April 19, 2020
Continue with the discussion on Dispensations:
The Third dispensation is "Human Government"
(a) From the Flood to the confusion of tongues, Gen. 8: 1-11: 9:42
Noah was a righteous man, the only man God could find who believe Him, Gen. 8:20, Heb. 11:7, Noah was saved with 7 others.
(b) Man's responsibility, Gen.9:1
Noah was given the same position which Adam occupied in the first Dispensation. He was to govern for God. As a responsibility, it has never ended, and it will not end until Christ takes over the government. Noah was given the power of Capital Punishment. Gen. 9:6, "Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed, for in the image of God made He man."
The reason was the raising the hand against one created in God's image indicated hated of God Himself.
(c) Failure of man. Gan. 11: 1-4
(1) Unless a man can govern himself, he cannot govern others. Noah's downfall, Gen 9: 20-23 (intoxicated)
(2) Building the Tower of Babel
(a) An organized political and religious rebellion against God.
(1) Idolatry and Apostasy (2) Failure comes always from disobeying God. (3) Unification here is shown to become blasphemous. Unite may be all right but God was left out of the picture completely. The only worthwhile unity looks to God. (4) Man exalts himself. We read the words "Make us a Tower".
(d) Consequences of man's failure, Gen. 11: 5-9. Confusion of tongues and dispersion of the people. (e) Moral condition. Coult not have been worse. It so angered God that He destroyed their plan through the confusion of tongues. (f) Divine Mercy. God was merciful to them in their idolatry and sought another man who would follow Him.
Wayne McDoanld, Pastor