Scripture teaches that “faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone” (Jas. 2:17). The epistle of James generates much thinking and discussion regarding works and salvation. An elderly missionary said, I did not receive
We live in a culture that is deteriorating partly because of its loss of a moral standard. Since its inception, Christianity has provided a true moral standard by promoting and being committed to the biblical
The entry this week focuses on the trials and afflictions of believers. Often these times turn out to be blessings in disguise. In the very beginning of his epistle, James described his relationship to the
“Rest, (Heb. Noah) the grandson of Methuselah (Gen. 5:25-29), who” “was for two hundred and fifty years contemporary with Adam, and” “the son of Lamech, who was about fifty years old at the time of” Adam’s death. This patriarch is rightly regarded as the connecting link between the old and the new world. He is the second great progenitor of the human family. “The words of his father Lamech at his birth (Gen. 5:29) have “been regarded as in a sense prophetical, designating Noah as a” “type of Him who is the true “rest and comfort” of men under the” burden of life (Matt. 11:28). “He lived five hundred years, and then there were born unto him “three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth (Gen. 5:32). He was a “just” “man and perfect in his generation,” and “walked with God” (comp.” “Ezek. 14:14, 20). But now the descendants of Cain and of Seth” “began to intermarry, and then there sprang up a race” distinguished for their ungodliness. Men became more and more “corrupt, and God determined to sweep the earth of its wicked” population (Gen. 6:7). But with Noah God entered into a “covenant, with a promise of deliverance from the threatened” deluge (18). He was accordingly commanded to build an ark (6:14-16) for the saving of himself and his house. An interval of one hundred and twenty years elapsed while the ark was being “built (6:3), during which Noah bore constant testimony against” the unbelief and wickedness of that generation (1 Pet. 3:18-20; 2 Pet. 2:5). “When the ark of “gopher-wood” (mentioned only here) was at “length completed according to the command of the Lord, the” living creatures that were to be preserved entered into it; and “then Noah and his wife and sons and daughters-in-law entered it,” “and the “Lord shut him in” (Gen. 7:16). The judgment-threatened” “now fell on the guilty world, “the world that then was, being” “overflowed with water, perished” (2 Pet. 3:6). The ark floated” “on the waters for one hundred and fifty days, and then rested on” “the mountains of Ararat (Gen. 8:3, 4); but not for a” considerable time after this was divine permission given him to “leave the ark, so that he and his family were a whole year shut” up within it (Gen. 6-14). “On leaving the ark Noah’s first act was to erect an altar, the “first of which there is any mention, and offer the sacrifices of” “adoring thanks and praise to God, who entered into a covenant” “with him, the first covenant between God and man, granting him” “possession of the earth by a new and special charter, which” remains in force to the present time (Gen. 8:21-9:17). As a sign “and witness of this covenant, the rainbow was adopted and set” “apart by God, as a sure pledge that never again would the earth” be destroyed by a flood. “But, alas! Noah after this fell into grievous sin (Gen. 9:21); and the conduct of Ham on this sad occasion led to the memorable prediction regarding his three sons and their descendants. Noah “lived after the flood three hundred and fifty years, and he” “died” (28:29). (See DELUGE).” “Noah, motion, (Heb. No’ah) one of the five daughters of Zelophehad (Num. 26:33; 27:1; 36:11; Josh. 17:3).
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