"Happy Mother's Day"
REVEREND GORDON WILLIAMS, MAY 2014
Paul says, "Honour your father and mother which is the first commandment with a promise (Deut. 5: 16; Eph. 6: 2). Paul defines this amazing love when he wrote, "Love (agape) is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. It is not irritable or resentful; it keeps no records of wrongs but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things (1 Cor. 13: 4 – 8). Don't forget your Mothers and wives and give them special attention like a dinner out, flowers, a card of appreciation, etc. Bless them for being your mother!
The latest Hollywood movie called "Noah” has twisted the story of Noah, the ark, and the flood (Gen. 6 -8) beyond recognition. Many Christian magazines and clergy have endorsed the move and compromised the truth of the Scriptures for the sake of money. The ark, the animals and a lot of water are about the only things that are true in the movie version. Noah was six hundred years old when he built the Ark and lived three hundred and fifty years after the flood.
Noah, his three sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth and their wives, were the only ones on the Ark (Gen. 7: 6; 1 Pet. 3: 20). There were no weird "fallen sinful angels” who defended the ark in the movie. The bible tells us that all fallen angels (Nephilim) are kept in eternal chains in hell (tartaros) (2 Pet. 2: 4; Jude 6). The sinful angels had nothing to do with Noah. Because of the wickedness (sinfulness) of the people on earth, God decided, "I will blot out man whom I created from the face of the ground and beasts and creeping things and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I made them.” But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD (Yahweh) (Gen. 6: 7 – 8) and was given favour. After doing so, He established a covenant that He would never again flood the earth. And He said, "I will set my bow in the cloud, and is shall be a sign of the Covenant between me and the earth (Gen. 9: 14).
In the history of Israel, God had made six changes or breaches (altering of His promises) to prevent those who were not faithful to His Covenant. Israel had seen His "glory and signs in Egypt,” but because of their continuous sin, He said, "and you shall know my breach (or altering) of promise” (Nu. 14: 34) meaning that the people who complained about Him did not enter the Promised Land. The final "New Covenant” established by Jesus will not be changed (1 Cor. 11: 23 - 26). Attempts to change or adjust it result in condemnation, names removed from the Book of Life and loss of Salvation (Rev. 3: 5). "All scripture is inspired by God” and cannot be changed or altered (2 Tim. 3: 16 – 17).