Aspire to Walk with God
December 16, 2007
The official history of the human race, especially of the
line of promise!
ten patriarchs are sketched - basically they were born, grew to
manhood, married wives, begat children and then died.
In only two instances does the scripture deviate to tell us
of the piety of Enoch and his different mode of departure
from this earth and of Noah, whose birth is depicted as
a happy occasion in a time of SOCIAL DEGENERACY
and RELIGIOUS DECLENSION that led to the world
being overwhelmed and destroyed by the FLOOD!
They both were witnesses against the wickedness of the
age and ministered in times of great apostasy - Enoch
prophesied of the coming of the Lord - Jude 14 and Noah
was a preacher of righteousness to the men of
his generation - II Pet. 2:5
Of these two, it is said that they walked with God in a
rapidly degenerating age. As a child Enoch influenced me -
my plea to God in the gap on the way to school, "I want
to walk with you as Enoch walked - home place - the gap
and home place now obliterated by the
Somerset-Pulaski County Airport - and the irony of
the later call to "stand in the gap" - Ezek. 22:30 - at
Oak Hill Church - making a commitment in 1966 to
try to do this - in retrospect - the gap was the attack on
the Judaeo-Christian value system in the public schools!
The Bible tells us that David served his generation -
Acts 13:36 and I should think that that is all our duty -
to serve God in our generation - He in His great wisdom
has placed us in the time and place He has chosen -
I have often and erroneously said that I would have been
better off being a century earlier - that I would have fit in
much better and with less conflict - but who knows? Our
personality goes with us where ever we go
punishment man is viewed in his relations to the God of
redemption and grace.
It is a great thing to be born, but a greater to be born again!
To be in God's world is a great blessing but to be a part of His
eternal kingdom is much greater! To be of Adam's line by
nature is a questionable honor but to be of Adam's line by
grace is unquestionable glory.
These ten people believed in God and His promise of the
Seed of the woman who would redeem them - perhaps not
all had the same tenacity but they all had the same reality -
they clung to the promise of God!
Remember - "without faith it is impossible to please Him"
vs. 1-2 - the dignity of man's nature -"in the likeness of God"
vs. 3-5 - Adam lived 930 years - this longevity the result of
the original immortality with which man was endowed
and which is now being frayed away by the inroads of sin.
"and he died" - the words that reoccur at the close of each
biography of each patriarch proves the dominion of death
as an immutable law - Adam's obituary announced the
fulfillment of the physical aspect of the death sentence that
was pronounced on him in ch . 3:19 and assuring all
humanity that "the wages of sin is death" - Rom. 6:23a
vs. 6-31 - ditto except for Enoch who "was not for God
took him" -
Heb. 11:5 - "By faith Enoch was translated that he should
not see death; and was not found, because God had
translated him: for before his translation he had
this testimony, that he pleased God"
Heb. 11:6 - like those whom God will translate at the coming
of Jesus! - I Cor. 15:52, I Thess. 4:16-17
v. 22 - "and Enoch walked with God" - to walk after God
portrays a life of elevated piety, a perpetual effort
of holy obedience, a maintenance of a personal
and daily relationship with God and His Christ!
It was not an intermittent and fluctuating walk, but
steadfast and persevering. Note - Enoch's piety flourished in
Too often men, are like the teaching of Christ in Matthew 13:22
where the "care of this world and the deceitfulness of riches"
makes it less important to walk with God than to be admired
Jude tells us in verses 14-15 that Enoch's life was
active and aggressive towards the evil times in which
Those who are like Enoch in life will not be very different
from him in their end - the peace and triumph of a good
man's end is little short of translation.
Psalm 37:37 - "Mark the perfect man, and behold the
upright: for the end of that man is peace!"
v. 24 - "for God took him" - the same word is used in
the translation of Elijah in II Kings 2
v. 25 - "Methuselah" - the shortest life was followed
by the longest - Methuselah is proverbial - old
as Methuselah, I have heard all my life.
"When he dies it shall be sent" - the year Methuselah
died the Flood came - since he lived longer than any
other human being it is evidence that "God is long
suffering to usward, not willing that any should perish,
but all should come to repentance" - II Peter 3:9
vs. 1-2 - "sons of God....daughters of men"
Either humans with humans or angels with humans?
If angels, Satan was desiring reinforcements for the
coming battle against the hosts of heaven and desiring
to corrupt mankind before the promised Seed could
accomplish Satan's defeat - trying to utilize the
power of procreation to work out their own ends.
The Spirit World by Clarence Larkin - in our library.
