I heard today Noah is now the most popular name for a boy. No doubt the recent movie has had something to do with such popularity. Interesting how the subject matter of Noah makes for entertainment in our society. However, in the context of the bible, the message of Noah is not one of entertainment but rather a warning of certain judgment. And today as never before, we should take heed to the warning given by the Lord Jesus himself in Luke 17:26-27:
“And as it was in the days of Noah , so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.”
The coming of the Lord and the final judgment will be like the days of Noah. What was going on in Noah’s day that demanded such a judgment over all the earth? Jesus prophetic warning focusing on marriage and being given in marriage may be a clue. Certainly he refers back to Genesis 6 when the sons of God took the daughters of men as their wives. This union brought forth offspring that appears to be the connecting link with the wickedness on the earth that could no longer be tolerated and allowed to continue. All must be destroyed.
At this point it is important to know that how one translates the Hebrew word used for this offspring will determine how one interprets the passage and each will have merit. The hebrew words “nephim” and “gibbor” used for these offspring is rightly translated as “nephilim,” “giant,” or “tyrant” in various translation. For today, lets consider the use of the word “tyrant” as we examine the larger context.
Genesis 4 ends with the statement that men began to call on the name of the Lord. From there we are given the genealogy from Adam to Noah until we reach chapter 6 and the statement of the sons of God marrying the daughters of men. What is revealed in these scriptures is within a few generations the men who were at one time calling on the name of the Lord (sons of God) were abandoning God to pursue those who were now in rejection of God (daughters of men). However, within a few generations, those who loved God lost that love as they were drawn to the world’s lust and the continual tempting voice of the enemy who was intent on destroying the seed of the coming Messiah.
The daughters of men is synonymous with the lure of the world as typified in Proverbs 7:10-11. And there a woman met him, With the attire of a harlot, and a crafty heart. She was loud and rebellious, Her feet would not stay at home.
So over a period of generations those who at one time were calling upon the Lord had been lured away by the world and every intent of their heart had become wicked.
They were willing to abandon their godly heritage in exchange for the sins of the world around them. The result was that their children became, according to the Hebrew, “tyrants.” The definition includes “bully,” “violent” and “causing to fall.”
These offspring were the violent tyrants of those days bringing forth great evil. It is a definition that properly fits, especially when put into context of Jesus’ description of the last days that included a total ignorance of the coming judgment.
When God’s people, those who call upon the Lord, become like the world, there is nothing to restrain the world. If we adopt the world’s values and continually compromise and eventually abandon Godly values for the world’s pleasures and systems, there is nothing that remains to restrain the evil in the heart of man.
According to Genesis 6, there was no one left to restrain the world, therefore the children were born without convictions and were selfish tyrants. The earth was filled with violence and the godly man was not found on the earth. Out of millions of people on the earth, only one man, and his family, remembered God and were spared.
The passage from Luke couples Noah’s generation and Lot’s generation. The Lord answered Abraham’s prayer of intercession for Sodom that for the sake of 10 he would not destroy the city, but there weren’t even 10 left to restrain wickedness.
Today there are fewer and fewer who truly call upon the name of the Lord without compromise and without marriage to the world and its systems, and thus we have a generation growing more and more wicked and evil even every passing minute.
The church is failing miserably at remaining faithful, pure and without compromise and each generation brings an increasing distance from the demands and commands of God’s Word. The generation of preachers today have been trained by compromised preachers and each generation grows worse.
I often ponder the words of Jesus in Luke 13:25 when he was asked if only a few will be saved. He answered by saying “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able.
As it was in the days of Noah , so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man.