Today’s selected reading continues in the Old Testament book of Genesis which was written by Moses the servant of the Lord. More specifically, today’s passage is found in chapters four through seven of this book of beginnings found at the beginning of the Old Testament. LIFE BEGINS TO BE BROUGHT FORTH IN THE EARTH! THESE CHAPTERS DESCRIBE THE CONCEIVING OF LIFE TO THE TAKING OF LIFE! MEN BEGAN LIVING, MEN BEGAN DYING! A TESTAMENT TO THE CURSE OF SIN! THE REALITY OF THE CURSE OF DEATH! LIFE WAS TAKEN THROUGH MURDER! LIFE ENDED NATURALLY! LIFE WAS DESTROYED BY GOD! LIFE TAKEN BY MAN, LIFE TAKEN BY GOD! When you come to this particular portion of scripture you will find the first three chapters of the book of genesis having been completed. As you come to the fourth chapter of the book of genesis you will find the six days of creation having been completed and the Lord not only resting on the seventh day from all the work which He had made, but you will also find the Lord blessing and sanctifying the seventh day for generations to come. The creation and formation of Adam from the dust of the earth and the Lord breathing the breath of life into his nostrils had already been completed, and the Lord has taken the man which He had formed and created from the dust of the ground outside the garden of Eden and places him in the midst of the garden to both dress and keep it. What’s more, is you will find the creation of woman from the side of Adam after the Lord caused a deep sleep to come upon him and used one of his ribs to form and create a woman who would be a helpmate for him. The naming of the animals which the Lord God would bring unto Adam in the garden was undoubtedly completed and Adam and Eve enjoyed unbroken and unhindered fellowship with the living God in the garden of Eden. In addition to all of this you will the Lord God plantings two specific trees within the garden of Eden—the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. After the planting of these two trees the Lord gave Adam a specific command concerning them that of all the trees in the garden they may freely eat, however, of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil they were not to eat lest they die and the curse of sin and death enter into the earth. Of course the language of the curse of sin and the curse of death was not spoken of, nor was it mentioned by the living God, we must understand that the command to not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil lest they die was given eh specifically to Adam who would have undoubtedly spoken that command to his wife Eve at some point in the garden. It can be deduced and determined that even was in fact aware of the command that was given concerning the tree of the knowledge of good and evil for when the Darlene came unto her tempting her concerning that which God had truly said, she responded by saying that of all the trees of the garden they may freely eat save the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for in the day they touch it they will surely die.
As I sit here this morning thinking about and considering Adam and Eve in the garden I can’t help but think about and consider the fact that although they were given unhindered and unbroken access and fellowship with the living God, that did not come without a command, a choice and boundaries. When we think about and speak about the concept of fellowship with the living God it is absolutely necessary and imperative that we recognize that while it is true fellowship with the living God is indeed possible, that fellowship does not come without a command, a choice, and in all reality, free will. Perhaps one of the greatest truths concerning fellowship with the living God is that at the very heart of it is free will. Study the entire context of scripture and you will quickly discover and uncover the tremendous reality that at the very heart of fellowship with the living God is free will and choice. Examine the lives of any Old Testament patriarch and saint of God and you will undoubtedly come face to face with the reality that at the very heart of their walking and fellowship with the living God is free will. Even if there was a command that was given and spoken unto them concerning their walking with and following Him—at the very heart and center of it all is free will and mans ability to choose whether or not they want to walk in fellowship and communion with the living God. Even when you come to the fifth chapter of the book of Genesis and begin reading about the generations you will find two accounts of men who walked with God. With that being said, we must understand and recognize that the decision Enoch and Noah made to walk with God was their own decision based on their own free will and their own choice. While it is true that we do in fact read of men walking with God—and even calling on the name of the Lord—we must understand that such a reality was the product of free will and choice, and it was never forced imposed upon anyone since the beginning of time. When we think about and consider the esport concerning Adam and Eve in the garden we must recognize and understand that although they were given the ability to walk with and enjoy fellowship with the living God, they still had the choice to do so. What’s more, is that with the freedom to walk with and fellowship with the living God there was still borders and boundaries, for they could freely touch and eat of any tree in the garden except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. It is absolutely incredible to think about the reality that when we think about the fade-in I’d Eden we must think about it in terms of free will and choice, for with every command of God comes the ability to freely choose to obey and heed His command or not. When we think and speak about the commands of God we must recognize and understand that with each and every command comes the ability to choose and distinguish between what is good and right and what is wrong.
