Chapter One of the Book of Genesis

A Study by Roger O. Cornett

Introduction

My interest in the creation of God’s universe, from a biblical perspective, grew from a passion fueled by the Holy Spirit.  My questions about man’s history eventually led me to read and study Torah which in turn created a desire to understand where and how everything began.  This is when I began to discover a wealth of answers to those questions.  Torah study requires an experienced teacher to open the door to comprehending the wisdom contained in the Word of God.  Fortunately, I’ve had good instructors, along with reliable sources on the internet.

For most of my life I’ve listened to the hypothesis of scientists about the origin of mankind.  Using my enlightened critical thinking I’ve concluded that they are groping for answers and lying to folks about who we are and how we came to being.  Because of my faith, the account of creation given in the bible gives me both comfort and hope.  Try getting those from science.

We are spiritual beings.  The book of Genesis provides an explanation of how the universe was formed and what God wanted from humans.  The lessons learned regarding how we began, what our initial relationship with God was, how man fell, and the redemption and grace we receive through God’s son Yeshua, is all contained in Genesis, and repeated throughout Torah.

Chapter One of Genesis explains everything about creation but, due to it’s quick read, the picture it produces in some minds can make the process literally zip by much faster than six twenty-four hour days.

In this study I break down each day, and look at it from a believers perspective, praying this helps the reader to understand how powerful our God is, how He loves us so much, and why He gave Moses the Torah, which was to teach us about the relationship everyone should have with Him. After all, He is our Creator!

This study was accomplished utilizing Studylight.org and quotations from the Complete Jewish Bible.   Reference to particular scripture verse is provided in parenthesis.   You’ll be introduced to the father, learn what exactly happened and see more clearly the thoughts and commands God made creating the world.  Genesis Chapter One provides the account.  This study is a vivid analysis to help you better understand God’s wisdom and power.  God went all out for us.  It’s up to us to investigate and learn about Him, and there’s no better place to start than from the beginning.

The Book of Genesis – Chapter One

Genesis, in the Hebrew language, is known as B’resheet in Torah.  Torah is the five books of Moses: Genesis, Exodus, Numbers, Leviticus and Deuteronomy.  It’s the manual that introduces us to the foundation of our relationship with our creator whose name is YHWH (Yah-weh) our Elohim, the one true God.  This chapter contains a full account of the creation of the world as opposed to what pagan philosophers and scientists assert.

In the beginning  our universe was created by a Being of infinite wisdom and power, who was and is, before all time and all worlds.  The introduction, in these words gives light and understanding to even the most simple of us. (Ps 119:130)

Verse one begins with a sure and satisfying fact: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  This is useful knowledge when it comes to understanding the creation of the universe, which a true believer understands by faith. (Heb 11:3)

Chapter one includes three things :

1. A general account of the work of creation.

2. An account of several days (six) work, registered as a journal, with each days work given in distinct and chronological order.

  • Day 1: Light is created and then divided from dark. Sunset to sunset equal one day.
  • Day 2: The dome is created, separating the water and called the sky.
  • Day 3: The sea, earth, and all it’s fruits are created.
  • Day 4: The lights of the heavens to rule over day and night are made.
  • Day 5: The fish, fowl, and creeping creatures. Plus God’s blessing to be fruitful is given.
  • Day 6: The Lord makes humans in his own image and allows man to rule over the fish, fowl, beasts and crawling creatures. God also gives man food from every seed bearing plant and tree, plus food for the animals, birds and other creatures from the green plants.

3. An account of creation akin to life beginning as an embryo, where God, our Father the Almighty, is the Maker of all things (Acts 17:24-25).

The world is a great house with upper and lower stories, stately and magnificent, uniform and convenient, with every room well and wisely furnished, it’s surface adorned with grass trees and flowers, and although it’s not mentioned, the earth’s basement is adorned with precious metal and stone. The heavens too are beautiful , yet they contain glorious celestial sights unseen by the unaided eye, more wonderful than any precious metal or jewels.

In the visible world we see a great variety of beings, different in nature to each other.  We see that God’s works are magnificent and good!  There’s great beauty in the sky and the earth, charming to the eye and indicative of our creator’s majesty. There is great exactness and accuracy, from the microscopic to mathematics, and more finery than any work of art.

We see the great power of our Creator, and his virtue more or less, in any creature , and in the magnetic and natural dynamic present on the earth’s surface. We witness the great order and natural dependence of beings, harmony of motion, and the chain of cause and effect. There is great mystery, phenomena in nature that is not solvable. There are unfathomed secrets and unaccountability.

But, from what we now see of heaven and earth, we can:

  1. Infer God’s power
  2. Find plenty of reasons to praise him.
  3. Understand our place as believers to keep heaven in our eyes and our feet on the earth

The book of Genesis was given to Moses from YHWH , teaching us that He:

  • Created the universe out of nothing, and there was no preexisting matter.
  • Produced fish and fowl out of the waters.
  • Made the beasts and humankind from the earth.

The one most indisputable fact for all believers is this: the earth, waters and heavens were made from absolutely nothing except His will and His command to be so. Nature can not do this, no matter how much science tries to explain and theorize.

God is not subject to the laws of nature.  The idea of eternal matter is corruptive to the eternal mind.  The power is of God and all glory goes to Him.  According to Rabbis, there were only seven things God created before the universe:

  1. The law or Torah
  2. Repentance
  3. Paradise
  4. Hell
  5. The Throne of Glory
  6. The House of the Sanctuary
  7. The name of the Messiah

Therefore, atheism is folly and all nonbelievers are foolish. They see a world that could not make itself, yet they will not own up that God made it. Our Creator is the sovereign God over all the universe by an incontestable right. He created it, so He is the sole owner and possessor of it. With Him, all is possible and so those who believe Him are content to have Him as their God to hope and believe in (Ps 121:2; 124:8).  The God we serve is worthy, His Name exalted though it is above all blessing and praise (Neh 9:4-6).  As our God, He requires and deserves our praises (Rev 4:11).  But God does not need, nor can he benefit from them (17:24-25).

Let’s get started!

The work of creation began as an embryo.

  1. Chaos was the first matter of earth, although earth was not created until the third day.
  2. Then it began to resemble earth as we see it with dry land and seas and without any ornaments, a heavy unwieldy mass.
  3. Up to this point it had been called the face of deep, because of it’s vastness and that the waters were mixed into it.
  4. Out of this vastness came the body, the firmament, and the visible heavens, produced by the power of the eternal Word.

Instead of creating a perfect world instantly he made it gradually which is also the method of His providence and grace. At first, the earth was unformed and void, nothing desirable to be seen, chaos and desolation. It was shapeless and useless, without inhabitants, a rough draft of things to come, and not the image of them (Heb 10:1).

The earth was almost reduced to the same condition later, through the sin of man. To those who have their hearts in heaven this lower world still appears to be nothing but chaos and emptiness, where there is no true beauty to be seen, no fullness to be enjoyed in this earth, only in our God.

If anything desirable was to be seen, there was no light upon it. Darkness was upon the face of the deep. This darkness represents the state of an unregenerate graceless soul, empty of all good, and without God. This is our condition by nature until almighty grace effects a blessed change. The spirit of God hovered over the surface of the waters. A confused mass of matter, like a valley full of dry dead bones, was formed into a beautiful world. When the spirit of God enters – It lives! (Ezek 37:1-14)

Now there is hope. The spirit of God begins to work, and when He does, who can stop it? God made the world by his spirit (Ps 33:6; Job 26:7-10). By his spirit the new is created and the old is snuffed out.

God is the author of all being, the fountain of life. Dead matter would remain that way forever without him. He raises the dead. The power He used to create the world from dead matter makes it certain that He will raise us from the grave, from a land of darkness and without order, making our bodies glorious.

On the first day God said, “Let there be light”, and there was light, not for Him to see, because both darkness and light are the same to Him.  God created light for us to see his glorious works and for us to do our own work.

Satan loves darkness.  He and his servants do works of darkness.  Those who do truth and good seek the light and come into it, coveting it, so their deeds can be witnessed and give glory to the one true God (Jn 3:21).  Light is the great beauty and blessing of our universe.  We can’t see without it.  For many centuries it was a mystery without description.  The more we learn about it, the more it appears to be an incredible work of God.  Who else could have thought it up, gave it purpose and made it happen?  How else can we become enlightened?

The soul is attracted to and brought into light.  The spirit captivates our will and brings us to understanding it, then it enters our hearts.  Sin and Satan enter some other way, like thieves and robbers, like a sneaky snake.  The Holy Spirit dwells in unapproachable light (1 Tim 6:15-16).  We, who were once in sin and darkness, become a new creation by grace and become a light to the world by His word and His power.

God said, “Let there be light”.  He willed it and it was immediately done.  He commanded it and it stood fast.  With God it was dictum and fact.  The word of God is quick and powerful.  Yeshua is his Word made flesh, the essential and eternal Word. By him light is produced.  In him was light, true light, the light of the world (Jn 1:9; 9:5).  His divine light, shining in our souls, is brought to you by God.

The power of God’s Word is:

  • The spirit of revelation
  • The spirit of wisdom
  • An understanding that destroys ignorance
  •  The giving of knowledge

The knowledge of the glory of God is in the face of Yeshua. God commanded the light to shine out of the darkness (2 Cor 4:6). Darkness on the face of fallen man would have been ours perpetually without God’s son coming to give us understanding (Jn 5:20).  God saw that the light was good, exactly how he designed it, fit for His purpose, useful and profitable.  Our world would have been a dark dungeon without it.  It was:

  • Amiable
  • Pleasant
  • Sweet (Ecc 11:7)
  • Rejoicing to the heart (Prov 15:30)

God saw that the light was good. He was pleased. He graciously accepted it. He’d created it with His own hands. If the light is good, how good is He, the fountain of light from whom we receive it, and owe all praise for it, while doing our services by it?

And God divided the light from darkness, never to be rejoined or reconciled. After all, what fellowship can light have with darkness? (2Cor 6:14)

God called the light Day and the darkness he called Night, following each other in succession. Darkness became scattered by light, but it was not condemned or banished perpetually. It takes it’s turn and has it’s place, it’s use.

The light of the morning befriends the business of the day.  The shadows of the evening befriend the coming of the night, when sleep comes after curtains are drawn.  God reminds us daily that this is a world of mixtures and changes.   In heaven, there is perfect light.  In hell, there is utter darkness.  In this world between we are reminded to expect peace and trouble, joy and sorrow. We should accommodate each and make the best of both. YHWH is Master of time until day and night end. Then, the fabric of time will be swallowed up into eternity.

We should acknowledge God in the constant succession of day and night and meditate on his law during each. So there was evening and there was morning, one day.  This was the work of God on the first day. And a good day’s work it was!

On the second day there was the creation of the firmament, “Let there be a dome in the middle of the water”.  God called the dome sky.  It has a lower, middle, and higher region, as if it were a curtain drawn out.  The high part includes the stars and celestial orbs of light which is called the firmament of heaven.  The lower to middle regions include the space from where birds fly up to the visible limits of our unaided vision.

When God made the light He appointed air as the receptacle and vehicle for it’s beams, or waves. This firmament is not a partition, but a way for intercourse, a medium for communication between the visible and invisible world (Job 26:7; Ps 104:3; Amos 9:6).

Remember, God made the dome.  He didn’t just command it to be done.  Therefore, if He commands something in us He will make it work in us.  He commands faith, holiness, and love and creates it in us through grace and our following His word.  He receives all praise.  The firmament is the work of God’s fingers (Ps 8:3).  It’s as if His arm were stretched out, but the work above seems to be art, as if created by His fingers.

The separation was to distinguish between the clouds and water vapor wrapped within them, and the water contained within the sea and earth.  The difference is summed up in Deuteronomy 11:10-11 where the land of Egypt was irrigated by water as watering a vegetable garden. Whereas, in the land of Canaan water came from rain which the land soaked up.  This is water from under firmament vs water from above firmament (Mic 5:7).

God has many chambers where he stores water.  He has treasures, or ‘magazines’ of snow and hail reserved for the day of battle (Job 38:22-23).  He’s a great God!  Providing for those that serve Him and confusing those who hate Him.  It’s good to have Him as a friend and very bad to have Him as an enemy!

God called the dome sky and above it He called heaven. God is said to sit there upon a throne.  The heavens are said to rule.  Our Elohim is indeed in heaven.

So there was evening and morning, a second day. The heavens are there for us to contemplate on our Creator, about the infinite distance between us and Him, His supremacy, glory and majesty, perfect holiness, immensity, and universal providence over all.

Next, we come to the third days work, where we have the forming of the sea and dry land. Elohim said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered together into one place, and let dry land appear.”  This is when, after tending to the heavens, light and firmament, YHWH descends to the lower world of which He called the dry land Earth.  This was a place designed for habitation by the children of men.  This is an account of the fitting and building of it and the spreading of their table.

The earth was prepared for habitation for man by:

  1. The gathering together of the waters He called seas.
  2. The making of the dry land.

Before this there was confusion, with earth and water mixed into one heaving chaotic mass.  Now, there is order and separation to make each useful.  God said, “Let it be so” and it was done.  The waters receded and gathered into hollows fitted for their rest, into their proper place, cleared and collected, called seas.  The rivers provided communication between them, unto distant shores, above and below ground, and thus they became one, a common receptacle (Eccl 1:7).   And God saw that it was good.

In scripture, waters can signify trouble and affliction (Ps 42:7; 69:2; Ps14-15).  These are only waters under heaven.  There are none in heaven and these waters are restricted to the boundaries God confined them to. When you go down to the sea give praise that our Father had the wisdom, power, and goodness to make the seas serviceable to man, and those at home should thank him for keeping the sea confined to it’s decreed place (Job 38:8-11).

The dry land was made to emerge and was called earth. Unusable before, from being underwater, dry land represents gifts from God. They were buried, but He makes them appear and become serviceable. We owe ourselves to the gift of dry land, twice underwater, which was formed by God’s hands (Ps 95:5; Jonah 1:9).

The earth was furnished for the maintenance and support of man. The upstart earth was in obedience to God’s command and instantly became fruitful. “Let the earth bring forth grass, seed producing plants”. Fruit trees for man and grass for cattle. The perpetuation of vegetables and fruits came via the seeds they produced. This was so man, during his time on earth, would have food from it for his use and benefit. How YHWH regards us! To care for and support us even though we are undeserving sinners! Remember, not only does the earth belong to the Creator, but also its provisions and furnishings.

The earth was empty, but by God speaking it became full of riches that still belong to Him, although its use is still allowed. To His service and honor it must be used. So, there was evening and there was morning, a third day.

These miracles are not stagnate, but are a continual creation of His watchful care, instances of His unwearied power and inexhaustible goodness. Here we see ripeness before the sun and moon had their influences (Dt 33:13-14).  These things were made before we had the occasion to use them, before beast and man were made.

God thus dealt wisely and graciously with man, and we should not be unwise in how we use the blessings bestowed upon us.  God must have the glory of all the benefits we receive from the products of the earth, either food or psychological.  He hears the heavens and they hear the earth (Hos 2:21-22). If we have grace through Him and an interest in He who is the fountain, then when the fig tree doesn’t blossom because the stream has dried, we may rejoice in Him.

The fourth day’s work includes the creating of the sun, moon, and stars. “Let there be lights in the dome of the sky”.  Mention is not made about their composition or any other curiosities, but here we learn about their relationship to the earth, where they serve as lights.  This alone is enough to give us reason for thanks and praise.   This glorious power is mentioned in Job 26:13 as His spirit spreading the skies.  Now, we see an account of this garnishment, which was not just to benefit the sky with beauty, but to benefit this lower world.

The command was given “Let there be lights in the dome of the sky to divide the day and night.” In the beginning there was chaos here also, light was scattered and confused.  Now, it was collected and molded to make it more serviceable, because YHWH is the God of order, not confusion. God made it conspicuous for all (Lk 8:16-17).

“Let them be for signs seasons and years”.  Their use was for distinction of time, days, months and seasons.  The motion of the sun, rising for day and setting for night, approaching the north for summer and south for winter.  Under the sun, there is a season for every purpose (Ecc 3:1).

“The larger light to rule the day”.  This brightness serves as an example of how light brings those who seek God closer to Him (Dan 12:3).  “The smaller one to rule the night”.  The moon is less light, but one of greater magnitude, because of it’s borrowed light.  It is inferior to many stars, yet it rules the night and is very useful to the earth providing stable tides, causing it to influence the weather as well.  The moon also plays an invaluable role in calculating days of the month through it’s phases. A lesson to take from the moon would be that those who are the most valuable are those that are the most serviceable . Those that humbly and faithfully do the most good may not possess the best gifts (Mt 20:25-28).

The stars help direct our actions by showing the seasons, with each constellation helping to direct planting and harvesting, but these lights were not sufficient to light the earth. Specific stars are viewed, when at a specific location in the evening sky, as signs notifying when planting and harvesting should commence. The stars shine for us, not any spirits, and are for us to use to our advantage.  Oh how YHWH our Elohim watches out for us! (Ps 19:1-6)

God made the stars. Nothing is said about them being fixed, or about planets, numbers or nature of, place, magnitude, motion, or influences. The scriptures were not written in order to make us great scientists, philosophers, astronomers, nor to gratify our curiosity. It was to lead us to the one true God.

The stars rule under Him and the moon rules the night. Psalm 136:9 states that they rule together, but nothing more is meant than that they provide light (Jer 31:35). The best and most honorable way to rule is to give light and to do good.

Do you want to command respect?  Then live a useful life and shine like light.  Real respect won’t come from fame, fortune, being a thug or mentally abusing others.  When the first resurrection comes and we stand before Yeshua, you’ll want to find yourself confidently and joyously sharing it with all the people who you love and the countless ones who truly respected and loved you. Something to look forward to and contemplate.

Ancient idolatry, worshiping the sun, moon, and stars, took rise from broken man made traditions, but this account shows they were God’s creation and were made to serve man. Anything more is an affront to our Creator (Dt 4:19-20).  The Egypt we all come out of includes leaving behind those broken traditions that separate us from our God.

The revolutions of day and night oblige us to offer solemn prayer and praise every day and night. So there was evening and there was morning, a fourth day. 

On the fifth day God said, “Let the water swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let the birds fly above the earth in the open dome in the sky”.  We see all living creatures being formed. The work of creation proceeded gradually, from one living thing to another, advancing from less excellent to more so.  This teaches us to do likewise, always pressing forward toward excellence, so that our last work will be our best.

On the fifth day fish and fowl were created, both out of the waters, each with different flesh. We next will see how a first cause will effect the second (creation & fruitfulness).

First came the fish and the fowl, then “every living thing that creeps”, which God commanded and the waters brought forth abundantly swarming with all kinds of them.  Not done by the waters own productivity, but by God’s command which he alone executed.

God created great whales and insects, various as any species of animal, and their structures most curious.  Yet it was all done in a day’s work.  His wisdom and power are as great in an ant as they are in an elephant.  Notice that there was great variations in the fish and fowl, each after their own kind and in great numbers.

The waters swarmed and brought forth abundantly all kinds of them. Notice is made of the great sea creatures. These include the whales with large bulk and strength. This is remarkable proof of our Creator’s power and greatness.

Notice is made of the multitude and variety of sea creatures and winged animals. Duly considered, it should silence and shame the objections of atheists and infidels (non-believers), but raise high praise from the devout (Ps 104:25-30).

God saw that it was good, then God blessed them.  This was for their continuance.  Life wastes away and is not as strong as a rock. It’s a candle that burns out, assuming that it’s not snuffed out first. So, God not only made the creatures, but He allowed for their propagation saying, “Be fruitful, multiply and fill the water of the seas, and let the birds multiply on earth.”

God blesses His own works, not to forsake them. What He does shall be for perpetuity (Ecc 3:14).  The power of His providence preserves all things, just like His creative power produces them.  Fruitfulness is the effect of God’s blessing and must be ascribed to it.  The multiplying of fish and fowl from year to year is evidence of God’s blessing, and is done for man’s benefit (Job 12:7-10).  So there was evening, and there was morning, a fifth day.

The sixth day can be divided into three parts and a conclusion.

During the previous day, the sea was filled with its fish and the air with its fowl. On this sixth day God said, “Let the earth bring forth each kind of living creature, each kind of livestock, crawling animal and wild beast.”  God’s command to “Let the earth bring forth…” teaches us that the earth has no power of its own to create life.  All power and glory come from YHWH.

God commanded the creatures to come into being upon the earth and out of it, in their respective kinds, conformable to His ideas of them within his divine counsel of their creation. God did the work, making them all after their kind, not just in the diversity of their appearance, but also in the diversity of their behavior. Some were to be tame for the house and others were to be wild in the field. Some living on grass and herbs, others living on flesh.  Some harmless, others ravenous. Some bold and others timid.  Some were for man’s service and not his sustenance, such as the horse.  Some were for both, like the ox. Some were for neither like the wild beasts.  In all, this reflects the manifold wisdom of our God.

On the second part of the sixth day we have the creation of man.  And we are indeed special, because we are to be concerned with, take notice of and know ourselves.  Man was made last of all creatures so as:

  • He might not be suspected of being a helper in any way in the creation of the world.
  • He could be humbled and obliged forever to his God. (Job 38:1)

It was both an honor and a favor to man to be made last.  Honor: Creation advanced from that which was less perfect to that which was more so.  Favor: Man was not lodged into his palace until it was fit and furnished for his reception.

Man’s creation was a more immediate act of divine wisdom and power than that of the other creatures.  For God said, “Let us make humankind in our own image, in the likeness of ourselves”.  God created humankind in his own image.

Earlier God had said:

  • “Let there be light”
  • “Let there be a dome”, or a firmament
  • “Let the waters swarm” and “Let the earth bring forth”

But now, command is turned into a kind of consultation, “Let Us make humankind in our image, in the likeness”.  This is a work we must do with our own hands.  In the former God speaks as one with authority, but now he speaks with affection and pure agape love.  What does agape love mean?  It’s defined as God’s spontaneous, altruistic love for humanity.  Pure 100% Love.  It appears that this is the work God longed to be at.

Having settled the preliminaries, He applied himself to the business of: “Let us make humankind”:

  1. A creature different from all previously made.
  2. With flesh and a spirit for heaven and earth.
  3. Mixed together with him.
  4. And allied to both heaven and earth.

God makes humankind and is pleased to express Himself, as if He called a council to consider the making of him.  Man, when he was made, was to be devoted to his Father.  We were made in His image and likeness, two words that express the same thing.  We were made not in likeness to any creature that came before us, but in the likeness of our Creator.  But there is still infinite distance between man and his Creator.  Yeshua is the lone expressed image of God’s omnipresence, being the son of the Father and of the same spirit.  Only some of God’s honor has been put upon the body of man, as a shadow of His image, or like a king’s impression on a silver coin.

God’s image on us consists of three things:

  1.  In His nature and constitution, not those of His body, since He has no body. It is that of His soul. The soul is like a looking glass, capable of seeing Him.
  2. In His place and authority. To have dominion. God’s viceroy here on earth. The other creatures are not capable of fearing and serving him. Man has been appointed to.
  3. In His purity. His image consists in knowledge, righteousness and true holiness. The ability to see and understand divine things clearly and truly.

God’s thoughts are easily brought to and affixed to his best subjects (Eph 4:24; Col 3:9-10).

God created Adam, the first man, to be upright:

  • Man had a habitual conformity to all his natural powers and the will of God.
  • Man’s understanding saw divine things clearly and truly.
  • There were no misunderstandings in Man’s knowledge.
  • Man’s will complied readily and universally with the will of God, without reluctance or resistance.
  • Man’s affections were regular and he had no unordinary appetites or passions.
  • Man’s thoughts were easily brought to and fixed on the best subjects, without vanity or anarchy.
  • All of the inferior powers man possessed were subject to dictates and directions of his superior, without mutiny or rebellion (until that serpent spoke to Eve).

God made the first man upright, but we’ve devised many schemes. Our first parents were holy and happy about having the image of God upon them, until that serpent spoke.

It was an honor put upon man, at first, to be created in YHWH’s image, and it’s also a good reason we should not speak ill of another (James 3:8-9) nor should we do ill to another (Gen 9:6).  This is also a good reason to not debase ourselves in the service of sin and why we should devote ourselves to God.  Yet we have debased His image and very little of it remains.  It appears now to be a great ruin.  Thank YHWH again that he renews our spirit with grace, through his son Yeshua!

God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea, the birds in the air and every living creature that crawls on the earth.”  God performed what He had resolved to do. With us, saying and doing are two different things.  Not so with God!

God created Adam and Eve.  Adam first, out of the dust of the ground.  Eve was created from Adam’s rib, removed during a deep sleep God had brought over him.  God created many pairs of all other creatures, but only one pair of humankind (Mal 2:15).

Adam was husband to only one wife. If he had rejected her there was no other to be united as one flesh.  God’s intention for marriage, one man to one woman, was clearly demonstrated here.

Angels are neither male or female and not to propagate their kind (Lk 20:34-36).  In the age to come there are greater things which we should hope to be worthy of. In this age man was made a little lower than the angels and given the ability to multiply so his race can continue. Again, we are like candles illuminating this lower world. We waste and go out, but we have the power to light more.

Adam and Eve, one man and one woman, a sign for all nations that we are all made from one blood, descendants from one common stock, which should induce us to love one another. After all, God gave us responsibilities according to His blessings:

  1. We are to replenish the earth. This was bestowed upon the children of men.
  2. We were made to dwell upon the face of this earth (Acts 17:26-29).
  3. God set man to be a servant of Him and to be in dominion over all inferior creatures.
  4. We are the knowing recipients of God’s bounty, whereas other creatures live without knowing it.
  5. We should exalt God for this incredible bounty (Ps 145:9-12).
  6. And we should always be promoting a better state, doing what’s right by Him.

One generation passes away as another comes. We have dominion over all creatures on this earth. This created an obligation upon us to bring honor to our Maker. Our dominion was, however, diminished after man’s fall thanks again to that serpent, but God’s providence over everything continues. We still have enough to support our lives and live safely. Though much was forfeited by our sin, thanks to you-know-who, Yeshua provides us a new and better title, with a grand and super inheritance.

The third part of the sixth day’s work does not include any new creatures.  It is a gracious provision of food for all creatures from our Father in Heaven.  Then God said, “Here! Throughout the whole earth I am giving you as food every seed bearing plant and every tree with seed bearing fruit” (Ps 136:25-26).  He made man and beast, then took care to provide for both continuing with, “And to every wild animal, bird in the air and creature crawling on the earth, in which there is a living soul, I am giving as food every kind of green plant” (Ps 36:6-10).

Man was given every kind of food except meat until after the flood (Gen 9:3) as long as the life blood was not consumed.  Fresh fruit has always been delicious and nutritious, but before the flood, when it was man’s sole sustenance, it was surely more nutritious and satisfying to the body, more pleasing to the taste and more strengthening than marrow and fat, or any foods set upon a modern table.

Therefore, we were made from earth and are maintained by it:

  • Man had eaten bread from heaven (Jn 6:49).
  • Bread from the earth (Ps 104:14).
  • Provided for by God through his blessing.

Food for the body is provided to make man thankful.  YHWH is for the body, giving us all the comforts of life.  We live upon His bounty to give Him glory!  He does this to make us temperate and content. Adam was confined in his foods, but he never complained about it. Yes, he coveted the forbidden fruit for the sake of wisdom and knowledge, and encouraged by (you guessed it), but according to scripture he never coveted forbidden flesh.  God gave us food for life. We should not ask for food for our lusts (Ps 78:17-18; Dan 1:8-17).

God takes care of the oxen and provides food for the lion and scavengers.  They also get their meat from God.  He is a great housekeeper, taking care of the inferior creatures as well.  Therefore, we should give glory to Him for the bounty He provides for all creatures and thank Him for all he provides to us.  Seeing all that God provides, we should not ask for food beyond what we need (Mt 6: 25-27).

Finally, in verse thirty one of Genesis chapter one we have a conclusion of the whole work of creation.  His work is perfect. God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good.  It has a beginning and an end.  So, there was evening and there was morning – a sixth day.  God reviewed his work, and He still does.  He made us and sees us (Ps 139:1-13).

YHWH has given us the power of reflection also, to use it to see our way to Him (Jer 2:22; Ps 119:59).   In the example set by our heavenly Father, as He reviewed each day of Creation we, too, as we finish each day’s work and begin our night’s rest, should search our heart about what we did that day and find that it was good. Likewise, at the end of the week, when we enter the Sabbath rest, we should reflect upon the previous six days and find all was good.

We should prepare to meet YHWH our Elohim as we finish our life’s work on this earth, ready to enter our rest in life eternal.  Taking time to reflect upon our daily lives will reveal the errors made and allow us to repent.  When we review our lives there will be some shame that many of our works were bad.   Repentance is crucial prior to our physical death on this earth.

When God reviewed His work all was good, but He did not pronounce it good until He had seen that it was so.  This teaches us not to respond to any matter until we fully hear it out.

God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good work, without flaw or defect.  It was just as He wanted it:

  • Fit for His purpose.
  • Serviceable to man.
  • It demonstrated His being and power.
  • It created a spiritual regard and veneration of Him.
  • It was all for His glory.

All was made and every part was good, but all together it was very good.  It had glory and goodness, beauty and harmony.

So there was evening and there was morning, a sixth day.

We are not to judge time.  God made the world in six days, not in an instant.  He could have said, “Let there be a world” and there would have been one, as in the twinkling of an eye.  But he did it in six days, in his own way, in his own time, to set an example of working six days and resting on the seventh.  It was the reason for the fourth commandment, to remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.  At this point God took a day off and He expects us to do the same, to give glory to Him, as we rest from our daily work and mundane chores, to renew our spiritual connection with our Creator.

So now, let’s review our own works.  Some of them may seem lame and defective, our praise may be low and flat.  Instead, we should stir ourselves up, see all that’s within us and worship Him, the God that made the heaven and earth and sea and the fountains of water (Rev 14:6-7) And… Bless all His works!

Next, we’ll examine in detail what happened to Adam and Eve.

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The Life and Times of Adam and Eve

  • A Study By Roger O. Cornett

This story was inspired by true events

The purpose of this study serves as a way for me to examine the creation of humans, and to attempt to fill in the gaps contained within the Bible’s book of Genesis.  To the believer, there should be questions regarding where this information comes from. For this study I quote mostly from The Forgotten Books of Eden: Adam and Eve chapters 1 & 2.  The scripture quotes comes from The Complete Jewish Bible.  In my conclusion, analysis and commentary I use Studylight.org.  My objective is to encourage everyone to read and study Torah!

The major focus here will be on what happened between chapters three and four of Genesis.  I want to help the reader to understand that what happened to man was far more complex than Adam and Eve getting kicked out of the garden and having sexual relations.  I’ve assembled many wonderful examples of God’s love for his first children, who found themselves completely helpless and heartbroken after transgressing His word.  God created Adam and Eve to be carefree and loving spirits, possessing a bright nature.  He gave them access to heaven and the other angels.  Born into paradise, they were deceived into sin by Satan, then punished  righteously.  Sent into a strange land they thought themselves helpless and became frightened of everything.  But God watched and comforted them as a loving parent, never ceasing to be concerned or merciful.  Adam and Eve required time to develop, both physically and emotionally, in order to move on from the Garden, to stop looking back, accept their fate, and get on with life.

You should recognize similar circumstances.  When the Hebrews left Egypt, they too  developed an intimate relationship with God. The Hebrews, after being delivered from their sins, also needed God’s rules and boundaries.  The Word of God is cyclical, not lineal. Humans have required this retraining – how to live by God’s word – continuously since creation.

At times, this story will bring tears to anyone who has moved beyond a great loss, not just a bump in the road, but an event that changed life as they knew it.  Adam and Eve were forced to start over, and many times, they dropped dead to the ground in grief, while learning to accept their consequence.  Every parent should read this study.  It takes you inside the minds of two children. Both will do anything to avoid the outcome of misbehaving.  You’ll read many examples about how to love your children like God loves us; patiently and long suffering.

This story also gives insight to the influence Satan wants over us. You’ll see how he deceived, lied, and made false promises seeking to destroy Adam, Eve, and their children.  His mischief reaches far beyond the Tree of Knowledge!  Included, are details about Satan’s fall from being a favorite Angel, to his condemnation, ruling over the Earth and his influence over Cain.

Cain’s thoughts, the reasons why he killed Abel, and his life afterward, leading up to the great flood are revealed.  The compilation of the Bible was not an act of any definite occurrence. It evolved at the hands of churchmen with various beliefs and purposes.  In the formulation of early church doctrines there was dissension, personal jealousy, intolerance, persecution and bigotry. It’s an inspiration that the Bible, the Word of God, could arise out of that chaos, and this would seem to present plausible evidence for a belief in it’s divine origin. Who can say why material was unauthorized and omitted?  Good men have always engaged in ecclesiastical controversies.

I hope this study finds a general and unprejudiced acceptance for what it is; a basic, thoughtful, and hopefully, entertaining look at one page of scripture transformed into many pages of reading.

The Story of Adam and Eve
Part 1

The world and Garden described

The story Adam and Eve begins with a description of the world surrounding the Garden of Eden. Eden was located in the east of the earth, on the border of the world eastward, facing the rising sun.  Beyond that, nothing but water encompassed the entire world. Eden reached to the borders of heaven. The place appointed for Adam’s residence (since Eve was not yet created) was a garden, not an ivory house nor a palace overlaid with gold, but a garden furnished and adorned by nature, not by art.  This garden was watered by four rivers.  These four rivers (or one river branched into four streams) contributed to the pleasantness and the fruitfulness of this garden. To the north was a sea of pure and clear water, like nothing else, and pure to the taste. Through this water one could look to the depths of the earth. And when a man washed in it he became clean, white from it’s whiteness, even if he were dark.

That last part had to do with sin, not race. 

God created the North Sea in his own pleasure.  He knew what would become of the man He’d made, after man was banished from the garden, on the account of his transgressions, and  later born of the earth. Of those latter men, some who died would be righteous, and God would raise their souls during the last days. These men would return into incorruptible flesh. They were to bathe in the water of this north sea and repent of their sins, while the others would face judgment and eternal damnation.

God would make Eve, who would sin with Adam.  Then God would make them leave the garden, but He wouldn’t place them on the border of the northward sea.  YHWH did not want man to draw near the water and wash himself in it, to then become cleansed of his sins and forget his transgressions, no longer being reminded of his punishment in his thoughts.  God did not want man to dwell on the southern side of the garden either. When the north wind blew, it would bring the delicious smell of the trees in the garden, reminding him of what he’d forfeited.

Therefore, because our Heavenly Father is merciful and had great pity, He placed Adam and Eve on the western border of the garden.  There, the earth was very broad with a cave located within a rock that had a large overhang for protection. This was called the Cave of Treasures and is located below the garden.  God commanded Adam to dwell there.

Our story begins:

  • Adam and Eve depart from the Garden,
  • A promise from God
  • The Cave of Treasures

Adam and Eve got kicked out of the only home they ever knew. It was a strange land they were going into.  They gazed out together, past the gate, toward a broad earth, spread out below them, covered with large, and small rocks, mixed with sand.  Without any prospects for food, they trembled hard, did an immediate about-face, and dropped dead.

