In the Book of Hebrews, the author gives the Jewish believers of the time a lesson on faith. He does so by providing several testimonies of Old Testament people who demonstrated faith in the way that pleases God. Since it is impossible to please God without faith, then those who seek to please God would be smart to examine the faith of those people mentioned, and copy their responses to life's circumstances. The Book of Hebrews defines faith as the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things unseen. Since faith is both "substance" and "evidence" then faith is observable. Faith is not something that is claimed, but rather is something that is done.
One of the examples of faith in Hebrews chapter 11 is of Noah's testimony. The New Testament explains that as one studies the testimony of Noah, one can see the type of faith that God is interested in. Thus, the lesson provided in Genesis 7:1-10 is helpful for those who seek to please God through faith. In Genesis 7:1-10 the Bible explains that God spoke to Noah after Noah completed building the ark. Therefore, the first lesson in faith that is taught is that those who possess faith seek the voice of God and are obedient to His Word, trusting it to be true. Though Noah did not have experience building large barges, and likely wasn't qualified to manage and care for the lives of thousands of animals, Noah did the things that God instructed him to do, trusting in God's ability to perform rather than his own ability (or lack thereof).
Genesis 7:1-10 states that as God spoke to Noah after he built the ark, God confirmed the righteousness of Noah. Since Noah demonstrated faith through obedience to God's Word, God considered him righteous. The Bible is specific to state that Noah alone was righteous. In this way, the Bible suggests that Noah was the only one paying attention to the voice of God and responding in obedience to demonstrate faith. Therefore, the Bible teaches that faith is not behavior that is reflective of the majority. Faith is not a manner of conduct that most people participate in. The Bible explains that faith is reflective of conduct that is contrary to the ways of the world. Consider the statement of God: Noah alone was righteous. This means that Noah placed himself on an island of sorts, separating himself by his faith. Since his trust in God's Word was so rich, his behavior and conduct was seemingly opposite everyone else in the world, which would have made it very difficult for Noah to relate to others. Nevertheless, this reality did not keep Noah from trusting in God. Noah sought to please God rather than people, and God considered him righteous as a result.
Genesis 7:1-10 states that God desired to have specific inventory on the ark concerning the animals. The scriptures show that God wanted seven pairs of "clean animals" and two pairs of "unclean animals." The scriptures state that, though God would destroy every living thing on the earth, He had a plan to continue with life on the earth so that He stocked the ark with enough animals to repopulate the earth after the flood. As God gave His specific instructions, the Bible reveals that Noah did everything that the Lord had commanded him. In this way, the scriptures show that Noah's faith was not short-lived, but it endured and reflected a sense of urgency. God had warned Noah that He would judge the earth in 7 days. Thus, Noah had just one week to prepare his family, himself, and preform the necessary tasks associated with organizing the animals that God would bring to the ark. The Bible shows that Noah did everything that God had commanded showing that Noah continued to believe in the judgment of God and as a result, demonstrated urgency in his obedience.
Consequently, the Lord showed favor to Noah, confirming the scriptures to be true. God is pleased with faith. Noah showed faith. His faith was observable. The proof of God's coming wrath was evident in Noah's conduct. The substance of hope that Noah possessed in God's promise to save him and his family was demonstrated by the urgency Noah showed towards God's commands. As a result, God was merciful to Noah, but also gracious towards his family. Although the Bible is plain to show that Noah alone was righteous, Noah's family received the benefits of His righteousness. God worked this way purposefully to show that the righteousness of one can be imparted unto others. In this way, the faith of Noah allows God to use his example as an illustration of Christ. In the same way that righteousness is imparted unto those who have faith in Jesus Christ, righteousness was imparted unto the family of Noah. In the same way that the righteousness of Christ saves those with faith from the judgment and wrath of God, so too was Noah's family saved from the judgment and wrath of God because of Noah's righteousness.
Since salvation from the eternal judgment of the Living God only comes by faith in Jesus Christ, God provided pictures in the Old Testament to show what saving faith looks like and what it accomplishes. Though Jesus was not yet born, John 1:1 states that Jesus first existed as the Word of God so that as Noah trusted in God's Word, it was equal to Him trusting in Jesus Himself. Thus, Noah is no different than any believer today. The emphasis and focal point of saving faith has always been on the Jesus Christ as the Word of God. Since God does not change, it is no surprise that Noah and his family was saved then as people are saved today. Finally, the Bible proves that Noah's faith was not in vain. God promised that He would flood the earth in seven days after Noah completed the ark. Genesis 7:1-10 confirms that as Noah obeyed the Lord and did all he was commanded to do, seven days later the flood came upon the whole earth proving Noah's faith to be the only thing that facilitated his opportunity to live.
The story of Noah's flood and the details that are often spewed out from many people (often times, Christians included) are seldom in line with the details the Bible provides. Many people have dismissed the account of the flood as a story equal to a fairy tale because they can't seem to rationalize the account in their minds. Unfortunately, the reason for this is because many people tell the story incorrectly.
In Genesis 6:9-22 God calls out to Noah to warn him about the flood. Though God looked down at the earth and saw only violence and corruption, Noah stood out amongst his contemporaries as a righteous man since the Bible describes that, like Enoch, Noah walked with the Lord. Though the world was living wicked lives, rebelling against God, seeking to remove Him from life, Noah lived contrary to the ways of the world. Noah found it best to seek God instead of following the ways of the people around him. Therefore the Bible explains that God saw favor in Noah, as well as his family. There is an interesting truth that the scriptures present in this regard. Genesis 6:9-22 explains that God desired to save Noah. While it is a normal habit of God to always save a remnant of righteousness in the midst of His judgment, the details of how God would save Noah's family are interesting. The scriptures clearly explain that Noah was righteous, but fail to say anything about his wife or his sons Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Hence, it is implied that the righteousness of Noah extended throughout his family so that God saw them as righteous as well. In this way, the righteousness of one man is able to extend out to the righteousness of many, just like Christ!
In Genesis 6:9-22 God provides plenty of details regarding His coming judgment and the manner in which Noah would be saved. People often say that God works in mysterious ways. The Bible does not support such a belief. The Bible shows that God clearly communicates to His people in order to inform them of His work and then involved them in His work. God was clear to explain that He was going to destroy all people, and all things that had "life blood" in them (which is defined in Leviticus 17). The Bible teaches that the wages of sin is death. While some people encourage sinful activity, often saying things like, "If it doesn't hurt anyone else then its okay," the Bible proves this thought process to be severely flawed. Genesis 6:9-22 reveals that sin infects all of God's creation and requires cleansing through His judgment. There is no such sin that only affects the person committing it.
