Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Bible Notes: Gen 6-9

JUDGMENT WATCH: Gen 6-9. Judgment is found throughout the Bible, but it seems to me three judgments overshadow all the others: the flood, the exile, and hell. (A fourth might be the plagues on Egypt, if those are in the same category.) In this supposed children’s story, certain things stand out:
  • the pervasiveness of sin (“wickedness of man … every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” 6:5, emphasis added)
  • the extent of the judgment (“all flesh died that moved on the earth, birds, livestock, beasts, all swarming creatures … all mankind. Everything on the dry land in whose nostrils was the breath of life died. He blotted out every living thing … man and animals and creeping things and birds … They were blotted out from the earth” 7:21-23)
  • God’s grace to Noah (“But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD … I will establish my covenant with you … Only Noah was left, and those who were with him in the ark … But God remembered Noah … And God blessed Noah and his sons” 6:8,18; 7:23; 8:1; 9:1)
As thorough as the flood was, it did not purge the world of sin. The seeds of sin remained in the very eight people the Lord spared on the ark. The evidence? Sin continued and grew after the flood.
  • In ch. 9 we see the sins of Noah and of Ham.
  • In ch. 11 we read of the sin at Babel.
  • In ch. 13 we have this description of the descendants of Canaan, the son of Ham, the son of Noah: “Now the men of Sodom were wicked, great sinners against the LORD” (13:13).
This magnifies the sufficiency of Christ. What a worldwide flood could not do Jesus did with one supreme sacrifice: “But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God … For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified” (Heb 10:12,14 ESV, emphasis added). “But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself” (Heb 9:26 ESV, emphasis added).

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