It wouldn’t be the last time. God had pity when he saw them,  so he sent his word and raised them right back up. Then Adam and Eve continued walking toward the exit.  As they passed by the Tree of Knowledge, they could see it had changed form, becoming withered.  Adam walked to it and fell down.

Then God made him a promise, “I have ordained on this earth days and years, and thou and thy seed shall dwell and walk in it, until the days and years are fulfilled; when I shall send the Word that created thee, and against which thou hast transgressed, the Word that made thee come out of the garden, and that raised thee when thou wast fallen. Yea, the word that will save thee when the five days and a half are fulfilled. Strengthen thy heart, therefore, and abide in the cave of treasures, of which I spoke to thee about.”

Adam didn’t understand the meaning of those words, thinking God was telling him the world would end in only five and a half days.  God in all his mercy for Adam, who was made after his own image and similitude, explained to him: These were 5000 and 500 years; and then One would  come to save him and his seed.  God made this covenant with the same commitment he’d made enforcing His law to not eat fruit from the Tree of Knowledge.

Adam and Eve walked to just outside the gate, and they turned around.  The Cherubim was there,  a sword of flashing fire in hand,  looking directly at them. Suddenly, it frowned, causing Eve to scream so loud it sounded to Adam like she’d stepped on a porcupine.  And once again, they both fell dead on the ground from fright.

The Cherub took pity on them, and in a show of mercy, it went up to heaven, and prayed before the Lord asking, “Lord, thou did send me to watch the gates of the garden, with the flaming sword of fire, but your servants Adam and Eve saw me and fell on their faces dead. What shall we do with them?”  God took pity, and showed his mercy; by raising them  again.  Then He sent  His Cherubim back to guard the garden.

They stopped in front of the cave, and Adam wept even more bitterly to himself. He said to Eve, “Look at this cave that is to be our prison in this world and a place of punishment !”  Adam continued complaining, as he pointed out the narrowness and gloom of the cave, when compared to the space, light and beauty of the garden. To Adam, the overhanging ledge was no substitute for the protection of the Lord.

However, it should appear as a representation of God’s protection to you and me.

The soil around them was worthless looking, and strewn with rocks.  No delicious fruit bearing trees were present. Things looked bleak.

Note: God’s punishment is never meant to be easy!

Up next:

  • Their former bright nature, Eve accepts her role in the banishment
  • The nature of Satan
  • They struggle to adapt
  • Recollections of glorious days

Adam mourned the physical change to their eyesight, “ Look at thine eyes, and at mine, which afore beheld angels in heaven praising; and they too without ceasing. But now we do not see as we did;  our eyes have become of flesh; they cannot see on the like manner as they saw before.  He mourned the change in their bodies also, “What is our body today, compared to what it was in the former days, when we dwelt in the garden?”

Not obeying the Lord’s command sure has consequences!

Although Adam did not want to enter the cave, he was becoming more fearful of disobeying God, so he said to Eve, “Unless I enter the cave , I shall again be a transgressor.”  So they went in, and  began to pray. Adam looked up at the entrance and the overhang.  He was unable to see what he was accustomed to in the garden, and he became so upset and forlorn that he dropped dead again from grief.  Eve sat and wept harder than ever, because now, for the first time in her life, she was completely alone.

Eve rose up, spreading her hands, pleading to God for mercy and pity, asking for forgiveness for her transgressions. She took full responsibility for what happened in the garden saying, “O God, forgive me my sin, the sin which I committed, and remember it not against me.  For I alone caused thy servant to fall from the garden into this lost estate; from light into darkness; and from the abode of joy into this prison. “

She begged God to let Adam live, “O God, look upon this thy servant thus fallen, and raise him from his death, that he may weep and repent of his transgression which he committed through me.”
Eve begged God to let her die if Adam could not live, and pleaded to God not to leave her alone in that dungeon, “O Lord, I and he are one, and thou, O God, art our creator, thou are He who made us both in one day.  Therefore, O God, give him life, that he may be with me in this strange land, while we dwell in it on account of our transgression.  But if thou wilt not give him life, then take me, even me, like him; that we may both die on the same day.”  Eve needed Adam to survive.  She couldn’t stand alone in this world without him.

With that said, Eve grieved so bitterly that she died, falling onto Adam. Both were dead through great grief, but God looked upon them, sent his word to comfort, and raised them, one more time. He quickly admonished them, pointing out the how and why, they’d sinned against him, saying:

1.“You transgressed against My word of your own free will.”
2.“You had desired divinity, greatness, and an exalted state like Me.”
3.“You ate fruit form the specific tree I had expressly forbidden you to come near.”

Besides, there had to be other trees in the garden, with better fruit than that one!   -Rocky

Then God said to Adam, “When thou wast under subjection to Me, thou hadst a bright mature within thee, and for that reason couldst thou see things far off. But after thy transgression thy bright nature was withdrawn from thee; and it was not left to thee to see things afar off, but only near at hand; after the ability of the flesh; for it is brutish.”  When Adam and Eve heard these words from God, they began praising and worshipping, but they still had sorrowful hearts.

Adam and Eve came out of the Cave of Treasures, and began walking back toward the garden gate that they wished to be near.  Each stood looking, and weeping for having to leave the garden. Then they walked  to the southern side of the garden, where they found the river that watered it, flowing from under the roots of the Tree of life, parting  itself into the four rivers flowing out from the garden.

Adam wailed and pounded on his chest. He was still deeply distressed over having to leave. Then he challenged Eve, “Why hast thou brought upon me, upon thyself, and upon thy seed, so many of these plagues and punishments?”   Eve responded, “What is it thou hast seen, to weep and to speak to me in this manner?”

Adam pointed to the water, and spoke about how it had been meaningless to them, but now, “We love it, and turn it to use for our body.”  When Eve heard this she wept also, and between the both of them, there was so much weeping, that they collapsed into the water and died from drowning.

Then God, merciful and gracious, looked at them floating, face down, and he sent a rescue Angel, who brought them out of the river, laying them on the bank. The Angel went back up to God and said, “O God, thy creatures have breathed their last.” Then God sent his word unto Adam and Eve,  raising them once again from the dead.

Adam said to God, “O God, while we were in the garden we did not require, or care for this water; but since we came to this land we cannot do without it.”  Then God said to Adam, “While thou wast under my command and wast a bright angel, thou knewest not of this water. But after thou hast transgressed My commandment, thou canst not do without water, wherein to wash thy body and make it grow; for your body is now like that of the beasts, and is in want of water.”

Because of those words, Adam and Eve began to cry, their tears flowing just like a river. Adam entreated God to let them return to the garden a second time. But God said to Adam, “I have made thee a promise; when that promise is fulfilled, I will bring thee back into the garden, thee and thy righteous seed.”

Before long, Adam and Eve , besides feeling sorrowful, began feeling the effects of thirst, and heat. But Adam strongly suggested to Eve that they should not drink the water, even if it killed them. So they withdrew from it and went back to the cave.

Coming next:

  • Their first night
  • God tucks them in
  • A promise of redemption

But when they went into the cave, the novelist spelunkers couldn’t see, although they could hear each other. Adam asked Eve, “Where art thou?” She responded, “Lo, I am standing in this darkness.” She was standing within inches of where Adam lay on bare ground, so they began whispering to each other.

Adam spoke, “Remember the bright nature in which we lived, while we abode in the garden!” Eve made a quiet, “Shush!” Adam continued, “Remember the glory that rested on us in the garden. O Eve! remember the trees that overshadowed us in the garden while we moved among them?”

Eve said louder, “Shush! I’m thinking”  Adam rambled on, “ O Eve! remember that while we were in the garden, we knew neither night or day?”  Eve said, “Uh Huh.” Adam followed, “Think of the Tree of Life, from below which flowed the water, and that shed luster over us!”  Eve was becoming annoyed, “I’m trying not to Adam.”

But she’d encouraged him, so Adam kept on reflecting, “Remember, O Eve, the garden land, and the brightness thereof?  Think, oh think of that garden in which was no darkness, while we dwelt therein.”  Eve turned toward the sound of Adam’s voice, and murmured, “You aren’t helping Adam.”

But Adam was oblivious, and like any six year old, he spoke the obvious, “No sooner did we come into this Cave of treasures than darkness compassed us round about, until we can no longer see each other ; and all the pleasure of this life has come to an end.”

Then,  Adam and Eve had their very first “Couple’s spat”.

Adam got a bellyful of Eve’s raillery.  He also grew tired of the darkness, and eventually of the excruciatingly long silence coming from Eve.  So he began to smite himself, until he fell to the ground dead.

In case you’re wondering; To smite, means to hit, strike hard or attack with a powerful or disastrous effect.

Eve heard the crash, and she began frantically searching for Adam, eventually finding his corpse.  She remained with him, silent and afraid from a fear of darkness.  Then God sent his word to Adam and raised him again.

Adam asked God, “What is this darkness and how long will it last? Why did you plague us with it and where did it come from?  In the garden we never saw it and I was not hidden from Eve, nor was she ever hidden from me! We were never separated like this.  We were so bright we could always see each other.  God, will this last forever?”

God said to Adam, “O Adam, so long as the good angel was obedient to me, a bright light rested on him and his hosts. But he transgressed My commandment, I deprived him of his bright nature, and he became dark. And when he was in the heavens, in the realm of the light, he knew naught of darkness. And on thee, O Adam, while in my garden and obedient to me, did that bright light rest also.  But when I heard of thy transgression, I deprived thee of that bright light.”

“Yet, of my mercy, I did not turn thee into darkness, but I made thee thy body of flesh, over which I spread this skin, in order that it my bear cold and heat.  If I had let my wrath fall heavily upon thee, I should have destroyed thee; and had I turned thee into darkness, it would have been as if I killed thee. But in my mercy I made thee as thou art;”

“When thou didst transgress My commandment, O Adam, I drove thee from the garden, and made thee come forth into this land; and commanded thee to dwell in this cave; and darkness came upon thee, as it did upon him who transgressed my commandment.  Thus, O Adam, has this night deceived thee. It is not to last forever; but is only of twelve hours; when it is over, daylight will return.”

Who is this good angel, of which God spoke? Was it Satan ?

1. Who was wicked and refused his estate?
2. Did not keep his faith?
3. Knew God had created him?
4. Thought he was better than God?
5. Wanted to replace God?
6. Who God hurled down to earth from heaven for his disobedience?

Yes it was.
It was the same Satan that Adam and Eve obeyed, transgressing God’s commandment, and thus, bringing all their sorrows. God did not create creatures just to destroy. But if his anger is roused, they will be punished with grievous plagues until they relent. If they continue to sin and become hardened, he’ll put a curse on them forever. For details read Deuteronomy 28.

This information made Adam and Eve weep even harder, because now they felt God was a parent speaking, and they were his children seeking mercy.

He was. They were.

God continued:

1. “Don’t believe I plagued you with darkness.”
2. “Strengthen your hearts and don’t be afraid, night time is not punishment.”
3. ”I made the sun, placing it into the day so you and your children can work by it.”
4. “I knew you scamps would sin. I know about everything that has happened, and everything that will happen.”
5. “Your children will be a light from you, and for you.”
6. “I knew Satan would deceive you, and that’s why I warned you tykes about that tree!”
7. “Had I not warned you, it would have been my sin.”
8. “I warn, so that blame rests on the creatures and not me.”
9. “I made day for work and night for rest. Daylight comes soon, so you kids get to sleep!”

Adam asked God, “O Lord, take Thou my soul, and let me not see this gloom any more; or remove me to some place where there is no darkness.”   But God  said to Adam, “Verily I say unto thee, this darkness will pass from thee, every day I have determined for thee, until the fulfillment of my covenant; when I will save thee and bring thee back again into the garden, into the abode of life thou longest for, wherein is no darkness. I will bring thee to it in the kingdom of heaven.”

“All this misery that thou hast been made to take upon thee because of thy transgressions, will not free thee from the hand of Satan, and will not save thee.  But I will.  When I shall come down from heaven, and shall become flesh of thy seed, and take upon me the infirmity from which thou sufferest, then the darkness that came upon thee in this cave shall come upon me in the grave, when I am in the flesh of thy seed.”

Continuing to comfort Adam, God said,” And I, who am without years, shall be subject to the reckoning of years, of times, of months, and of days, and I shall be reckoned as one of the sons of men, in order to save thee.”

Now the youngsters really began to cry. The gate to the garden was permanently closed, at least until the end of days. What really hurt was when God said He would suffer for their salvation.

God will be reckoned as one of the sons of man in order to save man. Sound familiar? Certainly good news, right?  See Isa 42:9  Noah descended from Adam; Shem was descended from Noah; Abraham was descended from Shem; Abraham was the father of Isaac. See Matthew 1:1-17.

Adam and Eve continued to stand in the cave, praying and weeping.  Somehow, they held on until dawn.  Then, gathering courage and composure, both motivated toward the cave’s entrance, peering out just in time to face east, and take in the beautiful sunrise.

The End of Part 1

Begin Adam and Eve Part 2

Coming up:

  • The first full day in the Garden
  • Satan Attacks!
  • Adam wishes to protect Eve
  • They attempt a return to Eden
  • The first offering
  • The promise of Yeshua

The sun’s warmth, at first, soothed them, and then it began to get hot, very hot.  Fearing that God had sent the heat to forever plaque them, or that the sun might actually be God, they began to panic, like kindergartners noticing sixth graders enter their playground area. This time however, instead of completely losing control of themselves and falling over dead, they bowed down, and  took a moment to ponder.

Then they communed with God, receiving his comfort, while being reminded of the sun’s purpose. God said, “ O Adam, arise and stand up. This sun is not God; but it has been created to give light by day, of which I spake unto thee in the cave saying, that the dawn would break forth, and there would be light by day. I am God who comforted thee in the night.”

That was a huge relief!  They’d made it through the long  night, and all the drama. They survived their first sunrise.  So Feeling emboldened, they left the cave, and proceeded down the path, in a westerly direction, thinking that day would be an excellent day to go, where?  You guessed it, right back to the garden.
This is where God considered the first spanking.

But that wouldn’t be necessary, because the slithering crafty serpent was waiting for them.  This was no regular snake; It was Satan, the angel who’d lost his brightness, and fell to earth,  becoming mean and venomous. What rally ticked Satan off, was losing his exalted status among beasts. Yes, it was that Serpent!  He was sorrowfully licking at the dust, and wriggling on his breast. This time, he was in a really bad mood when Adam and Eve appeared.

He took aim, swelled his head, and stood on his tail, those eyes becoming bright red. He made a move for Eve, but Adam risked his life to save her, grabbing Satan by the tail. Satan looked down at Adam, then toward Eve,  and he spoke, “O Adam, because of thee and Eve, I am slippery and upon my belly.”  Then, by reason of his great strength, he threw Adam and Eve to the ground, and pressed down on them, as if to kill.

Satan really holds a grudge.

Then the word of God came to the serpent, “In the first instance I made thee glib, and made thee to go upon thy belly; but I did not deprive thee of speech. Now, however, be thou dumb, and speak no more, thou and thy race, because in the first place, has the ruin of my creatures happened through thee, and now thou wishest to kill them.”  Then all serpents were struck dumb, to never speak again.

Then God sent His angel, who grabbed Satan, tossed him up into the sky, then caused a strong wind to carry him to a far, distant land.  The episode made Adam so frightened that he trembled uncontrollably, in fear that all beasts would now try to kill him.  But he saved them the trouble by falling flat dead, again.

God raised Adam back up one more time, telling him, “O Adam, not one of these beasts will be able to hurt thee; because when I made the beasts and other moving things come to thee in the cave, I did not let the serpent come with them, lest it should rise against you, make you tremble; and the fear of it should fall into your hearts.  For I knew that the accursed one is wicked; therefore would I not let it come near you with the other beasts.  But now strengthen thy heart and fear not.  I am with thee unto the end of the days I have determined on thee.”

Then Adam wept and said, “O God, remove us to some other place, that the serpent  may not come near us, and rise against us, Lest it find thy handmaid Eve alone and kill her; for its eyes are hideous and evil.”

He’s got a point.

But God said to Adam, “Henceforth fear not, I will not let it come near you; I have driven it away from you, from this mountain; neither will I leave in it aught to hurt you.” Adam and Eve praised God, then returned to the cave.  Later that day, they decided to walk to a nearby mountain, just to take a short look at the western gate to the Garden.

Along the way, they struggled with fear, but they managed to climb to the mountain top.  There, they looked out toward the gate, and instantly became forlorn and heartsick, giving up hope for returning to the garden. Adam yelled, “No!” to life, and flung himself off the mountain, committing suicide one more time.

But Eve remained standing on the mountain top, the wind blowing her hair, except for several strands that remained stuck to her face, glued down by tears she wept over Adam.  She looked up to heaven and said, “I wish not to live after him, for all that he did to himself was through me.”  Then, she threw herself off the mountain, and crashed right next to Adam.

But God saw what happened, and raised them both back up. Then, admonishing them, God said, “O Adam all this misery which thou hast wrought upon thyself, will not avail against My rule, neither will it alter the covenant of 5000 and 500 years.”

Adam wasn’t  ready yet to give in. He continued to weep, plead, and complain about all their afflictions since transgressing God’s command. God patiently listened, then gently explained to Adam again, all of the reasons for their current misery.

This time, Adam submitted, and listened to God. Then he said, “O Lord, do not cut me off for this, neither smite me with heavy plagues, nor yet repay me according to my sin; for we, of our own free will, did transgress thy commandment, and forsook thy law, and besought to become gods like unto Thee, when Satan the enemy deceived us.”

God became mildly impressed, but reminded Adam, “Because thou hast born fear and trembling in this land, languor and suffering treading and walking about, going upon this mountain, and dying from it, I will take all this upon Myself in order to save thee.”

Adam wept more, then said, “O God, have mercy on me, so far as to take upon thee, that which I will do.”  But God went away,  leaving Adam and Eve healed from their wounds, and standing on their feet.  Adam said to Eve, “Gird thyself, and I also will gird myself.”  So Eve girded herself, as Adam told her. Then Adam girded up.

That’s the way to tackle your depression; with some good old fashioned girding.

Adam and Eve took stones and placed them  into the shape of an altar. Then they took leaves from outside the garden and wiped up the blood on the rocks where their bodies had fallen below the mountain top. Any blood that was mixed with sand was mixed with the leaves.

Next, they made an offering to God upon the altar, entreating God “Forgive us our trespass and our sin, and look upon us with thine eye of mercy. For when we were in the garden our praises and our hymns went up before thee without ceasing.”

    “But when we came into this strange land, pure praise was no longer ours, nor righteous prayer, nor understanding hearts, nor sweet thoughts, nor just counsels, nor long discernment, nor upright feelings, neither is our bright nature left in us. For our bodies have changed from the similitude from which they were at first, when we were created.  Yet now look upon our blood which is offered upon these stones, and accept it at our hands, like the praise we used to sing unto thee at first, when in the garden.”

*Original of the lords prayer, said to be used about 150 years before Yeshua*

Our Father, Who art in Heaven, be gracious unto us, O Lord our God, hallowed be Thy name, and let the remembrance of Thee be glorified in Heaven above and upon earth here below. Let Thy kingdom reign over us now and forever. The Holy Men of old said remit and forgive unto all men whatsoever they have done unto me. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil thing; for Thine is the kingdom and Thou shalt reign forever and forevermore, AMEN.

God looked upon them, then upon the offering.  He wondered at them, and accepted their offering, sending a bright fire to consume it. As the sweet aroma drifted up to his nostrils, God showed them mercy,  sending his word, and speaking, “Oh Adam, as thou hast shed thy blood, so will I shed my own blood when I become flesh of thy own seed, and as thou didst die, oh Adam, so also will I die, and as thou didst build an altar, so will I make for thee an altar on this earth, and as thou didst offer thy blood upon it, so also will I offer my blood upon an altar of the earth, and as thou didst sue for forgiveness through that blood, so also will I make my blood forgiveness of sins, and blot out transgressions in it .”

Pretty cool, eh?  It pays to make God look at you in wonder. But wait, there’s more.

“And now behold, O Adam. Though the days of the covenant, wherein I have bound thee, are not fulfilled, when they are fulfilled, I will bring thee back into the garden. Now when sorrow comes upon thee, make me an offering and I will be favorable to thee.”

Now that should do it!  From here on, there should be no more crying, falling down dead, or committing suicide!

But God wanted to make double sure, so he told Adam, “O Adam, do not kill thyself again as thou didst, by throwing thyself down from that mountain.”   Adam told God that he wanted to kill himself the moment he came out of the garden. The loss of his bright nature, and no longer being able to speak directly to heaven had pushed him over the edge.

But because God watched over him, Adam praised him again, and asked, “Be favorable to me every time I die, and bring me to life. And Thereby it will be known that Thou art a merciful God, who wishest not that one should perish; who loves not that one should fall; and who dost not condemn anyone cruelly, badly, and by whole destruction.”
And there was a long moment of silence while God thought that over.

Then God’s word came back to Adam, comforting, blessing, and covenanting with him, as God repeated he would save Adam at the end of the days determined upon him.

Up next:

  • The first day ends
  • God’s abiding love

Adam and Eve returned to the cave, arriving outside just as night fell. But they soon began to feel sorrow, so they started weeping, entreating God to bring the sun back and not make them go in and live in that dark gloomy cave! They would rather die.

God took a deep breath, and he exhaled very slowly. Then, he looked down upon them with sorrow, for all they’d done with fervent hearts, on account of the trouble they’d experienced, their human form instead of the bright nature, and on account of all the misery that had come upon them this day in a strange land.

It had been a tough first day for the kids, but with some girding, they’d made it through.

Therefore, God wasn’t  angry with them. He was patient, long-suffering, and forbearing towards the children, refusing to abandoned them,  and never failing to heed their prayers. He took time again to re-explain His purpose for the sun, how His covenant could not be fulfilled without night, about the passing of days, hours, and years, and how, without the passing from day to night, Adam and Eve would be left in one perpetual plague, without hope for salvation.

God said, “Bear long and calm thy soul, while thou abidest night and day, until the fulfillment of the day, and the time of my covenant is come. Then I shall come and save thee, O Adam, for I do not wish that thou be afflicted. And when I do look at all the good things in which thou didst live, and why thou camest out of them, then I would I willingly show thee mercy.”

“But I can not alter the covenant that has gone out of My mouth;  else would I have brought thee back into the garden.  When, however, the covenant is fulfilled, then shall I show thee and thy seed mercy, and bring thee into a land of gladness, where there is neither suffering nor sorrow, but abiding joy and gladness, and light that never fails, and praises that never cease, and a beautiful garden that shall never pass away.”
Doesn’t that give you goose bumps? What a wonderful and patient dad he is! The most superior example for all parents.

Then, came God’s final word for the day. “Be long-suffering and enter the cave now, for darkness, of which thou was afraid, shall only be twelve hours long, and when it ends light shall arise.”
Adam and Eve worshipped God, and their hearts were comforted. Both walked bravely, hand in hand, together into the cave, then they stood praying until long after dark,  hidden from each other, but still standing.

The End Part 2 Adam and Eve

Begin Part 3 Adam and Eve

Now, we’re going to look at the important events Adam, Eve, and most of their children experienced. I say most, because they have a third son named Seth. We’ll get to him in the next study.

I’m going to help the reader answer these questions:

1. Were there any further physical or emotional developments in Adam and Eve.
2. Where did Cain and Abel find wives?
3. What were the reason’s Cain killed his brother?
4. What were the long lasting effects of the murder on the family? on humanity?
5. What evil force continuously sought to destroy the family? How?
6. What happened to Cain and his kin in the land of Nod?
7. What does Lemekh’s boast mean in Genesis 4:23?
8. Were there any further setbacks for Satan?
To answer these and many more questions let’s must move forward, step by step, in the Story of Adam and Eve.

Commentary

Adam lived to be 930, creating a blood line that goes directly to Yeshua. So far, we’ve only covered day 1 outside the garden. The first humans have a lot of living and learning ahead.  Satan has appeared twice so far, each time as a serpent.  He continues appearing, in several forms, attempting to create a falling out between God and the first family, or to outright kill them. God ‘s patience with Satan is tested time and again, but he won’t do away with the hater of all things good and wholesome, until the end of days.

Let’s start with:

  • Moving forward
  • Satan makes a comeback
  • Further promises of the Messiah
  • Three Tokens to comfort

Satan watched Adam and Eve. It was pitch black, and they were in the cave communing with God. He made an apparition, transforming his hosts, and placed a flashing fire into his hands. Suddenly, Adam and Eve were enveloped in a great light.  Then Satan placed his throne down near the entrance to the cave. But he could not enter it while they prayed.  His hosts began to sing praises, because Satan wished for Adam and Eve to think angels were visiting.

Adam said to Eve, “Look at that great light, listen to those many songs of praise, and at that host standing outside. Where did all this come from, and why won’t they come inside?  If they were from God, they would come in to us and tell us what they’re doing.”

So Adam prayed fervently to God, asking for some answers. He had no sooner  finished, when an Angel of God appeared before him saying, “O Adam, fear not. This is Satan and his hosts. He want’s to deceive you. The first time he was a serpent, but this time he came as an angel of light, hoping you would worship him right before God as you communed.”

Then the Angel seized Satan, stripping him of the light, and bringing him before Adam and Eve, so they could see him in his hideous form. Naturally, they were shocked at the sight. Then the Angel said, “This hideous form has been his ever since God made him fall from heaven. He could not have come near you in it, therefore he transformed himself into an Angel of light.”

The Angel drove Satan and his hosts away from Adam and Eve, then it said, “Fear not; God who created you, will strengthen you.”  Then the Angel disappeared, but Adam and Eve were still frightened and divided in their thoughts. When morning arrived, they prayed, then went out to seek the garden. Their thoughts were towards it, because, thanks to Satan’s light show, they were again unhappy about being forced into leaving it.

When that wily Satan saw them walking, he gathered up his hosts, and came to Adam and Eve on a cloud, still intent on deceiving them. Adam and Eve thought they were recognizing an Angel of God, coming to comfort them for leaving the garden.  Adam spread his hands, and beseeched God to make him understand what this apparition was.

Satan, the hater of all good, said to him, “O Adam, I am an Angel of the great God; and, behold the hosts that surround me. God has sent me and them to take thee and bring thee to the border of the garden northwards; to the shore of the clear sea, and bathe thee and Eve in it, and raise you to your former gladness, that ye return again to the garden.”

Those sweet deceptive words from Satan were the exactly what Adam and Eve longed to hear.  Yet, God waited this time to see how strong Adam would be; whether he could be overcome as Eve was in the garden, or if he would resist.

Then Satan called out to the gullible tots, “Behold, we go to the sea of water”,  and they both began to follow him.  The party marched north, to a high mountain, one without steps to it’s top.  And as they neared the summit, Satan drew close, hoping to throw Adam and Eve down, to kill them, and keep the earth for himself and his hosts.

God saw what was happening, knowing Satan’s plan and that Adam was meek. So He spoke to Satan in a loud voice and cursed him.  Satan and his hosts fled, leaving Adam and Eve alone at the top of the mountain, with Eden spread out below them.  They wept before God, and begged for forgiveness. Then God spoke, “Know thou and understand concerning this Satan, that he seeks to deceive thee and thy seed after thee.”

As Adam continued crying, he begged for a token from the garden, anything so he could be comforted.  God thought it over, then he sent the Angel Michael to a far sea, to take from there golden rods to bring back to Adam. This was to comfort Adam in the cave. The rods would shine forth a light at night, and put an end to his fear of darkness.

Then God commanded the Angel Gabriel to go to the garden, speak to the Cherubim, and say “Behold, God has commanded me to come into the garden, and to take some sweet smelling incense to Adam.”  When the Cherubim heard Gabriel, it said, “Well”.   Then God commanded the Angel Raphael to also go to the garden, speak to the Cherubim, take some myrre, and bring that to Adam. Again, the Cherubim said, “Well”.

That Cherubim shure was a creature of few words.

The Angels brought the three items to God, as he waited by the Tree of Life. Then God said, “Dip them into the spring of water, then take them and sprinkle their water over Adam and Eve, that they be a little comforted in their sorrow, and then give them to Adam and Eve.”  The Angels did as commanded. When Adam saw the tokens, he rejoiced and wept.

God said to Adam, “Thou didst ask of me something from the garden, to be comforted by, and I have given thee three tokens as consolation, so that you will trust in Me and in My Covenant with thee.  For I will come and save thee; and kings shall bring me when in the flesh, gold incense, and myrrh;  gold as a token of  My kingdom, incense as a token of my divinity, and myrrh as a token of My suffering and of My death. But, O Adam put these by thee in the cave;  the gold, that it may shed light over thee by night;  the incense, that thou smell it’s sweet savor; and the myrrh, to comfort thee in thy sorrow.”

The number 3 is very important in scripture!  The sprinkling of water, was used for purification (Nu 19:2,17). Sprinkled blood was used for consecration (Ex 29:12,16,21).  Also, Adam wasn’t the last man to speak to God on a mountain top.

When Adam heard these words, he worshiped before God. Eve joined him, and both gave thanks, because God had dealt mercifully with them. Then God commanded the Angels Suriyel and Salathiel to bring the items, along with Adam and Eve, down from the mountain, and return them back to the Cave of Treasures.

Ah Ha!  A clue about why it’s called “The Cave Of Treasures”.

The Angels laid seventy gold rods on the south side of the cave, twelve pounds of incense on the east side, and three pounds of myrrh on the west side. The entrance to the cave was on the north side.  They stuck around long enough to comfort our weary expeditionaries, then left.

In Torah, numbers 70, 12, & 3 have great  significance, as do each of the three tokens given to Adam and Eve. A study on this incident alone, could occupy a student  of scripture for a very long time.

Moving forward:

  • More tricks and chicanery
  • Forty-three days can’t cancel one hour
  • The first human hunger and thirst
  • Satan: The Pyromaniac

On the eighth day, Adam and Eve were beginning to smell a little bit “gamey” and  were feeling the effects of “cave fever”.  So they realized it was high time to get out,  take a dip in the sea, and spend some quality time praying for more tokens, returning to the garden, or for a move to somewhere different.   Adam said, “Come, let’s go down into this sea, and come not out of it for 35 days, when I shall come to thee.  And let’s pray to God with fervent heart and sweet voice, to forgive us.  I will go to another place, and go, down to the sea, and do like thee.”

Satan, the enabler, and a willing helper to break any agreement with your man, searched all over to find Eve. He located them both, separated and standing in the water praying.  Satan said to himself, “Adam and Eve are thus standing in that water beseeching God to forgive them their transgression, and to restore them to their former state, and to take them from under my hand. But I, will deceive them, so that they shall come out of the water, and not fulfill their vow. I am a Genius!”

So he went to Eve first, appearing as an angel of light, tempting her to come out of the water with sweet talk, saying “Peace be unto thee! Be glad and rejoice!  God is favorable to you, and he sent me to Adam. I have brought him the glad tidings of salvation, and of his being filled with bright light as he was at first. And Adam, in his joy for his restoration, has sent me to thee, that thou come to me, in order  that I crown thee with light like him.”
Satan was not finished yet, “Adam said unto me, ‘Speak unto Eve;  if she does not come with thee, tell her of the sign when we were on top of the mountain; how God sent his angels who took us and brought us to the Cave of Treasures; and laid the gold on the southern side ; incense on the eastern side; and myrre on the western side’.  Now come to him.”

Maybe Satan’s been doing some snooping’ around.

When Eve heard these words she rejoiced greatly.  Believing that  Satan’s appearance was the real deal, she came out of the sea, and went with him.  Satan took the lead as they walked, until they came to Adam, then Satan hid himself from her, and Eve saw him no more.

Eve walked up behind Adam, who was still praying. He turned around to look, and seeing it was Eve, Adam sank down into the water from grief, nearly drowning. But God pulled him back up, and said, “Go up the high bank to Eve.”  And when he came to her Adam asked, “Who said to thee, ‘come hither’?”  Eve told Adam about all that had happened.  Adam grieved, then he reminded Eve about how devious Satan could be.  They talked for a few minutes longer, then went back into the water, and continued fasting until 35 days had passed.

When they returned to the cave, it was day 42 since exiting the garden.

The next day, Adam appealed to God “O God, when we transgressed Thy commandment at the sixth hour of Friday, we were stripped of the bright nature we had, and did not continue in the garden after our transgression, more than three hours.  But on the evening Thou madest us come out of it.  O God, we transgressed against thee one hour, and all these trials and sorrows have come upon us until this day.  And those days together with us this the forty-third day, do not redeem that one hour in which we transgressed!”

“O God, look upon us with an eye of pity, and do not requite us according to our transgression of Thy commandment, in the presence of thee. O God, give us the fruit of the Tree of Life, that we may eat of it, and live, and turn not to see sufferings and other trouble, in this earth; for thou art God. When we transgressed Thy commandment, Thou madest us come out of the garden, and didst sent a Cherubim to keep the Tree of Life, lest we should eat thereof, and live; and know nothing of faintness after we transgressed. But now, O Lord, behold, we have endured all these days, and have born sufferings. Make these forty-three days an equivalent for the one hour in which we transgressed.”

God explained that consuming any fruit from the Tree of Life was forbidden until the fulfillment of the 5500 years, when Adam and his righteous seed could eat it, and live forever. The forty-three days they’d endured could not make amends for their one hour of transgression. God suggested they eat  some figs off a tree He’d placed outside the cave, and then he ended the talk with, “I will not deny thy request, neither will I disappoint thy hope; therefore, bear up until the fulfillment of the covenant I made with thee.” 

So Adam went  back to Eve and said, “Arise. and take a fig from this tree for thyself, and I will take another; and let us go into the cave.”  So they each took a fig and went towards the cave; it was about sunset, and their thoughts were on getting some dinner. But when they got back to the cave, Adam became afraid of eating, not knowing what you and I both know happens afterwards. He went back to God wishing to have his hunger satisfied without eating a fig, and asked, “For after I have eaten it, what will it profit me?  And what shall I desire and ask of Thee, O God, when it is gone?  I’m afraid to eat it!”

God said to Adam, “O Adam, why hadst thou not this dread, neither this fasting, nor this care before? And why hadst thou not this fear before thou didst transgress?”

God waited a long time for an answer, and then said, “When thou camest to dwell in this strange land, thy animal body could not be on earth without earthly food, to strengthen it and restore it’s powers.”

God gave the go-ahead to eat. But back in those days, figs were the size of water melons. All fruit was bigger, tastier, and much better for you.

None of that mattered, because Adam and Eve still refused to eat. Instead, they stood fasting, and praying till dawn. When the rooster crowed, Adam stood up, feeling a powerful thirst, so he told Eve it would be a good plan for them to head over to the River of Life to sip on a cool drink of immortality. Eve agreed, and they both moved out toward the southern border of the garden.

They prayed along the way, asking God, in advance to forgive them and grant three other requests; to remove them from this land of plagues and trials, to take them to a place of rest, and give them a drink from the tree of Life.