Understanding this truth, God spared the few that were righteous - 8 people. God clearly communicated His provision for salvation. There was no mystery that Noah had to solve. There was no higher state of consciousnesses that Noah had to achieve. There was no ritual process or rite of passage that Noah had to endure. God said the world would be judged, but in order to be saved from the coming flood, Noah had to build a barge. In order to Noah to be saved, he needed faith. Noah needed to trust in God's judgment and that it was real. He had to admit that the world was broken according to God's standards, and that God would fix that problem. Noah had to trust that God's wrath would come upon the whole world, not thinking that he could flee God's wrath in some other place. Though Noah had never seen a flood, he had to trust that it would be as destructive and real as God said. Though Noah had never seen an ark as he was commanded to build, he had to trust that he and his family would be safe if they just did what God said. Simply put, Noah had to trust in the Word of God to be true.
Genesis 6:9-22 also provides details as to how God would spare life on this planet in the midst of His wrath. The scriptures detail the dimension of the ark that Noah was to build in 120 years. The length of the ark was to be about 450 feet long. This is about twice the size of a Boeing 747 airplane, about 2/3 the size of the Titanic, and about the size of one and a half football fields! The width of the ark was to be about 75 feet, which is about a quarter of a football filed. God stated that the ark was to be about 45 feet high, which is about the height of a modern day 4-story building (though the ark was to have only 3 levels). Examining these dimensions, the ark resembled a barge more than a boat. The Lord instructed Noah to place a roof over the ark, a door and a window. Noah was to follow these instructions and upon following these instructions, Noah and his family would be saved from God's judgment.
Genesis 6:9-22 also explains the work that God would do in order to keep life going on the planet. While many people think that it was Noah's job to bring all of the animals onto the ark, the Bible does not say that. The scriptures clearly state that God would bring the animals to Noah. Many people question how Noah would have been able to get all the animals on the ark. The truth is, the scriptures never attribute that responsibility to Noah. The sovereign God who controls all things would be responsible for bringing the animals into the ark.
Lastly, Genesis 6:9-22 explains the issue about the animals. Many people discredit the testimony of God's judgment against sin by the flood because they cannot imagine how an ark of this size could hold 2 of every animal. The misconception is that God placed 2 of every animal in the ark. The scriptures do not say that God placed two of every animal in the ark. This scriptures say that God placed two of every "kind" of animal on the ark. Genesis 6:9-22 is even detailed to explain what God meant by "kind." The scriptures state that two of every "kind" of bird were to be placed on the ark. The scriptures state that two of every "kind" of livestock were to be placed upon the ark. The scriptures state that two of every "kind" of animal that crawls on the ground was to be placed on the ark. God saved the animals categorically, not individually. Since God created the animals with extensive DNA information containing all data to provide an abundance of variation through breeding, He didn't need to save every animal. The Bible shows that God only said He would save every "kind" of animal. God would save the K9 "kind" and from that would come all of the different species of dogs (poodles, retrievers, wolves, etc). Understanding this truth, one discovers that the ark does not need to house millions of animals, only thousands, which a vessel of this size was well equipped to do. Some object to the idea of the flood because it is difficult to to imagine how a vessel of this size could house a full grown dinosaur such as seen in museums. This is why God would give Noah younger "kinds" that are smaller in size to ensure that they fit.
The truth of the matter is that many of the objections people have regarding the testimony of God's judgment in the flood stems from ignorance. People just don't know what the Bible says - believer and non-believer alike. Nevertheless, God's Word is truth. God clearly communicated to those He considered to be righteous that judgment was coming. God is a just judge and will not let sin go unpunished. The flood is evidence of God's judgment and that sin has consequence. However, the continued existence of humanity is evidence of God's grace. Though God would have been fair to extinguish all living things, including Noah and his family, He decided to show grace and spare Noah and his family, leaving a remnant of righteousness on the earth. The scriptures reveal that Noah's righteousness was not on account of what he knew, what he did, or who he was associated with. Instead, the Bible shows that Noah was saved from God's wrath because Noah trusted in the Word of God. Since God does not change, neither does His provision for salvation. Those who walk with God in faith, with Jesus Christ as the object of faith, will be saved. Those who choose to do otherwise, will not be saved. The Bible is clear to explain these truths. As people, we simply need to decide on whether we believe its claims to be true.
There are certain things about God that are so difficult to understand. There are often portions of scripture that clearly and plainly illustrate the character of God, but sometimes those things can be so hard to digest because as human beings, we simply cannot relate. This is the case when one examines Genesis 6:5-8. In this portion of scripture, the Bible documents God proclaiming a decree to judge the earth because of the amount of sin that was in it. The decree within itself is simple and easy to understand. Yet when one examines the words the Bible uses to describe God's temperament, it becomes difficult to rationalize the Living God.
In Genesis 6:5-8 the Bible shows that God looked at His creation and saw that mankind had become exceedingly wicked. According to the Bible's timeline, approximately 1,600 years had elapsed since God created the world, and mankind was opportunistic to corrupt the world in that seemingly short time. However, when one considers that the United States is less than 250 years old, yet has come to such a position based on where this country started, one can only imagine the amount of wickedness that filled the world in 1,600 years! The Bible reveals that as God looked at His creation, He saw that the minds of His people were only thinking evil things all of the time.
It is interesting to note that God examined the minds of the people as He looked down at His creation. The Bible says that God examines the hearts of people (1 Samuel 16:7). Yet in Genesis 6:5-8 God noticed that the minds of humanity had been corrupted. This idea is reconciled in Romans chapter 1. In that portion of scripture, the apostle Paul wrote that, because people had sought to remove God from their teaching and ways of life, God had given them over to a "debased/reprobate mind." The original language shows that a reprobate mind referred to a mind that was genuinely corrupted, thinking of things that were vile and unapproved by God. The English dictionary uses the word "damnation" to define reprobate. Thus, the scriptures reveal that as mankind sought to do their own thing, they slowly but surely departed from God. Caught up in their own desires, they thought about God less, then determined to remove Him from conscience. Finally, the wickedness of their hearts, caused by the distance from God that sin had created, infected their minds so that the ideas and imagination and desires of humanity were producing thoughts that were contrary to God all of the time.
