The movie Noah:
The truth is, reviews of screenings of the movie Noah reveal that it is an utter corruption of the Word of God and actually turns the bible inside out. It is especially telling that Paramount ended up in a huge conundrum after press reviews of the initial screenings found that many Christians were upset because the Noah film was not true to the biblical narrative.
This should not be a great surprise, as Noah director Darren Aronofsky, promotes Antichrist, occult and Gnostic elements by the boat load in his other movies (more on that later in this article). Add to this the fact that Aronofsky approaches the Noah story as a “great fable,” and has no reason to approach the sacred story with any sense of sanctity or reverence for God. Aronofsky admitted: “Noah is the LEAST BIBLICAL film ever made,"
Aronofsky’s propaganda is seen in a script of Noah that was released online. According to the script, Noah’s wife Naameh asks him why God is about to destroy the world. Noah is then given a vision by God of the original pristine creation, before man destroyed the environment. Noah replies to his wife, “Because it [the creation] is dying already. At our hand, all he created is dying…If we work to save it, perhaps he will too.”
Hence, according to the Noah movie, the way to be saved is not though the grace and forgiveness of sin that comes through repentant faith, but by doing enough works to save planet earth and by becoming a good little environmentalist. Indeed, later in the movie, Noah says, “We must change. We must treat the world with mercy so that the Creator will show us mercy…We must respect the ground, respect the rivers and seas. Respect the other beasts of the Earth.”
Abram and Sarai Return to Canaan
17 But the Lord struck Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai, Abram’s wife.
18 Then Pharaoh called Abram and said, “What is this you have done to me? Why did you not tell me that she was your wife? 19 Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ so that I took her for my wife? Now then, here is your wife, take her and go.”
20Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him; and they escorted him away, with his wife and all that belonged to him.
Q: How was the trip back to Canaan?
“They should never have gone into Egypt in the first place. The Lord surely could have supplied their needs in Canaan, even in time of famine. But once in Egypt, they should have been careful to maintain a good testimony at all costs. God could have protected them there, too, without such a degrading compromise. After all, He did protect them and provide for them, even in spite of their compromise” (Morris, p. 301)
Q: How do we sin in similar circumstances?
How do we resolve sinful events or ideas, or compromising situations?
"Through Satan's subtle influence in the thought processes, Christians are often convinced that sources of their problems are external to themselves and, therefore, outside their ability to control. When this happens, individuals will fail to seek resolutions and will continue on in their unhappy state." Regier, Biblical Concepts in Counseling Manual, pg. 7.
A. Denial: "I don't have a problem!" Denial is the refusal (or inability) to acknowledge sinful thoughts, feelings, wishes or motives, even when they are obvious to others.
B. Projection: "It's his/her fault." Projection is placing the blame for one's problems on someone else. (People frequently believe that the reason they have a problem is because their parents failed in some way).
C. Rationalization: "Everyone else is doing it!" Rationalization is trying to justify unacceptable attitudes, beliefs or behaviors through erroneous claims or false reasoning. Those who rationalize their behavior try to convince themselves (or others) that the problem is not really a problem and seek to escape accountability.
"Only when individuals accept the fact that their attitudes and actions contribute to their problems are they in a position to find freedom from them. Only then can they experience spiritual renewal and richer relationships with God and with others around them."
Regeir, Concepts in Counseling Manual, pg. 7
Responding to Sin: "Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body . . . for sin shall not be your master." Rom. 6:12,14
The Bible tells us that we all have sinned. Christ's death and resurrection frees us from the eternal penalty of sin but not from our human nature, which causes us to continue to sin. God is concerned not only with the nature of our sin, but also with our attitude toward it. The manner in which we respond to our sin will have a significant impact on our spiritual development, our relationships and our future choices. ( Proverbs 4:10-19) Regier, pg. 8.
I Cor. 10:12-13 “Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, that you may be able to endure it”
Matthew Henry Commentary:
“There is no state on earth free from trials, nor any character free from blemishes. There was famine in Canaan, the glory of all lands, and unbelief, with the evils it ever brings, in Abram the father of the faithful. Perfect happiness and perfect purity dwell only in heaven. Abram, when he must for a time [leave] Canaan, goes to Egypt, that he might not seem to look back, and meaning to tarry there no longer than needful.
There Abram [denied] his relation to Sarai, equivocated, and taught his wife and his attendants to do so too. He concealed a truth, so as in effect to deny it, and exposed thereby both his wife and the Egyptians to sin. The grace Abram was most noted for, was faith; yet he thus fell through unbelief and distrust of the Divine providence, even after God had appeared to him twice.
Alas, what will become of weak faith, when strong faith is thus shaken! If God did not deliver us, many a time, out of straits and distresses which we bring ourselves into, by our own sin and folly, we should be ruined. He deals not with us according to our deserts. Those are happy chastisements that hinder us in a sinful way, and bring us to our duty, particularly to the duty of restoring what we have wrongfully taken or kept. Pharaoh's reproof of Abram was very just: What is this that thou hast done?
How unbecoming a wise and good man! If those who profess religion, do that which is unfair and deceptive, especially if they say that which borders upon a lie, they must expect to hear of it; and they have reason to thank those who will tell them of it.
The sending away was kind. Pharaoh was so far from any design to kill Abram, as he feared, that he took particular care of him. We often perplex ourselves with fears which are altogether groundless.
