Grace & Government

Read Romans 13:1-10 with genesis 9:1-7

In grace, God’s common grace of sustaining mankind and the earth, greater authority is place upon humanity to guard and exercise justice, under the authority of God. This is ever with an eye to the Kingship of Christ, understanding that he will bring forth true justice and righteousness on the earth.

Then God Remembered Noah

Read 1Peter 3:18-22 with genesis 8:1-22

God’s grace and mercy yet shine in the midst of his righteous justice. Noah and his children’s households are delivered from the flood and re-established on the earth. Though the nature of the heart of mankind is still fallen (depraved in the whole) the covenanting grace of God in Christ - seen through the sweet smelling aroma of the sacrifice of the clean animals - is what will meet the world until the final day of judgment.

The Great Day of Judgment

Read Genesis 7 with Luke 17:20-30

The Lord used the great flood of Noah’s day to bear judgment upon the sinfulness of the world, yet in the midst of his judgment mercy shone - the saving of the righteous. As the flood waters rose and prevailed upon sinful wicked humanity, the Ark was lifted up with those same waters and moved on the surface. God’s covenant love in Christ sustained his people in judgment.

The Decline of the Church

Read 2Corinthians 6:11 - 7:1 with genesis 6:1-12

What was one of the grave mitigating factors in the decline of mankind into such depth of sinfulness that God determined to bring the great flood to destroy the earth? It was the decline away from God by his people. While we recognize the church was not formally called such until the time of Christ, in the Old Testament, the seeds and beginnings of the church are drawn out by those called his people. Here the church is seen in the line of Seth - the sons of God, and that line of God’s people severley declined by Noah’s time.

Christ Became a Curse for Us

Read Galatians 3:1-14 with Genesis 3:16-21

The curses placed upon the man and woman, for their disobedience against God, were just and necessary. To be cursed is more than just having God’s blessing removed; it is to be placed under condemnation and judgment for violating God’s glory. God brought the woman and man to justice, just as he did the serpent. But mercy still prevailed in judgment; these curses followed the promise of the seed of the woman, so that woman, man and creation was not subjected in futility, but hope of Christ Jesus, who became a curse for us [Gal.3:13].

Original Sin - You Have It

Read Matthew 4:1-11 with Genesis 3:1-7

We do not always consider the sinfulness of sin, nor its defiant character or subtle pleasures. In the fall of Adam and Eve, that first sin brought upon all mankind the corruption of the soul wherein each of are born as sinners, and death. The character of all sin can be seen in the character of Adam & Eve’s sin. Only the Lord Jesus, through his death and resurrection, is sufficient to break the bondage of sin and death.