Jude 6 & 7 speaks of comparing angels with men of
Sodom going after "strange flesh "
"saw the daughters of men that they were fair" -
regard to this alone - instead of looking for the
spiritual nature in women as in I Peter 3:3-4 -
they had an eye only to the pleasure of sense.
"they took them wives of all whom they chose" -
a general state of profligacy which made
indiscriminate sexual unions quite commonplace,
characteristic careless attitudes -
at least they bothered to get married - today the
rebellion against God in modern society - people
don't bother - I notice they still give children names
after the father as if they were legitimate - no
different than the attitude in the Proverbs of
eating a piece of bread and wiping off the mouth
as if nothing happened or as getting a drink of water?
This, no doubt, was a part of the cause of God to
resolve to destroy the people from the earth - vs. 5,7, 11
How as a Christian do you react to this? there is a fine
line between condoning such action and being overly harsh.
The evil indicated is simply that of promiscuous marriages
without regard to spiritual character.
v. 3 - "My Spirit shall not always strive with man"
v. 4 - an outbreak of abnormality and wickedness that
can only by explained by a demonically super-
natural cause - something akin to demon possession -
indwelling the bodies of humans - compare today
and the rise of demonic characteristics in the
drug culture today which also is obsessed with sex.
Apparently God no longer allowed them to roam the
earth as at the first but pent them up in prison - II Pet. 2:4
Consider: I Tim 4:1-4, Eph. 6:12
Spiritism, witchcraft, and other forms of occult beliefs and
practices - even Satanism itself, are captivating the minds
and bodies of multitudes today, especially among young people.
The goal seems to be to gain direct Satanic control
over the minds and bodies of hosts of human beings
before Christ returns.
Demons can control only those whose minds and
hearts are in rebellion against God - the angels did
not take all the women - only "all which they chose"
v. 5 - "And God saw that the wickedness of man was
great in the earth" - a loud noise, to rage, hence
to be wicked - it was no slight iniquity but wide
spread and firmly rooted - not only in the world
but pervading it!
Materialism, ungodliness, violence and wickedness -
the breakdown of the wall of separation between
believers and unbelievers.
"every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was
only evil continually" - it sounds like one gigantic
modern sit-com or a vulgar continual Hollywood
production to me.
The heart is the seat of the affections and emotions
of the mind and then, as now, apparently, "the people
love to have it so" - Jer. 5:31
"evil continually" - every day - total depravity!?
Hence the withdrawal of God's Spirit - there was no use in
further restraint or reproof - they were "past feeling" - Eph. 4:19
The striving of God's Spirit comes to an end, not because
God's willingness to help ends but because human nature
sinks beyond the possibility of help. Man becomes incorrigible.
Man became no different than the animals - he was exclusively
dominated by the flesh - no longer concerned with God - only
with his fleshly appetites, just as animals - compare the sad
scripture in II Peter 2:12
God said "the end of all flesh is come before me" - 6:13
"all flesh died" - 7:21
There is good reason to believe that these present times
are those that will immediately precede the return of
the Lord Jesus Christ!
v. 6 - "And it repented the Lord that He had made man
on the earth and it grieved Him at His heart"
To grieve, to groan, to lament - a touching indication that
God did not hate man
Man had been told to fill the earth with people but he
filled it with violence instead?
v.7 - Divine Resolve - I have often commented that modern
man does not have the resolve to do anything about the
sad, sinful state in which we find ourselves but GOD DOES
v. 8 - "But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord"
The first time in Scripture the word grace appears - the
gratuitous favor of God to sinful men! What a wonderful
word is grace!
Only a life of close communion with God will prevent one
from being overcome by the wickedness of the age!
v. 9 - "Noah walked with God" - although surrounded by
the filth of the age - he was distinguished from his
contemporaries in that he was of pure descent and
they the offspring of mixed marriages - godly with
the ungodly and you know who usually wins out.
"a just man and perfect in his generations" - no doubt
he was tempted and ridiculed - he preached a hundred
years, yet with no converts but his immediate family -
Satan had managed to corrupt the whole world but the
man whom he most wanted to destroy, Noah, was under
the invulnerable protection of God!
v. 11 - "earth....corrupt before God and....filled with
violence" - the special sins were licentiousness
and lawlessness - openly, flagrantly and
Matt. 24:22 - "except those days be shortened there
should be no flesh saved"
Those who begin by breaking the laws of God are
not likely to end by keeping those of man!
It is vain to expect mercy from those who will not do justice.
v. 12 - "And God looked upon the earth" - Ps. 11:4, Heb. 4:13
"behold, it was corrupt" - a sharp contrast from the good
state in which it was made.
