Saturday, September 6, 2014

Why God considered Noah perfect and saved him from the flood.

Last week we touched briefly about where our God has relegated the demons (fallen angels who fornicated with the daughters of men) to until the Day of Judgment. From certain passages it looked like these demonic beings were imprisoned under the River Euphrates—you know, that real estate where much of the world’s problems seem to arise from these days? Check the map.

Also, below are the passages:

“And angels who did not keep their own domain, but abandoned their proper abode, He has kept in eternal bonds under darkness for the judgment of the great day. Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.” Jude 1:6-7

Revelation 9:14 saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Loose the four angels who are bound in the great river Euphrates.”

And again in another verse:

2 Peter 2:4 ESV /
For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment;

If you haven’t read my first two blogs about why these angels who committed sexual perversity are fallen angels, you can read the article here and here (in that order), but briefly, amidst other bible verses, a strong indication that the sons of God were angels can be found in Job:

Job 2:1 ESV
Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them to present himself before the Lord.

And this reference to sons of God was used in Genesis 6:

 2the sons of God saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose. 3Then the Lord said, “My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, 

Let’s look at one more word closely—the word  ”perfect.” (just because I can be pedantic and like to believe that every word chosen in the Bible was for a purpose—otherwise why would one jot or one tittle matter to God if we took even one word in the Bible out, right?)
Noah (according to Young’s literal translation) was described as “perfect.”

Young's Literal Translation
These are births of Noah: Noah is a righteous man; perfect he hath been among his generations; with God hath Noah walked habitually.

“Perfect in his generations”—“perfect”-in Hebrew here is—tamim—unblemished—used for lambs without blemish. Noah and his family were of a pure human race. They were the unblemished race.
What does that signify to you—that Noah was from an unblemished race? I like the Young's version because the version calls itself “Literal”--it’s literal and therefore, not “tainted” by human “understanding” or “nuances.” (Although, granted, being "literal" the Young's Literal translation is harder to read.)

Perhaps not all the humans in the time of Noah were products of demonic and human union—after all Noah and his family members were not, which means that their parents were not either—but the other humans on the earth even if they were not a product of the demonic union were dabbling with sexual demonic activities—maybe they were having extra marital affairs or fornication with demons. (I am just conjecturing here, since God saw that only Noah and his family was from an unblemished race.)  

Hence, it appears that, every intent of their (even the 100% humans who were not a product of demonic union) hearts were wicked. At least that was what God saw, and I believe the Lord was able to see what we humans cannot, right? He saw the intent all of their hearts. All except for Noah and his seven family members, and one other person—Methuselah. Perhaps you already know this –that Methuselah’s name according to Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names translates into When He Is Dead It Shall Be Sent.

The question is what is the “it” in the sentence? The flood? A careful calculation of Methusaleh’s age (969 years old) will seem to point to this, since he died either the year the flood came—shortly before the flood came—or the year before the flood. (I could write a whole other blog, or two on this!)

So it seems that God destroyed the earth because of the perverse sexual acts and that generation’s intent to do perverse acts. Later, in Sodom and Gomorrah the Lord destroyed the two cities again due to sexual perversity.

Going back to the Hollywood Noah story, which was highly fictional, there were no “innocent” by standers and “not guilty” party who would have wanted to get on the ark but couldn’t. Eighty years Noah took to build the ark. There must have been people who saw him and his three sons working on it. Noah was called a preacher which indicates that Noah was probably still preaching to them—perhaps even days before the first drops of rain came down. But none repented. None wanted to believe that a flood would cover the earth. None wanted to turn from their wicked way.

So God wiped away the sins with the flood and started another race---Noah and his sons—Shem, Ham and Japeth.

From which we were all born, brothers and sisters, descendants of Noah. 

But the question that arise is--are there any more Nephilim roaming the earth--at least descendants of the Nephilim. God commanded the Israelites to rid the land of these descendants--in the form of the Philistines, the Anakim and a host of others. Yet, the Israelites didn't carry out the task awarded to them.So what happens now? Makes for a great fiction, right? My new book in the making... perhaps.

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