Many a time we fear where no fear is. Pharaoh charged his men not to hurt Abram in any thing. It is not enough for those in authority, that they do not hurt themselves; they must keep their servants and those about them from doing hurt...” (Matthew Henry Commentary)
Abram and Lot Separate
Abram returns from Egypt with great riches. (1-2)
Abram moves from the Negev, to Bethel, and to the place where he first built an altar to Jehovah God (3-4a)
Abram calls upon the Name of the LORD Jehovah (4b)
There is strife between the herdsmen of Abram and Lot. Abram gives Lot his choice of the country. (5-9)
Lot chooses to dwell at Sodom. (10-13)
God renews his promise to Abram, and Abram moves to Hebron. (14-18)
13:1 “So Abram went up from Egypt to the Negev [south country], he and his wife and all that belonged to him, and Lot with him.”
Q: How long would it take to fly from Cairo to Jerusalem or Hebron?
A: 1 hour, 10 minutes
Q: How many miles is it from Cairo to Jerusalem by car?
A: 462 miles
Q: How long would it take to drive (excluding check points, and rest stops, and dining, etc.)?
A: 9 hours, 6 minutes
Q: How long would it take a man with a cranky wife ---who was just humiliated in a royal palace---and has to cart herself and her belongings---462 miles through a foreign land, 10-12 miles a day...?
Q: How far could a rich man with baggage, camels, flocks and herds, travel in one day?
A: 10 miles day, if there was sufficient water and forage?
It would take Abram/Sarai a couple of months or longer to travel back to Bethel and then on to Hebron
Problems to face along the way:
2 Now Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver and in gold
Abram was very rich: he was very heavy, so the Hebrew word is; for riches are a burden; and they that will be rich, do but load themselves with thick clay, Habakkuk 2:6.
Yet God in His providence sometimes makes good men rich men, and thus God's blessing made Abram rich without sorrow, Proverbs 10:22. Though it is hard for a rich man to get to heaven, yet in some cases they may,Mark 10:23,24...
Outward prosperity, if well managed, is an ornament to piety, and an opportunity for doing more good. Abram moved to Beth-el.
His altar was gone, so that he could not offer sacrifices; but he called on the name of the Lord. You may as soon find a living man without breath as one of God's people without prayer. (Matthew Henry)
Riches not only afford matter for strife, and are the things most commonly striven about; but they also stir up a spirit of contention, by making people proud and covetous.
Mine and thine are the great [sources of contention] of the world. Poverty and labor, wants and wanderings, could not separate Abram and Lot; but riches did so.
Matthew Henry Commentary
3 He went on his journeys [stages] from the Negev as far as Bethel, to the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Ai, 4 to the place of the altar which he had made there formerly;
and there Abram called on the name of the Lord. (NASB)
Bethel – the last place Abram was in fellowship with God
5 Now Lot, who went with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents.
6And the land could not sustain them while dwelling together, for their possessions were so great that they were not able to remain together.
7 And there was strife between the herdsmen of Abram’s livestock and the herdsmen of Lot’s livestock.
Q: Wouldn’t it have been culturally appropriate for Lot, Abram’s nephew, to defer to his older uncle?
Q: Why wouldn’t he?
Perhaps the memories of Haran---or more likely the memories of being in Egypt’s corrupt society, might have caused Lot to be drawn toward the sensual, self-willed lifestyle he witnessed there
Q: Was this land as barren and hot as it is today?
No, it had more rainfall, and more luscious vegetation, especially in the Jordan River valley, including the area we now know as the ‘Dead Sea’
7 And there was strife between the herdsmen of Abram’s livestock and the herdsmen of Lot’s livestock.
Bad servants often make a great deal of mischief in families and among neighbors, by their pride and passion, lying, slandering, and tale-bearing. What made the quarrel worse was, that the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelt then in the land. The quarrels of professing Christians are the reproach of religion, and give occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme. It is best to keep the peace, that it be not broken; but the next best is, if differences do happen, with all speed quench the fire that has broken out.
The attempt to stop this strife was made by Abram, although he was the elder and the greater man. Abram shows himself to be a man of cool spirit, that had the command of his passions, and knew how to turn away wrath by a soft answer.
Those that would keep the peace, must never render railing for railing. And [with] a condescending spirit, he was willing to beseech even his [younger nephew] to be at peace. Whatever others are for, the people of God must be for peace.
Abram's plea for peace was very powerful. Let the people of the land contend about trifles; but let not us fall out, who know better things, and look for a better country. Professors of religion should be most careful to avoid contention. Many profess to be for peace who will do nothing towards it, [but] not Abram. When God condescends to beseech us to be reconciled, we may well beseech one another. Though God had promised Abram to give this land to his seed, yet he offered an equal or better share to Lot, who [did not have] an equal right; and he will not, under the protection of God's promise, act [critically] to his kinsman. It is noble to be willing to yield for peace' sake. (Matthew Henry Commentary)
Q: Who are the Perrizites? (Gen. 15:20; Exod. 3:8, 17, etc)
Q: Does Perrizite mean literally ‘inhabitant of the level ground’ (Ezek. 38:11)? Perhaps
Q: Does the name ‘Canaanite’ mean ‘the civilized inhabitants of towns’ or ‘the trading Phoenicians’? No
The origin of the name Perizzite is unknown, like that of the Kenites and other tribes settled in Canaan that were not descended directly from Ham (Kenizzites, Kadmonites, Rephaim from Gen. 15:19-21)
But we may infer from the frequency with which they are mentioned in connection with the Hamitic inhabitants of Canaan, that they were widely dispersed among the Canaanites.
Genesis 10 does not mention them in the Table of Nations
The Perrizites are mentioned in Gen. 13:7; 34:30; Deut. 3:5; Judges 1:4; Esther 9:19; I Sam. 6:18 (mentioned as unwalled towns and ‘country villages’)
The LXX translates Perizzite as ‘cities of the Perizzite’ or as ‘villager’ (K & D, p. 199)