From the time of Adam to the day of Noah, 7,523 years had elapsed. Men of that time lived longer than they do today. Adam, the first man in line with Jesus Christ, lived to be 930 years old. According to God's Word (Genesis 5), he was 105 years old when he brought Seth into the world. Of course, Adam had previously born Cain and Able. Cain killed Able out of envy, and, himself, was banished from God. Cain continued on, however, taking a wife and having children. But his linage did not continue for long. It was from Seth that modern day man came to inhabit Planet Earth.
Nine generations later, Noah, the son of Lamech, a direct decendent of Seth, entered the scene. He was the keeper of mankind and all other living things during the great flood, which took the lives of all living things. Noah was himself 500 years old when he brought three sons into the world--Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Noah lived to be 950 years old.
The question why God chose to destroy the linage of Cain and many of Seth's own children is not all that much of a mystery. Much like today, the world had become a violent and immoral place.
Genesis 6; "And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually."
Genesis 12; "And God looked upon the earth and behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth."
God's solution must have been a tough one to execute, for He had labored hard and long to bring the earth and all upon it to the place where it was when He destroyed it. I'm sure that the idea of killing every one was not one that He would have looked forward to, but it was the most logical one because no matter what He did, mankind was on the same course. Looking at all of the inhabitants of the earth, He found only one man who qualified for His grace, and that was Noah.
I mention this to you because, in so many ways, the world today resembles that of Noah's time. There is widespread violence, the imagination of men is evil continually, and, most of all, we have turned away from God by removing all signs of Him in government places. We've also eliminated the right of our children to pray in public schools, the right of parents to raise them as Christians, and we're deliberately poisoning childrens' minds and attitudes towards Jesus Christ and the great I Am. All of these things place us in a similar position to that of Noah's day.
God's solution to the problem was straightforward:
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