It seems that man has an innate propensity to tamper with God’s created order. Influences from fallen angels without, and influences of man’s fallen nature, wihin. In the posthumous writings of Stephen Hawking, he addresses a fear of a new and dangerous trend towards gene editing by the wealthy who weed out those destruction tendencies which they speculate are intrinsic in their dna.
I often wondered why God utterly destroyed all that breathed in the Great Flood. All that is except a remnant of preferred undefiled seed. It was not that all of Noah’s family were saints. They were not. They too were affected by the fall, but they only bore God’s curse of Adam and Eve’s original sin. The human race though at that time had mixed with the fallen angels and much had been defiled and was inescapedly and hopelessly corrupted, like a virus which had taken over much of the planet. It had to be quarantined, the virus obliterated. In the Book of Job the wisest man from the East is never told exactly why it is that he has suffered so. In reality, we as limited beings have no way of grasping what it is that a totally just and righteous Creator, who is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent can do and has the right to do to His own creation.
But here again, the fallen and proud human race again wants to take its destiny into its own hands, oblivious of the consequences to its own race. The creature has forgotten that it is but a piece of a well orchestrated Created Order and bought the serpent’s lie, “but you too will be like God” who inserted the poisonous lie and doubt in the human heart. Here’s where we seem to be picking up from pre flood times on which man had grown great in wickedness.
Looking a references to Noah and read this quote about the Man headed
lion.”An Arab chief, seeing for the first time a monument of antiquity exclaimed, This is not the work of men’s hands, but of those infidel giants of whom the prophet (peace be with him!) has said that they were higher than the tallest date tree. This is one of the idols which Noah(peace be with him!) cursed before the flood.” Pfeiffer’s The Biblical World, pg. 156-157.
Powerful testimony of Marty Goetz who grew up in a staunch Jewish neighborhood in Cleveland and through a series of circumstances decided to read the New Testament and was surprised to read the genealogy of Matthew and was met with Jesus who he said was more Jewish than me!
I ran into his testimony while I was searching for hymns about Psalm 8 this morning. To top it off, you’ll want to listen to his wife’s testimony as well. So wonderful.
Periodically when we are reading a passage of Scripture and come upon lists of persons or places which are difficult to pronounce we look to Alexander Scoursby who is an excellent reader and trained to properly pronounce words. Here’s our suggestion. When listening repeat each difficult word as Scoursby enunciates it. Although the passage moves quite rapidly, you will over time begin to more accurately pronounce names of people and places which we don’t normally use.
Note: We have secured permission to utilize Alexander Scoursby’s recordings, but at present need to find an audio engineer to work on editing them to fit in with the daily readings. In the meantime until we find someone to take on that task, we will access others postings of his recordings. Unfortunately as you will hear in this recording, it is not without reverberation and not as clear and crisp as desired. But it at least provides a helpful tool.