JESUS IS FAITHFUL EVEN WHEN WE ARE FAITHLESS



The chapters of Genesis have an interesting flow. In Genesis 8, the great flood ended. Then in Genesis 9, God made His covenant with Noah and his sons.

“Then God spoke to Noah and to his sons with him, saying: “And as for Me, behold, I establish My covenant with you and with your descendants after you, and with every living creature that is with you: the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you, of all that go out of the ark, every beast of the earth. Thus I establish My covenant with you: Never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood; never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” Genesis 9:8-11

Now, it is extensively documented how living through a tumultuous time has great and grave impact on the emotional and psychological condition of people. War veterans who suffer from post-war trauma often see its psychological effects last for decades. Consider then Noah, who just lived through the flood which wiped out all the inhabitants of the known world then, save for his family and the animals that were with them, and afterward made a covenant with God; one would reasonably expect him to now be living in awe of the awesome God who delivered him and his family. Instead, this happened to him mid-way in Genesis 9.

“And Noah began to be a farmer, and he planted a vineyard. Then he drank of the wine and was drunk, and became uncovered in his tent. And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside. But Shem and Japheth took a garment, laid it on both their shoulders, and went backward and covered the nakedness of their father. Their faces were turned away, and they did not see their father’s nakedness.
So Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done to him. Then he said:
“Cursed be Canaan;
A servant of servants
He shall be to his brethren.”” Genesis 9:20-25

He got drunk, momentarily lost his civility, and when he awoke and learnt of all that has happened, not only had no remorse, but cursed his grandson. Mind you, it was his own son Ham, father of Canaan, who chose not to cover him, yet Noah’s curses fell on Ham’s son, Canaan. How odd! What irrationality to Noah’s actions!

Then Genesis 10 and 11 go on to list the descendants of Noah before Genesis 12 starts the story of Abraham. But in the midst of all this account of genealogy, there was a story, the story of the tower of Babel.

“Now the whole earth had one language and one speech. And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they dwelt there. Then they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar. And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.”
But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. And the Lord said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them. Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city. Therefore its name is called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.” Genesis 11:1-9

It is as if the irrational actions of Noah were a pre-cursor to the irrational decisions made by the people. The Spirit, when putting together the Bible, was using Noah to be the preview, the prologue, the opening act to the larger show that was to come. For in the larger show, the people had forgotten why their fathers had to go through the flood, and thought that they could, with the works of their own hands, reach God, become like God. Now, had it been early in Adam’s generation, before sin was let loose into the world through Adam’s disobedience, perhaps we might have cause to say that man could reach God. But more so now that sin not only was in the world, but sin was the cause for the world to be obliterated not too long ago, there was no way for anyone to reach God through their own works. For it is written,

“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23

So

““Who then can be saved?”
But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”” Matthew 19:25-26

Jesus called such self-righteousness acts wicked and in fact teaches us that even in the simple things we should,

“Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.” Matthew 6:1-2

“And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.” Matthew 6:5

So here they were, making much of themselves, thinking they could somehow reach God, reach the levels of God, and perhaps, become God. Such had become the wickedness of man in such a short time.

However, many people see this passage and immediately use this to point to God being jealous of His creation. But beloved, there is another passage that parallels this, another passage that is similarly found between chronologies of genealogies and this is what it says.

“Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. So the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” Genesis 6:5-7

Now, from Genesis 6, we see that the consequence of wickedness would be for God to wipe out humanity again. For it is written,

“the wages of sin is death,” Romans 6:23

However, God did promise,

“Thus I establish My covenant with you: Never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood; never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” Genesis 9:8-11

So what did our Father and Jesus do? Instead of killing off every living soul, They scattered the people. Is our Father not faithful and merciful? But like a 3-in-1 coffee mix, by this one act, our Father and Jesus also upheld another promise made to Noah,

“So God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them: “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.” Genesis 9:1

Notice how the people did not want to be scattered?

“And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” Genesis 11:4

But how can they fill the earth if they were not scattered?

So our faithful Father and Jesus, by this one act of scattering the people at Babel, showed mercy, and kept two promises which He made. And all this He did right at the point when man was becoming full of himself and thinking that he could be like God. What faithfulness, what mercy!

Now, there was a young man who came from a Christian family. Despite the upbringing, he deliberately walked away from church for 22 years. To say that he has been around the block, and then some, would be an understatement.

Yet despite the alcohol and other vices, Jesus still made sure that he was sober enough to hold down a job and move up in life. Even though he lived like he wanted to become a bankrupt, Jesus always provided enough manna for the day so that he could always keep his head above water.

Today, by the grace of Jesus and His unchanging, unceasing persistence to bring him back into His fold, the young man is saved, happily married, healthy in mind, body and soul and serving in the ministry of His calling.

Beloved, if you are like Noah, the people or that young man, take heart. No matter how faithless we are, no matter how we have sinned against God, He is faithful and will honor these promises to us,

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” Revelation 3:20

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:16-17

Come back to Him today because

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

And once we have done that,

“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” Romans 8:1

And if you would like to do that right now, then say this prayer with me.

“Heavenly Father, thank You for loving me so much that You are faithful, even when I am faithless. Thank You for showing me Your faithfulness by sending Jesus to die on the cross for me, that by His death, I am now dead to sin, and by His rising, I now have eternal life in Him. Thank You Jesus that by Your shed blood, you have given me full remission of sins and I am now clean and righteous before You. I live life now knowing that You no longer condemn me and I am always loved by You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

Now “May the God of your hope so fill you with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound and be overflowing (bubbling over) with hope.” Romans 15:13 [AMPC] Amen.

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