The Law and Grace. Day twenty-one...
It seems ridiculous that people who knowingly and willingly break the rules of society would in turn make up their own rules—and the corresponding punishment for violating those rules. But that's exactly what organized crime around the world does.
The Triads, the Mafia, the Yakuza—these organizations don't draw the line at murder for example, but they will draw the line at disrespect. I find it interesting that even the most unlawful people on the planet want to live by laws—just not somebody else's.
But aren't we all kind of like that.
We're okay to live by rules—just not somebody else's.
This is called rebellion. It's what Adam did when he listened to Eve's voice and not to God's voice.
Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’: Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, And you shall eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken; For dust you are, And to dust you shall return.” (Genesis 3:17–19 NKJV)
From our perspective, Adam's rebellion was nothing worthy of the consequences we've all had to deal with since then.
But that's our perspective and not God's.
We see just a little water seeping through a crack in the dam—God sees an entire city down the valley being inundated with 45 trillion gallons of water. We see just a little marital indiscretion—God sees the plans and purposes of an entire family in jeopardy.
By the time of Noah, only nine generations after Adam, mankind had developed that seemingly harmless rebellion of Adam into the full‐blown revolt of the men and women of Noah's day. The people had become so depraved that God only saved Noah and his immediate family from the total annihilation that came as a result of the flood.
When mankind began to multiply on the earth and
were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of mankind
beautiful, and they took any they chose as wives for themselves. And the
said, “My Spirit will not remain with mankind forever, because they are
corrupt. Their days will be 120 years.”
The Nephilim were on the earth both in those days and afterward, when the sons of God came to the daughters of mankind, who bore children to them. They were the powerful men of old, the famous men. When the LORD saw that man's wickedness was widespread on the earth and that every scheme his mind thought of was nothing but evil all the time, the LORD regretted that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.
Then the LORD said, “I will wipe off from the face of the earth mankind, whom I created, together with the animals, creatures that crawl, and birds of the sky—for I regret that I made them.”
Noah, however, found favor in the sight of the LORD. (Genesis 6:1–8 HCSB)
But even after purging the earth of all but eight people, sin still remained.
Now the sons of Noah who went out of the ark were
and Japheth. And Ham was the father of Canaan. These three were the sons
Noah, and from these the whole earth was populated. And Noah began to be
farmer, and he planted a vineyard. Then he drank of the wine and was
became uncovered in his tent.
And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside.
But Shem and Japheth took a garment, laid it on both their shoulders, and went backward and covered the nakedness of their father. Their faces were turned away, and they did not see their father's nakedness.
So Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done to him. (Genesis 9:18–24 NKJV)
It's as if Adam's sin was a contagious disease that lingered on the surface of even righteous Noah and his family. And that rebellious spirit which preferred to listen to some other voice than the voice of God began to spread throughout the earth just as the people did.
On Monday I'm going to move on to what the Bible refers to as a conscience of sin. God wants us to stop the spread of sin and live with a clear conscience. Since we can't stop the spread of something without first understanding it, I've spent the last few days examining sin. It is my hope that by this time you can take a more “clinical” look at sin, without being buried under destructive thinking.
Have a good day,