Genesis 6:5-8 is clear to show God's response to such an environment. Though the English translations slightly differ in word usage, the idea is the same. The Bible shows that God saw His own creation reject Him, rebel against Him, deny the quality of life He desired to give them, and seek to live without Him. The scriptures show that God's response to such conduct was that He "repented" that He made humanity. Some translations say that God "regretted" He made humanity. The English language struggles to find the appropriate word to explain the idea that the Hebrew language presents. God does not "regret" like mankind does. God is not "sorry" like mankind is. One cannot interpret the scriptures in such a way that suggests God felt that He made a mistake creating humanity. God knows all things from the beginning to the end. If there is something that would cause God to "regret" like we do, He wouldn't do it. God makes no mistakes.
The original Hebrew language uses a word that describes an emotional response related to pain. If one understands the true meaning of repentance, then the original King James Version is the appropriate translation. Repentance deals with the idea of recognize error, and then responding to such error by turning towards a solution. God recognized, not His own error, but the error of humanity, and thus made efforts to move towards the solution - judgment. The original Hebrew language places a heavy emphasis on comfort and compassion when the Bible states that God was sorry He created mankind. The English dictionary defines "compassion" as: sympathetic consciousness for the distress of another with a desire to alleviate the distress. This definition is similar to the concept of repentance.
Either way, the thought that becomes difficult to digest is the fact that God emotionally responded to the sin of His creation. To a certain extent, He was sorry. The scriptures plainly state that God was "grieved in His heart." It hurt God to see that His own creation rejected His provision. It hurt God to see that His own creation rebelled against Him. It hurt God to see that His own creation sought to remove Him from all facets of life in order to live in a destructive manner. It grieved God to see His creation choose death instead of life. This becomes even more difficult to digest when one considers the similarities in the environment described in Genesis 6:5-8 and the world today. Therefore, this means that God has been grieving, and is grieving still. Today, generally speaking, mankind is again, seeking to remove God from our ways of living, and is daily choosing to live in destructive ways rather than His ways that bring life. Today it is evident that God has given many people over to reprobate minds. Yet this grieves God. This hurts God. Sin makes God emotionally respond in a way that is painful for Him; yet sin continues.
It is difficult to read Genesis 6:5-8 and see that God decreed judgment upon the earth. However, when one considers the time that God provided for repentance, and then tries to extrapolate the amount of grief that God endured over 1,600 years, one must come to the conclusion that God is right and just to judge the world. The Bible clearly shows that sin hurts God. The Bible also explains that God is love (1 John 4:8). The Bible shows that love is patient (1 Corinthians 13:4). Therefore, God is patient. Yet the original language uses the word "long suffering" for the modern word "patient." This is more appropriate. God as love has suffered a very long time because of the sin of His creation. It is sad and tragic to consider that God has been suffering for as long as He has. He has remained patient with His creation though He is justified to destroy it. Even though God only saw wicked thoughts coming from the minds of His people in Genesis 6:5-8, He afforded mankind 120 whole years to make it right through repentance. Yet the scriptures say that God was repentant, not mankind.
In contrast, Genesis 6:5-8 shows that there was one man that stood out amongst the rest. Humanity was corrupt, but a man named Noah caught the attention of God as the scriptures say that Noah found favor in the sight of the Lord. God would have been justified to completely destroy mankind and remove everyone from the face of the earth forever, yet the righteousness of one man caused God to show mercy. It is true that God would demonstrate His righteousness and holiness and be a perfect Judge to purge sin from the earth in the flood. Nevertheless, the reality that there is still human life on this planet is a testimony to the loving patience and merciful nature of the God who created the heavens and the earth. Understanding these truths, it is no wonder that He desires and requires His creation to serve Him according to His Word - its only reasonable.
The Bible is candid regarding its perspective of mankind. Since the Bible is the Word of God, this shows that God is fairly transparent in regards to the way He sees mankind and the way He feels about the decisions His creation makes. The assessment that God provides is seldom favorable about human beings, which shows that people have historically been unable to please God and proven to be as unrighteous as the Bible declares.
In Genesis 6:1-4 the Bible talks about the decisions that people were making as they began to populate the world. The world was not old. The ink of God's signature of His creation had not yet dried (figuratively speaking). Nevertheless, only 6 chapters into the Bible's contents and two murders had been committed, three curses had be issued, and Genesis 6:1-4 shows mankind compounding the problems that were already created. The testimony of Genesis 6:1-4 shows what happens when a group of people stops seeking God, and starts making decisions for self.
In Genesis 6:1-4 the Bible describes a group called "the sons of God." Bible scholars and students have been puzzled about the use and meaning of this phrase for a long time. This phrase is difficult to translate because it is used in two different ways throughout the scriptures. In the Book of Job, the phrase "sons of God" is used to refer to fallen angels that sided with Satan in his rebellion. The apostle Peter in his writings to describe the same demonic angels uses this same phrase. However, the phrase "sons of God" is also used in the Book of Deuteronomy to refer to children of the line of Seth. Therefore, the phrase could also be used to refer to people in the line of Seth who married into the cursed line of Cain.
Genesis 6:1-4 also introduces the word "Nephilim" into scripture. Many people are intrigued about the identity of the "Nephilim." The word "Nephilim" comes from the Greek word "gigantes," which is where the English word for "giants" comes from. There are some who have interpreted Genesis 6:1-4 in such a way that they assume the Nephilim to be a sort of "super race" of human beings, even to the extent of gods, thereby introducing polytheistic theories. This is untrue. The text makes the identity of the Nephilim quite clear. Though the scriptures do describe them as large men, the scriptures are clear to identify them as men. Though the Nephilim may have been the result of relationship between demonic spirits and worldly women, the affect was human - not godlike.
The point of Genesis 6:1-4 is not to focus on who the Nephilim are. God's purpose in Genesis 6:1-4 is to illustrate the corruption of mankind. The scriptures show that the sons of God saw the daughters of men and found them beautiful. Consequently the scriptures describe the sons of God "taking for themselves wives." There are a few problems with this description. First, one must recall that when Adam was joined with Eve, it was the work of God that made such happen. Marriage is the work of the Living God, and scripture is clear to show that He is the One who brings people together in marriage. Yet Genesis 6:1-4 shows the sons of God responding to the desires of their flesh, making their own decisions without regards to God, and chaos is the result. In that the scriptures show the sons of God "taking" wives, it is an illustration that these men were taking women by force. Then, one must pay attention to the plurality of the phrase "wives," showing that these men were taking many women for themselves. Genesis 6:1-4 describes an environment motivated by fleshly lusts, violent relationships and rebellion against God. Whether or not the sons of God are fallen angels almost becomes irrelevant. Either way, the people on earth are acting in demonic ways as they live contrary to the will of God.