The word corrupt in the Hebrew is often translated
"destroy" - compare Rev. 11:18 (Contemplate the possiblity
of people living today are they "which destroy the earth" and
it is not "Global Warming" after all!)
"all flesh had corrupted his way" - destroyed, wrecked,
ruined, wholly subverted and overthrown his way - the
entire plan and course of life in all its ethical and
religious aspects as designed by God!
v. 13 - "And God said, the end of all flesh is come before
me.....behold, I will destroy them"
vs. 14-21 - God's commission to Noah to build the ark.
The Plan of Salvation, like the ark - was to be according
to God's specifications with no additions nor subtractions -
we are only to obey!
"pitch" - a covering - a regular word for atonement -
"pitch it within and without" - daub it real good!
A perfect covering for the ark - just like the blood of
Jesus Christ - a perfect covering for your soul, my soul!
There was only one door to the ark - there is only one
door to the Kingdom of Heaven - Jesus Christ - God's
only Son - John 10
v. 17 - "And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters
upon the earth" -
"I, even I" - "I am that I am" - who are we to deny the
v. 22- Noah did all that God commanded him -
here, ch. 7:5,9,16
Also, it is said that God spoke to Noah - 6:13, 7:1, 8:15,
It had never rained before - Heb. 11:7 - Noah, "warned
of God of things not seen as yet.... prepared an ark to the
saving of his house" - he was "moved with fear" so
much for fear not being a deterrent!
The people had ample warning - they ignored God's warning
to their peril - Matt. 24:39 - the word is cataclysm
v. 1 - "Come thou and all thy house into the ark"-
"Come" - not "go" for God was in the ark with
vs. 4-5 - "For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain
upon the earth forty days and forty nights"
Only a sixth of the time given to the men of Nineveh,
"yet forty days and Nineveh shall be overthrown" - yet
not seven days are promised in the gospel call - no one
knows the day - it will come as a thief in the night!
Noah was given time to complete his last minute things
and the world one more opportunity to repent.
"and Noah did according to all that the Lord commanded"
Hebrews 11:7 tells us that Noah "moved with fear" - for a
world best described as "There is no fear of God before
their eyes" - Romans 3:18 - so much for minimizing the role of fear by the secularists of today - unless they repent they too will
perish - this time by fire - not by a flood!
vs. 8-9 - orderly entrance of the animals into the ark -
nothing short of Divine power could have effected
such a timely and orderly entrance into the ark.
v. 11 - a careful statement which marks the exact day,
month and year of the Flood - rain for forty days
plus the breaking up of subterranean reservoirs.
The entire system was a marvelous heat engine consisting
of reservoirs, valves, governors, and conduits - the details
of its design were not revealed but it was and is an ideal
machine hydraulically and thermodynamically - when
the time came for the destruction of the world all that
was required was to bring the "two deeps" together
again, as at the beginning they had been separated -ch. 1:7
vs. 13-14 - "In the selfsame day" - a phrase intended to
convey the idea of the utmost precision of time -
entered Noah, his family, and the animals and fowl.
v. 16 - "And the Lord shut him in" - Notice the difference
between being shut in and "shut out" - all the rest
of mankind and all animals and living things - they
couldn't deal with the mass of water - "water, water
everywhere" - same will be at the end except fire,
This shutting in was a final assurance to the occupants
that they were in the will of God and under His protection.
v. 19 - notice the waters covered "all the high hills" -
v. 20 - "the mountains were covered"
v. 21 - "all flesh died"
v. 23 - "And every living substance was destroyed" -
literally - "wiped out"
Yet the world today, arrogantly continues to ask the
question - "Where is the promise of His coming, for all
things continue as they were from the beginning?"
"But the day of the Lord WILL COME as a thief in the
night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a
great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent
heat, the earth also and the works therein shall be
burned up" - II Peter 3:4,10
And you and I can do nothing to prevent it - Deut. 32:39
Jesus Christ is the heaven-provided ark of salvation for
a lost world! WE NEED HIM DESPARATELY!
Few things connected with the Flood are more impressive
and paralyzing to the mind than the suddenness of surprise
with which it sprang upon the wicked generation that for
120 years had been disbelieving its reality and ridiculing
the preaching of the gospel!
The way Christ termed it was "and knew not until the
flood came and took them all away" - Matt. 24:39a
Note: God promised Noah that his family would be
saved (ch. 6:18) long before they voluntarily
chose to enter the Ark (7:7), but choose they
did when the time arrived.
This reminds me of that emphatic passage - "They
people shall be willing in the day of thy power"
Note: the earth was cleansed of its corruption by water.
next time it will be purified with fire!