God’s answer, included some really good news, mixed with some sad.  To Adam he said,”O Adam, as to what thou sayest, ‘Bring me into a land of rest’, it is not another land than this, but it is the Kingdom of Heaven where alone there is rest. Thou canst not make thy entrance into it at present; but only after thy judgement is past and fulfilled.  Then I will make thee go up into the Kingdom of Heaven; thee and thy righteous seed; and I will give thee and them the rest thou askest for at present.”

“And if thou saidest, ’Give me a drink of the water of life that I may drink and live’ — it cannot be this day, but on the day that I shall descend into hell, and break the gates of brass, and bruise in pieces the kingdoms of iron. Then will I in mercy save thy soul and the souls of the righteous, to give them rest in My garden. And that shall be when the end of the world has come.”

“And again, as regards to the Water of Life thou seekest, it will not be granted thee this day;  but on the day that I shall shed My blood upon thy head in the land of Golgotha.  For My blood shall be the Water of Life unto thee, at that time, and not to thee alone, but unto all those of thy seed who shall believe in Me; that it be unto them for rest for ever.”

In closing, God advised, “O Adam, when thou wast in the garden, these trials did not come to thee, but since thou didest transgress My commandment, all these sufferings have come upon thee. Now also does thy flesh require food and drink; drink then that of the water that flows by thee on the face of the earth.”

Adam and Eve worshipped God as they returned from the river to the cave.  It was noon when they drew near the cave. They stopped to watch a large fire burning around it’s entrance. Adam’s face froze in awe, as he watched the flames lick high into the air. He said to Eve, “What is that great fire by our cave?  We do nothing in it to bring about this fire.”

His answer soon became apparent, as they noticed Satan committing the world’s first case of felony unauthorized burning. He’d used his expertise to set the fire around the front of the Cave of Treasures, hoping to prevent the couple from getting back into their home.  Adam and Eve walked toward the fire, wanting to get safely home, because It was getting dark, and nighttime was no time to be outside in this here neighborhood.  They watched the fire grow, as Satan brought armloads of trees and limbs, pilling them high, creating massive flames that spread  all around the cave.

Satan’s ingenious, yet dastardly plan, backfired on him, as an Angel of the Lord appeared; preventing the cave from being consumed by the inferno while keeping the occupants away at a safe distance.  But the Angel had no authority to curse Satan, so it stood by, until the word of God came. He said to Satan, “Go hense; once before didst thou deceive My servants, and this time thou seekest to destroy them. Were it not for my mercy I would have destroyed thee and thy hosts from off the earth. But I have had patience with thee, unto the end of the world.”  Then Satan fled. But the fire remained, smoldering around the cave, for the remainder of the day.

You’ve got to admit, Satan sure knows how to build a fire, and God sure knows how to spoil Satan’s fun.

Adam and Eve waited till they could see the fire had cooled down some more. Then they walked toward the cave, hoping to get inside as fast as possible. But they couldn’t, because when they got close to it, the heat was still unbearable.  They started crying, and were very afraid. Adam said to Eve, “See this fire of which we have a portion in us:  which formerly yielded to us, but no longer does so, now that we have transgressed the limit of creation and changed our condition and our nature is altered.  But the fire is not changed, in it’s nature, nor altered from it’s creation. Therefore, it has power over us; and when we come near it, it scorches our flesh.”

Adam prayed, asking God to explain fire, and answer why it separated them from the cave, especially since God had commanded them to dwell within it. God turned this golden opportunity into a teachable moment. He reminded Adam that, since transgressing, they’d had many new experiences, and, although some had bummed them, not one of Satan’s promises had yet been fulfilled.

God asked, “Why, O Adam, has he not kept his agreement with thee, not even one day; but has deprived thee of the glory that was on thee—when thou didst yield to his command? Thinkest thou, O Adam, that he loved thee when he made this agreement with thee? Or, that he loved thee and wished to raise thee on high? But no Adam, he did not do all that out of love for thee; but he wished to make thee come out of light into darkness; and from an exalted state to degradation; from glory to abasement; from joy to sorrow; and from rest to fasting and fainting.”

Ouch! He’s not done teaching. Here comes a lesson about the Fires of Hell!

God said, “See this fire kindled by Satan around thy cave; see this wonder that surrounds thee;  and know that it will encompass about both thee and thy seed when ye harken to his behest; that he will plague you with fire;  and that ye shall go down into Hell after ye are dead.  Then shall ye see the burning of this fire, that will thus be burning around you and your seed.  There shall be no deliverance from it for you until My coming;  in like manner as thou canst not go into thy cave, by reason of the great fire around it;  not until My word shall come that will make a way for thee on the day My covenant is fulfilled.”

Now God’s going to tie it all together. It’s short, but sweet.

God said, “There is no way for thee at present to come from here to rest, not until My word comes,  from who is My word. Then will He make a way for thee, and thou shall have rest.”

From who is My word = Yeshua

Then God called with His word, and thus parted the fire that still burned, so Adam and Eve could walk through it.  Ex 14:21-22  But Satan whipped up a breeze just as they walked around the fire, blistering their tender dehydrated skin.  The pain was intense, making them to cry out to God, “O Lord, save us! Leave us not to be consumed and plagued by this burning fire; neither require us for having transgressed thy commandment.”

God sent an Angel, who put down the fire. But the wounds remained on their bodies.  God said to Adam, “See Satan’s love for thee, who pretended to give thee the godhead and greatness; and, behold, he burns thee the with fire, and seeks to destroy thee from off the earth. Now, look at Me, O Adam; I created thee, and how many times have I delivered thee out of his hand? If not, would he not have destroyed thee?”

Commentary

The chapters in Exodus teach about how the Hebrews escaped from Pharaoh, how God broke their yoke of slavery,  saved them at the Red Sea,  taught them to live righteously, and  punished them for breaking the covenant.  It  should be an even more wonderful read after this story.  Try to count the number of similarities.

Then, God said to Eve, “What is that he promised thee in the garden, saying ‘At the time ye shall eat of the tree, your eyes will be opened, and you shall become like gods, knowing good and evil’.  But Lo! he hast burnt your bodies with fire, and has made you taste the taste of fire, for the taste of the garden; and has made you see the burning of fire, and the evil thereof, and the power it has over you.”

“Your eyes have seen the good he has taken from you.  And in truth, he has opened your eyes; and you have seen the garden in which ye were with Me, and ye have also seen the evil that has come upon you from Satan. But as to the Godhead, he cannot give it to you, and neither fulfill his speech to you. Nay, he is bitter against you and your seed that will come after you.”

Then God went away, and Adam and Eve went into the cave. They trembled at the fire that had scorched their bodies, and Adam confided to Eve that he was convinced Satan would punish their souls if they died before God could come to fulfill his promise.  Both were relieved to be home, but the fire was beginning to burn again outside. After the sun set, they went out of the cave, and fell asleep under the summit of the mountain.

Satan realized he was the one who’d been shot down in flames, but he vowed that this small setback was temporary, and it wouldn’t change his commitment to kill Adam and Eve.  Satan would never give that up, because he believed that with success, the earth would finally be his, and God would have no other option but to take him back into the Kingdom of Heaven.

Right……

End Part 3 Adam and Eve

Begin Part 4 Adam and Eve

And now:

  • Satan’s vow to kill
  • Satan Attacks!… again.
  • Their clothing from animal skins

On night number 46, Adam and Eve were miserable, and too frightened from pain to sleep or return back to the cave.  Satan, who never goes back on a vow  to kill,  capitalized on the situation for his next attempt at murder.   He called together all of his hosts, and said, “Ye know this Adam, whom God created out of the dust, is he who has taken our kingdom. Come, let us gather together and kill him; or hurl a rock at him and at Eve, and crush them under it.  Take up this stone, and throw it flat upon them, so that it will not roll from them to somewhere else. And when ye have hurled it, flee and tarry not.”

Satan’s hosts followed orders, and the rock fell from the mountain toward Adam and Eve. But, just as the day began to darken, God commanded the rock to become a large floating shed, providing Adam and Eve with ample protection, and a wide open floor plan. As the rock fell, the whole earth quaked, awakening Adam and Eve from their sleep.

They looked around, still dreamy, and discovered themselves inside a brand new, fabulous, vacation getaway home, with a great view !  Adam asked Eve, “Did the earth quake on our account? Is this a new type of prison? Why is he angry with us? Should we have consulted him before leaving the cave?”   Eve said, “Open your eyes Adam; If the earth quaked, and sent this rock to cover us then we should thank God.”

Adam stood up and prayed until morning. Eve went to work designing the interior. The next day, as they looked over their new vacation home, planning when to return back to the cave, God interrupted their thoughts, asking Adam, “O Adam, who counseled thee, when thou camest out of the cave , to  come to this place?” And Adam said, “O Lord, we came to this place because of the heat of the fire, that came upon us in the cave.”  Then God said, ‘O Adam, thou dreadest the heat of fire for one night, but how will it be when thou dwellest in Hell ? “

Oh Oh…….

“But fear not, I have not spread this rock to plague thee. It came from Satan, who promised thee Godhead and majesty. It is he who threw down this rock to kill thee and Eve under it, and prevent you from living upon the earth.  But, in mercy for you, just as that rock was falling down upon you, I commanded it to form an awning over you; and the rock under you, to lower itself.”

God spoke further, revealing a great prophesy; He said, “Satan will raise the Jews to kill me, to lay me inside a rock, to seal it with a stone.  And there I’ll remain for three days and three nights. But on the third day, I shall arise again, and it shall be salvation to thee, O Adam and thy seed, to believe in me.  But O Adam, I will not bring thee from under this rock until three days and three nights are passed.”

And Yeshua will be the rock God’s church is built upon. Thank you very much.

Then God departed, and Adam and Eve remained under the rock for three days and nights. This was their punishment for leaving the cave without God’s permission.  When their time was up, God brought them out, but their flesh was dried, and their eyes were filled with sorrow. During the walk back to the cave Adam and Eve spoke little, but when they got home, the praying began, lasting all day until evening.

That’s how day number 50 ended, but the praying was just getting started. Adam and Eve begged for mercy all night long. When morning arrived, Adam said to Eve, ”Come! let us go and do some work for our bodies.”

So they went out of the cave and ventured toward the northern border of the garden, searching along the way for something to cover their bodies with. But they couldn’t find anything.  Well, actually, Adam found something within a few minutes, but Eve couldn’t make up her mind.

I’m sensing another couple’s spat approaching, fast.

God intervened, and Adam stood up, asking for directions to where they could find clothing, and for some advice on how to calm Eve down. God said to Adam, ”Oh Adam, take Eve to the seashore, where ye fasted before. There ye shall find skins of sheep, who’s flesh was devoured by lions, and who’s skins were left. Take them and make raiment for yourselves, and clothe yourselves withal.”

Adam heard these words from God and noticed the smile on Eve’s face. He grabbed her, and they immediately headed south toward the river of water where they’d once nearly drowned.  But Satan, the wicked one, overheard God speaking with Adam. This grieved him, so he went quickly to destroy the animal skins before Adam and Eve could find them.

Satan was fast, but not as fast as God, who was still quite unhappy with his dastardly conduct.  God found Satan, then he bound him up along side the skins until Adam and Eve arrived.  They came near to him, but kept to a safe distance, gawking at the freakish sight.

They were viewing Satan in his hideous form.   God wanted them to see how The Bent One actually looks before makeup. God said, “This is he who was hiding in the serpent, and who deceived you, and who stripped you of the garment of light and glory in which you were.  This is he who promised you majesty and divinity.  Where, then, is the beauty that was on him?   Where is the divinity?   Where is the light?   Where is the glory that rested on him? ”   Now his figure is hideous; he is become abominable among angels; and he has come to be called  Satan.”

God  continued speaking to Adam, mentioning Satan’s plan to steal the skins  and leave them naked.  He asked, “What, then, is his beauty that you should have followed him? And what have you to gain by hearkening to him?” See his evil works and then look at Me; at Me your creator, and at the good deeds I do you. See, I bound him until you came and saw him and beheld his weakness, that no power is left in him.” Then God let Satan go, and the three watched him skedaddle off.

Adam and Eve said no more, but they wept before God on account of their creation, and that their bodies now needed covering.  God sent an Angel to teach them how to work the skins, which became soft, yet comfortably fashionable clothing. Most importantly, the skins would forever prevent their nakedness to each other.

Adam told Eve, “ O Eve, this is the skin of beasts with which we shall be covered, But, when we have put it on, behold, a token of death shall have come upon us, inasmuch as the owners of these skins have died, and have wasted away. So shall we die, and pass away.”

Adam and Eve stepped out on day 52, wearing  new swag, and looking for some adventure in the western lands. Along the way, things went pretty well, with sunny skies and a peaceful easy feeling.   Then they stumbled into Satan,  appearing this day as two ravenous lions looking for some dinner. Satan wanted to tear the terrified travelers to pieces and devour them.

More excitement now, as we read about:

  • The promise of a great flood
  • Adam vs. The Cherubim
  • Satan never quits

Adam and Eve had stumbled upon a dangerous situation, but after some delaying and praying, God intervened, protecting His plucky kids so that no lions could eat them. God issued some marching orders, commanding Adam and Eve to do an about face, then return to the eastern lands from which they came. God said, “Turn back to thy cave, and remain in it, so that Satan does not work his purpose on thee.”

Then God made a promise, “For in this western border, O Adam, there will go from thee a seed that shall replenish it; and that will defile it with their sins, yielding to the behest of Satan, and following his works. Therefore, I shall bring upon them the waters of a flood, and overwhelm them all, but I will deliver what is righteous from among them, and I will bring them to a distant land, and the land which thou now dwellest will remain desolate and without one inhabitant in it.”   Adam and Eve obeyed and went home.

On day 53, Adam and Eve wandered casually toward the east gate of the garden. When they arrived, both crouched low and snuck up to the gate, wanting to get inside. The Cherub saw them coming, and drew toward them with his sword raised. But, for some reason unknown, the sword flamed out.  The Cherubim wondered if God was protecting the intruders, but it was unwilling to abandon it’s post to go ask God.  So, it stood fast and watched, waiting for a sign.

Suddenly, the heavens roared and the ground shook, then more Cherubim arrived. It was all too much for Adam, so he dropped dead.  God was watching as the event unfolded, and he was still feeling mighty compassionate, so He raised Adam from death again, one more time. Then God said to him,  “Why came ye up hither? Do you intend to go into the garden, from which I brought you out?  It cannot be today, but only when the covenant I have made with thee is fulfilled.”

Then God sent some of his Angels down to Adam, who could hear their wings fluttering, but couldn’t see them. Adam suddenly felt remorse for all they’d lost, so he said, “O Spirits, who wait upon God, look upon me, and upon my being unable to see you!  For when I was in my former bright nature, I could see you and I sang praises as you do. My heart was far above you, but now that I’ve transgressed, that bright nature is gone from me, and I have come to this miserable state.   Now I have come to this; I cannot see you, you do not serve me, and I have become animal flesh. Yet now, O Angels of God,  ask God with me, to restore me to what I was, to rescue me from this misery, and to remove from me the sentence of death He passed upon me, for having transgressed against Him.”

The Angels grieved for them and cursed Satan. Then they acknowledged gratitude to God for kicking Satan out of heaven, telling Adam, “When he fell from among us, there was great joy in heaven, because of his going down from us. For had he continued in heaven, nothing, not even one angel would have remained in it. But God in his mercy, drove him and his hosts from among us to this dark earth; for he had become darkness itself and a worker of unrighteousness.”

Commentary

One “bad apple” can spoil the whole bunch. Negativity, within any organization can become a cancer, eventually  killing the host.  Within any congregation there can lurk those who would take great pleasure in destroying it.  Any new believer should be very careful when considering new friends within a study group. Satan places people inside congregations that appear normal and trustworthy on the outside,  but these “helpers” look for opportunities to influence new or weaker members into sin. Sometimes Satan uses “helpers” to spread false doctrine, or even gossip about a group leader. When the leader is removed, “helpers” can move into elder positions, or begin teaching the group, introducing false doctrines or ungodly rituals that seem harmless, like circle dancing, or modern Christian music. Satan’s goal is for you to disappoint God by changing or rejecting His word, and ultimately, to abandon your fellow believers first, and then God. Satan want’s to get you alone. Why? From what we’ve read so far, separating to conquer is basic Satan 101.

All the angels stuck around Adam and Eve, rejoiced, and praising God.  They asked Him not to destroy them for attempting to sneak into the garden.  Then God spoke to Adam, “ O Adam, look at the garden of joy and at this earth of toil,  behold the angels in the garden, and look at thyself alone on this earth, with Satan, whom thou didst obey. Yet if thou hadst submitted, and been obedient to me, and kept My word, thou would be with the angels in My garden.”

“Ask him who deceived thee, to give thee the divine nature he promised, to make a garden for thee, or fill thee with the divine nature which I’d filled thee. Ask him to make thee a body like the one I made thee, to give thee a day of rest like I gave thee, or to create within thee a reasonable soul, as I created for thee; or to remove thee from here to some other earth than this one which I gave thee.”

“But, O Adam, he will not fulfill even one of these things he told thee. Acknowledge, then, My favor towards thee, and my mercy on thee, My creature; that I have not requited thee for thy transgression against Me, but in My pity for thee I have promised thee that at the end of the great five and one half days , I will come and save thee.”

Commentary

Here God speaks to Adam about who he’s been trusting, and why believing His Word is like insurance to get you into heaven. Trust is, and always will be required, for man to make it into the Heavenly Kingdom. Ro 5: 12-14

 
Once a person stops trusting and believing, the doors of the mind begin to open, and then negativity, and cancer gain a foothold. Satan wants to get you to turn your face away from God. Throughout the Bible, it is written over and over, how once God turns His face away from man, really awful things happen.  So don’t let it happen!

Then God said, “Arise and go away from the gate, lest my Cherub with a sword of fire in his hand destroy you.”  But Adam’s heart was so comforted by God’s words, that he continued worshipping before him. Therefore, God commanded His angels to take up Adam and Eve, and escort them safely back to The Cave of Treasures. The angels gathered Adam and Eve, and the joyous bunch headed home singing songs and psalms.

The angels went up to heaven after arriving at the cave.  Adam and Eve, said good-bye and went inside. But then, Satan, that cocky hater of all things pure and good, strolled up, and shamefacedly attempted to coax Adam outside, calling, “O Adam, come, let me speak to thee.”  Adam stepped outside the cave, thinking it was one of God’s angels come back to give him good counsel.  But instead, he saw a hideous figure, so he asked, “Who are you?”

Satan answered, “ It is I, who hid myself within the serpent and who talked to Eve, and who beguiled her until she harkened to my command. I am he, who sent her, through the wiles of my speech, to deceive thee, until thou and she ate the fruit, of the tree, and ye came away from under the command of God.”

This time, Adam took God’s advice, asking Satan to provide the gifts God had bestowed on them. To that request Satan responded,  “Thinkest thou, that when I have spoken to one about anything, I shall ever bring it to him or fulfill my word?  Not so. For I myself have never even thought of obtaining what I asked?”

“Therefore did I fall, and did I make you fall by that for which I myself fell;  and with you also, whosoever accepts my counsel, falls thereby.  But now, O Adam, by reason of thy fall thou art under my rule, and I am king over thee; because thou hast harkened to me, and hast transgressed against thy God. Neither will there be any deliverance from my hands until the day promised thee by God.”

Commentary

Really?  What about repentance, grace, and the saving of our eternal souls by Yeshua?   No sir. Satan is not entitled to be king over anyone who doesn’t wish to subjugate themselves under his rule. This world is his, and this is why it’s so important we come out of it, before it’s too late. This also answers the question, Where is God?, and why does he allow all the bad things that happen to us on this planet?  The fact is, Satan lives in Hell, but rules the earth. God lives in heaven, and rules there. Life here is short, and cruelty knows no bounds. If we submit to God and obey Him our souls will be saved, so this life should be nothing more than a waiting period, during which we glorify Him while hoping to meet Him in person.

We each have a soul to be concerned with. The bodies we now have will eventually die. The question each person must answer for themselves is, Which is more important, the time God gives me in the flesh, or the eternity I could spend with Him back in the garden? 

But let’s allow Satan to continue speaking, if he must.

Satan said, “Inasmuch as we do not know the day agreed upon with thee by thy God, nor the hour, in which thout shall be delivered, for that reason we will multiply war and murder upon thee and thy seed after thee. This is our will and our good pleasure, that we may not leave one of the sons of man to inherit our orders in heaven. As to our abode, O Adam, it is in burning fire; and we will not cease our evil doing, no, not one day nor one hour.”

Finally, some brutal honesty. Plus, he makes my point.

Satan was getting pretty worked up, so he made a threat,  “And I, O Adam shall sow fire upon thee when thou comest into the cave to dwell there.”  Adam asked Eve, “Did you hear that? God won’t do what he promised? Did Satan really become king over us? Let’s ask God, who created us, to deliver us out of his hands.”

Then, Adam and Eve spread their hands unto God, praying and entreating Him to drive away Satan; that he do them no violence, and that he not force them to deny God.  God sent His angel, who drove Satan away. Adam and Eve went back into the cave, kneeled on the ground, and prayed to God.

Adam whispered quietly to Eve, “ Lo, thou hast seen what temptations have befallen us in this land. Come, let us arise, and ask God to forgive us the sins we have committed; and we will not come outside until the end of the day after to the fortieth. And if we die herein, he will save us.”  And they asked God, then stayed within the cave, not coming out by night or by day until their prayers came out of their mouths like a flame of fire.

Satan, who hates any commitment to God, decided to crash the party. He gathered up his hosts, briefing them about what was going on inside the cave. The hosts answered Satan, “The power is thine, O our Lord, to do as thou commands.”  So Satan, great in wickedness, took his hosts and came into the cave. This, on the thirtieth night of the forty days and one. Then, he smote Adam and Eve dead.

But God raised them right back up, and said “Be strong, and be not afraid of him who has just come to thee.” Adam was weeping uncontrollably, but he managed to ask, “Where were you?” and “How could you let them kill us?”

God said to Adam, “O Adam, see, he is lord and master of all thou hast, he who said, he would give thee divinity. Where is this love he hast for thee? And where is the gift he promised?  For once has it pleased him, O Adam, to come to thee, to comfort thee, and to rejoice with thee, because thou hast harkened to him, and hast yielded to his counsel; and hast transgressed My commandment but has followed his behest?”

Adam blew his nose into a leaf, then asked, “O Lord because I transgressed a little, thou hast sorely plagued me in return for it, I ask thee to deliver me out of his hands; or else have pity on me, and take my soul out of my body now in this strange land.” God sighed heavily, and said to Adam, “If only there had been this weeping and praying before thou didst transgress!”

Note:  Weep and pray to God, long before a transgression.

God had patience with Adam, so He let them remain in the cave until they could fulfill the promise of forty and one days. But their strength and flesh withered, because they’d not ate or drank since leaving the Garden. The functions of their bodies were not yet settled, and they had no energy, except for exchanging speeches of praise as they laid on the cave floor.

On day 39 of their promise, day 89 outside the garden, Satan came to the cave clad in a garment of light, girt about with a bright girdle. In his hand was a staff of light, but he looked most awful, being inappropriately dressed for such an elderly man. His face, however, was pleasant, and his speech was sweet. He claimed God had brought him there on a cloud, and he offered many more lies.

Satan began with, ”Come, come with me, to a place of rest.  Fear not, for I am bones and flesh like you. At first I was a creature that God created. When He had created me, he placed me into the garden in the north, on the border of the world. He said, abide here! And I did, without transgressing his word or commandment. Then he made a slumber come over me, and he brought thee, O Adam , out of my side, but did not make thee abide by me.”

“But God took thee, and made thee abide in a garden to the eastward. Then I grieved, because God had taken thee from my side, but had not let thee abide with me. But God said to me, ‘Grieve not for Adam; for no harm will come to him. For now I have brought a helpmeet for him; and I have given him joy in so doing.’”

Then Satan looked around, and said, “I did not know how it is that ye are in this cave, nor anything about this trial that has come upon you, until God said to me, ‘Behold, Adam has transgressed, and I have driven he and Eve from the garden, to live in a land of sorrow and misery, because they have transgressed against Me, and have harkened to Satan. And Lo, they are suffering unto this day.’ Then God said unto me, ‘Arise, go to them, and make them come to thy place, and suffer not that Satan come near them, and afflict them.”

With deep concern and a mist in his eyes, Satan continued, “For they are helpless from hunger, and lie in great misery. He further said, ‘When thou hast taken them to thyself, give them fruit from the Tree of Life  to eat, drink from the water of peace, clothing in a garment of light, and restore them to their former state of grace.  And leave them not in misery, for they came from thee. But grieve not over them, nor repent of that which has come upon them.”

The Satan Show continued: “But when I heard this, I was sorry; and my heart could not patiently bear it for thy sake, O my child. For when I heard the name of Satan, I was afraid, and said to myself, I will not come out, lest he ensnare me, as he did my children, Adam and Eve. And I said, O God, when I go to them, Satan will meet me, and war against me, as he did against them. Then god said, ‘Fear not, when you find him , smite him with the staff in your hand, for thou art of old standing, and he shall not prevail against thee.’”

“Then I said, O my Lord, I am old, and cannot go. Send thy angels to bring them. But God said, ‘Angels are not like them, and they won’t  consent. But I have chosen thee, because they are your offspring, and they’ll do what you say.’ God said further to me, ‘ If thou hast not the strength to walk, I will send ye on a cloud, and alight thee at the entrance of their cave, then the cloud will return and leave thee there. And if they will come with thee, I will send a cloud to carry them with thee.’”

This is precisely why I personally refuse to ride on a cloud, or in hot air balloons.

Then Satan went for the academy award, pleading “And now, O my children, Adam and Eve, look at my hoar hairs and at my feeble estate, and at my coming from that distant place. Come, come with me, to a place of rest.”  He began to weep, with tears of great concern pouring out on the ground like buttery syrup.

Adam and Eve believed and trusted Satan; just as if they were as gullible as those people who listen to George Clooney talk about global warming.  Then they allowed Satan to lead them by their hands out of the cave, while he hoped to take them to some distant place and destroy them.

Commentary     

Satan has always been a talented liar. So is any good actor. After all, they make their millions pretending. This is why God forbid lying in the ten commandments. It’s down at number 9,  but Satan considers lying to be his number one tool. That’s also why lying is the most common sin. It does a lot of damage, destroying friendships, marriage, business, and any situation requiring trust. Lev 19:11  Once Satan destroys trust, he can create all kinds of trouble; Including bodily injury, death, and a very rich Al Gore. 

God saw that Satan had overcome Adam and Eve, so He cursed him, driving him away. Then God said to Adam, “What made you come out of the Cave?” Adam asked, “Didst thou create a man before us? For when we were in the cave there suddenly came unto us a good old man who said to us, “ I am a messenger from God unto you, to bring you back to some place of rest. And we did believe, O God, that he was a messenger from thee, and we came out with him, and knew not whether we should go with him.”

And God said unto Adam, “See, that is the father of the evil arts , who brought thee and Eve out of the garden of delights.”

“And now, indeed, when he saw that thou and Eve both joined together in fasting and praying, and that you came not out of the cave before the end of forty days, he wished to make your purpose vain, to break your mutual bond; to cut off all hope from you, and to drive you to some place where he might destroy you.  Because he was unable to do aught to you, unless he showed himself in the likeness of you. Therefore did he come to you with a face like your own, and begin to give you tokens as if they were all true.”

God explained that it was He who gave mercy, and did  favors to them,  not allowing any of Satan’s evil plans to come to fruition.  He said, “Return  now to the cave and remain in it until the morrow of the fortieth day, then come out and go toward the eastern gate of the Garden.”

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Adam and Eve stood up and prayed with great zeal to God, thanking and praising him. Then they returned to the cave, continuing to pray until morning. They got up and prayed to God, as they did every day, then left the cave. But they didn’t get far without a proper breakfast. Strength finally abandoned them, causing both to collapse. But the word of God came again saying, “Rise O Adam and Eve, go hither and bring the two figs.”

Adam and Eve rose, then walked until they drew near to the cave. But Satan, the concoctor of wicked machinations, prevented them from gathering the figs. During one of his most ingeniously diabolical schemes, He’d buried the figs outside the cave, on the east side, so Adam and Eve couldn’t find them.  But not to be outdone, God turned the two figs into fig trees, covered with delicious tasting fruit that would feed His kids for all their days!

Satan was mighty disappointed! He was also ashamed, since God had overturned his counsel and defeated his servants. Satan sulked to himself, ”Better would it have been to have left those figs where they were; for now, behold, they have become two fruit trees, whereof Adam will eat all the days of his life. Whereas I had in mind, when I buried them, to destroy them entirely, and to hide them for aye. But God has overturned my counsel. Now the fruit won’t perish, and he has made plain my intention, defeating the counsel I’d formed against his servants.”

Adam and Eve, as they drew near the cave, became confounded by the huge leafy fig trees, covered in fruit, overshadowing the cave entrance.  Adam said, “Is there another cave on earth besides this? Come Eve, lets go in anyway, and see if we can find our figs.”  But the figs were gone, so Adam’s  heart broke.  Eve said, “I, for my part, do not know what happened to them.”   Then, they did the only thing they knew ; both stepped outside and prayed to God for some guidance.

God let them in on Satan’s simple, but effective plan; how he’d stolen their figs and buried them, and then, how God himself had spoiled it when He turned the figs into fig trees. He warned them again saying, ”Not for his mere sake, then, have these trees grown up at once;  but I had mercy on thee and I commanded them to grow. And they grew to be two large trees, that you can be overshadowed by their branches, and find rest, and that I make you see my power and my marvelous works.”

“And, also, to show you Satan’s meanness, and his evil works, for ever since ye came out of the garden, he has not ceased, no, not one day, from doing you harm.  But I have not given him power over you.  Henceforth, O Adam,  rejoice on account of the trees, thou and Eve,; and rest under them when ye feel weary. But eat not of their fruit, nor come near them.”

Unfortunately, they were out of food, so Adam asked God to save them from starving.  God changed the fig trees back into two figs, and told them,  “Go into the cave. Each of you may take one fig. Eat the figs and satisfy your hunger, lest ye die.”

So Adam and Eve prayed some more, then sat down to eat.  But they didn’t know how to eat yet. They were also afraid of getting stomach aches, or becoming accustomed to earthly foods.  So God took pity on them again, sending his Angel, who told them “ You are animal flesh now, eat quickly for you cannot subsist without food and drink.”

But He forgot to remind them to chew each mouthful 20 times.

So the hungry tykes dug in like farm hands, eating until they were ready to burst.   Then, by the power of God, the figs returned to their original size and weight !  Adam and Eve became fired up, rejoicing and partying most of the night. Finally  both collapsed just before the sun rose. But when they awoke, as is often the case, they each had stomach aches from overeating and celebrating.  Both prayed for help, each believing God was trying to kill them.

God answered their pleas, by creating digestive organs inside their bodies then pointing out where to find ginger root.  Soon Adam and Eve began to feel better, and they eventually made full recoveries.  Both made a vow  never return to the Garden, because they now felt like children of the earth. So, satisfied and wore out, both children of the earth fell asleep on the cave floor, and began snoring like chain saws cutting logs in the forest.

On deck:

  • Adam does his first day’s work
  • God provides a recipe for bread
  • The offering becomes customary
  • God reaffirms his promise

They awoke with powerful thirsts, and walked to the nearby stream while praying to God for a cool drink. Adam said to Eve, “Lo, we asked for food of God, and He gave it. But now let us ask  Him to give us a drink of water.”  They went to the bank of the stream that flowed along the south border of the garden. This was the same stream in which they’d previously thrown themselves, nearly drowning. They stood on the bank praying that God would command them to drink.

God said, “O Adam, thy body has become brutish, and requires water to drink. Take ye some from the stream and drink, then give praise and thanks.” Adam and Eve leaned over the stream, dunked their faces, and sipped until their bodies were refreshed. Then they stood up, yawned, and returned to the cave for a good long nap.

On day number 84 they took two figs from the trees, hung them inside the cave, and asked God to show them some more food.  But God commanded them, “Hurry and go west, to a land of dark soil, and there ye shall find food.”

Not too far from the cave, Adam and Eve found a large field of dark rich soil, with wheat growing in the ear and mature trees, with figs to eat.  Adam rejoiced over it, then he heard God say, “Take of this wheat and make thee bread of it, to nourish thy body withal.”   God gave Adam knowledge to work the grain until it became flat bread, which they roasted over the remaining hot coals from Satan’s previous arson attempt.

At the end of the day, Adam and Eve retired into the cave, faint and weary from all they’d accomplished. Adam was  encouraged, so he rejoiced, because now Eve could cook while he farmed.

But when Adam and Eve went back to the land of dark soil the next time, hoping to harvest some wheat, their sickle was missing,  so they girded themselves and pulled up the wheat by hand until the harvest was finished. They placed the wheat into a heap, and, faint from heat and thirst, each laid down under a nearby shady tree, where the cool breeze fanned them into a nice snooze.

But Satan, the hater of any good days work, gathered his hosts.  Seeing that Adam and Eve were dozing, and contented by hard work, he called for his hosts to burn the wheat they’d collected and to empty their drinking water. Satan told his hosts, “When they awake and return to the cave, they will be near death from hunger and thirst. We will lead them astray, where they may, perhaps, deny God and he destroy them. Then we shall also be rid of them.”

Adam and Eve awoke from the snap-crack el-pop! of burning wheat.  Both  wept as they walked back to the cave.  But as they climbed up the hill, Satan and his hosts met them in the form of Angels praising God.
Satan said, “O Adam, it seems Satan has burned up the wheat.” Adam replied, “Ay”.

Satan asked, “Why art thou so consumed with hunger and thirst?  Come back with us. God sent us to thee, to show thee another field of corn, better than that, and beyond it is a fountain of water, and many good trees, where thou shalt dwell near it, and work the corn field to a better purpose than that which Satan has consumed.”

Adam thought, ‘This is my lucky day; these are Angels!’, so he and Eve went along with them, toward a far away land  and the promise of corn, trees, and a fountain of water.  Eight days later, they both fell dead from hunger and thirst. Of course, Satan and  his hosts vanished.

But God looked upon Adam and Eve with pity for how Satan had made them perish, and he sent his word into them, raising them one more time from their state of death.  Adam accused God of burning the wheat, dumping their water, and sending His Angels to waylay, then force them to starve to death. He asked God, “Wilt thou make us perish? If this be from thee, O God, then take away our souls, but punish us not.”

God set him straight. “I did not burn down the wheat, I did not pour out the water bucket, and I did not send My angels to lead thee astray.”  He reminded Adam, “It was Satan, thy master, to whom thou hast subjected thyself. All the promises he has made you, verily are but feint, and deceit, and a lie.  But now, O Adam, thou shalt acknowledge  My good deeds done to thee.”

Then God commanded his Angels to bring Adam and Eve back to the field, where  their wheat and water were restored.  In the field was also now a tree, filled with solid manna. The Angels commanded Adam and Eve to eat the manna whenever they were hungry. God adjourned Satan with a curse,  preventing him from returning to destroy the field of wheat.

