Archive of Pastor Darby's Sermon Notes, transcribed from his original typewritten documents
THE GILGAMESH EPIC & NOAH
Mar. 23, 1969 pm
ONE OF THE MOST DEBATED STORIES IN THE BIBLE TELLS OF GOD SAVING THE WORLD BY ONE MAN
- Satan had so completely corrupted the world that only one man was worth saving - Noah
- Jesus told us that these same signs will be before the next destruction of the earth by fire
- Jesus asked in Luke 18:8 "When the Son of man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth?"
Let's look at how Satan fought Noah's age, and how God supports that fact by Gilgamesh
I. SATAN AND HIS CORRPUTERS TRIED TO DESTROY WORLD
Satan has always tried to hurt, corrupt, destroy, & frustrate men from faith - here - completely
A. HERE SATAN TRIED TO WIPE OUT GOD'S CHANCES OF CONTINUING HIS CREATION
- This chapter has stimulated the minds of men throughout the ages; don't let Satan rob you of it
- Milton's Paradise Lost, Harnhouse-Invisible War, DeHaan's Conflict of the Ages- & many others
- The great conflict is between God and Satan; we are but pawns- but a pawn with a choice - sides
B. ONE OF SATAN'S PLANS WAS TO CONTAMINATE THE BLOOD LINE OF MANKIND * NO SAVIOUR * Gen 6:24
- Josephus, Justin, Tertullian, DeHaan - an attack by fallen angels corrupting the race of man
- Augustine, Luther, Calvin, Scofield- The is the Cainites and their godless line against God
- Debate the matter for fun- the results would have been the same- so lose no friend in debate
C. ANOTHER PLAN OF SATAN WAS TO CORRUPT THE FAITH LINE * NO ONE LEFT WHO WOULD BELIEVE * Gen 6:5,6
- Man's wickedness was great- a great culture but filled with violence, crime, injustice, etc.
- Even his imagination was evil- a man dreams before he puts his dreams into action, control
- The Bible says EVERY imagination- CONTINUALLY, & those who denied it the most were the worst
Look at the world today, Satan is still up to his old plans, how much has he influenced you?
II. GOD FOUND ONE MAN WHO WAS WORTH SAVING; NOAH!
What made Noah such a man that God should want to save him? God has always found at least one
A. SATAN HAD ALMOST SUCCEEDED IN BRINGING ABOUT THE ALIENTATION OF GOD'S CREATION FROM GOD'S LOVE
- V.5 God had to cut off the corruption to have any chance left for a pure blood line - yet 120 yrs
- V.6 The wicked thoughts and evil works cut men from fellowship with God, grieved God
- V.7 The only way to plow the corrupt under, and start with the last clean vine, -seed
B. NOAH FOUND GRACE IN THE EYES OF THE LORD, HE WAS JUST, AND PERFECT IN HIS GENERATIONS Gen 6:9
- JUST -deals with his behavior, he paid his debts, led a moral life, was fair with God & man
- PERFECT -deals with his generations- his blood line was OK, Check Chapter 5
- God looks for those upon whom He can bestow grace- heredity, environment, personal choice?
C. AND NOAH WALKED WITH GOD v.9 - NO MATTER WHAT THE PROBLEMS, THIS MAN CHOSE TO WALK WITH GOD
- Personal temptation, group pressure, Satan, or the mob could not destroy Noah's faith in God
- Corrupt laws, leaders, police, or preachers; none of these could shake this man away from God
- Adam, Enoch, & Noah "walked with God" - Even the giants in v. 4 could not stop Noah
God gives us the clear message about Noah because we need it to warn & to encourage
III. CAN GOD FIND A MAN TODAY? LUKE 18:8 CAN JESUS FIND FAITH TODAY?
The same conflict of the ages is still going on, and Satan is up to his old tricks again
A. JESUS SAID "AS IT WAS IN THE DAYS OF NOAH, SO SHALL THE COMING OF THE SON OF MAN BE" Mat 24:37
- In spite of the violence, pain, crime, California sliding into the ocean, and Atom Bomb- men go on!
- The World population may be about the same now as then- and surely just as corrupt-
- God is looking for those He can save, - give grace to - and HE REALLY WANTS TO SAVE SOULS TODAY
B. GOD HAS ALLOWED US TO HAVE SUPPORT FOR BIBLE-GILGAMISH EPIC - BUT NEXT TIME ? THERE WON'T BE ANY
- In 1845 Layard found clay tablet library - (of 2,200 bc) in 1872 Smith translated -sought others
- In 1910 at Nippur- an unbaked clay brick - 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" 14 line fragments- from ancient library-
- Get Halley's Handbook, Gilgamesh Epic, and hundreds of other records support Bible- BELIEVE IT
C. MEN TODAY CAN BE COUNTED AS JUST IN THE EYES OF GOD THE SAME WAY NOAH WAS * THROUGH FAITH IN GOD
- Rob 5:1- gives a wonderful picture of being justified by faith- having peace with God now
- Though we are tainted-corrupt heredity, environment, & choice- we can still choose Jesus Christ
- If you want to be counted among the Just- then put into action Romans 5:8,9,10 & be saved
But Jesus still asks- "When the Son of man comes, shall He find faith on the earth?"
IF GOD WERE TO ASK YOU IF YOU ARE JUST? IF HE ASKS ABOUT YOUR IMAGINATION? HE WILL ASK!
- If you have never declared yourself on God's side- you had better do it, & keep on doing it.
- Men signup to serve the Devil- how about you signing up with God by being Baptized?
- A man is known by his walk- are you known by your walk with God, or your walk in the world?