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Making a Name

When those living near Babylon wanted to make a name for themselves by building a tower that would reach unto heaven, their language was changed and the people were scattered (Genesis 11:1-9). When wicked Haman wanted to make a name for himself by killing all the Jews throughout the Persian Empire, he was hanged on the gallows he had prepared for another (Esther 3-7). When Judas desired to make a name for himself by selling Jesus for thirty pieces of silver, he went out and hanged himself (Matthew 26; 27:1-10).

 When God makes a name of someone, an Ark is built to save mankind and the animal kingdom, as with a man named Noah (Genesis 6-8). When God makes a name of someone, a nation is built that numbers the stars of heaven, as with Abraham (Genesis 15:1-6). When God makes a name of someone, a man and young woman become the earthly father and mother of Jesus, as were Joseph and Mary (Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38). When God makes a name of someone, a man intent on destroying God’s people becomes the greatest missionary to spread the Gospel message of Jesus Christ and the writer of the majority of the New Testament, as did the Apostle Paul (Acts 9:1-18). When God makes a name of someone it is life-changing for the entire world.

 

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It Shall Be Done

When God determined to destroy man from off the face of the earth because of their wickedness, He appointed Noah to build the ark to the saving of his family. Those who witnessed its years of construction scoffed at Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and his sons as they labored building such a structure as had never before been seen. When once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing,on a given day time finally ran out for the ungodly. God shut the door of the ark leaving those without no hope of safety or salvation (Genesis 6-7; I Peter 3:20).

The coming of a Savior had been anticipated since Adam and Eve’s sin in the Garden (Genesis 3:15). All throughout the Old Testament the prophets looked forward to His Coming. No one knew the day or the hour, “But when the fullness of time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman.” Unexpectedly, at the appointed time, the angel of the Lord appeared to the shepherds in the field announcing the birth of Jesus (Galatians 4:4; Luke 2).

Just as those who scoffed at Noah in building the ark and also the prophets who prophesied of the Coming Messiah, the inhabitants of Jerusalem scoffed at Jeremiah as he foretold the coming destruction of their city and captivity during the days of Nebuchadnezzar. Jeremiah suffered many injustices as the populace attempted to silence his words God gave him to warn them. Ezekiel records his prophesy concerning Jerusalem during Jeremiah’s imprisonment, “The word of the LORD came to me saying, “Son of man, behold, they of the house of Israel say, The vision that he seeth is for many days to come, and he prophesieth of the times that are far off. Therefore say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; There shall none of My words be prolonged any more, but the word which I have spoken shall be done, saith the Lord God,” (Ezekiel 12:26-28). At the appointed day Jerusalem was overthrown and its people taken captive to Babylon for seventy years (Jeremiah 36-39).

There are those today who scoff at our Lord’s Return “…saying, Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation,” (II Peter 3:3-4). Jesus told his disciples in Matthew 24 that His Coming Again would come in a day and an hour when no one would know. Suddenly, in a moment, in a twinkling of an eye, the trump will sound “and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air,” (Matthew 24:36; I Corinthians 15:51-53; I Thessalonians 4:13-17). The disciples were told at Jesus’ ascension back to Heaven after His Resurrection, “This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven,” (Acts 1:9-11).

“Therefore be ye also ready;

For in such an hour as ye think not

The Son of Man cometh.”

Matthew 24:44

GENESIS – Book of “Beginnings”

Key Verse:   Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”

Creation  –  Chapters 1-2

Adam & Eve  –  Chapters 2-3

Cain & Abel  –  Chapter 4

Noah  –  Chapters 6-10

Tower of Babel  –  Chapter 11

Abraham  –  Chapters 12-25

Jacob  –  Chapters 25-36

Joseph  –  Chapters 37-50

Chosen by God

God chose Adam to care for His Garden – Genesis 2:15

God chose Noah to build an ark – Genesis 6:13:14

God chose Abraham to father a nation – Genesis 15:5

God chose Moses to lead His people – Exodus 3:10

God chose David to kill a giant – 1 Samuel 17:32

God chose Isaiah to foretell the birth of Christ – Isaiah 7:14

God chose Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego to walk with Him in a fiery furnace – Daniel 3:24-26

God chose Daniel to share a den with lions – Daniel 6:22-23

God chose the Apostles to walk with Him – Matthew 10:1-4

God chose Paul to spread the Gospel to the Gentiles – Acts 9:11,15

God chose the Apostle John to write of future events – Revelation 1:1

God chose YOU to be His child“But as many as received Him [Jesus], to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His Name.” John 1:12

The Ark of Salvation

Noah preached to the population around him for 120 years as he built the Ark. The wickedness of man had reached the apex of God’s forbearance. His longsuffering with them was about to end. His offer of salvation had come to them through Noah’s preaching and they refused to surrender to God’s will, bowing the knee to Him, but instead turned their backs on Him continuing to live their lives in the lust of the flesh, in the lust of the eyes, and in the pride of their lives (I John 2:16). They wanted nothing to do with Noah and the One True God, thinking Noah was a crazy man crying wolf when it had never rained upon the earth since the creation of the world. Unbeknownst to them apart from Noah’s fervent admonition, the day of their salvation was about to pass them by with no hope of rescue (Genesis 6-7).

