Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Quote of the Day #120 - William Gurnall


A quote from William Gurnall:
Never forget that the simple truth of the gospel reduces all the intricacies of Satan to a worthless heap of lies.
~William Gurnall (The Christian In Complete Armor Volume One, Chapter 2, 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, May 30, 2011

Outline of Genesis 7


Below is a list of the pages on Priceless Eternity which cover Genesis 7. To view a larger listing of pages on other parts of Scripture go to the Scripture Index.

Genesis 7
Summary of Genesis 7 Normality prevailed throughout the world. Consistency reigned. Everything was continuing on just as it always had. The people of the world were doing what they had always done, living as they had always lived, eating as they always had... But then, normality was interrupted...

Genesis 7:1
The Time Comes to Enter the Ark (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3) 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...

Genesis 7:2-3
How Did Noah Know Which Animals Were Clean? (Part 1) (Part 2) How did Noah know which animals were clean? This much is clear: Noah knew which animals were clean. However, Scripture does not clearly indicate how Noah came to know...

Genesis 7:4-5
7 More Days God told Noah the number of days the pre-flood world had left. The pre-flood world had just seven days. The 120 years of mercy had quickly passed. There was now just one more week left.

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

Genesis 7:11
State of the World (2349 BC): The Flood (Part 1) (Part 2) 2349 BC was a packed year: 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...

Genesis 7:10-12
The Long Expected Rain (Part 1) (Part 2) Most downpours begin slowly. The wind gushes; the clouds roll in. First it sprinkles. And then, steadily, the rain becomes heavier and heavier. This, however, was not how the water of Noah's flood began...

Genesis 7:13-15
Noah's Timely Entry (Part 1) (Part 2) On the day that the storm clouds broke open— on the day that the water burst forth from the ground— on that very same day, Noah's household and the animals entered the ark. For 120 years of Noah's life, everything had been building up to this climatic moment...

Genesis 7:16
Zero More Years of Mercy (Part 1) (Part 2) At one point, the pre-flood world had 120 more years to repent. 120 years to turn to God. 120 more years of mercy. Those years were now gone. The clock was ticking and the countdown had almost hit zero...

Genesis 7:17-18
The Destruction of The City of Enoch (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3) Not a single town, village, or city— not even The City of Enoch was exempt from annihilation. Every human settlement was utterly destroyed in the flood. At the time of the flood, The City of Enoch was likely the most ancient city in the world...

Genesis 7:19-20
Evidence for a Global Flood: Water Above The Mountains (Part 1) (Part 2) The Noahic flood covered the entire world. Anyone who rejects this has rejected the history which the Bible plainly presents. The Bible presents a global flood, not a local flood. If the flood was local, how could the water have risen 15 cubits above...

Genesis 7:21-22
Evidence for a Global Flood: Every Living Thing Dies At the beginning of creation, water covered the earth. Fast forward 1656 years— at first glance, it might appear that nothing had changed. Water once again covered the entire earth. But 1656 years later, something was different. Very different...

Genesis 7:23
Evidence For A Global Flood: Only Noah's Household Survived Scripture states what the flood destroyed: every living thing upon the face of the land. Scripture also states what the flood did not destroy: Noah's household and everything on the ark. Both of these important pieces of information...

Genesis 7:24
Noah's Patience (Part 1) (Part 2) Noah had spent 120 years preparing for one day— the day that the flood hit. But that climatic day had already come... and gone. What God had said would happen had come to pass. The waters of the flood had filled the earth. Over those first forty days...

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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Quote of the Day #119 - Charles Spurgeon


A quote from Charles Spurgeon:
The church is not formed to be a social club, to produce society for itself; not to be a political association, to be a power in politics; not even to be a religious confederacy, promoting its own opinions: it is a body created of the Lord to answer His own ends and purposes, and it exists for nothing else.
~Charles Spurgeon (The Lutheran Witness [Vol. XII, No. 16] TN133)

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Friday, May 27, 2011

How God Stopped The Flood (Part 3) - Genesis 8:1-3 Bible Commentary


Whatever questions Noah might have had, God made clear to Noah and his household that He had not forgotten them. God had not forgotten the covenant which He had said He would make with Noah (Genesis 6:18). Although God had displayed His wrath toward the pre-flood world, He had not forgotten His servant Noah.

