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Saturday, June 20, 2015

As it was in the days of Noah!

Gen 25 v 25-32
25 Methuselah lived one hundred and eighty-seven years, and became the father of Lamech.

26 Then Methuselah lived seven hundred and eighty-two years after he became the father of Lamech, and he had other sons and daughters.

27 So all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred and sixty-nine years, and he died.

(Adam had been dead 126 years when Noah was born, but his father, Lamech, was 56 years old when Adam died....so he spoke directly to Adam and heard all that he could from Adam, as to how he walked with God in the garden and how good it was before they disobeyed God.)

Lamech, Noah’s father, was one hundred and sixty years old, when Seth, the son of Adam died.

28 Lamech lived one hundred and eighty-two years, and became the father of a son.

29 Now he called his name Noah, saying, “This one will give us rest from our work and from the toil of our hands arising from the ground which the Lord has cursed.”

30 Then Lamech lived five hundred and ninety-five years after he became the father of Noah, and he had other sons and daughters.

31 So all the days of Lamech were seven hundred and seventy-seven years, and he died.

32 Noah was five hundred years old, and Noah became the father of Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

So, Lamech, in naming Noah, recognized that God would preserve man through Noah!

Lamech did have other sons and daughters, but they perished in the Flood, although their father, Lamech, and brother, Noah, believed God,
they did not.

In Gen ch 5 we read that Noah was 84 years old when Enos died,

179 years old when Cainan died,

234 years old when Mahalaleel died,

366 years old when Jared died,

595 years old when Lamech died, and

600 years old when Methuselah died
We can see from this that Enos, Cainan, Mahalaleel, Jared, Methuselah, Lamech, and Noah, all lived on the earth at roughly the same time, and that Enos, Cainan, Mahalaleel, Jared, Methuselah, and Lamech, were all acquainted with both Adam and Noah.

Moses further informs us that Seth lived 807 years after he begat Enos, making him 912 years old at his death (Gen 5:7-8).
And Enos lived 815 years after he begat Cainan, making him 905 years old when he died (5:10-11).
And Cainan lived 840 years after he begat Mahalaleel, making him 910 years old at his death (5:13-14).
And Mahalaleel lived 830 years after he begat Jared, making him 895 years old when he died (5:16-17).
And Jared lived 800 years after he begat Enoch, making him 962 years old at his death (5:19-20).
And Enoch walked with God 300 years after he begat Methuselah, making him 365 years old when he was translated (5:22-23).
And Methuselah lived 782 years after he begat Lamech, making him 969 years old when he died (5:26-27).
Lamech lived 595 years after he begat Noah, making him 777 years old when he died (5:30-31)

But Noah found favour in the eyes of the Lord. Noah was a righteous man,blameless in his time; Noah walked with God.

The World Was Wicked, Corrupt, and Violent - The Bible tells us that God looked upon the world in Noah’s day and saw corruption, violence, and wickedness (Genesis 6:11). In fact, humans were so wicked, they continuously thought of nothing but evil (Genesis 6:5).

We read in other parts that at that time, the sons of men sowed the ground, and hardly any food was produced, yet the sons of men did not turn from their evil ways, and they trespassed and rebelled against God.

And all the sons of men departed from the ways of the Lord in those days as they multiplied upon the face of the earth with sons and daughters, and they taught one another their evil practices and they continued sinning against the Lord.

But NOAH walked with God!

And every man made unto himself a god, and they robbed and plundered every man his neighbour as well as his relative, and they corrupted the earth, and the earth was filled with violence.
And their judges and rulers went to the daughters of men and took their wives by force from their husbands according to their choice, and the sons of men in those days took from the cattle of the earth, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the air, and taught the mixture of animals of one species with the other, in order therewith to provoke the Lord; and God saw the whole earth and it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted its ways upon earth, all men and all animals.

The World Was Ignorant of What Was About to Happen - Also in those days, the people of the world lived unaware of the judgment about to take place.
In fact, according to Jesus, people lived normal lives right up until the moment of their own destruction. They ate. They drank, and they hosted parties. And the entire time, they remained ignorant of what was just around the corner - oblivious to the coming flood.

Gen 7 v 11:In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. And the rain was on the earth forty days and forty nights.

And from this we know that the grounds of the earth changed forever.....The mountains rose and there were chasms in the sea, there was a complete change in all the earth.
We read in Chapter 8 that the water receded, that would mean, it drained into the chasms that were caused by the fountains of the deep opening up, giving it space to recede into!

Slivers of land sliding into the ocean, it must have been horrific!

Noah and His Family Knew What Would Happen - But unlike the rest of the world, Noah and his family knew all about the flood and prepared themselves for it.

How did they know?

Because God told them. He flat out told Noah He would destroy every living creature and wipe out everyone but Noah and his family (Genesis 6:13). Because NOAH WALKED WITH GOD!

4) Noah and His Family Were Saved - It wasn’t luck that saved Noah and his family. God saved them on purpose. Why? The Bible tells us because “Noah found favour with God” (Genesis 6:8). And the reason he found favour is because Noah was the only blameless person on earth - a man who walked in close fellowship with God (Genesis 6:9).

There was no war.......just people, who did what was right in their own eyes.

That would have caused strife amongst them, but no war!

Just a lot of fighting amongst themselves most likely!

I have heard people say, Noah must have felt stupid, building a giant boat in the middle of nowhere, and how the people who lived there must have laughed at him. but the Bible states clearly that “Noah walked with God” so he was not just imagining that maybe he heard from God, he knew..... he walked with God..... he was intimate with God....had conversations with God....

We know Moses was God's friend, Abraham was very close to God.....there was no doubt in their minds, when God said something they knew it was God who said it, no doubts, like we have....

(So is there geologic evidence of an earlier supercontinent, which broke apart and its fragments subsequently collided and coalesced together to form Pangaea, which then broke apart into today’s continents that sprinted into their present positions? Yes! This earlier supercontinent, which was thus likely Noah’s lost world, has been called Rodinia (from the Russian word rodina, meaning “The Motherland” according to Wikipedia).


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