JRC Sermon Notes – Pastor John Lindell
Gen 6:1-11 When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose. Then the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years.” The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown. The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. So the Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God. And Noah had three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence. (Genesis 6:1-11 ESV)
- Genesis – The book of beginnings
- Life before the flood times.
- Longer lives
- Nature was more like a terrarium
- No rain
- Mighty men, men of renown. – The Nephilim
2 Peter 3:3-6 – knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.” For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God, and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished. (2 Peter 3:3-6 ESV)
There was a time God judged the earth, and that time will come again.
Matt 24:36-38 – “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, (Matthew 24:36-38 ESV)
- Just like the days of Noah, so shall it be before God comes again.
4 Aspects of Life in Noah’s time
1. The Lord Saw
- Daughters were born to man – preparing for the juxtaposition between the sons of God and the sons of man.
- The line of Seth inter-marrys with the line of Cain
- The earth maybe 1600 years old.
- Millions on the earth.
- The Sons of God – were angelic beings. (Job) Fallen angels, demonic beings.
- The Sons of God took any women they chose. 1/3 of the Angelic host left heaven with Satan.
- Demonic beings inter-marrying with humans.
- Sex through posession – thus passing on demonic traits
- Demons took on the form of a human being – thus being capable of sex with humans, and passing on demonic traits.
2 Peter – 2:4 – For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment; if he did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a herald of righteousness, with seven others, when he brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly; (2 Peter 2:4, 5 ESV)
Tartarus – the deepest, darkest, part of hell – from mythology. (The abyss) -And they begged him not to command them to depart into the abyss. (Luke 8:31 ESV)
Jude 1:6-7 – And the angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day— just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire. (Jude 1:6, 7 ESV)
1 Peter 3:18-19 – For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, (1 Peter 3:18, 19 ESV)because they formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water. (1 Peter 3:20 ESV)
The Men of Renown – possibly the truth basis of heroes of Greek Mythology and other mythologies.
Rev. 9:1-3 – And the fifth angel blew his trumpet, and I saw a star fallen from heaven to earth, and he was given the key to the shaft of the bottomless pit. He opened the shaft of the bottomless pit, and from the shaft rose smoke like the smoke of a great furnace, and the sun and the air were darkened with the smoke from the shaft. Then from the smoke came locusts on the earth, and they were given power like the power of scorpions of the earth. (Revelation 9:1-3 ESV)
Gen 6:3 Then the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years.” (Genesis 6:3 ESV)
- There was complicity with humanity. Humanity was involved willingly
- It was an open, evil partnership
- God must deal with the sin, out of his love for people.
- His days shall be 120 years. – God gives them 120 years to repent. Not necessarily refering to the life-span of mankind.
- Noah was a preacher of righteousness
- He preached to his generation – It is time to repent
Gen 6:4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown. (Genesis 6:4 ESV)The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. (Genesis 6:5 ESV)
- Only evil continued – all was bad – Everyone’s hearts and thoughts.
Gen 1:31 – Is juxtaposed with the evilness.
- There were only 8 people on the planet who were not evil…
- There was constant abuse and violation of all people.
Gen 6:12 – And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. (Genesis 6:12 ESV)
2. The Lord felt Sorrow
Gen 6:6 – And the Lord regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. (Genesis 6:6 ESV)
Ezek 18:23 – Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, declares the Lord God, and not rather that he should turn from his way and live? (Ezekiel 18:23 ESV)
God would rather people seek forgiveness
3. The Lord Said
Gen 6:7 – So the Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.” (Genesis 6:7 ESV)
Plant life/nature shares in the guilt of humanity.
Gen 7:19,23 – And the waters prevailed so mightily on the earth that all the high mountains under the whole heaven were covered. He blotted out every living thing that was on the face of the ground, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens. They were blotted out from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those who were with him in the ark. (Genesis 7:19, 23 ESV)
4. The Lord Saved
Gen 6:8 – But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. (Genesis 6:8 ESV)
Noah wasn’t perfect. He was a sinner, but he still had a heart for God.
Noah believed God.
Hebrews 11:7 – By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. (Hebrews 11:7 ESV)
- Noah had never seen rain…ever. He did all without ever truly understanding what was going to happen.
- Noah – If you say it, I believe it, and I will do it.
- Judgement was coming for those without faith.