Thus God acted. He sent a wind. The wind was the evidence that God had indeed remembered His servant. When the wind began to blow, the waters began to subside:
Also the fountains of the deep and the floodgates of the sky were closed, and the rain from the sky was restrained; and the water receded steadily from the earth, and at the end of one hundred and fifty days the water decreased. (Genesis 8:2-3)
For over 110 days, Noah's household knew nothing about the height of the water. Since the water had risen far above the mountains, there was nothing to compare the height of the water to!

But then the 150th day came. Suddenly, the ark came to a stop. On day 150 of the flood (110 days after the 40 days of rain) the ark came to a rest (Genesis 8:4). It was in that moment that those on the ark must have truly been able to proclaim, "God has remembered us!" And indeed, God had remembered them. The wind, sent by God Himself, was just beginning to blow away the flooding judgment which fell upon the pre-flood world. And soon, very soon, the era of the pre-flood world would be complete.

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Quote of the Day #118 - John Owen


A quote from John Owen:
Is it not enough to make any heart to tremble, to think of being brought into that estate wherein he should have slight thoughts of sin? Slight thoughts of grace, of mercy, of the blood of Christ, of the law, heaven, and hell, come all in at the same season. Take heed, this is that [which] your lust is working toward-the hardening of the heart, searing of the conscience, blinding of the mind, stupifying of the affections, and deceiving of the whole soul.
~John Owen (Of The Mortification Of Sin In Believers, Part 2, Chapter 10)

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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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

How God Stopped The Flood (Part 2) - Genesis 8:1-3 Bible Commentary


God is always involved in the operations of the universe. He is the one who controls everything, including nature. Is it not God Himself who stirs up the sea? (Isaiah 51:14)

Naturalists constantly seek to explain how the universe can operate without God, but such a search is pointless. The structure of microscopic atomic particles will never fully be able to explain how the universe operates. Oh how the world loves to peer into their microscopes in order to invent reasons to continue in rebellion! Oh how the world loves to come up with theory after theory while ignoring the Creator— while ignoring the very Person who is before all things and in whom all things hold together! (Colossians 1:17)

It is impossible. Read that again: impossible to fully grasp Genesis 8:1 without stripping away unbiblical naturalistic philosophies. And so, with perhaps a better mindset, read Genesis 8:1 again:
But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the cattle that were with him in the ark; and God caused a wind to pass over the earth, and the water subsided.
In order that God might fulfill His purposes, He caused a wind to pass over the earth. Perhaps angels were involved in the process of releasing the wind, or perhaps God simply sent the wind Himself. Regardless, God achieved what He desired: the water subsided. And why did God want the flood to subside? Why did God once again want to gather the water into one place (Genesis 1:9)? For this reason: God remembered Noah. In the midst of His wrath, God remembered mercy (Habakkuk 3:2).

Imagine the situation that Noah was in right before God caused the wind to blow: For 150 days, Noah had lived on the ark. And the world, from Noah's perspective, must have appeared to be in a hopeless condition. Noah had not seen any land for over 110 days! And gradually, perhaps doubts began to enter Noah's mind. Would the water ever depart? Would they ever walk on land again? Had God... forgotten them?

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Quote of the Day #117 - William Gurnall


A quote from William Gurnall:
While the devil may be in hot pursuit of your soul, the very scent of Christ's blood, by which you are justified, is noxious to him and will stop him in his tracks. Run straight into this tower of the gospel covenant, and roll this truth on the head of Satan, as the woman cast the stone on the head of Abimelech: 'To him... that... believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness' (Rom. 4:5).
~William Gurnall (The Christian In Complete Armor Volume One, Chapter 2, Part 2)

