Foundational Themes in Genesis – Study 35
The theme of generations runs throughout this book of beginnings or origins, namely Genesis. â€œGenesisâ€ is a Greek word for â€œgenerationâ€ or â€œoriginâ€, and the equivalent Hebrew word â€œtoÌ‚ledaÌ‚hâ€ appears 13 times in Genesis alone (Gen 2:4, Gen 5:1, Gen 6:9 (2), Gen 10:1, Gen 10:32, Gen 11:10, Gen 11:27, Gen 25:12-13 (2), Gen 25:19, Gen 36:1, Gen 36:9, Gen 37:2). But God also made clear distinctions between the generations which basically fall into two lines, which brings one of the main themes of all Scripture into focus:
Gen 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
The generation of Cain is first to be revealed in Scripture as those who are representative of the line of the seed of the serpent (Gen 4:1-24). As every tree is known by its fruit, the same evil and subtle mind as that of the serpent in the garden of Eden is seen in the very attitude and action of Cain towards God and his own brother Abel. God openly showed His favor toward Abel for his obedience to God, and Cain did not agree with Godâ€™s choice and election:
Gen 4:3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.
Gen 4:4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:
Gen 4:5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
Gen 4:8 And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.
Those in the line of the seed of the serpent will always show animosity, disdain and rejection towards those on whom God shows His favor. God indeed has an elect and He is working His obedience in that elect which is His prerogative and decision (Luk 1:30; Luk 2:52; Joh 15:16; Rom 9:13). Throughout the Scripture this pattern is repeated of how God works His favor and love for â€œthe youngerâ€ or lastborn, against His rejection of the elder or firstborn (e. g. Gen 6:8; Gen 37:3; Exo 3:10; Joh 15:16; Act 13:22; 1Co 15:45-47):
Rom 9:11 (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)
Rom 9:12 It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger.
But those on whom God shows this favor are placed in a position where they are a target of hatred, resentment and animosity. No one chooses this election except God, and Paul expressed so fitly his heaviness and sorrow for his rejected brothers in flesh (Gen 37:4; Mat 10:17-39):
Rom 9:1 I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost,
Rom 9:2 That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart.
Rom 9:3 For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh:
Seth was appointed and chosen by God to typify the seed of the woman â€œinstead of Abelâ€ (Gen 4:25-26); Within this line of Seth we see the foreshadowing of the spiritual sons of God or Godâ€™s â€œekkleÌ„siaâ€ in the Elect One, Jesus Christ (Gen 5:1-32). The theme of the â€œsons of Godâ€ is the central focus of all Scriptures and this generation of Seth typifies the â€œekkleÌ„siaâ€ as they were the first to â€œcall upon the name of the Lordâ€ (Gen 4:26; Mat 16:18; 1Pe 2:4-9; Eph 3:2). Through the various interactions between the generations of Seth and Cain, Godâ€™s â€œekkleÌ„siaâ€ learns to â€œgive diligence to make [ their] calling and election sureâ€ as this election in Christ includes manifold painful trials (1Pe 4:12; 2Pe 1:10). Even within this election in Christ the principle of â€œfewâ€ that will be faithful to the name or doctrine of Christ is applicable until the end (Mat 22:14; Luk 13:23-24; Mat 24:13; Gen 6:8-9): Rev 17:14 â€¦.. for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.
God uses all created things to bring these necessary trials and heresies â€œby which they which are approved may be made manifest among youâ€ (1Co 11:19; 2Co 11:6). God is using even the â€œmen of the worldâ€ as His â€œswordâ€ to approve the elected sons of God:
Pro 16:4 The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.
Psa 17:13 Arise, O LORD, disappoint him, cast him down: deliver my soul from the wicked, which is thy sword:
Psa 17:14 From men which are thy hand, O LORD, from men of the world, which have their portion in this life, and whose belly thou fillest with thy hid treasure: they are full of children, and leave the rest of their substance to their babes.
The generation of Cain generally typifies this â€œmen of the worldâ€ or the â€œsons of menâ€ who â€œmultiply on the face of the earthâ€ (Psa 4:2; Ecc 3:10-21). These â€œmen of the worldâ€ in Cainâ€™s generation fathered sons and daughters. These daughters were fair, meaning they looked good and pleasant to the physical eye, by Godâ€™s design and purpose:
Gen 6:1 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,
Gen 6:2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.
