Types in Genesis - Lesson Five - By Rod Porteous

The Causes and Judgment of the flood

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Heb11:7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

I. Noah was saved because he had faith in the Word of God. His faith concerned an ark whereby he and his family would be saved. We are saved in the very same way, by faith in God's Word concerning His Son Jesus Christ, our Savior from the coming judgment, of which the flood event was a picture and a type. We can not fail to see the ark of Noah a type of the coming Redeemer, the Lord Jesus.

II. The purpose of the flood - It was the purpose of Satan and his fallen angels to corrupt the human race and thereby do away with the pure Adamite stock through whom the Seed of the Woman should come. This would avert their own doom and make it possible for Satan and his kingdom to keep control of planet earth indefinitely. Remember the prophecy given to Satan by God that the Seed of the Woman would defeat Satan

3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

A. Five Important Facts Concerning the Protevangelium  

1. It serves notice on Satan - Although he seems to have won the skirmish against the Word of God, It is only the beginning of a conflict which will end in complete victory for the Seed of the Woman.

2. It is an Illustration of Grace - This promise of victory was given soon after the fall, and before banishment from the garden. God had declared the same penalty of death, both physical and spiritual, upon their sin, and so before the poor sinner could die and be lost forever, God came with the glorious promise of redemption.

3. First Clear Mention of the Virgin Birth - Every human being born since the days of Adam and Eve is seed of Adam. The seed is always traced through the male line - with one exception. Jesus is called the Seed of the Woman. This is the only place in the Bible where a person is called "Seed of the Woman." It was Eve who fell before, and God has designed that the woman should bring forth the Redeemer.

4. Two Seeds Mentioned - The Seed of the Woman and the seed of Satan. Since the Seed of the Woman was to be a person, the seed of the serpent will also be a person. These two seeds are later identified as Christ and the Antichrist.

5. The "Battle of the Seeds" will be finally culminated in the complete victory by the Savior. The account of this begins in the book of Genesis, and ends in the book of Revelation. The person of the Antichrist is defeated and cast into the Lake of Fire at the Second Coming of Christ. (Revelation 19:20), While Satan will be finally doomed to the same place later on. (Revelation 20:10) The struggle seems to be in the favor of the enemy, (notice the two brusings). When the Redeemer came first it seemed a victory for Satan, because of death, (heel bruised). Satan's head will be crushed, however, at the Second Coming.

6:1 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,

6:2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they [were] fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.

III. Daughters of men and sons of God.  

A. "Daughters of men" - (Hebrew, singular; the man Adam, therefore not the daughters of Cain, Seth, or men in general)

B. "Sons of God" - Seth did not have a son until 235 years after Creation; and his son did not have a son until 325 years after Creation. (Genesis 5:3,6,9)

C. Where did these sons come from?

1. They could not have been sons of Seth, for these marriages took place when men began to multiply - in the very beginning of the race before Seth had sons of marriageable age.

2. The term sons of God proves that they were the product of God, not Seth.

3. "Sons of God" were the fallen angels of I Peter 3:19; II Peter 2:4; and Jude 6:7

I Peter

3:18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:

3:19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;

3:20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the long-suffering of God

waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.

3:21 The like figure whereunto [even] baptism doth also now save us (not

the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:

3:22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.

II Peter

2:4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast [them] down to hell, and delivered [them] into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;

2:5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth [person], a preacher of righteousness, ringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;

Jude 1:6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.

IV. Giants and sons of God

6:4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare [children] to them, the same [became] mighty men which [were] of old, men of renown.

A. Giants and the sons of God.

1. Giants have lived on earth and are found in many Scriptures.

2. The fact that giants have no resurrection (Isaiah 26:14) proves that giants were not ordinary men. All ordinary men are to be resurrected (John 5:28-29), therefore giants must be a different class from the pure Adamites.

3. The fact that giants came only from a union of sons of God and daughters of men proves that their fathers were not ordinary men of the Adamite stock. No such monstrosities have been nor can be produced from a union of ordinary men and women, regardless of how righteous the father was or how wicked the mother was.

 4. God's law of reproduction from the beginning has been to every thing his own kind. It is not possible then, that giants could be produced by men and women. (Genesis 1:11-12, 21,24-25; 8:19) of ordinary size. It took a supernatural element, the purpose and power of Satan and his angels to make offspring of such extra size within the human species. After the variation of the species, which had to do with size only, and when the giants had come into being, they reproduced others of like size. The revelation we have of giants gives us the true account of what the Greek myths try and recount from hearsay. Our account is of course divinely inspired.

5. The fallen angels sin was fornication is given in Jude

6-7, with the example of Sodom and Gomorra:

1:6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.