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Monday, May 23, 2011

How God Stopped The Flood (Part 1) - Genesis 8:1-3 Bible Commentary


Natural disasters are normal (and recurring) events which are the byproduct of living in a fallen world. The flood, however, was not a normal event. Never before had such a catastrophe inflicted man (and never again will such a catastrophe inflict man). The flood was not a natural disaster, but a supernatural disaster. God Himself supernaturally started the flood. Thus it seems reasonable to conclude that a supernatural force would also be required to end the flood. Genesis 8:1 states just that:
But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the cattle that were with him in the ark; and God caused a wind to pass over the earth, and the water subsided. (Genesis 8:1)
God, in order to carry out His purposes, sent a wind upon the earth. Notice who caused the wind. God Himself caused the wind. This is irrefutable proof that God directly intervenes in human history. Contrary to what many groups believe (such as Deists), God is active in human affairs. God did not wind the universe up like a watch and leave it to run itself! No! Rather, God acts within time— a fact which can clearly be seen from even the beginning pages of Scripture.

Clearly, God Himself caused the wind to pass over the earth. But how did He do this? What means did He use? Revelation 7 provides a potential answer:
After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth, so that no wind would blow on the earth or on the sea or on any tree. (Revelation 7:1)
Is it possible that after the flood, God allowed these angels to release some of the wind that they were holding back? Such a question seems strange to modern ears! It seems strange to ask such a question in a world which is enamored by a naturalistic mindset. Angels which hold back the wind? "Absurd!" says the naturalist. But to Christians, such an idea should be completely logical.

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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Daniel's 70 Weeks Prophecy - John MacArthur - Sermon Sunday

The sermon Israel's Future (Part 2) was preached by John MacArthur. The sermon is based on Daniel 9:24-25. In this sermon, MacArthur provides an incredibly detailed analysis of Daniel's 70 Weeks Prophecy. This sermon will give you a greater appreciation for the accuracy and precision of the Scriptures.

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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Quote of the Day #116 - Charles Spurgeon


A quote from Charles Spurgeon:
Now, I venture to say that all history proves that the truth has very seldom been accepted by the rulers of this world, and that for the most part the poorest of the poor have been more able to perceive the truth than the greatest of the great have ever been!

There would have been no Christianity in the world at the present moment if it had not found a shelter in workshops and in cottages.
~Charles Spurgeon (Eternal Faithfulness Unaffected By Human Belief 1453.27)

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Friday, May 20, 2011

The Infinite Depth Of The Gospel - The Gospel (Part 3 of ∞)


Can the gospel be explained in its full glory and majesty? Can human language rightly describe something so marvelous? Can frail and finite creatures describe the infinite worth of this message? The answer to all these questions must be: No!

If you ever reach a point in which you believe that you have understood the gospel of Jesus Christ in all its fullness, then be very afraid. Do you really think that you will ever fully understand the infinite love which God places upon undeserving people?

The gospel is a message of infinite depth. It is a message of infinite love, infinite mercy, and infinite grace. You can never be too dependent on Jesus Christ. If you are a Christian, your greatest problem is that you rely too much on other things— worthless things. The Christian life is a life spent on fighting against such stupid pursuits. It is a fight to rely upon that which matters; a fight to rely on that which actually has worth.

Rely upon Christ! Trust in Christ alone! Do not allow yourself to be tempted into thinking that you have come to a good understanding of the gospel— that you appreciate it just as much as you should— that you should move on so that you can think of higher matters. Do you not realize that Jesus Christ is the center of everything? All of history points to Him! There is nothing higher— there is nothing loftier— there is nothing greater than the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ!

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Quote of the Day #115 - Augustine


This is a quote from Henry Bettenson's translation (1972) of Augustine's book City of God:
That City, in which it has been promised that we shall reign, differs from this earthly city as widely as the sky from the earth, life eternal from temporal joy, substantial glory from empty praises, the society of angels from the society of men, the light of the Maker of the sun and moon from the light of the sun and moon.
~Augustine (City of God (Penguin Classics), 1984, Book V, Chapter 17)

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Quote of the Day #114 - William Gurnall


A quote from William Gurnall:
...you may be asking yourself, 'What can I do of a practical nature to withstand Satan when he comes to criticize my duties for Christ?'...

