 3:17-19

17 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.

 

18(For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:

 

19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)

 

 

 

Marrying and giving in marriage

Matt 24:38-39

38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,

 

39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

  

 

Bought, Sold, Planted and Builded

Luke 17:26-30

26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.

 

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.

 

28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;

 

29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.

 

30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.

 

 

Ignorant of coming judgment

Luke 21:34-35

34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.

 

35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.

 

 

Extreme wickedness

2 Tim 3:1-4

1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

 

2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

 

3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

 

4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

 

 

The Flood comes

2 Peter 3:3-7

3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,

 

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.

 

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:

 

6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:

 

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.

 

III. Mankind Judged

Today, when we look into the sky and see the rainbow, we remember that it is God's token of His covenant promise that He will never destroy the earth by water again.

However, the earth will one day face the judgment of God in a frightfully different manner. It is revealed in II Peter 3:4-7, where Peter says scoffers will say, "Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.

2 Peter 3:4-7

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.

 

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:

 

6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:

 

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.

 

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:

Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished; 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."

Judgment is coming upon the wicked and ungodly. And though the agent God uses will not be water, it will be just as devastating on those who have refused to obey God.

 

1. The Days Before the Flood

The worldwide flood in Noah's day was of such tremendous significance that Jesus used its lessons to teach about His second coming. (Read Matthew 24:37-44).

Matt 24:37-44

37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

 

38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,

 

39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

 

40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

 

41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

 

 

42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

 

43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.

 

44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

 

 

 Notice the clear comparisons between the world in Noah's day and today.

a. Eating and Drinking

There is nothing wrong with eating and drinking. These are normal pursuits of life, even though many carry them to the extreme and make a god of their belly! (See Philippians 3:17-19.)

Phil 3:17-19

17 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.

 

18(For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:

 

19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)

 

  

The carnal man is concerned only with feeding the physical man. With the exception of Seth, there is little mention that these people before the flood talked (prayed) with God in the cool of the day as did their forefather Adam, nor sacrificed to God as did Abel nor walked with God as did Enoch.

b. Marrying and Giving in Marriage

Again, marriage is not sinful, neither is it wrong for a man to give his daughter in marriage. Marriage was ordained by God, and is blessed of Him. It is His plan whereby mankind establishes the close relationships of a godly family and home, and multiplies and replenishes the earth.

In Genesis 6:1-2 it appears that the godly line of Seth was intermarrying with the carnal line of Cain.

Gen 6:1-2

1 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,

 

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.

 

 

According to II Peter 3:3-7 their behavior had degenerated to the point that they had become scoffers and doubters.

2 Peter 3:3-7

3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,

 

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.

  

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:

 

6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:

 

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.

 

 

Had they forgotten God's judgment on Adam, Eve, and Cain?

Apparently so because Lamech boasted of slaying a man with no regard for judgment.

(See Genesis 4:19-23.)

Gen 4:19-23

19 And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah.

 

20 And Adah bare Jabal: he was the father of such as dwell in tents, and of such as have cattle.

 

21 And his brother's name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ.

 

22 And Zillah, she also bare Tubal-cain, an instructer of every artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of Tubal-cain was Naamah.

 

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.

 

 

c. Buying, Selling, Planting, and Building

In Luke 17:26-30, Jesus expands the comparison with the days immediately preceding His coming by including the days of Lot.

Luke 17:26-30

26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.

 

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.

 

28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;

 

29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.

 

30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.

 

 As we have already noted about those days just before judgment fell, there was nothing inherently sinful about buying, selling, planting or building. Mankind was developing skills and talents in many areas. Lamech's three sons excelled in making tents, cattle raising, music, and industry. They now had music for entertainment. Thus mankind, particularly the descendants of Cain, increased in power, wealth and luxury. They built but where was the altar? Their simple nomadic lines were becoming sophisticated and materialistic and corrupt. Violence filled the earth. Every imagination of the thoughts of his (mankind's) heart were only evil continually. (See Genesis 6:5-13.)

Gen 6:5-13

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.

 

6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.

 

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.

 

8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.

 

9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.

 

10 And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

 

11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.

 

12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.

 

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.

 

God said, "I will destroy them with the earth."

 

2. They Knew Not

Life was going on as usual. . .the human race was engaged in its normal pursuits. . .the day before the judgment looked like any other day to them. There was no advance warning of exactly when judgment would come! Jesus put it this way. "And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away" (Matthew 24:39).

 

a. So Shall Also the Coming of the Son of Man Be

Noah had preached and warned of impending judgment, but what was the reaction of a sinful world? The same reaction that such a message receives today: "Oh, I've heard about that all my life! I don't think there ever will be a judgment day, things will always go on as they have been."

The wise man obeys the word of God and makes preparation now for the coming of the Lord!

b. The Same Extreme Wickedness

The parallel between the day of Noah and our generation is further marked by the extreme wickedness common to both times.

II Timothy 3:1-4 clearly describes our generation, and declares these are the signs of the last days!

2 Tim 3:1-4

1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

 

2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

 

3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

Just as surely as the flood came on the unsuspecting populace in the days of Noah, and destroyed all those who had not taken advantage of God's way of escape, so is the judgment of God coming upon the generation of the last days. There will be no advance warning of the exact time of His coming. As Jesus said, But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be" (Matthew 24:36, 37).

 

3. Noah Prepared!

Noah was perhaps a strange looking figure, laboring for many years over an unusual vessel and talking about an impending flood. No doubt, he was the brunt of many jokes and the subject of much light hearted laughter. But when the flood came, Noah—who had obeyed God—was on the inside of the ark looking out, while the scoffers and unbelievers suffered the penalty of their sin.

So it will be at the return of the Lord. Those who have spurned God's claims on their life, and who have rejected opportunities to serve Him, will receive condemnation and sorrow and pain. Those who were willing to obey the voice of God and make preparations will be ushered into everlasting joy.

As Jesus said, "Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels" (Mark 8:34-38).  

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