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top The Glorious Eternity Of God, Part 2  Wednesday, February 21, 2018 



By, James L. Thornton

This is the second part of THE GLORIOUS ETERNITY OF GOD in which we are gleaning nuggets from the first eleven chapters of the Book of Genesis.

We closed out the first part with the birth of Cain & Abel and Eve’s expectations of them being the fulfillment of the promise of her seed bringing deliverance from the consequences of her sin and a return to her former state of bliss. It turned out her hopefulness was wrong.


1. The Sacrifices Of Cain And Able

2. The Word Sin Enters The Bible Story

3. The Murder Of Able

4. The Curse Of Cain

5. Cain's Degenerate Generation

6. A New Generation Promotes God's Principals

7. Walking With God

8. Noah's Faith Exemplified By Working For God

9. Noah & His Family Invited To Come Into The Ark

10. Overcoming Our Fears In The Midst Of The Storm

11. Noah Builds An Altar & Offers Sacrifice As Gratitude To God

12. God Gives Noah Two Commandments For Men To Live By

13. God's Compassion For Our Failures

14. Ham's Sin

15. Noah Placed A Curse On His Grandson Because Of Ham's Sin

16. The Tower Of Babal

17. When God Visits Earth

18. The Generation Of Shem, Ancestor Of Abram

19. The Greatness & The Integrity Of Job

20. Satan Appearing Before God

21. Satan, By Slander, Obtains Permission To Test Job

22. Satan, Again Before God, Obtains Permission To Afflict Job

23. Job's Heart Is Transformed

24. Truth From A Transformed Heart, An Humbled Heart


The Bible summed up the occupations of Cain and Able in the statement that “Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.” Honorable occupations.


Genesis 4:3. “And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.

4. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:

5. But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.”

This section opens with  Cain and Able are bringing an offering to God to an appointed place to worship. All this would indicate that they are doing it by revelation from God, possibly a precedent was set by God himself in remembrance of the animal which was slain by God Himself to cover Adam and Eve. The main clause in the verses is “And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect.” We could ask, “Why did God not accept Cain’s offering?”

Someone may say, “I don’t see anything wrong in the thing Cain did.” “Cain brought of the fruit of the ground.” There is nothing wrong with the fruit. Don’t think that he brought the leftovers—his attitude is not that of giving old clothes to the mission.

I think that the fruit he brought would have won the blue ribbon in any county or state fair in the country. He brought the best of his beautiful, delicious fruit, and he brought it as an offering to the Lord. The difference between Cain and Abel’s offering was in the obedience to what God had set as acceptable.

We must remember when we are doing business with God; we must always do it on His terms. Cain was like many people today who think that any form or type of worship is acceptable as long as the person is sincere. God, in some manner, had let them know which sacrifice He had accepted. Possible God himself lit the fire which consumed Abel’s sacrifice as He did on several occasions. (Genesis 15:17; Judges 6:21; 1 Kings 18:38)

When Cain saw that his sacrifice was not consumed, or accepted, “his countenance fell.” This was an indication that he realized that God had not accepted his offering. Offering still makes a difference in our worship of God today. (Romans 12:1)

Regardless of how energetic and busy  we are in Christian service, regardless of how loving and thoughtful we are in personal relationships, regardless of how gifted or respected we are by others, the root of bitterness will so defile our lives that it is wasted in God’s sight with no eternal value and therefore no hope of eternal reward.


Genesis 4:5. “And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.

6. And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? 7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door.”

When God rejected Cain’s offering, he was “wroth” (angry). The scroll and frown on his face showed his feelings towards God, angry that the labor of his own hands was not enough to please God, angry that God would not lower His standards for him. The root of bitterness had begun to take root. God was looking on the two brothers when they brought their offerings and he was quick to respond to Cain’s anger.

We notice when God reprimanded him he held out the offer of another chance with the words, “If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door.” This is the first time this awful word, “sin,” enters the Bible, but falls on almost every page afterwards.

Sin begins in the heart and mind of man. A few thousand years after the fall of Adam, the writer James looks back on the failures of the human race and sums them up, “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. (James 1:14-15)

The fact that Cain knew right from wrong was made clear, as well as the warning that if he refused to do what he knew to be right the sinful attitude would begin to dictate his life. The real problem in his life was not his brother nor the sacrifice but the attitude lurking within him.

Let us face our own attitude. What sin is lurking at the door within your heart? Is it pride, un-forgiveness, revenge, anger, jealousy, lust, lies, selfishness, bitterness? You must master it. You must get control of it by confessing it to God, asking Him to cleanse you and release you from its power through the blood of Jesus Christ. If you do not, it will rise up to dominate your life.


One day the hatred that had been lurking at the door of Cain’s heart rose up and took control of his life because he did not take heed to the Creator’s warning.

Genesis 4:8. “And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.”

The Bible does not record the last conversation between Cain and Able. Maybe Able, as they walked and talked, was trying to reconcile the bitterness he could feel in Cain toward him. Maybe Cain responded with harsh words, thinking he had the right to be angry and bitter, and lost control of himself and smashed his brother with a rock.

