Thursday, March 31, 2011

Quote of the Day #97 - Steve Lawson


A quote from Steve Lawson:
He [Jesus Christ] is not coming to play games. He is not coming to be docile. He is coming to dominate, and He is coming to slaughter... He is the King of kings and He is the Lord of lord’s— and at the end of this age He will bolt out of heaven on a white steed— and His garments are dripped in blood, the blood of His own enemies— and He is coming back to conquer and to damn.
~Steve Lawson (It Will Cost You Everything)

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

State of the World (2349 BC): The Flood (Part 2) - Genesis 7:11 Bible Commentary


Methuselah, however, is almost a trivial detail when compared with the monumental event which occurred in 2349 BC: The Flood. Monumental really is a fitting word for this historic event. The flood is the dividing point for early human history because it separates the time before Christ into two main segments: pre-flood and post-flood.

God inflicted this massive flood upon the earth in the year 2349 BC. Only that which was on the ark was saved. In this flood, all the fountains of the great deep burst open. The floodgates of the sky were opened (Genesis 7:11). Rain fell upon the earth for forty days and forty nights. This flood rose fifteen cubits higher than the highest mountains on the earth (Genesis 7:20). And amazingly, all of that water accumulated within one year— the year 2349 BC.

The flood was a judgment on man. The pre-flood world had refused to repent, and so they received the justice they deserved. A flood was sent upon them. A flood of such great proportions that it had never been seen before (nor will it ever be seen again). Noah and his household were the only people who survived the global flood, and that by God's grace.

Later in 2349 BC, the waters of the flood began to recede. In order to see if the earth was dry, Noah sent out from the ark a raven and a dove. The first time, he sent a raven. The second, he sent a dove. The third time, he also send a dove, but this time the dove did not come back. And thus the year of 2349 BC, according to Ussher's calculations, comes to an end.

It was not until 2348 BC that the covering of the ark was removed. It was not until 2348 BC that Noah and his household set foot in the new post-flood world. For now, Noah's household had to patiently wait a little while longer, giving praise to God for saving them from a monumental judgment.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Quote of the Day #96 - William Gurnall


A quote from William Gurnall:
The soldier is summoned to a life of active duty, and so is the Christian. The very nature of the calling precludes a life of ease. If you had thought to be a summer soldier, consider your commission carefully. Your spiritual orders are rigorous.
~William Gurnall (The Christian In Complete Armor Volume One, Chapter 1, Part 2)

This quote was taken from the book The Christian In Complete Armor Volume One - A modernized abridgement of the Puritan Classic by William Gurnall, published by Banner Of Truth.

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Monday, March 28, 2011

State of the World (2349 BC): The Flood (Part 1) - Genesis 7:11 Bible Commentary

In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on the same day all the fountains of the great deep burst open, and the floodgates of the sky were opened. (Genesis 7:11)
Final preparations for the ark were made. Methuselah died. All the animals were loaded on the ark. God sent a massive flood. All of humanity died, except for Noah's household. The waters rose high above the mountains— then the waters began to recede. And yes, all of that happened (and those are just some of the major events) within one year— and to be exact, the year was 2349 BC (according to James Ussher's calculations).

For 120 years, Noah had worked towards the construction of an enormous ship. Doubtless, those years passed with both happiness and sadness. Happiness because over those 120 years, Noah had become a father of three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Sadness because over those 120 years, the pre-flood world continued in its rebellion against God.

In 2349 BC (1656 years after creation), Noah was still faithful. He was still obedient to God. Despite the death of his father Lamech just 4 years ago, Noah continued to press forward. Only one of Noah's ancestors was still alive: Methuselah.

Known as the oldest recorded man in human history, it is unknown whether Methuselah died shortly before the flood or in the flood. Perhaps he died a month before the flood, or perhaps he died in the 7 days before the flood. Either way, Methuselah was the only living ancestor Noah had left on the earth. Adam had long ago died, and Methuselah was likely the last man left on the face of the earth who had met him in person (for more information see Methuselah: The Oldest Person (969 Short Years)).

