Noah's faith was observed in his doing what
God had commanded him. Faith saves every time because faith believes the warning,
receives the promise, and achieves the good works that lead one out of the
storm and into sanctuary.
But I will establish my covenant with you,
and you shall come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons'
wives with you.
And yet the covenant will survive the
torrents of God's unabated wrath by a warning, a promise, a way of escape and a
man's faith in all three. If Noah didn't heed the warning, he would have died.
If he believed the warning but didn't believe the promise of rescue, he would
have died. If he believed the warning and the promise, but didn't apply himself
to the work God had given him, his faith and hope would have been drowned out.
Now the earth was corrupt in God's
sight, and the earth was filled with violence. 12 And God saw the earth, and
behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth.
Each and every one of us has been so
radically corrupted by sin as to find ourselves totally depraved. This doesn't
mean we cannot do any good, rather it points out that even the good we do is
corrupted or tainted in some degree by sin.
Genesis 5:28-29 When Lamech had lived 182 years, he
fathered a son 29 and called his name Noah, saying, “Out of the ground that the
Lord has cursed, this one shall bring us relief from our work and from the
painful toil of our hands.”
If you believe your primary conflict is
with the ground, that war will one day be over… and the ground will have won.
It will devour your corpse just like it drank your sweat during the days of
your life. But our conflict is not against flesh, blood or dirt, but against
God who gives the spirit of life. And everyone loses that war unless God provides a safe haven.
Genesis 5:1-3 This is the book of the generations of
Adam. When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God. 2 Male and
female he created them, and he blessed them and named them Man when they were
created. 3 When Adam had lived 130 years, he fathered a son in his own
likeness, after his image, and named him Seth.
In the image and likeness of Adam, all
subsequent generations would be fathered, containing a remnant of what it meant
to be made for God's glory combined with a penchant to pursue self-interest.
The search for the Seed of Eve had begun.
While each of the families listed boast of many sons and daughters, the story
focuses on one son from each generation and the passing of that particular
baton forward. The search for the Serpent Crusher was laying down bread crumbs
to follow the evidence back to God's promise in the Garden.
And Adam knew his wife again, and she bore
a son and called his name Seth, for she said, “God has appointed for me another
offspring instead of Abel, for Cain killed him.” 26 To Seth also a son was
born, and he called his name Enosh. At that time people began to call upon the
name of the Lord.
The promise God made to mankind was that
through their progeny, One would come who would eventually put an end to death by
a swift kick to the serpent's skull. With Abel in the ground and Cain AWOL,
that plan seemed to be off to a rocky start. But God provided Adam and Eve with
Seth who produced offspring who called again upon the Lord. So while death seemed
to quickly rule and reign after the fallout of the Garden, life by God's design
passed the baton forward hoping to find the One who would rule and reign over
Genesis 4:13 Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment is
greater than I can bear." Yeah Cain, it must be rough. I'm sorry to
hear that being held accountable for killing your brother is turning out to be
so hard for you. I wonder how you'll ever survive it. That would have been my response, but… Genesis 4:15 the Lord put a mark on Cain, lest any who
found him should attack him. My heart is all, "let the dogs devour
him," but God shows mercy and places a mark on Cain that protects him from
being murdered. It does not, however, protect him in the long run from his
decision to be separated from God and His people.
Genesis 4:7 If you do well, will you not be accepted?
And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is contrary
to you, but you must rule over it.
Cain, you know what to do. I haven't given
you a command too confusing or too difficult. You can do this and you can be
accepted, but I cannot accept anything other than what I've told you specifically to
do. It is within your capacity to understand and to perform. You have chosen to
do things your way and you are in danger. Repent. Change your mind. Do what
you've been told, the way you've been told to do it. Please. Say,
"No," to whatever story you are telling yourself. The bald facts are
that I am willing to accept you, even now, if you will just do what I've
clearly asked. So it is back on you, "Is being accepted what you still
But Ittai answered the king, “As the Lord
lives, and as my lord the king lives, wherever my lord the king shall be,
whether for death or for life, there also will your servant be.”
Ittai is legit. David tried to give him an
out previously in vs. 20, but rather than take it, it only strengthened Ittai's
resolve. Much like when Jesus asked, "Do you want to go away as well?” to
which Peter replied, "Where else would we go? We're with You."
Ittai was a man who chose his love and then
loved his choice. He would rather die as David's servant than live as his own
Genesis 3:22-24 Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man
has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his
hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—” 23 therefore
the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which
he was taken. 24 He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he
placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way
to the tree of life. The sin of Adam and Eve broke the
relationships between God and man, man and man, man and Eden, and man and
nature. Living forever in that state would be a living hell. Eternal life that is life
indeed now would require a Mediator between God and man, man and man,
and a brand new Heaven and earth in order to be put right again.
And the Lord God made for Adam and for his
wife garments of skins and clothed them.
God covered the shame of Adam and Eve. Sin
spoiled the unashamed place of being naked before God (Gen. 2:25), but God
provided a way for them to be clothed before Him and each other in right
standing. The skins that covered them required something else to die. Blood was
shed in order to cover the sins of Adam and Eve. Adam and Eve lived without
shame because something else died.
The man called his wife's name Eve, because
she was the mother of all living.
Adam believed the Good News by naming his
wife, Eve – the mother of all living. The curse just revealed she would be the
mother of all the dying. Because of sin, everyone, as God had said, will now
die. But Adam doesn't name her the mother of all who will die, but the mother
of all who will live and the One who will live, die, rise and live forever will
be born as a result of her maternity.