Day 15 (October 14)
Integrity Keeps Moving: Genesis 6:1-10
(Feast of Tabernacles/Sukkot, Day 2)
1. Center Down
Before you begin today’s spiritual excursion, please take a few moments to breathe! Take three slow, deep breaths, expanding from your abdomen; try not to raise your shoulders. As you inhale, whisper, “I desire…” As you exhale whisper, “…to find grace in Your eyes.”
2. Slowly read aloud the following Scriptures:
(Feel free to pause at any time during your reading to reflect on, thank, praise, or acknowledge God’s stirring in your thoughts and emotions.)
When humanity started to be numerous on the face of the ground and daughters were born to them, the sons of the divine beings saw that the daughters of the human beings were good-looking and they took women for themselves, anyone that they chose. Yahweh said, ‘My Spirit will not dwell in humanity permanently, because it’s flesh. Its time will be 120 years.’ Now the Nephilim [‘Fallen’] were on the earth at that time, and also afterwards, when the sons of the divine beings had sex with the daughters of human beings, and they gave birth for them. These were the strong men that were of old, famous men.
Yahweh saw that humanity’s bad state on the earth was great. The entire inclination of its mind’s intentions was simply bad, all day. Yahweh regretted that he had made humanity on the earth. It pained his heart. Yahweh said, ‘I shall wipe out the humanity that I created from the face of the ground, from humanity to animals to moving things to birds in the heavens, because I regret that I made them.’ But Noah found grace in Yahweh’s eyes.
These are Noah’s lines of descent. Now Noah was someone who was faithful and a person of integrity among his generations. It was with God that Noah walked about. Noah fathered three sons, Shem, Ham and Yephet.
(Genesis 6:1-10, BfE)
For further exploration: Video: http://b.link/nephilimGen6
3. Concepts to Consider:
As we continue our celebration of the feast of Tabernacles today we zero in on the character trait of integrity. For the People called Israel, those with integrity kept moving in the barren wilderness, following the Pillars of Cloud and Fire (the Presence of God) and learning to survive and trust the sustenance God provided. Those without integrity, literally perished.
Noah is the first person in the Bible recorded to exhibit integrity. Hanok/Enoch was considered pious, certainly, but Noah (ַח ֹנ Noach, NO-ak)–whose very name is derived from the Hebrew root (ַחם ַנ nacham, nah-KAM) meaning “rest, cessation, or comfort”—goes “another further.” He is considered to be faithful AND a man of integrity.
In Hebrew the word translated here as “integrity” is “tamim” (ִמים תָּ) (tah-MEEM), which in this context contrasts Noah with the general depravity, faithlessness, and unsoundness of his generation. “Tamim” indicates one who is blameless, guileless, and has an open, innocent trust in Yahweh. And notice that like Hanok/Enoch (his great-grandfather), Noah also “walked along with God.” Faithfulness and integrity are not “sit around, bar the doors, and worry” traits, but rather they are “get up and move with God” characteristics. Integrity has feet. It keeps moving forward despite surrounding challenges. It clings to its honesty, openness, and trust despite any growing clouds of deception, hiddenness, or dishonor.
In 2 Peter 2:5, Noah is declared to be a “kerux, (KAY-roox)” a royal herald or authoritative proclaimer/preacher of righteousness ( dikaiosynē or “integrity”). His preaching was done not just through vocal declaration, but also in action. While he verbally gave a call to integrity—”let’s get back in step with God’s original design for humanity and the earth!”—he persisted plank by plank in methodically building the ark, no matter how others around him ridiculed his devotion to God.
(NOTE: For more information about the strange passage in Genesis 6:1-4 referencing “the sons of the divine beings” [aka “The Watchers”] having sex with human women and producing clans of giants (the Nephilim), please listen to and one or all of these podcasts: http://context.support/genesis6; http://b.link/WatchersGalatians; http://b.link/EnochWatchersJesus.