Many people have the same attitude and believe they have the right to feel resentful and bitter because life has been so unfair and unjust. We seem to be afraid that if we forgive and reconcile with those who have wronged, or mistreated us that somehow they will “get away with it.” Cain’s life testifies that seeking revenge by withholding forgiveness wont work. You have the power to hurt the other person, but in the end you will destroy yourself.

What a shock it must have been, even to Cain in his anger. To struggle with his own flesh and blood, to smash the life from his younger brother, to see the still and crumpled form on the ground at his feet, lying in a growing pool of blood—surely it must have caused him to want to fall down on his keens and cry out to God, “What Have I Done?” “God Help Me.” “I’m sorry.” “Sin mastered me just as you said it would, but I don’t want to be enslaved by it, Oh God, help me, forgive me, and show me what to do to get right with you.”

But Cain didn’t react with any evidence of regret of repentance at all. He went from bad to worse. He went from bitterness rooted in resentment to bitterness that grew into rebellion, climaxed with murder.

In our pleasure-seeking, anything goes, feel-good society, guilt is abhorred. We run from it through frantic activity, drown it in alcohol, drug it with mind altering drugs, escape it through entertainment, blame it on someone else, suppress it, but it keeps coming back.

The only thing that can “wash away” our sin and guilt before God is the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ. We must go to Jesus for cleansing. What a difference there would have been in Cain’s life if only he had sought a place of forgiveness.


The Bible is so true when it says, “Your sin will find you out.” (Numbers 32:23)

Genesis 4:9. “And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper?

10. And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground.

11. And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand;

12. When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.

16. And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD..”

We do not know how long it was before God came to Cain and confronted him with his awful deed. Was it minutes, hours, or days, or weeks of misery such as King David described when he cried out, “When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer.” It was a year before God sent Nathan to him and confronted his sin with Bathsheba. David knew the agony of rebellion against God.

Whenever it was, sometime after the murder, God approached Cain and asked him, “Where is thy brother?” God knew where Able was. He wanted Cain to tell Him where he was. He wanted Cain to confess his sin, but like King David, in his rebellious condition, Cain resisted.

If you and I resist confessing our sin when God brings it up to us through our own Bible reading, our spouse, a friend, or a Pastor, or just our conscience, we harden our heart. And a hardened heart is an impenetrable barrier in our relationship with God, our enjoyment of His blessings, our emotional and spiritual security and our eternal reward. A hardened heart is the seat of a miserable life.

Cain was accountable to his Creator for his actions whether or not he acknowledged it or not. The Judge (God) rendered the verdict: “And now art thou cursed from the earth…” Cain lost his peace. He lost real meaning to his life. He lost inner security and contentment, his satisfaction and sense of fulfillment. The ground would no longer produce for him, forcing him to wander from place to place seeking peace. As he wandered, frightened, his conscience would constantly remind him of his guilt.


Cain’s sin, left to take its own natural course, intensified with each generation until the entire civilization of the world in his day was ravaged by it.

Genesis 4:16. “And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.

17. And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch.”

Life without God can be attractive. It can involve lots of money, successful business ventures, exciting travel, and pleasurable entertainment. Cain’s world evidently had all these things.

Superficially, he led an interesting life. He married and had children whose descendants were progressive and aggressive. They built cities, raised cattle, produced music, and generally did some amazing things (Genesis 4:16-24). Sounds like our own generation. Does life apart from God look attractive to you? Could it be that the attractiveness of such a lifestyle is blinding you to its reality?

As we look closer at Cain’s generation, we see in his activities the restlessness that characterizes someone on the run from God. “He builded a city.” Cain’s civilization was a time of booming construction.

Everywhere you go in the world today someone is building something. Someone who recently visited China told me that everywhere he looked, in every direction he could see building cranes some reaching ¼ of a mile in the sky. Someone told him that ½ of all building cranes in the world were in use in China.

A few years ago Las Vegas, Nevada went through an unprecedented building boom. Cities are growing in every direction. Our own city has been rated as one of the fifteen “boom towns” in the United States. Roads, airports, streets, shopping malls, schools, office complexes, auditorium expansion, civic centers, sports arenas, are all being built.

The majority of people in the world are living lives that are not right with God, and they get busier and busier, running faster and faster without realizing the real need in this world is not more buildings but reconciliation with God.

Cain’s civilization was marked not only by construction but by the corruption of all moral values that would provoke the judgment of God. “And GOD 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” (Genesis 6:5).


God has never left himself without witnesses even in the most darkened age.

Genesis 4:25. “And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.

26. And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD.”

 When it seemed that the light of God’s glory would go out during Cain’s civilization, God gave Adam and Eve another son through which the light would be passed from generation to generation unto the end of time.

 Cain’s civilization provoked the judgment of God and was washed away in the flood. All the culture all the plans and progress, all the construction, had no eternal value in God’s sight. Jesus warned us that it would be like that at His Second Coming. “For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” (Matthew 24:38-39)

 Cain’s civilization was washed away without a stone of it left. The only trace of it is found in the Bible. God did not even record the years of their lives (Genesis 4:16-24). On the other hand the genealogy of Genesis 5 reminds me of a relay race in which the baton is passed from runner to runner. In the race of life, the baton is the truth that leads to peace and eternal life. Each generation receives the baton from the previous generation, runs the race to best of its ability, then passes the baton smoothly and securely to the next generation.

