If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.”
We mustn’t ever forget that sin crouches at our door. The devil is always looking for an opportunity to cause us to stumble. We must constantly be aware of this. We see this throughout the Bible. No more clearly spoken of than in 1 Peter 5:8, Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
And as for Seth, to him also a son was born; and he named him Enosh. Then men began to call on the name of the Lord.
It is interesting that it took the fall of man to get them to call on the name of the Lord. Isn’t that the way that it is? We get into trouble and then cry out to God to help us in our time of need. What is amazing, is that He is always there, always willing to help us. Would be to God that we would call on His name all of the time and not just when we are in trouble.
And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.
Enoch was one of the few men in the Bible who never died, but were just taken up into heaven. The other one was the prophet Elijah. We will read about Elijah taken into heaven when we get to 2 Kings 2:11.
Thus Noah did; according to all that God commanded him, so he did.
What the Lord was telling Noah to do was absolutely crazy. It made no sense at all. At this point it had never rained, they did not even know what rain was. To build a boat, because there was going to be a flood was absurd. Sometime the Lord will have us do things that appear absurd to the world, but make perfect sense to God. That should be enough for us.
When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
It in interesting to see the contrast in Genesis and Matthew in terms of the wickedness of man when confronted with good. Herod is threatened by a Jesus and quickly decides to plot to put Him to death. How exciting to see that nothing can thwart God’s perfect plan.
Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way.
God is always intervening to accomplish His purposes. Make no mistake about it, He did it for Jesus and He does it for us, much more than any of us may realize. Our desire must be to grow in our confidence that He is working and then get out of His way.
And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, “He shall be called a Nazarene.”
As you can see, the prophets are quoted throughout the New Testament. We will Jesus throughout the Old Testament and a confirmation of this through the quoting of the prophets in the New Testament. This should be very encouraging to us.