No Time for God
No time for God, what a dangerous condition. This morning we begin a study of the World that Perished in the Genesis Flood. The entire world had come to the dangerously deadly state of having no time for God. God has told us that one of the final stages of terminal cancer of the soul is when humans have no place for their Creator in their hearts, minds, or lives.
Why did The World that Perished in the Genesis Flood become a world that had no time for God? Paul explains this condition in Romans 1 "because they were not willing to retain God in their minds, God gave them up." The World that Perished in the Genesis Flood suffered the fate that all who have no time for God will experience.
If you open with me to Genesis 4:24-Chaper 5, we can make some observations.
Evaluated from a merely a human point of view, Cain's descendants are an admirable lot. Chapter 4 tells us about:
Jabal ("wanderer") founded the science of agriculture (v. 20);
Jubal founded "culture"—music; and
Tubal-Cain founded the metal industries.
From a worldly perspective which bases its perceptions on outward appearances, Cain's "city" was a great success, but God made it clear that He had rejected the whole thing. In v. 25, God gave Adam and Eve another seed—Seth—which means "the appointed, the substitute" (taking Abel's place).
God did not try to reform the Descendents of Cain that had no time for God. He rejected them and ultimately destroyed them in the flood. As the Descendents of Cain were gradually wandering away from the true worship of God, the Descendents of Seth were returning to Him (v. 26) and establishing again their worship of the Lord. The ultimate descendent of Seth is the hero of faith in Genesis 6-8 Noah.
Isn't our world today so much like those descendents of Cain? Both seem to have time for everything but, have no time for God. We make advances in agriculture, industry, arts, great cities, and religious unity, but our world lives in sin and darkened souls without faith in the blood of Christ. Also, like Cain's civilization of old, it will be destroyed. We still have boasting murderers like Lamech, and we still have people (like Lamech) who violate the sacred vows of marriage. "As the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of man be" (Matt. 24:37, NJKV). Men still reject divine revelation and depend on their own human resources. The true Christian does not belong to this "world system" that is passing away (1 John 2:15-17), and should not get involved with it (Rom. 12:1-2; 2 Cor 6:14-7:1).
There are four evils described in these verses which mark the restlessness of Cain's children, then and now.
Restlessness Genesis 4:14. Doesn't that remind us of when God said in Isaiah 57:20-21 "But the wicked are like the tossing sea, which cannot rest, whose waves cast up mire and mud. "There is no peace," says my God, "for the wicked."
Emptiness Genesis 4:17 like the holes in the pockets of Haggis, only it is their souls that are empty.
Sensualness Genesis 4:18-22 like Peter and Jude say that the lost run greedily after pleasure, as they sought music, commerce, and sex, instead of God.
Arrogance Genesis 4:23-24 like Satan as he boasted to God in his heart his, "I Wills", so this world boasted of violent, cold blooded murder for one who only wounded him.
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