Noah’s ark is a picture of the safe haven that is found in Christ for all who languish in sin and need a Savior. Just as God called Noah to prepare an ark to the saving of His people, albeit only eight persons out of the whole population of the entire earth at that time, safety is found in Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection for our sin. Without Him and His forgiveness of our sin, we are like those who were outside Noah’s ark banging on the door to be let in when the heavens opened up from above pouring rain down upon them and the waters from the deep began to rise up from underground, quickly submerging all who breathed God’s breathe of life.

There is a limit to God’s tolerance of man’s sin when His judgment must fall, for He is the Righteous Judge of all mankind. It is because of His great mercy towards us we are not consumed long before the gavel of His judgment falls (Lamentations 3:22). His provision of His Son to be the propitiation (payment) for our sin is what keeps us from drowning outside the ark of His salvation offered to us through Christ (Romans 3:23-26).

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Begotten Son,

that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish,

but have everlasting life.”

John 3:16

Deliverance

Throughout Scripture God always delivered His Children before His wrath fell upon mankind. Paul wrote in his first letter to the believers in the church at Thessalonica in Greece, “God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,” (5:9). God’s wrath fell at least three times in the early years of recorded history that reveals the truth of Paul’s writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

Noah had found grace in the eyes of the Lord but those living around him had not. In Genesis 6:5 it is written, “God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” The following verses tell of how it repented the LORD that He had made man on the earth and how He determined to destroy man from off the face of the earth. He had given them over 1,500 years to repent and they had not. The cup of His wrath was full and it was going to fall full force upon the earth. Noah and his family were provided an Ark to escape God’s wrath and survive the devastation that was to come.

Lot had moved to the choicest land available when he and Abraham separated, pitching his tent toward Sodom. It was not long before Lot moved his family into Sodom and they became members of the community. When Lot became “vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked” (II Peter 2:7), God sent His angels to rescue Lot, his wife and their two daughters from the city before His destruction fell upon the city and all the cities of the plain in the form of fire and brimstone because of their great wickedness, except Zoar where Lot and his two daughters fled when his wife turned into a pillar of salt (Genesis 18-19).

The plagues of Egypt during the days of Moses fell only on the Egyptians, sparing the Children of Israel who were being held in bondage and denied permission of the Pharaoh “To let My people go.” On the night the death angel passed over Egypt, all of the firstborn of the Children of Israel escaped death while there was “a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as there was not like it, nor shall be like it any more… for there was not a house where there was not one dead” in the Egyptian households (Exodus 5-12).

Before God’s judgment falls on the world He always removes and secures His Children from His wrath that is to come. Before the seven years of great tribulation in the Book of Revelation, God promises to remove those who are His Children, those who have believed and trusted in His Son as their Savior from their sins, and usher them safely into Heaven through the clouds (I Thessalonians 4:13-18; 5:1-11). Just as He “saved Noah… a preacher of righteousness” (II Peter 2:5), “delivered just Lot” (II Peter 2:7), and “did bring the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt” (Exodus 12:51), He will take His Children out of this world before His wrath falls again for the last time because of the wickedness of man who continue to gnash their teeth at God, refusing to bow the knee to Him (Luke 13:27-28).

Back to Babel

It was only a mere 100 years since Noah and his family had stepped off the Ark after the worldwide Flood and were commanded by God to replenish the earth, that their descendants took upon themselves the building of the Tower of Babel in the land of Shinar in present-day Iraq. God, knowing the wickedness of their hearts (Jeremiah 17:9) and the future consequences of their endeavor, brought an end to their mischievous deed by confusing their language, thereby ending the work they had collectively begun for their own glory (Genesis 11).

Just as it didn’t take long for Adam and Eve to sin against God in the Garden of Eden after their creation, Noah’s descendants fell into disregarding God’s commands by becoming arrogant and wanting to make a name for themselves apart from God by building a tower that would reach unto heaven. Their disobedience also included a desire not to be scattered upon the face of the earth in defiance of God’s plan for man to inhabit the whole earth.

In today’s world there are those working tirelessly to take mankind back to Babel. They desire to put the entire population of the earth under a one-world government, controlled by a one-world leader, with a one-world economy. In reading Scripture we see the results of such a plan when man goes against God’s commands, as in the building of the Tower, but we also read such a plan will come to fruition in the end times with the coming of an Antichrist who will attempt to “cause all to receive a mark in their right hand or in their foreheads; and that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark” (Revelation 13). But once again God will step in and not allow Satan to have the victory. Jesus will come with His Heavenly armies and put down the rebellion of those who rise up against Him, defy His very existence and that of His chosen people (Revelation 17, 19). He will put all things under His feet. Satan’s head will be crushed and only Christ’s heel will have ever been bruised (Genesis 3:15). O Victory in Jesus!