The scriptures then go on to explain the perspective of God regarding this lustful and wicked behavior. Genesis 6:1-4 documents God saying that "His Spirit" would not strive with mankind forever because "they are flesh." God will not "strive" with mankind. This means that God will not contend with people. He is God. He doesn't have to deal with the wickedness and foolishness of human decisions. He chooses to patiently deal with His creation, but He will not be mocked and contend with mankind as if we are His equals. The reason God says this is because He presents a contrast that shows that people are not like God, though much of human decision-making and reasoning reflects the belief that we can be like Him. The scriptures shows that God is Spirit, but mankind is mere flesh. Though the Bible says that we were made in the image of God, we are not like Him. He is greater. He is superior. He is sovereign. He is the Living God that transcends and controls all things by His eternally almighty power and infinite wisdom. The contrast between the concept of "Spirit" and "flesh" would be equal to a contrast between black and white, or light and dark in Biblical context.
Thus, God decreed judgment upon the sons of God and all the people of the earth. Since God looked at the people on earth, and found that they ignored Him, rejected Him, and sought to live without Him, God would not "strive" with people and force Himself upon them. Nevertheless, there is consequence for living without God. Though God is just to decree judgment, His patience and mercy is revealed in the manner that His judgment was decreed. Though God had the right to destroy mankind in the Garden, at the death of Abel, and in the midst of the corrupt fleshly relationships that mankind had desired, God gave the world 120 years to live as a chance to repent. God provided 120 years of time to accomplish two things: to give mankind adequate time to repent, and to show that when judgment came, His justice was right because adequate time to repent was given. With 120 years to repent, God would not be at fault for judgment. 120 years worth of time places reasonable accountability on people to hear the voice of God, repent from sin, seek God, and as Enoch was, walk with God.
Nevertheless, Genesis 6:1-4 states that the world was famous for its corruption. The Nephilim became well-known because of their stature and their conduct. The world began to embrace the violent and lustful temperament of the Nephilim, so that instead of rejecting such living, the world accepted such conduct as "good" and turned from the righteousness of the Living God. God's judgment was just and deserved. In the New Testament, Jesus compared the days before His 2nd Coming to the days described in Genesis 6:1-4, which means that just before His return, the world will resemble the environment of Genesis 6:1-4. If one is honest with one's assessment of the world today, one will find a concerning amount of similarities. If God judged then, and was righteous at that time, He will judge again as promised, and will be right for doing so again. Yet, just as in Genesis 6:1-4, He is patient and merciful to grant adequate time for repentance in order to receive salvation from His wrath, showing that God does not change.
Though many people have assumed the Bible to be a book of fairytale-like stories, it is not because its contents are arranged and presented such a way. Typically people who make such judgments are those who have little experience reading and understanding the Bible. The Bible presents itself as a book of verified historical facts and as the Holy Spirit-inspired Word of God, not a book of tall tales. For example, Genesis 5:1-32 presents the genealogy of Seth. The Bible is clear to present Seth as a historical figure, not a make-believe one. This one, of many genealogies in the Bible, documents the lives of real historical people, the times in which they lived, and never seeks to present these facts in hyperbole or in symbolic matters to present moral lessons. The authors of these genealogies wrote them in order to inform readers about real human beings that lived during the times that were documented.
Such truth has created controversy with the secular world. In Genesis 5:1-32 the Bible presents specific names with very specific numbers that have helped Bible readers and believers date the age of the world. Genesis 5:1-32 reminds readers that God created man. His ability to live and bear children was not dependent on a process that spanned over millions of years. The Bible is sure to remind readers that when Seth was born, Adam and Eve were having babies as human beings - male and female, so that their offspring were born in their own likeness and image. The language of the Bible seemingly takes extra effort to refute more modern theories about the origin of mankind, though the Bible's contents were written long before these newer ideas.
Genesis 5:1-32 then goes on to list a specific genealogy of Adam through his son Seth. Recall that Cain killed Abel, and then was cursed. Thus, Adam and Eve had another son named Seth, and the genealogy follows his bloodline to document all of his descendants up to Noah. Genesis 5:1-32 is specific in its details to show that, while the genealogy only presents the lives of 10 men, the Bible states that each man's family produced other sons and daughters in order to populate the world. When one examines the scriptures in the manner that they were intended, and interprets the Bible as the literal Word of God, placing its contents as the authority over mankind's wisdom, then one discovers that by the time Noah had his family, 1.656 years had elapsed. This is where the phrase "young earth" has come from since the Bible proposes that the planet, just before the flood, was less than 2,000 years old, while many secularists would propose that the earth was billions of years old.
In the middle of the genealogy, there is an interesting mention of a man named Enoch, who is also mentioned in Hebrews chapter 11 as being a hero of saving faith and a godly example. Genesis 5:1-32 does not provide a lot of information about Enoch, but the pattern of details changes when Enoch's life is summarized. Each person in the genealogy of Genesis 5:1-32 has his name stated, his age stated when they had their first son, and then their age when they died. Each person is seen living hundreds of years since the affects of sin's curse on the earth had not fully manifested, and the flood had not yet destroyed the protective elements of life that God had implemented in creation. However, when Enoch is presented, there is an added detail that "he walked with God." Since this is only said of Enoch, one can gather that, while Seth began to call on the name of the Lord (Genesis 4:26), Enoch extended his relationship with the Lord to new intimate heights in faith as stated by the author of Hebrews.
As a result, God did something incredible! The Bible does not say that Enoch died like the rest of the men in the genealogy. Instead, Genesis 5:1-32 states that Enoch simply didn't exist anymore "because God took him." Hence, Enoch is a man that never had to face physical death, and was one of the only men of this genealogy that did not die in the flood. God reveals a powerful truth about Himself in this simple statement. Those who desire God and call upon Him in order to walk with Him in faith, will never see death. In the New Testament, the Bible often refers to the death of believers as "sleep" since Jesus promised that faith in Him would grant the blessing of eternal life. Many have even connected the teachings of the rapture to Enoch, using him as an example of one who was "taken up" without experiencing physical death. The point is, Genesis 5:1-32 distinguishes Enoch from the rest of the people listed in the genealogy because Enoch walked with God. He had a special and unique relationship with God.