In contrast to the society surrounding them, the ten men listed in Genesis 5 stood out like giants in the land. In the midst of ungodliness, they were godly. In the midst of wickedness, they were good. In the midst of rebellion, they were righteousness, In the midst of bitterness, they were blessed. In the midst of those running from God, they walked with God. In the midst of a wasted world, they lived lives that were worthy of eternal honor. From those who had preceded them, they received the “baton of truth which leads to faith in God. They ran their race with diligence and perseverance, and then they relayed the truth on to the next generation.


Enoch walked with God every day, one day at a time, 365 days a year, for 300 years.

Genesis 5:22. And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:

23. And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: 

24. And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.

After the birth of his first son, Methuselah, Enoch made the choice of walking with God. Maybe Enoch felt the awful responsibility of raising children (he also had other sons and daughters) in the midst of a corrupt world, so he shared his burden with God by a daily walk with Him.

He had received the “baton” of faith from his father, Jared, and took seriously his duty of parenting in order to pass “the faith” on to the next generation, a lesson that every parent needs to follow. When your children see your daily walk with God it will become a permanent lesson for them.

In order to walk with someone there are two basic rules to follow when you walk or you cannot walk together. One is that each must walk at the same pace. The other, each must walk in the same direction. The same two rules apply when walking with God. To walk with God Enoch had to walk at the same pace; this meant a moment by moment obedience to God’s Word.

Disobedience, neglect, or ignorance of God’s Word would cause him to get out of step. And he had to walk in the same direction God was walking, which would mean a moment by moment surrender to God’s will.

Enoch couldn’t go off in a direction of his own. He had to stop insisting on his own way, or he would find himself off in a direction of his own. Enoch must have discovered that God doesn’t adjust His pace for anyone. Enoch had to adjust his pace and direction to God’s if he wanted to walk with Him. Surely Enoch, with all his family duties, must have been stressed-out at times but he still took time to walk with God.

 Think of the blessing those walks were to God. Since Adam and Eve had been banished from the Garden of Eden, God had longed for a human companion to share walks with. In Enoch, God found that one. Enoch loved walking and talking with God and the walks got longer and longer until one day he walked all the way home with God. What A Walk! Let us begin daily walks with God.


We have to get up in the morning and read the newspaper or watch the morning news to see what happened during the night, but God sees it as it is happening, and be sure He is taking notes and names of those involved in all the wickedness.

Genesis 6:5. “And GOD 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.

8. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD

Hebrews 11: 7.By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.”

The righteousness of Noah, who, in obedience to God, built an ark in which his family was saved from the flood, and preserved the human race from being exterminated. God saw the wickedness of Noah’s generation and “it grieved Him at His heart” to the point that He “repented (regretted) that He had made man.”

Think what would have happened if Noah had been too busy to work for God? Or too tired? Or too apathetic? Without his work you and I wouldn’t be here today. His work for God was of eminent proportion. Noah could have made the same flimsy excuses that some people today offer.

What if Noah had felt overwhelmed by the gigantic task to build a vessel of proportions large enough and strong enough to carry all that God demanded? Would God have looked for someone else or would He have carried out His threat to destroy mankind? But Noah “moved with fear” and worked for God to save his house and condemned the world of its sinful ways.

Jesus gave charge to twelve men to, “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” Have we ever thought what a gigantic task He gave to them? And today they are still preaching the Gospel in every part of the world through the words they left us.

What will happen to our household if we do not work for God? What will happen to them if we do not warn them of judgment to come upon a world that is as sinful as the world of Noah’s day? Day after day Noah worked, for over 100 years he labored on the ark. His grandfather Methuselah lived to see the ark almost completed, (he died 2 years before the flood) and his father Lamech lived to see the completion of it (he died the year the flood came).

No doubt both of these helped and encouraged Noah in his work for God. What a day you and I have to work for God. Paul gave us admonition, telling us, “redeeming the time for the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:16)


In the same book that God warns us that judgment is coming, He issues an invitation to come into the ark He has provided as a means of salvation to escape it.

Genesis 7:1. “And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.”

I like the King James Version of Genesis 7:1. It reads like an invitation by God for Noah and his family to come on board. The invitation suggests that God was already in the ark, inviting Noah to come join Him in there. God had been watching Noah’s obedience. He knew all about Noah’s hard work, his perseverance, the sacrifice of his time, his energy, his resources, his entire being, during the long years it took to build the ark. Now the work had paid off and the ark was ready to be occupied.

The offer God extended to Noah was an invitation to be saved from the judgment that was coming. What if Noah had refused the invitation, saying, “No, I believe there are other ways to be saved,” or “I really don’t believe there is judgment coming, there has never been a flood before.” If that had been Noah’s attitude he would have perished, because judgment did come. On his own Noah would have been as helpless as all those who were outside the ark.

God is inviting you and I to come into the ark to escape the judgment which is coming on the earth. Physical death is coming which will usher us into eternity where sin has condemned us to hell, separated from the One for Whom we were created. On our own we are absolutely helpless to avoid it. God has given us the invitation to join Him in the ark He has provided.

