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Abounding Grace (Vol 04) - Great Sin, Greater Grace (Part-2)

Sunday English Service - 19 JUL 20

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As you know, we began to teach on the subject of grace four weeks ago. We began a new series of studies that we’ll follow every Sunday morning for the next many weeks to come. We titled it as “Abounding Grace”. The title comes from Romans chapter 5 verse 20, the later part of verse 20, where Paul makes this very famous statement, which says, where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.

What does it mean? It means that when sin increased and exerted its influence and ruined everything, God came in there with this grace and applied His grace in that situation. And what that did was, not only did it repair and remedy everything that sin ruined and restore what sin has ruined, but it made it more beautiful than ever, more glorious and more wonderful. Made all things new and wonderful.

In other words, when grace comes in, it not only repairs and remedies what was ruined and destroyed, it takes us to a much higher at a level, to a much better state and condition. That's how grace works. The amazing grace of God works like that.

That's why we have chosen to call it “Abounding Grace”, as Paul calls it. And I want to show you from the scriptures, how grace works in our salvation, where it brings us out of sin, and into the grace of God into new life. But also, I want to show you how grace works in our everyday life, giving us victory and success in every area of our life.

We went all the way back to Genesis chapter 1. We started there because I believe that the revelation of grace is very strong there even in the beginning with Genesis, all the way from chapter 1 itself. Because that's where God created the heaven and earth. God created man and woman, put them in the garden, and that's where sin happened. And as soon as sin got in there and exerted its influence, started ruining everything, we see grace at work, we see the revelation of grace unfolding there itself. So it is proper to study this from Genesis and the early chapters of Genesis. That's what we did.

The Book of Genesis can be divided into two parts as I showed you last week. The first part is the first 11 chapters, where we have the primeval history. Primeval history means ancient history; things related to the creation and events immediately after that. From chapter 12 to 50, we have the patriarchal history. The patriarchal history consists of the lives of four main personalities Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph and the working of God's grace in their lives. We'll come to that later on.

Right now, we are studying the primeval history. The primeval history consists of five major events where sin unfolds and grace also abounds. The five events are these; first of all, the fall of man and things related to that. Found in chapter 3. Secondly, Cain’s murder of Abel and all things related to that. Found in chapter 4. Thirdly, the story of human depravity where the entire human race falls apart, degenerates, and reaches a state of depravity where all their thoughts, all their intentions, all their imaginations, every thought all the time was only evil. That's what we're going to study today. And fourthly, the event of the flood during Noah’s time and all the things related to that. And fifthly, the building of the Tower of Babel.

We’ll look at all these five events. And we've already dealt with the first two. Today, we are going to deal with the third one, which is the story of the universal depravity in chapter 6 of Genesis.

I want to look at verse 1 to 8 today. That is where the account of universal depravity is given. I want to remind you once again. Last week, I told you that in looking at these five incidences or five accounts that we have in the first 11 chapters, please notice the similarity in structure or similarity in the way the story is told.

Every time the story is told about these things; about the fall, about Cain, about universal depravity, or Noah's flood or Tower of Babel, every time these stories are told, there is a pattern, very similar pattern. First, the sin is described. Secondly, God comes in there and speaks. He gives a speech literally. It's quite lengthy usually. Thirdly, grace is revealed in that situation. There is a revealing of grace because sin has come. Now, grace immediately shows up. And fourthly, judgment is put into effect or the punishment is given. That’s the fourth one. You’ll find that pattern everywhere. As we talk about it, I want you to keep in mind that. I will remind you to notice that as we go through it.

So, let's go through chapter 6 verses 1 to 8 and I want to read it as I go. The first thing I want you to notice there is that the pre-flood culture, just before the flood of Noah's time, began a headlong plunge into depravity. Depravity that is so deep that it deserved to be totally destroyed, deserved to die. The story is an appalling, shocking, sobering story. And that is what we are getting into. Maybe you have not heard it told this way. Maybe you've read the Bible, but you've not looked at it that way. You've had many questions about it. But today, we'll talk about this shocking sobering story of man's depravity.