Adam and Eve took some wheat home, then he went back up to the mountain, where they’d made their first offering of blood.  There, Adam made another offering to God, beseeching to him,  “O God, when we were in the Garden, we offered up praises like this, and our innocence went up to thee like incense. But now, O God, accept this offering from us, and turn us not back, reft of Thy mercy.”

God said to Adam and Eve, “Since ye have made this oblation, and have offered it to me, I shall make it My flesh, when I come down upon the earth to save you; and I shall cause it to be offered continually upon an altar, for forgiveness and for mercy, unto those who partake of it duly.”

There it is again. But wait! That’s not all.

God sent a fire upon the offering, before Adam and Eve, filling it with brightness. Then, grace, light, and the Holy Spirit came down upon the oblation.  God commanded an angel to take fire-tongs, to use as a spoon, to remove some of the offering.  The angel brought it to Adam and Eve as a symbol, filling their hearts with joy and gladness, and brightening their souls, which  caused them to give praises to God.
God said to Adam, “This shall be unto you a custom, to do so, when affliction and sorrow come upon you.  But your deliverance and your entrance into the Garden shall not be until the days are fulfilled, as agreed between you and Me; were it not so, I would, of My mercy and pity for you, bring you back to My garden and to My favor for the sake of the offering you have just made in my name.””

Adam and Eve returned to the Cave of Treasures, full of joy in their hearts. Then Adam said to Eve, “Let us do this three times every week, on the fourth day Wednesday, on the preparation day Friday, and on the Sabbath day for the rest of our lives.”  And as they each agreed to these words between themselves, God was pleased with their thoughts, and with the resolution they had each taken with the other.

After this came the word of God to Adam, “O Adam, thou hast determined beforehand the days in which sufferings shall come upon me, when I am made flesh; for they are the fourth Wednesday, and the preparation day Friday. But as to the first day, I created in it all things, and I raised the heavens. And again, through my rising again on this day, will I create joy, and raise them on high, who believe in me; O Adam, offer this obligation all the days of thy life.”

But Adam continued to make the offerings, three times per week, until the end of seven weeks. On the first day, which was the fiftieth, he made an offering, and he and Eve brought it to the altar as they were taught.

Commentary

This is a prophesy about the death and resurrection of Yeshua  (Lk 23:56- 24:7), and the Feast of Weeks (Lev 23:15), one of seven feasts to be observed, as commanded to the Hebrews by YHWH (Lev 23:1-38). Weeks occurs after First-fruits.  The first day after the seventh week, or day number 50, is when the festival Shavuot takes place. The 7th and 50th years in the Jewish calendar are dates marked as: rest for the land, return of land to the original owner, forgiveness of debt through the right of redemption, and the Jubilee. These are extremely important festivals, and laws commanded by God in Torah, Leviticus 25 in particular.  What you will not find in Torah, or in any scripture, is a command to celebrate Halloween, Christmas, or Easter. These are Babylonian holidays, brought into the Christian Church by the roman emperor Constantine, in order to bring more pagans into the official church of Rome. THESE PAGAN HOLLIDAYS ARE AN ABOMINATION TO GOD. Each incorporates pagan symbols and unholy doctrines. They are expressly forbidden. (Jer 10:2-4) If you believe that participating in any of these pagan holidays gives glory to God, please stop! If the world was obeying God’s law and celebrating only the seven festivals He commands us to, the world we live in would be just, and God would be pleased. But, since man refuses to give up his pagan worship, has to create his own ways to worship, and he won’t submit to God’s laws, the true believers will have to wait until Yeshua returns. Then, He will preside over His kingdom, where the law will be universally obeyed, and God will be pleased again. Do you really believe that trees, eggs, bunnies, stars, witches, necromancy, and run-away capitalism glorify God? 

I know what your thinking right now, “That’s not what they mean to me!”  What is more important? What you think? or What God thinks?

God’s favor toward Adam and Eve increased due to the offerings, so Satan became more jealous than ever. It all was becoming too much for him to bear. He appeared before Adam and Eve on the fiftieth day, mocking God’s Holy Word, in the form of a man, who stood by Adam as he lifted his hands in prayer.

Without warning, the man moved behind Adam and pierced his side with a spear.  Blood and water flowed from Adam’s injury, which was so serious that he fell dead upon the altar.  Then Satan fled.

Sound familiar? Jn 19:33-34

Eve placed Adam below the altar, where she stayed, weeping over him.  God looked upon Adam, then raised him up saying, “Fulfill thy offering, for indeed Adam, it is worth much, and there is no shortcoming in it.”  God said further, “Thus, will it also happen to me, on the earth, when I shall be pierced and blood and water shall flow from my side and run over my body, which is the true offering, and shall be offered upon the altar as a perfect offering.”

This is a clear prophesy of Yeshua providing atonement for our sins.

Adam prayed and thanked God for showing all these signs to him. Meanwhile, Satan was preparing to make war with Adam, through his marriage to Eve.

Commentary

The final chapter of this story brings you up to the time coinciding with the beginning of Genesis chapter five.  Along the way, the first family of man is continually harassed, and ultimately suffers a great loss, after Satan establishes control over one of their children, Cain.  Eventually, most of Cain’s seed becomes corrupt and evil, so that God has to destroy  the earth and start over. But, God will save one man’s family, the seed of Abel.

End Part 3 Adam and Eve

Begin Part 4 Adam and Eve

Here we see how:

  • Satan makes war with Adam through his marriage to Eve.
  • Adam’s heart is set on fire

Satan, the hater of all good, brought along two of his hosts, when he appeared for the thirteenth time before Adam and Eve. The couple was chilling out under the fig trees when Satan greeted them, speaking fair words that were full of guile.  Satan and his hosts came  before Adam and Eve, looking identical to the three Angels that had previously brought the couple gifts of gold, incense, and myrrh.  The five sat down together, with Satan, the tallest of the three, speaking first, “Rejoice O Adam, and be glad, Lo God has sent us to thee to tell thee something.”

Adam asked, “What is it?”  Satan answered, “It is a light thing, yet it is a word of God, wilt thou hear it from us and do it?  But if thou will not, then we shall return to God and tell him thou wouldest not receive his word.”  Then Satan asked, “Fear not, neither let a trembling come upon thee, dost thou not knowest us?” “I know you not.”  Adam answered

Unstoppable at the moment, Satan explained, “I am the one who brought you Gold, the other is the one who brought you incense, and that third one brought you myrrh. God said we would suffice to bring this message to you.”

Now, Adam began to believe them, so he said, “Speak the word of God, so I can receive it.”   Satan said, “Swear and promise me that you will receive it.” Adam replied, “I know not how to swear.”   Then, Satan held out his hand, and said,  “Put your hand in mine.”   Adam did as told, and Satan made him swear an oath to God.

After releasing his hand, Satan began to baffle Adam. He introduced the subject of marriage, the taking of Eve, and Eve bearing Adam’s child.  Satan promised the act would be neither difficult or scandalous. Now Adam was both confused and sorrowed.

Satan loves to confuse, especially when he can cause sorrow at the same time.
The act of sexual intercourse confused Adam, because he already considered Eve a part of himself.  He wondered, if it was a sin to have sex with a part of himself, and if a physical relationship with himself would make him guilty of adultery.

O.K. Now I’m completely stupefied.

Adam said, ”God never spoke these words to me before. I’ve made a few previous critical errors in judgement.  I think ye are not sent from him, and ye are devils!  Away from me, ye cursed of God!”

Then the devils fled.  Adam realized he was woefully uninformed, that he’d sworn an oath to obey a sinful idea, and these were, in fact, all devils.  So he stood up, and returned to the cave with Eve walking quietly along his side.  Adam admitted to Eve that he’d been fooled, but she held her peace.

Looks like they’re both getting smarter.

Back at the cave, Adam swore an oath of repentance  to God, to neither eat or drink for forty days and nights, then he began praying while he stood in the cave. He fasted and prayed as long as he could, but eventually Adam dropped dead from hunger and thirst.

But God was still watching, so He raised him yet again. Adam wept and begged for forgiveness, at having sworn by God’s name and unwittingly agreeing to receive Satan’s counsel. God forgave him, with a simple, yet critical, piece of advice, “Beware of Satan!” Then God withdrew, and Adam felt  a little better.

But Satan vowed to keep trying. His fourteenth apparition before Adam and Eve was a real doozy. The sweethearts were sitting on the bank of the river of water, as couples do when they enjoy themselves, when Satan and ten of his hosts transformed into graceful, beautiful maidens, who came up from the river, presenting themselves.

The  maidens said among themselves, “Come we will look at the faces of Adam and Eve, who are of the men of the earth. How beautiful they are, and how different is their look from our own faces.”  Then they came to Adam and Eve, and greeted them; and stood wondering at them. Adam and Eve checked them out too. They wondered at their beauty, and asked, “Is there, then, underneath us, another world, with such beautiful creatures as these in it?”

The maidens answered, “Yes, indeed, we are an abundant creation.”  Adam thought about his previous “birds and bees” talk with Satan, then he asked, “ But how do you multiply?”  The maidens answered him, “We have husbands who wedded us, and we bear them children, who grow up, and who in their turn wed and are wedded, and also bear children; and thus we increase.  And be it so, O Adam, thou wilt not believe us, we will show thee our husbands and our children.”

Then the maidens shouted over the river as if to call their husbands and children, who came up from the river, men and children; and every one came to his wife.  Adam and Eve,  stood dumb, watching them demonstrate. Then the husbands said to Adam and Eve, “You see our wives and our children, Wed Eve as we wed our wives, and you shall have children the same as we.”

Commentary

Satan hosted an orgy in the presence of Adam and Eve. Those of you who do not understand the devastating consequences of porn should take note. It is an evil tool that destroys the participant as well as the viewer. Satan enjoys a sideshow just as much as he does morally corrupting us.

This sideshow was the device Satan used to deceive Adam.  Satan thought to himself, “God, at first, commanded Adam concerning the fruit of the tree, saying to him, ‘Eat not of it; else of death thou shalt die.’  But Adam ate of it, and yet God did not kill him; He only decreed upon him death, and plagues and trials, until the day he shall come out of his body. Now, then, if I deceive him to do this thing, and to wed Eve without God’s commandment, God will kill him then.”  Satan worked this apparition to make Adam and Eve disappear from the face of the earth.

Meanwhile, the fire of sin came upon Adam, and he thought a whole lot about committing some. Satan and his hosts returned into the river.  But Adam restrained himself, took a cold bath in the river, and then returned to the cave with Eve. He prayed until morning.  Then Eve woke up, and Adam said, “Let us go below the mountain, where they brought us the gold, and let  us ask God, concerning this matter.”

Adam wanted to take Eve to the mountain, in a really bad way.  But she asked him, “What is this matter, O Adam?”  He answered,  ”That I may request God to inform me about wedding thee; for I will not do it without his order, lest He make us perish, thee and me. For those devils have set my heart on fire, with thoughts of what they showed us, in their sinful apparitions.”

Eve said to Adam, “Why need we go to the mountain?  Let us rather stand up and pray in our own cave to God, to let us know whether this counsel is good or not.”   So Adam prayed fervently, and God looked upon him, favoring his decision to seek counsel. God said, “Oh Adam, if only you had used this caution at first, you wouldn’t have come out of the garden into this strange land!”

Then God sent three Angels to teach Adam how to marry Eve.  They said, “Take the gold and give it to Eve as a wedding gift, and betroth her; then give her some incense and myrrh as a present; and be ye, thou and she, one flesh.”  Adam did all he was told, placing the gold into Eve’s bosom. Then, the angels commanded them, “Arise and pray forty days and nights; and After that, Adam is to come into his wife.”

That would be an act, pure and undefiled; then they would have children, who would multiply and replenish the face of the earth.  At the end of fasting and praying, Adam and Eve came together, as the Angels had directed. From the time they’d left the garden until Adam wedded Eve were 223 days. Thus was Satan’s war with Adam was defeated.

Our story continues with:

  • The birth of Cain and Luluwa 
  • Cain’s jealousy
  • Satan controls Cain

Adam and Eve dwelt on the earth working, in order to continue in the well-being of their bodies; and it was so until Eve’s nine months of child bearing were up.  Then she knew the time was near, so she said to Adam, “This cave is a pure spot by reason of the signs brought within it since we left the garden; and we shall pray in it.  It is not right, then, that I should bring forth in it;  let us rather return to the sheltering rock, which Satan hurled at us, when he wished to kill us with it;  but was held up and spread as an awning over us by the command of God; and formed our vacation home.”

Commentary

Satan still wanted to kill them. Pregnancy places a woman into a vulnerable  situation.  Just ask Rosemary about hers. There’s more here in common with that movie. Stay with me.
Maybe their vacation home would be a better location.  So Adam did what any good husband would do; he listened to his wife, and obeyed her.  But when the time came, Eve’s labor was very difficult.  Adam was very sorry, and his heart suffered for her sake, because she was close to death. The words God had earlier spoken about Eve, “I will greatly increase your pain in childbirth, you will bring forth children in pain.” were very true.

So Adam prayed to God,”O Lord look upon me with the eye of thy mercy, and bring her out of her distress.”  And God looked upon Eve, delivering her from pain, pain which was understandable; she giving birth to twins. She brought forth her first son, and with him a daughter; commonly known as fraternal twins. Eight days later, they named the girl Luluwa (beautiful), and the boy Cain (hater).  Forty days later, Adam and Eve made an offering to God on behalf of Cain, but Eve insisted they make one separately for Luluwa.

Adam held Cain, and stood before the Altar, as a bright light from heaven shone upon the offering. Eve held Luluwa and watched from a distance.  When Adam was finished, they all came down from the offering full of joy. When eighty days had passed, they all went back to make a separate offering for Luluwa. God also accepted that offering.

Afterwards, the family drew near together, and came down the mountain, rejoicing. They returned, not to the Rock, where the children were born, but to the Cave of Treasures. There, the children walked around the tokens brought from the garden, in order to be blessed.  And after they’d been blessed, they all stayed the cave,  living as family.

After the children were done nursing, Adam made another offering for the children’s souls. Three years after the children’s days of nursing, and Eve’s days were accomplished, she brought forth another son and daughter. They were blessed with twins again! They named the new children Abel and Aklia. At the end of forty days, Adam made an offering to God for Abel, and at the end of eighty days he made an offering for Aklia.

The four young children grew in stature, keeping both parents very busy. Adam worked the land each day, and Eve provided a loving, comfortable cave for the happy family. But as the children grew, Cain became hardhearted, ruling over his younger brother. He was also disobedient, refusing to go with his father to the altar during the customary two or three visits each week.

Abel was meek hearted and obedient, attending his father whenever he went to the altar, and often moved to make his own offering. The daughters were normal, except for Luluwa, who grew up to be even more beautiful than her mother. Aklia was, a little on the homely side,  but she had a great personality.

Adam conversed often with Abel about the garden, the family history, the golden rods, incense, and myrrh, the works of God, being forced to leave the garden, and their first night in the Cave of Treasures.  One time, when young Abel was offering at the altar, Satan watched him, seething with hatred.

He appeared later that same evening before Abel, as a man who said, “Thou has often timed moved thy father to make an offering, to fast and pray, therefore I will kill thee and make thee perish from the earth.”   Abel prayed hard, and drove Satan away.  He didn’t believe the words, but the experience shook him up.

When it was daylight, an Angel of God appeared before Abel, advising him, “Do not cease fasting, praying, or offering up to God.  The lord has accepted your prayers, and you should not  be afraid of the figure that appeared in the night, cursing you.”  So Abel spoke with his parents about  the visiting stranger. They grieved over it,  but said nothing more to him.

But as to hardhearted Cain, Satan came to him by night, showing himself, and speaking to him. Satan said, “Adam and Eve love thy brother Abel much more than they love thee, and they wish to join him in marriage to thy beautiful sister Luluwa, because they love him; but they also wish to join thee to his ill-favored sister Aklia, because they hate thee; Now therefore, I council thee, when they do that, to kill thy brother, then thy sister will be left for thee; and his sister will be cast away.”

And now:

  • Cain, 15 years  old, and Abel 12 years old, grow apart 
  • The wicked plan is carried to conclusion 
  • Am I thy brother’s keeper? 
  • The seven punishments

Now as for Cain, the wicked one remained within his heart, so he sought to kill his brother many times.  Adam saw that Cain hated Abel, and he tried often to soften their hearts. One time he said to each boy, “Take, O my son, of the fruits of thy sowing, and make an offering unto God, that he may forgive thee thy wickedness and thy sin.”  Abel was happy to go, and with just a little coaching, he took a good offering, which was accepted by God.

Cain went along, but only after much anger and prodding from his father. Then he offered only the smallest of the flock, and took no pleasure in doing it.  Abel made his offering with a good heart and a pure body, which caused God to be pleased and accept it.  Cain kept his eyes on his offering, and became more jealous of his brother, his heart full of murderous thoughts.  God saw this, and was very displeased, so He rejected Cain’s offering.

Jealousy continued to grow and rule over Cain.  One day, as Satan predicted, Mom and Dad were discussing how to marry off the boys.  “How will we do it?” asked Eve. Adam said, “We will marry Abel’s sister to Cain, and Cain’s sister to Abel.”

Eve confided to Adam, ”I do not  like Cain, because of his hardheartedness”.  But she was willing to wait for an answer, after which they would offer up to the Lord on each boy’s behalf.  Adam said no more to her about the subject.

Satan, the hater of  family unity and love between brothers, appeared before Cain, as a man of the field, and said, ”Behold Adam and Eve have taken council together about the marriage of you two; and they have agreed to marry Abel’s sister to thee, and thy sister to him. If I did not love thee, I would not have told thee this thing. Yet if thou wilt take my advice, and harken to me, I will bring thee on thy wedding day beautiful robes, gold and silver in plenty, and my relations will attend thee.”

Cain was overjoyed, and he asked “Where are thy relations?”  Satan answered, “My relations are in the Garden in the north, whither I once meant to bring thy father Adam, but he would not accept my offer.  But thou, if thou wilt receive my words and if thou wilt come unto me after thy wedding, thou shalt rest from the misery in which thou art; and thou shalt rest and be better off then thy father Adam.”
That was a stinker.

With those words from Satan, Cain opened his ears, and leant toward his speech. He left the field and went home in a rage, then he beat his mother, insisting she answer two questions.  He asked Eve, “Why are ye about taking my sister to wed her to my brother?”, and then he screamed at her, “Am I dead to you!?”

Eve eventually quieted Cain down, then she sent him back to the field.  When Adam came home from work Eve told him what had happened.  Adam grieved, but he held his peace, not saying a word until morning. Then, he told each brother,  ”Take up an offering to God; the best young sheep for Cain, and the finest corn for Abel.”

When they arrived at the altar, Cain acted haughtily toward Abel, pushed him away from the altar, and didn’t  allow him to use it. Then Cain proceeded to offer his gift with his heart full of guile and fraud.  Meanwhile, Abel had quietly set up another altar, made from stones gathered nearby. Abel made his offering with a humble heart, free of guile.

Cain stood by and watched, but no fire came down to consume his offering.  He waited, but  soon he was more interested in his brothers gift, forgetting about his own. With humor and wroth, Cain watched to see if God would accept Abel’s gift.

Abel prayed, and a divine fire came down to consume his offering. God smelled the sweet savory aroma, because Abel loved God.  God rejoiced in him, so he sent an Angel of light, in the figure of a man, to comfort Abel and strengthened his heart.  Cain looked on, becoming enraged. Then, he opened his mouth and blasphemed God.

As Cain came down from the altar, God rebuked him saying, “ Cain, why are you so sad? Be righteous and I’ll accept your offering, you haven’t murmured against me, but against yourself.”  But by then, Cain’s color had changed, and he had a woeful countenance. Cain reported to Dad what happened, and it caused Adam to grieve.
Abel came down from his altar  happy and rejoicing, announcing to both proud parents that God had accepted his offering. They rejoiced at the news and kissed his face. But when Adam heard the whole account of what happened; how Cain had pushed Abel away from the altar, the very same altar Adam had built, and upon which his first gifts to God were offered; he became very sorry.

But not as sorry as Cain, who was also mighty sullen, and angry. Cain marched directly out into the field. Then the man appeared and spoke to him. Their conversation touched on a variety of subjects, but the weather wasn’t one of them.  No, they talked about Cain’s bad behavior, and how his parents were rejoicing over Abel far more than him.

These words filled Cain with rage. He let it all build up inside, like a ticking time-bomb, which you and I know was a mistake. It caused Cain to became more focused, and he continued to wait for the  opportunity to kill Abel.

One day, Cain brought Abel into the cave, and he suggested they go out and look at the beautiful and charming countryside. Cain said to Abel, “After all, you have never enjoyed even one day of it’s pleasures.” He suggested, “Come with me, enjoy yourself, and let’s bless our fields and flocks.  “You, O Abel, are so righteous, and I love you so much, but I’m  saddened that you’ve estranged yourself from me.”

Abel consented to go, but before they left, Cain insisted, “Let me fetch a sturdy staff, just in case we run into some wild beasts.”

Abel stood waiting innocently, then they began walking, with Cain behind him. They moved along, with Cain speaking to his brother in a comforting way in order to make him forget everything he should be remembering.  They traveled on until they came to a lonely place where there were no sheep. Abel asked Cain, ”Where are all the sights, sounds, pleasantries, and sheep for us to bless?”

Cain avoided answering the question, and continued to speak in a calming and comforting way, coaxing Abel further into disaster. All the while, Abel remained in his innocence, without guile, and not believing his brother would kill him.  Cain, remained behind Abel until, suddenly and swiftly, without any warning, he ran up and struck Abel over and over, on his head and body with the staff, until Abel was stunned and fell to the ground.

Abel realized his brother meant to kill him, but it was too late. He cried out to Cain, “O, my brother have pity on me! By the same breasts we have sucked! Smite me not! By the womb that bore us and brought us into the world, smite me not unto death with that staff!  If thou wilt kill me, take one of these large stones and kill me outright!”

Cain was certainly a hardhearted young man, and he’d soon become a cruel murderer. Without considering, he took a large stone and bashed his brother’s head in, until the brains oozed out, and his own brother’s blood covered him.

Then Cain repented not of what he’d done, but when the blood of righteous Abel fell upon the ground, the earth began to tremble, and it would have brought Cain to his own death for what he’d done. As the blood seeped deeper into the ground, it began to cry mysteriously to God, “Avenge Abel of his murderer!”

Cain furiously began digging a hole to bury Abel’s body.  He was both scared, and astounded by the trembling of the earth, especially after he cast Abel into the hole, and  the earth tossed him right back out!  Cain repeatedly threw Abel in, but three times Abel was sent back out.  The first time, was because Abel was not the first creation. The  second, because he was righteous, good, and killed without a cause. The third time was because there might remain, before Cain, a witness against him. And so, the earth mocked Cain, along with lightning and thunder until the word of God came to him.

God angrily asked Cain, “Where is Abel thy brother?”  Cain replied, with a proud heart and a gruff voice, “How, O God? am I thy brother’s keeper?”

God said, “Cursed be the earth that has drunk the blood of Abel  thy brother;  and although be thou trembling and shaking;  this will be a sign unto thee, that whoever finds thee, shall kill thee.” Then God placed a mark onto Cain, who wept because God had said those words.

Cain cried out to God, “O God whosoever finds me shall kill me. and I shall be blotted from the face of the earth.”  So God said unto Cain, “ Whosoever shall find thee shall not kill thee; for I shall forgo seven punishments on him who kills Cain.”  Before, when God asked Cain, ‘Where is your brother?’, it was out of mercy, coaxing Cain to repent.  If he had repented, then God would have forgiven him of his sin.

Cursing the ground, rather than Cain, was also God’s mercy. As to the seven punishments on whoever might kill Cain; God sought to prevent his death by the sword, while forcing him to die slowly; fasting, praying, and weeping until the time he was delivered from his sin. But Cain never found rest.  He returned home to Adam and Eve, trembling and defiled with blood.  Eventually, he and Luluwa packed-up and moved away, to Nod.

The End
Part 4

Part 5
Conclusion : Part 1

What’s been revealed, is the story of two humans; Adam and Eve, who came into the world having a perfect relationship with God; then they blew it.  Until the quality of fellowship, which man once had with God in the Garden, is appreciated more fully, one can’t understand the horrible effects of sin, or the great efforts we see man produce, attempting through religious ceremony, to approach God on a limited basis. Adam’s little family, through the character of each member, represents the great distinction of mankind, between saints and sinners, godly vs. wicked, the children of God vs. the children of the wicked one. This was most evident between Cain and Abel.

Adam and Eve had many children; Cain, Abel, and their twin sisters being the eldest. The Bible makes no mention of Luluwa or Aklia. This is unfortunate, because of the role each played in the development of Cain’s jealousy over Abel, let alone each sister’s role in producing future generations of man.  Scripture provides, that Cain and Abel were twins, like Jacob and Esau; that one hated and the other loved;  that one brother’s seed would be wiped out in the great flood, while the other’s seed would produce the Messiah. Each of these facts and similarities warrants an investigation into this first family of man.

As I previously explained, there is a significant absence of  information between Genesis 3 and 4.  Many Christians do not concern themselves with details. Genesis Ch. 4 begins with; The man had sexual relations with his wife Havah (Eve), she conceived and gave birth to Cain.  I believe that understanding the ordeal Adam and Eve went through, before they found leisure time to concentrate on procreating, will provide the believer with ammunition when you’re confronted by deniers.  Adam and Eve experienced an emotional roller coaster for 233 days. But they were not without comfort; by maintaining their two-way relationship with god,  knowing there was His promise of a savior.

The First Book of Adam and Eve describes the Garden of Eden. Within it, we see a picture of The New Jerusalem, of heaven itself. Both have no separate buildings or Holy Place, because the area within each border is holy and without sin. The Garden can be summed up as a Temple, since there was full access to God for man. Rev 21:22  The Garden was like the Holy of Holies, a place to commune with God, reserved for the High Priest, without the presence of sin. Ex 26:31-34, Mt 13:2

The entrance to both the Tabernacle and The Garden were on the east side. Ex 27:16  Adam and Eve had to to enter the garden from east to west, if they were to return to God’s holy presence; this path also brought the High Priest to where the very presence of God existed inside the Tent of Meeting.  The east gate to the Garden was blocked by a Cherubim, described in Ezekiel 10:20-21 as four faced creatures with four wings.

The Cherubim guarding the gate had a flaming torch turning in all four directions. The Cherubim separated man from The Tree of Life, while guarding the gates. Cherubim also appeared on curtain veils at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting. Two Cherubim guarded the Arc of God, within the Holy of Holies,  above which God’s glory dwelt Ex 25:17-20, and they were prominent in King Solomon’s temple 1Ki 6:23-29.

The Cherubim guarded the gate to Eden with a flaming sword. Outside the Veil of Separation, on Tent of Meeting, and within the Tabernacle, was the altar upon which offerings were made, each consumed by fire, brought forth by God. Ex 27:1, 29:30-46 The priests had to pass the altar before entering the Holy Place, located within the Tent of meeting.

A river, dividing into four streams  flowed from the Garden. The Temple had a Laver for the priests to wash Ex 29:4, but equally interesting, is the description and use given for the Northern Sea., where an intriguing similarity of purpose existed.  The North Sea around the Garden was to be used in the future for cleansing away sin during repentance, at the end of days. 

We know about Yochanan the immerser Jn 1:25-27, Mt 3:1-6, Isa 40:3 , and how he bore witness to the light. The Millennial Temple is described in Ezk 47:1 as a house and source of a river of life.
New Jerusalem also has a river of life. See Rev 22:1   A river’s source must be elevated for water to move away from it.

We can safely assume that Eden had mountains and was elevated above the surrounding countryside. The  Solomon’s Temple stood on a mountain; the millennial Temple will stand upon the mountain of the Lord’s house, See Isa 2:2, 27:13, as will the New Jerusalem. See Rev 21:10

When man fell in the Garden, he lost access to the Tree of Life.  Moses spoke of the law contained within Torah as something to observe and obey in order to prolong one’s days within the land. See Dt 32:36    Torah is the living oracles. See Acts 7:38   God has the words of eternal life. See Jn 6:68   The Tree of life in the Garden is similar to God’s word in Torah.  In our own age, the Tree of Life is represented in the death on the cross by Yeshua, while no recognized temple is presently standing on the Temple Mount.

The primary lesson one should receive from the Gates into Eden, and the Temple, is that  both represent the way back to God. First man had everything going for him, and then lost it. Adam and Eve left the Garden frightened out of their wits. God sent them out to prevent them from eating from the Tree of Life.  He would not allow them to  live forever with the knowledge of good and evil, after sinning.  Immortality would make them like God, which is impossible when man is guilty of sin. This is yet another reason to thank Yeshua for providing us a way back to the Garden, the Holy Temple, New Jerusalem, or Heaven, if that’s what you prefer to call it. Through the shedding of his blood, in order to pay for our sin.

Before sin, Adam and Eve were filled with the grace of a bright nature. Their hearts were not tempted with a desire for earthly things.  But Satan became involved, leading Eve away from God with confusing words.  Both Adam and Eve sinned, and each received their admonishment, while also being given a gender specific description of the life ahead. God gave these commands also in order to separate duties within marriage for man and woman.

To  the woman God said, “I will greatly increase your pain in childbirth. You will bring forth children in pain. Your desire will be toward your husband, but he will rule over you.”  This was not punishment; it was a description of her new life, and a look at the future for all womankind.  Women have babies, and it’s been described as hurting a whole lot.  Then God commanded Eve, as the Godmother of man, to support her husband, thus allowing him to be head of their household.  When Adam makes a fool out of himself, Eve doesn’t remain quiet because she’s weak and without opinions ; it’s because she’s in the process of helping God make Adam a wiser husband.

To Adam God said, “Because you listened to what your wife said, and ate from the tree about which I gave you the order: ‘You are not to eat from it’, the ground is cursed on your account; you will work hard to eat from it as long as you live. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat field plants. You will eat bread by the sweat of your forehead till you return to the ground, for you were taken out of it; you are dust, and you will return to dust.”

This sounds cruel, but what it describes is the life of a typical farmer.  Men are supposed to be the head of their houses.  God commands husbands love their wives.   Men should take satisfaction from hard work, being accomplished under difficult circumstances.  Man is supposed to be the primary bread winner in his family, and he should look forward to his rest when his days have ended.   Man should not expect his physical body to do anything more than support his work.  When his time is up, he will die and return to the earth.

We see how children are a blessing to parents,  gifts from God, and how God must be acknowledged in the home.  Eve was triumphant when Cain was born. Her words attest in scripture, “I have acquired a man from Adonai.”  She named him Kayin (Cain), the word meaning, acquisition. But if she thought Cain was a God-man, she was wretchedly mistaken.  One has to wonder what kind of mother Eve was. Did she overindulge? 

Cain was three years old when his mother became pregnant for a second time. Evidence suggests she may have withdrawn some, or most, of her affection toward him.  We see proof at age 15, when Eve admits her dislike of Cain because of his hard heart.  But does she share any responsibility?  What about Dad? When Eve thought she’d obtained the promised seed in Cain, she was so taken up with that possession, that a second son became vanity for her.  What she, at first, was fond of, as a possession, became trifle to Eve.  Maybe that caused Cain to ask his mother, ”Am I dead to you?”

When children are born, who can foresee what their lives will prove? 1Sam 16:4-7 Cain could have been, at least a man of the God, but instead he became God’s enemy.  Abel became a delight, to both parent and God. It was evident early in his childhood that Abel, because he was willing to submit to God, would produce a righteous bloodline. His genealogy would end with the Messiah.

God’s promise of a savior to Adam never indicated it would be through his seed; proving God never reveals more to us than we can fathom.  At his best, every man is Abel. Today, the world is filled with Cains, out to live their one life for all it’s worth. As we grow closer to God, retreating from materialism, it becomes easier to see the vanity in this world.

Both sons had a calling, even though they were apparent heirs to the world. Their father  also had a calling, keeping his children from being idle, and making sure that each day they had business. Their jobs were different, so that they could make trade and exchange with each other. Like Moses and David, Abel kept sheep and conversed with God in solitude. Cain, the elder, resembling Esau, was stronger, and better suited for work using his hands, tending to brood, preferring no companionship.

Adam, by divine appointment, was the priest of the family, and he encouraged his sons to make offerings to the lord at specific times. This was no novel invention. It became an ancient institution that was from the beginning. 1Jn 1:1  It’s the good old way, Jer 6:16  and it will be again.  Isa 23:7

Before the world became filled with error and profaneness, Adam began a service to God, consisting of truth and piety. It’s a good thing to teach and train your children when they are young, nurturing them as God. Eph 6:4  Once a child becomes a murderer of his brother, at the age of fifteen, there is little to do except place him behind bars for life.

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Part 1

Begin Conclusion
Part 2

When an offering is given to God, it must be holy and presented with an upright heart. Cain’s offering was mentioned first, but without sincerity it fell short of acceptance.  Adam accepted both offerings, but God sees not as man sees, so He only respected  Abel’s.  His judgement was based on the difference in each brother’s character and sincerity.  Abel had everything going for him. He was innocent Mt 23:35, righteous and upright  Ps 11:7, therefore, God delighted in his prayers. Prov 15  There was a difference also in the value of each item offered. Heb 11:4  Abel brought the best he had, the firstling of the flock, the best of the best, offered in faith.  Cain’s was only an offer of acknowledgment, the fruit of the ground, whatever he could easily find, something unmarketable.  There was a different principal for each brother. Abel, had an eye to God, while Cain had his eye on Abel.

     So, it turned into sin for Cain. His displeasure, over God’s favor toward Abel, brought Cain to the point where he physically changed color.  This was not from  grief or discontent, but from malice and rage. You could say Cain had an unordinary passionate resentment toward his brother. For this, Cain should have lifted up to God in repentance and holy shame. Instead, he made himself unworthy in God’s eye, by allowing indignation to control him to the point where he committed a presumptuous sin, by blaspheming God.

      But God reasoned with Cain in an effort to convince him of his sin and the folly of his anger and resentment. God tried to talk him down, to keep him from further mischief, and bring him back into a good temper. This was one of God’s greatest examples of patience and goodness; that he would deal so fairly with such a bad man. God gave Cain an opportunity to reflect on himself and discover what the cause of his discontent really was. We know that Satan had his ear, but this was Cain’s opportunity to see the light and repent before it was too late. Ezk 18:25-28 and Lk 15:11-32
God denies his favor to none but those who have forfeited it. He is an enemy to none but those who, by presumptuous sin, have made him their enemy. So  if we come short of acceptance by God, we can only thank ourselves; the fault is wholly our own. If Cain had done what was right, he would not have missed God’s mercy. This is what justifies the destruction of sinners and aggravates their ruin. 

Until Yeshua interceded, acting as mediator between God and man, we had no hope, were lost to sin, and without redemption; hopelessly incapable of living within the law.  Thanks to Yeshua, we now must only to repent then return to God.  The gift is available for anyone who believes and trusts.  It takes a simple prayer to get started.

Cain’s sin was born of anger. Adam’s eating forbidden fruit seemed small, but it opened the door to the greatest sin; one of the first magnitude. This is what happens when envy, hatred, malice, and  being uncharitable is allowed, indulged, or cherished within the soul. Mt 5:21-25  It was his own brother that Cain murdered; his own mother’s son.  Ps 50:20 

He should have loved and protected him. Abel was a good brother, one who had never done Cain any wrong, nor given him the least provocation in word or deed. Abel’s desire had always been toward Cain. Abel was, in all instances, dutiful and respectful to Cain.