The author of the Book of Hebrews attributes Enoch's relationship to God to his faith. Since it is impossible to please God without faith, Enoch was one of few people that actually pleased God because of faith. The Book of Hebrews teaches that faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things that are unseen. This reveals that as Enoch had faith, he lived in such a manner that provided substance and proof of God's being and demonstrated a hope in God's promise to deal with sin. The Bible does not provide specific examples of how he did that, but the rest of the Bible is filled with examples of this kind of faith so that Enoch becomes a picture of the reward for those who believe! Enoch received rest. Enoch avoided death. Enoch's faith made it so that he didn't have to suffer the wages of sin.
In contrast, Genesis 5:1-32 shows that the rest of the people of the genealogy were struggling in life because of the curse of sin. The ground was cursed, hard labor was the affect, and the people were in anguish over this reality. Genesis 5:1-32 shows that Lamech was hopeful in the birth of Noah. Lamech hoped that Noah would be one to bring relief from the labor caused by sin. Lamech looked to Noah as a sort of savior or Messiah. While Noah was not the Messiah of Genesis 3:15, his life and testimony certainly served to present a picture of the greater work Messiah would do. Thus, the lives of these men were recorded as historical documents to show the timeline of God's work, the hope in God's work, and the benefits of God's work for those who believe in the truth of God's work and promises.
The condition of the world should come as no surprise. When a group of people seeks to live without God, it is only a matter of time before chaos comes into play. The reason for this is because God made it so that everything reproduces of its own kind. Therefore, when a person teaches the ways of the Lord in speech, action and attitude, there is a higher likelihood that good traditions of righteousness and godliness will be passed on. In contrast, when a person lives in unrighteous and ungodly manners, it is highly likely that the next generation will live in unrighteous and ungodly manners. This principal is clearly illustrated in Genesis 4:17-26. In Genesis chapter 4, the scriptures testify that Cain murdered his brother Abel in jealousy. God judged Cain by removing him from his family and cursing his life. Though God judged Cain, Cain never sought forgiveness from God and the scriptures never show Cain repenting of his sin. Cain continued to live in unrighteousness, never seeking God in order to change the bitterness, jealousy and hate that resided in his heart. Thus, as Genesis 4:17-26 documents the testimony of Cain's family, it doesn't look good.
Within two generations, the descendants of Cain are found to be taking multiple wives. This was contrary to God's original plan for marriage. God created Adam and Eve only, and He created them with the desire for the two of them to become "one" as a testimony of His desire to be one with His children. Hence, the Bible presents the reality that when there is unrepentant sin, it will be learned by the next generation. Unrepentant sinners will likely produce more unrepentant sinners; and since unrepentant sinners live life contrary to the ways of God, it is likely that their children will live likewise. Genesis 4:17-26 presents no surprises. In fact, as the testimony of Cain's family continues, it is no surprise to see that one of his descendants Lamech, the one who was practicing polygamy, also committed murder. Genesis 4:17-26 reveals that Lamech killed a boy for hitting him. Then, as tradition taught Lamech, he did not repent to God, but instead confessed his sin to his wives in guilt. Though he was guilty in his conscience, he did not go to God because no one had taught him to do so. It is true that he was a murder like Cain. However, the greater tragedy is that because he came from a godless family, he did not know about the God who would be willing to forgive him if he would have confessed his sin in humility and repented of his sin. Thus, Lamech curses himself in a greater manner than Cain, and the tragedy continued in his family.
In stark contrast, Genesis 4:17-26 reveals that Adam and Eve had more children who went in a much different direction. The scriptures show that Eve had another son that she named Seth. The more important truth about this detail is the fact that Eve acknowledged God's involvement in his birth. The scriptures reveal that Eve attributed Seth as being God's gift to her, showing that, while she was deceived in the Garden and paid the consequence of sin, she still acknowledged God's divine position and involvement in her life. The Bible teaches that this is a good habit to teach, and there is good benefit that comes with it. Genesis 4:17-26 states that Seth had a son named Enosh, and it was at that time that people began to call on the name of the Lord. The scriptures suggest that as Eve planted the seed of acknowledging God, Seth learned this tradition so that by the time Enosh was born, their family was worshiping the Lord.
The scriptures present two very different testimonies. One family is continually cursed, and one family is attributed to worshiping God. This is not to say that Seth and Enosh didn't have normal problems. They were still sinners and had to deal with the same consequences to sin as anyone else. However, only one family was able to please God and overcome the consequence of sin. The Bible shows that as family units were growing on the earth, the families that did well in God's eyes were the ones that acknowledged God's presence, authority, involvement, and sovereignty. In contrast, those who lived in pride and rebellion were continually cursed. Those who would not humble themselves before God and would not confess sin in repentance, seeking to live apart form God, taught these habits to their children and curses compounded. The good news is that God is big and strong enough to remove anyone from any sin at any time - so long as that person is willing to let God do so. Nevertheless, the Bible shows that it is a miserable disservice when an older generation teaches unrighteousness and godlessness by one's prideful and shameful actions in conduct and attitude. It becomes really difficult for a sinner to repent when one doesn't know where to go to get forgiveness; and when one's family lives in a manner as if there is no God nor consequence for godlessness, this is what happens. In contrast, the Bible shows that it is far more fruitful and pleasing to God when a family of sinners lives life in humility and repentance, worshiping God because He is merciful and gracious to forgive, thereby showing the younger generation of sinners where to go when one falls short of God's expectations. Of the two ways to live, God is only pleased with the one that bears fruit through the worship of Him.
For a long time, there has been a misconception that God is presented differently in the Old and New Testament. There have been many people who wrongly assumed that God's temperament is different in each section of the Bible. When one closely examines the scriptures, one will find that God is exactly the same. God is equally as holy, righteous, just, gracious and merciful in the Old Testament as well as the New Testament. The Bible even illustrates that the manner in which one should aim to please God is the same in the Old Testament as the in the New Testament - by faith. For example, in Genesis 4:1-16 the Bible presents the testimony of Cain and Abel. Genesis 4:1-16 states that God showed mercy to Eve by getting her through childbirth, so that she gave birth to two sons. It is likely that she had more children as well, but Genesis 4:1-16 documents the interaction between Cain and Abel.