So, the first thing there we need to look at is the human degeneration. What is degeneration? Generation is where things are being developed. There is increase, there is multiplication, good things happening. Things are born, developed. Degeneration is where things are falling apart, ruined, destroyed. And that is exactly what was happening to the human race. The human race which began with Adam and Eve where God bless them and said, “Be fruitful, multiply, replenish, subdue, and dominate.” And they did. Now, it is falling apart. The entire human race is falling apart. And we have the story recorded in the first four verses.

Three things happen basically in the human degeneration. When we talk about degeneration of humanity, basically three things. One is marriage and family is demonized. That means the devil gets into the marriage and family situation and makes that whole institution of marriage and family fall apart, where devil dominates in that situation. Amazing story. Secondly, life is shortened. Human lifespan is shortened. Thirdly, violence is looked upon as something that is admirable. It's idolized. Amazing how the whole society changed, how sin has gotten there. Like cancer, it has spread and it has had its influence.

Sin is like cancer, I told you last week. It gets in there and slowly, it gets into every aspect of our life, our family, our mind, our imagination, our thoughts, our heart, and every aspect of our life, our world, and everything falls apart. And that's what is happening here. So we want to look at these three things in detail because we want to show, through this teaching, how sin comes in and ruins everything. That's the way sin works. That's the way the devil works. He works through sin, trying to ruin people's lives. And we want to show you how grace of God works in that situation.

I know that many people find themselves ruined by sin, destroyed by the influence of sin, by the effect of sin upon their lives. They've allowed sin into their lives. We've all done it at one time or the other and allowed it to get in and have some influence over us where it ruins and destroys. But the good news is, the grace of God is available. And the grace of God not only simply restores and remedies that situation, but also takes it forward, makes it better, more glorious than it was ever before. Takes it to higher levels where it makes all things new and beautiful and wonderful. That's amazing story of this abounding grace.

So, the human degeneration consists of these three things marriage and family demonized, life is shortened, and violence becomes idolized in that society. Let's look at these three things one by one.

First, let's look at the demonization of marriage and family. In first two verses, we read about it in chapter 6. Now it came to pass when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them that the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were beautiful and they took wives for themselves, of all whom they chose.

What is it talking about? What are they talking about when it says that the sons of God saw the daughters of men and found that they were beautiful and they took wives for themselves, it says, of all whom they chose.

This is one of the hardest passages to interpret. Some people say, “Well, it's very easy to interpret. It's all a matter of context. If you look at the previous two chapters, that is chapter 4 and chapter 5, you see that the generations of Cain and the generations have Seth, who was born after Abel and was the godly seed, they both develop and increase. There’s two lines; one is the Cainite line and the other is Sethite line. At some point, what it's saying is in chapter 6 that these two lines intermarry among themselves, and that ruins the whole thing. Because the godly line gets mixed up with the Cainite line which is an evil, devilish line. That's what happens, they say.

There are others who say they look at that chapter 6 verse 1 and 2 when it says “the sons of God”, they say it's talking about the angels of God coming and marrying the daughters of men. Well, how can that be? The angels don't have marriage. The angels cannot give birth to children. So, that is not a reasonable interpretation.

But the oldest way that people have interpreted this among the Jewish scholars back at the old times, and there are many, in these modern times also believe in this way, they look at this passage and they realize that something greater than just simple marriage and arrangements between two different lines are happening. Something terrible is happening here. Because look at chapter 6 verse 3, the next verse. And the Lord said, “My spirit shall not strive with man forever.” Right after saying that the sons of God saw the daughters of men and took them for wives, it says, The Lord said, “My spirit shall not strive with man forever.” The Lord is terribly grieved over this.

He says, “He is indeed flesh; yet this day shall be 120 years.” There is a reduction of man's lifespan immediately. There were giants on the earth those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown. He’s talking about some mighty men, men of renown, powerful people born through this relationship between the sons of God and the daughters of men. Then the Lord saw, it says, that the wickedness of man was great on this earth. As a result of this marriage arrangement, families being formed in this way, something terrible happens. It’s not an ordinary thing.

Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. There is degeneration, depravity on all levels. Every person is corrupted. All their thoughts corrupted all the time. It is evil only. And it is evil and evil only. There is nothing good in them. That's how much the corruption has begun to dominate the human race. It speaks of the whole thing as a result of this marriage coming about, between the sons of God and the daughters of men. That's what I want you to notice.

And the Lord was sorry that He made man on this earth. Look at this. And He was grieved in His heart. So the Lord said, “I will destroy a man whom I've created from the face of the earth.” See the result? The consequences are extreme. God wants to now destroy the whole earth, and everything. “Both man and beasts, creeping things, and birds of the air for I am sorry that I have made them.” Immediately, you get a sense of something terribly going wrong here. This is not just some marriage arrangement that resulted in some evil in society. No, this is human degeneration. Some terrible thing happening as a result of this whole marriage arrangement. So this marriage arrangement is not something very ordinary.

So you cannot interpret it in that way. What the Jewish scholars and many other scholars today believe about this is this: we need to read 1st Peter chapter 3 verse 19 and 20. I don't know if you have seen the relationship of these verses to what is happening here. Only when you read this, you will understand, they say. 1st Peter chapter 3 verse 19 and 20, by whom He also went and preached to the spirits in prison, who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water.

He’s talking about Jesus going and preaching to the spirits in prison, who were formerly disobedient. When they were disobedient? When the longsuffering waited in the days of Noah. It’s talking about some event that took place and the spirits that were disobedient. What is it talking about? Is it human spirits that it's talking about? It’s talking about the spirits of men? The scholars believed, then no, it's not talking about the spirits of men. The Spirit are referring to not the spirits of men. Referring to the fallen angels.

Turn to 2nd Peter chapter 2 verses 4, 5, and 9 and you'll it see even more clearly. For if God did not spare the angels who sinned but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment; and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of the eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing the flood on the world of the ungodly. He’s talking about Noah's flood, how everyone was destroyed. But God did not spare the ancient world. And in relation to that, it's talking about how God did not spare the angels who sinned.

See, that is why the scholars believe that it's not talking about the spirits of men. It's talking about the angels of God who sinned. That God cast them down into hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment, to be kept for judgment later on.

Even Jude, And the angels who did not keep their proper domain but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day. It's talking about the angels who did not keep their proper domain, who left their place, their proper domain, and their abode. God has put them in everlasting chains, on a darkness for the judgment of the greater day.

All referring to the angels of God. Now what is happening here? See this interpretation that it is the involvement of some angels is the oldest view because people like Josephus, the Jewish historian, as well as New Testament Church Fathers like Clement of Alexandria, Tertullian, Origen, all of them believed the same thing, that there was the involvement of some angels. And the Old Testament often talks about the people of God as children of God. But when it talks about the angels, it talks about them as sons of God. Have you ever noticed that?

The term “sons of God” that is used here in chapter 6 of Genesis in verse 1 and 2, refers to angels because that's the normal way in which the angels of God are referred to. So let me ask you to turn to Job chapter 1. Let me read you a couple of verses there and you will see that it is true. Job chapter 1 and verse 6. Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them. So “the sons of God” it’s talking about the angels of God.

Then in chapter 2 verse 1 we read again. Again, there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord and Satan came also among them to present himself before the Lord. Again, we read about the sons of God and the sons of God is a term referring to the angels of God who come and appear before God.

Chapter 38 in the book of Job and verses 6 and 7, to what were its foundations fastened? Or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? Again, the reference is to the angels, they say. So the angels of God are referred to as the sons of God. It's very common in the Bible. And therefore, the fallen angels, the demonic spirits, they are also the sons of God who have fallen.

Now, the New Testament has a lot to say about them. You read a story in chapter 5 of the Gospel of Mark verse 11 to 13. A very interesting story where Jesus casts out many demons from a man who lives in a graveyard, hurts people and hurts himself and tears himself up, possessed by demonic spirits. And Jesus drives out the demonic spirits from him and the demonic spirits have nowhere to go. They were occupying this man's body, living and working and operating through him. Now they have nowhere to go and so they beg Jesus to allow them to go on into the pigs that were there.

