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This morning we will read together from Genesis 6:1-13.
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.
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.
4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.
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.
This will be our reading today and may the LORD bless His word to our hearts.
My brother and sister, if you really want to understand something you have to determine how it originated. You will know a tree by the fruit it produces, but it all starts in the roots of the tree. Therefore, if we want to understand the world we live in, we have to investigate the beginning.
Today, I want to talk to you about “Noah the man without blemish!”
Noah the Man without Blemish
All of us talk in this world today, and I am sure that we can all see and you don’t even have to be a Christian to realise that everything on this earth is not in place. This earth is unsafe. Things on this earth are dangerous, unreliable and there is no security. But if we have a look around us in this world many horribly cruel things are happening.
Because you are but a spot, amongst a huge crowd of people that can trample upon you, the only way that you will be able to determine what moved the masses, is to create a distance in order to view events so that they may be understood.
How can we know and understand what is going on today? Can we understand? Did God want us to understand and what was His intention? Was it for us to tell one another, “Ah my brother and sister you just have to believe”. Now if only it were like this, I would say “Thank you LORD”. However, to believe like a child is also important.
There are surely people amongst us, and I am sure you are here today because you are one of them, who want to understand the essence of things. I am such a person, I want to know. If God had meant for us to only believe, He would not have given us the Bible! He wouldn’t have had everything written down! Then He would not have shown Himself to us and given us a Genesis, Leviticus, Exodus, and later the Chronicles. Now we can understand why the Prophet Hosea said:
6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
God’s word also says, “believe”, yes, brother and sister, you only have to believe, but what is belief? Believe in the word of God. Which part of God’s word, only a few verses in the Gospels? Verses concerning the birth and life and death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus? I am saying this in all piety.
For some people this is enough, but for me it is not. Why then was He killed and by whom? Why then was He resurrected? When I have a look at the world and the circumstances we are living in today, I will summarise it as follows: The seed of Satan and his fallen angels again want to destroy all Adamites just as in the time of Noah. That’s how I explain the times we are living in just as in the days of Noah when the world was filled with violence. Today the world is full of violence and filled with people whose thoughts are evil, just as in the days of Noah.
Where does it come from?
How can one explain it?
Our Lord Jesus gave us His prophetical statement in:
36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
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.
As In the Days of Noah
If the Lord Jesus then tells me “just as in the days of Noah”, I will investigate the days of Noah this morning and then I will have a better understanding. All of us agree and other churches also predict that the return of the LORD is imminent.
As we have said, there was violence; everything people thought of was evil. It was indicative of the time in the days of Noah also of the circumstances today. Another aspect of that time, which is just as prominent today, is that people didn’t understand. People truly didn’t know what was happening, then, just as today, they think that they know.
Let us read:
(Daniel also writes about the end times and here he writes concerning the times we are living in)
10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.
Speaking of Daniel my brother and sister listen, he says “many shall be purified, and made white, and tried”.
I don’t want to scare you. Many preachers and movements say, “don’t be negative”, thus speak only of prosperity, healing, salvation and victory. It is true my brother and sister, it is all in the Bible, but it is also in the Bible that we will be purified and freed from sins and therefore I have to say that to you as well. As I have said in the beginning of this message, use opportunities to strengthen yourself in the LORD as the end times are near. In other words Daniel also says, “they didn’t understand”.