DAY 3 of Bible in a Year: Genesis 6-9

Posted: January 4, 2012 in Uncategorized

It has been a long day and I am feeling under the weather so today’s reading post won’t be as long. Excited for the Winter Workshop this weekend as evangelist from all over the world will be flying here to LA to gear up for the New Year! I got a preview of the weekend’s festivities at our church staff meeting this morning and I believe the Holy Spirit is going to make a powerful move!

There is a lot to glean from the Flood account. Noah finds favor with God and it doesn’t take long to see why. He is obedient to the minute detail of God’s plan. It challenged me because I know I can compromise in certain areas that I don’t feel are as big of a deal. I had to ask myself, am I fully obedient to the word of God and promptings of the Holy Spirit? Do I have a walk with God that would cause our heavenly father to look down on me with favor?

One of the most intriguing parts to this story is 6:4-5. It tells of a group of people called the Nephilim. The KJV of the bible accurately translates this word “giants”.  The word “rephaim” could also be translated giants in the bible. Isaiah 26:14 teaches these giants have no resurrection. Who were they? The bible says the “sons of God” slept with the “daughters of men”. “Sons of God” is found in the bible five times and always refers to angels (see Job 1-2). Fallen angels slept with human women and produced an offspring of giants. Remember, angels usually take the form of humans throughout the bible. This explains where much of the mythology of ancient civilizations came from. I personally believe it was the Nephilim who helped build the ancient pyramids and were some of the “gods” these Egyptians worshiped. Only Giants of enormous size could lift such stones. These giants are found in Numbers and also try to stop the Israelites from entering thePromiseLand. In Numbers 14 the Israelites bring back enlarged fruit! Some believe these giants had the ability to genetically engineer. The book of Enoch (a non-inspired or non canonical book) speaks of these fallen angels teaching the people of Noah’s time how to make advanced weapons and violence.

The bible says Satan was a murderer from the beginning. Remember the prophecy of Genesis 3:15? That Satan’s offspring would war against the woman’s offspring? Could it be these giants are the offspring of Satan? The fallen angels would be Satan’s children just as non-disciples are Satan’s children (John 8). Their goal would be to mess up the line of the coming Messiah by infiltrating the daughters of men to mess up the seed-line. God would save Noah and protect the seed of the Messiah. David fought Goliath who was a giant/Nephilim as well. If you notice carefully in 2 Chronicles 20:6-8, David and his men kill off the last of the giants (Goliath’s brothers). The very next verse in 2 Chronicles 21:1 says, “Satan rose up against Israel and incited David…” The word Satan is used only 3 times in the Old Testament. It is significant that right after David kills “Satan’s offspring” he himself raises up against David.

There is much more I could say about this subject. I find it interesting the Nephilim were on the earth prior to the flood and after. Did one of Noah’s family members have the fallen angel seed in them? Did the giants somehow survive the flood (since they technically aren’t considered mankind- I’m doubtful this view)? This subject is very interesting to me. Most scholars put the flood around 2300 BC. Many ancient cultures have a similar world-wide flood story proving the Bible validity that this event did take place, not to mention all the sediment deposits found around the world.

PRACTICALS:

  • What areas are you not fully obedient in with God’s word?
  • Think about the ridicule Noah must have faced and the persecution he received. Do you still obey God’s word in the face of persecution? When what your doing doesn’t make sense to your family or friends?
  • 1 Peter 3:18-22 compares the Flood to our baptism. Every inclination of man is evil because of sin in the world but because of the flood of our baptism we can have a pure heart! Reflect on when God saved you!

I wasn’t able to take the time to write as much as I could on this powerful story so I would love to hear your thoughts on the Flood. Please pray that I feel better. God bless.

 

Comments
  1. Marley Depew says:

    Sin must be whipped out, purged from the disciple and from the fellowship. God’s plan was to destroy everything unrighteous so that the righteous could take its place. This is the same with us. God wants to make his covenant of peace with the righteous and entrust the world into their hands. Purge the sin.

    How does one hurt an omnipowerful God? By sin. “The LORD was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain.” Genesis 6:6 Noah was saved because he walked with God, he was also righteous and blameless. Noah’s task was to fill the world with righteous people. If we are righteous, God will help us. That was his covenant and he expects us to do it.

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