Sometimes we all wonder is God mad at me, we hear someone speak about God and we wonder are we under judgment. We may understand that the Blood of Jesus covers all our sin. But what I am talking about is more emotional than mental. If you feel condemned in your emotional life you will act as if you are condemned. On the other hand you could have a perverted view of grace and believe you can live in sin, live any way you choose because his grace covers all sin. Either side of this road in pride will cause us too miss the real love God has for us. It may help if we take a good look at the three times God brought judgment on sinful man. All three of the instances are in the Old Testament book of Genesis. Stories you are well aware of I am sure but something you may have missed is God’s reasoning behind the judgment. The three instances I am referring to are:
1. The expulsion of Adam and Eve from the garden of Eden
2. The flood during the life of Noah.
3. The scattering of the people at the Tower of Babel.
I would like to show you a different perspective that you may not have seen or thought about concerning these judgments. They are listed as the three great judgments on sinful man. I think as we look at these you will see a different view of God than you previously thought.
Genesis 3:22-24 Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever” – therefore the Lord God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the Garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.
When man was expelled from the garden after his sin, notice God’s concern was that if man ate from the tree of life he would live forever. God did not want man to live forever in the fallen state he was in. This judgment was to protect man from an eternity separated from God. He was revealing his tender mercy to man. Sometime as parents we make choices for our children that appear hard to them but are necessary for their good. Because as parents we understand and see things our children do not comprehend. God had a plan for a family so he did not let man have the opportunity to make another disastrous choice, living forever separated from God by sin.
Genesis 6:5-8 Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. So the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.
By time of Noah, man had become so wicked that every thought and intent of his heart was evil continually. Again man was in a position where he had completely lost connection with God. If you read from the beginning of chapter six you discover part of the problem is the sons of God had married the daughters of men. There are three different positions by bible scholars on exactly what this verse means. The following is an excerpt from the Nelson study Bible:
This passage is one of the most debated in the Old Testament. Three principal interpretations are: (1) The sons of God represent the godly line of Seth, and the daughters of men represent the ungodly line of Cain; their intermarriage led to apostasy, compromise, and sin. (2) The sons of God are powerful kings who practiced an enforced polygamy by taking wives of all whom they chose leading to other wicked practices. (3) The sons of God are fallen angels who cohabited with human women (the daughters of men), producing offspring that were tyrants. Whichever view one settles on, it is important to see that this paragraph is a prologue to the story of the Flood. It accounts for the general description of wickedness mentioned in v. 5. The most likely interpretation is that the sons of God were fallen angels. This is the view of Jewish scholars and best explains the text. The principal objections to the fallen angel view are two. (1) Angels do not marry (Matt. 22:30), so the whole notion is impossible. (2) This idea is so abhorrent to biblical thought that it breaks all analogy. Yet it is possible that these were angels who left “their proper domain” (Jude 6) and whose sin led to a special divine judgment (2 Pet. 2:4). It may be that in this isolated case, fallen angels did assume human form and marry human women; this was a breach of God’s order of such monumental proportion that it indeed provoked God’s judgment on the world through the Flood.
Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1997). The Nelson study Bible : New King James Version. Includes index. (Ge 6:1). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.
God’s order for man was disrupted to a point that only evil could exist if he did not do something. In Genesis one when man was created God said “It is good” a short span later after man’s fall now God is grieved in his heart because of the condition of man. It seems that in every condition of man God finds a way to redeem him. Even though the earth was so steeped in evil Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. God found a way to extend the existence of man through Noah. I do not know about you but if something I had created caused me this much trouble I would be through with it. But the grace of God is not anything like the grace of a man.
Genesis 11:3-9 Then they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar. And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. And the Lord said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them. Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city. Therefore its name is called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.
The New King James Version. 1982 (Ge 11:3-9). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
Again shortly after the flood man now has found the power of unity but instead of using it for a godly purpose, their pride was driving their venture. Again God was killing the seed that would have caused man to ignore God. He desires our relationship with him and could not allow pride to overcome man’s heart. Their pride and arrogance was proven by the fact they were seeking greatness outside of God. In the sin of Adam and Eve they wanted to be like God but questioned God’s care for them, again in the tower of Babel man wanted to be like God without relationship with God. According to the conclusion of God
“Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them”
they would have gained their purpose and more left to themselves. But greatness without God is an empty lonely shell, God spared man from himself by the judgment of confused language.
Our tendency because we know the outcome it to wonder how these people could have made these decisions. We compare them to us and think we would have handled that differently. However, I believe these sins and blunders are in scripture because we need to see that except for the grace of God we would make the same kind of mistakes. If we had the eyes of God to interpret our life from his view I am certain we would find ourselves as guilty as the people of these stories. Our life circumstance may be different but the hand of God has disturbed our space and it was for our best interest to keep us from a life without him.
God Bless you!