And strangely, Jesus allows them to go into the pigs. The pigs thereafter run into the sea and fall and die. And the whole town comes and looks that thousands of pigs are dead. And they begged Jesus to leave their town. Why did Jesus allow the demon spirits to go into the pigs? I believe He wanted them to see what the devil does when He gets into the lives of people. He tears people apart, he drives them to the grave, drives them all the way to hell. He wants to see the destructive, ruining work of the devil.

The devil, evil spirits occupied this man's body and was ruining him, tearing him up, destroying him every day. Now he is delivered. He is sitting at the feet of Jesus listening to His teaching. But the pigs have run into the sea and they're dead. Jesus wants to see the contrast. What happens when Jesus comes into a life and what happens when the devil comes in, through sin, into people's lives. Amazing contrast there. You read the story in Luke chapter 8 also, verses 31 to 33.

There's another story also in Luke chapter 11, where Jesus actually is giving an illustration of a demon spirit that was driven out of a man. And he goes and tries to find a place, an abode. Not able to find, the demon spirit comes back to visit the man and finds the house kept clean. That is the man is now kept clean without any demons inside, nothing filling his heart. Just the demons are out. And it's all swept clean and nice. So the devil goes and brings many more demons and comes and lives in him. That's what will happen, He says. So when demons are driven out, you got to fill it with something good. Otherwise they'll all come and occupy.

He was talking about that. Very interesting. He’s talking about how the devils seek a place of abode. They need the body. They need the body of a man, they need a body of an animal. They need somehow something of a body to operate in this world. Without a body to operate from, they’re lost, not able to do much. They want to work through men and women, and they want to occupy bodies. That's the kind of demonic spirits that we see the Bible talks about.

Now, therefore, what they say actually happened in verses 1 and 2 of Genesis 6 is this. That the sons of God marrying the daughters of men is basically the fallen angels, that is the demon spirits who are now possessing the bodies of men; that is operating through demon-possessed men. And these demonized men, these demon-possessed men, in turn, lust after the daughters of men and go after them and enter into marriage with them. They said that's what is happening.

And if you think that is unbelievable, a great Old Testament scholar named Gordon Wenham comments on this and says, “If the modern reader finds this story incredible, he finds it incredible because usually he doesn't believe in angels or demons. He doesn't believe in all these things.” That's why a modern person finds it difficult to believe it. But he says, this great scholar says, “But those who believe that the Creator could unite Himself to human nature in the Virgin’s womb...” Those who believe that, those who believe what happened in the birth of Jesus, that the Creator God entered into the womb of Mary and united Himself with human nature, if you believe that, you will not find this story intrinsically beyond belief, he says.

So, here it is. This is the oldest way to interpret this. And some great scholars, even today interpret it like this. That this is what has happened. Something terrible happened that it cannot be interpreted just as an ordinary arrangement of marriage between one race of people and the other. It is something terrible, something that is evil that is happening; demonized demon-possessed men coming and lusting after the daughters of men and taking them in marriage therefore, defiling marriage and ruining marriage. The great institution of marriage is brought into ruin. That's what is happening, they say.

Also, great Bible teachers have found a close relationship between chapter 6 verse 2, which we just now read, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose. There is a relationship between this verse, they say, that I just read, and Genesis chapter 3 verse 6 where Eve responds to the temptation of the devil. Here, the sons of God look at the daughters of men, they lust after them, they see that they're beautiful, and they want to take wives for themselves. And so they choose women as wife for themselves, lusting after these women.

Look at what happens in chapter 3 verse 6 with Eve. The same thing happens there, it says. So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. So what is happening here? The woman saw just like the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful and wanted to choose from among them wives for themselves. Here, inspired by the devil, motivated by the devil, tempted by the devil, Eve looks and sees that the fruit is good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and the tree is able to make one wise. She took of its fruit and ate and also gave it to her husband.

There’s a similarity, they say, between the two things. The similarity is this, there is a lusting after of the women here and there is the lusting after the fruit there that it’s beautiful, that it’s good to eat, and good for you. When the devil operates, that element is there, they say. That is why the similarity is there.

