John G. Butler
“And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind; and God saw that it was good.” (Genesis 1:25)
Evolution continues to be taught in our schools in spite of the lack of evidence and good sense. We are taught as an ample, the man developed from monkeys or apes and other created beings came from something different then what they are. The Bible never discusses evolution.\We note from our text some teaching that is true but you will not get it in our government supported schools.
“God made the beast of the earth.” This first part of our text tells us why man clings to evolution. It is because it leaves out God. You cannot speak of creation without mentioning who did it but the so-called education experts speak of the acts of creation apart from God. They do not call it creation but evolution. In evolution their is no God. That is what man wants, he does not want to include God in his thoughts (Romans 1:28). According to this passage in the first chapter of Romans, not wanting God in your thoughts is why we have so much perverted thinking and acting by people. “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools” (Romans 1:22) describes the arrogant anti-God attitude of our day.
“After his kind.” Seven times in six verse is this phrase “After his kind." Verse 22 and 25 substitute “their” for “his,” but the message is the same. God decreed that animals reproduce after their kind. I once heard a preacher say that in all his calls to the birth floor in the hospital he never had a women have anything but a human in birth. Apes begat apes. Monkeys begat monkeys. Hogs begat piggies and cows begat another cow. This phrase knocks in the head the idea that man came from apes. The Bible says God created man and if you do not like that explanation, you are in big Romans 1:22, for it is the most sensible and factual explanation ever given to man. “After his kind,” rules out evolution and brings God in on the scene.
“And God saw that it was good.” The arrangement pleased God but it does not seem to please the evolutionists. The explanation about Creation in the Scriptures has God’s approval. He repeatedly calls it “good.” But stupid man thinks he is smarter than God. God may call something good but they think they need to call it something else. That’s man’s problem. He does not like what God calls things so he invents new names and in the process only makes a fool of himself. Especially is man in the habit of calling what God has called bad by good names. God is all wise and the names and character God gives to things is right every time. If God calls something “good” we would be wise to call it good also otherwise we play Romans 1:22.
“This is the fashion which thou shalt make it of ... The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits.” (Genesis 6:15).
Noah was given grace from God just like we are about salvation but there was some instructions concerning how to obtain this grace. Do not disregard God’s instructions for obtaining grace or you won’t obtain God’s grace!
“This is the fashion which thou shalt make it.” Grace is not without commands. Grace is not lawless. It may not be under the law but it is not without law. Even the Gospel invitation is a command. (Acts 27:30). So if Noah is going to experience the grace of God he must follow God’s instruction plans and heed God’s commands. And the commands were not optional. They were binding upon Noah if he was going to receive grace from God. God is not Santa Claus that winks at sin and offers salvation (God’s Grace) to anyone, via any creed. God gave specific commands for building the ark. Noah followed those commands or he would not experience the grace of God. He was chosen by the sovereign will of God to experience grace, but after that it was obedience to the commands of God if Noah wanted to receive Divine grace.
“Make it.” The ark was not furnished by God like our welfare society would insist. God furnished the plans and ordered Noah to “make it.” This involved sweat an hard work. It also involved ridicule. Any time you give yourselves to an endeavor with whole hearted dedication you will sweat and it will be hard work and there will be plenty of people on the sidelines that will mock and scorn. But when it started to rain and the water lifted the ark upward, Noah was on dry footing. The critics were not. “A” students walk the halls alone is no joke but reality. But we revere the name of Noah today but do not know the names of his mockers. We often protest the “make it” command but if you want to achieve in life there will be a lot of a “make it” signs along the way.
“The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits and the height of it thirty cubits.” The size of the ark shows how up-to-date and practical the Scripture is, mockers notwithstanding. Those who build ships have discovered the most float-worthy object is one whose length is six times its breadth and ten times its height. Amazing that the ark met those measurements to the exact. Also the size of the ark with those measurements and a cubit being 15 to 18 inches makes the ark a huge barn capable of housing all the living beings which God ordered be on the ark (No fish needed to be on the ark). God’s wisdom is seen in the Bible when compared to need.