From the minister's desk
“God's grace”Categories: from the minister's desk
After the fall of Adam and Eve and Cain killing Abel, God blessed Adam and Eve with Seth who begat a son Enosh. “For God has appointed another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain killed. And to Seth was a son born; and he named him Enosh. Then men began to call on the name of the Lord.” Gen.4:25-26 Adam, Eve and Cain received God’s grace- unmerited favor, as He allowed them to live on. Now there is a godly seed (Seth) and the evil seed (Cain) multiplying the earth. We are the result of this population and the end is nearer now.
The corruption of mankind reached its highest point when even the difference between the Sethites and the Cainites became obliterated by intermarriages between the two parties and from sensual motives. We read that "the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose." At that time the earth must have been populated in great measure and its state is thus described, "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." This means more than the total corruption of our nature as we should now describe it and refers to the universal prevalence of the open, daring sin and rebellion against God brought about when the separation between the Sethites and the Cainites ceased. We can see the open, willful, daring sin and rebellion against God in our lifetime. We need God’s grace!
There was none in that generation "to call upon the name of Jehovah,” except Noah. Can you see how even in our generation, when parents do not continue in the word of the Lord, nor teach their children how generation after generation can grow up not having God in their lives and become evil continually? This also explains how we end up with few in a family obeying God and many are not. Why are you in Christ and many others in your family are not?
"In those days there were 'giants' (in Hebrew: Nephilim) in the earth … the same were the mighty men (or heroes) which were of old, the men of renown." Properly speaking, these Nephilim were "men of violence," or tyrants. In short, it was a period of violence, of might against right, of rapine, lust, and universal unbelief of the promise. With the virtual extinction of the Sethite faith and worship, no further hope remained, and that generation required to be wholly swept away in judgment. Right now, we see in our society and government the violence, might against right and a universal distortion of what Christ came and died for.
"But Noah found grace in the eyes of Jehovah." Noah was of Seth’s seed. "Noah was a just man and perfect in his generation." The Hebrew word ‘perfect’ implies, ‘spiritually upright, genuine, inwardly entire and complete, one whose heart had a single aim’ and lastly, "Noah walked with God." We have God’s grace. It is sufficient for us if we accepted it and live in it.
“God’s grace that brings salvation has appeared unto all men, teaching us that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously and godly in the present age.” Tit.2:11-12