This just confirms what was already revealed in the generation of Cain:
Gen 4:22 And Zillah [ the one wife of Lamech, the son of Cain], she also bare Tubalcain, an instructer of every artificer in brass and iron [ representing the fleshâ€™s beauty and strength respectively]: and the sister of Tubalcain was Naamah [ her names means â€œbeautyâ€ or â€œpleasantnessâ€].
All in the first Adam are vulnerable and open to the seductions of the flesh and generally follow these naturally without question (Rev 17:1-2; Eph 2:2-3; Rom 7:15; 1Jn 2:16). This is also what happened to the physical nation of Israel who foreshadowed how Godâ€™s true spiritual elect also are seduced by lies at their appointed time (Rom 15:4; 1Co 10:11):
Deu 8:2 And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.
One of these trials during which physical Israel failed dismally is when Balaam was used to entice them, and in that process their greed and lusts were exposed. This is the way God uses the deceitfulness of self- elevation, selfish ambitions and other lusts in the generation of Cain to â€œproveâ€ the sons of God. This is done to bring them to their witsâ€™ end where they learn to always â€œcall on the name of the Lordâ€ and not lean on their own understanding (Psa 107; Pro 3:5):
2Pe 2:15 Which [ the physical Israelites] have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness.
Jdg 1:11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core [ Korah].
Rev 2:14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.
The error or doctrine of Balaam came in the form of fornication that happened to physical Israel, and that is just a type of the seduction of the subtle false doctrines which also influence the sons of God at the appointed time. Even the sons of God have their time to walk according to â€œthe course of this worldâ€ in the false doctrines of the sons of men:
Eph 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
Eph 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
Eph 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
This is the time (which has an â€œis, was and will beâ€ or continual application to it) when we bring forth the giants and mighty men or men of renown in our own minds:
Gen 6:4 There were giants [ Hebrew: â€œnephÄ±Ì‚ylâ€] in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.
Gen 6:5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
These giants or nephilim were also powerful enemies in the time of physical Israel who made them look like grasshoppers (Num 13:32-33; Deu 2:10-11; Amo 2:9-10). But spiritually these â€œchildrenâ€ we give birth to after our fornications with the world are our own â€œimaginations of the thoughts of [ our] heartâ€. These are the very powerful and overwhelming â€œstrong holdsâ€ and all the â€œhigh thing[ s] that exalts [ themselves]â€ in our deceived hearts and minds (2Co 10:4-5). These are â€œthe mighty men which were of old [ even now in the first Adam in us], men of renownâ€. These make us haughty to think carnally that we can lord over otherâ€™s faith, even envying superior â€˜seatsâ€™ than our own brethren in Christ (2Co 1:24; Jas 4:5; Mat 20:20-28; Pro 21:10). This is when we arrogantly point fingers to otherâ€™s fleshly state and actions and are not even aware of the sleeping evil giants waiting to be exposed in us (1Co 10:12):
Tit 3:2 To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.
Tit 3:3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.
â€œMen of renownâ€ are part of â€œall in the worldâ€ in our first Adam when we also simply cannot accept Godâ€™s order and His appointees, even in the physical (1Jn 2:16; Gen 4:25; Rom 13:1-8; Tit 3:1-3; Dan 4:25; 1Pe 3:1-7; 1Co 14:40). â€œMighty menâ€ and â€œmen of renownâ€ are linked to the â€œhigh places in the mountainsâ€ of the natural pride in us (2Ch 21:11). Various challenges occurred on God- appointed and elected leadership on several occasions in the Scriptures. Moses, for example, was said to have been the meekest man â€œupon the face of the earthâ€ but his election even brought opposition from his own brother and sister:
Num 12:1 And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman.
Num 12:2 And they said, Hath the LORD indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not spoken also by us? And the LORD heard it.
Num 12:3 (Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.)
Num 12:9 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against them; and he departed.
Num 12:10 And the cloud departed from off the tabernacle; and, behold, Miriam became leprous, white as snow: and Aaron looked upon Miriam, and, behold, she was leprous.
At the appointed time, our own righteousness will be revealed to us as being spiritual leprosy and hypocrisy for which we will be judged by our High Priest (Isa 64:6). Our own giants and wickedness will correct us and our backslidings will chastise us:
Jer 2:19 Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts.
