LISTEN: The Flood, Part 1 (The Covenant & the Cross #42 with Daniel Whyte III)

Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

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This podcast is designed to help you better understand the Word of God — both the Old and New Testaments. The Old Testament is the story of the Covenant which God made with His chosen people Israel. And the New Testament is the story of the Cross which signifies the fulfillment of the Old Covenant with Israel and the formation of a New Covenant with redeemed people from many nations.

Today’s passage of Scripture is Genesis 6:1-3 which reads: “And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.”

Allow me to share with you some further commentary on this passage from the Reformation Study Bible by Dr. R.C. Sproul:

This section, by the mention of Noah, signals the transition from the godly line of Seth to the flood story and recalls the ominous situation at the end of the Cainite lineage.

These ‘sons of God’ have been identified as Sethites (the traditional Christian interpretation), as angels (the earliest Jewish interpretation), and as royal tyrannical successors to Lamech who gathered harems (proposed by rabbis of the second-century a.d.). All three interpretations can be defended linguistically. On the surface, the first interpretation best fits the immediate preceding context (a contrast of the curse-laden line of Cain with the godly line of Seth), but it fails to explain adequately how “daughters of man” refers specifically to Cainite women. The second view has ancient support, but seems to contradict Jesus’ statement that angels do not marry and does not explain why the focus is on mortals and the judgment on them. The third interpretation best explains the phrase “any they chose” but lacks as much ancient support. The best solution is probably a combination of the last two. These human offspring are also the spiritual offspring of Satan, empowered by demons.

Today’s quote about the Bible is from A.W. Tozer. He said: “The Word of God well understood and religiously obeyed is the shortest route to spiritual perfection. And we must not select a few favorite passages to the exclusion of others. Nothing less than a whole Bible can make a whole Christian.”

Our topic for today is titled “The Flood (Part 1)” from the book, “The Promise and the Blessing” by Dr. Michael A. Harbin. Before we begin looking at that topic, we are going to address another question that has often been asked by readers of the Bible, and that is: Is Polygamy Allowed?

The author states: A question that is often raised is, Why does God permit polygamy? As I read my Bible, my impression is that this is one of various practices that God tolerated in Old Testament times but did not authorize. There is no place where God specifically says that it is acceptable for any man to marry more than one woman (although there are some guidelines in the law that protect the rights of the second wife of those who do). Rather, as Jesus noted in Matthew 19:3-9 and Mark 10:2-9, the ideal is for one man and one woman to become one.

Now, we are going to turn our attention to the Flood —

After telling us what became of Adam, the writer opens a new toledot section, spending some time on the Flood. Here there are two complex issues that need to be addressed, both of which are very controversial. The first is the cause of judgment. The second is the nature of the Flood itself.

The text of Genesis 6 tells us that the cause of the Flood was the intermarriage of “the sons of God” and “the daughters of men.” The meaning of this statement has been debated, and there are three dominant proposals. Some argue that the sons of God are human judges or rulers; others argue that they are the godly line of Seth and that the daughters of men are the offspring of Cain (or the rest of Adam’s children). Still others argue that the sons of God are fallen angels, and the daughters of men are human women. Most likely the latter view is correct, especially since at the time, according to Genesis 6:4, the Nephilim (which probably means “fallen ones”) were on the earth. In any case, the cause of judgment is increasing evil on the earth. While the nature of this evil is not specified, the most likely reference is to an increasing pattern of false worship.

Now, we will look at the nature of the judgment. The judgment God sent was a flood that destroyed most of the life on the earth. From a remnant, God started again. While there are several issues involved in this event, three key questions stand out.

Perhaps the most critical is the question of historicity: Was there such a flood? The factuality of this event was generally accepted up to the eighteenth century, when many aspects of the Genesis record began to be questioned. As a more critical spirit enveloped biblical scholarship, the Flood came to be regarded as a mythical event. Today, those who view it as mythical are inclined to treat the biblical account as an embellishment of an actual event in history, although there is tremendous debate as to what event that might have been. After archaeology began to develop and the ruins of cities in Mesopotamia began to be excavated, several cities were found to have mud layers pointing to floods. Initially, some archaeologists made a connection with the flood of Noah, which some still accept today. More recently, evidence of a major flood in the region of what is now called the Black Sea has been proposed as the explanation. In both cases, proponents see these floods as the historical event that lay behind the deluge described in the Bible.

Lord willing, we will continue looking at this topic in our next broadcast/podcast.

Before we close, dear friend, I want to remind you that the most important thing you should know about the Bible is that it is the story of God working to save humanity from sin and the consequences of sin. He did this by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for our sins and take the punishment that we deserve on Himself. Romans 5:8 says, “God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, and you want to get to know Him today, all you have to do is believe “that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures” and you will be saved. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will.

Until next time, remember the word of God is the foundation to a successful life. God bless.

Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in twenty-three foreign countries. He is the author of thirty-four books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts, The Prayer Motivator Devotional and the Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report and the Second Coming Watch Update. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, and a Master’s degree in Religion from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for twenty-five years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.

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