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Quote of the Day #95 - Charles Spurgeon


A quote from Charles Spurgeon:
What a difference there is between the words of Christ, and those of all mere men! Most men speak many words, yet say but little; Christ speaks few words, yet says very much. In modern books, you may read scores of pages, and scarcely come across a new thought; but when Christ speaks, every syllable seems to tell. He hits the nail on the head each time He lifts the hammer of His Word.
~Charles Spurgeon (The Sum and Substance of All Theology)

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Friday, March 25, 2011

A Short Account of the Ark's Final Preparation - Genesis 7:6-9 Bible Commentary


Genesis 7:6-9 is a short account of the ark's final preparation. It is a short description of all the animals and Noah's household boarding the ark. A more descriptive account of this event is found in Genesis 7:13-15 and Genesis 7:16.
Now Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of water came upon the earth. (Genesis 7:6)
To anyone living in the post-flood world, any lifespan over 100 years is significant. But for those who lived in the pre-flood world, living to the age of 600 was typical. In fact, many of the men listed in the genealogy in Genesis 5 lived well past 900 years (see Genealogy of Genesis 5).

When Noah was 600 years of age, his sons were right around the age of 100 (see Genesis 5:32, Genesis 11:10). That means Noah was about half a millennium older than his sons... now that is what you call a generation gap!
Then Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons' wives with him entered the ark because of the water of the flood. (Genesis 7:7)
As will be clearly stated later in Genesis 7, Noah's household entered the ark on the very same day that the flood hit (Genesis 7:13). None of the wives who entered the ark are explicitly named in Scripture. However, some have claimed that Naamah, the sister of Tubal-cain, was the wife of Noah (see Genesis 4:22). This, however, is without plain Scriptural evidence.
Of clean animals and animals that are not clean and birds and everything that creeps on the ground, there went into the ark to Noah by twos, male and female, as God had commanded Noah.(Genesis 7:8-9)
Noah did not search the planet looking for all the animals which entered the ark. Instead, all the animals came to him (see Genesis 6:20). The only animals which Noah might have had to gather himself were the clean animals which God commanded him to bring in Genesis 7:1. Once the ark was fully loaded, God shut the door of the ark (Genesis 7:16). The rain was about to come. And it was about to come hard.

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Quote of the Day #94 - Augustine


This is a quote from Henry Bettenson's translation (1972) of Augustine's book City of God. Augustine lived in a time when Romans were blaming Christianity for the disasters coming upon the empire. Although Augustine wrote this in the early 5th century, this quote is quite applicable today:
For why is it that you put the blame on this Christian era, when things go wrong? Is it not because you are anxious to enjoy your vices without interference, and to wallow in your corruption, untroubled and unrebuked?
~Augustine (City of God (Penguin Classics), 1984, Book I, Chapter 30)

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

7 More Days - Genesis 7:4-5 Bible Commentary


After God had first commanded Noah to build the ark, Genesis states that Noah was obedient to God— that he did according to all that God had commanded him (Genesis 6:22). For 120 years, Noah invested his time and energy in the construction of a massive ark. At last, the time came and God commanded Noah to enter the ark (Genesis 7:1). Continuing on, God told Noah the number of days the pre-flood world had left:
For after seven more days, I will send rain on the earth forty days and forty nights; and I will blot out from the face of the land every living thing that I have made. Noah did according to all that the LORD had commanded him. (Genesis 7:4-5)
The pre-flood world had just seven days. The 120 years of mercy had quickly passed. There was now just one more week left.

One more week to breathe. One more week to live. One more week to sin.

And... one more week to repent. But just as the years before passed without repentance, so the last week also passed without repentance. Man refused to worship his Creator, preferring instead to dwell with demons. Man worshiped the creature rather than the Creator.