Now, also they say that the parents of these women, the daughters of men, cooperated and pushed their daughters into such marriage arrangements because there was another motivation behind that. The motivation is that God had punished man. Adam and Eve sinned and one of the punishment that was given to them was death. “Out of dust you came, to the dust you shall return,” God said. So death was included in the punishment.

Now, they say that they wanted to get out of the death and they thought that because these demonized men, men demon-possessed men seeming to have some supernatural abilities and power, they may somehow bring in some divinity and immortality into life. That they may somehow help them to avoid death and achieve immortality. So in desire to achieve immortality and a desire to somehow regain what they lost through the fall, a desire to fix that problem of death, they thought maybe this is good for them. And that is why they pushed their daughters into such a marriage, they say. It's a very chilling account. It is something very evil, sinister that happens there. That is why we call it demonization of marriage and family and demonization of primeval culture itself.

That ancient culture is now defiled, ruined completely. Devil has gotten into marriage and family and taken over the culture itself. See how marriage and family is such an important institution. God has ordained it for the good of man. “It's not good for a man to be alone. Therefore, I'll provide him a helpmate,” God said. God intended good things through marriage, but now it is turned into something evil by the devil taking over it and accomplishing his purposes over it. Devil takes over culture by taking over marriage arrangements.

So the population gets defiled with evil faster than ever, and evil begins to permeate the society at that time. And man reaches a place where he cannot help himself anymore. He cannot redeem himself from the situation anymore because the demonic powers were now in the driver's seat. Isn’t that something? They were driving his life. It’s out of hand. Finished. Entire human society degenerated, falling apart completely. Devil has gotten in through sin, dominated men's lives. And one of the ways he gets in is marriage.

Secondly, life is shortened. You will find that immediately after that in verse 3 in chapter 6. We read that the Lord God said immediately the sons of God chose daughters of men for marriage, the Lord said, “My spirit shall not strive with man forever, for is indeed flesh; yet his day shall be 120 years.” They were living for hundreds of years, all the way up to 900 years. But now God comes in and greatly reduces the number of years they can live. And He declares that they’ll live only for 120 years anymore.

Thereafter, you'll find that Noah’s children live like 3, 400 years and the years become reduced step by step. And then, by the time you come to Abraham, Abraham lived to be 175. Isaac lived until he was 180. Jacob lived that until he was 147. It’s going down, you see. And then you'll find that there was a steady decline in the number of years that they lived. That after Jacob living 147 years, Joseph lived only to 110. Moses lived to 120. Joshua lived to 110. Aaron, a very rare case, lived to 123. He went three years beyond the limit.

So, man tried to reach super humanity. Man tried to somehow achieve immortality. Instead of immortality, his mortality shrank. That's what happened. Because God punished man with death as a result of his sin. Adam was punished with death as a result of sin. The entire human race was under that punishment. They tried to get out of it, fix it their own way. And now their mortality even shrank, years reduced.

Thirdly, violence began to be praised in that society. Now marriage is ruined, mortality shrank, and now violence is looked upon as heroism. Chapter 6 verse 4 says this, there were giants on the earth. Notice the words carefully. There were giants on the earth in those days and also afterward, when the sons of God came into the daughters of men, and they bore children to them. Those were mighty men who were of old, men of renown. Notice the words they were mighty men, they were giants, men of renown, famous, mighty. What is this talking about?

See the children that these people were producing were of a different kind. And the entire society now viewed things differently. More violent they were the more powerful they were, the stronger they were. The more violent the behavior, they were looked upon as great heroes, the more mighty you are. Because now it's about beating one another, killing one another. The exercise of violence, that was very important in society now. Society has turned out like that. Therefore, that is now praised. That is no idolized. Amazing how society has changed.

I think that some signs of it have been seen throughout history, even after that. At that time it was so full, so terrible. But signs of that you see it even now in societies in this world where violent is idolized. There, violent people are considered as heroes. They're feared, revered, respected.

It's not looked upon as something necessarily as evil. It is something to be looked at and praised. That is why violence in movies is appreciated. Sexual content in movies is appreciated. This kind of degeneration is something that comes from that kind of thing. That same trend it comes from. So that is human degeneration.

