Jesse M. Hendley
Friends, turn with me now, if you will, to Genesis 8:20, and we are studying here a wonderful statement. We are studying "Man's Way and God's Way to Heaven." If you go man's way, you won't get there! If you go God's way, you WILL. It is very important that weKNOW THE Way to Heaven, and God makes it plain all the way through the Bible, Old Testament and New, that the way back to God is through the shedding of blood, the innocent dying for the guilty.
We have already studied about the Garden of Eden, and about Abel and Cain. Now let's come today to NOAH. We are moving forward in human history. More than a thousand years later, after the record of Cain, we read this: "Noah builded an altar unto the Lord and took of every clean beast and every clean fowl and offered burnt offering on the altar. And the Lord smelled a sweet savour." Isn't that an amazing statement?
Noah, we read in Genesis 6, was the best man God had on earth. He was perfect in all his generations and Noah walked with God. We learn immediately then that the Old Testament word for "perfect" here does not mean absolutely perfect, for to offer sacrifice to God is an admittance of imperfection. Jesus Christ never offered sacrifice to God. That is the one reason we know that Mary, the mother of Jesus was not divine. She was not deity, she was not God. She offered sacrifice unto the Lord. Now the offering of sacrifice is the admittance of guilt, admittance of sin, and here is Noah offering sacrifice, the best man God had on the earth and whom God spared from the judgment of the flood when He drowned the rest of the world because of its sin when they would not repent.
God drowned them to save unborn generations. Let me vindicate God. Wicked people, living wickedly, raise wicked children; and that increases till the whole earth is covered with SIN. That is what happened before the days of the Flood. Every wicked person, every wicked home, ...
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