In The Beginning God Part 4

Kingwell By Kingwell, 26th Mar 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1menjkk4/
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God becomes angry with his creation and decides to destroy all that he has made but than he becomes aware of Noah and his family and changes his plans.

Enoch - World's First "Missing Person".

Today we are going to look at chapters 5, 6 and 7 of the Biblical book of Genesis where we find such characters as Enoch, the seventh generation from Adam, who after living three hundred and sixty-five years, it is said “walked with God and he was not for God took him” (Genesis 5:24) Is this a record of the world’s first ‘missing person’ or did someone actually see God take him? It would appear too that Enoch was just a young man for his day as his father Jared had lived nine hundred and sixty-two years and his own son Methuselah would hold the record at nine hundred and sixty-nine years! No reason is given for the longevity of the people of the day but many believe that time was counted differently from today. Much could be said too about Enoch and his sudden departure but it will suffice to say that later writers of the Bible consider that he was taken up into heaven.

The Sons Of God.

Of further interest and something that has intrigued me, since I first began to bury myself in the Bible can be found in Genesis 6:2 and reads as follows “the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all that they chose”. Who were those sons of God? Certainly they were not like other men of whose genealogy we have just read. Did their forebearers as some have suggested come down from the sky and thus were considered Gods? Were they perhaps from another planet?
Verse 4 of the same chapter continues in the same vein “There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown”. This is not something that can be easily dismissed and maybe why it is rarely mentioned by those who would discuss the Bible. There is one other tidbit worth mentioning before we move to another topic and that is that God decides to greatly reduce the age to which man can live on the earth saying “his days shall be one hundred and twenty years”!( Genesis 6: 3).

An End And A New Beginning.

As we continue to read Genesis chapter six we find that God has become quite disillusioned with man, in fact his creation has totally angered him. We are not told exactly what man has been doing, in fact there seems to be no mention of a murder since Cain killed his brother Abel, yet evidently either God is expecting too much or man has become depraved, obscene and even violent. In any case God decides that he’s had enough and is going to destroy man from the face of the earth. It is then that he observes Noah, the son of La’-mech and grandson of Methuselah. We are told in Genesis 6:9 that Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations – and Noah walked with God. This time however, God needs the man here and does not take him. Noah has three sons Shem, Ham, and Japheth and he must have taught them well because God feels that he has one family that he can trust to start over!
God instructs Noah to build an ark, a boat big enough to not only hold his and his sons families, but two, a male and a female, of every creature that God has made. Noah obeys God who has told him that he is going to send a flood and destroy all mankind and every living creature that is not in the ark. Following God’s instructions the ark is soon complete and as Genesis 7:7 tells us Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife and his sons’ wives with him, into the ark” Continuing with verses 8 and 9 we are told that “of cleans beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of everything that creepeth upon the earth there went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah”. When all were inside and the doors shut the rain came down in torrents, in fact it rained for forty days and forty nights! Every living creature including man that was not in the ark died in the flood. (Genesis 7:22).
It is worth noting here that Noah was a descendent of Seth. This means that all the children of Cain, all his descendants died in the flood. (Read again all of Genesis chapter 5).
TO BE CONTINUED See Part Five
See Part One

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author avatar spirited
26th Mar 2015 (#)

I have always wandered if God cleansed the earth in this flood, and only good people were left, ie Noah and his family, why did sin then re-enter at some stage.

The bit about the giants is intriguing. I believe that Goliath was one of the last of these giants.

Interesting series of postings, Kingwell

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author avatar Kingwell
27th Mar 2015 (#)

Thank you spirited. It's funny how we speak of good and bad people this way. It seems to me that there is both good and bad in everyone. Sometimes the good is more dominate and at other times it's the bad - or was Shakespeare right when he wrote "there's nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so"? Blessings.

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author avatar Retired
27th Mar 2015 (#)

Absolutely terrific!

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author avatar Carol Roach
27th Mar 2015 (#)

I love this series but as I said before, the Jews say that the palestinians are the decendants of cain and they have other holy books that Christian don't read for historical data.

I doubt that Enoch was the first missing person. I am sure it was going on in India and China which are far older civilizations

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author avatar Kingwell
27th Mar 2015 (#)

Thank you Carol and I'm sure you are right although fundamentalist Christians would never agree. I don't agree with indoctrination from early childhood although there is nothing wrong with discussing things with an open mind. Blessings.

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author avatar Kingwell
27th Mar 2015 (#)

Pleased that you like it Jessica. Blessings.

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author avatar Retired
27th Mar 2015 (#)

Overwhelming post. Thank you so much for sharing.

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author avatar Kingwell
27th Mar 2015 (#)

Thank you for reading and commenting. Blessings.

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author avatar Retired
27th Mar 2015 (#)

Excellent share!

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author avatar M G Singh
27th Mar 2015 (#)

Interesting stuff

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author avatar Kingwell
27th Mar 2015 (#)

Thanks Carmen. Happy that you are following. Blessings.

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author avatar Kingwell
27th Mar 2015 (#)

Thanks Madan. Many Christians say that they take the Bible literally but how can anyone do that when there are so many unanswered questions? Blessings.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
4th Apr 2015 (#)

Mankind has proven a hot potato even to God Himself! He has to take damage control - and we still continue to create havoc despite the cleansing through Noah!

When we read Hindu scriptures, we get a feeling of other worldly presence in those times. Thanks Kingwell for a thought provoking analysis - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
4th Apr 2015 (#)

Thank you for following. I believe that all scripture has meaning but sometimes we have to understand that we can't take it all as the "inspired word of God". Blessings.

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author avatar Helen Thomas
13th Jun 2015 (#)

Wonderful post. Thanks for sharing ~ Kingwell.

I believe that that 2 Timothy 3:16 explains that all Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.

Not so much that every word in the bible is His word ~ but ~ given to them (us) by His inspiration to help us go the way His Holy Spirit is leading us.

Blessings always.

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author avatar Kingwell
13th Jun 2015 (#)

Thank you Helen. Don't worry if you disagree with my opinion on some or even many things. I'm not writing this to upset anyone but simply to point out things that are often not spoken of. Blessings.

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