This last week for Noah must have been fearful. Fearful because God would soon inflict a terrifying judgment upon the world— a flood through which God would blot out from the face of the land every living thing. The word "blot" signifies a total and complete removal. Everything would be wiped out (for more information on the word "blot" see Genesis 6:7).

Yet the last week for Noah must have also been hopeful. Hopeful because God, by His grace, would save him and his household. Hopeful because Noah trusted in the Lord his God— and he did according to all that the Lord had commanded him. Despite the embarrassment and ridicule Noah might have received for constructing the ark, he pressed onward; not for his own glory, but for the glory of his Creator.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Quote of the Day #93 - George Whitefield


A quote from George Whitefield:
But if the bare mentioning the torments of the damned is so shocking, how terrible must the enduring of them be!

And now, are not some of you ready to cry out, "These are hard sayings, who can bear them?"

But let not sincere christians be in the least terrified at what has been delivered: No, for you is reserved a crown, a kingdom, an eternal and exceeding weight of glory. Christ never said that the righteous, the believing, the upright, the sincere, but the wicked, merciless, negatively good professors before described, shall go into everlasting punishment. For you, who love him in sincerity, a new and living way is laid open into the Holy of Holies by the blood of Jesus Christ: and an abundant entrance will be administered unto you, at the great day of account, into eternal life. Take heed, therefore, and beware that there be not in any of you a root of bitterness springing up of unbelief: but on the contrary, steadfastly and heartily rely on the many precious promises reached out to you in the gospel, knowing that he who hath promised is faithful, and therefore will perform.
~George Whitefield (The Eternity of Hell-Torments)

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Monday, March 21, 2011

How Did Noah Know Which Animals Were Clean? (Part 2) - Genesis 7:2-3 Bible Commentary


Ultimately, the best conclusion that can be reached is that the animals were marked clean and unclean for the purpose of bringing offerings to the Lord. The practice of bringing animals as offerings is first mentioned in Genesis 4, where Abel brought to the Lord of the firstlings of his flock and of their fat portions (Genesis 4:4).

Perhaps Noah knew which animals were clean because of knowledge passed down by Adam. Perhaps he knew of it through prophetic revelation from Enoch— or perhaps God had only recently revealed such information to Noah (in preparation for the next era of human history). Exactly how Noah came to learn which animals were clean and which were unclean can ultimately only be speculated upon. The purpose, however, for which Noah brought additional pairs of clean animals is known.

Noah would offer those animals as a burnt offering after the flood:
Noah built an altar to the LORD, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar (Genesis 8:20).
In recognition of his sin and utter dependence upon God, Noah would lift up an offering to the Lord. For now, Noah had simply been instructed to bring additional clean animals on board the ark. Surely Noah must have (eventually, if not immediately) seen the purpose behind this! And how humbling of a purpose it was! God was making clear to Noah the high price for sin— that He is the one who saves— that man without God has no hope.

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Election and Holiness - Charles Spurgeon - Sermon Sunday

The sermon Election and Holiness was preached by Charles Spurgeon in 1860. The sermon is based on Deuteronomy 10:14-26, which states:
Behold, to the LORD your God belong heaven and the highest heavens, the earth and all that is in it. Yet on your fathers did the LORD set His affection to love them, and He chose their descendants after them, even you above all peoples, as it is this day. So circumcise your heart, and stiffen your neck no longer.
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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Quote of the Day #92 - Charles Spurgeon


A quote from Charles Spurgeon:
Let me ask you, how many atheists are now in this house? Perhaps not a single one of you would accept the title, and yet, if you live from Monday morning to Saturday night in the same way as you would live if there were no God, you are practical atheists; and as actions speak more loudly than words, you are more atheists than those doctrinal unbelievers who disavow God with their mouths, and, after all, are secretly afraid of him. A life without God is as bad as a creed without God. You cannot come to God unless you believe in Him as the All in All, the Lord God beside whom there is none else.
~Charles Spurgeon (2100.451)

