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The Impact of Full Obedience (Genesis 1-6)

Sermon on 5 March 2023 by Sis Hui Ling

Chapter 1 : Account of creation

Chapter 2 : The man and women of eden

Chapter 3 : The man and women sin; paradise lost: God's judgement

Chapter 4 : Cain and Abel the birth of seth

Chapter 5 : The descendants of Adam

Chapter 6 : A world gone wrong; The story of Noah


Genesis 5 - the genealogy from Adam to Noah

When Adam was 130 years old, he became the father of a son who was just like him—in his very image. He named his son Seth. After the birth of Seth, Adam lived another 800 years, and he had other sons and daughters. Adam lived 930 years, and then he died. When Seth was 105 years old, he became the father of Enosh. After the birth of Enosh, Seth lived another 807 years, and he had other sons and daughters. Seth lived 912 years, and then he died.


When Lamech was 182 years old, he became the father of a son. Lamech named his son Noah, for he said, “May he bring us relief from our work and the painful labor of farming this ground that the Lord has cursed.” After the birth of Noah, Lamech lived another 595 years, and he had other sons and daughters. Lamech lived 777 years, and then he died. After Noah was 500 years old, he became the father of Shem, Ham, and Japheth.


Observation

Noah and the people if his generation could have interacted with 3rd to 6th generation of Adam's descendants.

Parents, grandparents, great-grandparents do pass on lessons in life, instructions on how to do certain things to their children/ descendants. Don't we?

But whether children or descendants choose to obey and follow is their free-will

Chapter 6 - A world gone wrong

Then the people began to multiply on the earth, and daughters were born to them. The sons of God saw the beautiful women and took any they wanted as their wives. Then the Lord said, “My Spirit will not put up with humans for such a long time, for they are only mortal flesh. In the future, their normal lifespan will be no more than 120 years.”


Free-will

. God gave us free-will

. You can use your free-will to:

- Obey as an expression of love and reverence

- Turn free-will into self-will ( whatever I want )


1st Consequence of self-will

The Lord observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil. So the Lord was sorry he had ever made them and put them on the earth. It broke his heart.


Recognise that :

. First consequences of our self-will is not punishment! First consequences of our self-will is that it breaks the heart of someone who loves us.

- God, our parents, etc

- V6 " It broke his heart."


2nd consequences of self-will : punishment

And the Lord said, “I will wipe this human race I have created from the face of the earth. Yes, and I will destroy every living thing—all the people, the large animals, the small animals that scurry along the ground, and even the birds of the sky. I am sorry I ever made them.”


Genesis 6:7-8 sets the stage for Noah

And the Lord said, “I will wipe this human race I have created from the face of the earth. Yes, and I will destroy every living thing—all the people, the large animals, the small animals that scurry along the ground, and even the birds of the sky. I am sorry I ever made them.” But Noah found favor with the Lord.


Story of Noah

This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, the only blameless person living on earth at the time, and he walked in close fellowship with God. Noah was the father of three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Now God saw that the earth had become corrupt and was filled with violence. God observed all this corruption in the world, for everyone on earth was corrupt. So God said to Noah, “I have decided to destroy…

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