those whose heart were right toward Him. In the first generations of
the earth, after “the fall” there were only a few who sought after God.
For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth, that he may strongly support those whose heart is completely his.
2 Chronicles 16:9
Adam and Eve began their task to propagate humanity. They named their firstborn Cain, who worked with the beasts of the field. Abel, the second born, loved the fruit of the fields and dedicated himself to bringing forth verdant fields of harvest. He would earnestly present his first fruits to God as a very pleasing sacrifice which were so very graciously received by God because of the abiding and adoring nature of Abel’s heart toward God. He measured Abel’s heart and was impressed with the faith of the second person of the second generation of humanity. One day Cain decided to follow in Abel’s footsteps and present a sacrifice of one of his beasts of the field. Yet his motive was selfish – not to adore God, but only to gain God’s favor, and God refused to accept such a selfish sacrifice.
Cain became very distraught and angry, and God said to him, “If you do well your attitude will be lifted up, but if not, sin is crouching at your door to take hold of you, but you must master sin. Do not let it master you, as it did your parents,” God warned Cain.
Cain, recognized the risk, but did not shut the door, and sin quickly entered into his heart and mind. In a field with Abel, overwhelmed with jealousy of Abel’s well-received sacrifice, sin took full control, enlarged Cain’s anger, and he murdered his brother out of envy and rage.
”Am I my brother’s keeper? He’s a grown man and go can go where he desires,” replied Cain.
“His blood is crying to me from the ground,” declared God. “You have murdered him! Now the ground will curse you and no longer yield its strength to you. You will become a vagrant and wanderer on the earth. Yet if anyone kills you, the vengeance will be taken on him seven-fold.”
Cain, in great shame and remorse retreated from the presence of God. But now, in only the second generation on earth, murder from excessive pride had taken place. Satan, once again, using pride as his primary tool to trap mankind created another level of sin for mankind–murder.
As Jesus observed this terrible act of violence of one brother slaying his own flesh and blood, he said, “While on earth I’m going to demonstrate the strength of humbleness and meekness to man. Pride will never be a temptation for me. Man must come to know the vile evil that pride presents and the terrible places it will lead you.”
His father responded,” Yes My Son, and because of such a humble attitude on earth your name will be even further exalted here in heaven! But you will be fiercely combating pride on earth, even among your own, and your people.”
Then Eve came forth painfully with another son to replace Abel. His name was Seth. He and his heart were continually turned toward God, just as was Abel’s. His heart for God was ever present and his strong faith flowed fully into his following generations. From Seth’s fifth-generation,” Enoch walked with God” and then “was not.” Enoch did not experience an earthly death, but a heavenly transition from death to life.
Then, in his ninth generation, was Noah, whose heart was so righteous before God, in stark contrast to all of existing humanity, which had transformed themselves farther and farther away from even the knowledge of God. Ever more toward massive sin, persistent immorality, and rampant evil acts. Their every intent was for themselves and to please their fleshly pleasures and appetites. Lucifer was enjoying a luscious and lavish feast of sin with humanity.
God then said, “My spirit will not strive with man forever, because of his fleshly nature. The extent of his days will be only 120 years,” while the previous generations lived to over 900 years of age.
He and Jesus grieved at the incessant sinful direction of their creation. Lucifer was leading them by his hand, deeper and deeper “into sin.” I will blot out man from the earth, from man to animals and creeping things to birds of the sky.
Jesus exclaimed, “Surely, there is at least one man we can save, Father. And let that man remain on earth to bring Our plan into place.”
”You’re right, Jesus. There is only one godly man on earth right now, and his name is Noah, a descendant of Seth. And his heart is right before us. He will be our instrument to continue mankind. And, hopefully, to a better condition, than what berserk evil is producing in him right now. Noah has found favor in my eyes and I will speak to him.”
God approached Noah and said to him, ”Make for yourself an ark of gopher wood, with many rooms, and cover it with pitch to seal it from the outside. It will be 300 cubits long, 50 cubits wide, and 30 cubits high. I am bringing a great flood of water to the earth to destroy all flesh from under heaven. All life on earth shall perish, except for you and your family!”
Noah responded in incredible surprise, that all the evil surrounding and threatening him would be wiped away. He was joyous at this news from the Lord, that humanity would now take a different course in the world.
“Noah, I will set forth my covenant with you, and you shall enter the ark – you and your sons and your wife and your son’s wives with you. And of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every kind into the ark to stay alive with you. Bring on board one male and one female of each kind. Take all edible fruit and food for you and the animals to eat.”
Noah responded in great faith and obedience to do all that God said, while daily resisting the intense mockery, malice, and mistreatment by those watching him build the ark for the Lord. Noah and his sons persisted daily in this huge task for God, and in doing so their faith only grew stronger.
When all was ready God said, ”Enter the ark, you and your family, for you alone, I have seen to be righteous before me in this time.” They boarded the ark along with all the animals already placed inside.
Behold, the foundation of the deep suddenly burst open, and the floodgates of the sky were opened. The unbelieving crowds clambered to Noah for rescue, but the door to the ark had been shut by God and could not be opened in order to accomplish the one true purpose of the flood. The flood flowed from the heavens and the deep for 40 days and nights. The water prevailed as the ark floated above the earth, even above the very highest mountains. All life on earth perished, except for Noah, his family, and the animals on the ark. The floodwaters lasted for 150 days.
God then commanded the flood waters to recede, and after seven months the ark rested on top of Mount Ararat. After more time the waters receded until dry ground was visible and God told Noah, “Go out of the ark, and your wife and sons and their women with you. Bring out every beast that they may breed abundantly, and be fruitful and multiply on earth.” Noah and his family and all the animals excitedly exited in exhilaration from the ark.
Noah, out of his faithful and grateful spirit for the rescue of his family, built an altar to the Lord and God smelled the soothing aroma. “I will never again cover the ground with water on account of man, for the intent of man’s heart is evil from his youth, and I will never again destroy everything as I have done.”
The Lord then directed Noah and his sons to “be fruitful and multiply and populate the earth abundantly. And I establish my covenant with you, and with your descendants. All flesh shall never be cut off by the waters of the flood. This is a sign of my covenant for all successive generations. I set my rainbow in the clouds. When I bring a cloud over the earth, the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud.”