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Friday, March 18, 2011

How Did Noah Know Which Animals Were Clean? (Part 1) - Genesis 7:2-3 Bible Commentary


How did Noah know which animals were clean? When God first commanded Noah, He told him the following:
And of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every kind into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female. "Of the birds after their kind, and of the animals after their kind, of every creeping thing of the ground after its kind, two of every kind will come to you to keep them alive. (Genesis 6:19-20)
About 120 years later, just before Noah was about to enter the ark, God repeated the command, adding in a few additional details:
You shall take with you of every clean animal by sevens, a male and his female; and of the animals that are not clean two, a male and his female; also of the birds of the sky, by sevens, male and female, to keep offspring alive on the face of all the earth. (Genesis 7:2-3)
This much is clear: Noah knew which animals were clean. However, Scripture does not clearly indicate how Noah came to know which animals were clean and which animals were unclean. In fact, Genesis 7:2 is the first passage in Scripture to make a distinction between clean and unclean animals.

At the creation of the world, such a distinction between clean and unclean animals did not exist. Genesis 1:31 states that after creation God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. From this, it can be concluded that it was not until after the fall of man that certain animals were marked as clean or unclean.

Typically, the first thought which comes to mind when an animal is called "clean" or unclean" is that some sort of dietary distinction is being made. This, however, does not appear to be the case in this passage. Scripture seems to indicate that before the flood, people did not eat meat; thus the clean and unclean animals of Noah's day were not separated into different categories for dietary reasons (for more information on the food of the pre-flood world see: Genesis 6:21).

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Quote of the Day #91 - William Gurnall


A quote from William Gurnall:
When Satan buffets and temptation washes over you like a tidal wave, you must cling to God's truths. They are your shelter in every raging storm.
~William Gurnall (The Christian In Complete Armor Volume One, Chapter 1, Part 1)

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Time Comes to Enter the Ark (Part 3) - Genesis 7:1 Bible Commentary


Noah and his household would be saved because:
for you alone I have seen to be righteous before Me in this time. (Genesis 7:1)
Noah and his household would be saved because Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord (Genesis 6:8). Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his time; Noah walked with God. (Genesis 6:9) Noah was seen to be righteous. And why was Noah seen to be righteous? Was it because he was perfect? Was it because he was without sin? No!

Noah was seen to be righteous because of Christ. Noah, as is stated in Hebrews 11, gained God’s approval by faith (Hebrews 11:7). Noah walked by faith:
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the men of old gained approval. By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible. (Hebrews 11:1-3)
Noah did not love the world nor the things in the world. (1 John 2:15) Noah did not spend his life in pursuit of the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life— for all of those things are from the world! The rest of the pre-flood world pursued those things! The rest of the pre-flood world pursued after that which would pass away, but Noah strived to do the will of his Creator. Noah walked with God— he trusted in God, and his faith was credited to him as righteousness.

After 120 years, the ark was ready. Noah and his household would be saved, but the rest of mankind would plunge into destruction. The rest of the pre-flood world would not enter the ark. The rest of the world did not walk by faith. Justice was about to be poured out upon man, and only because of Christ did humanity persevere.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Quote of the Day #90 - John Owen


A quote from John Owen:
This is that I aim at: unless a man be regenerate, unless he be a believer, all attempts that he can make for mortification, be they never so specious and promising-all means he can use, let him follow them with never so much diligence, earnestness, watchfulness, and intention of mind and spirit-are to no purpose. In vain shall he use many remedies; he shall not be healed.
~John Owen (Of The Mortification Of Sin In Believers, Part 2, Chapter 7)

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Monday, March 14, 2011

The Time Comes to Enter the Ark (Part 2) - Genesis 7:1 Bible Commentary


The ark was finished, and it was time for the vessel to be put into use. When God commanded Noah to build the ark 120 years ago, it must have been a relatively abstract idea to Noah. Noah had simply been given the dimensions of the ark— he had been given the blueprint of the ark. And just as seeing a house is much different than seeing the blueprint of a house, so when Noah finally saw the completed ark, it must have been much more real to him than when he first received its “blueprint”.