In this portion of scripture, the Bible explains that Cain became a cultivator of the ground while Abel became a shepherd of the flock. Genesis 4:1-16 explains that over time, each presented an offering to the Lord that was related to each one's profession. Since Cain was a farmer of sorts, Cain's offering consisted of some of his produce. Since Abel was a shepherd, the Bible says that Abel gave of the firstborn of his flock. While both gave offerings, the Bible is clear to show that God was only pleased with one of the offerings - Abel's.
Many people have speculated on why God appreciated Abel's offering more than Cain's. Some people teach that Cain's was inferior because it was of the efforts of his own hands. Since Cain was a farmer, the crops represented the results of his own work, which was corrupt from the curse of sin. Some people teach that Cain's offering was lesser in value simply because it came from the ground of the earth that was cursed. There are also some people who teach that Cain's offering was not appreciated because of Cain's attitude. Genesis 4:1-16 goes on to show that Cain was jealous of his brother's offering, and so some teach that this bitter heart corrupted his gift.
While there may be some truth to each of these beliefs, the Bible explains clearly why Abel's sacrifice was accepted over Cain's. In Hebrews chapter 11, the author of Hebrews states that the difference between Cain and Abel's offerings was that Abel's was given "in faith." The type of offering that Abel gave demonstrates faith. In the Book of Hebrews, the author explains God's work process to use the animal sacrifice system to present foreshadowing pictures of the complete work that Jesus would do as the Messiah in order to show that salvation comes by faith, and not by sacrifice. The author of Hebrews uses Abel as an example. Thus, the context of Hebrews shows that Abel's offering was greater than Cain's because it was a foreshadowing picture of the Law, which was in turn a foreshadowing picture of Jesus' death. Abel's offering required the blood of the firstborn, which resembled the instructions of God's Law that was given to Moses. Since Genesis 3:21 showed God slaughtering an animal to cover over the shame of sin, Abel is seen following the example of God rather than developing his own ways to please God. Thus, Abel's sacrifice is given in faith because it followed the example of God, which required blood, which served as a foreshadowing picture of the work of Christ.
Genesis 4:1-16 goes on to explain that as Cain was jealous of his brother's acceptance by God, the Lord approached Cain. God asked Cain why his attitude was poor and spoke sense into Cain. God told Cain that if he was bitter about Abel's sacrifice, then he should simply change the manner of his own sacrifice. God told Cain to repent. God told Cain that if he wanted to be accepted like Abel was, all he had to do was give an offering in the manner that God desired - not his own way. God warned Cain and told him that "sin was crouching at the door." God emphasized how important repentance was. The same sin that caused Adam and Eve to be removed from the Garden, and caused death to rule in the world, was crouching at the door of Cain's heart, waiting for an opportunity to destroy. This is how sin works. Genesis 4:1-16 explains that sin desires us in order to destroy us. Jealousy and a bitter attitude was creating an opportunity for greater danger. God could see into the heart of Cain and tried to warn him, showing that God is patient. Though it says in the New Testament that God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9), the Old Testament shows God's conduct demonstrating that truth about God.
Unfortunately, Cain did not heed the wisdom of God. Cain did not repent and so had to suffer great consequence. Since Cain did not repent, Genesis 4:1-16 shows that his jealousy led to murder. Cain killed his own brother Abel. The Bible often shows that when people live outside of faith, not seeking to do the things that please God, but instead seek to please themselves by their own methods, destruction inevitably arrives. The Bible again demonstrates the patience, mercy, and justice of God. Genesis 4:1-16 explains that God asked Cain about Abel's death and gave Cain an opportunity to confess his sin and repent just like He did with Adam and Eve. However, following the example of his parents, Cain did not confess his sin, and thus paid a terrible consequence. God always gives an opportunity for repentance in order to receive His mercy and grace. Yet, because God is a righteous Judge, when a person rejects His grace and mercy, there is consequence.
The Bible shows that God cursed Cain and removed him from the land, causing him to roam the earth without direction and rest. This is the consequence of sin. Those who reject the offer of God's mercy and grace are often those who wander around in life, unable to find peace, contentment, and rest. They are unsettled in life and tossed about by life's circumstances. Genesis 4:1-16 shows that Cain acknowledged that his judgment would result in a great amount of distance between him and God. This is the result of all sin. Sin causes distances between mankind and God, and without repentance, the distance becomes very dark and desolate. The Bible shows that God marked Cain so that no one would kill him and that God's total judgment against Cain would be fulfilled. In contrast, Genesis 4:1-16 explains that God knew about Abel's death because He heard Abel's "blood cry out from the ground." Cain was judged for his lacking of faith, which led to jealousy, bitterness, and ultimately murder. In contrast, Abel is said to possess qualities of life even after death. His blood is able to cry out. The Book of Hebrews explains that Abel's life cries out still. The faith of Able allowed him to possess qualities that resemble eternal life.
Even before Jesus, the Bible explains that faith in Him is the only way to please God, and the affects of faith are eternal life. The only difference between the Old and New Testament is that God simplified faith by giving the world an object to focus on in terms of faith - Jesus. Yet, as the Bible explains that Jesus is God, and God is Jesus, the object of faith has never really changed either. Praise God!
The goodness of God is really beyond all comprehension. Not only is God's goodness at a level that no human being can match, but no human being is even willing to attempt to match His goodness unless it is by the motivation of God's own Spirit. God simply takes care of His creation - even when His creation doesn't deserve it! In Genesis 3:20-24 the scriptures present a pretty morbid testimony. God created Adam and Eve to thrive in the Garden of Eden, living in the pleasure of God's perfection, yet sin changed the circumstances. Thus, Genesis 3:20-24 shows Adam and Eve being kicked out of the Garden as part of the consequence for their rebellion against God.
The Bible reveals that the main reason why Adam and Eve were removed from the Garden of Eden was because the Tree of Life was in the Garden. Genesis 3:20-24 explains that God recognized the position of mankind: Adam and Eve knew both good and evil. Since mankind was now educated in evil, God understood that flawed human nature would choose evil more than good as already demonstrated with the fruit. Thus, God did humanity a favor and removed Adam and Eve from the Garden that had the Tree of Life. God did not want Adam and Eve to live forever in a fleshly human condition. This is important to recognize. God permitted death as a gift to Adam and Eve. Death was God's way of providing mercy to sinners.