I sit here this morning and I can’t help but think about and consider the tremendous reality that ever since the beginning of time the underlying and root issue within our hearts and lives has always been that of choice. Much like the Sven in the second installment of the Matrix when Neo came face to face with the architect he learned that the dilemma which Neo faced was that of choice. On the one hand he could walk through one door that would lead to the salvation of Zion, and on the other hand he could walk through the other door and save the life of the one he loved from certain death. What we find in this second installment is that he chose to walk through the door which led to the love of his life in orders that he might save her. While this is in fact a secular reference found within a movie it nonetheless underlines and underscores the incredible issue that what we have faced since the beginning of time has always been and continues to be that of choice. We have the choice between freely partaking of the fruit of every tree in the garden of Eden, or we can choose to disobey the command of the living God and partake of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good evil. Please don’t miss and lose sight of this tremendous reference, for to do so would be to miss and lose sight of an absolutely incredible truth concerning our lives in this generation. In fact, I would dare say that even when we come to the text which is found in the fourth chapter through the seventh chapter we will find that it ultimately comes down to choice and decision. It has always been and will always be about our decision and our choice to walk in communion and fellowship with the living God, or to reject that freedom and continue on with our own lives as we see fit. Adam and Eve were faced with the tremendous and incredible reality to choose between freely eating of the fruit of every tree in the garden of Eden and continuing to enjoy unbroken fellowship with the living God, or they could choose to disobey against that command and partake of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The same reality concerning choice is found in the decision Cain and Abel made to present their offerings and worship before and unto the living God. This concept and reality of choice continues during the generations of Seth when at that time men began to call upon the name of the Lord. This same decision if free will would continue in the days and generations of Enoch and Noah as both men made the decision to walk with and follow the living God. When we read of both men walking with God we must recognize and understand that this was not something that was forced upon them, nor was it something that was demanded and required of them. Their walking with God was a conscious and deliberate choice they made of their own accord and their own free will. Oh that we would recognize and understand this and that we would come to terms with the underlying reality that it all centers around choice. In order to help illustrate this point even further there are three distinct passages in scripture we must carefully consider—the words which Moses spoke concerning life and death, the words which Joshua spoke concerning choosing this day whom they will serve, and the words which Elijah spoke on top of mount Carmel when he asked how long they would half between two opinions. Consider if you will each of these references:
“If thou shalt harken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to keep His commandments and his statues which are written in this book of the Law, and if thou turn unto the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul. For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off. It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? But the word is very night unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it. See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; in that I command thee this day to love the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep His commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the Lord thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it. But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them; I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over the Jordan to go to possess it. I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: that thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that thou mayest obey His voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto Him: for He is thy life, and the length of that days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the Lord Sawyer unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give to them” (Deuteronomy 30:10-20).
“Now therefore, fear the Lord, and serve Him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers serve on the other side of the flood, and in the Egypt; and serve ye the Lord. And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:13-15).
“And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? If the Lord be God, follow Him: but if Baal, then follow him” (1 Kings 18:21).