At last, the expected words from God came: Enter the ark. When Noah finally heard these words, perhaps he thought back 120 years ago to the moment when he first received the “blueprint” for the ark. Perhaps he thought back to the moment when the construction of the ark seemed to be an impossible task.

But over those 120 years, the ark had gradually come together. Over those 120 years, Noah had, so to speak, worked while it was day, because the night was quickly approaching when he would no longer be able to work (John 9:4).

What at first might have appeared to be impossible to construct, was about to be put into practical use. God said to Noah: Enter the ark, you and all your household. And why was Noah and his household entering the ark? Why was it that Noah and his household would be saved, but all others would perish?

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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Quote of the Day #89 - Charles Spurgeon


A quote from Charles Spurgeon:
Truth lies between two extremes, and man, like a pendulum, swings either too much this way or that. He abides not long in one stay, but tosses from side to side; never, except by divine grace, finding rest in the middle point of wisdom at all.
Charles Spurgeon (1248.445)

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Friday, March 11, 2011

The Time Comes to Enter the Ark (Part 1) - Genesis 7:1 Bible Commentary


A change of eras and the certainty of destruction. The ark was ready— and its completion was the culmination of 120 years of construction. Day after day Noah and his sons had toiled. Day after day that had built in accordance with God’s will. They were the last remnant living in the midst of a world that wanted nothing to do with them. The world made a mockery of the ark; Noah and his family were radicals, beyond the realm of restoration.

For 120 years Noah had endeavored to do as God had commanded him. The memory of that day 120 years ago when God had first commanded him to begin construction... that memory, however faint it might have been, must have immediately been recalled to his mind the moment that God (once again) spoke to him:
Then the LORD said to Noah, "Enter the ark, you and all your household, for you alone I have seen to be righteous before Me in this time. (Genesis 7:1)
After 120 years of work, the moment had finally come. Despite any attempt Noah might have made as a preacher of righteousness, only his wife, his sons, and his sons’ wives were willing to board the ark. They would be saved, rescued by a God of great mercy. They would not be rescued for their own works, but because of their faith. Because of their trust in God. The climax of Noah’s life was on the horizon. And while it meant the destruction of the entire earth was ever so near, it also meant that the earth would soon be cleansed.

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Quote of the Day #88 - Augustine


This is a quote from Henry Bettenson's translation (1972) of Augustine's book City of God regarding Christian burial:
Such things as a decent funeral and a proper burial, with its procession of mourners, are a consolation to the living rather than a help to the departed. If an expensive burial is any advantage to the godless, then a cheap funeral, or no funeral at all, will prove a hindrance to the poor religious man. A crowd of dependents provided the rich man in his purple with a funeral that was splendid in the eyes of men, but a funeral much more splendid in God's sight was provided for the poor man by the ministering angels, who did not escort him to a marble tomb, but carried him up to Abraham's bosom.
~Augustine (City of God (Penguin Classics), 1984, Book I, Chapter 12)

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Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Outline of Genesis 6


Below is a list of the pages on Priceless Eternity which cover Genesis 6. To view a larger listing of pages on other parts of Scripture go to the Scripture Index.

Genesis 6
Summary of Genesis 6 Genesis 6 describes the revolt of the pre-flood world. After a period of silence in the historical record of the pre-flood world, Genesis 6 opens with a terrible picture of a demon infested planet...

Genesis 6:1-4
Who Are the Sons of God? (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3) (Part 4) (Part 5) (Part 6) This is a lengthy series of posts which examines Genesis 6:1-4, various Old Testament passages, and various New Testament passages in an attempt to explain the identity of the sons of God in Genesis 6:1-4...

