Life-Study of Genesis: Messages 33-35

In message 33 of the Life-Study of Genesis we continue with the shadow of the church life in Genesis 8-9, yet covering a matter on the negative side – the failure of Noah, God’s deputy authority. After the flood, Noah certainly was under God’s blessing, being the leader on the new land and the father of all mankind on the earth. The Bible also records that at that time Noah became a farmer and planted a vineyard, from which he drank wine and became drunk. In doing so, Noah did not exercise self-control but was loose and careless and became naked without realizing it. “This shows us that we all must be careful whenever we experience success under God’s blessing, for that success can easily cause us to be loose and careless.” When we are loose and careless it is possible for us to become naked, that is, to lose our covering in the eyes of God. As fallen human beings we need both the physical and spiritual covering. By our nature we sense that the more we are covered physically, the more peace we have. Therefore, we must cover our bodies. We also need the spiritual covering – who is Christ (Luke 15:22) – even more. When talking about a success or certain exciting things, or even spiritual things, we must be careful not to become overly excited and thus lose our covering of Christ. “We must keep ourselves covered by Christ in every kind of activity, in everything that we do or say.”

As God’s deputy authority, Noah represented God and His government. Therefore, after his failure Noah did not confess and humble himself but rather stood for God’s government and cursed Ham who exposed his failure. “To expose a leader’s failure is to be involved with the divine government. We all must see this.” Noah’s failure was a test to his sons and Ham received the curse because he exposed his father’s failure and neglected God’s government. Shem and Japheth on the other hand respected and were under God’s government and by covering their father’s nakedness they received the blessing. “The failure of the leader always becomes a test to us. Are we truly under God’s government? If we are, we shall be blessed. If not, we shall lose the blessing.”

In message 34 we see that the situation among Noah’s family after the flood was one of unity. They were one with God, having one goal, and were one in their opinion, language, concept, and understanding. They were one because they worshipped the one God and because they had one goal – to express God and represent Him. However, as the population on the earth increased, division came in because Noah’s descendants began to worship different things and have different goals. They were divided according to families (relationships in the flesh), languages (concepts), lands (territories), and nations. “As long as we all worship one God and believe in the one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who was incarnated to be our Savior, who died on the cross for our sins by shedding His blood for our redemption, who was resurrected on the third day, and who is now the Lord in the heavens as well as life within us, we should all be one and not be divided by anything.”

Then in message 35 we come to see a life in resurrection being a shadow of the kingdom. After man’s fall in the garden of Eden until the time of the flood, man was ruled by his conscience. This situation resulted in the earth being filled with violence. Therefore, after the flood God established His deputy authority to rule over man. Genesis 9:6 says, “Whoever sheds man’s blood, By man shall his blood be shed.” This verse implies the kingdom and indicates that God has given man authority over other men. “The ruling with God-given authority among men on the new earth signifies the reigning of God’s kingdom in resurrection life.” And in the New Testament we see that the church is the kingdom and the kingdom is the reality of the church. In Matthew 16:18 the Lord Jesus said, “I will build My church.” Then in verse 19 He tells Peter, “I will give to you the keys of the kingdom of the heavens.” The Lord uses the words “church” and “kingdom” interchangeably, indicating that they refer to the same thing. Furthermore, Romans 14:17 says, “The kingdom of God is…righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” This verse indicates that the church life today is the kingdom. The church with the reality of the kingdom today will eventually bring in the manifestation of the kingdom in the coming age. For this the overcomers are needed. “The church produces the overcomers, and the overcomers defeat the enemy and usher in the manifestation of the kingdom.” Praise the Lord! May the Lord make us those who are under the heavenly ruling, reigning in our spirit in resurrection that we may have the reality of the kingdom among us!

(All quotes are taken from the respective Life-Study messages and all verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible published by Living Stream Ministry.)

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One thought on “Life-Study of Genesis: Messages 33-35

  1. Amen “The church with the reality of the kingdom today will eventually bring in the manifestation of the kingdom in the coming age. For this the overcomers are needed. “The church produces the overcomers, and the overcomers defeat the enemy and usher in the manifestation of the kingdom.”

    This is enjoyable, I was reading 1st Corinthians 15 this morning on how Paul diffused the issue of some who claimed there was no resurrection and Paul said those who are in Christ have hope of the resurrection even us those born of Adam carried death within them so also in Christ all live. But I was also touched by the Lord’s words to Nicodemus in John 3:3 and 5 that except a man be born again, and of the water and the spirit he shall not see the Kingdom of God.
    Praise the Lord I am encouraged that through regeneration and baptism, we are brought into the church to become partakers of Christ and members of His dear Body. in this way we are brought into the reality of the kingdom of God to be perfected to be His overcomers and ones who will, with Christ overcome the enemy to bring in the physical manifestation of God’s kingdom on the earth. Praise the Lord, this is our goal and our destination in Christ Jesus our Lord. May the Lord preserve us in this reality in his kingdom and keep us in His perfection always to overcome and be one with him at His coming to defeat satan and bring in God’s kingdom on the earth. Praise Jesus Christ our Lord. May He also cover us in His recovery whose eyes have been blessed by Him to see these things.amen

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