The second thing we see is human depravity. We read about it in verse 5. Degeneration is things falling apart. Depravity is where things have fallen apart. The work is done. Now, they've lost it, really. And look at chapter 6 verse 5 in Genesis, then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. Notice the words every, only, continually. And also notice the fact of this difference between what is stated here in chapter 6 verse 5 and what is stated in Genesis chapter 1. What is the recurring thing in Genesis chapter 1? God creates everything and every time He creates, He sees, and He sees that it's good. That is mentioned about half a dozen times. It's good, good, good. God saw that it was good, it says. And then finally it says God saw that it was very good.

Look at the difference here. Here it says, that the Lord saw the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. Every means that every thought, every imagination, everything that was happening in man's thoughts was evil. Only evil means there was nothing good about it. Only evil was coming out. Continually evil means it's all the time evil. What a way to describe. Every thought was evil. It was only evil. It was continually evil.

When verse 5 talks about every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil, every intent is a word that comes from the word which describes the potter taking clay and making parts out of it. Refers to the act of forming and giving shape, molding his vessel. The word intent comes from the forming, the molding that a potter does as he makes a vessel out of the clay. When thoughts come into people, imaginations come into people and it is formed, that is the intentions. When these thoughts are forming in people's minds, even in that formative stage, it's evil, it says.

And it was not something that is temporary that is happening. They did not relent from it. They did not repent from it. There was no hesitation. They were going on ahead. The society is totally transformed. Lust was their medium, violence was their method. Total depravity. Society was so different from what God ever intended and what God ever planned. So there you see the story of human depravity in verse 5.

Then in verse 6 and 7, you see the Divine judgment. See the pattern? Sin is described. In the first few verses, we saw what happened, what was the sin. Demon-possessed men enter into marriage relationship with people and people are open to it because they desire this immortality and divinity. That's the sin. And God comes in there speaks. What God's speaks is very important because that reveals many things. And now, God continues to speak. Listen to God speaking in verse 6 and 7.

The Lord was sorry that He’d made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. He was grieved in his heart. And then he says in verse 7, so the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both men and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I'm sorry that I have made them.” So God is not only sorry that He made them, He wants to destroy them.

So, we have two things here. In verse 6, we have God's grief, that God feels sorry. It grieved His heart. And verse 7, we have God's plan to do something about it. And the plan is that He’s going to completely destroy it; man, animal, every creeping thing. Everything that was created must be destroyed. Why? Because if it goes on like this… Now there is only one man left, Noah. He’s the only man that will listen to God, that will have any respect for God and the values that God has. He is not a perfect man. He's just a sinner as everybody else. But he's better in the sense that he's ready and willing to listen to God and obey God.

And if it goes on like that, even him and his family, they'll be defiled and they'll be completely gone, because it’s a cultural thing. Devil has taken over culture. Evil things are happening. There is a defiling of the whole society. And what will happen is that God had promised that the seed of the woman will now come and be born on this earth and He will crush the head of Satan, provide salvation and provide a future for the human race. So that there will be salvation for the human race, and there is an eternity in new heaven and new earth for the human race. So that God can restore and bring back everything to Himself again in complete perfection. This great plan of God is there. And this is totally against that. This human race is completely going to be gone if it goes on like that because the sin and the evil is pervasive. It has completely defiled human society completely, already began to dominate the society.

So in order for His plan to bring the seed of the woman, the Savior, and to provide salvation for an entire human race so that He can bring men and women back to Himself and provide an eternity in heaven, God had to do something about it. It was a very important decision God had to make. It's not like God simply got angry and just wiped out everything. No, God is not like that. God is not an impulsive person. He’s a very patient person, longsuffering. He’s gracious. That’s the way God is. Too gracious, too longsuffering. We won't wait that long. God waits and waits and waits and waits. We'll talk about it next week, as we talk about the flood of Noah. It didn't happen just because God just felt like He just wants to wipe out everything. That God just got mad and did something. Like men get mad and do something impulsively in the spur of the moment. God does not do things like that.