Jesus Christ is the Ark in which we hide; He is our Savior from the storm of God’s coming judgment. Accept His invitation to “come in.” If you have not done so, what is your excuse? You cannot survive the coming storm outside God’s ark.

The sun may be shinning and the sky blue, in your life today, no sign of a storm, but what about next week? God has issued the invitation to come, saying, “now is the day of salvation.” James says, “For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appeareth for a time, and then vanishes away.” (James 4:14)


The storm that no one thought was coming came. “In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.” The Bible records this as an historical event, even the date is recorded.

Genesis 8:1. “And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that were with him in the ark:”

The flood came suddenly, all at once. It did not start to drizzle then begin to rain harder and harder until the water rose and flooded the earth. Instead the flood gates of heaven suddenly burst open, and the fountains of the deep broke open. When God sent the flood, the earth’s crusts ruptured so that all the underground streams gushed out, and the atmosphere, which contains trillions of tons of water, falls suddenly to earth. The storm howled and raged for forty days and nights. It was not just “the storm of the century,” it was the mightiest storm of all time.

What would it have been like to be inside the ark and suddenly hear the water crashing down on the roof and feel the thrust of the water raising the ark. It would have been terrifying to feel the huge boat jerking from side to side as it settled into the deep.

Noah could have wondered, “Did I put enough pitch between the timbers?” “Will the braces hold up under all the strain?” During this storm it was vital to know that he had done everything just as God commanded. Now he had to depend upon God to save him during the storm. “And God remembered Noah.”

The disciples strained to keep their boat afloat; they were unaware that Jesus was watching, although they had not seen Him, He never let them out of his sight. As the storm raged around them, Jesus went to them walking on the sea. When He climbed into the boat with them the storm ceased. Like Noah, after we get into the ark, the storm is going to come.

If you are in the midst of a storm that has suddenly taken a turn for the worse, look up. Your Savior sees you where you are and will come to you. He will give you peace through His word. The circumstances in your life may not change, or they may change completely. Regardless of your circumstances, the storm raging inside you will cease, and you will have peace.

It was Saturday, and Jesus was in the Tomb!

But Sunday was coming! And God remembered Jesus!


The very first thing Noah did in the new world was to worship God by building an altar and offering sacrifice.

Genesis 8:20. “And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.

21. And the LORD smelled a sweet savour (aroma); and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.

22. While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.”

This is the first time an altar is mention in the Bible as the place of sacrifice. The clean animals and birds that Noah sacrificed would have probably been the domesticable ones, cattle, sheep, goats, oxen, chickens, doves, & etc.  Therefore they would have been the ones Noah would need the most in rebuilding his life. But he took one-seventh of all of his flocks and herds and offered them in an extravagant sacrifice to the God of his salvation. “And the LORD smelled a sweet savour;”

Two-thousand years later there was another extravagant sacrifice of praise offered by a grateful woman to a gracious God. Shortly before His crucifixion, Jesus was the honored guest at a feast in Bethany, Lazarus being present. Mary entered the room with an alabaster bow. The box contained very expensive perfume equal to a year’s wages that possibly would have been her dowry.

Mary took the box of perfume that represented her future hopes and dreams, broke it, and poured it on the head of Jesus and the fragrance filled the room. When she was criticized as being wasteful, Jesus sharply rebuked them, while praising Mary for her act of sacrificial worship.

“The Lord smelled the aroma.” And the fragrance was a blessing to His heart. How extravagant is your sacrifice to God? Do you give God as little as you think you can get by with? A little bit of energy and effort, a little bit of time, a little bit of money, a little bit of love, if there is any left. A sacrifice is not a sacrifice until it’s a sacrifice.

We give to God if we can afford it, if we feel like it, if we want to if it’s not too hard, if we can get some real credit for it. How can we think such stingy sacrifices are pleasing to God? He will reject such sacrifices, just as He rejected Cain’s.


Overflowing doctors’ offices, hospitals, prisons, and other facilities all give witness to our ignorance, or our differentness, or our outright rejection, of God’s Laws.

Genesis 9:3. “Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.

4. But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.

5. And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man's brother will I require the life of man.

6. Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.”

In the beginning God had given Adam and Eve fruit, vegetables, and grain to eat as their food. (Genesis 1:29; 2:16; 3:17-18)  Perhaps it was the perfect environment before the Flood that made meat unnecessary for the health of the human body since man was not given permission to eat it. However that restriction changed after the Flood as God instructed Noah, “Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.”

1st Law. However God made a universal law for humans that prohibited the eating of flesh that still had the blood in it. This principal was given partially for safety and sanitation in food preparation and storage, and also to promote healthy eating habits.

Healthy eating is one of God’s principals and we need to heed His principals for our own benefit and to enjoy a life that works. Many of our dietary problems today can be traced to the abuse of the balanced nutrition God gave Noah and his descendants. But it was also the first of a lengthier list of laws that were later given to Moses.

2nd Law. There was one law of primary importance that God gave special attention to as Noah established human life on Earth after the flood. It was the law of first degree murder, the sin of willfully taking the life of another human being. God, who created man, knew that the heart of man “is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9)

God knew it was only a matter of time before the wickedness that was in man’s heart would give expression in all manner of sin; anger, fighting, stealing, lying, wars, and killings. God gave these laws to protect society from itself. Later by Moses, He would add many more.