...What a wonderful opportunity again to acknowledge your own sinfulness, and the overriding mercy of God! By this attitude, we take the very bricks Satan is throwing at us, and use them to build a monument to the glory of our gracious Lord.
~William Gurnall (The Christian In Complete Armor Volume One, Chapter 2, Part 2)

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Monday, May 09, 2011

Summary of Genesis 7


Normality prevailed throughout the world. Consistency reigned. Everything was continuing on just as it always had. The people of the world were doing what they had always done, living as they had always lived, eating as they always had... But then, normality was interrupted. The world was suddenly cast into 157 of the most destructive days in human history— 157 days that Genesis 7 describes in detail. Over this period of time, the earth was reshaped— not just spiritually, but literally.

Noah, had been warned of the flood's coming 120 years before it hit. Once those 120 years had nearly passed (and when there were just seven days until the flood), God spoke to Noah again, telling him that the pre-flood world had only one more week. During that last week, Noah made final preparations. On the last day, on the very same day that the flood hit, the ark was loaded. The time had come for Noah, his household, and the animals to enter the ark.

Once they entered, God Himself shut the ark. Noah was shut in, but the pre-flood world was shut outmercy had come to an end. Noah's household would be protected by the Creator of the universe, but the pre-flood world would be judged by Him.

Once the ark had been shut, the flood suddenly came upon the earth. The long expected rain had arrived. Water burst forth from the crust of the earth. All the fountains of the great deep burst open. Water fell in sheets from the sky. The water filled the earth— and then filled it some more. It came— unceasingly— for forty days. And at the end of those days, the water had risen above the mountains 15 cubits. By that time, every living thing that moved upon the face of the earth had died. Every human civilization was destroyed (including The City of Enoch, if it existed at the time). Only Noah and those on the ark survived the waters of the flood.

The water prevailed upon the earth 150 days. (Genesis 7:24) With this statement, Genesis 7 comes to an end. God's judgment, it seemed, was complete. But Noah and his household were still waiting— they were still waiting even after enduring (by God's grace) 157 of the most destructive days in human history.

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Saturday, May 07, 2011

Quote of the Day #113 - Charles Spurgeon


A quote from Charles Spurgeon:
Beloved, if it had been possible to destroy the church of God on earth, it would have been destroyed long ago. The malice of hell has done all that it could do to destroy the seed of Christ—the seed that sprang from his death. Standing in the Colosseum at Rome, I could not, as I looked around on the ruins of that vast house of sin, but praise God that the church of God existed, though the Colosseum is in ruins. Anyone standing there, when the thousands upon thousands gloated their eyes with the sufferings of Christians, would have said, "Christianity will die out; but the Colosseum, so firmly built will stand to the end of time;" but lo, the Colosseum is a ruin, and the church of God more firm, more strong, more glorious than ever!
~Charles Spurgeon (Our Expectation 2186.56)

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Friday, May 06, 2011

Noah's Patience (Part 2) - Genesis 7:24 Bible Commentary

The water prevailed upon the earth one hundred and fifty days. (Genesis 7:24)
For 150 days, the ark was on a seemingly endless venture. There was no land on which the ark could rest. Noah's household spent all of their time floating on top of a global ocean in a tiny (relatively speaking) chunk of gopher wood. Ultimately, all their hope must have been in God— for what else was there to hope in? They had no power over their situation. They could not dry up the waters. They had only two options: they could wait in despair, or they could wait upon the Lord.

The Prophet Isaiah states that those who wait upon the Lord will gain new strength (Isaiah 40:31). Throughout history, many believers have had to wait. Abraham, after God promised him that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars, had to wait for Isaac. Job, after being blessed so greatly by God, had to wait upon the Lord when all his material blessings were taken away. The disciples, after Jesus had ascended into heaven, had to wait for the Spirit to be sent. Waiting upon God is a part of every believer's walk— and Noah is no exception.

The flood had destroyed everything. And Noah, after the most terrifyingly climatic of moments, was left waiting. The sun had set on the pre-flood world, and Noah was left in the dark. There was, however, a new climax on the horizon. The dawn of a new day— of a new age. A new morning was quickly approaching— a morning which would be worth the wait. On that morning, Noah would leave the ark. On that morning, God, just as He had said 120 years before the flood, would make a covenant with fallen man (Genesis 6:18).