God does things in a wise, well thought-out, very patient, long-suffering manner. So that is why you need to be careful about talking about God's actions such as this. When God acts like this, it's not like a man who's just getting mad and doing something. I think sometimes we preachers present in the wrong way. We talk about God, He’s going to get mad, He’s going to take off your hand, your leg, and something bad is going happen. God is going to punish you and kill you. We talk about in a very flimsy way, “Oh, see what He did and what happened,” as if God is sitting there and settling accounts every day for every shortcoming of men. That is not so. We should not talk about it like that. God is very patient very kind, very gracious, longsuffering. But He does punish sin. There is consequences to sin. There is no doubt about that. But it is not something that happens by the whims and fancies of God. It's a well thought-out, wise God who acts in that way.

So, God decides that He’s going to completely destroy everything that He has created because the entire race is thoroughly demonized and it will become incapable of delivering the seed of the woman. And in that way, it is only right that humanity be destroyed completely.

Next verse we have the most beautiful verse. It says, But Noah have found grace in the eyes of the Lord. This is the first time the word “grace” appears in the Bible. Very important. Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. Some translations will have it as favor, but it’s grace.

This is the first time the word “grace” appears in the Bible. And Bible scholars have talked about the law of first occurrence when it comes to Bible interpretation. This is something they have found to be true in Biblical interpretation. As they have interpreted the Bible, they have found this to be true. And that is, it occurs like a law every time it’s true. They say that whenever you're studying a particular subject such as, for example, any word you take, any subject like blessing or like this, grace, you need to look at where it first occurs in the Bible. And when you find where it occurs first, you will find always that in that first occurrence there is more revealed about that than anywhere else. So the call it the law of first occurrence. It happens like a law every time it is true in that experience, they say. So, they call it the law of first occurrence and here it occurs for the first time and look at the amazing grace of God that is revealed here. Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.

One man. Who is this man? Is he a perfect man? Is he a righteous man by his own righteousness? No, he was part of that society and you can see how imperfect he would have been, how he would have been impacted by many of the things there. But the thing about him is that he believes in God and he responds to God and he listens to God and obeys God. And he finds grace in the eyes of God. Here is a man that's an imperfect man, but finds grace in the eyes of God. That God chooses him, chooses this imperfect man, and gives him right standing with Himself. Of the entire human society, He chooses this man, separates him from the society.

Sin has defiled everybody. Sin has ruined everybody. But God takes him out of that and keeps him for Himself. Here He is doing something amazing and we'll talk about it next time when we come. He obeys the orders of God and builds an ark and it takes him 100 years. While the whole town laughs the whole world looks at him as a crazy man doing something that nobody will do. But yet he obeys God because he believes in God. And he's somebody that follows God in that evil society. He found grace in the eyes of God. Amazing.

Now when grace comes to a man, look what it does. There may be evil everywhere. People may be sinking in evil. But because this person has found grace in the eyes of God, amazingly he’s kept from all evil. Amazingly, he’s kept and preserved by God. Amazingly, he’s led and guided. Amazingly, he’s helped to believe. That’s what the grace of God does. Sin wants to ruin everything but when you allow the grace of God to come into your life, something amazing happens. All of a sudden, the grace of God begins to overrule sin. The grace of God helps you to overcome sin. The grace of God begins to help you take victory over sin. That is what is happening to Noah. He’s a man chosen by God, found grace in the eyes of God.

Have you experienced God's grace, my friend? When everything is falling apart all around you and everything is going to nothing and there is total degeneration all around you, that's when you need the grace of God. Think about that. Christians often talk about, “By the grace of God,” we say, “We are doing well.” “By the grace of God things are going.” What do we mean? It means that things are falling apart everywhere, not going so good everywhere, but by the grace of God, we not only survived but we flourished. By the grace of God.

The grace of God is the ability, that God-given ability to overcome all that is going on around and about us. The grace of God is the favor of God, it’s where God sets His eyes upon us and helps us overcome all that is going on. Let me tell you, every person needs the grace of God. There is not a person listening to me today that doesn’t need the grace of God. I need the grace of God. Every last person in this world needs the grace of God. We all need the grace of God.

It is only the grace of God that can spare us from all the evil that is going on. It is only the grace of God that can rescue us from all that the devil wants to do by destroying and ruining. It is only the grace of God that can take us all the way to the end. It is the grace of God, only the grace of God that can preserve us and help us and give us victory.