Genesis 6:3
120 More Years of Mercy Although Genesis 6:3 stands in the midst of a passage that is difficult to interpret, the meaning of it in particular is much easier to understand. Regardless whether the sons of God are angels, Genesis 6:3 is clearly talking about man. It was man who was the problem; it was the wicked actions of corrupt men...

Genesis 6:3
State Of The World (2469 BC): 120 Years Before The Flood Just over 1500 years after creation, the world, with all its might, was pursuing the broad path to destruction. As death and bloodshed exploded upon the earth, man did not turn to God, but to himself. In doing so, man gave himself over to the vilest of passions, a vileness which...

Genesis 6:5
The Total Wickedness of the Pre-Flood World 1536 years had passed since God created the world. In the very beginning, man was perfect. But man sinned. Shortly after the fall, the first man was murdered. Sin did not retreat, but it grew in its prominence. Man sought after temporal things rather than God. Marriage was corrupted. Immorality was totally out of control...

Genesis 6:6
The LORD Was Sorry That He Made Man On The Earth (Part 1) (Part 2) How can it be explained that God was sorry? What does it mean that He was grieved? God, who is all knowing, knew before He created the world that...

Genesis 6:7
The Pre-Flood World Soon To Be Blotted Out God's judgment had not yet come on the earth. The men of the pre-flood world still had time to repent, but God, in His infinite knowledge, knew that they would not. Thus while the judgment had not yet come, that the judgment would eventually come was certain; for God states in this passage...

Genesis 6:8
Noah Found Favor In The Eyes Of The LORD (Part 1) (Part 2) Due to the familiarity that most have with the story of Noah, this verse is usually not particularly shocking. However, this verse is shocking when the surrounding context of the passage...

Genesis 6:9-10
Noah: Blameless In His Time Noah is the second man in Genesis who is said to have walked with God. Enoch, Noah's great-grandfather, also walked with God. While Noah only temporarily escaped death, Enoch totally escaped death...

Genesis 6:11-13
The Pre-Flood World: Filled With Violence (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3) God was about to inflict judgment upon mankind. He was about to bring catastrophe upon the earth. The explanation for why such devastation was about to occur is simple: devastation was about to come upon man because the earth was filled with wickedness. In order to grasp just how great the wickedness of the pre-flood world was, all that needs to be done...

Genesis 6:14
God's Ark Which Noah Built (Part 1) (Part 2) On the surface level, the ark belonged to Noah— it was Noah's ark. But on a deeper level, the earth is the LORD's and all it contains...

Genesis 6:15-16
How Big Was Noah's Ark? How big was Noah's ark? Could the ark really have held thousands of animals? Exactly how much space did the ark actually take up? Genesis 6:15-16 provides answers to these questions...

Genesis 6:17
The Coming Flood of the Pre-Flood World The pre-flood world would be judged with a flood of water, but this flood was not a natural disaster. This flood was a supernatural disaster— a supernatural judgment. The coming flood was not a gift from mother nature...

Genesis 6:18
God's Covenant With Noah: Promised Rescue from the flood was certainly a great mercy from God, but even greater is that God would establish His covenant with Noah...

Genesis 6:19-20
The Animals Come To Noah The flood which soon strike the earth was a judgment on man. However, due to the nature of the judgment, everything on the face of the earth with the breath of life would also be destroyed. This, of course, included every animal living upon the earth...

Genesis 6:21
Did Noah Gather "Vegetarian" Food? The type of food which Noah would need to gather does not seem to have been as wide in variety as might first be thought. Noah did not have to worry about gathering pile after pile of different kinds of meat...

Genesis 6:22
Noah's Obedience How easy it would be to skip over this verse without realizing its importance! It's one thing to listen to what God says, but it's quite another thing to do what God says...