1:7 Even as Sodom and Gomorra, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

V. The Ark of Noah was a picture of the Coming Christ. - It was not because Noah was alarmed at the increasing wickedness of man that he perceived that judgment was impending, and therefore sought a plan. There is no hint that Noah anticipated a flood. There had evidently been no rain until that time, and so an idea of a deluge was far from Noah's mind. Before the flood came, instructions were given to Noah to build an ark.

The idea for the salvation of Noah and his family existed in the mind of God.

A. Planned by God - As the arc was planned by God, so too was the Antitype of the arc. The Lord Jesus was foreordained by God to meet the judgment of sin. (typified by the flood), and make provision for the elect. Peter tells us of Christ in I Peter:

1:20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,

And in the book of Revelation He is called:

 13:8 .... the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

Not only was the arc designed and planned by God in every detail, but Noah and his family were also planned for long before they were born. Paul says of us, who are represented by Noah in the book of Ephesians:

1:3 Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly [places] in Christ:

1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

1:5 Having predestined us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, ......

1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

B. It is all of Grace - Noah had no part in the planning of this mighty ship. Al the blueprints and specifications were furnished by God, and no man had a hand in it at all. Now all of this is in harmony with the lesson we had concerning the coats of skins. Not a detail is overlooked. Man must have no part in salvation, as we read in the book of Genesis:

6:5 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.

6:6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.

6:7 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.

 And the Word goes on to say in verse 8:

6:8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.

C. Supernatural Revelation - God gave a supernatural revelation concerning the coming judgment:

6:13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

1. "All Flesh" - Is a synecdoche for corrupted man.

(A synecdoche is a figure of speech meaning that you are stating the whole group, while only meaning a part of the group. Ex. A news commentator might say the whole town came to see the President, but he did not mean that all the nursing homes, nurseries, hospitals, etc. were emptied, but just most of the town)

Noah and his family were the only pure Adamite stock left on the earth. The entire race had (except for Noah and his family) become a mixture of fallen angels and men, or giants. Only Noah and his family had preserved their pedigree pure from Adam.


6:9 These [are] the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man [and] perfect in his generations, [and] Noah walked with God.

("Perfect" - Tamim - "without blemish" - meaning bodily perfection not moral)

2. No sooner had God announced judgment for sin than He gave a plan for escape. The same is true of Adam and Eve with the coats of skins. In the case of Noah, again God had scarcely pronounced judgment, when He announced the plan of escape:

6:14 Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.

a. Notice the details given by God - Nothing is left up to man, the whole plan is of God, He says:

6:15 And this [is the fashion] which thou shalt make it [of]: The length of the ark [shall be] three hundred cubits, (450 feet) the breadth of it fifty cubits (75 feet), and the height of it thirty cubits (45 feet).

b. Incidentally, modern shipbuilders tell us that these dimensions are the most ideal measurements to ensure the safest and most seaworthy craft. The ark was built on dry land, miles from the nearest water. Noah had no model to work from, and yet the ark had ideal dimensions for a ship accepted even by shipbuilders of today. What evidence for divine inspiration! Noah believed God, as we find in the book of Hebrews:

Heb11:7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen asyet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

c. Noah believed when there was no evidence. Remember the ark is a type of the Lord Jesus, our hope against the judgment of God, and He too, must be accepted by faith. We too only have the Word of God and it by believing that Word we are saved. We must say with Peter in I Peter:

1:8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see [him] not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

d. It was the same in the days of Noah. He was warned of things "not seen as yet". God announced the coming of something which had never been seen before: namely rain. Evidently, before the flood, there had never been any rain. At least there is no mention of it, but the Word of God says in the book of Genesis:

2:5 And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and [there was] not a man to till the ground. 2:6 But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.

D. Only One Door: - A most complete type of the Lord. Remember man had no part in the planning. The Lord gave all the details for the construction. The description, brief, but complete continues:

6:16 A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; [with] lower, second, and third [stories] shalt thou make it.

Three details of the door

1. There is only one door. Today that would not be allowed by OSHA. Something of this size would have to be equipped with several exits, and have several life rafts, life boats and life preservers for its passengers. But none of these things are mentioned, because they were completely unnecessary as we shall see God provided for the perfect safety of the occupants, for God Himself was with them in the ship.

 2. There was no need for any safety features within the ark, for it was a type of the Lord Jesus, and just as God was with Noah in the ship, "so God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself."  

3. All can gain entrance - The dimensions of the door are not mentioned. We don't know how high or wide it was. This is for a definite reason since no dimensions are given, all may gain entrance. No matter how great the sinner one may be, there is room for him through Him, and only through Him who said:

10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

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