The Bible explains that as God examined Adam and Eve, He did not desire for them to live forever in sin. This would be a horrible tragedy - to sin and deal with sin's consequences forever. Thus, God provided mercy by allowing death. However, it is important to recognize that God first covered the shame of Adam and Eve before He removed them from the Garden. Genesis 3:20-24 explains that God made clothing out of skins for Adam and Eve so that He could clothe them. Previously in Genesis chapter 3, the Bible explained that Adam and Eve sought to make fig leaves into clothing. The Bible reveals the silliness and futility of mankind's efforts to cover the shame of sin. However, since God is merciful, He also shows Himself to be gracious. Rather than allow Adam and Eve to leave the Garden in a more shameful manner, scripture shows that God provided the skins of an animal as a better form of clothing.
It is important to recognize the strong implication of scripture. When Genesis 3:20-24 explains that God provided animal skin for clothing, it is implied that God killed an animal to do so. This point is further supported in the next chapter of Genesis, and especially in the Law of Moses. God understood that the wages of sin is death. Therefore, in order to cover the shame of sin, blood needed to be spilled. Therefore, God showed grace by killing an animal on behalf of the sin of Adam and Eve, resembling the very process of the Law that would be given nearly 2,000 years later. God proves Himself to be unchanging and obedient to His own rules. God shows Himself to be conscious about His plan in order to provide examples that He sets regarding His method for dealing with sin.
God removed Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden and the Tree of Life, essentially giving them a death sentence (though it was a prolonged one). God showed Himself to be a loving and gracious God as He slaughtered an animal on behalf of Adam and Eve in order to cover their sin. It is important to consider one important truth in this testimony. Adam and Eve both still died. Though their sins were covered by the blood of the animal, they eventually died anyway. This is because God was teaching a very important lesson that is taught in more depth through the Book of Hebrews. The blood of animals does not remove sin; it only covers sin. It is true that the shame of Adam and Eve was covered, but their sin was not removed. It is for this reason that Adam and Eve both died in the end. God showed that sin had real consequence. God also showed that mankind's efforts in dealing with those consequences were futile. Then God showed that, thought the wages of sin is death, the blood of something special and unique would have to be shed in order to remove sin rather than cover sin.
Interestingly enough, Genesis 3:20-24 shows that as God removed Adam and Eve from the Garden, He spoke to Himself in the third person plural sense. God said, "Then the LORD God said, 'Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil.'" God was referring to Himself in His triune nature. He spoke to Jesus. He spoke to the Holy Spirit. Hence, as God showed His grace to cover sin while teaching that the blood of animals was insufficient to remove sin, the Bible shows that Jesus was present. When Adam and Eve were removed from the Garden, Jesus was present. In other words, when the goodness of God was demonstrated through the grace and mercy of God, Jesus was a part of the work. This is the way it has been, and this is the way it always will be!
The ways that scripture connects itself to itself is absolutely amazing! People criticize the Bible and often make the remark that its contents are simply the writings of men with a hidden agenda. When one examines the writings of the Bible, understanding the variety of authors that were not professional writers, that wrote in three different languages over a time span of a couple thousand years, it becomes difficult to accept the Bible as anything but the Word of God! For example, in Genesis 3:17-19 the Bible documents God's judgment upon Adam for his sin in the Garden of Eden. The Lord reminded Adam before He announced judgment that it was because Adam blatantly disobeyed the command of God that his punishment is so severe. Genesis 3:17-19 explains that God cursed the ground because of the sin of Adam. This is important to understand. While there are many beautiful things that spring forth from the earth all over the world, one must consider the reality that all of it is curse. The wages of sin is death. Therefore, because Adam sinned, death was introduced into the world, and with death came disease, decay and other forms of corruption. Though there might be many beautiful things in the world that come out of the ground, the curse of sin can still be seen in that every season (and sometimes before) things die.
It is important to recognize the condition of the world before sin and after sin. This is difficult to do since no one knows what life was like without the ground being cursed. However, if one examines the testimony of God's new creation in the Book of Revelation, one can speculate on what life might have been like before the fall in the Garden. The Book of Revelation testifies that there are trees that grow multiple types of fruit (on the same tree) all year around. Since it is understood that God's new creation will not be affected by the curse of Genesis 3:17-19, one might assume that the ground was able to produce fruit in the same manner before Adam brought sin and death into the world. The Bible reveals that before the flood, mankind was vegetarian. Thus, there was a need for eatable vegetation at all times of the year. Since there are varying seasons now so that certain foods only grow at certain times, it has been difficult to supply food in various parts of the world, especially considering the population growth and consumption rates of other countries.
The curse of the ground has had a dramatic affect on life. Since sin was the cause of "the curse," it is important to recognize the type of destruction that sin causes. As a result of the curse of the ground, God stated that mankind would experience painful labor in order to survive. Since the ground was cursed, the means of farming and harvesting food would come by difficult manual and frustrating labor. The ground would not flourish on its own in God's purity. Instead, sin infected the world's soil so that mankind is no longer able to enjoy god's creation as He intended. Instead, humanity is force to labor and grind just to survive. Genesis 3:17-19 explains that the results of mankind's labor would be thorns and thistles. This is a key statement that all need to understand. The English dictionary defines a "thorn" as a sharp and pointed "modification." A modification is a change to an end result. In other words, God intended for life to be awesome, but sin caused a "modification." Sin caused a change to the end result. God desired life. Sin caused death. Thorns and thistles are a physical reminder of this reality. Therefore, it must be understood that thorns and thistles were not a part of God's creation. Thorns and thistles are the affects of human disobedience. Coincidentally, thorns and thistles are dangerous and useless. Thorns choke out fruitful vegetation, puncture and cut. Genesis 3:17-19 explains that though mankind would work really hard and eat by the sweat of our brows, the best mankind would ever be able to produce is "thorns and thistles" because of sin.
It is at this point in scripture where mankind is completely disqualified from working one's own way into heaven. It is impossible. Genesis 3:17-19 explains that the best mankind can offer in terms of his labor is thorns and thistles, which represent a modification to God's original perfect and pure plan. Therefore, mankind is unable to meet the expectations of God in order to dwell with God. Hence, Genesis 3:17-19 is also the point in scripture that identifies the need of a Savior! The Bible is clear to identify who that Savior is. Though Adam brought sin into the world, and caused death to infect the entire planet, God had a plan and provided a physical picture of that plan in Genesis 3:17-19. It is not by coincidence that God choose "thorns" to represent the affects of human sin.