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Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Quote of the Day #87 - William Gurnall


A quote from William Gurnall:
Secular reason sees a Christian on his knees and laughs at the feeble posture God's child assumes as his enemies descend upon him. Only divine insight can perceive what mighty preparations are actually taking place.
~William Gurnall (The Christian In Complete Armor Volume One, Chapter 1, Part 1)

This quote was taken from the book The Christian In Complete Armor Volume One - A modernized abridgement of the Puritan Classic by William Gurnall, published by Banner Of Truth.

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Monday, March 07, 2011

Summary of Genesis 6


Genesis 6 describes the revolt of the pre-flood world. After a period of silence in the historical record of the pre-flood world, Genesis 6 opens with a terrible picture of a demon infested planet. The sons of God had infiltrated human society. Who were the sons of God? It seems that they were demons. And just 120 years before the flood, the pre-flood world was certainly in an awful state.

In fact, man in the pre-flood world was in such a state of corruption that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually (Genesis 6:5). There would only be 120 more years of mercy left for the men of the pre-flood world. The Lord was sorry that He made man on the earth and the blotting out of the pre-flood world was quickly approaching. Everything would be destroyed.

But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD. (Genesis 6:8) Noah lived a blameless life; he walked by faith. He was obedient to God. And so God spoke to Noah, reaffirming that the pre-flood world would indeed soon perish. God commanded Noah to build an ark. A massive ark. Just how big was it? It depends on whether the 18 inch cubit is used or whether a larger cubit is used, but regardless, the ark held everything that God commanded Noah to put in it. The ark held Noah, seven others in his immediate family, the animals of the earth, and an enormous supply of food.

Perhaps the most astounding part of Genesis 6 is that God says to Noah: But I will establish My covenant with you (Genesis 6:18). The mighty and all-powerful God would make a promise with fallen man. Thus while Genesis 6 is certainly a chapter which describes the violence and wickedness of man, it is also a chapter filled with grace. Even though it would have been perfectly just for God to blot out all men, not all men would perish in the flood. Through the means of an ark, grace would live on.

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Sunday, March 06, 2011

How To Read The Bible - Charles Spurgeon - Sermon Sunday

The sermon How To Read The Bible was preached by Charles Spurgeon in 1879. Throughout the sermon, Spurgeon contrasts the proper way to read the Bible with the improper way to read the Bible. The sermon is based on Matthew 12:1-7; in particular, it is based upon the third verse in which Jesus poses a "cutting question" to the Pharisees, Have you not read?

To listen to a reading of this sermon click here.

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Friday, March 04, 2011

Noah's Obedience - Genesis 6:22

Thus Noah did; according to all that God had commanded him, so he did. (Genesis 6:22)
How easy it would be to skip over this verse without realizing its importance! It's one thing to listen to what God says, but it's quite another thing to do what God says. Cain heard the words which God spoke, but he refused to submit to them. What a great difference there is in Noah's example! What a great difference there is between a man who despises God and a man who finds favor with God! Noah both listened to God's instruction and followed it. Noah was obedient to God.

Noah's obedience is even more incredible in light of the massive tasks which God had instructed him to carry out. Noah had roughly 120 years to build an enormous ark. And while this certainly was a large chunk of time, Noah needed it. Scripture seems to indicate that Noah received little help in its construction:
By faith Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household, by which he condemned the world, and became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith. (Hebrews 11:7)
In building the ark, Noah condemned the world. And why would the wicked men of the pre-flood world want to play any significant role in the building of a vessel of condemnation? Darkness does not aid light. Noah must have done much of the work alone. Even more amazing, he did it at 480 years of age!

At the age of 480 years, Noah seems to have been fully capable of building an ark. Help, however, was on the way. Around the age of 500, Noah became the father of three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. These sons, once they were fully grown, must have been a great help in the construction of the ark.

Noah did more than listen to God's words, but he was obedient to God's words. He built the ark according to God's dimensions. He assembled the animals. He gathered the food. And he preached. He was a preacher of righteousness (2 Peter 2:5). And by constructing the ark, he condemned the pre-flood world, which was so close to its coming destruction.