Where sin abounds, grace does much more abound. When you find yourself under the power, ruining power and destructive power of sin, when you find yourself under the power of all that is worked by the devil in this world, you begin to open your heart to the grace of God.

Many of us have allowed sin to enter into our lives, allowed the devil to have an open door into our lives. And as a result, lives are ruined, families are ruined. Families have become like hell, there is no peace, there is no joy, there is nothing good in the family. I've heard people say, “I live in hell.” This exact expression I've heard people use. My home is a living hell, they say. Why? The demonization of marriage and family happens even today in many ways. The devil gets in there through sin and its power and rules and dominates and dictates and influences and exerts its power. That's what happens, my friend.

But do you know that God's grace is even more powerful? I want to say to every person that is unhappy, every person that finds himself failing in life, every person that finds himself powerless against the powers of this world, every person who finds himself or herself to be under the power of some strange force that is dictating, that is oppressing. I want to say to you, there is the power of God that is available for you and I today.

Have you experienced the power of God that is available through Jesus, the grace of God that is available through Jesus? Have you experienced that? When you experience that, my friend, instead of being oppressed, now you become delivered, set free, free to be what God has intended for you to be. Your family begins to experience joy and happiness and peace like the way God always intended for the family to be. God's will is brought about in your life and in your family in everything that you do. Things begin to change because against that power, the power of the enemy, the power of sin, against all that the devil tries to do, grace is the thing that really works. The power of grace. This is the real remedy. Not only a remedy, it will take you to a higher level.

Don't worry about what you’ve lost. Don't worry about what has been ruined. Don't worry about what has been destroyed because God is able to do much more through His grace. Where sin abounds, grace does much more abound. I guarantee you today that whatever sin has done in your life, grace will more than undo. It'll make all things beautiful and wonderful. It will give you a new life and a new future and you will open a new chapter in your life. Don't miss that today.

What do we need to do in order to allow God's grace to work in our lives? The Bible says that Jesus stands at the door of your heart and knocks at your heart. And if you will open, He will come in.

See, sin, we have allowed. We allowed sin, we allowed the devil, we opened the door for sin and the devil. And we let these powers in. That's how they destroy. I want to tell you open your heart today and say, Lord Jesus, you come into my life. You give me a new life, a new future. Whatever has been ruined and destroyed by the power of the enemy, by sin, Lord, I pray that you will set it right. You'll make all things beautiful, all things new. Just like it says, old things are passed away, old things have become new. Let me become a new creation, oh Lord. Make me anew. Give me a new hope, a new future, a new tomorrow. Restore my family, restore my peace, restore my joy. Give me back all that I lost and much more through Jesus, oh Lord.

If you'll open your heart and pray that, God will do it in your life. He will come into your life. He will do that in your life. Will you do that? We display our numbers on the screen. And if you have done that, if you prayed that prayer, you can call our office. And if you desire to receive more teachings like this, we will be able to send it to you through giving you a link where you can go and hear some more teachings and preaching. That'll be helpful to you. If you desire that we'll send that to you. God bless you.

I want to say to believers, we also need the grace of God every day. Every day, every day for the challenges of our life, we need the grace of God. Grace of God is the thing that is going to put us over.

You know what Paul was told by Jesus? At one point Paul was praying about the persecution and all these things that he was facing in the ministry. It becomes almost impossible. Everywhere he goes there is opposition, there is imprisonment, there is violence, beating him. He suffered much and he prayed to God and pleaded with God to help him. You know what God said? He said, “My grace is sufficient for you.” That means God told him all that persecution, everything that comes against you is not going to stop you from achieving what I've given you to achieve. You will achieve. Look what Paul has achieved. He’s written half of the New Testament. He has preached the gospel to the entire world of his time. Had great success. That in the midst of every kind of opposition, that he faced, all kinds of evil, sinister, cunning designs of his enemies, the enemies of the gospel.

I tell you, our God has never changed. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Whatever God has intended for you, you can achieve by the grace of God. You may be facing a thousand challenges today but by the grace of God, you will achieve everything that God has set for you to achieve. Let's pray.

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