 God Put A Rainbow In The Sky

 God Set A Rainbow In The Sky


I’m sure that every storm that came up after the flood people would have been terrified and fearful that God was going to send another flood to destroy them, so God established a covenant with Noah to assuage men’s fears.

Genesis 9:14. “And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud:

15. And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.

16. And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.

17. And God said unto Noah, This is the token (sign) of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth.

This covenant was the first of five covenants God made in the Bible (to Noah, Genesis 9:8-9; to Abraham, Genesis 15:18; to Moses, Exodus 19; to David, 2 Samuel 7; to you and me, Matthew 26).

God’s covenants were commitments He initiated and guaranteed with His own word. The fulfillment of God’s covenant is unlike a human contract that depends on the commitment of two or more parties who enter into it; the fulfillment of God’s covenant depends solely upon Himself.

Perhaps Noah had never seen a rainbow, so maybe God projected one against the clouds to demonstrate His covenant to him and all living beings. As God explained to Noah the meaning of the rainbow, surely peace and gratitude filled his heart as he knew, based on God’s Word alone, he was safe and secure.

God has kept His Word to Noah and his descendants. While the earth has seen some devastating floods, none has been so great as to overflow the entire earth. Every time we see a rainbow we need to remember that first Covenant God made with man.

Thousands of years after Noah, God made the fifth and last covenant with man when He promised He would “make a new covenantI will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.” (Hebrews 8:8-12)


At no time is human weakness more exposed than when the mighty fall.

Genesis 9:20. “And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard:

21. And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent. 

22. And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without.”

Noah did not have the Holy Spirit within him since he lived before Pentecost (Acts 2:4). His actions after the flood simply reveal how much he needed It, because “Noah was a just (righteous) man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.” (Genesis 6:9)

How could a man of Noah’s character and faith be found in such a condition? How could he have consistently resisted the wickedness of Cain’s civilization for hundreds of years, how could he have remained so steadfast in the face of such overwhelming opposition and discouragement, experiencing the power of God to deliver him from the flood, and end up in a drunken stupor?

But Satan didn’t drown in the flood. That old Serpent the Devil, who had been unable to corrupt Noah and his family for more that 600 years as he tried every wicked devise, succeeded with the help of alcohol.

 Satan is no gentleman. He had no respect for Noah’s past victories, nor did he respect Noah or his relationship with the Lord. And he will pay you the same respect.

 I’m quite sure that Noah never intended to get drunk. He probably drank one glass of wine, enjoyed the taste, drank another glass of wine, enjoyed the taste, drank another glass of wine, enjoyed the feeling coming over him, then enjoyed still another glass of wine.

And if he had not been drunk, he would not have uncovered himself. And if he had not uncovered himself, he would not have exposed his children to temptation. And if he had not exposed his children to temptation, the impact on his grandchildren, the entire human race, might have been different.

Let us pray that when that old Serpent, the Devil, comes with temptation that we can find strength to resist him. The difference between strength and weakness, righteousness and wickedness, success and failure, is Jesus, the Holy Spirit, in us.

14. HAM’S SIN:

God himself must have seen the worn out old warrior who succumbed to sin in a moment of weakness, and looked the other way, we find no reprimand from Him.

Genesis 9:22. “And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without.

One of the most awesome realities of being a parent is your children watch you, even when you are unaware of it. Noah’s son “Ham the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers.” There are two things we will consider in this incident. Let us lay aside the fact of Noah’s drunkenness and nakedness for a moment and think of Ham’s sin in this.

1. First, the fact that “Ham saw the nakedness of his father.” This verse indicates that it was not just a glance. It is one thing to inadvertently (not duly attentive) see something, or someone, or unintentionally, or unwittingly, glimpse something, but to look directly, and fixedly, to gaze, to stare, as Ham did, is another matter. Jesus says,

“But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh (does not turn his eyes away, but, to gaze, to stare,) on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.” (Matthew 5:28) When David saw and looked (stared) on Bathsheba, with a certain thought in his mind and feeling in his heart, he had virtually done the deed of which we have record.

 2. The second thing Ham went and told his brothers. Silently something must have risen in Ham’s mind that his father had always been so righteous, now look at him.

And he couldn’t wait to tell someone about his father’s failure. Paul says, “If a man be overtaken in a fault, ye that are spiritual restore such a one in the spirit of meekness.” It does not tell us to scatter someone’s fault all over the area. This happens so many times.

Do you know someone’s secret fault? Who have you told? Have you rationalized your tale-telling by calling it a prayer request or therapy or a healing process, when it fact it’s a form of revenge, a getting even with someone. Ham should have quickly turned his eyes away and gone somewhere and prayed for his father.

One of the definitions of Love, “Love does not delight in evil, love always protects.”


As did many of the early Patriarchs in the Old Testament, before he died Noah prophesied concerning his children.

Genesis 9:24. “And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him.

25. And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.

26. And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.

27. God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.”

Peter told us, “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” (2 Peter 1:21)  These prophecies by these ancient men are amazingly accurate.