Cain had been given fair warning.  God had told him what would come of it, yet he insisted on carrying out this barbarous plan. So, with a show of friendship and kindness, talking to Abel freely and familiarly, so he’d stay within reach, Cain killed Abel. Thus Joab kissed Abner, then killed him. Thus Absalom feasted his brother Amnon and then killed him.

Cain said, “Let us go into the field”, but Abel did not understand this was a challenge. Could it be that the topic of conversation along the way; Cain insisting there was no reward or punishment in the afterlife, and Abel speaking in defense of the truth; caused Cain to take this opportunity to  beat his brother helpless and smash his brains out?
Scripture tells us the murder occurred because Cain was evil and Abel was righteous. 1Jn 3:11  Cain was a child of the devil, who struck at God by murdering Abel, because God loved him.  It was all the more inhuman because there were now one third fewer men to replenish the earth.  A human life is precious at any time, and here none could be spared.   But Abel died a martyr; the first to go into a grave, and first to go to heaven. God would secure his first-fruits; the first-born to the dead, the one who first opened the womb to come to the world.

Abel died a martyr for his belief, but on a bed of honor. His death has, not only no curse in it; it wears a crown. Death makes innocent, those that die in Yeshua, and it makes honorable and glorious those that die for Him.

When Cain’s trial came God sat as the Judge, making the inquisition for blood, especially the blood of a martyr.  At the arraignment he asked, ‘Where is Abel?’  Did this occur during the next sabbath, when the angels came, presenting themselves before God, and Abel was missing? 

God certainly takes notice when his children are absent from his ordinances.  Cain is asked, not only because there was just cause to suspect him, but because God knew him to be guilty; yet he asked him in order to draw a confession.  In order to be justified before God, we must first accuse ourselves, and then repent.

Cain plead not guilty, then he added rebellion to his sin. He knew what happened to Abel, but had the impudence to deny it.  Then he charged his judge with folly and injustice, by asking,  ‘Am I my brother’s keeper? ‘  

Cain would have been better off to ask, Am I not my brother’s murderer?  Those who are unconcerned in the affairs of their brethren, and take no care, when they have the opportunity to prevent injury to their bodies, goods, or good name, especially to their souls, do, in effect, speak Cain’s language. Lev 19:17 and Phil 2-4

Murder is a crying sin; none more so. Blood calls for blood; the blood of the murdered for the blood of the murderer. It cries in the dying words of Zechariah. 2Chr 24:22  Abel’s blood was said to cry out from the ground, or the earth, which opened it’s mouth to receive it. When heaven revealed Cain’s inequity, the earth rose up against him. Job 20:27 The earth groaned at being made subject to the frustration of being forced to accept Abel’s corpse, and it resisted three times.  Ro 8:20-22

Cain’s sentence was to be cursed from the earth, separated to all evil, and laid under the wrath of God, as it is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men. Ro 1:18  Who knows the extent and weight of a divine curse, and how far it reaches?  God could have taken immediate vengeance, but he chose to make the earth His avenger, leaving Cain with no where to escape to.

Cain would never enjoy his work, tilling the soil, nor would he find a place to settle. Cain was to become a fugitive and a vagabond, perpetually disgraced and reproached, scandalous to harbor or converse with, abhorred and abandoned by all decent mankind.  Cain’s reputation would, however, serve him well in the land of Nod.

But the wickedness of the wicked brings a curse on all they do and have. Dt 28:15-68  This curse embitters and disappoints them. Cain’s own guilty conscience should haunt him wherever he went,  and there should not be a more restless fugitive upon the earth than he.

That was the sentence passed down on Cain; and even in this there was mercy mixed in. He was not immediately cut off, but had space given in order to repent. God is long suffering to us, not willing that any should perish. Lev 26 Cain complained about his sentence, as if it was hard and severe.

What he said was an affront to God’s mercy, which can only benefit those that have hope in it.  There is forgiveness with the God of pardons for the greatest sins and sinners; but those forfeit it, who despair of it.  Cain made nothing of his sin. He was in the other extreme, unrepentant, and unwilling to submit.

Satan drives his vassals from presumption to despair.  Cain said his punishment was greater than he could bear. Instead of justifying God in the sentence, he condemned him, not accepting the punishment, but quarreling with it.  Impenitent unhumbled hearts are not reclaimed by God’s rebukes, because they think themselves wronged by them.

It is principal evidence of a hardened heart to be more concerned about our sufferings than our sin. Pharaoh was only concerned with his death, not his sin, Ex 10:16-17  and although he was still alive alive, he complained only about the punishment for his sin.  Lam 3:39

Cain would live, hidden from God’s face, but like a condemned prisoner, carrying a special protection from private revenge. God has wise and holy ends in protecting and prolonging the lives of even very wicked men. Ps 59:11

Had Cain been slain immediately, he would have been forgotten; but he lived on as a fearful and lasting monument to God’s justice, marked to distinguish him from the rest of mankind, and to notify the world that he was the man who killed his brother.

Cain willingly renounced God in order to be removed from his precepts. He married Luluwa and forsook the seed of Adam’s family, casting off all pretensions of fearing God, and never coming again among good people. 

Choosing his land, he went and dwelt east of Eden, distinguishing himself and his accursed generation from the holy seed, his camp separated from the camp of the righteous and the beloved city. Rev 20:9   On the east of Eden the Cherubim were, with flaming swords, guarding the gate. Thus, Cain chose his lot as if to defy the terrors of God.

But his attempt to settle was in vain; for the land he dwelt in was the land of Nod, meaning of trembling and shaking.  After Cain went out from the presence of the Lord, he never rested for long, because of the uneasiness and restlessness of his own spirit.

Cain built a city in this world, naming it after his son Enoch. This city became the headquarters of apostasy, and remained separated from the people of God.  But Cain never finished it. Those who look for the heavenly city choose, while on earth, to dwell in the Tabernacle, which is one reason why God took Enoch. Gen 5:24, Lk 3:37

Cain built his city to occupy his mind and divert himself from misery, to drown the clamors of a guilty conscience with the noise of axes and hammers; as some today baffle their convictions by thrusting themselves into the hurry of worldly business and pleasures. God destroyed Cain’s world, because of it’s wickedness; our world is next. Rev 18:1-3

It was the degenerate race of Cain who first transgressed the original law of marriage. Lamech, his great-great grandson took two wives. This was a bad custom, begun by a bad man.  Mt 19:5 and Mal 2:15  Once a man deserts God, all kinds of temptations open up.

Men who have better character, through unwariness, may be drawn to follow ungodly customs, as were Jacob, David, and many others. Although Cain was blessed with many children, no mention is made about them being pious. It appears they were all heathens, but also ingenious; men of business, with skills needed in the world.

Jabal was a famous shepherd; Jubal  a talented musician. Jabal was so good at his work that other sheepherder’s came to him seeking knowledge, many calling him “Father”.  After Jabal used his skill in business to make men rich, Jubal would make them merry with music.  Tubal was a famous smith, who improved the art of weapon making.

The wicked people of the world set their eyes on carnal things, with their hearts open to ingenious and industrious uses for their skills. Cain was the father of the unfaithful, those who achieve excellent and useful accomplishment; becoming famous, but only to their generation.

Before Cain, the practice of weights and measures was unknown. People dealt fairly with each other, and safeguards against cheating were unnecessary. Cain introduced the art of, separating a schnook from his wealth, which prompted man to no longer trust.

Lamech made a famous speech to his wives, which was probably the talk of the times. But It only proved what a wicked and haughty man he was; as Cain’s race generally were. It was no marvel that he broke the law of marriage. And calling his wives, forcing both to listen as he bragged about barbarity, the killing of a man for only wounding (emotionally?) him, was merely the owning up by Lamech of being a fierce and cruel man.

Lamech made it very clear; he would kill without mercy anyone who stood in his way. Psychology calls this a defense mechanism, but intelligent barbarians understand, however, that there is always someone in the world willing to test their skills. These super barbarians, whose skills are more brutal, never issue open challenges, but are happy to accept them.

Some think Lamech compared himself to Cain, because he’d killed some of the holy seed, the true worshippers of God, and that he was acknowledging his guilty conscience and hurting soul.  But like Cain, he continued on, uninhibited, unrepentant, and unhumbled.

If his wives were afraid somebody might come around to hurt them, ‘Never fear’ he said, and ‘I defy anyone to try’ he boasted. It’s a common thing for bloody men to glory in their shame. See Phil 3:13

Lamech impiously presumes that God will protect him in his wicked way. He’d heard about what could happen to any one who dared kill Cain, so Lamech infers that if anyone should kill him, God would avenge his death much more; as if the special reasons belonging to Cain’s case would be applied to his, but only greater.

Many times, when God grants a reprieve to sinners, others see it as an excuse to go on sinning. Justice can sometimes strike slowly; so others can not be sure when to expect swift destruction. The longer one continues to presume God’s forbearance, the greater the wrath when it comes.

This concludes The First Family of Man, and my commentary.  Next, I’ll look into the posterity of Cain, and the ancient men of renown. Then we’ll investigate how these folks were eventually cut off, and how they  perished during the great flood.

That begins at Genesis 5. We are also going to take an in depth look at Noah, his family, and their experience during the flood. That will take us up to Genesis10 .

Thanks for your interest. Keep studying Torah!

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The Life and Times
of Noah

The Life and Times of Noah

A study by Roger O. Cornett

This story was inspired by actual events

Chapter one: 

A Tale of Two Worlds

The old man was resting comfortably, lost in memories of a life well lived.  Adam’s   back was propped-up against a large willow tree. This was his favorite quiet spot along the bank of the Tigris River, a place he’d visited countless times during his 930 years. Although Adam’s eyes were dimmed, his memories were many, and now, he was thinking of Eve. They’d been through so much together, but God had always been present in their lives. Eve was a good wife, and their many grandchildren kept the old man active.

Adam had a large family to preside over.  Eve had born to him thirty-three sons and twenty-three daughters. There were now many children, born from those children. Considering how noisy the Cave of Treasures had become, Adam was glad to have these few moments each day to find some peace and quiet!  After a respectful period of time, Adam started concentrating his reflections onto the early years. His body was reaching it’s time limit, so Adam rested deeply, his mind drifting to distant memories on this quiet, sunny afternoon

Adam remembered when Cain, after murdering Abel, had come back to the cave. The small family, upon finding out happened, had fallen into chaos and deep turmoil. Eventually, Cain and Luluwa married without consent from God, or mom and dad. Cain and Luluwa had disappeared into the western lands, starting over. But Adam understood what God’s curse on Cain meant; that Cain would live the life of a restless outcast, never returning to Eden.  So, every year since, at the family reunion, places set at the table remained empty, but the shalom through their absence had made up for it.

Adam thought about his third son, Seth. It was said that Seth was like Adam, a virtuous man of excellent character. Seth had married Aklia, and it was no surprise to Adam that Seth’s children imitated their father’s virtues. In fact, the Children of God had inhabited the same mountain for 800 years without dissension or misfortunes; living out their lives in a happy condition.  Seth would someday become their leader, or ‘father‘ as Adam was affectionately referred to.

Seth’s oldest son Enos, his grandson Kenan, great-grandson Mahalaleel, great great-grandson Jered, and great great great grandson Enoch, were seasoned leaders. Each one gave Adam confidence that the Children of God would be protected and obey God’s command to stay away from the garden and remain on the Holy Mountain.

This was also to protect them from ungodly influences by the seed of Cain.  Most still lived out west in the land of Nod, in a city called Enoch; a city still under construction, rumor had it. A few had infiltrated the group, but what had become of Cain, or the rest of Cain’s seed was no longer of concern to Adam, because he believed life was better spent enjoying the family he had, while serving God the best way he could.

As the years went by, Adam became pleased with the way life had turned out since he and Eve left the garden. He had much to be thankful for.  Seth and Aklia had pious children, who loved Adam, and treated every other elder with respect. But Adam was most pleased with Jared’s son, Enoch; for he was a blessing and joy to both God and Adam; a man consumed by his service to God.  As Adam rested under a willow tree that warm afternoon, he thought, ‘What a great future that 297 year old youngster has ahead of him!

Adam’s world was filled with shalom, because farming was the life for him. As far as he was concerned, you could keep those western lands, just give him this countryside. Soon Adam fell asleep, as he did often, but when he awoke it was very late; the day was becoming night, and night time was no time to get caught lounging around this here neighborhood! He was thirsty, so Adam laid down on the bank and took a quick drink. But when he stood up, the world began to spin, and a sharp pain ran down his arm.

This wasn’t the first time he’d felt this way, so Adam said to himself, “It will go away”, and he began walking back to the cave. Along the way, Adam was forced to stop several times in order to catch his breath. The pressure on his chest was more severe than any other time that he could remember. But as it got darker, Adam knew he had to keep moving.

He barely made it home. The family was soon in turmoil, but Adam managed to calm them down. “I’m 930 years old”, he said to the concerned onlookers. “A man gets tired you know”, he said to reassure them all. “Now will someone please help me to bed”, he asked, with his voice getting weak.  And soon, he was safely tucked-in, so Adam called for Seth to bring all the family before him. Adam knew that his end was drawing near, and he wanted to shed his blessings before he died. Seth shed a flood of tears, but he gathered the family and brought them to Adam.

Everyone wept when they saw Adam, snuggled, but looking much more feeble and wore out than ever before. Adam wept too, but only because he soon would  be separated from them. Adam blessed them all, and said to Seth afterward, “Seth, you know this world, that it’s full of sorrow and weariness. You also know our family history, so now I command you to keep innocent, be pure and just, and trust in God. Don’t listen to Satan or any of his apparitions. Keep this commandment and continue to pass it on to all of our family.”

Then Adam gave Seth instructions on how to prepare his body and where to place it within the Cave of Treasures after hid passing. He also spoke of a coming flood which would kill everything on earth except eight souls. Adam made Seth promise he’d make sure his body was placed onto an ark which would rescue the eight survivors. Seth listened carefully, because Adam’s words, although faint, sounded kind of familiar. Adam also made Seth promise to have his body carried to a place where it would be laid, called middle earth. And this, Adam said, would be the place God would come from to save their kindred.

After all that was settled, Adam took a deep breath, struggling to whisper his last words, and he brought Seth close. He released his leadership to Seth, making him the leader of the Children of God by saying these words, “Seth, place yourself at the head of our people, tend and watch over them in the fear of God, and lead them in a good way. Command them to fast unto God, and remind them not to listen to Satan, because he would destroy them. Do not mix with Cain’s seed, nor ever come near them. Keep the tokens brought to us by the angels, and remember, that by them God gave us a sign that He is coming.”

When Adam was finished, his limbs were loosened, his hands and feet lost all power, his mouth became dumb, and his tongue ceased to speak altogether. He closed his eyes and gave up the ghost. It was the sixth day, the very day he was created. And the hour was the same as that when he came out of the garden. Seth wound and embalmed Adam’s body,  placing him on the eastern side of the cave, with a burning lamp along side. The entire family wept over Adam, and made offerings to him for one hundred and forty days.

Later that month, after the death of Eve, Seth kicked all of Cain’s remaining family out of Eden; A few had tried to reestablish and mix, but they were all sent westward, to below the place where Cain killed Abel.  Thus, Seth became the head of the most happy and just tribe of people who ever lived. They were called the “Children of God ”, because of their purity, and they dwelt on the north side of the mountain, in order to be close to the Cave of Treasures. They were a happy, innocent tribe, without fear, jealousy, evil action, and no hatred among them.

There was no animal passion, no foul words were spoken, no curses, no evil counsel, nor fraud. Nobody ever swore, except under hard circumstances, and then they swore only on the blood of Abel. Their women and children worshiped God every day, and they blessed themselves in the body of their father Adam.

Cain’s World = Deuteronomy 28:15-44

Below the Holy Mountain lived the people known as the Children of Cain. In their land was much robbery, murder and sin. Lamech was alive, but by now he was known as, ‘Lamech The Blind’. He had a son named Atun, and they raised many cattle. But even though Lamech had made it clear to all, that he would kill any man who crossed him, there were still a few self employed cattle rustlers; and some of these men had no fear of Lamech.  Lamech had a shepherd who was young and inexperienced.

One day the young shepherd came home, complaining to his parents that he was afraid he’d be robbed, or killed just for doing his job. So the parents carefully approached, and spoke to Lamech about their concerns.  Lamech, who had a bow from his youth, told them not to worry. He took the bow, some large arrows, a few smooth stones, and a sling, and went out to the field with the young shepherd, where they camped for many days.

Cain, ever since God had cast him off and cursed him with fear, was spending his days wandering from place to place, trying to find work. One day, he carefully approached Lamech’s wives, and told them he wanted to talk to Lamech about working for him. They told Cain, “He’s in the field with the cattle”, so Cain, wanting to avoid any misunderstand, left quickly, and went to look for him. The route to the pasture wound around small hills lined with tall corn. Cain thought he heard some cattle mooing, so he took a shortcut through one of the corn fields to save time and effort.

The corn was past it’s prime, dry and noisy.  Cain blindly thrashed through the stalks while trying to make his way toward Lamech, the herd, and maybe a job. The young shepherd, like Cain, was also a nervous type. Working for Lamech kept him that way; always looking over his shoulder, wondering whether he’d get paid, or whacked.

The shepherd heard the noise Cain made, and noticed some of the cattle moving away from the corn stubble, so he said to Lamech, “Is that a wild beast, or a robber?” Lamech said, “It better not be a robber! Make me understand which way he looks, when he shows himself.”  Lamech then fit his bow with an arrow, and his sling with a stone.  Cain emerged into the open country, but before he could wave and shout howdy !, to greet   the fearless and boastful Lamech, his nervous young shepherd shouted,  “Shoot, he’s coming!”

Lamech shot at Cain with an arrow, wounding him in his side. Then he slung a stone from his sling, striking Cain in the face and knocking out both of his  eyes. Cain fell at once, squeaking out his last word, “Why?” And then he died. Both Lamech and his young shepherd walked up to Cain on the ground and stared.

The young shepherd exclaimed, “It’s Cain our grandfather whom you’ve killed!”  Lamech became so angry at what he’d done that he clapped his hands together, and struck the youth with his flat palm right on the head. The youth fell to the ground, but Lamech, thinking he’d only been knocked out, grabbed a large rock and smashed his little head until he was sure the boy was dead.

As the years rolled by, the Children of Cain became curious about the people living on the Holy Mountain. When  Satan got the word he was more than happy to facilitate their introductions. Lamech the Blind had a rebellious son named Genun, who was not the least bit interested in taking a day job. So Satan, who loves the nightlife, and want’s to boogie, taught to Genun how make a musical instrument.

Genun would practice on his at all hours, especially when his dad wasn’t around, and whenever he practiced, Satan would enter the instrument, so that from it came beautiful and sweet sounds that ravished a listener’s heart. Satan himself, had always been an accomplished musician, who preferred disco music, because he knew the effects it would have on humans.

Music and instrument making weren’t the only crafts that Satan would teach Genun. He also provided a secret recipe and instructions on how to still corn mash into moonshine. Then Satan bought several foreclosed properties in downtown Enoch, and remodeled each one, turning them into nightclubs. He had some political connections, so Satan was able to aquire the necessary permits and licenses. Then he taught Genun how to run the nightclubs, and made him their owner.

In one sleazy joint, called The Fly By Night Club, Satan played piano, known as Mr. Whitekeys. Another club became the honky-tonk country bar called, The Broke back Mountain Inn, which featured only western music. The third club became a disco, named Sam the Clam’s, where techno music blared through a giant sound system while dancers lost themselves, hypnotized by the beat. There wasn’t a rock n roll club yet, because Satan hadn’t created Elvis.

The children of Cain came together in these nightclubs, drinking, dancing, fighting, and inflaming themselves with lust. Genun became super rich and full of super pride. He provided live entertainment, served high proof liquor, and taught the intoxicated children how to commit all kinds of wickedness. Genun put his customers up to do things they never would do before. Satan rejoiced when he saw the Children of Cain had yielded to Genan, harkening to everything he told them.

But eventually, Satan grew jealous of Genun, so he decreased his share of the huge monetary profit they were accumulating. Genun became disillusioned with the entertainment industry. So he secretly became a cannabis farmer, hoping to cut into Satan’s control over the intoxicant industry. But  Satan, as always, had an iron clad damage plan. He sent his hosts to Genun to instruct him in the art of alchemy. Then, when Genun was ready, he took iron, and made weapons of war  from Satan’s diagrams.

Naturally, when everyone was either drunk or hung over, hatred and murder increased among them. One man used violence against another to teach him evil, then took his children and defiled them before him. There was no legal age to get into Satan’s Clubs, so everybody became corrupted. Anyone who was overcome with sin came to Genan for refuge, and some herb.

Thus, sin increased among them greatly; until a man married his own sister, or daughter, or mother, or others. They knew no distinction in relationship, or what was inequity. They partied seven days a week, so nobody worked anymore. The city of Enoch ended up  like one big crack house. The earth was defiled with their sin; but God was watching.

God watched as Genan gathered multitudes of drunken low paid musicians who all stood at the foot of the Holy Mountain playing their instruments, hoping to entice the Children of God. But the children, upon hearing the noise, only stood on top of the mountain looking down on them; they did so for a whole year.  By the end of that year, the performers were performing a little better, so some the Children of God, began shouting up requests.

Genan could see they were being won over; and so could Satan. Genun needed help, so Satan  taught him how to design and sew together killer fashions; colorful apparel, with horns for the boys, and revealing blouses, short skirts, and gorgeous low-cut dresses for the girls. Then the children of Cain, dressed in splendor, gathered at the foot of the mountain, and played their instruments. Once their audience above was hooked, the Children of Cain took a short break and committed all kinds of abominations before the Children of God.

The Children of God, rather than gouging out their eyes,  prayed and praised God, rejecting the outrageous spectacle being performed below them. God rejoiced over them. But not long after, the people stopped keeping God’s commandment, or the promise made by Seth. Instead, they relaxed from their fasting and praying, and from the counsel of Jared, their father.

They continued to gather together on the mountain top, to gaze down and  watch the children of Cain act out from morning until evening. Eventually, the Children of God began questioning their morals, wondering what was normal, lowering their expectations, ignoring God’s word, and entertaining the idea of all-inclusiveness.

One day, the children of Cain looked up to see The Children of Seth standing on the mountain top, and they called for them to come down. But the children answered, “We don’t know how to.”  When Genan heard this, he and Satan devised another plan. The next day Genan blew the horns and beat the drums.

The children of Seth heard it and came to watch. Then Genan said to them, “Go to the western side of the mountain, and there you will find a way down.”  When the children heard these words, they went back into the cave making secret plans to sneak down, but a few went to Jared and told him all they’d heard.

Jared was grieved, because he knew the majority would transgress his counsel. And soon enough, one hundred persons gathered together to go down and enjoy themselves. When Jared heard this he arose with great fervor, and stood in the middle of them, shouting, “By the blood of Abel, let not one of you go down from this Holy Mountain, in which our fathers ordered us to dwell !!”

But they would not listen, so he pleaded, “I adjourn you, by the blood of our father Adam, by the blood of Abel, of Seth, of Enos, of Kenan, and of Mahalaleel, to harken to me , and not go down from this Holy Mountain. For the moment you leave it, you give up eternal life and mercy, and you shall no longer be called ’Children of God’, nor even the Children of Seth, no, you will become ‘The Children of the Devil.’”  And Still, they still would not listen.

So Enoch, who had grown into manhood, with a great zeal for God, stood up and shouted “Hear me, hear me, O sons of Seth, small and great! When ye transgress the commandment of our fathers, and go down from this Holy Mountain, ye shall not come up here again forever.”  But they rose up against Enoch, and wouldn’t listen to his words either; they went down from the Holy Mountain.

And when they looked at the daughters of Cain, with their painted faces, beautiful figures, with hands and feet dyed in color, and faces tattooed with ornaments, and at the sons of Cain, with their thick hair, sculpted bodies, ripped abs, and outrageously fabulous costumes, the fire of sin was kindled within each and every one of them.

Then Satan put his mojo on them, making each group look most beautiful to the other, so that the sons of Seth lusted after the daughters of Cain, and the daughters of Cain lusted after the sons of Seth. Both parties stared at each other like ravenous beasts, the women batting their eyes, the men flexing their biceps. They sweet-talked each other until the entire group went off, piling on top of each other and committing all kinds of abominations.

After their defilement, the sons of Seth walked back and tried to ascend the Holy Mountain, but they could not, because the stones on the mountain were flashing fire before them. God was angry, and He said to Jared, “These, thy children, whom thou didst call ‘My Children’, behold they have transgressed My commandment, and have gone down to the abode of perdition, and of sin. Send a messenger to those that are left, that they may not go down and be lost.”

Jared wept before God, asking for His mercy and forgiveness, telling Him that he’d rather die than see any more people leave. And Jared followed God’s order, preaching to the Children of Seth not to go down from that Holy Mountain, and not to mix with the children of Cain. But they refused to listen to him, so company after company of people gathered and went down the mountain together, looking for fun, entertainment, a little gambling, and some sin. Each promised the other that what happened in the land of Cain would stay there, and it did, because God was watching. He made sure that everyone who went stayed, until only a few men were left on the Holy Mountain.

Jared became forlorn and distressed, so much so that his health failed. Seeing that his day of death was near, a meeting was called. Enoch his eldest son, Methuselah son of Enoch, Lamech the son of Methuselah, and Noah the son of Lamech came to Jared. He prayed for them and blessed them saying, “You are the last righteous, innocent sons; do not go down from this Holy Mountain; you can see what’s become of your children and your children’s children; they have estranged themselves from this Holy Mountain, through their abominable lust and transgression of God’s commandment. But I know, through God’s power, He will not leave you on this Holy Mountain, He will take you to a strange land, and you shall never again return to see this garden and this Holy mountain.

Therefore, set your hearts onto yourselves, and keep God’s commandments which are with you. And when you go from this mountain into a strange land you don’t know, take the body of our father adam, and with it the three precious gifts, namely the gold, the incense, and the myrrh, and place them where the body of our father will lay. From  him to one of you, the word of God will come, and when this man leaves the land he shall take with him the body of our father Adam, and he shall lay it into the middle earth, the place where salvation will be brought.”

Then Noah asked Jared, “Who is the this one of us?” And Jared answered, “It’s you that will be left. You will take the body from the cave, and place it with you inside the Ark when the flood comes. Your son Shem, who will be born from your loins, will be the one who lays the body in the middle of the earth, the place from where salvation comes.”

Then Jared turned to his son Enoch and said, “You, my son, are to live in this cave, and minister diligently before the body of our father Adam for all the days of your life; and feed your people in righteousness and innocence.”  After that, Jared said no more. Tears of sorrow for the children of Seth streamed down his face, his hands loosened, his eyes closed, and he entered into rest like his fathers had. His death took place in the three hundred and sixtieth year of Noah, and in the nine hundred and eighty-ninth year of his own life; on Friday, the twelfth of the month.

Then Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech and Noah wept over him; embalmed him carefully, and laid him in the Cave of Treasures. They rose and mourned him for forty days. After that, there were only  four righteous men left in the world. Enoch continued to minister in the cave, and eventually wrote a celebrated book. But the children of Seth, they and their wives and children, all fell astray. The four righteous men’s hearts suffered greatly, having witnessed the people fall through doubt and disbelief. They wept often, seeking God’s mercy, to preserve them, and to bring them out of that wicked generation.

Enoch continued in his ministry before God, until he’d lived three hundred eighty-five years. At the end of that time he became aware, through grace, that God intended to remove him from the earth. So he said to his sons, “I know that God intends to flood the earth and destroy our creation. You were the last rulers over the people on this mountain; I know that no one is left to give you children, and you will never again rule over any of God’s children. Watch over your souls, hold fast to your fear of God by serving Him, and worship Him in upright faith, serve Him in righteousness, innocence and judgment, in repentance, and also in purity.

When Enoch had finished speaking, God transported him from that mountain to the land of life, up to the mansions of the righteous and the chosen, the abode of paradise and joy. Enoch was taken within a light that reaches up to heaven; light that is outside that of this world; for it’s the light of God, that fills the whole world, but which no place can contain.  Thus, because Enoch was in the light of God, he was out of the reach of death, until God would have it.

Eventually, not one of God’s Children could remain on the mountain. After the deaths of Methuselah and Lamech, Noah walked down. But Noah refused to fall into sin with the children of Cain. He found one good woman and a piece of bottom land, and set about living the good life.

Chapter Two

Welcome to Hell on Earth

This part of the story contains a little artistic freedom and some excellent commentary.

Things were pretty bad on planet earth, but everything was about to get much worse. Noah was the only righteous man left in the world. It was he, his wife, his sons Shem, Ham, Yefet, and their wives; eight people, versus everyone. It was a world without heart; it was a deceitful and desperately wicked world. Man’s principles were corrupt, and his thoughts, habits, and dispositions were evil.

Thought had replaced settled judgment, and even this was bribed, biased, and misled; it signified the workings of the fancy, and these were always either vain or vile. The imagination and thoughts of the heart were so too, that is, their designs and devices were wicked. Man did not do evil through mere carelessness, or ignorance; He instigated negligent and reckless adventures; Man did evil deliberately and by design, contriving ways to maximize his mischief. It was bad indeed; for it was only evil, continually evil, and every imagination was….evil. There was no good to be found among mankind, none, not at any time; the stream of sin was full, strong, and constant.

But it wasn’t just their fellow humans man had to be concerned with. The sons of God, the fallen angels, had came to earth after rebelling against God. And they had mated forcefully, with any of the most beautiful women they could find. This created a hybrid form of human, called the Nephilim. These were truly giants, three times the size of a normal man, so fast and strong that  they could run alongside a buffalo, tear it’s leg off, and eat it without slowing down.

Feats like this, and, not to mention, the mortal danger from any confrontation, or disagreement with one, made the Nephilim the terror of the mighty in the land of the living. Nephilim, casually and daringly insulted the rights of all their neighbors and trampled upon all that was just and sacred. Their descendants would become men of renown, infamous brutes with names like Goliath, and The Jolly Green Giant. One even lived in a beanstalk; some were related to the Anakim;  many were mercenaries to the King of Assyria; But they all were killers.

And Adonai saw that the people on earth were very wicked.  When the wicked are multiplied, transgressions increase; The more sinners the more sin; The multitude of offenders emboldens men. Infectious diseases are most destructive in populous cities; and sin is a spreading leprosy.

And God regretted that he’d made humankind on the earth. He didn’t see what was going on as an unconcerned spectator, but as one injured and affronted by it; he saw it as a tender father sees the folly and stubbornness of a rebellious and disobedient child, which not only angers him, but grieves him, and makes him wish he’d been kept childless. The expression used is a little bit odd; God regretted, or , God repented that he had made humankind on the earth, that he had made a creature of such noble powers and faculties, and had put him on this earth, which he built and furnished on purpose to be a convenient, comfortable, habitation for him; and it grieved him at his heart.

And it grieved his heart. These are expressions more common to mankind, but they must be understood so as not to reflect upon the honor of God’s power or purity. This language does not imply any passion or uneasiness in God (nothing can create disturbance to the Eternal Mind), but it expresses his just and holy displeasure against sin and sinners, against sin as odious to his holiness and against sinners as obnoxious to his justice. He is pressed by the sins of his creatures, wearied, broken, grieved, and here grieved to the heart, as men are when they are wronged and abused by those they have been very kind to, and therefore repent of their kindness, and wish they had never fostered that snake into their heart which now hisses in their face and stings them.

Adonai said, “I will wipe out humankind,whom I have created, from the whole earth.” When God had made man upright, he rested and was refreshed, and his way towards him was such that it showed he was pleased with the work of his own hands. But now that man had apostatized, God could not do otherwise than show himself displeased; so the change was in man, not in God. God repented that he had made man; but we never find him repenting that he redeemed man (though that was a work of much greater expense), because special and effectual grace is given to secure the great ends of redemption; so that those gifts and callings are without repentance,

But Noah found grace in the sight of God.  When God was displeased with the rest of the world, he favored Noah. This vindicates God’s justice in his displeasure against the world, and shows that he had strictly examined the character of every person in it before he pronounced it universally corrupt;  for, there being one good man, he found him out, and smiled upon him. It also magnifies his grace towards Noah that he was made a vessel of God’s mercy when all mankind besides had become the generation of his wrath.

In his generation, Noah was a righteous man and wholehearted; Noah walked with god. But he did not find favor in the eyes of men; they hated and persecuted him, because of his life and his preaching to the condemned of the world. But he found grace in the eyes of the Lord, and this was honor and comfort enough. God made more account of Noah than of all the world besides, and this made him greater and more truly honorable than all the giants (hybrids) that were in those days, who became ancient heroes, and men of renown. But who were these, men of renown?

The Nephilim were on the earth in those days,and also afterwards; when the sons of God came into the daughters of men, and they bore children to them; these were the ancient heroes, men of renown. The Nephilim were Satan’s tool used for the corruption of the old world. When the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were attractive, and took them as wives, it was very displeasing to God.

But he did not immediately cut them off. God waited to see what would be the issue of these marriages, and which side the children would take after; and it proved (as usually it does), that they took after the worst side. These super-humans were constantly tempted to oppress and do violence. They were giants, men of renown. The Nephilim became too hard for all about them, and carried all before them with their great bulk, as the sons of Anak. (Num 13:33)

Their great name preceded them; like the kings of Assyria, Isa. 37:11, so the Nephilim were the terror of the mighty in the land of the living; and, so armed, they daringly insulted the rights of all their neighbors and trampled upon all that is just and sacred. Nephilim had so much power to oppress others that it became improbable that they themselves could control the urge to oppress. Their great might became a very great snare to them.

This degenerate race slighted the honor their ancestors had obtained by virtue and commitment to God, and made themselves a great name by committing violent, outrageous crimes against humans. Their sole purpose became the corruption of the old world.

Adonai saw that the people on earth were very wicked, that all the imaginings of their hearts were always of evil only. The evidence produced was incontestable, because God saw it all, and that was better than a thousand witnesses. God saw all the wickedness within the children of men and their hybrid offspring. And neither is man’s wickedness today concealed from him. God saw the streams of sin that flowed along in the lives of men, and the breadth and depth of those streams.

The earth was corrupt before God. He saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth; introduced through sin, committed by the ancient heroes, mighty men of renown who became earths oppressors. The wickedness of a people is great indeed when the most notorious sinners are men of renown among them. Things are bad indeed, when bad men are not only honored notwithstanding their wickedness, but honored for their wickedness, with the vilest men becoming exalted. Wickedness is great when great men are wicked.

The abundance of sin was committed in every place, by all sorts of people. This type of sinning was in its own nature gross, heinous, and provocative. it was committed daringly, in defiance of heaven, and no person who had power in their hands to restrain and punish it, did so, or even tried.

