Bible Lesson 7

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth, he made man and called him Adam and then he provided Adam a help meet, a woman to complete him. God gave them a perfect garden, a paradise where there was nothing for them to do except dress and keep the garden and obey God’s one command, not to eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

We know the sad story of Adam’s wife Eve, as she listened to the serpent that had been possessed by Satan, and she ate of the fruit; and then convinced Adam to eat of it.

God put them out of the garden and history began to unfold, as the human race, encumbered by a mind that will not subject itself to the word and will of God, goes from bad to worse.

In the time of Noah, God drew the line on mankind since it had gone to the extremes of sin, (Genesis 6:5) and God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that Every imagination of the thoughts of man’s heart was only evil continually.

In case you don’t know the account of Noah and the universal flood that God sent on the earth, God gave the human race 120 years to repent and take advantage of an ark that God had commanded Noah to build. Noah preached righteousness for the hundred and twenty years that it took Noah to build the ark (2? peter 2:5); but the only people who got on the completed ark was Noah and his wife, and his three sons and their wives.

Eight people out of the estimated millions of people on the earth at that time, and all of the animals except two of Every kind that God had caused to come to the ark, were drown in a flood that covered the entire earth to a depth that was over the top of the highest mountains.

Now, does it sound like God intends for his creatures to obey him? You can know for sure that it is God’s intent that his creatures obey his decrees, his will and his word. God doesn’t require anything of you that is not in our best interest.

Just like a manufacturer who makes a certain kind of equipment, puts certain limits and guide lines to observe when we operate the equipment: God is the creator of us all and he knows what is best and what is harmful for each of us.

God is not facious, he cares enough to do all that is possible to instruct us in our lives here on the earth. For the people in the old testament, God continually sent the patriarchs, the prophets, the judges and then Even allowed Israel to have a king; and under the age of grace, which we live in, God has given us his written instructions, the Bible, and he sent his only begotten son, Jesus Christ, to shed his blood to redeem us from sin and to teach us and provide us an example of what God is like, Jesus used his time here to warn us to turn us from self to God.

The religious leaders of that time had corrupted the word of God and the will of God to the point that they were leading people away from God’s way to a cultural way, which was the devil’s invention. If we read the Sermon on the Mount, (Matthew 5-8), we find Jesus Christ warning those who heard Him preach to repent, turn around and go in a different direction, the direction that Jesus set forth in the Sermon on the Mount.

Our society needs to heed that same warning; because most people in the visible churches of our day are “playing church”, being entertained, practicing feel-good religion and then calling it Christianity. We are on the wrong track and we are heading toward judgment and hell at break neck speed. We don’t believe the Bible anymore, we believe what we have heard that the Bible says, but we take all of it with a grain of salt.

Our only hope is that some will begin to really see God as God and Jesus Christ as God in the flesh, who came to save His people from their sins. The visible church has left God and have begun to save people another way, with another gospel, which is no gospel at all and there is only one way for any person to be saved and that is by loving Jesus Christ enough to obey Him. John 14:21-24

Until next time,

may God bless and keep you

This is Bro. Bob