Many times they were far reaching prophecies that would come to pass in subsequent years. Abraham’s response to Isaac’s question about a lamb (Genesis 22:7-8) would not only come to pass immediately, but it also was later fulfilled at Calvary. Isaac’s prophecy concerning Esau and Jacob (Genesis 27), and Jacob blessing upon his son’s (Genesis 49), all were literally fulfilled, as did Noah’s prophecy concerning his sons.

It is amazing that early in the Bible we are made to realize that our children, many times, are the ones to suffer for our sins. Noah first turned his attention, not to Ham, but to Ham’s son, Canaan, who was to bear the curse, who turned out to be rebellious and wicked and whose descendants, the Canaanites, dragged Israel into idolatry. In time they did become slaves to the Gentiles.

In contrast Noah placed God’s great blessing upon Shem. His descendants became the Shemites, or Shemitic tribes, of which were Abraham and his family, and became the nation of Israel, as was the Lord Jesus Christ. The sixty-six books of the Bible were written almost solely by the descendants of Shem, the Lord was indeed his God.

Japheth was told he would become a large nation that would come to “the tents of Shem” for a relationship with God. Japheth’s descendants are the Gentile Nations (Genesis 10:5) who, in a very real sense, have to go to the tents of Shem, to the Bible and the Lord Jesus Christ, in order to be saved. This all lets us know that God knows the future.


After the flood, instead of choosing to live in a right relationship with God, men chose to live rebelliously, so God, having lost forbearance with them, confused their language and scattered them all over the earth, where they still live in disobedience, disregard, and defiance of God. But God promised to one day gather those who called upon His name and give them “a pure language.” (Zephaniah 3:9)

Genesis 11:1. “And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.

2. And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.

4. And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.

5. And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.

9. Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.”

God had told Noah “be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein.” But they seemed to cling together in one general area.

One of the first things the human race did was to establish a means of worshiping God while harboring disobedience, disregard, and defiance of Him in their heart. It is possible that by the time of the building of the Tower of Babel that there were many thousands of people on the earth.

The same spirit that caused Satan to rebel when he was an angelic being, and tried to ascend above the throne of God, induced Nimrod’s generation to try to build a tower that would reach to heaven. God knew that their next step would be to try to ascend into heaven itself by their own effort.

God confused their language and dispersed them forcibly to every part of the world. One of the things these rebellious people did was to take with them every form of idol worship to the far corners of the earth. That’s the reason we have so many different religions in the world.

As we look around at our world today, we can name the major religions, and the area of the world that propagate them, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, as well as hundreds of minor religions such as Animism, and Spiritualism. Our world, while rebellious, is also religious. Genesis shows us that every religion in the our world today, outside of Judaism and Christianity can be traced back to the Tower of Babel.


Our problems in this country would be solved if we would get right with God. Who are our heros? Who are our role models? Who are the modern days Nimrods?

Genesis 10:8. “And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth.

9. He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD.

10. And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.”

Genesis 11:5.And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.”

On more that one occasion we read in the Bible where God came down to earth. At times He came in judgment, as to Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19:24-25), at other times He came with mercy, as to Nineveh (Jonah 3:10). In every instance He proved His love for His creation. There are some people who believe that God created the world and then left it to work out its own problems, but the scriptures indicate He is always looking on and is involved in the world’s affairs.

Rather than trust God to lead them, Noah’s descendants looked to one of their own for leadership, and Nimrod became their choice. Nimrod, the grandson of Ham, seemed to be the world’s first hero. He was a mighty hunter, a builder of cities, a mighty warrior, and a conquering hero. He did all this “before the Lord,” that is, he did it right in God’s face. He had no fear, no respect, nor reverence for God at all.

He lived by his own strength, as a self-made man who was totally self-sufficient, and self-reliant. People must have admired his macho manners, his power, and his physical strength. He had no moral character, yet the people followed his leadership and he led them in rebellion against God under the cloak of religious expression.

Paul give us a description of this kind of world, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them, so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.” (Romans 1:18-21)

Don’t we see this manifested in our generation? God help us.


We see in genealogy a demonstration of God’s ability to keep his promise to Eve.

Genesis 11:10. “These are the generations of Shem: Shem was an hundred years old, and begat Arphaxad two years after the flood:

11. And Shem lived after he begat Arphaxad five hundred years, and begat sons and daughters.

26. And Terah lived seventy years, and begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran.”

This is the second of the genealogical tables recorded. (Genesis 5 first) Now ten more generations further down the stream of time we see the promise carried on in this second genealogical table. Already twenty generations had come and gone, and neither was the promise forgotten nor had the holy line been allowed to become extinct.

Ever since Adam’s day in Eden the covenant-keeping Jehovah had found a seed to serve him, even in the darkest times, and He had been careful to raise up saints who would transmit the hope of the gospel to future times. It was a proof to the passing generations that God was still remembering his promise, and was intending to make it good in the fullness of the times.

Not once through all the bygone centuries had a link been found wanting in the chain of saintly men through whom the promise was to be transmitted. It was a clear pledge that God would still be able to supply the necessary links that might be required to carry it forward to its ultimate fulfillment.

Abraham was born 292 years after the flood and probably was acquainted with Shem who had come through the flood, and possibly with Noah himself, who was still living, he lived 350 years after the flood.