All the sins of sinners are known to God. He is the Judge. God saw it all. He observed the fountain of sin that was in man’s heart.  Man’s sin was like Sodom; but God’s eye went further: He saw that all the imaginations in their  hearts were always of evil only.  And it was a sad sight, very offensive to God’s holy eye!  It was a bitter root and a corrupt spring, a place where all the violence and oppression, all the luxury and wantonness existing within the world came through the corruption of  man’s genetic code; lust had conceived them. (James 1:15)

Satan’s a patient evildoer who used the Nephilim to sow a wicked seed. (Mt. 15:19)  Then there was no good to be found among mankind, none, not at any time: the stream of sin was full, strong, and constant; And God saw it all.  (Ps. 14:1-3)

Adonai regretted that He had made humankind on the earth; it grieved His heart. When God repented that He had made man, He resolved to destroy man. Thus those that truly repent of sin will resolve, in the strength of God’s grace, to stop sinning and remove themselves from further temptation. We only mock God in saying that we are sorry for our sin, and that it grieves us to the heart, if we continue to indulge in sinning.  In vain also, do we pretend a change of our mind if we do not show proof by a change in our way.

God resolved to destroy man. The words are very significant: “I will wipe out humankind, whom I have created, from the whole earth” (except for 8), as dirt or filth is wiped up from a place which should be clean, and then thrown on a dunghill; the proper place for it. (2 Ki 21:13)

The places where filth lives are justly wiped away by the judgments of God. “I will wipe out humankind from the earth”, as those lines which displease the author are blotted out a book, or as the genealogy of a man’s sons are blotted out of scripture. (Ge 25:16-18) God speaks of man as his own creature even when he resolves upon his ruin: “Humankind whom I have created.” He who has formed him shall not excuse him. Isa. 27:11 . He that made him will not save him; He that is our Creator, if he be not our ruler, will be our destroyer. Or, “Because I have created him, and he has been so disrespectful and ungrateful to his Creator, I will destroy him:’’

“I will wipe out not only human beings, but animals, creeping things and birds in the air.” Even the creatures were to be involved in this destruction; beasts, and creeping things, and the fowls of the air. These were made for man, and therefore must be destroyed with man.

It makes sense, that If God regretted making humans, and was about to destroy them, there would be no need for creatures to serve them. The creatures were made so man might serve and honor God with them. They were destroyed, because man had served his lusts with them and had also made them subject to his vanity. God took up this resolution concerning man after his Spirit had long been in battle with God. None are ruined by the justice of God but those that hate to be reformed by His grace

But Noah found grace in the sight of Adonai. Here was one good man. God found him out, and smiled upon him. It also magnifies his grace towards Noah that he was made a vessel of God’s mercy when all mankind besides had become the generation of his wrath. But God’s distinguishing favor would bring Noah under a few peculiarly strong obligations. Those are highly favored whom God favors.  When the rest of the world was corrupt and wicked, Noah kept his integrity.

Here is the history of Noah (this is the account we have to give of him). Noah was a man righteous and wholehearted. This character of Noah is an important reason for God to favor him. Noah’s singular piety qualified him for singular tokens of God’s loving-kindness. Those that would find grace in the eyes of the Lord must be as Noah was, and do as Noah did. Noah walked with God. God loves those that love him.

It was God’s goodwill to him that produced this good work in him. He was a very good man, but he was no better than the grace of God made him. 1 Co 15:10   He was a just man, that is, justified before God, by faith, in the promised seed; for he was an heir of the righteousness which is by faith. Heb 11:7  He was sanctified and had the right principles and dispositions implanted in him.

He was righteous in his conversation, one that made conscience of rendering to all their due; to God his due and to men theirs.  None but a downright honest man can find favor with God. That conversation which will be pleasing to God must be governed by simplicity and godly sincerity, not by fleshly wisdom. 2 Co 1:12 God has sometimes chosen the foolish men of the world, but he never chose the dishonest men of it.  Noah was perfect, not with a sinless perfection, but a perfection of sincerity; and it is important for us, that by virtue of the covenant of grace, and upon the life of Yeshua’s righteousness, that sincerity is accepted as our gospel perfection.

Noah walked with God, as Enoch had done before him. He was not only honest, but devout; he walked, that is, he acted with God, as one always under his eye. He lived a life of communion with God; it was his constant care to conform himself to the will of God, to please him, and to approve himself to him. God looks down upon those with an eye of favor who sincerely look up to him with an eye of faith.

But what crowned his character is that he was able to, and did, in his generation, in that corrupt degenerate age in which his lot was cast, walk with God. It is easy to be religious when religion is in fashion; but it is an evidence of strong faith and resolution to swim against a stream to heaven, and to appear for God when no one else appears for him; so Noah did, and it is upon record to his immortal honor.

“The end of all living things has come before me, for because of them the earth is filled with violence.” The wickedness of that generation is here again spoken of, either as an opposite to Noah’s piety (he was just and perfect) when all the earth was corrupt; or as a further justification of God’s resolution to destroy the world, which he was now about to communicate to his servant Noah.

Who was causing all this violence which filled the earth? We now know that it was the Nephilim. And who brought the Nephilim? We believe, based upon their lack of character and sinful nature, that it was Satan. All kinds of sin was found among them, for it is said that, God saw the earth, and, yes, it was corrupt; all living things had corrupted their ways on earth.

In the matters of God’s worship,  they either had other gods before him, or they worshiped him by images. Or they were corrupt and wicked, despite God, and in contempt of God; daring him and defying him to his face. Cain had tried; Lamech the Blind was next. The children of Cain looked up to these two, and were absolutely suited to corrupt each other. All it took was a little help from you know who.

The earth was filled with violence and injustice towards men. There was no order or regular government; no man was safe in the possession of anything to which he had the most clear and incontestable right. Not even the most innocent life, for there was nothing but murders, rapes, and stealing. Wickedness, being the shame of human nature, is also the ruin of human society.

Take away conscience, law and justice, and the fear of God, and men become beasts and devils toward one another, like the fishes of the sea, where the greater devour the less. Sin fills the earth with violence and turns the world into a wilderness, a jungle, a cock ring.

God saw the earth, and yes, it was corrupt; for all living things had corrupted their ways on the earth. The proof and evidence of it were undeniable; for God looked upon the earth, and was himself an eyewitness of the corruption that was in it. God, in all his judgments proceeds upon the infallible certainty of his own omniscience. Ps 33:13  That which most aggravated the matter was the universal spreading of the contagion: All flesh had corrupted his way. It was not some particular nations or cities that were thus wicked, but the whole world of mankind were so.

When wickedness has become general and universal, ruin is not far off; while there is a remnant of praying people in a nation, to empty the measure as it fills, judgments may be kept off a great while; but when all hands are at work to pull down the fences by sin, and none stand in the gap to make up the breach, what can be expected but an inundation of wrath?

God’s favor to Noah is plainly understood by what he said of him from, Ge 6 8-13. Here, his name is mentioned five times in five lines; when once might have served to make His point. It’s as if God, through His word, took pleasure in perpetuating Noah’s memory. But this appears much more in what he says to him in the next verses, where the information and instructions are given about the flood.

There, God makes Noah the man of his counsel, communicating to him his purpose to destroy this wicked world by water. As, afterwards, he told Abraham his resolution concerning Sodom, but then he may have  thought, (Shall I hide it from Abraham?) Gen 18:17. Here God must have thought  (Shall I hide from Noah the thing that I do, seeing that he shall become a great nation?)  The Lord relates intimately with those that fear him (Ps 25:14). He reveals His plans to His servants the prophets (Amos 3:7 ). This is done by a spirit of revelation, informing them particularly of his purposes.

So it is with all believers, that through a spirit of wisdom and faith, each is enabled to understand and apply the general declarations of the written word; and the warnings there given. God told Noah, in general, that he would destroy the world. The ruin of this wicked world was decreed and determined; it had come, that is, it will come surely, and come quickly. Noah, it is likely, in preaching to his neighbors, had warned them, in general, of the wrath of God that they would bring upon themselves by their wickedness.

But God tells Noah twice what he endeavors to do, so that Noah might try  to impress His work upon them.  God confirms the words of his messengers. (Isa 44:26)  Noah had a relationship with God; and God uses what Noah has for the good of others. God told him, “Then I myself, will bring a flood of water over the earth to destroy from under heaven every living thing that breathes; everything on earth will be destroyed.”

God could have destroyed all mankind by the sword of an angel, or a flaming sword turning every way, as he destroyed all the first-born of the Egyptians and the camp of the Assyrians; then He needed no more than to set a mark upon Noah and his family for their preservation.

But God chose to do it by a flood of waters, which would drown the world. The reasons, we may be sure, were wise and just, though to us unknown. God has many arrows in his quiver, and he may use any one of them he pleases. As he chooses the rod with which he will correct his children, so he chooses the sword with which he will cut off his enemies.  God said, “Then I myself will bring a flood”, as in “I am infinite in power, and therefore, can do it; infinite in justice, and therefore, will do it.”

These words demonstrate the certainty of the judgment, “Then I myself will do it”. It will be done effectually what God himself undertakes to do.  Job 11:10  They demonstrate the purpose of God’s glory and the honor of his justice. Thus God will be magnified and exalted in the earth, and all the world shall be made to know that he is the God to whom vengeance belongs. Isa 1:24

God grants His guarantee of grace to Noah when He said, “But  I will  establish my covenant with you.”  The covenant of providence, that the course of nature shall be continued to the end of time, notwithstanding the interruption which the flood would give to it. This promise was immediately made to Noah and his sons. They were as trustees for all this part of the creation, and a great honor was thereby put upon him and his seed.

This was a covenant of grace, that God would be to him a God, and that out of his seed God would take to himself a people. When God makes a covenant, he establishes it, he makes it sure, and he makes it good; his are everlasting covenants.

We need desire no more, either to make up our losses for God or to make up a happiness for us in God, than to have his covenant established with us. God makes Noah a monument of sparing mercy, by providing him with a way to save himself from the approaching deluge, so he might not perish with the rest of the world.  “I will destroy them, along with the earth” says God. “Make yourself an ark of gopher-wood”  God commands Noah, in  order to let him know that He will take care to preserve them alive. This is proof that piety will be recompensed with distinguishing salvation, both of which are in a special manner, obliging.

God directs Noah to make an ark.  This ark was like the hulk of a ship, a barge of sort, fitted not to sail upon the waters (there was no occasion for that, when there should be no shore to sail to), but to float upon the waters, waiting for their fall.

YHWH could have secured Noah by the ministration of angels, without putting him to any care, or pains, or trouble himself; but he chose to employ him in making that which was to be the means of his preservation, both for the trial of his faith and obedience, and to teach us that none shall be saved by Yeshua but those who work out their salvation. Hallelujah!

We can’t do it without God, and he won’t do it without us. Both the providence of God, and the grace of God, own and crown the endeavors of the obedient and diligent. God gave Noah very particular instructions concerning this building, which couldn’t be anything less than admirably well fitted for it’s purpose, when Infinite wisdom itself was the architect.

“Make yourself an Ark of gopher wood.” It must be made of gopher-wood. Noah, doubtless, knew what sort of wood that was, though we now do not, whether cedar, or cypress, or what other.  He must make it three stories high within. He must divide it into cabins, with partitions, places fitted for the several sorts of creatures, so as to optimize room.

Exact dimensions were given him, so that he might make it proportionately, and might have room enough in it to answer the intention and no more. Those that work for God must take their measures from him and carefully observe them. Further, It is fit that he who appoints us our habitation should fix the bounds and limits of it.

He must pitch it within and without;  without, to shed off the rain, and to prevent the water from soaking in; Within? Now that’s a good question. A boat builder usually will not pitch the inside of a boat, as it’s unnecessary to insure floatation. But it would be a good idea if the purpose was to preserve the Ark for when it would be discovered, sometime in the future, so as to bring glory to God. The Ark is still out there, waiting to be found.

God does not tell him to paint it, but pitch it. If God gives us habitations that are safe, and warm, and wholesome, we are bound to be thankful, though they are not pretty on the outside. Noah must make a little window towards the top, to let in light, and so that through a window he might behold the desolation to be made in the earth.  He must make a door in the side of it, by which to go in and out.

God first promises Noah that he and his will be preserved alive in the ark. Then God commands, “You will come into the ark”. What we do in obedience to God, we ourselves are likely to have for the comfort and benefit of.  Noah will not be the only one saved in the ark, but his wife, his sons, and his sons’ wives all will.

Good parents are solicitous, not only for their own salvation, but for the salvation of their families, and especially their children. Those children that have godly parents should be happy. Their parents’ piety often procures them temporal salvation, as here; and it furthers them in the way to eternal salvation, if they make the most of it.

God makes Noah a great blessing to the world, and herein makes him an eminent type of the Messiah, though not the Messiah himself, as his parents expected. Ge 5:29  God made him a preacher to the men of that generation. As a watchman, he received the word from God’s mouth, that he might give them warning. Ezk 3:17  Thus, while the long-suffering of God waited, by his Spirit in Noah, he preached to the old world, who, as Peter wrote, were spirits in prison 1 Pt. 3:18-20, and herein he was a type of Messiah, who, in a land and age wherein all flesh had corrupted their way, went about preaching repentance and warning men of a deluge of wrath coming.

“From every living thing; from each kind of living being, you are to bring two into the Ark, to keep them alive with you; they are to be male and female.” God made Noah a savior to the inferior creatures, to keep the thousands of kinds of them from perishing and being lost in the deluge. This was a great honor put upon him, that not only in him the race of mankind would be saved, and that from him should proceed a new world, but Noah would be instrumental in preserving the inferior creatures, and so mankind should in him acquire a new title to them and their service.

Noah was to provide shelter for them,so they might not drown. Two of every sort, male and female, he was to take with him into the ark. So he won’t encounter any difficulty  gathering them together, and getting them in, God promises, “Two are to come to you, so that they can be kept alive.” They will come of their own accord. God made the ox know his owner and his crib, then God made him know his preserver and his ark. This may also mean that God put them into a cooperative trance.

Noah was to provide sustenance for them. God said, ”Also take from all the kinds of food that are eaten, and collect it for yourself. It is to be food for you and for them”,  so that they won’t be starved. He must provision his ship according to the number of his crew, the needs of the creatures, and according to the time appointed for his confinement. Once again, the creatures may have received a divine slowdown of metabolism. But here, Noah is also a type of Messiah, to whom it is owing that the world stands, by whom all things consist, and who preserves mankind from being totally cut off and ruined by sin.

In Noah, the holy seed was saved alive, and the creation rescued from the vanity under which it groaned. Noah saved those whom he was to rule, and so does Yeshua. Heb 5:9

Noah’s care and diligence in building the ark was an effect of his faith in the word of God. God had told him he would shortly drown the world; Noah believed it, feared the threatened deluge, and, in that fear, prepared the ark. We too should mix faith with the revelation God has made of his wrath against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men. The warnings of the word are not false alarms. Much might have been objected against the credibility of this warning given to Noah.

Who could believe that the wise Elohim, who made the world, should so soon unmake it again, that He who had drawn the waters off the dry land should cause them to cover it again? How would this be reconciled with the mercy of God, which is over all his works, especially that the innocent creatures should die for man’s sin? Where could there be enough water sufficient to deluge the world? And, if it must be so, why should notice be given of it to Noah only?  Noah’s faith triumphed over all these corrupted reasons.

This is what Noah did; he did all that God ordered him to do. It was an act of obedience to the command of God. Had he consulted with flesh and blood, many objections would have been raised against it. To construct a boat, such a one as he never saw, so large, and of such exact dimensions, would put him upon a great deal of care, labor, and expense. It would be a work of time; and it was, 120 years.

The vision was for a great while to come. His neighbors would ridicule him for his credulity, and he would be the song of the drunkards; his building would be called Noah’s folly. If the worst came to the worst, each would fare as well as his neighbors. But these, and a thousand such objections, Noah by faith got over. His obedience was ready and resolute.

Thus did Noah, willingly and cheerfully, without murmuring and disputing. God says, Do this, and he does it. It was also punctual and persevering: he did all exactly according to the instructions given him, and, having begun to build, did not leave off till he had finished it; so did he, and so must we do. As an example of wisdom for himself, and to provide for his own safety, Noah feared the deluge, and therefore built the Ark. When God gives warning of approaching judgments, it is our wisdom and duty to act accordingly. Ex 9:20-21; Ezk 3:18

We must prepare to meet the Lord in his judgments on earth, flee to his name as a strong tower Prov. 18:10, enter into our chambers Isa. 26:20-21, especially prepare to meet him at death, and in the judgment of the great day. We should build upon Christ the Rock Mt. 7:24, and go into Christ the Ark. Building the Ark was intended as a warning to a careless world; and it was fair warning of the deluge coming. Every blow of his axes and hammers was a call to repentance, a call for them to prepare arks too. In building the Ark, Noah still could not convince the world; but with it, God condemned the world. Heb 11:7

Chapter 3

The Deluge Begins

Most of this chapter is from scripture.
Artistic freedom has been utilized for dramatic effect.
Commentary, as usual, is spot on.

This is what Noah  did; he did all that God ordered him to do. Noah busied himself building his ark, taking full care to get it finished in time. All the while, his neighbors were laughing at him for his pains. But soon they would see what was the end result, the end of his care and of their carelessness. This famous period of the old world gives you some idea of the state of things, when the world that is now shall be destroyed by fire, as was then by water. 2 Pt 3:6-7

Adonai said to Noah, “Come into the Ark, you and all your household. This was God’s gracious invitation of Noah and his family to enter into a place of safety, now that the flood of waters were coming. The invitation itself is very kind, like that of a tender father to his children, to come indoors, when he sees night or a storm coming.

God’s invitation reminded Noah of the prophesy and instructions spoken to him by Enoch. Adam’s body, had remained inside the Cave of Treasures for nearly 300 years. Noah knew he had little time to accomplish this most important  task, so he prayed for God’s blessings, and headed up the Holy Mountain. The walk brought back many memories of a chapter in Noah’s life which was long gone, the days spent in fellowship with his fellow priests of the Most High God, and then those many spent alone.

When he recalled how the rocks  around him had once, many years back, been on fire, Noah praised God and thanked Him for sanctioning the journey back up the mountain. When he’d reached the cave and walked back to the place where the body lay, Noah was amazed to see that everything was exactly as it had been left. The tokens, the body, and the lamp appeared to be untouched. But the most strange sight he witnessed was the flame still burning on the lamp.

He didn’t have time to waste, so Noah assembled a travois and placed Adam’s body onto it. He wrapped the tokens up into some animal skins, and took the lamp along, utilizing it to negotiate his way home, because clouds of darkness had enveloped the mountain, the wind was howling, lightning was spearing the land below him, and rain was coming down in buckets.

Noah started back down, making his own path, not along the western side, but the eastern side of the Holy Mountain. Along the way, no matter how desperate the conditions were, the lamp never went out; not until Noah could see the Ark.

During those last days, Noah had waited to go into the ark until God invited him, even though he knew it was designed for his place of refuge. Instead, Noah had waited for a new command. Adonai said to Noah, “Come into the Ark.” Noah was a man who had witnessed presumptuous behavior in mankind for his entire life; at this moment he wasn’t about to presume anything.

It was very comfortable to follow the calls of Providence, and to see God going before him in every step he took. God does not tell Noah to go into the Ark, but to come into it; implying that God would go with him, would lead him into it, accompany him in it, and in due time bring him safely out of it.  Wherever we are, it is very desirable to have the presence of God with us, so that He can comfort any condition we experience.

It was this that made Noah’s Ark, which was to be a prison of sort, not only a refuge, but a palace. Noah took a great deal of pains to build the ark, and now he was himself preserved alive in it. What we do in obedience to the command of God, and in faith, we ourselves will certainly have the comfort of, first or last.

Not he only, but his entire family, are called with him into the ark.  It’s good to belong to the family of a godly man; it is safe and comfortable to dwell under such a shadow. Adam’s body, the tokens, and the lamp had been invited through Enoch’s prophesy, But getting them to the Ark was accomplished by Noah’s righteous memory.

One of Noah’s sons was Ham, who proved afterwards to be a bad man, yet he was saved in the ark, which shows us that wicked children often fare the better for the sake of their godly parents. There has always been a mixture of bad with good in the best societies on earth, so God’s wish to include Ham isn’t that strange. In Noah’s family there was a Ham, and in Yeshua’s family there was a Judas.

There is no perfect purity on this side heaven.  This call to Noah, ‘Come inside with me’, is the type of the call which the gospel gives to poor sinners. Yeshua is an Ark already prepared, in whom alone we can be safe when death and judgment come.

The reason for this invitation is a very honorable testimony to Noah’s integrity. God said, “For I have seen that you alone in this generation are righteous before me.”  A man is righteous indeed when he’s  righteous before God.  It’s not too difficult, however, to appear righteous before your fellow man, who might easily be impressed.  But it takes a mighty effort to approve oneself before God, who searches the heart, and cannot be deceived by a man’s character.

God takes notice of, and is pleased with those that are righteous before him.  In a world of wicked people God could see one righteous Noah; that single grain of wheat could not be lost, even in so great a heap of chaff. God knows those that  are his. God is a witness to, and will shortly be, a witness for his people’s integrity. Those that see the Holy Temple will proclaim it before Angels and men, to their immortal honor.

Those that obtain mercy to be righteous will obtain witnesses to their righteousness.  God is, in a special manner, pleased with those that are good in bad times and places. Noah was therefore illustriously righteous, because he was so, while living in that wicked and adulterous generation.

Those that keep themselves pure in times of common iniquity, God will keep safe in times of common calamity. Those that partake not with others in their sins, shall not partake with them in their plagues. Those that live a pious life are, even in this life, safer than others, and it goes better for them at judgement.

Then God gave Noah the necessary orders concerning the animals that were to be preserved alive with Noah in the Ark. They were incapable of receiving the warning and directions themselves, as man was. Man is smarter than the animals, therefore he is charged with the care of them. Being under his dominion, they must be under his protection. And, though Noah could not secure every individual, he had to carefully preserve every species.  Not one, not the least considerable, was going to entirely perish out of the creation.

We see no evidence that Noah was worried about himself in this matter. God consults our happiness more than we do ourselves. Though God saw that the old world was very provoking, and foresaw that the new one would be little better, he preserved the brute creatures for man’s use. Is God so concerned for the oxen? 1 Co 9:9  Or was it rather for man’s sake that this decision was made?  Even the unclean beasts, which were least valuable and profitable, were preserved alive in the Ark. God’s tender mercies are over all his works, not just over those that are the most valuable, and useable.

Yet more of the clean were preserved than of the unclean. Because the clean were mostly for the service of man, and therefore, in favor to him, more of them were preserved and are still propagated. Thanks to God, there are not more herds of grizzly bears than there are of oxen, nor flocks of polar bears as there are of sheep.

The clean animals were for sacrifice to God. Therefore, in honor to him, more of them were preserved, three couples per breed, and the odd seventh for sacrifice. God gives us six for one in earthly things, such as the number of the days in the week. So, in spiritual things, such as the sabbath, we should be all for him. What is devoted to God’s honor, and used in his service, is particularly blessed and increased.

“Noah went into the Ark with his sons, his wife, and his sons wives because of the flood waters.”  After the one hundred and twenty years had expired, God gave Noah’s family seven days to watch the water flood the earth. This was to demonstrate how slow he is to anger, that punishing work is his strange work, and to give them some further time for repentance. The scene outside the Ark was ghastly, and witnessing became too much for them. So, during those seven days, Noah and his family settled in, and finished distributing the creatures into their several apartments.

This was the conclusion of that visible sermon which Noah had long been preaching to his careless neighbors, and which, one would think, might have awakened them; but, not obtaining that desired end, it left their blood upon their own heads. He took all his family along with him. His wife, to be his companion and comfort, even though after this they had no more children.

His sons, and his sons’ wives, would be the ones to recharge the world. Mankind would be reduced to a eight souls, but In the Hebrew language number eight signifies new beginnings. Although it would be very desirable to have the world speedily repopulated, Noah’s sons were each to have only one wife, which strengthens the argument against having many.  From the new beginnings of this world, having multiple wives would be forbidden, as it was at first. God made the law, so now he kept alive but one woman for one man. Mt 19:4,19:8

The brute creatures readily went in with him. The same hand that at first brought them to Adam to be named now brought them to Noah to be preserved. God placed the animals into a tame, obedient disposition. The ox now knew his owner, and the ass his protector’s crib.  The wildest creatures flocked to their assigned places, while man, who had become more brutish than the brutes themselves, did not know, and did not consider. Isa 1:3

While Noah spoke of the judgment at a distance, folks were tempted to put off their repentance, because the flood was far off. But after the Ark was loaded, and God had ordered Noah to seal the door, what remained of mankind would have one week more to change what was in their hearts, just one sabbath more to improve, to see if that would then, at last, awaken them to consider the things that belong to their eternal peace, which otherwise would soon be hidden from their eyes.

But it’s common for those that have been careless of their souls during the years of their health, when they have looked upon death at a far distance, to be as careless during the days, the seven days, of their sickness, when they see death approaching, their hearts being hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.

When God gave the signal it began to rain. Noah was 600 years old when the water flooded the earth.  By computation, this appears to be 1656 years from the creation. The years of the old world were reckoned, not by the reigns of the giants, but by the lives of the patriarchs.  Noah was now a very old man, even as men’s years went then. The longer we live in this world, the more we see of the miseries and calamities of it. It is therefore spoken of as the privilege of those that die young that their eyes shall not see the calamity which is coming. 2 Ki 22:20

Sometimes Yahweh exercises his old servants with extraordinary trials of obedient patience. The oldest of Yeshua’s soldiers could not promise themselves a discharge from their warfare till death discharged them. Still they had to gird on their harnesses, and not boast as though they had put it off.

After seven days the water flooded the earth.  The year of the deluge was recorded to have began on the seventeenth day in the second month of the 600th year of Noah’s life. After seven days the water flooded the earth. On the seventh day after Noah and his family had entered the ark, the inundation began. Desolating judgments do not come until God has provided for the security of his own people.  When righteous men are removed, judgments are not far off; for they are taken away from the evil to come. Isa 57:1  When they are called into the chambers, hidden in the grave, hidden in heaven, then God emerges from his place to punish, Isa. 26:20-21

Look at what was done on that day, that fatal day to the world of the ungodly. All the fountains of the great deep were broken up and the windows of the sky were opened.  The water held within the atmosphere may have been enough. One way people could live to an incredibly old age back then would be some extra protection from radiation by the sun. Extra water vapor would do it.

The water vapor that was readily available, which had been a  blessing to the earth, was then, by an extraordinary act of divine power, made the ruin of it. God has laid ammunition deep, up and down within his storehouses Ps 33:7, and now he broke up those stores. The water came out of the ground in fountains, filling the canyons, and covering every mountain.

As our bodies have in themselves genetic triggers which, when God pleases, become the seeds and springs of mortal diseases, so the earth has in it bowels of water which, at God’s command, sprang up and flooded it. God had, in the creation, set bars and doors to the waters of the sea, that they might never cover the earth again (Ps 104:9, Job 38:9-11), and now he simply removed those ancient landmarks, mounds, and fences, so the waters of the sea returned to cover the earth, as they had done at first.

The windows of  the sky were  opened, and the waters which were above the firmament were poured out upon the world; these are the treasures which God has reserved against the time of trouble, the day of battle and war.(Job 38:22; 33) The rain, which ordinarily descends in drops, came down in streams, or spouts, as they call them in the Indies, where clouds burst, as they express it there, when the rain descends in a much more violent torrent than we have ever seen in the greatest shower.

God binds up the water in his thick clouds Job 26:8,  but now the bond was loosened, the clouds were squeezed, and such rains descended as were never known before nor seen since, in such abundance and of such continuance that no end could be imagined. The thick clouds were not, as it ordinarily is, weighed by watering Job 37:11, that is, soon spent and exhausted. The clouds burst, then kept on returning to burst some more.

Anyone who has ever lived through an epic blizzard has witnessed how every molecule of water is rung from the waves clouds that are wrapped around by extremely cold air. Picture two spirals, one with cold air, the other with warm wet air. They both are spinning in opposite directions. When they meet, all frozen hell breaks loose as the cold air literally sucks moisture out of the sky, violently converting it to snow. It’s exactly like a frozen hurricane, only more miserable to get through. This weather principal applies to the conditions at the time of flood. It was very warm and humid, much more humid than even the tropics experience today. God added in some dry cold air, and boom! It was a nonstop cloudburst.

God’s divine power brought in fresh recruits, wave after wave of watery assault, and the catalyst of cold dry air. They combined to create a watery epoxy that encased the planet, therefore It rained on the earth forty days and forty nights, without intermission or abatement.

It rained, not locally, as sometimes, upon one city and not upon  another, but upon the whole earth at once. God made the world in six days, but he was forty days in destroying it; for he is slow to anger, but effective once He gets started.  All the elements are at God’s disposal, and He makes what use he pleases of them, whether for correction, or for his land, or for mercy, as Elihu speaks of the rain. Job 37:12 God often makes what should be for our welfare into a trap. Ps 69:22  That which usually is a comfort and benefit to us becomes, when God pleases, a scourge and a plague to us.

Nothing is more needful nor useful than water, both the springs of the earth and the showers of heaven; yet here, nothing was more hurtful, and nothing more destructive.  Every creation is to us what God makes it.  It is impossible to escape the righteous judgments of God when they come against sinners with God’s commission; for He can arm both heaven and earth against them. Job  20:27  God can surround men with the messengers of his wrath, so that, if they look upwards, it is with horror and amazement, if they look to the earth, behold, it is with trouble and darkness. Isa 8:21  Who then is able to stand before God, when he is angry?

In this destruction of the old world by water God gave an example of the final destruction of the world that will be by fire. We find the apostle Peter setting one of these over the other. 2 Pt 3:6-7  As there are waters under the earth, so Etna, Vesuvius, Mt. St. Helens, Yellowstone, and other super-volcanoes, proclaim to the world that there are subterraneous fires too.

Fire often falls from heaven, so do meteors, comets, and nuclear bombs. Many desolations are also made by lightning. All of these are so that when the predetermined time comes, between these, the earth and all the works on it shall be burnt up, as the flood was brought upon the old world out of the fountains of the great deep and through the windows of heaven.

Chapter 4

How high is the water Pa?

Three feet high and rising

The flood was forty days on the earth.  This is a detail about how long the waters rose.  When it came, the profane world, who did not believe that it would come, probably flattered themselves with hopes that it would soon abate and never get dangerous, but still it increased, it prevailed.

When God judges he will overcome. If he starts something, he follows through. His way is perfect, both in judgment and mercy. The gradual approaches and advances of God’s judgments, which are designed to bring sinners to repentance, are often abused to the hardening of them in their presumption.

The water grew higher and floated the Ark, so that it was lifted up off the earth. The waters rose so high that not only the low flat countries were deluged, but to make sure work, and that none might escape, the tops of the highest mountains were covered by fifteen cubits; that is 30 feet. So hope for salvation by anything outside the Ark was in vain.  None of God’s creatures are so high that his power can’t over top them.

He will make them know that wherever they live in vanity, he is above them. Perhaps the tops of the mountains were washed down by the strength of the waters, which helped much towards the waters ceasing above them. It is said that when he sends out the waters, they not only overflow, but overrun the land. Job 12:15

Thus the refuge of lies was swept away, and the waters overflowed the hiding place of those sinners. Isa 28:17  In vain they run to them for safety, and hide. Rev 6:15  Then the mountains departed, and the hills were removed, and nothing was left for a man to stand on, but the floor of the Ark, and God’s covenant of peace. Isa. 54:10  There is no place on earth so high as to set men out of the reach of God’s judgments. Jer 49:16 Evil men should not feel safe from God; even among the stars. Obad 3:4  God’s hand will find out all his enemies. Ps 21:8

The Ark was perfectly designed. With a draft of 30 ft, it had the correct depth for it’s width of 75 ft. At 450 ft. long, it could carry enough tonnage to equal the weight of well over 1000 railroad cars. It was literally the size of the Titanic. This was not by Noah’s design, but by God, who parceled out the waters by measure. Job 28:25  What became of Noah’s Ark when the waters increased?  It floated up above the earth, and went upon the face of the waters.

When all other buildings were demolished by the waters, and buried under them, the ark alone subsisted.  The waters which broke down every thing else bore up the ark. That which to unbelievers is a savior of death unto death, is to the faithful a savior of life unto life. The more the waters increased the higher the ark was lifted up towards heaven. Therefore, God’s afflictions are spiritual promotions; and as troubles abound consolations much more abound.

Chapter 4
Death at our doorstep

Part 1
Death for the birds, insects, livestock, and other animals

He wiped out every living thing on the surface of the ground. All living things that moved on the earth perished. Come and see the  works of God, the astounding deeds He has done on the earth. (Ps 46:8)  From it’s entrance into the Garden of Eden, death had always triumphed.  Come, and see Death upon his sickly pale horse, with hell behind him. (Rev 6:7-8)

All the cattle, fowl, and creeping things died, except the few that were in the ark;  Everything in whose nostrils was the breath of life.  Why so? Man only had done wickedly, and justly was God’s hand against him; but these creatures, what had they done? The answer; You can be sure God did them no wrong. He is the sovereign God of all life, the sole fountain and author of it. He that made them as he pleased may unmake them whenever he pleases; and only a fool would question him.

God has the authority to do as he pleases with that which is created for his pleasure. God did admirably serve the purposes of his own glory by their destruction, as well as by their creation. Here God’s holiness and justice were greatly magnified.  By this action, it appears that He hates sin, and is highly displeased with sinners; when even the inferior creatures, because they are the servants of man and part of his possession, and because they have been abused to be the servants of sin, are destroyed along with him. This makes the judgment the more remarkable, the more dreadful, and, consequently, the more expressive of God’s wrath and vengeance.

The destruction of the creatures was their deliverance from the bondage to decay. They were ignorant and unwilling, but as God’s subjects, they too were granted the deliverance which, presently, an entire creation eagerly awaits. (Rom 8:21-22) It was likewise an instance of God’s wisdom.

As the creatures were made for man when he was made, so they were multiplied for him when he was multiplied; and therefore, now that mankind was reduced to so small a number, it was fit that the beasts should proportionately be reduced, otherwise they would have had the dominion, and would have replenished the earth and the remnant of mankind that was left would have been overpowered by them. God considered this in another case, (Ex 23:29) , ‘Lest the wild animals become too many for you.’

Part 2
Every human being is destroyed in 7 days

All the men, women, and children, that were in the world (except those in the ark) died. Every man, and perhaps there were millions. You can easily imagine what terror and consternation seized on them when they saw themselves surrounded. Yeshua tells us that, as it was in the days of Noah, until the very day that the flood came, people ate and drank. (Lk 17:26-27) They were drowning in security and sensuality before they were drowned in those waters.

Just like a bunch of drunken uncircumcised Philistines, blind to all divine warnings, death surprised them, as in (1 Sa 30:16-17).  How surprised the wicked people were! They saw and felt what they refused to believe and fear. Convinced of their folly when it is too late, they found no place for repentance, although they sought it  with tears.

You can imagine how they searched for any means possible for their preservation, but all in vain. Some climbed to the tops of trees or mountains, living in terror for a short time. But when the flood reached them,they were forced to die anyway.

