One at a time, Amen
God sees ALL and ALL is of God, Amen
The Spirit was with the original family. Blessings and yet they strayed. How many times?
Far too many. Seems every time God would heal their lands they would slip backwards from God. Each time we disobey God we must face the consequences of our actions. Gods wrath is as just as His blessings, Israel failed to learn, will we?
After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation grew up who knew neither the LORD nor what he had done for Israel. Then the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD and served the Baals. They forsook the LORD, the God of their ancestors, who had brought them out of Egypt. They followed and worshiped various gods of the peoples around them. They aroused the LORD’s anger because they forsook him and served Baal and the Ashtoreths. Judges 2:10-13
When the Israelites entered the Promised Land and tried to settle, they constantly, for a period of nearly 400 years, kept turning away from God and worshipping idols. Why is this?
They kept turning to their ancestors. Their hearts were still in Egypt and the mysterious gods their ancestors worshipped. That spirit which turned from God on Mount Sinai and constructed a golden calf still lived in the people hundreds of years later.
They forgot God’s word. The book of the Law wrote about the stories of what God had done before for them. They failed to remind themselves daily of his previous power and why they were there. Kings such as Josiah uncovered these unread scrolls and couldn’t believe they were forgotten.
They followed the latest trends. They watched the worship ceremonies of the enemies living around them and found them intriguing and enticing. Maybe because those pagan ceremonies involved sex.
They got too busy. Their busy lives and the prosperous economy caused them to turn to their own needs and desires instead of to God’s commands and purposes for them.
They didn’t drive their enemies out of their land. By allowing the idol worshippers to live among them, they were asking for trouble. Better to get them out of sight so there is no temptation. Some of this was because of laziness. Some of it because they enjoyed the sin of their enemies.
Does this happen today? Before we shake our heads at the Israelites, let’s examine our own lives and ask ourselves, “are we doing the same things?”
We can go on; but The main importance is what we know and do! So many times, I admit there are temptations, hard to resist. What is your drive? Your goal? We are, because Jesus is and came to adopt us into The Family of God!
We can look at The ‘original’ family; what they did, how they did it is the same way that many of us live. Blessings – Yay! Praise The Lord! And as they flow in, we grow so busy in what we have that praise, thanksgivings, prayer become secondary! Am I wrong? When was the last time you thanked God? Praised God? Spoke with God?
There is a direction to pray incessantly, another to give thanks in all things, do you?
So there is a ‘hold up’ in our spiritual walk. I did not say a “stoppage”, just a hold up. They will come! Stay focused.
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.
1 Peter 5:10
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
How many times did the Israelites turn from God in the old testament?
200 times? Too many, about 15-20+ at least
There are times when the wicked have to perish so that the work of the Lord may go forward. There is a scripture somewhere that says “It is far better for one man should die than a whole nation perish in unbelief”. Same reason He flooded the earth except for 8 souls; and that he destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah after the last righeous man and his family had left; and the same reason the earth will one day burn with fervent heat. The reason is mans pride and a failure to abide in the commandments of God.
For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.
Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.
Above describes what is now occurring. The wicked and good are growing together in the world. At this present time they are slowly being separated, the worthy and good being drawn into Jesus Christ and the tares or the proud and wicked are being bundled together. In the end there will be a sharp, defining devision between the followers of Jesus and the followers of Lucifer(Satan) like there is a separation of people between the borders of rivers, cities or countries. The wheat shall be gathered into the protection of the barn and the tares outside will be burnt.
My favorite verses to quote…
“What has happened before will happen again. What has been done before will be done again. There is nothing new in the whole world.”
This takes us back a good way! Why did God want to end it all?
Most Christians already know there is an end time parallel between Noah’s day and the end of the world.
Remember, Jesus said, “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.” (Matthew 24:36-38)
These words are a bit of a mystery. What did Jesus mean when He said, “and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away”? Peter says Noah was a preacher of righteousness.(2 Peter 2:5) If Noah was a preacher of righteousness, then it seems fair to conclude that the antidiluvians were warned for 120 years. How could the antediluvians not have known about what Noah did and said? Think about it! Noah built the most unusual object of his time: a huge boat!
Even more incredible, God mysteriously marched the animals into the ark just days before it rained. It seems inconceivable that the antediluvians did not know anything about what would happen after seeing all of this.
How could they have missed the warning message and basically ignored the physical evidence that a flood was coming? I have a possible answer, but I will withhold it for a moment. Let there be no mistake. God did not put the story of Noah in the Bible to entertain us. Jesus warned that Noahs experience will be paralleled at the end of the world.
The events of Noahs day had dreadful consequences and so will ours.
The Days of Noah
“Now the Earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. God saw how corrupt the Earth had become, for all the people on Earth had corrupted their ways. . . . The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the Earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time.
The Lord was grieved that he had made man on the Earth, and his heart was filled with pain. So the Lord said, will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the Earth men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air for I am grieved that I have made them. But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.” (Genesis 6:11,12,5-8)
According to the Bible, there are 1,656 years between the time when Adam and Eve were created and when the Earth was destroyed by a flood. This may sound like a long time, but do not forget, men lived much longer then. Today, it is hard to imagine that the lives of two men, Adam and his sixth generation grandson Methuselah, extended through most of this period. In fact, Grandpa Adam lived 243 years after Methuselah was born, so he was very well acquainted with Methuselah.
Methuselah died on or about the year of the flood. The horrible state of degeneracy achieved by the antediluvians in 1,656 years demonstrates a very interesting point about fallen man. If God had not dramatically reduced the life span of the human race after the flood, He would have had to destroy the world several times during the past 4,500 years. Reducing the length of life has dramatically reduced the amount of evil one generation can perpetuate.
When you ponder Gods long suffering, compassion and love and all that He gave to redeem humanity at Calvary, considering that God justifiably destroyed the world in Noahs day is an awesome thing. Gods deliberate destruction of Earth proves three things.
First, God closely observes this planet and its inhabitants. Second, when sin exceeds the threshold of God’s wisdom and patience, there is no recovery. Third, man’s degenerate behavior always matures to a point where total destruction is the best solution. These three facts also explain the rise and fall of 21 civilizations on Earth. God raises a nation of people, and when their behavior reaches the threshold of God’s patience, they are destroyed. Wake up America (and every other nation)!
It is amazing that many people, even Christians, deny that God was responsible for the flood in Noah’s day. They cannot believe that a God of love would deliberately drown men, women and children and wipe the Earth clean of life!
These things I command you, that ye love one another. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me. If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin. He that hateth me hateth my Father also. If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father. But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause. But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.