The Gospel accounts identify that when Jesus was beaten, He was also mocked, which was traditional for crucifixion victims. However, it was not usual for crucifixion victims to be mocked in the manner that Jesus was. The Gospel accounts all testify that a crown of thorns was placed upon Jesus' head and then He was presented to the people before He was sent to be crucified. This is an odd form of humiliation if one does not make the beautiful connection of God's work that the Bible explains. When Jesus began His ministry, John the Baptist proclaimed, "Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world!" In Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus offered rest for those who labor in sin (which is everyone). Jesus said, "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heaven laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."
Jesus was referencing the curse of sin. Jesus' purpose was to lift the burden of sin by taking the curse of sin upon Himself. Genesis 3:17-19 explained that the spiritual affects of sin were pictured in the physical presence of thorns. Jesus was the Lamb of God who would remove sin from the world. Jesus offered the opportunity to receive rest from the burden of sin in one's soul. Then, before Jesus was crucified, He was presented, as the righteous and sinless Son of Man, bearing thorns on His head. The picture of Jesus wearing the thorns is the physical picture of the spiritual work that Jesus was doing. Jesus truly bore the affects of sin on His own head thereby making it possible for sinners to have an easier and lighter burden in life. People can't make this stuff up!
The truth of the matter is that, if all are willing to be honest with themselves, the affects of sin in terms of burden, labor, and frustrating and destructive outcomes is very real. Since God is righteous and just, He had to judge sin in this way. However, God did not intended for mankind to live this way. God acknowledged that mankind was unable to provide benefit and success for himself and so did the work for us. Knowing that all of the affects of human effort are cursed, God took the curse upon Himself in the form of Jesus so that as He was presented with the crown of thorns upon His head, He showed the world that He was willing to take on the punishment and curse that we deserve. The wages of sin is death. When human beings die, the curse of Genesis 3:17-19 becomes very real as the human body indeed returns to the ground and becomes dust once again. Nevertheless, God offered a solution to this very tragic problem mankind caused. The solution is by Him, of Him, yet for us. Jesus made the offer to go to Him in order to have the burden of sin and death relieved.
There is peace that comes with faith in Jesus as the Messiah Savior of the world. This peace is made possible as God shows that He is able to overcome the faults of all human beings and still see His will done! Life doesn't have to remain as "the curse." Jesus Christ is the only way to overcome this curse. The scriptures reveal that He continually calls out to us since He desires to share the benefits of His work by providing rest for our souls. Praise God!
It’s no secret that life is not easy. Though some difficulties may come seasonally, life offers enough challenges in a variety of different ways to cause many people to be flat out tired and worn down. However, it is a bummer to consider the Bible and see that life was not intended to be this way. God did not create humanity for the purpose of wearing everyone down by life's struggles. Genesis 3:16 explains why life can be so hard. When Adam and Eve ate the fruit from the tree that God commanded them not to eat from, He did show mercy by allowing them the opportunity to repent. God did show grace by first judging sin and the devil before dealing with Adam and Eve. However, since God is fair and just, righteous and holy, Genesis 3:16 documents the consequence for sin.
The Bible shows that God spoke to Eve first. In Genesis 3:16 God stated that the consequence for Eve's sin would be two-fold. First, Eve, and all women to follow, would experience great pain and anguish in child birth. God stated that women would give birth in great labor. As any woman that has given birth knows, this is a brutal consequence. Where this consequence becomes even more difficult to realize is when one considers the command that God gave to Adam and Eve before they sinned. The command was to be fruitful, multiply and fill the earth. God desired many more people to be in the world. He made it as big as it is in order to fill it with people. However, the manner in which women would participate in the command that God gave would come with great pain. Hence, the consequence of sin is seen to be far more severe than the physical pain of child labor. The consequence of sin proves to add tremendous difficulty and pain just to practice obedience to God's commands. In order for Eve to be obedient to God's command to be fruitful and multiply, she would have to knowingly endure pain and anguish. Such is part of the reason why Jesus had to suffer and then die for sin. The Bible teaches that the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). Eve would have to die to herself and her physical comforts in order to be obedient to the command of God to be fruitful and multiply.
The second form of judgment that was issued to Eve was through her relationship with her husband. Genesis 3:16 shows that Eve would desire her husband, but that her husband would dominate and rule over her. The Hebrew word that is used for "desire" is one that describes and intense longing or craving. The Bible uses this word only 2 other times in the Old Testament to describe the desire sin has to destroy us (Genesis 4:7) and the intense desire the Shulamite had for Solomon (Song of Solomon 7:10). The Bible describes that Eve would have this intense longing for her husband; however, this intense longing would not be reciprocated. Instead, Genesis 3:16 explains that the husband would "rule over" the wife. He would not meet the expectation of the wife in terms of the affectionate desire. Instead, the husband would have dominion over the wife and seek to lord and govern over her. Though God created Adam and Eve as equals, the consequence of sin as documented in Genesis 3:16 would cause this disconnect in marriage. The wife would have one desire and expectation while the husband would have another. Consequently, neither expectation would be met, so that the foundation for struggle within marriage was laid.
This was not the way God created marriage. The Bible shows that sin is what caused friction to enter into the marriage relationship. The Bible shows that sin is the cause of the communication disconnect that exists in every marriage. Though it is true that every husband doesn't seek to dominate his wife, and not every wife desires her husband, one can observe the affects that sin had on marriage. God created the marriage relationship to show that two people can function as one person, illustrating the relationship between God and Jesus, as well as between Jesus and the church. However, sin caused marriage to be divided by expectation, motive and communication. Genesis 3:16 clearly shows that Adam and Eve would no longer be on the same page, and there would be great difficulty to try and be on the same page. Any married couple knows this to be true. This difficulty begins even before marriage. Many young girls have imagined their wedding and pretended to be married. Its not often you'll find young boys imagining and pretending the same things. While some young girls are picturing their dress, some young boys are picturing themselves blowing things up. The desire that a female has to have a husband can be seen even at young ages. The disconnect between males and females can also be seen at a young age. What God designed to make one, sin split apart.
The wages of sin is death, but the affects of sin until death present incredible difficulty. Thus, the Bible makes is clear: in order to overcome the difficulties of life as a result of sin, one must seek to live outside of sin, and the Bible teaches that the only way to do that is with the Holy Spirit, which one is given when one places trust in the identity and purpose of Jesus Christ. The Bible teaches that sin can be overcome, but only through Jesus Christ!