It is quite clear from each of these passages and references that the underlying reality that has been at the very heart and center of man’s relationship with the living God has been that of choice and free will. Even as early as the garden man has had the choice whether to listen to and obey the voice of the living God and eat freely of that which He has provided, or men could rebel and disobey and choose to go against the command which the living God has spoken. Of course we know and understand from the account of the fall and temptation in the garden of Eden that both Adam and Eve made the decision and choice to hearten unto the voice of the serpent who had beguiled Eve, and partook of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. It’s worth noting that as soon as they partook of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil their eyes were opened and they realized they were naked. Immediately they made the conscious and deliberate decision to sew together fig leaves for themselves, and to hide themselves from the presence of the Lord. It’s amazing how one single choice has the ability to set in motion several other distinct choices that are either for our good, or for our hurt. What we find in each of the above mentioned references is a wonderful and powerful presentation of the truth that we can either make a decision for our good, or we can make a decision for our evil. By the time we come to the fourth chapter of the book of Genesis we begin to read about the multiplication of men upon the face of the earth as Adam knew his wife Eve and she gave birth and brought forth a child which they called Cain. Adam again knew his wife Eve and she conceived and brought forth a second son whom they named Abel. The fourth chapter of the book of Genesis begins with Adam and Eve bringing forth and conceiving new life in the earth, as Eve conceived and brought forth both Cain and Abel during those days. What’s so interesting about both Cain and Abel is that we learn that Abel was a keeper of the sheep, while Cain was a tiller of the ground. Moses goes on to write and record how it came to pass in the process of time that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord, and Abel his brother also brought of firstling of his flock and the of the fat thereof. Scripture records and recounts that the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering, but unto Cain and to his offering he had no respect. It’s absolutely necessary and imperative that we recognize and understand that what we have here with Cain and Abel bringing their own individual offerings unto the living God was a deliberate and conscious choice they made to do so. There is absolutely no indication that they were forced to bring offerings unto the Lord God, but rather they made the conscious and deliberate decision to bring offerings before and unto the Lord. What is so interesting and unique about that which we find in these four chapters is that within these four chapters we find the progression from the conception and bringing forth of life to life beginning to end upon the earth. You cannot read these four chapters and not encounter on the one hand the bringing forth of life, while on the other encountering the reality of life coming to an end within and upon the earth.
The more I think about and the more I consider the words which are found within these four chapters, the more I can’t help but encounter and come face to face with the reality that from the time of the births of Cain and Abel to the times of the days of Noah and the great flood there was this dichotomy that took place within and upon the earth during those days. In the fourth chapter we find it written and recorded how Adam knew his wife Eve on two separate occasions, and on both occasions she conceived and brought forth two sons—the first son which was Cain, and the second son which was Abel. If you come to the fifth chapter of the same book of Genesis you will find that Adam again knew his wife Eve and she gave birth to a son whose name was Seth, and it was during those days and generations when man began calling upon the name of the Lord. If you continue reading within the fifth chapter you will find that life continue to be conceived and brought forth in the earth as from the time of Seth unto the times of Noah fathers would interact with their wives who would conceive and bring forth sons within and upon the earth. The entire fifth chapter of the book of Genesis has at the very heart and center of it the conception and bringing forth of sons within and upon the earth. In fact, if you take the time to truly think about and consider the fifth chapter of the book of Genesis you will find that one generation after another generation would conceive and bring forth a son who would in turn bring forth another son. The entire fifth chapter of the book of Genesis could be summarized in the reality of the manifestation and bringing forth of sons into the earth, for there is account after account of sons being conceived and brought forth into the earth. Even Noah himself would know his wife who would conceive and bring forth three separate sons—Shem, Ham and Japheth. If we are going to truly understand that which is found within these chapters it is absolutely necessary and imperative that we understand that these chapters center upon the dichotomy between life and death, as well as the conception of sons and daughters. In all reality, I would dare say there is this secondary dichotomy that is found within these chapters, for in the fifth chapter we find the conception and bringing forth sons in the earth, while when we come to the sixth chapter we find a shift beginning to take place in the earth as during the days of Noah we find that when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, daughters were born unto them. If the fifth chapter was all about and centered upon the reality of sons being born and brought into the world, then the sixth chapter was about—at least at the beginning of the chapter—the conception and bringing forth of daughters into the earth. What’s more, is that it was the bringing forth of daughters into the earth that would begin to lead to the danger found in the days of Noah as the sons of God went in unto the daughters of men and lay with them, thus producing an offspring within and upon the earth that was neither authorized nor ordained by the living God. In fact, you will find and read that during the days of Noah there were giants in the earth, which were men of renown and the great warriors during those days.