It was also most likely that it was during the generation of Shem that Job lived, which is a further proof that God had people that stayed true to Him even in the darkest times. Shem lived well onto Abraham’s day and probably related to all who would listen the story of the flood and his preservation by helping his father, Noah, build an ark whereby the human race was saved.

When we read these genealogy tables in the Bible we can trace the blood line down to the birth of Jesus, who was the promised seed that God promised Eve in Genesis 3:15.


In the next few pages we want to spend some time with Job. I feel that Job lived just prior to Abraham, during what is called the generation of Shem.

Job 1:1. “There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.

3b. … so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east.”

When the Holy Spirit began the narrative of a particular season in the life of this Old Testament saint, Job is described as “the greatest of all the men of the east.” Not only was Job wealthy in family and ancestry, lands and livestock, but also he is described as a man who “was perfect (blameless) and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed (turned away from) evil.”

Job’s uprightness and lifestyle was well known. We note Job’s concern for the spiritual welfare of his family. Job “continually” offered burnt offerings for his family, lest they might have turned their backs on God and sinned (v. 4-5). He was the priest of the family, and at his altar they all attended, valuing their share in his prayers more than their share in his estate.

Job’s life was “perfect” (v. 1); he treasured God’s words more than his food (Job 23:12): Job wasn’t aware of any inner secret sins (Job 31:33): was a respected Judge in the community (Job 29:7-14); didn’t abuse his power (Job 29:15); maintained moral purity (Job 31:1, 5, 7); and didn’t put his confidence in his great wealth (Job 31: 24-24). God testified of him “that there is none like him in the earth,” (Job 1:8)

All of the above could be said of few, if any, other man who ever lived, only of the Lord Jesus Himself.

Job was not only so rich and great, but also so wise and good, and had such an interest in spiritual things, that one would think the mountain of his prosperity stood so strong that it could not be moved; but there is a thick dark cloud gathering over his head boiling with a horrible tempest. We must never think ourselves secure from storms as long as we are in this life.

The storms come in our lives suddenly, unexpectedly, even though we feel we do not deserve to be treated that way. We have gone to church, read our Bible, prayed every day, lived the best we know how, yet the storm came and took almost everything, including our health. We cry as Job did, “Why Lord?”


This scripture reminds us that we live in two worlds, a spiritual world and a natural world, and what takes place in the natural world is controlled by the spiritual.

Job 1:6. “Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.

7. And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.

Satan is likely to show up anywhere, even in a holy spiritual environment. From time immemorial Satan has been involved in the affairs of man. He was in the Holiest environment ever on earth, the Garden of Eden, he attended our Lord’s Prayer and fasting in the wilderness, he was in the Garden of Gethsemane, and he has attended every religious service since that day.

Now here we have Satan (an adversary to God, to men, to all good) coming into an assembly of the “sons of God that came to present themselves before the Lord.” What an intrusion! One would think that he would be barred from the place of the holy. So we can expect him to show up at our Church, to distract, to lull you mind off the service, to try to keep you from worshiping.

Some feel that our scripture reading took place in heaven when the angels came to a meeting with God. But I feel that Satan is barred from heaven since he was thrown out when sin was found in him. This must have been a meeting of saints on earth. Men of religious nature in the patriarchal age, were called “sons of God” (Genesis 6:2); they had their religious assemblies and the stated times for them.

In our reading God inquires of Satan where he had been, although He already knew, give account of yourself.”

Every one, including Satan, is accountable to God for all our time, where we have been, where we are going, what we were doing. I come from “going to and fro on the earth.” (walking about in his own territory) He could not pretend he had been doing any good as the son’s of God could, yet he would not own that he had been deceiving people, destroying souls, causing pain and havoc everywhere he went.

While we are on this earth we are within his reach, and with so much subtlety, swiftness, and persistence does he penetrate into every corner of it, that we cannot be in any place secure from his temptations. 1 Peter 5:8 cautions us and warns us of Satan’s actions.


God directs Satan’s attention to Job and testifies of him, “there is none like him in the earth.”

Job 1:8. “And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?

9. Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?

10. Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.

11. But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.

12. And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.

Of course Satan hated Job; he stood for everything Satan despised, a life lived for the glory of the God he hated. So he makes his accusations; “does Job fear God for naught” (no reason)? “You protect him and prosper him, of course he loves you? Or what you do for him.” “He loves you because you pay him well. If you take away what he has, he’ll curse you to your face.”

Satan throws down a challenge at the feet of the Almighty, and God, for His glory, and Job’s good (although Job didn’t know that), allowed the devil to afflict him.

Job’s fall from influence and prosperity is so great, it’s almost impossible to imagine. On one day he lost all of his wealth; eleven thousand animals and the servants who were guarding them by raiders or by fire falling from heaven. While Job was recovering from these reports, an even more grievous one reached him. “While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house: And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.” (Job 1:18-19)

At this news, Job’s faith burst into white-hot flame, and he spoke these celebrated words, “the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.” (Job 1:21-22)


The loss of all of his children and his property wasn’t the end of Job’s suffering, his suffering had just begun.

Job 2:6. “And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life.

7. So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown. 8 And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes.”

At some later date, to his horror, Job began to sense an excruciating pain spreading throughout his whole body and breaking out in sores and boils from the top of his head to the sole of his feet. The exact nature of these offensive and painful ulcers is unknown, probably like the shingles, which is very painful indeed, but the Bible does give us enough information to get a glimpse into his suffering.