It is likely, that some clung to the Ark, hoping that would save them, even though they had made sport of Noah for the last 120 years. Some may have succeeded, only to perish from starvation, or by getting washed off the deck. Others, might have begged Noah for admission, as if they were crashing the wedding feast, pleading to him, ‘Have we not eaten and drunk in thy presence? Hast thou not taught in our streets?  Noah might have said, “I never knew you !” (Mt 7:23)

Noah might have taken a few moments to chastise them saying, “Because you refused when I called, neglected my counsel, and mocked me, I will not answer your pleading, because you have hated knowledge and chose not to fear God” (Pr 1:24-30). Then he might add, “Now, it is not in my power to help you: God has shut the door, and I cannot open it.”

This is how it will be on judgement day. Neither climbing high in an outward profession, nor claiming relation to good people will bring men to heaven. (Mt. 7:22, 25:8-9) Those that are not found in Christ, or in the Ark, are certainly undone, undone forever; not even their gold will save them. Isa 10:3

There may have been some that perished in the deluge who had been employed by Noah in the building of the Ark. These men must have been so unwise, that securing a place for themselves through repentance was beyond any skills they possessed. No matter how skilled one is at their work, they should always be more skilled at working for the Lord. And there had to be supervisors on a project so large.

Leading a flock should always be done in a Godly way.  Wicked ministers, though they may be employed by God to help others get into heaven, will themselves be thrust down to hell, for lacking the insight of God’s word and leading their flocks astray.

Pause awhile and consider this tremendous judgment! Let your heart meditate terror, the terror of this destruction. Think it over, and say, It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Who can stand before Him when He is angry? Consider and say, It is an evil thing, and a bitter one, to depart from God. The sin of the sinners will, without repentance, be their ruin. If you choose to not believe or have hope in Yeshua, you can look forward to absolute death, so when the final judgement comes, at least your wait will be over.

Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not go unpunished. The righteous God knows how to bring a flood upon the world of the ungodly. (2 Pt 2:5)  Eliphaz appeals to this story as a standing warning to a careless world. (Job. 22:15-16) Are you walking the old way, which wicked men have trodden, who were cut down out of  time, and sent into eternity, whose foundation was overflown with the flood?

Only Noah and those that were with him in the ark remained alive. Noah lived When all about him were monuments of justice, thousands falling on his right hand and ten thousands on his left. (Ps 91:7) He was a monument to mercy. Only with his eyes could the reward of the wicked be seen. (Ps 91:8)  When the flood waters were raging they did not come near him. (Ps 32:6)

We have reason to think that, while the long-suffering of God waited, Noah not only preached to, but prayed for, that wicked world, and would have turned away the wrath; but his prayers returned into his own bosom, and are answered only by his own escape, which is plainly referred to in Ezk 14:14.  Noah, Daniel, and Job, could only deliver their own souls. A mark of honor should be set on intercessors.

The water held power over the earth for 150 days.  Noah is alive, but not much more. He is, in effect, buried alive, cooped up in a cave, a close place, like holocaust survivors, alarmed with the terrors of the descending Nazis. The increasing flood, and the shrieks and outcries of his perishing neighbors, most likely, overwhelmed his heart with melancholy thoughts of the desolation made. But he comforts himself with this, that he is in the way of duty and in the way of deliverance.

We are taught in (Jer 45:4-5) that when desolating judgments are occurring, we must not seek great nor pleasant things to ourselves, but reckon it an unspeakable favor if we have our lives given to us for a prayer. Then, our waiting will be over. Hallelujah!

Chapter 5

I can see clearly now

God remembered Noah, every living thing and all the livestock with him in the Ark. This was an act of God’s grace, an expression after the manner of men; for not any of his creatures (Lk 12:6), much less any of his people, are forgotten by God. (Isa 49:15-16)  The whole race of mankind, except Noah and his family, was now extinguished, and driven into the land of forgetfulness to be remembered no more. God’s remembering Noah was the return of his mercy to mankind, of whom he would not make a full extinction.

This is an expressed warning to all presumptuous sinners, which should fill them with fear; “My  anger will spend itself, my fury against them will die down, and I will be satisfied. Then, when I have spent my fury on them, they will know that I have spoken out my zeal.”  (Eze 5:13)  Yet, in His zeal, God remembered the holy seed, and then He remembered Noah.

But Noah, although he had found grace in the eyes of the Lord, now seemed to be forgotten in the Ark, and perhaps began to think himself so. We do not find that God had told him how long he would be confined and when he would be released. Very good men have sometimes been ready to conclude themselves forgotten of God, especially when their afflictions have been unusually grievous and long.

Noah, though a great believer, might have found the flood continuing so long after it might reasonably be presumed to have done its work, that he became tempted to fear God, who had shut him in, would keep him in. Noah may have thought, ‘How long wilt thou forget me?’ But at length God returned in mercy to him, and this is expressed by remembering him.

God remembered Noah, every living thing and all the livestock with him in the Ark. Those that remember God shall certainly be remembered by him. However desolate and disconsolate their condition may be, He will appoint them a set time and remember them. (Job 14:13)  With Noah, God remembered every living thing.  Although His delight is especially in the sons of men, He rejoices in all his works, and hates nothing that he has made. He takes special care, not only of his people, but of their possessions; all that belongs to them.

So God caused a wind to pass over the earth.  This was God relieving Noah. Those whom God remembers he remembers effectually, for good; he remembers us to save us, that we may remember him to serve him.

God has a sovereign dominion over the winds. He has them cupped in the palms of his hands (Prov 30:4), and brings them out of his storehouses. (Ps 135:7)  He sends them when, and wherever, and for whatever purposes, he pleases. Even stormy winds obey his word. (Ps 148:8)  It should seem, while the waters increased, there was no wind; for that would have added to the toss of the Ark.   This would have caused no harm, however, since the Ark was, as far as naval architecture goes, a perfect floating craft.

God caused a wind to pass over the earth, when it would not be so troublesome. Probably, it was a north wind, for that drives away rain, and it was a drying wind, such as the wind God sent to divide the Red Sea before Israel. (Ex 14:21)

And the water began to go down. God remanded the waters, and said to them, Come, and they came. He took away the cause. He sealed up the springs of those waters. Also, the fountains of the deep and the windows of the sky were stopped, the rain from the sky was restrained.

As God has a key to open, so he has a key to shut up again, and to stay the progress of judgments by stopping the causes of them. The same hand that brings the desolation must bring the deliverance; to that hand therefore our eye must ever be. He that wounds is alone able to heal. (Job 12:14-15)

Then the judgement had begun to cease; not all at once, but by degrees. The rain from the sky was restrained. It was a gradual departure; 150 days long. The heat of the sun increased, and the subterraneous caverns soaked in more.  As the earth was not drowned in a day, so it was not dried in a day.

And the water came back from completely covering the earth.  In the creation, it was less than one day’s work to clear the earth from the waters that covered it and to make it dry land; it was but half a day’s work. But, the work of creation was finished, and this work of providence had begun after concurring influences of second causes, then enforced by the almighty power of God. God usually works deliverance for his people gradually, that the day of small things may not be despised, nor the day of great things despaired of. (Zec 4:10, Prov 4:18)

On the seventeenth day of the seventh month the Ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat.  The ark rested someplace, but, despite the rumors and false reports, it’s never been found. Perhaps because the resting place was not in present day Armenia, as Josephus wrote. Maybe it rested in the Land of Midya. Our next study will be an investigation into the Tower of Bavel, which was built on the plain of Shinar in the country of Babylon.

The people’s language was confused, and man was disbursed after the Tower was destroyed. The first lands that Noah’s grandchildren went to were in Asia and Europe. This makes Armenia an unlikely resting place for the Ark.

But for now,
Back to our story.

This was satisfying to Noah, to feel the house he was in sat upon firm ground, and was no longer movable. It rested upon a mountain, where it was directed, not by Noah’s prudence (he could not steer it), but by the wise and gracious providence of God.  God has times and places of rest for his people after their distress; and many times He provides for their seasonable and comfortable settlement without their planning, and far beyond their own foresight.

The water kept going down until the tenth month; on the first day of the month the tops of the mountains were seen. Noah and his family could see the tops of the mountains, like little islands, appearing above the water.  It is probable that they had looked through the window of the Ark every day (for the past 197), like longing mariners during a tedious voyage, to see if they could discover land; or perhaps as the prophet’s servant did. (1 Ki 18:43-44)

After forty days Noah opened the window of the Ark which he had built.  Then Noah sent forth some spies to bring him intelligence from abroad; a raven and a dove.  That though God had told Noah particularly when the flood would come, even to a day, he did not give him a particular account by revelation at what times, and by what steps, it should go away, because the knowledge of the former was necessary to his preparing the Ark, and settling himself in it; but the knowledge of the latter would serve only to gratify his curiosity, and the concealing of it from him would be necessary to exercise of his faith and patience.

Although Noah could not foresee the flood, but by revelation, he might, by ordinary means, discover the decrease of it, and therefore God was pleased to leave him to do just that. Although Noah by faith expected to find land, and by patience waited for it, he was inquisitive concerning it, as one who had been confined indefinitely.

Desires of release out of trouble, earnest expectations for it, and inquiries concerning its advances towards us, can very well consist with the sincerity of faith and patience. He who trusts will not rush here and there, (Isa 28:16)  but he does make haste who goes forth to meet Yeshua.

Noah sent forth a raven through the window of the ark, which flew back and forth. This was as the Hebrew phrase is, going forth and returning, that is, flying about. The raven fed on the carcasses that floated, but returned to the ark for rest; probably not in it, but upon it. This gave Noah little satisfaction, so he waited.

Then he sent forth a dove, to see if the water had gone from the surface of the ground. But the dove found no place for her feet to rest.  So she returned to him in the Ark, because the water still covered the whole earth. He put out his hand, took her, and brought her into him in the Ark.

This is understandable, since a raven feeding on carrion would be filthy, but the dove, a clean animal, would be an acceptable offering to God. The next scene mirrors an image of the afflicted soul returning to Yeshua.  Noah waited another seven days and again sent the dove out of the Ark. The dove came to him in the evening, and there in her mouth was a freshly plucked olive leaf, so Noah knew that the water had cleared from the earth. The olive leaf appeared to be  a first plucked off, a plain indication that now the trees, the fruit-trees, began to appear above water. The dove was undoubtedly wet, dirty, and tired.

He waited another seven days and sent out the dove, but she didn’t return to him any more.  Noah sent forth the dove, then waited  seven days before sending it out again. The third time was after seven days too. The first sending of her out may have been seven days after the raven went. This suggests that each time a bird was released (four times), it was on the sabbath day, which, Noah  observed while floating in the ark.

Having kept the sabbath in a solemn assembly, he then expected special blessings from heaven and inquired concerning them. Having laid his needs before God, Noah waited patiently. (Ps 5:3)  The dove is an emblem of a gracious soul, which finding no rest for its foot, no solid peace or satisfaction in this world, this deluged defiling world, returns to Yeshua as to its ark, as to its Noah. The carnal heart, like the raven, takes up with the world, and feeds on the carrion it finds there.

My soul, return to your rest (Ps 116:7), as the dove to Noah.  I said, “I wish that I had wings like a dove! Then I could fly away to rest. (Ps 55:6)  As Noah put forth his hand, and took the dove, and pulled her in to him, into the ark, so Yeshua will graciously preserve, and help, and welcome, those that fly to him for rest.

The olive-branch, which was an emblem of peace, was brought, not by the raven, a bird of prey, nor by a gay and proud peacock, but by a mild, patient, humble dove. It is a dove like disposition that brings into the world attainments like rest and joy.

Here’s an allegory for you: The law was first sent forth, like the raven, but it brought no reward back to God, so He sent a deluge, His wrath, to start over; Then, in the fulness of time, God sent forth his gospel, as the dove, in the likeness of which the Holy Spirit descended, which presented you and I with an olive-branch, which brings us better hope.

By the first day of the first month of the 601st year the water had dried up. It was the twenty-seventh day of the second month. Noah was himself an eyewitness, as God restarted time, creating a new calendar. The earth was new again, and so was the moon. The moon became the principal way for man to know when he should plant, harvest, and feast.

In the not so distant future God’s Law, Torah, including the ten commandments, would be  given to Moses. Torah also  includes specific instructions given by God, to observe the moon, understand when it is in it’s new phase, and when to celebrate His seven feasts at their appropriate times.

To accomplish this, the Hebrews learned to understand on any given day, which phase the moon was in for the month, which of twelve constellations were directly south for the age, and where on the horizon specific stars appeared at sunset during the spring and fall equinox for planting and harvest. Neither, the moon, sun, or the stars were to be worshiped or idolized; each was an  an instrument for man’s use, while he continued to marvel over them.

Noah removed the covering of the ark and looked, to give him a prospect of the world around them; and yes, the surface of the ground was dry. It was a most comfortable prospect he had. It is a great blessing to see ground around us. Noah was more sensible of this than we are; for blessings restored are much more affecting than mercies continued.  The divine power which now renewed the face of the earth can renew the face of an afflicted troubled soul.

God can make dry ground to appear even where it seemed to have been lost and forgotten. He took me and pulled me out of deep water.  (Ps 18:16)  The ground dried, so as to be a fit habitation for Noah.  It was on the twenty-seventh day of the second month that the earth was dry.

Perhaps Noah, being somewhat weary of sailing and confinement inside the Ark would have departed at first landing; but God, in kindness to him, ordered him to stay much longer. In all 377 days were spent on the Ark.

God cares about our benefit rather than our desires. He knows what is good for us better than we do for ourselves. God knows how long it’s necessary that our restraints continue and desired mercies delayed. We would go out of the Ark before the ground is dried, and perhaps, if the door was shut, be ready to remove God’s covering, and climb back in some other way. We should be satisfied that God’s time of showing mercy is certainly the best time; when the mercy is ripe for us and we are ready for it.

God said to Noah, “Go out from the Ark, you, your wife, your sons,  and your son’s wives with you”.  Noah did not stir till God ordered him. As he had a command to go into the Ark, and no matter how tedious his confinement there was, Noah would wait for a command to go out of it again.

We must in all our ways acknowledge God, and set him before us in all our movement. Those only go under God’s protection that follow God’s direction and submit to his government. Those that steadily adhere to God’s word as their rule, and are guided by his grace as their principle, and take hints from his presence to assist them in their application of general directions to particular cases, may in faith, see him guiding their motions in their march through this wilderness.

Though God detained him long, at last he gave him his discharge; for the vision is meant for it’s appointed time, it speaks of the end, it does not lie. (Hab 2:3)  God had said, Come into the Ark; not, Come forth, or Go forth, which means that God, who went in with him, stood with him all the while, till he sent him out safely.

God had said before the flood, “I will establish my covenant with you; you will come into the Ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your son’s wives.” But now he said to Noah, “Go out from the Ark, you, your wife, your sons and your son’s wives with you”. This appears to infer that before, and during the voyage Noah’s sons and their wives were separate. There were no children, but now God appeal to them to be fruitful and multiply.

“Bring out every living thing that you have with you, so that they can swarm on the earth, be fruitful and multiply on the earth”. Noah was ordered to bring the creatures out with him. Bring out with you every living thing you have with you.  Most likely, God had placed, at least some of them into a state of hibernation or low activity. Taking care of them, the feeding, cleaning, and clearing of waste, would have been quite difficult without a divine intervention.

Now Noah receives the honor of leading them forth.  Though he had been now a full year and ten days a prisoner in the Ark along with the creatures, when he found himself alive, and ready for, not only for a life, but for a new world, he saw no reason to complain  about his long confinement.

Noah and his family came out alive, though one of them was the wicked Ham, whom, though he escaped the flood, God’s justice could have taken away by some other stroke. But they are all alive. When families have been long continued together, and no breaches made among them, it must be looked upon as a distinguishing favor, and attributed to God’s mercy.

So Noah went out with his sons, his wife, and his son’s wives, every animal, every creeping thing, and every bird, whatever moves on the earth, according to their families, went out of the Ark. Noah brought out all the creatures that went in with him, except the raven and the dove, which, probably, were ready to meet their mates whenever they came out. Noah was able to give a very good account of his charge; for of all that were given to him he had lost none, but was faithful to him that appointed him.

Noah built an altar to God. Then he took from every clean animal and every clean bird, and he offered burnt offerings on the altar. This is Noah’s thankful acknowledgment of God’s favor toward him, in completing the mercy of his deliverance. Before this, he had done nothing without particular instructions and commands from God.

Noah had a particular call into the ark, and another out of it; but, altars and sacrifices being already of divine institution for  worship, he did not wait for a particular command to express his thankfulness. Those that have received mercy from God should be forward in returning thanks. It should also be done willingly. God is pleased with free will offerings, and praises that wait for him.

Noah was now turned out into a cold and desolate world, where, one would have thought, his first care would have been to build a house for himself; but, behold, he begins with an altar for God. God, that is the first, must be first served; and he begins well that begins with God.

Then he took from every clean animal and every clean bird, and he offered burnt offerings on the altar. These would be the odd seventh of each species that we read of.  He offered only those that were clean; for it is not enough that we sacrifice, but we must sacrifice that which God appoints, according to the law of sacrifice, and not a corrupt thing.

Though his stock of cattle was so small, and rescued from ruin at so great an expense, he did not grudge to give God his dues out of it. He might have said, “Have I but seven sheep to begin the world with, and must one of these seven be killed and burnt for sacrifice?  Wouldn’t it be better to wait until we have greater numbers?’’

No, to prove the sincerity of his love and gratitude, he cheerfully gives the seventh to his God, as an acknowledgment that all was his, and owing to him. Serving God with our little is the way to make it more; and we must never think that wasted, with which God is honored.

The first thing we see done in the new world was an ancient thing, and a good way; an act of worship. (Jer 6:16) Presently, we express our thankfulness, not by burnt offerings, but by righteousness and the sacrifices of praise, through pious devotions and conversation.

Adonai smelled the sweet aroma, and Adonai said in his heart, “I will never again curse the ground because of humankind, since the imaginings of a person’s heart are evil from his youth; nor will I ever again destroy all living things as I have done. So long as the earth exists, sowing time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night will not cease.” God graciously accepts Noah’s thankfulness. It was a settled rule in the patriarchal age: If thou does well, shalt thou not be accepted?  Noah was so.

God was well pleased with his performance. God smelled the sweet aroma,  as when he’d first made the world and when Adam had first offered. These were on the seventh day, when He and man first rested and were refreshed. So, now that He had made it new, in the sacrifice of the seventh day, he rested. He was well pleased with Noah’s pious zeal, and these hopeful beginnings of the new world.

Although his offering was small it was according to his ability, and God accepted it. Having caused his anger to rest upon the world of sinners, he here caused his love to rest upon this tiny remnant of believers.

Upon this, God took up a resolution never to drown the world again.  said in his heart, “I will never again curse the ground because of humankind, since the imaginings of a person’s heart are evil from his youth; nor will I ever again destroy all living things, as I have done.”

Here he had an eye, not so much to Noah’s sacrifice, but as to Yeshua’s sacrifice of himself, which this typified and represented, being indeed, an offering of a sweet smelling fragrance. (Eph 5:2) A guarantee is given, which may be relied upon, that this judgment should never be repeated.  Noah might have thought, “To what purpose should the world be repaired, when, in all probability, for the wickedness of it, it will quickly be in like manner ruined again?’’ “No,’’ says God, “it never shall.’’  It was said earlier, it repented the Lord that he had made man; now here he speaks as if it repented him that he had destroyed man.

Neither means a change of God’s mind, but both indicate a change of his way. It repented him concerning his servants. (Dt 32:36)  Two ways this resolve is expressed are: I will not again curse the ground, or I will not add curse to the ground any more. God had cursed the ground upon the first entrance of sin. When he drowned it, he added to that curse, but now he determines not to add to it any more.

Neither will he again smite every living thing. That is, it was determined that whatever ruin God might bring upon particular persons, or families, or countries, he would never again destroy the whole world until the day comes when time will end.

But the reason of God’s resolve is very surprising, because it seems to be the same reason given for the destruction of the world in the first place. Then, God had destroyed it “because all the imaginings of their hearts were always evil only”.  But here there is one big difference. Now God says, “The imaginings of their hearts are always evil from his youth”, meaning man’s actual transgressions continually cry against him.  He is evil from his youth or childhood. It is bred in the bone; he brought it into the world with him; he was shaped and conceived in it.

Now, one would think it should follow, “Therefore that guilty race shall be wholly extinguished, and I will make a full replacement for it.”  But God must have said to himself, “No, Therefore I will no more take this severe method, because man should be pitied, it is all the effect of sin dwelling in him, and it is what should be expected from such a degenerate race.
Man is a rebel from the womb, and therefore it is not strange that he deals so very treacherously”. (Isa 48:8)   So God remembered that man is but flesh, a wind blows past and does not return. (Ps 78:39)  He thought, “He will be utterly ruined; for, if he be dealt with according to his deserts, one flood must succeed another till all be destroyed.’’

According to Josephus, this was a particular concern for Noah, who felt the survivors of this calamity were indeed a miserable bunch who had already seen enough terror. Outward judgments, though they may terrify and restrain men, cannot of themselves sanctify and renew him; the grace of God must work with those judgments.

Man’s nature was as sinful after the deluge as it had been before.   God’s goodness takes the opportunity to manifest itself from man’s sinfulness in order to magnify itself all the more. His reasons of mercy are all drawn from himself, not from any thing in us.

The course of nature would never be discontinued, as God said, “So long as the earth exists, sowing time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night will not cease”, although no winter had come the previous year, and it probably remained awfully dark while the rain was descending.

But scripture plainly tells us this earth is not going to always remain; it, and all the works in it, must shortly be burnt up; and we look for new heavens and a new earth, when all these things must be dissolved. As long as it does remain God’s providence will carefully preserve the regular succession of times and seasons, and cause each to know its place.

To this we owe it that the world stands, and the wheel of nature keeps it’s track. The times are changeable, yet unchangeable. The course of nature is always changing. As it is with the times, so it is with the events of time. They are subject to vicissitudes; day and night, summer and winter; counter changed.

In heaven and hell it is not so, but on earth God set the one over against the other. The seasons have never ceased, nor shall cease, so long as the sun continues as such a steady measure of time and the moon such a faithful witness in heaven. This is God’s covenant of the day, and of the night, the stability of which is mentioned for the confirming of our faith with the covenant of a Messiah, descended from David, which is no less unchanging. (Jer 33:20-21)  We see God’s promises to the creatures made good, so we can trust that his promises to all believers shall be so.

Chapter 4

We’ve only just begun

Now God grants Noah and his family a great charter, a Magna Charta for this new kingdom of nature which was now to be erected and incorporated; the former charter having been forfeited and seized. The grants of this charter are kind and gracious. It is a  grant to lands of vast extent, and a promise of a great increase of men to occupy and enjoy them,. The first blessing is a renewed, “Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth.”  It was also a repeated grant, since the race of mankind was to begin again.

God sets the whole earth before them, and tells them it is all their own; while it remains.  Heaven belongs to God, but the earth He has given to mankind; for habitation. (Ps 115:16)  Though it was not a paradise, but a wilderness, it was far better than we deserved. Thank God, it wasn’t hell.

God gives them a blessing, by the force and virtue of which mankind should be both multiplied and perpetuated upon earth, so that in a little time all the habitable parts of the earth should be more or less inhabited. Although one generation should pass away, another generation should come.

While the world stands, the stream of the human race would be supplied with a constant succession, to run parallel with the current of time, till both should be delivered up together into the ocean of eternity. Although death would still reign, and God would still be known by his judgments,  the earth would never again be depopulated as it then was. (Acts 17:24-26)

God grants them power over the inferior creatures. “The fear and dread of you will be upon every wild animal, they have been handed over to you.”  This is a title given to mankind: Into  your hands they are delivered, for your use and benefit. You have a dominion over them.

This revives a former grant, only with this difference; that man in innocence ruled by love, and fallen man rules by fear. This grant remains in force, and so far we still reap the benefit of it. Those creatures which are any way useful to us are reclaimed, and we use them either for service or food, or both, as they are capable.

The horse and ox patiently submit to the bridle and yoke, and the sheep is dumb both before the shearer and the butcher, because the fear and dread of man are upon them. Those creatures that are any way hurtful to us are restrained, so that, though now and then man may be hurt by some of them, they do not combine together to rise up in rebellion against man, or else God could by these destroy the world as effectually as he did by a deluge, which is one of God’s sore judgments. (Eze 14:21)

What else but fear and dread could keep wolves out of our towns and lions out of our streets, and confine them to the wilderness? “Every living thing that moves will be food for you.”  Most believe, that man’s diet had been confined to only products of the earth, fruits, herbs, and roots, and all sorts of corn and milk; this was the first grant.

But the flood had washed away much of the virtue of the earth, and so rendered its fruits less pleasing and less nourishing. So God said to Noah “Only flesh with it’s life, which is it’s blood, you are not to eat.”  Here God  enlarged the grant, allowing man to eat flesh, which perhaps man himself had never thought of. But now God directs him to it.

Man is allowed to feed upon flesh, as freely and safely as upon the green herb. “And you people, be fruitful, multiply, swarm on the earth, and multiply on it.” God is a good master, and provides, not only that we may live, but that we may live comfortably in his service; not for necessity only, but for delight.

Every creature of God is good, and nothing received with thanksgiving needs to be rejected. (1 Tim 4:4)  This is one of several misused scriptures, that enable people to eat whatever THEY wish. Some foods have always been prohibited by God. In the garden, meat and fish were not allowed.

Some biblical teachers try to make the case (a mistake) that The Gospel canceled God’s laws about food, given to Moses. This is wrong for two reasons. First: God became angered enough to  destroy the earth. His command to Adam, (paraphrased) ”The ground is cursed, and you will eat from it, you will eat field plants, and bread from the sweat of your forehead”, was never directly canceled when Noah stepped into the new world.

Instead, God blessed man, giving him enough to eat, including animals, birds, and fish, so he could multiply. (Ge 9:2) Second: As humans repopulated the planet, they strayed further from Gods original dietary law. Rather than destroying all humans again, God chose a specific people, the Hebrews, and decided to make them His people, to teach them His laws through Moses.

The Hebrews were a miserable bunch, held in bondage by Egypt and awaiting deliverance. God used them as an example for all mankind. He re-taught them how to trust and believe in his word, Torah, by performing many miracles through Moses and his brother Aaron.

Torah contains God’s laws, and many are about clean and unclean foods. If you are a believer in Yeshua, then you’ve been grafted into the house of Israel. (Ezk 37: 15-23)  That makes you one of God’s Children  If you are one of God’s Children, then you are living under ALL of his commandments, including those related to food, while you are also a beneficiary of His covenant.

This is why studying Torah is so important!  Many wish bacon had never been invented. Then it would be easy to convert about 50% of the folks to kosher who now freak out at the idea. But it takes a change in your heart to truly accept Yeshua and begin living as God expects us to. For many, food has become just one of many idols, and a stumbling block, a seemingly insurmountable obstacle between doing whatever you want, or pleasing God.

Which brings us to the seven precepts of Noah, or the precepts of the sons of Noah, which was said to be observed by all nations. While pleasing God, these precepts would also help folks to just get along with each other. (Ps 19:8)

The first was against the worship of idols. Idols, like food, keep you focused away from God. The second was against blasphemy, and it required man to bless the name of God. There is no reason to swear in God’s name if your personal word is worth anything. And who else could bless besides God? The third was against murder. That speaks for itself. Remember where all that cursing the ground with blood came from?

The fourth was against incest and all uncleanness. This also speaks for itself, since a degenerated race had been eliminated. Clean and unclean are further explained within Torah (Leviticus). The fifth was against theft and rapine. Nothing disrupts the peace like violating women, stealing, or destroying property.

The sixth precept required the administration of justice. This is the main focus of God’s Torah. The seventh was against eating undercooked meat, or flesh with blood. God warned Noah that blood was the life in flesh. Until Torah was established through Noah, this was a set of laws which would create a just society.

Torah contains 613 commandments. The law of Moses sounds (to some) like a tremendous burden on mankind. They believe, and thank God that Yeshua eliminated these restraints against man’s appetite.

But Yeshua didn’t abolish the law. (Mt 5:17-20)  How many man made laws (federal,state,local) are you currently buried under?  What if there were only 613 laws for all mankind?  O.K., now disregard 221 of these that are only applicable to the Jews. Take away another 74 laws that are only for judges, agricultural matters, or for widows and widowers. Have you taken the vow of a Nazir? (Nu 6:1-7) If not, remove from your yoke another 8 laws. That leaves 310 laws for all humanity. Does that sound impossible to live with?

Today, the majority of Christians keep 201 of these laws. Remember, 10 are the original commandments. A minority of Christians keep 275. That means Christians already keep 69%-87% of Torah. So, what can we conclude God is preparing us for through His Law?  Could it be, to live peacefully in His Kingdom? Yes! Could it be, to live a way that brings Him glory? Yes!  Is it possible to live this way presently on this earth? Yes!

God spoke to Noah, “As for me,  I am herewith establishing  my covenant  with you, with your descendants after you, and with every living creature that is with you.”  God is graciously pleased to deal with man in the way of a covenant where He greatly magnifies his condescending favor, and greatly encourages man’s duty and obedience, as a reasonable and gainful service toward Him.

God’s covenants with man are of his own making. When God said, “Behold, I”, it was expressed  to raise our admiration, as in “Behold, and wonder”. So, even though God be high, he gives respect to man. To confirm our assurances of the validity of a covenant God says, “Behold and see, I make it”; expressing that He is faithful and able to make it good.

God’s covenants are established more firmly than the pillars of heaven or the foundations of the earth, and they cannot be annulled. God’s covenants are made with His chosen and their seed; the promise is to them and their children. Those may be taken into covenant with God, and receive the benefits of it, who yet are not capable of reciprocation, or giving their own consent.

This covenant is made with every living creature; every beast of the earth. The particular intention of this covenant was to secure the world from another deluge. There shall never be another flood. God had drowned the world once. It was still as filthy and provoking as ever, and God foresaw the wickedness of it, yet he promised he would never drown it again.

Now he deals with us individually, according to our sins. It is owing to God’s goodness and faithfulness, not to any reformation of the world, that it has not often been deluged, and that it is not deluged now.

As the old world was ruined, becoming a monument of justice, so this world remains to this day, a monument of mercy, according to the oath of God, that no flood like Noah’s would ever again cover the earth. (Isa 54:9) This promise of God keeps the sea and clouds in their decreed place, and sets them gates and bars, from which they may go no further. (Job 38:10-11)

If the sea should flow back and forth, as it does 4 times every day, but without breakers, what desolation that would make!  And how destructive would the clouds be, if such showers as we have sometimes seen were continued 40 days long! But God, by flowing seas and sweeping rains, shows what he could do in wrath; but, by preserving the earth from being deluged between both, shows what he can do in mercy and will do in truth.

We should give God praise for the glory of his mercy, his promising, and his truth. This promise does not hinder God from correcting, because He brings other wasting judgments upon mankind, even though he has, with this covenant, bound himself not to use that arrow any more. He has other arrows in his quiver, and reserves the right to use them.

God may still destroy particular places and countries by the inundation’s of the sea or rivers, but  the destruction of the world on the last day by fire will not be any breach of his promise. Sin which drowned the old world will burn this one.

Articles of agreement among men are usually sealed. Covenants may be the more solemn, and the performance of a covenant should be more sure, rewarding both parties with mutual satisfaction. God therefore, being more willing to show to the heirs of promise the immutability of his councils, has confirmed his covenant by an oath (Heb 6:17), which makes the foundations we build our trust on stand sure. (2 Tim 2:19)

The seal of this covenant was a natural one, when God made an oath to Noah saying, “Here is the sign of the covenant I am making between myself and you and every living creature with you, for all generations to come. I am putting my rainbow in the cloud.”  The seal of God’s oath was a rainbow, which was seen in the clouds before, but was never a seal of a covenant till now, and it was made so by a divine institution.

This seal is still manifested throughout the world each day, giving God reminders of  the promise for which it was designed to be the ratification. “Whenever I bring clouds over the earth, and the rainbow is seen in the cloud; I will remember my covenant.”The rainbow will be  in the cloud”; it shall be seen in the cloud, that the eye may affect the heart and confirm the faith; it shall be the token of the covenant, “so that when I look at it and I will remember the everlasting covenant,” my covenant, the everlasting covenant, that the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all living things”.

As if the Eternal Mind needed a memorandum! The rainbow appears when the clouds are most likely to wet, and returns after the rain. When we have most reason to fear the rain prevailing God shows this seal of His promise that rain shall not prevail. Thus God removes our fears, and reminds us to consider Him with an encouragement that is both suitable and seasonable.

The thicker the cloud the brighter the bow in the cloud. Therefore, as sufferings abound, our encouragement  overflows. (2 Co 1:5) The rainbow appears when one part of the sky is clear, which imitates mercy remembered within the midst of wrath; and the clouds are hemmed as if they were inside the rainbow, so they might not spread over the heavens.

The rainbow is colored water droplets, or the edges of a cloud encapsulated. A rainbow is made by refracted rays from the sun; water penetrated by photons, revealing the separate wave lengths of sunlight, or ROY G. BIV (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet) as I was taught in science class many moons back.

This provides the viewer on earth with all of the glory and significance where the seals of the covenant are derived from; I’m talking about Yeshua, the Son of righteousness! who is  described as having a rainbow encircle his throne, (Rev 4:3) and with a rainbow over his head. (Rev 10:1) A rainbow intimates, not only Yeshua’s majesty, but his mediator ship.

The rainbow has fiery colors in it, to signify that God will not again drown the world. When the mystery of God shall be finished, the world shall be consumed by fire.  A bow bespeaks terror, but this bow has neither string nor arrow, as the bow ordained against those who refuse to repent (Ps 7:12-13 ). A rainbow is directed upwards, not towards the earth; for the seals of the covenant were intended to comfort, not to terrify.  As God looks upon the bow, that he may remember the covenant, so should we, that we also may be ever mindful of the covenant, with faith and thankfulness.

The sons of Noah’s who went out from the Ark were Shem, Ham, and Yefet. it appears that Noah, after the flood, had no more children.  All the world came from these three. God, when he pleases, can make a little one become a thousand, and greatly increase the latter end of those whose beginning was small. Such is the power and efficacy of a divine blessing.

Noah, a farmer, was the first to plant a vineyard. The first business Noah applied himself to was that of a farmer, a man of the earth, a man dealing in the earth, that kept ground in his hand, and occupied it.  We are all naturally men of the earth, made of it, living on it, and hastening to it. And many men are sinfully so, addicted to earthly things.

Noah, a farmer, was the first to plant a vineyard.  Somehow, his calling led Noah to the trade of wine making. He became one some time after his departure out of the ark.  Noah returned to his old employment, from which he had been diverted by the building of the Ark. For a good while he had been a carpenter, but then he became a drunkard.

He drank so much of the wine that he got drunk and lay uncovered in his tent. He’d drank so much wine that he passed out.  Although Noah was a great and good man, an old man, and a man greatly favored by heaven and honored on earth, he didn’t live an idle life.  Noah loved making wine, and it showed.

