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In the Beginning, God - Part 16

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From Part 15

So, who are the sons of God and the daughters of men? Let’s go back to chapter four of Genesis. We have the genealogy of Cain. His descendants were full of evil and corrupted humanity, the daughters of men. These were women who feared not God, nor followed in His ways, the offspring of Cain.

In chapter five, we have the genealogy of Seth, the godly line - the sons of God. These intermarried with the daughters of men, which corrupted the line of Seth.

To sum up the matter, we have an intermarrying of the ungodly line of Cain with the godly line of Seth. This did not produce giants as they existed before and after the debacle of intermarriage. The Apostle Paul strongly urges against these kinds of marriages in II Corinthians 6:14-17.

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Continuing

It was during this time that God saw the wickedness of man and sorrowed that He had created him (Genesis 6:5, 6).

Moving on, chapter six continues with the account of Noah and the universal flood. The name, Noah, is found 41 times in 35 verses between Genesis 5:29 and Genesis 10:32. The Bible mentions him for the fifth time in Genesis 6:8 - “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.”

Biblical numerology designates certain meanings for certain numbers. Consider the following: One - absolute singleness (Deuteronomy 6:4); Two - Witness and support (Genesis 1:16, Matthew 26:60); Three - unity (Matthew 12:40, Luke 13:7); Four - relates to the earth, four directions (Isaiah 11:12), four seasons, four earthly kingdoms (Daniel 7:3), parable of four soils (Matthew 13:1-9); Six - relating to man (Numbers 35:6, Revelation 13:18); Seven - divine perfection and/or completeness (Genesis 2:2, Psalm 12:6); Eight - new beginnings (Genesis 7:13, 23, 17:12); Nine - relates to the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22, 23); Ten - human government (Exodus 20:`1-17, Ruth 4:2).

That leaves the number five. God gives the meaning of the number in Genesis 6:8. In biblical numerology, the number five often represents the grace of God. Noah found grace in God’s sight. He and his family were the only righteous upon the face of the entire earth. Noah, his wife, his three sons, and their wives were the only ones to enter the ark of safety on that dreadful day.

We read of Noah in verse 9, “These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. “ No, Noah wasn’t perfect in the sense that he did not sin, but he was just, righteous, and entire, complete before God. God shed His grace upon him, and he was commissioned to save whosoever will by the building of an ark of safety. Only his family would respond.

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What does that say about the rest of the world? We read in Luke 17:26, 27, “And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.” Why was it necessary for God to destroy them all?

Consider the following: The people of Noah’s day were preoccupied with the physical appetite. They disregarded the sacredness of marriage. They rejected the inspired word of God, and satanic activity abounded. That should sound familiar, as it perfectly describes our world today.

Think of the obstacles they needed to overcome to reject God. The same applies to folks today. God’s crowning creation is without excuse. They had the light of nature (Romans 1:19, 20). They had the light of conscience (Romans 2:14, 15). The promise of a redeemer in Genesis 3:15 was known to them. They had the knowledge of sacrifice (Genesis 4:4), the preaching of Enoch (Jude 14, 15), the preaching of Noah (II Peter 2:5), and the Ministry of the Holy Spirit. Still, only eight people were saved. We have the same today, but people still fail to listen. The flood of evil will soon be upon the face of the earth, and it will be too late for many to escape. We are told in II Corinthians 6:2, “. . . behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”

Often, I am asked, How could a loving God destroy the whole earth? God is a God of love. He loves His creation. This is true, but we cannot forget that God’s first and foremost attribute is His holiness. Holiness requires judgement of the unholy. God does not reject a person, but the person rejects God, thus bringing holy judgment upon himself. That is why God said to 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” (Genesis 6:13). Noah preached the message over and over, but the people of Noah's day refused to listen, and it's no different today. All men are without excuse.

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Reading on in Genesis 6:14, Noah is told to build an ark of gopher wood. Our English word, gopher, is a transliteration of the Hebrew word gpr. There are no vowels.

The Greek Septuagint translates the word xylon tetragonon, or squared timber. What kind of wood was it? Nobody knows.

Noah covered it with pitch, a sealant, to protect the ark from leaking. In Hebrew, the English word pitch means to cover; redemption. Ephesians 1:7 tells us, “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace . . . .“ Again, in Romans 8:23, we are told, “ . . . even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. “

The word can also mean ransom. We read in Matthew 20:28, “Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” Last, pitch carries the meaning of satisfaction. Romans 3:25 says, “Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation [satisfaction] through faith in his blood . . . .” That one word, pitch, describes the complete plan of God’s salvation.

God gives us the size of the ark in chapter 6, verse 15, “And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits.” In today’s measurements, we are looking at an ark about 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high. This gives us 1,518,750 cubic feet, more than large enough to carry its cargo and passengers.

Further, we see Noah was to add a window and a door to this three-story structure. God’s plan for judgement was almost complete as He promised to bring a flood to destroy all living things, but yet replenish the earth through the line of faithful Noah.

He would destroy all that held the breath of life except for those found in verses 19 and 20, “And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female. Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive.”

We also see in Genesis 7:2, 3, “Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female. Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.”

How did all these animals, plus food and other cargo, fit into the ark? Surely, there would not be enough room! As mentioned before, there was more than enough room. Consider this: At the very most, about 35,000 vertebrates would have been onboard the ark. Considering the average size to be that of a sheep, 240 sheep can be transported in 75 double-deck train stock cars. The total cubic size of the ark was equal to 522 train cars. Keep in mind the ocean creatures would not have been included and probably the insect world was not included. It is likely young adults were taken onboard the ark. They would have been smaller and would have had a longer reproductive cycle for repopulating the earth after the flood.

No doubt, young dinosaurs would have been included. Very few dinosaurs were large, but even the large dinosaurs were born in a size comparable to other animal's offspring.

We'll consider more next time as we look at chapter seven.

© 2022 William Kovacic

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