Our own natural mind will always challenge our position in Christ by pointing out our failures and shortcomings. It wants us to believe that we are not â€œaccepted in the belovedâ€ (Eph 1:5-6). The challenges which Godâ€™s appointees face are also revealed in the ministries of Paul and the apostles throughout the New Testament. This is also showing that all the spiritual sons of God will face the â€œmen of renownâ€ inwardly and outwardly all the time. Like Moses, it is always interesting that these men were the meekest men that can be found within their time of ministry, and yet they were accused of commending themselves and being boastful (Act 20:29-30; 2Co 5:12; 2Co 10:12-18; 2Ti 1:15; 2Ti 4:14-18; 3Jn 1:9-11). Meekness equals weakness for those in the line of the serpent:
2Co 10:7 Do ye look on things after the outward appearance? If any man trust to himself that he is Christ’s, let him of himself think this again, that, as he is Christ’s, even so are we Christ’s.
2Co 10:8 For though I should boast somewhat more of our authority, which the Lord hath given us for edification, and not for your destruction, I should not be ashamed:
2Co 10:9 That I may not seem as if I would terrify you by letters.
2Co 10:10 For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.
2Co 11:11 Let such an one think this, that, such as we are in word by letters when we are absent, such will we be also in deed when we are present.
The natural spirit of the fleshly mind always lusts to envy and make comparisons which is not the spirit of wisdom of God, but an earthly, sensual, and devilish spirit â€“ the spirit of the â€œmen of the worldâ€ (Jas 4:5; 2Co 10:12). Those with the spirit and wisdom of God can see and accept how all in His body are being â€œfitly joined [ or framed] togetherâ€ sharing one mind and have no schisms (Eph 2:21; Eph 4:16; 1Co 3:3; 1Co 12:25):
Jas 3:13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.
Jas 3:14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.
Jas 3:15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.
Jas 3:16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
â€œWhere there is envying and strife, there is confusionâ€ which causes deep and bitter torment. Confusion and death are the mental state of the old first man Adam who is not Godâ€™s ultimate or prime creation as some proclaim. The spirit man in Christ is Godâ€™s prime creation, and that is what is meant when it says in the Scripture that â€œit repented the LORD that he had made manâ€â€“ also here in Gen 6:
Gen 6:6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
Gen 6:7 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.
Several times in Scripture we read that God repents, which deludes many to think that God changed His mind or that He had a rethinking about His plan of action (Gen 6:5-7; Exo 32:14; Jdg 2:14; 1Sa 15:11; 1Sa 15:35; 2Sa 24:16; Psa 106:43; Psa 106:45; Jer 26:19; Amo 7:3; Amo 7:6; Jon 3:10). But God is â€œnot a man, that he should repentâ€ and that is also written for our admonition as it points out how different we should understand the concept of repentance when it applies to God (1Sa 15:29). God has perfect understanding of everything, and that also includes why He created a fleshly man and all evil things which are grieving Him all the time. Just as all evil, darkness and sin were given a temporary existence and purpose in Godâ€™s plan, so is fleshly man (Gen 1:2; Isa 45:7; Gen 50:20). Flesh is extremely evil to a holy God and He cannot and will not accept the flesh in His spiritual kingdom (1Co 1:20; 1Co 15:50; Pro 16:4). God is in total control all the time and He made the decision to eventually destroy all flesh before He created it (Isa 46:10). This is the same as saying that Godâ€™s spirit â€œshall not always strive with man, for that he also is fleshâ€ (Gen 6:3). He will destroy all evil, darkness and physical things (which are all related to spiritual death) once they served His purposes:
1Co 15:26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
Numerous false teachings are out there in the world about this relation and interaction between the sons of God and the daughters of men in Gen 6. Although the angelic spirit beings are also called â€œsons of Godâ€ in Scripture, it is also important to note that these angelic beings are not â€œgiven in marriageâ€, meaning angelic beings cannot have sexual relationships (Job 1:6; Luk 20:34-36). So it was not angelic beings that had sexual relations with the sons of men as some falsely propagate. Only the holy spirit of the Father can bring forth new life, even in those who are â€œa chaste virgin to Christâ€ (Mat 1:18-20; Luk 1:34-35; 2Co 11:2):
Rev 14:1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.
Rev 14:2 And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:
Rev 14:3 And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.
Rev 14:4 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.
Rev 14:5 And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.
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