He had “boils.” (Job 2:7)

“My flesh is clothed with worms and clods of dust;

My skin is broken, And become loathsome.” (Job 7:5),

Fetid breath. (Job 19:17)

Emaciated body (Job 19:20)

Erosion of his bones. (Job 30:17)

Blackening and peeling of the skin. (Job 30:30)

Added to all this was the broken-hearted and faltering admonition of his wife, and the unkind and heartless counsel of his friends. Yet the struggle that almost over-whelmed Job’s soul and tortured his faithful heart was his inability to reconcile his present circumstances with what he believed about God’s goodness and his own character.

The same feeling creeps over most of us when unexpected tragedy,

Or grave illness,

Or breakup of homes,

Loss of financial security etc.

We question,

“What did I do wrong,”

“Why me Lord”

“What is going to be the end?”

Job believed in the absolute sovereignty of God but he wondered, like us, why would He afflict his righteous soul? This is the precious truth that the book of Job reveals to us.

Perhaps that you have discovered, as Job did, that your afflictions has layers.

There is the present affliction: the trial as it has first come to you, Whether it’s home-lessness after a disaster,

The loss of a loved one,

A broken marriage,

An ongoing wasting disease,

Difficulty at home or at work,

Or whatever affliction you’re facing.

 Then the underlying problem: the questions,

The doubts and uncertainty about God and your relationship to Him. 

“Is God Angry?”

“Is He punishing me?”

“Have I committed a sin that has severed my relationship with Him?”

 The Book of Job helps answers these questions. Whatever you’re going through don’t loose hope.


Job wrestles with God, and he does stumble, but the faith that God had planted in his heart remains true.

Job 19:25. “For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:

26. And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:

27. Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.

Up until chapter 19, Job’s complaint and misery is almost completely hopeless and despairing. He wonders, “Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery, and life unto the bitter in soul; Which long for death, but it cometh not; and dig for it more than for hid treasures; (Job 3:20-21)

One question after the other follows. And then, miraculously, the Spirit brings Job a revelation of someone who will rescue him from his despair. Job realizes God is not his enemy and cries out, “for I know that my redeemer liveth, …”

Job is not rejoicing because he believes his trial is ending. He is rejoicing because he now believes, by the Spirit, that he has a Redeemer, a heavenly kinsman who will come to his aid.

The role of the kinsman-redeemer was well known in the ancient Near East, and it is this Job is referring to. The next of kin was to redeem his (relatives) property, and restore it to him if in any way he had forfeited it or been obliged to sell it; to defend him against injury and wrong, especially, to avenge his blood if he had been un-righteously slain.

Job now sees God as his redeemer, and although he is convinced that he will shortly die from his disease, he confidently announces that even after his skin has been destroyed, he will in his flesh see God. In Job’s sorely tried heart, God is no longer his enemy who is pursuing him unjustly; He is now his friend, his Redeemer, his next of kin.

We also have a “next of kin,” “a redeemer” “a brother,” someone who has come to our aid. We’ve studied His words and observed His life. We know that our Redeemer lives and we will behold Him one day!

Galatians 4:4. “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,

5. To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. We are no longer strangers or slaves, but we are children of God.


The true knowledge of God humbles all his creation, and places us on our knees before Him, which is our rightful place.

Job 42:5. “I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.

6. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.”

After Job exclaimed that his “Redeemer Liveth,” there was a dramatic change which came over him. From this point on the course of his complaints change. That’s not to say he no longer struggled or sought to determine why the wicked prosper; its just that the deep despair and bitterness is gone from him.

He receives council of Elihu, the younger of his friends, who helped prepare him for the astounding council from the Lord. His heart is prepared: Job is about to receive the most precious treasures ever imagined. In the longest, and most awesome conversation from God recorded in the Bible, Job is brought to his Knees.

“Now my eyes see thee,” and “I am humbled,” “I repent in dust and ashes,” is Job’s final speech. Job is humbled, instructed, and comforted by God’s sustaining grace, and in the end God is glorified.

What was God’s purpose in Job’s trial? It was to silence the lying tongue of Satan, but that was not the only purpose. His purpose was to open Job’s eyes to who He is, a God who is compassionate and merciful, and to sustain within him a steadfastness that would be spoken of for thousands of years.

Do you know that your Redeemer lives? I hope that you do.  Do you want to exalt Him and see His glory exemplified in your suffering? God knows that you do, He knows this, and loves you, and will see that your life annuls your enemy’s lies. And it will bring Him great joy, when on that last day you stand on the new earth with your near Kinsman and gaze upon His beautiful, compassionate, and merciful face.

Repeat these words with me, “That I with body and soul, both in life and in death, am not my own, but belong unto my faithful Savior Jesus Christ: who with His precious blood, has full satisfied for all my sins, and delivered me from all the power of the devil; and so preserves me that without the will of my heavenly Father, not a hair can fall from my head. He also assures me of eternal life, and makes me sincerely willing and ready, henceforth, to live for Him” Amen.

I hope you enjoyed these two studies on the Glorious Eternity Of God which covered the first 11 chapters of Genesis. 

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