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Thursday, March 03, 2011

Quote of the Day #85 - Andrew Gray


This is a quote from Andrew Gray, a Puritan who lived from 1634-1656 (emphasis added):
There, is the plague of apostasy and defection from God. Are not our hearts gone a-whoring from Him in all things? And will anything bring us home again, but one broad look of Christ? Then this sore plague will be healed, when Christ will come and stare you in the face, it will make you come home again, Luke xxii, 61. Here is a sad apostasy of Peter, an eminent Christian, both to his spiritual light, his experience and diligence; and what cures all? Even one look of Jesus Christ cures all. Christians, your light, and grace, and experience, and diligence, are exceedingly decayed; and what would heal all this? One look of Christ’s face would do it. 0 for one look of Christ’s fair face today to do this!
~Andrew Gray (The Necessity and Advantage of Looking unto Jesus)

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Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Did Noah Gather "Vegetarian" Food? - Genesis 6:21


Having been commanded to bring animals on the ark, God proceeds to command Noah:
As for you, take for yourself some of all food which is edible, and gather it to yourself; and it shall be for food for you and for them. (Genesis 6:21)
Since Noah would end up spending about eight months on the ark, he would need to gather an enormous amount of food. Not only would he need food for himself and his family, but he would also need food for all of the animals.

The type of food which Noah would need to gather does not seem to have been as wide in variety as might first be thought. Noah did not have to worry about gathering pile after pile of different kinds of meat. Scripture seems to indicate that prior to the flood, God had not permitted man or animal to eat meat. At the creation of the world, God said concerning food:
Then God said, "Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you; and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to every thing that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food"; and it was so. (Genesis 1:29-30)
There is no clear indication that this diet changed at the fall. Death, however, did come into the world. Shortly after the fall, God made Adam and Eve garments of skin (presumedly from an animal). Abel also offered to God an animal sacrifice. However, nowhere is it indicated that God approved of a diet change. Nowhere is it indicated that man began eating meat. Admittedly, this alone would not be the greatest of evidence of a meatless diet, but there is one additional piece of evidence which makes the whole matter quite clear. After the flood had ended, God said to Noah and his sons:
Every moving thing that is alive shall be food for you; I give all to you, as I gave the green plant. (Genesis 9:3)
This verse strongly suggests that, before the flood, man had not yet been permitted to eat meat. It was only after the flood had ended that man was permitted to eat meat. It seems that the assumption could also be made that it was not until this time that animals were permitted to eat meat (this could also have some connection to Genesis 9:2, where it appears that man's relationship toward animals changed).

It therefore seems incredibly likely that all the food which Noah brought on the ark was "vegetarian" in nature (at the very least, the food which Noah brought for himself and his family did not include meat). This would also explain why Noah had to gather the food. Concerning the animals, Scripture indicates that they came to Noah (Genesis 6:20). That is, animals could walk/crawl/etc to Noah. Plants, however, are obviously incapable of walking. And so while Noah seems to have been spared the trouble of tracking down every animal species on the planet, he was required to gather sufficient food to feed him, his family, and the animals.

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The Animals Come To Noah - Genesis 6:19-20
God's Covenant With Noah: Promised - Genesis 6:18
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God's Ark Which Noah Built - Genesis 6:14

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Quote of the Day #84 - John Owen


A quote from John Owen:
There is no death of sin without the death of Christ. You know what attempts there are made after it by the papists, in their vows, penances, and satisfactions. I dare say of them (I mean as many of them as act upon the principles of their church, as they call it) what Paul says of Israel in point of righteousness: They have followed after mortification, but they have not attained to it. Wherefore? "Because they seek it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law" (Romans 9:31-32).
~John Owen (Of The Mortification Of Sin In Believers, Part 2, Chapter 7)

This quote was taken from the book Overcoming Sin and Temptation, Three Classic Works By John Owen, published by Crossway in 2006.

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