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Genesis 5:1-7:24 Knock, Knock
In Chapter 5, you can skip through the genealogy though you might want to note Methuselah since he was the first and only oldest man who ever lived. He lived to be 969 years old (v. 27). That’s a lot of candles. Adam only lived to be 930 years in comparison.
Of note is Enoch (v. 21-24). He lived to be 365 years old. But for those of you who may not believe in the Rapture, he is an example of someone who already was raptured. Verse 24 says that he “walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.” That is what rapturists believe will happen to the entire church and that it could happen at any time (cf. 1 Thes. 4:16, 17). E-noch, noch. Who’s there? Nobody. He got raptured.
Enoch was the father of Methuselah who was the father of Lamech who was Noah’s dad. That’s right, Enoch was great grandfather. Noah was 500 years old before he had kids, Shem (not of Three-Stooges fame), Ham (no rye), and Japheth (v. 32).
In Chapter 6, there’s an interesting story about some really bad angels and some women. “Sons of god” is a phrase that sometimes refers to angels (cf. Job 1:6; 2:1; 38:7). They may have sinned with human women and be punished by being thrown in a pit (2 Peter 2:4; Jude 6). Hey, it’s possible. No one has any better ideas!
It’s possible they had children known as the Nephilim. God was not happy with the human race at this time and gave them 120 years to clean things up (v. 2, cf. LB). Only Noah found favor with God at this time (later Moses would find favor, cf. Exod. 33:17, possibly Abraham, Gen. 18:3).
Noah was to build a huge boat and collect two of every living thing to put in it (v. 19). God was going to destroy all mankind except for Noah’s family (v. 17).
We move on to the one and only worldwide Flood.
In Chapter 7, God promised to send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights (v. 4). After Noah had turned six hundred, the flood rains began (v. 6). He and his family entered the ark with all the animals and the Lord Himself shut the door (vv. 13-16). After it had rained for forty days and forty nights, the water continued to cover the earth for 150 days (v. 24).
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Matthew 3:7-4:11 Bonding
Usually when you meet someone for the first time, it’s best to “bond” with them somehow by asking what their favorite team is or telling a joke. But JB called the Pharisees a “brood of vipers” and asked them who tipped them off to abscond before the wrath of God hit them in the pants. He told them to repent and change their theology (v. 8) and quit appealing to Abraham as their father (v. 9). God had already decided to bring judgment (“the axe is already laid at the root of the trees,” v. 10).
JB said that he was going to baptize so that people could show their change of mind toward God but Jesus was going to come to baptize in the power of the Holy Spirit to join believers to the body of the Church (v. 11). He is going to come in judgment as well (v. 12).
Jesus asked JB to baptize him but JB didn’t want to do it. Jesus persuaded him saying that He had to do it to fulfill everything a man should do (v. 15). So JB relented and baptized Him. When He was coming up from the water, JB could see the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove sitting on Jesus’ head and heard a voice coming out of Heaven saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased,” vv. 16-17).
After His baptism, Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit to be tempted by the devil (Matt. 4:1). Jesus didn’t eat for forty days or nights and, of course, was a bit hungry (v. 2). Satan tempted Him by telling Him He should change the nearby stones into bread and eat them (v. 3). Jesus quoted Deuteronomy 8:2 to say that He couldn’t act on His own authority apart from God and do what He wanted (v. 4). The point of the temptations was for the devil to try to get Jesus to rebel against God, that is, sin, and therefore not be suitable as a Savior for mankind. The temptations were real (Heb. 4:15) but Jesus did not succumb (2 Cor. 5:21).
The first temptation corresponded to the “lust of the flesh” (cf. yesterday’s blog The Big Scam and 1 John 2:1-16). The second temptation, to act presumptuously and throw Himself off the roof of the Temple to show that angels would protect Him (v. 6), would be a misuse of the Scripture Satan quoted (Ps. 91:11-12). Yes, Satan can use Scripture against God’s people. If Jesus had knuckled under, He would have exhibited “the lust of the eyes” (1 John 2:16b).
Jesus quoted Deuteronomy 6:16 (“You shall not put the Lord your God to the test”) to indicate He could not act apart from God’s will. We can also quote Scripture to Satan to thwart His advances. In Ephesians 6:17b, we are told that the Word of God acts as the “sword of the Spirit.”
Finally, Satan took Jesus to a high mountain to show Him all the kingdoms and tempt Him to worship him in exchange for all the world. Jesus quoted Deut. 6:13and 10:20 (“You shall not put the Lord your God to the test”) to cause him to flee. Angels came and ministered to Him (v. 11b).