Starting Fresh: Adam, Noah, Abraham, Israel, Jesus, The Church, The Kingdom

 

  1. Adam

Blessing and Command – God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; Genesis 1:28

  1. Noah

Blessing and Command – God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth. Genesis 9:1

III. Abram (Abraham)

Command and Blessing – The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. Genesis 12:1-2

  1. Israel

Their Beginning: the Blessing (Passover) and the Command – The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt, “This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year. Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family, one for each household….(Exodus 12)

  1. Jesus

Command and Blessing – But after he had considered this (divorce), an angel of the LORD appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”Matthew 1:20-21

Blessing and Command—After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. “The time has come,” he said, “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” Mark 1:14-15

Command and Blessing – But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call Him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David, and He will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; His kingdome will never end.”

Blessing – The true Light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him. He came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him. Yet to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God—

  1. The Church –Jewish part

Command and Blessing – “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit….you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

The Gentile part:

  1. Phillip and the Eunich (Acts 8)
  2. Peter sent to Cornelius (Acts 10)
  3. Paul commissioned to go to the Gentiles Acts 13:46 –Then Paul and Barnabas grew bold and said, “It was necessary that the word of God should be spoken to you first; but since you reject it, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, behold, we turn to the Gentiles.

Acts 22:21 Then the Lord said to me, “Go, I will send you far away to the Gentiles.

VII. The Kingdom

The Blessing – Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and He will dwell with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:1-4

 

 

 

Salvation and Noah’s Ark

The symbolism of the ark and the flood are profound.

  1. What does the ark look like? A coffin. It represents the death of Jesus and our dying with Him. In this death we find safety because we are no longer facing hell and damnation because of our sins. This is not any easy road to go and so the majority, as in Noah’s day, does not head the warning. They laugh and scoff and give reasons why they will not do it this way.

2. The pitch or tar which covered the ark is like the blood of Jesus covering us. The pitch was to make the ark waterproof and to keep the ark from sinking. The blood of Jesus covers us and makes us righteous in the sight of God.

3. The ark had only one door to get in and when the rain was about to come it was shut by God Himself. Jesus is the doorway to God and salvation. He is the only way in and one day God will shut that door to sinners.

4. Also the time spent on the ark can be seen this way:

Noah and company goes into the ark and it starts raining. — God judges — Jesus suffers and dies.

The inhabitants of the ark live there for at least 1 year — God “forgets” — Jesus is buried three days.

God “remembers” Noah and family and they come out of the ark — God’s mercy returns — Jesus rises from the grave forever saving all who believe in Him.

What do you think? Am I off my rocker or is there something to this? Other people have had similar thoughts, check out Les Feldick in his lesson on Noah and the flood (Book 2, Lesson 3, Segment 4) and also the commentary on Genesis 8:1-3 in Benson’s commentary.

God Contends with Men Today

Genesis 6:3 The Lord said, “My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal, their days will be a hundred and twenty years.”

When God said that, He gave mankind 120 years to repent of their evil deeds. After that, He intended to contend with the people in Noah’s days no more. He spoke to Noah and Noah began building the ark. While he was doing this, he was witnessing and preaching to people, telling them to repent. In 2 Peter 2:5 Noah was called a “herald or preacher of righteousness”.  He warned the people but the people did not listen. In Genesis 6:6, 7 God had had enough. He decided to destroy everyone but Noah and his family.

God’s Spirit contends with men today: giving light to a darkened mind, showing them their sinful nature, stirring their conscience, leading them to faith in Jesus as their Savior and Lord and to repentance from sin to faith. One day, the Spirit will contend with man no longer. He will go with the church in the rapture and then the tribulation will come. Please if you haven’t seen your sin and taken the free gift of grace from God through Jesus Christ, do so. The day will come when it will not be that easy to come to the Lord anymore. The world is turning into the world of Noah, where “every intention of the thoughts of men’s hearts are only evil continually”. You don’t want to be trapped in that kind of world. Acknowledge your sin and come to Jesus. Accept Him as your Savior and Lord.

God remembers

Genesis 7:24, 8:1 The waters flooded the earth for one hundred and fifty days. But God remember Noah….

I had a terrible crisis the other day. I thought I had a job and I praised God for it. But it turned out to be a phony job. The guy was trying to scam me in a way I never heard before. I didn’t give him any money but he did get some information about me. He said his company for which I was hired to work for would send me a check to cover new equipment that I would need for the job. My husband thought it was funny that he did it that way. I should have listened to him and questioned him. Thankfully, God was looking out for me and the post office saw that the letter was phony with a phony address and sent it on to the authorities.

The reason I am telling you my crisis is this. For many years my family has been struggling financially. And I thought maybe our financial woes were coming to an end. But I was wrong. And I felt sad, angry, depressed. I though maybe God had forgotten me and my family. But He didn’t.

Noah was on the ark for 150 days plus the 40 days it took to get to high water (covering the mountains). That’s a long time to stay on a floating house with a whole lot of animals. Noah must have thought that God had forgotten about him. But he didn’t. Even though the flood waters receded it still took a long time before the earth dried up.

God did not forget me. It took a long time for my family to get into this mess and it will take us some time to get out of this mess. This morning, I was reading about the flood and listening to a Bible study on this subject. He said that when the Bible says that God remembered it didn’t mean He forgot but that it was finally time to get Noah on to dry land. God could have done it instantly like He did in creation or even in a few days. But He chose to do it naturally through a wind to let the waters recede slowly. God did not forget me but we have to wait for Him to move things in a slower manner than I anticipated. I trust God. He knows what He is doing. I will wait and test the waters like Noah did. My family and I are going to be okay.

Noah: a Type of Messiah

The name Noah comes from the Hebrew root word nacham meaning rest. God chose Noah to represent a type of Messiah who saved his family from the destruction of the world.

The world had turned totally evil just as it is doing today. Noah was the only righteous man alive. His family: his wife, three sons and their wives followed him and he taught them of God. Noah saved his family just as Jesus the Messiah will one day save His family (the church) from the evil that will one day cover the earth at the beginning of the Tribulation. He will also save his other family (Israel) from destruction at the end of the tribulation.

We are living in the “days of Noah”. The “day of the Lord” comes like a “thief in the night.” Jesus will come and sweep His church away. Then the Tribulation, which is “the great and terrible day of the Lord” will come upon the earth. Jesus is the ark upon which we will escape. Jesus is also the Rest we will experience during the tribulation for we will be with Him during that time.