As I sit here this morning thinking about and considering the words which are found within these four chapters I can’t help but think about the tremendous and incredible reality that during those days there was this tremendous dichotomy that existed between life which was conceived and brought forth upon the earth, as well as the impact and effect of the sin and transgression which was committed in the garden. In the third chapter we find Adam and Eve being driven forth from the garden, and access to the tree of life being guarded by a cherubim and a flaming sword which flashed every which way. When the third chapter of the book of Genesis draws to a close it does so—not with Adam and Eve dying, or even beginning to die, but rather their being driven eastward from the garden of Eden and prevented access from the tree of life. When the third chapter comes to a close we don’t immediately find Adam and Eve experiencing death, and in fact it isn’t until we come to the fourth chapter when we even begin reading about death taking place within and upon the earth. Even the death we read about in the fourth chapter was not natural death that would take place and occur as a result of the curse of sin and death which was now present within and upon the earth, but rather because Cain rose up against and slew his brother Abel. When Cain realized and recognized that his offering was not accepted by the living God—even after and even though the Lord gave Cain the opportunity to master the sin which was crouching at his door and be accepted by God—he made the decision to rise up against his brother and slaughter him in cold blood in the earth. Immediately following the death of Abel the Lord God spoke unto Cain and asked him where his brother Abel was—a question which Cain responded by asking whether or not he was in fact his brother’s keeper. The Lord—already knowing what had happened to Abel and what Cain had done—declared unto Cain that the blood of his brother Abel was crying out from the earth, and that the earth had received the blood of his brother Abel which he had shed because his offering was rejected and not received by the living God. Oh, it’s incredibly interesting to think about and consider the fact that when we begin reading about death manifesting in the earth, we don’t read about men dying after several years of living upon the earth, but rather we read of life being taken by another man as Cain rose up against his own brother. What’s more, is that it’s interesting to note that Abel’s death centered upon and centered around worship, and in all reality, this is at the very heart of countless deaths that have been committed within and upon the earth throughout history. If you study the history of mankind within and upon the earth you will find that man has risen up against others simply because of worship. Even more than this is the tremendous reality that when you read about all the executions and martyrdoms which are being committed in the earth by Boko Haram, by IS, and by other radical Islamic groups, you will find that the executions and deaths which they bring about in the earth center around worship, and their willingness to kill and put to death those who choose to worship the living God—regardless of whether they be Jews of Christians. If we are being truly honest with ourselves we must come face to face with the fact that many murders which are being committed in the earth today—particularly and especially in the Middle East and even within certain Asian countries—are done in the name of worship as men and women might even believe they are doing service to a false god whom they themselves worship.
That which we find in these four chapters is quite unique and astonishing when you think about it, for within the fourth chapter we find life beginning to end upon the earth—despite the fact that the life of Abel ended because his own brother rose up against him in the field and slaughtered him in cold blood. If you continue reading that which is found in the fifth chapter you will find that while life would continue to increase within and upon the earth, life would also end upon the earth. The entire fifth chapter centers upon the tremendous reality that on the one hand life would be brought forth upon the earth as sons would be born unto men, while on the other hand life would end upon the earth as fathers would begin to die. In fact, In the fifth verse of the fifth chapter you will read the following words: “And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died” (Genesis 5:5). Please don’t miss and please don’t lose sight of this tremendous truth and concept, for this language is found within and throughout the fifth chapter, as you read of fathers bringing forth sons into the earth, the fathers living a certain length of time after the birth of sons, and their total number of days being listed before their dying and going the way of the earth. Within the fifth chapter you will find three distinct realities which lie at the very heart of the entire chapter—the bringing forth of sons, the length of days which were spent upon the earth, and the death of fathers. The fifth chapter contains within it a tremendous amount of language which not only centers