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Thursday, May 05, 2011

Quote of the Day #112 - Thomas Manton


A quote from Thomas Manton:
If because you are Christians you promise yourselves a long lease of temporal happiness, free from troubles and afflictions, it is as if a soldier going to the wars should promise himself peace and continual truce with the enemy; or as if a mariner committing himself to the sea for a long voyage, should promise himself nothing but fair and calm weather, without waves and storms; so irrational it is for a Christian to promise himself rest here upon earth.
~Thomas Manton (Sermon on Psalm 119:143)

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Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Noah's Patience (Part 1) - Genesis 7:24 Bible Commentary


Noah had spent 120 years preparing for one day— the day that the flood hit. But that climatic day had already come... and gone. What God had said would happen had come to pass. The waters of the flood had filled the earth. Over those first forty days, everything had been destroyed (Genesis 7:21-22). The waters had risen above even the highest mountains (Genesis 7:20), and only Noah's household survived (Genesis 7:23).

Judgment, it seemed, was complete. The violence of the pre-flood world had been put to an end. The goal, it seemed, was accomplished. But Noah was still waiting. He was still waiting in the same ark... with the same people... and with the same animals. Such an environment would test any man's patience.

In the midst of all the waiting, there were also plenty of things for Noah to worry about. Was there enough food? Was the boat strong enough? What would the post-flood world be like? Whatever the questions might have been, all the questions must have pointed Noah back to the truth that he was totally dependent upon God. It was only by God's grace that he was alive, and it would only be by God's grace that he would remain alive. Everything was ultimately under His control. He had told Noah that it would rain for forty days and forty nights (Genesis 7:4), and so it happened.

But while those forty days marked the end of the pre-flood world, they did not not mark the end of Noah's journey at sea. Noah had to wait for almost another year. And for the first five months of the flood, the water appeared as if it might never recede.

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Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Quote of the Day #111 - William Gurnall


A quote from William Gurnall:
Satan... let Christ fast forty days before he came, and then fell to his enticing work — just as an army blocks off a town and waits to negotiate until it is pinched for provisions and likely to agree to almost anything. If you wish to stand firm in the midst of suffering, forewarn yourself of this fact: Temptation is never stronger than when relief seems to dress itself in the very sin that Satan is suggesting.
~William Gurnall (The Christian In Complete Armor Volume One, Chapter 2, Part 2)

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Monday, May 02, 2011

Evidence For A Global Flood: Only Noah's Household Survived - Genesis 7:23 Bible Commentary


Scripture states what the flood destroyed: every living thing upon the face of the land. Scripture also states what the flood did not destroy: Noah's household and everything on the ark. Both of these important pieces of information are stated together in Genesis 7:23:
Thus He blotted out every living thing that was upon the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky, and they were blotted out from the earth; and only Noah was left, together with those that were with him in the ark. (Genesis 7:23)
Scripture excludes only Noah and those with him from the waters of judgment. Seven days before the flood, God told Noah why only he was excluded, "you alone I have seen to be righteous before Me in this time" (Genesis 7:1). The phrase in this time qualifies God's statement. Noah was certainly not the first man in the world who was seen to be righteous (see Enoch: A Prophet in the Pre-Flood World).

If God had simply stated, "you alone I have seen to be righteous before Me," the statement wouldn't have been totally correct. But because the phrase in this time is included, God's statement is accurate. Notice the ways in which God could have qualified His statement. He could have have stated that that Noah alone was seen to be righteous in this land. He could have stated that Noah alone was seen to be righteous in in his part of the world. But God did not make these statements. God qualified His statement with just one phrase: in this time.

Scripture, because it is God's own words, is consistent with itself. Genesis 7:1 describes what made Noah different than everyone else— what made him alone unique. Genesis 7:23 explains the outcome of Noah's uniqueness. Why would the rest of the world perish? Why would Noah and those with him be the only survivors? For no other reason than this: Noah alone was seen to be righteous!

The purpose of Genesis 7:23 is to emphasize the scope of the flood by describing both what the flood destroyed and what the flood did not destroy. Its purpose is to further magnify the destruction caused by the flood and to show the reader the wickedness of sin. How wicked is sin? Sin is so wicked that God judged man by sending a flood which covered the entire world. A flood that destroyed everything upon the face of the land— except for Noah and his household, who were shown grace by the God who saves His people.

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