Although God, by his providence, may take us away from our callings temporarily, when the occasion is over we should apply ourselves, with humility and industry to get back into them again, and remain in the condition in which we are called. (1 Co 7:24)

Noah’s  sin of drunkenness led to his shame. He’d planted a vineyard, and when he’d gathered his grapes, he most likely appointed a day of celebration and feasting for his family. Noah had his sons and their children with him, to rejoice with him over the excellence of his vintage.

We may suppose that he’d prefaced this feast with a sacrifice to the honor of God.Perhaps he appointed this feast with a design, to bless his sons, but at this feast he drank too much wine; for who plants a vineyard, and eats not of the fruit of it?  But he drank too liberally, more than his head would bear, so he became stinking drunk.

We can hope that he was never drunk before nor after. This could be the reason God created the hangover. But, it was his sin, and a great sin, so much the worse for its being so soon after a great deliverance; and God had left him to himself, as he did Hezekiah. (2 Chr 32:31)

Noah’s mistake remains upon record, to teach us that although it was said of Noah that he was a man righteous and wholehearted in his generations, this was meant in sincerity, not that he was sinless.  Sometimes those who, with watchfulness and resolution, have, by the grace of God, kept their integrity in the midst of temptation, have, through security, and carelessness, and neglect of the grace of God, been escorted into sin (by you know who), when the hour of temptation has been over.

Noah, who had kept sober in drunken company, was drunk in sober company. God provides us with many good creations, but we shouldn’t use them to excess. Yeshua’s disciples should take heed, keep an eye on yourselves, and don’t allow your hearts to become dulled by drunkenness. (Lk 21:34)

Ham, the father of Kena’an saw his father shamefully exposed,went out, and told his brothers. The consequence of Noah’s sin was shame. He was uncovered within his tent, made naked to his shame, as Adam was when he’d eaten forbidden fruit. Yet Adam searched for concealment; Noah is so destitute of thought and reason that he sought no covering.

This was a fruit of the vine that Noah didn’t think about.  There is great evil of the sin of drunkenness. It discovers men, opens pathways to sinful thoughts and actions, while allowing demons to enter the mind. These demons find a man’s weakness, and then betray him when he’s drunk. Whatever secrets these demons are entrusted with are then easily let loose.

Drunken guards keep open gates. It disgraces men, and exposes them to contempt. As it shows them, so it shames them. Men and women say and do that, when drunk, which when they are sober they would blush at the thought of. (Hab 2:15-16)

Ham, the father of Kena’an saw his father shamefully exposed, went out, and told his two brothers. To see it accidentally and involuntarily would not have been a crime; but, he pleased himself with the sight, as the Edomites looked upon the Judeans on the day of their destruction (Obadiah:12) pleased and insulting.

Perhaps Ham had sometimes been himself drunk, and scolded for it by his good father. Then, at the sight of his father exposed, he was  pleased to see him so overcome.  It is common and extremely ungodly for those who walk in false ways themselves to rejoice at the missteps they sometimes see others make.

But charity rejoices not in iniquity, nor can those that truly repent, be sorry for their own sins if they rejoice in the sins of others. Ham told his two brothers  in a scornful deriding manner, so that his father might seem vile to them. It is very wrong to make fun of sin, and to be puffed up by anything for which we should rather mourn. (1 Co 5:2)   To publish the faults of anyone, especially a parent, whom it is our duty to honor, is very wrong.

Noah was not only a good man, but had been a good father to Ham; and this was a most disingenuous requital to him for his tenderness. When Noah awoke from his wine, he knew what his youngest son had done to him.  He said, “ Cursed be Kena’an; he will be a servant of servants to his brothers.”  Ham is here called the father of the Kena’anites, which teaches that he who was himself a father should have been more respectful to him that was his father.

Shem and Yefet took a cloak , put it over both their shoulders, and, walking backward, went in and covered their naked father. Their faces were turned away, so that they did not see their father laying there shamefully exposed. Shem and Yefet take pious care to cover their poor father’s shame. They not only would not see it themselves, but provided that no one else might see it, hereby setting  an example of charity with reference to another man’s sin and shame.

There is a covering of love that should be thrown over the faults of others. (1 Pt 4:8)  Besides this, there is a covering of reverence that should be thrown over the faults of parents and other superiors.

The spirit of prophecy came upon Noah, and, like dying Jacob, he told his sons what shall befall them. He pronounced a curse on Kena’an the son of Ham, in whom Ham is himself cursed, either because this son of his was now more guilty than the rest, or because the posterity of this son was afterwards to be rooted out of their land, to make room for Israel. Moses recorded it for the encouragement of Israel during their wars with Kena’an.

Although the Kena’anites were a formidable people, they would eventually become an old, accursed people, doomed to ruin. The curse is: A servant of servants (that is, the meanest and most despicable servant) shall he be, even to his brothers. Those who by birth were his equals shall by conquest be his lords. This certainly points at the victories obtained by Israel over the Kena’anites, by which they were all either put to the sword or put under forced labor. (Jos 9:23, Jdg 1:28-30,33,35). And this happened about 800 years after Noah.

God often visits the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, especially when the children inherit the fathers’ wicked dispositions, imitate the fathers’ wicked practices, or if they hate God and do nothing to cut off the effects of the curse. (Dt 5:9)  Disgrace is justly put upon those that put disgrace upon others, especially those that dishonor and grieve their own parents. An undutiful child that mocks at his parents is not worthy to be called a son, but deserves to be made as if a hired servant, or a servant of servants among his brethren.

Though divine curses operate slowly, eventually, they will take effect. The Kena’anites were under a curse of slavery, and yet, for a great while, had the dominion. A family, a people, or a person, may lie under the curse of God, and yet may long prosper in the world, till the measure of their iniquity, like that of the Kena’anites, becomes full. Many are marked for ruin that are not yet ripe for ruin. Therefore, do not let your heart envy sinners.

Noah gives a blessing to Shem and Yefet.  He said, “Blessed be Adonai, the God of Shem, Kena’an will be his servant”. He blesses Shem, or rather blesses God for him, so that it entitles him to the greatest honor and happiness imaginable. He calls God the God of Shem; and happy, is that people whose God is THE GOD. (Ps 144:15) All blessings are included in this. This was the blessing granted to Abraham and his seed; the God of heaven was not ashamed to be called their God. (Heb 11:16)

Shem is sufficiently compensated for his respect to his father by this, that God himself puts this honor upon him, to be his God, which is a sufficient recompense for all our services and all our sufferings for his name.

Noah gives to God the glory of that good work which Shem performed, and, instead of blessing and praising him that was the instrument, he blesses and praises God that was the author. The glory of all that is at any time well done, by ourselves or others, must be humbly and thankfully transferred to God, who works all our good works in us and for us.

When we see man’s good works we should praise, not them, but our Father in Heaven. (Mt 5:16)  In this way, David, in effect, blessed Abigail, when he blessed God who sent her (1 Sa 25:32-33), for it is an honor and a favor to be employed for God and used by him in doing good.

Noah foresees and foretells that God’s gracious dealings with Shem and his family would be such as would evidence to all the world that he was the God of Shem, on which behalf thanksgivings would by many be rendered to him. Noah said, “Blessed be Adonai, the God of Shem”. This suggests that the Children of God should be built up and continued in the posterity of Shem, because, from him came the Hebrews, who were, for a great while, the only professing people God had in the world.

I think this reference is about Yeshua, who was and is the Lord God, that, in his human nature, would descend from the loins of Shem; from him, as concerning the flesh, Yeshua came. Yeshua, in human form, was a seed from the Hebrews.

Kena’an is particularly enslaved to the Hebrews; he shall be their servant.  Those that have The God for their God, rather than pagan idols, will have as much of the honor and power of this world as God sees fit for them.

Noah blesses Yefet, and from him, the tribes of the Gentiles, will be  populated from his seed. Noah said, ”May God enlarge Yefet; he will live in the tents of Shem, but Kena’an will be their servant.”  Some think this means that Yefet, because of his prosperity, would produce seed that became so numerous and so victorious that they would be masters of the tents of Shem, which was fulfilled when the Jews, the most eminent of Shem’s race, became tributaries to the Grecians first and afterwards to the Romans, both from Yefet’s seed.

But history tells us that outward prosperity is no infallible mark of  God’s true people, because the tents of Shem would not always be the tents of the conqueror.

I believe this blessing denotes the conversion of the Gentiles, and the welcoming of them into the Nation of Israel. If so, then we should read this, ‘God shall persuade Yefet, and then, being so persuaded, he shall dwell in the tents of Shem’.  That is, the Jews and the Gentiles shall be united together in one house. After many of the Gentiles have become Hebrews, or rather, have come out from under the yoke of sin, they shall become part of the Nation of Israel.

(Ephesians 2:14-15) metaphorically describes Yeshua breaking down different dividers within the orthodox synagogues that separated Jews from Gentiles, called m’chitzahs. These were either a five foot high stone partition that separated men from women, or a fence which separated the inner parts of the Temple, through which only Jews could enter from the court of the Gentiles.

Christians, made up of Gentiles, and Hebrews (you are a Hebrew if you’ve accepted Yeshua and cast off the yoke of sin), should work hard  together to incorporate  Jews who have accepted Yeshua (called Messianic Hebrews), into one flock; to create a single, new, Children of God humanity. This is part of the shalom Yeshua provides, by creating a union between Israel, the Jews, and believers.

Yefet has the blessing of the earth beneath. God will enlarge Yefet, his seed, and his border. Yefet’s prosperity peopled all Europe, a great part of Asia, and perhaps the Americas. God is to be acknowledged in all our enlargements. Yet, many today dwell in large tents that do not dwell in God’s tents, as Yefet did.

Shem has the blessing of heaven above. He shall (that is, God shall) dwell in the tents of Shem, that is “From his loins Yeshua shall come” his birthright to be divided between Shem and Yefet, Ham being utterly discarded. In the principality which they equally share Kena’an shall be servant to both.

The double portion is given to Yefet, whom God shall enlarge; but the priesthood is given to Shem, for God shall dwell in the tents of Shem. Certainly, we should be more happy if we have God dwelling in our tents than if we had there all the silver and gold in the world.

It is better to dwell in tents with God than in palaces without him. In Jerusalem, where is to be God’s tabernacle, there will be more satisfaction than in all the palaces of every King that ever lived. Both brothers will have dominion over Kena’an. When Yefet joins with Shem, Kena’an falls before them both. When strangers become friends, enemies become servants.

God prolonged the life of Noah; he lived for 350 years after the flood, to the crusty old age of 950; twenty more years than Adam and but nineteen less than Methuselah. His long life was a further reward for his single piety, and a great blessing to the world.  No doubt, he continued as a priest of the Most High God; with this advantage, that now all he preached to were his own children.  God put a period to his life at last. Though he lived long, he died, having probably first seen many that descended from him dead before him. Noah lived to see two worlds, but, being an heir of the righteousness which is by faith, when he died he went to see one better than either.

Amen Brother! Keep reading and studying!

That brings us to the end.

Coming Next:

The Tower of Bavel

The Tower of Bavel

Introduction

We have reached the end of what some would say is a mysterious period of prehistory.  For the next two chapters, Genesis 10-11, we will look into a prophetic end to a major section in this first book of the bible. Before we begin I think it would be beneficial for us to look at some genealogy. One comment I always hear is that reading the Old Testament is difficult because those ‘begats’ are confusing as they go on and on. But there is clearly a reason for these being included. I encourage everyone to study their meanings, because they provide wonderful knowledge and insight into God’s word.  Genealogy is a place to unlock many of the treasures written in scriptures. A great example is the ten generations from Adam to Noah.

Here are the names and their meaning in Hebrew:

  • Adam = Man
  • Seth = Appointed
  • Enosh = Mortal
  • Cainan = Sorrow
  • Mahalaleel = Blessed God
  • Jared = Shall come down
  • Enosh = Teaching
  • Methuselah = His death shall bring
  • Lamech = Despairing
  • Noah = Comfort or Rest

Now let’s put it all into one sentence:
Man has appointed mortal sorrow, but the blessed God shall come down teaching, and His death shall bring to the despairing comfort and rest.

Torah contains countless treasures just like this. Now we shall begin at Genesis 10. Here, the sons of Noah and their families begin to separate and repopulate the earth.

Chapter 1
We are the World – or – 2347 B.C.

The flood waters had receded so life on earth began to get back to normal. Normal meant that Noah’s sons and their families continued to live extraordinarily long lives, which was just one of God’s rewards to those who loved and obeyed Him. Josephus wrote that God allowed this greater life span in order for man to understand the movements of stars, which was called the Great Year. In my last study, the subject of God resetting the clock was mentioned. Movements of constellations take a very long time, and a life span of 600 plus years afforded astronomers the opportunity to note these movements for antiquity. As different constellations dominated the sky so came the different ages. Andrew Roth’s book Wheel of Stars is an excellent study into the history and circumstance of these events.

Now we come to the point in human history where Noah’s sons, Shem, Ham,and Yefet, each born one hundred years or more before the flood, along with their wives begin to over spread the whole earth. Genesis Chapter 10 begins with a genealogy starting with each son.  This is the only certain account of the origin of nations.  Yet, there is no other nation than the Jews who utilize the factual genealogy contained within this scripture to trace back their ancestry to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Here we see the birth of seventy nations. There are no other early records with which to discover knowledge of the lineal descent of the present inhabitants of the earth.  A history about the rest of the gentiles will first be presented.

The sons of Yefet were Gomer, Magog, Madai, Yavan, Tuval, Meshekh and Tiras. The sons of Gomer were Ashkenaz, Rifat, and Togarmah. The sons of Yavan were Elishah, Tarshish, Kittim and Dodanin.

The sons of Ham were Kish, Mitzrayim, Put and Kena’an. the sons of kush were S’va, Havilah, Savta, Ra’mah and Savt’kha. The sons of Ra’mah were Sh’va and D’dan.

Kush fathered Nimrod. Mitzrayim fathered Lud the Anamim, the L’havim, the Naftuchim, the Patrusim, the Kasluchim (from whom came the P’lishtim) and the Kaftorim.

Kena’an fathered Tzidon, his firstborn, Het, the Y’vusi, the Emori, the Girgashi, the Hivi, the Arki, , the Sini, the Arvadi, the Tz’mari and the Hamati.

Next, through genealogies preserved by the Jews, we can see the ancestors of the Messiah.

Children were also born to Shem, ancestor of all the descendants of Heber(the Hebrews) and older brother of Yefet. The sons of Shem were Elam, Ashur, Arpakhshad, Lud and Aram. The sons of Aram were ‘Utz, Hul, Geter, and Mash. Arpakhshad fathered Shelach, and Shelach fathered Heber.

To Heber (patriarch of the Hebrews) were born two sons. One was given the name Peleg (division), because during his lifetime the earth was divided.  As in divided up. This was Avram’s great-great-great grandfather.

His brothers name was Joctan. Joctan fathered Almondad, Shelef, Hatzr-Mavet, Yerach, Hadoram, Uzal,  Diklah, Oval, Avima’el, Sheva, Ofir, Havilah, and Yovav.

The first people descended from the mountains into the plains and began to create settlements there. This was a lead by example time for humanity since almost everyone was afraid the flood would return. The first place they settled was on the plain of Shinar.

God had commanded man to spread their colonies out and repopulate the earth. A great distance between each would lessen the chance for sedition among the people, while offering a better chance for all to enjoy the multiple fruits of the earth. Remember, this is what they were commanded to do.

Back to our story, now in Genesis 11.

The whole earth used the same language, the same words. It came about that as they  traveled from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and lived there.  This is where the resting of the Ark on a mountain in Turkey becomes questionable. Shinar is located due south and west of Mt. Ararat. If they came from the east, the people would not have ended up at Shinar. This suggests that the Ark is still out there waiting to be found.

The close of chapter 10 tells us these were the families of the sons of Noah, according to their generations, in their nations.  From these the nations of the earth were divided up after the flood. They were distinguished into several tribes or colonies. Their sections having grown too small for them, it was either appointed by Noah, or agreed upon by his sons, which way each several tribe or colony should steer its course, beginning with the countries that were next them, and designing to proceed further and further, and to remove to a greater distance from each other, as the increase of their populations would require.

This matter was settled until the time of Peleg’s birth. Then, the sons of men rebelled against God’s command and drew together from their distant places. They must have thought the more the merrier and the safer. Therefore they came together, and were against leaving to possess the lands which God had given them (Jos. 18:3).  They must have thought themselves wiser than either God or Noah.

Chapter 2
They did it their way

The whole earth used the same language, the same words.  Only Adam’s, was preserved through the flood, and continued after it. Now, while they all understood one another, they would be the more likely to love one another, and be more capable of helping one another, and the less inclinable to separate one from another.

They found a very convenient commodious place to settle in. It came about that as they traveled from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and lived there.  It was a spacious plain, able to contain them all, and a fruitful plain, able, according as their present numbers were, to support them all, though perhaps they had not considered what room there would be for them when their numbers would be increased.

Inviting accommodations, for the present, often prove too strong a temptation, resulting in the neglect of both duty and interest toward the needs of one’s future. These people decided to, not only, bind themselves to one another, to settle together in one body instead of seeking to enlarge their borders through a peaceful departure under God’s divine protection, but also to fortify their habitations, and, as those that were resolved to wage war with heaven, put themselves into a posture of defense.

They made a unanimous resolution. They  said to one another, “Come let’s make bricks and bake them in a fire.” So they had bricks for building-stone and clay for mortar. These bricks can still be found today. The composition of the bricks was perfect for building a large structure which would stand throughout time.

Then they said, “Come, let’s build ourselves a city with a tower that has its top reaching up into heaven, so that we can build a name for ourselves and not be scattered all over the earth.”   It is observable that the first builders of cities, both in the old world  and here in the new world, were not men of the best character and reputation. Tents served God’s subjects to dwell in, and cities were first built by those that were rebels against Him and revolters from Him.

By not separating and moving out into the world the people were rebelling against God. They excited and encouraged one another to set about this man made work. The people said, “Come, let us make brick”, and “Come, let us build ourselves a city”, so by mutual incitements they made one another more daring and resolute. Great things may be brought to pass when the undertakers are numerous and unanimous, and stir up one another. We should learn to provoke one another to love and to good works, as sinners stir up and encourage one another to do wicked works. (Ps. 122:1; Isa. 2:3,5; Jer. 50:5)

The country, being plain, yielded neither stone nor mortar, yet this did not discourage them from their undertaking. They made brick to use instead of stone, and slime or pitch instead of mortar. They were resolute in their purposes and willing to think creatively. If we were so zealously affected to do a good thing, we would never stop our work as often as we do, under the pretense that we want conveniences in order to complete it.

What a difference there is between man’s buildings and God’s; when men build their Bavel, brick and slime are their best materials; but, when God builds his Jerusalem, he lays even the foundations of it with sapphires, and all its walls with pleasant stones. (Isa. 54:11-12 ; Rev. 21:19)

Some think when they read this story that the people who built the city and tower were either childish or stupid. Nothing could be further from the truth. One thing that must be taken into consideration is the length of time man lived back then. Today, we spend the first twenty or more years of our lives in school, then another twenty or more years being productive. The remainder of our lives is spent in retirement or decline. Back then people lived for hundreds of years, becoming educated in many different subjects like math, engineering, astronomy, and agriculture. These people were not stupid; they were rebellious.

They aimed at three things in building this tower:

1. Let’s build ourselves: It was designed to be an affront to God himself; for they would build a tower whose top might reach to heaven, which bespeaks a defiance of God, or at least a rivalry with him. They would be like the Most High, or would come as near him as they could, not in holiness but in height. They forgot their place, and, scorning to creep on the earth, resolved to climb to heaven, not by the door or ladder, but some other way. They would build the most spectacular temple EVER!

2. So that we can make a name for ourselves: They hoped hereby to make themselves a name; they would do something to be talked of now, and to give posterity to know that there had been such men as they in the world. Rather than die and leave no memorandum behind them, they would leave this monument of their pride, and ambition, and folly. They would leave behind a great legacy of being great men who did great things. They would live in infamy as the greatest builders EVER!

Love of honor and having a name among men commonly comes from a strange love for great and difficult undertakings. It often betrays that which is evil and offensive to God. It is just with God to bury those names in the dust which are raised by sin. These Bavel-builders put themselves to a great deal of foolish expense to make themselves a name; but they could not gain even this point, for we do not find in any history the name of so much as one of these Bavel-builders, even though they engraved their names into the bricks.

3. They did it to prevent their dispersion:   and not be scattered all over the earth. It was done (says Josephus) in disobedience to God’s command to replenish the earth.  God ordered them to disperse, but “No,’’ they said, “we will not, we will live and die together.’’ In order to accomplish this, they engaged themselves and one another in this vast undertaking. That they might unite in one glorious empire, they resolved to build this city and tower, to be the metropolis of their kingdom and the center of their unity. They would become the greatest people EVER!

There is another reason. They were caught up into idolatry. God teaches us not to worship icons and man made gods. Bavel was a temple, but it was a place where ancients gathered to worship something other than God. It later became a great city and home to the Persian Empire. It was a city of the past, a city that fell and was conquered, but it never was destroyed. It is spoken about and referenced by the prophets, and also called mystery Babylon in the book of Revelation.

What would the ancients worship in Bavel? Mostly the stars. This was the beginning of astrology, where learned men began to believe they were capable of interpreting the movements of stars as a predictor of the future. These men would change the meaning of stars into the Zodiac figures. This was and is pagan, pure blaspheme against what God intended for the stars. From this period until the end times Babylon will be mentioned over and over by God’s prophets in scripture, as a warning to man about  competing and going against God.

Bavel fell, but it never was destroyed.  Babylon is an idiom used throughout the Bible to describe satan’s, or man’s capitol. It is the fountain of all idolatry. It exists to this day in Iraq. Atrophied over centuries, it is presently being rebuilt. Saddam Hussein was in the process of excavating several temples when the gulf war broke out. His palace is nearby. The remains of the tower can be seen by satellite photos.

The prophetic books of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel and Revelation foretell the future of the kingdom and great city. Babylon fell to the Persians, then to Alexander the Great in 75 AD. It is inhabited today, and prophesy says it will rise again to power. Babylon will become the center of world commerce. How this happens may become possible through the rise of Islam, the Roman Catholic Church, or both.  Eventually, because of idol worship and through God’s word condemning it, Babylon will be destroyed and made completely uninhabitable, it’s building materials never reused again, ending up like Sodom and Gomorra.

See if you notice the something very sinister and prophetic.

It is probable that the band of ambitious Nimrod were responsible for the original construction of the tower. Nimrod was the first powerful ruler on earth. He was a mighty hunter before God. His kingdom began with Bavel.  Nimrod was not content with the command of a particular colony. He aimed toward a universal monarchy, so, in order to, under pretense of uniting for their common good, he contrives to keep them in one body, that, having them all under his eye, he might not fail to have them under his power.

These sinners had a daring presumption, a bold opposition to God, along with a bold competition with God. It is God’s prerogative to be universal monarch, Lord of all, and King of kings.  The man that aims at this offers to step into the throne of God, who will not give his glory to another. The Antichrist will follow in Nimrod’s footsteps.

Adonai came down to see the city and the tower the people were building.  Now we begin to see the quashing of the project of the Bavel-builders, so that God’s counsel might stand in spite of them. God took cognizance  of the design.  It is an expression after the manner of men. He knew of it as clearly and fully as any man, and he came to take a look.

Adonai said, “Look, the people are united, they all have a single language, and see what they are starting to do! At this rate, nothing they set out to accomplish will be impossible for them!” Before he gave judgment upon their cause, he looked into it, because God is incontestably just and fair in all his proceedings against sin and sinners, and condemns none unheard. It appears to be condescension for God to even take notice of this building, which the undertakers were so proud of. But he humbles himself to behold the transactions, even the most considerable ones, of this earth. (Ps. 113:6)

This is the tower which the children of men built, which demonstrated their weakness and frailty as men. It was a very foolish thing for the children of men, worms of the earth, to defy Heaven, and to provoke the Lord to jealousy. God said, “At this rate nothing they set out to accomplish will be impossible for them!” Are they stronger than He?  This act displayed their sinfulness and obnoxiousness. These were the sons of Adam, whose children are by nature children of disobedience; children that are corrupters.

This sinfulness and obnoxiousness demonstrated their distinction from the Children of God, the professors of faith, from whom these daring builders had separated themselves and built this tower to support and perpetuate the separation. Not one pious man is found among this ungodly crew. The Children of God, and therefore their souls come not into this secret plan, nor did they unite themselves with this assembly of these children of men.

Adonai said, “Come, let’s go down and confuse their language, so that they won’t understand each other’s speech.” He did not come down merely as a spectator, but as a judge, as the king, to look upon these proud men, and abase them. (Job. 40:11-14)  He suffered them to proceed a good way in their enterprise before he put a stop to it, so that they might have time to repent, so that if they had any consideration left, they might become ashamed of it and stop the work.

If they had stopped, then their disappointment might be more shameful. Especially if every one who passed by laughed at them, saying, “These men began to build, and were not able to finish.” Then, the works of their hands, from which they promised themselves immortal honor, might turn to their perpetual reproach. God has wise and holy ends in permitting the enemies of his glory to carry on their impious projects a great way, and to prosper long in their enterprises. When they had, with much care and toil, made some considerable progress in their building, then God determined to break their measures and disperse them.

The righteousness of God appeared in the considerations He took.
Their oneness was a reason why they must be scattered:

1. If they continue as one, much of the earth will be left uninhabited.
2. The power of Nimrod would soon be capricious.
3. Wickedness and profaneness would again be insufferably rampant.
4. The weak would suffer from the strength of the powerful.
5. There would be an overbalance. The children of men, would eventually swallow up the little remnant of God’s Children.

Therefore it was decreed that they must not be one.

While the builders of Babel, though of different families, dispositions, and interests, were thus unanimous in opposing God, what a pity it is, and what a shame, that so called “believers” are so divided, as they are in serving God! Idolatry is and has always been an affront to Him. Any time we decide to do things our own way, especially when it comes to man made traditions, holidays, and festivals, we neglect His counsel, and are building our own Bavel. God does not accept man’s excuses, such as,  “Oh, come on, it’s for the kids!” or “That’s not what it means to me!” when it comes to disobeying Him.. So, it’s foolish to try to reason it out.

God saw that nothing would be restrained from them; and this is a reason why they must be crossed and thwarted in their design. God had tried, by his commands and admonitions, to bring them off from this project, but it was all in vain. Therefore He had to take another course of action with them. This demonstrates the sinfulness of sin, and the willfulness of sinners. Ever since Adam would not be restrained from the forbidden tree, his unsanctified seed have been impatient of restraint and ready to rebel against Him.

Remember, rebellion comes in many different degrees and forms. This is what necessitates God’s judgments upon earth; to keep the world in some order and to tie the hands of those that will not be checked by law. See Torah to avoid judgement.

“Come, let’s go down and confuse their language.” This was not spoken to the angels, as if God needed either their advice or their assistance, but God speaks it to himself, or the Father to the Son and Holy Spirit. The people said, Come, let us make brick, and Come, let us build a tower, agitating one another into the attempt, and now God says, “Come, let us confound their language.” If men stir up themselves to sin, God will stir up himself, putting on His clothing of vengeance. (Isa. 59:17-18)

But God also shows His mercy by moderating the penalty, and not making it perportionate to the offense.  He does not say, “Let us go down now in thunder and lightning, and consume those rebels in a moment’’ or, “Let the earth open, and swallow up them and their building, and let those go down quickly into hell who are climbing to heaven the wrong way.’’  No. He only goes down and scatters them. They deserved death, but are only banished or transported elsewhere.

The patience of God is very great towards a provoking world. Punishments are chiefly reserved for the future state. See Revelation. God’s judgments on sinners in this life, compared with those which are reserved for the day of judgement, are little more than restraints.

The wisdom of God, was that He stayed the proceedings, and only confounded their language. They would not understand each other’s speech, nor could they ever join hands when their tongues were divided. This would be a very proper method, both for ceasing construction  (for, if they could not understand one another, they could not help one another) and also for causing them to scatter (for, when they could not understand one another, they could not take pleasure in one another.)

God has various effective means to baffle and defeat the projects of proud men that set themselves against him, and particularly to divide them among themselves, either by sending a spirit of discord (Jdg. 9:23), or by confusing their speech, as David prayed for in (Ps. 55:9)  God made them know whose word should stand, his or theirs. (Jer. 44:28)  Notwithstanding their oneness and obstinacy, God was stronger and harder than they, and where they had dealt proudly, He was above them. For who ever hardened his heart against God and prospered?

Three things were done:

1. Their language was confounded. God made man, and taught him to speak. He put words into man’s mouth fit to express the conceptions of his mind. But now He caused these builders to forget their former language, and to speak and understand  new ones, which would be common to those of the same tribe or family, but not to others.  Those of one colony could converse together, but not with those of another. This was a great miracle, and a proof of the power which God has upon the minds and tongues of men.

This was a great judgment. Being deprived of the knowledge of the ancient and holy tongue, they had become incapable of communicating with each other as the Children of God, a language in which the knowledge of God was retained.  The loss of  the true language probably  contributed much to their loss of the knowledge of the true God.  We all suffer from it, to this day.

In all the inconveniences we endure by the diversity of languages, and all the pains and trouble we are at to learn the languages we have occasion to need, we smart from the rebellion of our ancestors at Bavel. Many of the worlds problems arise from our misunderstanding one another’s language and are owing to this confusion of tongues.
Many today profess a need for a universal language, which seems to be a first glance, a desirable endeavor. But it is a vain thing to attempt, because it is to strive against a divine sentence, by which the languages of the nations will be divided while the world stands.

We might lament the loss of the universal use of the Hebrew tongue, which from this time was the language of the Jews only, and continued so till their captivity in Babylon, where, even among them, it was exchanged for the Syrian.

But, as the confounding of tongues divided the children of men and scattered them abroad, so the gift of tongues, bestowed upon the apostles, contributed greatly to the gathering together of the children of God, who were scattered abroad, and the uniting of them in Yeshua, that with one mind and one voice they might glorify God. (Rom. 15:6)

2. Their building was stopped.  This was the effect of the confusion of their tongues; for it not only incapacitated them for helping one another, but probably struck such a damper upon their spirits that they could not proceed, since they saw, in this, the hand of God go out against them.  It is wisdom to cease that which we see God fights against. God is ale to blast and bring to naught all the devices and designs of Bavel-builders. He sits in heaven, and laughs at the counsels of the kings of the earth, against Him and His anointed, and God will force them to confess that there is no wisdom, discernment or counsel against Him. (Pro. 21:30 ; Isa. 8:9-10)

3. The builders were scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. They departed in companies, after their families, and after their tongues, to the several countries and places allotted to them in the division that had been made, which they knew before, but would not go to take possession of till now that they were forced to it.  The very thing which they feared came upon them. The dispersion which they sought to evade by an act of rebellion they by this act brought upon themselves. We are most likely to fall into that trouble which we seek to evade by indirect and sinful methods.

It was God’s work:

1. That YHWH scattered them.  God’s hand is to be acknowledged in all scattering providence. If the family be scattered, relations scattered, fellowships scattered, it is the Lord’s doing.  Although they were as firmly in league with one another as could be, the Lord scattered them. No man can keep together what God will put asunder.

2. God justly took vengeance on them for their oneness in that presumptuous attempt to build their tower. Shameful dispersions are the just punishment of sinful unions. Simeon and Levi, who had been brothers in iniquity, were divided by Jacob. (Ge. 49:5-7) The enemies of Israel fared no better. (Ps. 83:3-13)

3. They left behind them a perpetual memorandum of their reproach, in the name given to the place. It was renamed Babel, or confusion. Those that aim for a great name commonly come off with a bad name.  The children of men were now finally scattered, but Babel remained. Babylon remains as a testament about the consequences of going against God’s word, an indicator of  the prophesy about idol worship, and it awaits future glory, prominence, and utter destruction as the center of world trade.

Revelation 17 speaks of a Mystery Babylon, the great whore, a future center for all idolatry and world trade. It will be a city of kings, merchants, and those that trade by the sea. Zechariah 5 contains a prophesy about a wicked woman, a great whore, who is closed up within an eifah and carried by unclean birds to the plain of Shinar, where she establishes a house, a base from which this entire lesson about idolatry began.

Babylon will be finally destroyed (Jer. 50:33-51:58),  after which the Son of man shall sit upon the throne of his glory, and all nations shall be gathered before him.  (Mt. 25:31-32)

Chapter 3
Mankind is Disbursed

What follows next is a genealogy, not an endless genealogy, for here it ends in Avram, the friend of God, and leads further to Yeshua, the promised seed.

From Avram the genealogy of Yeshua is reckoned (Mt. 1:1-16), so that if you put Ge. 5, 11, and Mt. 1 together, you have the best, entire genealogy of Yeshua as can be produced.  And, laying these three genealogies together, we shall find that twice ten, and three times fourteen, generations or descents, passed between the first and second Adam, making it clear concerning Yeshua that he was not only the Son of Abraham, but the Son of man, and the seed of woman.

The record concerning those of this line includes their names and ages, along with historical accounts by such as Josephus as to where they settled.

The sons of Yefet inhabited the island of the nations. This would be the land and islands from Italy to Mesopotamia. It was the apostles who would bring the good news to the gentiles, descendents of Yefet.
The sons of Ham would become great nations inhabiting the land from north Africa to the Sinai, the land of the Kena’an, Edom, Amon, Mo’av, Syria and the surrounding area. Their kingdoms would pay the price when they stood in the way of God and Israel.

The sons of Shem settled from the Euphrates to the Indian Ocean. Elam was the father of the Elamites who lived in Persia. Ashur was the father of the Assyrians who lived in the city of Nieve. Aram was father of the Aramites who became the Syrians. Lud was father of the Ludites who live in the land of the Lydians.

Arphaxad was the father of the Arphaxidites who lived in the land called Chaldea. His son Sala gave birth to Heber and Peleg. Here’s where things get really interesting. Heber was the father of the Hebrews, with 13 sons born from his son Joctan. Avram came from Peleg (division), born by his great-great-great grandson Terah.

Terah lived seventy years and fathered Avram  along with two other sons, one named Haran, who died in the land of Ur and the other named Nahor. Before Haran died , he had a son named Lot and two daughters named Milcha and Sarai (Sarah). Maybe some of these names are sounding familiar?

During this time there was an observable gradual decrease in the years of men’s lives. Shem lived to 600 years, which fell short of the age of the patriarchs before the flood. The next three came short of 500. The next three did not reach to 300 years. After them we read that none attained up to 200, except Terah. Not many ages after Moses, most reckoned seventy, or eighty to be the oldest men would live.

When the earth began to be replenished, men’s lives began to shorten, so that the decrease is to be considered the wise disposal of God’s Providence, rather than to any decay of nature.  For the elect’s sake, men’s days are shortened. For the evil, it is well they are few, and attain not to the years of the lives of our fathers. Heber, from whom the Hebrews were denominated through Joctan, was the longest-lived of any that was born after the flood, which perhaps was the reward of his singular piety and strict adherence to the ways of God.

Coming Next
The Age of the Patriarchs
Chapter 1
The Dawning