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One Little Comment Can Mean So Much September 19, 2010

Posted by Michelle Knoll in Devotionals.
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Welcome back!  For those of you that haven’t read any of our bedtime stories yet, these are built on the greatest story ever told, starting with Genesis.

We now focus on one little comment in this entire story that is so full of meaning, it’s hard to find words to describe it all.

At the end of the “generations of Adam,” the story states that Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.  Noah was 500 years old when he had these sons.  Or… at least had the first one.  We don’t know if they were triplets or not.  We just know Noah became a dad at the ripe old age of 500.  (Can you imagine being 500 years old, and changing your kids’ diapers??)  🙂

After this, the story says that the “sons of God” began to marry the “daughters of men.”

This is a sad statement, really.  What this sentence means, is this: the people who called themselves “followers of God” began to marry those that weren’t followers of God.  And apparently, they didn’t care who they married.

And then… the Lord makes a very interesting comment.  He says, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, because he also is flesh; nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.”

Just what exactly did the Lord mean by that comment?

There are a lot of different thoughts about this comment.  Some say that the Lord was saying, “I’m only going to be patient with you humans for another 120 years, and then… that’s it!”  They say that He was fed up with man’s wickedness, which resulted from Seth’s descendants marrying Cain’s descendants.

Then there are others who say that God was reducing the life span of all men to a maximum of 120 years.  Let’s face it, mankind had been living a lot of years up to this point.  Why, did you know that Methuselah lived for 969 years, and Adam was still alive when his great-great-great-great-great-great-grandson Lamech was born???  (Talk about a big, yearly family reunion!)

Still, others say that this verse actually foretells how long man will be on the earth.  The idea is, when the Lord said “days” He meant “time” and when He said “years” He meant “divisions of time.”  This, they conclude, is a foretelling of the institution of the Jubilee year, and God was saying man would live on this earth for 120 Jubilees, and then the end of time will come.

You know what?  We could speculate and speculate, and stay up all night, wondering which explanation is the correct one.  They could all be wrong, and then again, they could all be right, at the same time.  Because with God, that’s possible.  He could have been talking about all three situations, at one time.  After all…. He’s God.

But the point is this:  God was stating His Love for mankind.  He was willing to extend His patience even with the wickedness going on, because He loves His creation, man included.  He was also willing to shorten man’s lifespan, because when man lived for hundreds of years, he had more time to get into more trouble, you know?  Likewise, God was willing to give man a clue as to how much time he might have on the earth, before time ran out.  Because God doesn’t want anyone to be left behind, when time runs out

He loves us.

So the important questions, from this curious statement He made, are these:

— Are you involved in wickedness that is trying God’s patience?

— Are you banking on living a really long time, which is causing you to put off a decision to follow the Lord with your whole heart?

— Are you thinking that life on this planet will last forever, and nothing will ever change?

As you go to sleep tonight, think about your own life.  God, Who is loving and patient and kind, and Who loves you with a passionate love, doesn’t want you to run out of time.  He wants to make your life the best it can be.

Are you making Him wait?

Why would you do that?

Talk to Him tonight, as you go to sleep.

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