April 12, 2020
Last week we covered the first Dispensation of Innocence and this week we continue with the second Dispensation which is Conscience.
The Dispensation of Conscience----with knowledge.
(a) From the fall of man to flood-1650 years-Genesis 3:7
- It begins with a man in a fallen condition having knowledge and guided by his conscience.
- Man is now outside the garden. A flaming sword is placed at the east of the garden to keep him out or away.
- The Dispensation shows what happens when a man is guided only by his conscience.
(b) Man's responsibility-Gen. 4:7
He is to choose between doing good and going evil He insists on evil, Gen. 4:7. "If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. and unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him." If man had not done good, the sin offering was at the door. (This seems to be the first promise of Christ as a sin offering.) Cain and Abel were both sinners but Abel recognized the necessity of a blood-shedding offering.
(c) Failure of man-Gen. 6:5, 11 & 12. Man is exceedingly wicked for we read, "God saw that the wickedness of man was great"
(d) Consequences of man's failure- Gen. 7. Judgment through the flood.
(e) The moral condition became worse and worse.
(1) It begins with the birth of Cain, made in Adam's likeness and fallen man. All men at the beginning of the dispensation are fallen. (2) Refusal of Cain to make his sacrifice as God commanded (that is through the shedding of blood) marks the beginning of rebellion toward God. (3) This is followed by the refusal of man to accept the will of God. (4) The decline of the race follows. (5) The moral condition becomes pitiful. (6) Destruction of man seems the only way to remedy the condition of man.
(f) Divine mercy-Gen. 7:1
Eight people are saved out of the flood to begin a new Dispensation which is Human Government which I will discuss next week.
Wayne McDoanld, Pastor