Saturday, July 30, 2016

Genesis 7:13-16 comments: and the LORD shut him in

13 ¶  In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah’s wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark; 14  They, and every beast after his kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind, and every fowl after his kind, every bird of every sort. 15  And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life. 16  And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in.

It is important to read this passage in light of the context it is in so that we can see that by saying this the sevens mentioned earlier are not excluded, just not a detail that is repeated. Representatives of all major groupings of living, land creatures that breathed air, even though that breathing is done somewhat differently in land animals, fowls, and, say, a grasshopper, breathing is done nonetheless, are preserved. This implies that the genetic variation within a family like the dog or wolf can eventually lead from a small population to a great variety of canines. Even evolutionists assume a wolf-like ancestor of both dogs and wolves so it is more likely, if such a beast existed, he would have been on the ark. (27) If you consider the number of breeds of dogs that man has created by manipulation in the last two hundred years alone it is no stretch of the imagination to consider how rapid speciation can occur under God’s direction. And yet, as all creatures have boundaries set by the genetic code with great diversity within there are limits, boundaries which cannot be passed, kinds, so that a fish doesn’t become a lizard anymore than a chrysanthemum becomes a butterfly.

Probably the most important thing to consider in this passage is that the Lord shut him in. It is God who saves humankind, not man himself.

John 1:12  But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13  Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

God closes the door on your salvation. You are sealed by the Holy Spirit provided, the means by which God dwells in everyone who trusts in Him.

2Corinthians 1:22  Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

Ephesians 1:13  In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

Ephesians 4:30  And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

You are not saved by your good works or your kind nature or how much other people admire and like you. You must reject those dead works you’ve been trusting in to justify you before God and turn to Him alone.

Hebrews 6:1  Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,

There is no point insisting that Hebrews is in a different dispensation. If you can believe that Hebrews 10:24, 25 applies to you, it is certainly no stretch to give Hebrews 6 a proper application. For the dispensationalist any verse that doesn’t contradict Pauline doctrine is doctrinally applicable to you. We must read and pray, rightly dividing the word of truth as it says in 2Timothy 2:15.

(27)Raymond & Lorna Coppinger, Dogs: A New Understanding of Canine Origin, Behavior, and Evolution (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001), 273.

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