- Religion and Philosophy
This is my second attempt to write this article. The first time I got 45 minutes into it and my internet connection dropped, thus making me lose everything I wrote. But I'm not going to let that slow me down. So here we go, Again!
We will start in Genesis 6. I will be using both the New King James Version and the International Version.
1And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, 2That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. 3And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. 4There 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.
The key verse I want to look at here is: 3And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. God is saying that His spirit will not remain in man for man is corrupt. And He is basically giving them 120 more years to live on earth. Let's keep going.
5And 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. 6And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. 7And 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.
Please read the New International Version as well click here. So we see that everyone was evil and their thoughts were corrupt, and that hurt God. All of the times that I have ever read this chapter, I always somehow missed the part about God's grief and skipped right to the part about God destroying man. It never occurred to me that this great, powerful God that we serve could possibly hurt. For some reason I associated hurt with weakness, but this just isnt the case at all. Lets look in Genesis 1 so we can dig a little further into God's heart. Lets see why God was so hurt.
Genesis 1: 27So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. Lets take a look further down as well... 31And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
So God created Man in his own image. He created man and woman and the animals and saw that it was good, right? So can we see now why God was so hurt? His creation of man, had become, "tainted" for a lack of a better word. He created man in his own image and yet they had turned evil and their thoughts were corrupt. Here we see how that hurt the heart of God to see his precious people so infected and contaminated. Let's continue.
8But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. 9These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. 10And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. 11The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. 12And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. 13And 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. 14Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.
And then God goes on and tells Noah exactly how to build the ark (read here to get a description) So basically Noah walked with God and found his relationship with him regardless of the evil and corrupt actions going on around him. He was totally dependent on God and obviously trusted him, I mean here God is telling him to build a "boat" and that he was going to flood the earth, but at this time no one had ever even seen rain before, even Noah, the people watching him build this boat had to have thought that Noah was crazy! But yet Noah did as God instructed and because of that he and his family were saved.
Lets go to 2 Peter 2:5 for a second I want to show you, that despite the hurt that man had caused God, he was still patiently doing something with Noah and the 120 years that he had given them. it says: 5And spared not the old
world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness,
bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;
Wow, look at this. God had Noah preaching for that 120 years. Knowing that he was going to put an end to things he was still giving people an opportunity to come to Him. You cant tell me my God isnt a God of second, and third, and fourth, and many more chances~!
What I want you to see here is that in all of this, is that God created us, and His love for us surpasses anything that we could ever fathom. We have hurt him and we have rejected him. We so many times try and do things on our own, we are disobedient and set in our own ways, and yet in all of this. God promises us That he will never flood the earth again. He gives us a rainbow as a covenant. Read this: Genesis 8:15-9:15 . Here is what I want you to see.
21And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done. 22While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.
Oh look at this..... I just want you to reread once more. Wow, the patience my God has with me. Even knowing that we would always be evil, even from youth he vows to never flood the earth again and take us out and yet get this!! Even goes further and does what??? Can you tell me what He did to save us? Knowing how corrupt and evil our thoughts would always be? This is the most impressive sweet part of it all that God just keeps reminding me of over and over and over again. God sent Jesus, his son. He sent Jesus his son to save us. To make a way for us to always be with him. Because no matter what he Loves us so much that he made a way for us, KNOWING that we are what we are... Yet he made a way for us. Its such a sweet loving gentle piece of his heart that we see in all this. I've never seen it so clear before. The heart of God. Shinning through and through.
Right here it says in Genesis 3:15 (NIV) And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and
between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his
heel." the address is not to Adam and Eve, but to Eve alone; and it was in
consequence of this purpose of God that Jesus Christ was born of a
virgin; this, and this alone, is what is implied in the promise of the
seed of the woman bruising the head of the serpent. Jesus Christ died to
put away sin by the sacrifice of himself, and to destroy him who had
the power of death, that is, the devil. Thus he bruises his head -
destroys his power and lordship over mankind, turning them from the
power of Satan unto God; Acts 26:18.
And Satan bruises his heel - God so ordered it, that the salvation of
man could only be brought about by the death of Christ; and even the
spiritual seed of our blessed Lord have the heel often bruised, as they
suffer persecution, temptation, etc.
In the Old Testiment 2 Samuel 7:12 God tells us that He will send Jesus and Jesus will build house for His name. Right here it says:
12 When your days are over and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own body, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 14 I will be his father, and he will be my son. When he does wrong, I will punish him with the rod of men, with floggings inflicted by men. 15 But my love will never be taken away from him, as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you. 16 Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me [a] ; your throne will be established forever.' I could do another articles just on these scriptures alone but this is what the biblegateway says about this scripture: "Blessings are promised to the family and posterity of David. These promises relate to Solomon, David's immediate successor, and the royal line of Judah. But they also relate to Christ, who is often called David and the Son of David. To him God gave all power in heaven and earth, with authority to execute judgment. He was to build the gospel temple, a house for God's name; the spiritual temple of true believers, to be a habitation of God through the Spirit. The establishing of his house, his throne, and his kingdom for ever, can be applied to no other than to Christ and his kingdom: David's house and kingdom long since came to an end. The committing iniquity cannot be applied to the Messiah himself, but to his spiritual seed; true believers have infirmities, for which they must expect to be corrected, though they are not cast off.
There are so many things that we could get out of the "Flood". This might speak to you in a way different then what it spoke to me, but without a doubt what is quite apparent here, is the Love and Patience that God has for us regardless of the hurt and pain that we have caused Him. I mean He could have wiped us all out, and said, this "man" thing isnt going to work i think Im going to erase it ALL and start over again, but He didnt. He took a piece of himself and he came to earth as a man and he created yet another way to save us all. How tender is the heart of my God. How precious we are in his sight. I just want you to see how much that you matter to him. I thank God for sending his son to die on the cross and save me from God's wrath. I thank God for loving me more then I love myself. I hope that you can see his love poured out for you in these scriptures that I have presented to you here.