The Sons of Noah had One Father

Now this is the genealogy of the sons of Noah: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. And sons were born to them after the flood. These were the families of the sons of Noah, according to their generations, in their nations; and from these the nations were divided on the earth after the flood (Genesis 10:1, 32).

If you believe the first eleven chapters of the Bible are the literal history of humanity, then you must acknowledge that everyone on earth today has a single forefather in the man named Noah.

Noah’s three sons and their three wives spread out throughout the earth and all of humankind alive today resulted.

In the words of the Apostle Paul in Acts 17:26, And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their habitation …

If you believe the Bible is literally true, there is no place for racism, for there is only one race: the human race.

If you believe the Bible is literally true, there is no place for skin-based supremacy, for we all share the same forefather in Noah, and before him in Adam.

If you believe the Bible is literally true, there is no place for Critical Race Theory, for we are all sinners – not just the people of one skin color – in need of a Saviour, who is Jesus Christ.

Not surprisingly, science confirms that every human being on earth has descended from one man and one woman.

Oh the trouble we create for ourselves and our world when we try to find hidden meanings, secret messages, allegorical interpretations, and cultural philosophies in the Bible rather than taking it for what it says.

The Prophet-King of Münster (1536)

In the year 1530, a self-proclaimed prophet named Melchoir Hoffman was preaching that Jesus was going to return to the Earth in 1533. Strasbourg, France would become the New Jerusalem of Christ’s Millennial age. Hoffman’s fiery sermons and prophetic visions stirred tens of thousands and Protestant leaders like Martin Luther and John Calvin were terrified.

After three years of weekly prophetic sermons, Strasbourg’s leaders put Hoffman in jail. His followers, however, never lost faith in their leader and spread his “New Revelation” teachings more enthusiastically.

Jan Matthys had learned from Martin Luther that Scripture alone was the basis of the Christian faith and practice. But after reading Hoffman’s sermons, Matthys believed the Holy Spirit chose and empowered him with supernatural spiritual gifts to fulfill Hoffman’s prophecies. Matthys announced himself as Enoch, one of the two witnesses of the Book of Revelation, and threatened eternal damnation on all who opposed him.

A new prophecy declared Jesus returning to Munster, Germany, the only place in the world protected from Christ’s wrath. Matthys’ preaching in Munster resulted in people falling in the streets, speaking in other languages, and having visions confirming Matthys’ prophecies as true. Anyone who questioned Matthys’ authority was declared demon possessed and killed unless they were re-baptized. Lutherans refused and were killed by the thousands.

The city’s population swelled with Germany’s poor after a prophecy of material prosperity to all who gave their belongings to the leaders to be shared in common.

On Easter Sunday 1534, Matthys announced himself as the second Gideon and set out to assassinate the Roman Catholic bishop. The bishop’s guards got to Matthys first, cutting off his head and nailing his severed genitals to the city gate.

Prophets decreed Jan van Leyden as the king of the New Jerusalem. He began his reign in Munster by dancing through the streets naked like he said King David had done in the old Jerusalem. He also prophetically ordained 12 apostles and declared polygamy legal, taking 16 wives himself. One thousand new “believers” were baptized.

In January 1536, Roman Catholic armies raided Munster, and for two days killed every one they could find. Matthys’ followers were tortured and dismembered. Their body parts were hung in cages from St Lambert’s Church spire, which are still on view today.

Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves (Matthew 7:15).

The Hardness of the Human Heart

But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk. And they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts (Revelation 9:20-21).

Some believe the Book of Revelation to be mostly completed history, simply giving a figurative explanation of the times in which we live today. Others believe the Book of Revelation to be literally applied and largely the foretelling of a 7-year record of future events. Either way, Jesus the Revelator has a profound view of the hardness of the human heart apart from Him.

Revelation 9:13-21 describes a plague sent by God upon the human race. This plague causes terrible pain and death around the world. As horrible as this description is literally or figuratively, the amazing part is that the people upon the earth refuse to turn to God and away from their sin. The torment sent by God is so great that men will beg God to kill them rather than let them suffer further. This idea is repeated in Revelation 6:16; 16:9, 11.

How hard is the human heart encased in sin and rebellion against God!!! Unless God changes the sinner’s heart, none seeks after the God who is the only Saviour. The sin-seasoned soul curses the Saviour as it seeks its own righteousness, methodologies, and saviors.

The love of God has never saved anyone, but it is the gracious motive which sent Jesus to die for our sins.

The wrath of God has never saved anyone, but it is the gracious motive which sent Jesus to die for our sins.

God saves by His grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh (Ezekiel 36:26). Now a certain woman named Lydia heard us … The Lord opened her heart to heed the things spoken by Paul (Acts 16:14).

Dangerous Tools

Any tool in the hands of an ungodly or careless man is deadly. It may be a fork, a stick, a gun, a car, or a pencil. We don’t throw out the tool. The problem isn’t the tool but the person holding the tool.

And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace (Romans 6:13-14).

Believer, even your hand and tongue can be a deadly weapon. Since God has saved you from sin, don’t allow your body and abilities to be used for sin. Christ reigns in you, so use your tools, your abilities, and your body to glorify Christ Jesus.

Un-Ending Evidence of God’s Love

Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and My God!” (John 20:27-28).

The Apostle Thomas said he wouldn’t believe Jesus had been raised from the dead until he saw and touched the resurrected Lord. When Jesus appeared later to the disciples with Thomas present, Jesus encouraged him to examine and even touch His wound-bearing body.

We don’t exactly know what our bodies will be like in the resurrection, except that they will be like Jesus’ own resurrected body (1 Corinthians 15:49 and 1 John 3:2). Jesus today has a physical body of flesh and bone. Before His ascension He ate and wasn’t bound by gravity or space (Matthew 28:9; Luke 24:31, 36, 39, 42-43; John 21:15; Acts 1:9). According to First Corinthians 15, Jesus’ body is not subject to death or physical corruption, but is glorious, powerful, spiritual, and heavenly (1 Corinthians 15:21, 42, 43, 44, 48, 53). To go beyond this description would be mere speculation.

The third verse of the great hymn of the Church, Crown Him with Many Crowns, reads:

Crown Him the Lord of love, behold His hands and side,
Rich wounds, yet visible above, in beauty glorified.
No angel in the sky can fully bear that sight,
But downward bends his wondering eye at mysteries so bright.

John saw Jesus in Heaven as a Lamb as though it had been slain (Revelation 5:6). What a rich, beautiful, yet horrific sight! Jesus, for all of eternity, bears the wounds of His crucifixion, the un-ending evidence of God’s love and Christ’s cost for our salvation.