around life, but also centers around death, as while it was indeed true that life was brought forth within and upon the earth, it was also true that men began dying upon the earth. The entire fifth chapter centers upon the birth of sons, and the death of fathers. THE BIRTH OF SONS AND THE DEATH OF FATHERS! If you are truly going to understand that which is written and found within the fifth chapter of the book of Genesis you must recognize and understand that it centers around and centers upon the reality of sons being born and brought forth into the earth and fathers beginning to die and perish in the earth. Of course we know and understand that the death which we read about is and was a direct result of the curse which began to come upon the earth as a direct result of the sin and transgression which was committed within the garden of Eden by Adam and Eve. It’s quite interesting to think about and consider the fact that within the fifth chapter—not only do we find the fulfillment of the command of the Lord to be fruitful and multiplying, but we also find in direct juxtaposition with the fulfillment of that command death coming upon men as they would eventually die and begin going the way of the earth. It has been said that only two things in life are certain—death and taxes—and in the fifth chapter of the book of Genesis we find one of two distinct contents which are present within it is that of death as fathers would live after sons were born unto them, and they died after living a certain period of time after the birth of their sons. Oh how absolutely intriguing it is to think about and consider the fact that within and during those days there was an incredible dichotomy and juxtaposition between the bringing forth of life and death which would lay hold of and eventually consume the fathers after they would give birth to sons. The only difference and exception to this was Enoch who was a man who walked with God and was no more, for the Lord God took him. Enoch was one of only two men in all of Scripture who did not taste death—the other being Elijah—for both were taken by the living God. In the history of mankind there were and there have only been two men who have escaped death—at least for now—and those men are Enoch and Elijah.
It’s interesting and worth noting that when you come to the sixth chapter of the book of Genesis you notice a shift taking place in the earth as you no longer read about sons alone being born and brought into the earth, but you now begin reading about daughters being born and being brought forth into the earth. In the opening verse of the sixth chapter you read how during the days of Noah daughters were born unto men as they began to multiply upon the face of the earth. These daughters which were born unto men on the face of the earth were fair, and many were taken as wives by the sons of God who looked upon them with lust, with passion and with desire. It was as a direct result of this union of the sons of God with the daughters of men that caused the living God to declare: “My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years” (Genesis 6:3). It was during the days of Noah when—not only were daughters born unto men, and not only were giants present within and upon the earth, but the Lord also numbered the length of days of men upon the earth. In the fifth chapter of the book of Genesis you read of men living upwards of five hundred years or more, with Methusaleh living the longest, for he lived for more than nine hundred years. In the sixth chapter, we find the days of men being numbered to one-hundred and twenty, for the Lord declared that His spirit would not always strive with men. Within the sixth chapter of the book of Genesis you will find and read that it was during those days—during the days of Noah—that there were giants in the earth, and that after the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and bare children to them, those same children would become mighty men which were of old, and were men of renown. With that being said Moses goes on to write and record how during those days the living God looked upon the earth and 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. Furthermore, Moses writes that it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved Him at His heart. As a direct result of this grief and repentance within the heart of the Lord, He purposed within Himself that He would destroy man whom He had created upon the face of the earth—and not only man, but also beast, and every creeping thing, and the fowls of the air—for it repented the Lord that He made and created them. Oh, please pay close attention to and consider this reality, for during the days of Noah we begin to notice daughters being born unto men, those daughters being taken as wives of the sons of God, and sons being born unto them—sons who would become giants in the earth and mighty men of renown during those days. Please don’t miss and please lose sight of this, for it would be this reality that would set the stage for the great destruction which would be unleashed upon the face of the earth as the Lord would destroy all flesh from the face of the earth through a great flood that would cover and consume the earth.