Basically, this passage demonstrates that there was depravity not only on earth but also among some of the supernatural beings [the generic order of “elohim”/ angels] that Yahweh had created to serve Him. These rebellious angels sought to corrupt humanity even further. 2 Peter 2:4 alludes to this understanding. Other scholars conclude that the “sons of the divine beings” may refer to earthly kings who were corrupt and arrogant and thought of themselves as partly divine and could therefore have any woman they wanted. [There are also, sadly, many other ancient mythological parallels to “the ‘gods’ taking human women.”])
4. Reflection Question:
(You are encouraged to write, draw, or respond however the Lord leads to the following inquiries).
- As you reflect on the character of Noah, in what ways can you preach the good news of God more through actions than words? How can “your light so shine before others that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father in Heaven?” (Matthew:16)
5. Prayer for Today:
A Prayer for Men
Heavenly Father, Your majestic Name fills the earth! Your glory is higher than the heavens. May Your glorious Name be praised! May it be exalted above all blessing and praise! You are great and most worthy of praise! No one can measure Your greatness. Thank You, Father, for our men. Lord, we thank You for equipping our men to take their rightful place in You. Thank You for the men and boys who will join the body of Christ and glorify Your Name. Thank You, God, for restoration, reconciliation and healing in our families and communities. Thank You, for giving us everything we need to live a godly life.
Father, let Your Kingdom come and Your will be done in the lives of our men on earth as it is in heaven. By faith, we call our men saved, sanctified, and filled with Your Spirit. Your Word instructs that faith without works is dead and useless, so we confess that our men will work to develop and demonstrate their Christian faith, daily. We declare that they will be priestly providers and protectors of their families. We confess that as they submit to Your Word, they will be transformed into new people by changing the way they think. Lord, we decree that their belief systems and behavior patterns will reflect Your righteousness in their personal and professional lives. We declare that the light of Jesus will be reflected by their actions. As they fellowship with one another; others will see their good works and praise You, our Father in heaven. Lord, we confess that Your favor surrounds them like a shield. We confess that they will earn, save, spend and invest money in obedience to Your perfect plan for their lives and families. We declare that their finances are blessed and they are lenders, not borrowers. Lord, because we realize that the food we put in our bodies can impact our mental, emotional, physical and spiritual capabilities, we declare that our men will practice healthy eating practices. Above all, we confess that they are victorious in everything they do, because Your future for them is filled with hope, good and not evil.
Lord, we ask that You touch the hearts of our congregation to pray for the men and boys of this local assembly. Holy Spirit, please empower us all to stand against society’s systems and structures that result in ten percent of all pre-school boys being suspended. Holy Spirit, studies show that ninety percent of all “behavioral problems” in public schools are linked to boys. Please touch the hearts of fathers (and mothers) to teach their children Your godly principles.
Father, forgive our men for sins of disobedience, selfishness, lying, pornography, fornication, adultery and for not accepting the responsibility for leadership within their families and the church. Forgive our boys for rebellion, selfishness and for accepting the negative labels placed on them by the world. Forgive our wives and mothers for being complacent. Lord, please help the men, women, boys and girls in our congregation to forgive past hurts caused by family members and loved ones. Father, heal emotional wounds caused by these hurts. Lord, forgive me for (list any sins that you have committed). Holy Spirit, remind us all of those we need to forgive; and we will be quick to forgive. (Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal names or faces of people that you may need to forgive. As He reveals, say, “I forgive name of person(s).” Now, trust the Lord to heal any wounds in your soul caused by unforgiveness.)
Holy Spirit, help us all not to yield to temptation but deliver us from the evil one.
Lord, we praise Your Name. Your Name is very great; Your glory towers over the earth and heaven. You are worthy, Lord, to receive glory, honor and power. You created all things and they exist because You created what You pleased. You are Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Optional Time of Centering/Soaking:
If possible, take some time, perhaps 5 to 15 minutes, to get into a comfortable position and simply allow the Lord to minister to you at a deep level (Psalm 42:7). Turn off or put down all distractions. Close your eyes. Hold in your thoughts a meaningful word, phrase, or image from the Scripture passages you read today. Release all other thoughts and concerns into the Presence of the Lord. If your thoughts wander, that’s okay, just gently return to your Scriptural word, phrase, or image. You may want to set a timer.
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