It’s interesting to note and consider that within these chapters we seem to find these dichotomies and contrasts that take place within and upon the earth during these generations. In the fourth chapter we find the dichotomy and contrast of Abel who was a keeper of sheep and Cain who was a keeper of the ground. In the fourth chapter we find Abel bringing of the firstfruits of his flock and of the fat thereof, while Cain brought of the fruit and produce of the ground. There was this dichotomy that was found between the presentation of that which had been cursed by the living God and that which was brought forth by much sweat, toil and labor, and that which was brought forth out of a sincere and genuine heart before the Lord God Almighty. It would be this contrast between that offering and worship which was accepted and that which was not that we encounter the first death—and ultimately the first murder—within and upon the face of the earth. Moving forward to the fifth chapter you will find a secondary dichotomy within the earth as on the one hand you find life being brought forth within and upon the earth as men would multiply and begin filling the earth, while on the other hand you will find fathers drying after living a certain length of time after the birth of sons. The entire fifth chapter centers around and centers upon this dichotomy between the bringing forth of life upon the earth as men would begin to multiply, and the ending of life as fathers would eventually die and return to dust from which they were created. What’s more, is that in the fifth chapter the first death we read about is the death of Adam who was formed from the dust of the ground and had the breath of life breathed into his nostrils which caused him to become a living soul. What an incredible contrast is found within the fifth chapter, as there is this distinct and unique contrast between the bringing forth of sons and the death of the fathers who would bring forth those sons through union with their wives. As you come to the sixth chapter of the book of Genesis you will a secondary dichotomy and contrast as on the one hand you will find wickedness that was so pervasive within and upon the face of the earth as every imagination of the thoughts of the hearts of men was evil continually, yet how Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord because we was a just man who was perfect in his generations and walked with God. In fact, in verses nine through thirteen you find this contrast set forth in stunning array as Moses described in great detail the life of one man who walked with God and found favor in His sight and the tremendous corruption and wickedness which so filled and so permeated and saturated the earth. Consider if you will that which is found in the sixth chapter beginning with the ninth verse and continuing through to the thirteenth verse:
“But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth. The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth” (Genesis 6:8-13).
Within the sixth and seventh chapters—not only will you find this contrast between one man who walked with God and who found grace in the eyes of the Lord and the earth which was filled with violence and corrupt in the sight of the Lord, but you will also find a contrast between the preservation of life and the destruction of life. In the sixth and seventh chapters you will find the preservation of life as the Lord instructed Noah to build and ark—an ark in which Noah, his wife, his three sons, and their wives would enter in during the days of the great flood to escape the flood waters. What’s more, is that in the sixth and seventh chapters you will find the destruction of life as the Lord would cause the great fountains of the deep to be broken and opened up, as well as the windows of heaven to open and rain falling upon the earth for forty days and forty nights. That which we find in the sixth and seventh chapters of the book of Genesis are quite remarkable and astounding, for within these chapters we encounter and come face to face with the tremendous contrast between the preservation of life as Noah was instructed to enter into the ark with his wife, three sons, their three wives, and two of every kind of living thing which moved upon the earth, and the destruction of all flesh which was upon the face of the earth. The sixth and seventh chapters of the book of Genesis are chapters which describe the days of Noah which were filled with tremendous violence, wickedness, iniquity and corruption, and how the Lord repented for creating man upon the face of the earth. As a result of the great violence and wickedness that would fill the earth during the days of Noah, the Lord would destroy the earth and all flesh with a great flood in order to cleanse and purge the earth of the tremendous wickedness and violence that had completely saturated it. With that being said, it’s interesting to note that during those days there was a great work that was taking place in the earth, as there was a work which was being done beneath the waters. It’s worth noting that the flood waters served two distinct purposes during the days of Noah. On the one hand you find the flood waters bearing up the ark upon the face of the earth in order that Noah, his wife, his three sons, their wives, and the living creatures which were aboard the ship would be saved and spared. On the other hand you find beneath the waters a tremendous act of cleansing and purging that would take place as the Lord would destroy with and beneath the waters all the violence, all the corruption, all the wickedness, all the iniquity of men upon the face of the earth in order that he might cleanse and purge the earth of that which had corrupted it so thoroughly. If we are going to read the words which are found in these two chapters we must understand this great contrast between that one who walked with God and found grace in His sight, and those who would be destroyed by the waters of the great flood because of the corruption and violence that had so filled the earth. Oh that we would truly understand and recognize what is taking place within these chapters, and that we would encounter the great contrast between life and death, and the decision men have to choose between those two realities. It is true that it is appointed for every men to die and then to face judgment, however, we must recognize and understand that we are and have been given the choice between life and death to the degree and measure we choose to walk with God in faithful obedience, or choose to rebel against Him and walk in deliberate rebellion and transgression. The ultimate and underlying question is which will you choose and who will you this day choose to serve and worship in your own life?