Pyungkang Cheil Presbyterian Church

History of Redemption Series, The Genesis Genealogies, The Covenant of the Torch, Abraham Park, Pyungkang Cheil Presbyterian Church

Excerpts from The Genesis Genealogies

The Genesis Genealogies, God's Administration in the History of Redemption, History of Redemption Series Book 1

Genealogies 

"Careful study of the Genesis genealogies will lead us to a clearer understanding of God's administration for redemption through Jesus Christ."  Rev. Abraham Park, Page 41, The Genesis Genealogies.

Genealogies can be either linear ascending (descendant to ancestor; Luke 3) or linear descending (ancestor to descendant; Matthew 1).

Genealogies can also be vertical (Genesis 5), recording names of father, son, grandson or horizontal (Genesis 10:2-20), recording the lineages of the different sons of one person.

Noah's Ark Construction Duration

It is wrong to say Noah took 120 years to build the Ark.  We must be careful of the warning in Revelation that we must not add or subtract from the Word of God (Revelation 22:18-19).  Why should we bring God's wrath on ourselves for insisting on believing and teaching the wrong facts?

"This is a critical issue, since nothing should be added or taken away from the Word of God recorded in the Bible (Revelation 22:18-19).  For instance, how erroneous would it be to say that Jesus lived on the earth for 35 years when it actually was 33 years?"  Rev. Abraham Park, Page 239, The Genesis Genealogies.

 When God mentioned 120 years in (Genesis 6:3), He was not talking about the Ark but rather the impending judgment of mankind (Genesis 6:7).

"When God mentioned the "one hundred and twenty years" in Genesis 6:3, it was His warning against the fleshliness and corruption of mankind and a warning regarding the impending judgment (Genesis 6:7).  God did not give a revelation about the Ark at this time.

After some time had passed, Noah became the father of three sons (Genesis 6:10).  After some more time had passed, his sons married.  It was only after all this time had passed that God commanded Noah, "Make for yourself an ark" (Genesis 6:14), and gave him detailed instructions for the ark (Genesis 6:15-16).  Then He declared, "And behold, I, even I am bringing the flood of water upon the earth" (Genesis 6:17).  (Hence, Genesis 6:3 took place when) Noah was 480 years old, 120 years before the flood, and that was 22 years before he became the father of Shem, his first son (Genesis 5:32, 7:7, 11; 11:10)."  Rev. Abraham Park, page 239, The Genesis Genealogies.   

Calculation of Noah's Ark Construction Duration

1.  When the judgment of the flood took place, Noah was 600 years old (Genesis 7:6, 11).

2.  Noah had his 3 sons after he was 500 years old (Genesis 5:32).

3.  The command from God to build the Ark came after Noah had his 3 sons and all 3 sons were married (Genesis 6:14).

4.  Noah had Shem at the age of 502 (Genesis 11:10) and hence it took less than (Noah's age 600 - 502) = 98 years to build the Ark.  The number of years would be less when time of the marriages of the 3 sons are taken into account.

"Thus, the ark was built after Noah's three sons were born (after Noah was 500 years old) until Noah was 600 years old, when the flood occurred.  This means that the ark was actually built in less than 100 years."  Rev. Abraham Park, page 239, The Genesis Genealogies.   

"Even if Noah had all three sons consecutively, it would have taken him at least three years from the age of 502.  His sons would have had to be at least 15 years of age in order to be married.  Considering this, the period for building the ark can be estimated to have been approximately 70-80 years.  Therefore, the view that it took Noah 120 years to build the ark is erroneous.

 

Excerpts from The Covenant of the Torch

The Covenant of the Torch, A Forgotten Encounter in the History of the Exodus and Wilderness Journey, History of Redemption Series Book 2

Our Forgotten Encounter with God

"Mankind has forgotten many things since the fall of Adam.  We have forgotten the Word of God, all the blessings and abounding agape love in God's covenant, and the precious memories of grace from the times we spent with God.  The root of this problem is their forgotten encounter with God.  The encounter with God is the most important starting point of our lives.  It is the driving force behind life and the confirmation of eternal life.  I earnestly hope that we may recover our forgotten encounter with God through the covenant of the torch and the process of its fulfillment.  This encounter will last for all eternity."  Rev. Abraham Park, Page 11, Introduction, The Covenant of the Torch.

By studying God's administration of the covenant of the torch God made with Abraham in Genesis chapter 15, we can see how God works in the History of Redemption through genealogies and covenants concerning His people.

Administration and Covenant

"The Bible contains the infallible blueprint of God's great plan for the salvation of mankind.  All of God's numerous works that are accomplished according to His plan are also called His divine administration.  The force that propels God's administration is His covenant and its fulfillment.  In other words, the link that connects God's work of salvation in each era is His covenant (also called agreement or promise) and its fulfillment."  Rev. Abraham Park, Page 30, The Divine Administration of Redemption and the Covenant, The Covenant of the Torch.

"The Bible is divided into two major parts: the Old Testament and the New Testament.  The Old Testament is a covenant of the coming of Jesus Christ, while the New Testament is a covenant of Jesus Christ as the essential fulfillment (Luke 24:27, 44) and His Second Coming (Acts 1:1, Revelation 1:7)." Rev. Abraham Park, Page 30, The Divine Administration of Redemption and the Covenant, The Covenant of the Torch.

"In Matthew 26:28, Jesus says, "For this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins."  The blood that Jesus Christ shed for all mankind is the blood of the covenant (Zechariah 9:11, Mark 14:24, Hebrews 9:20, Hebrews 10:29, Hebrews 13:20).  The shedding of Jesus' precious blood on the cross was not a spontaneous event, but a long-promised event.  This is the message conveyed in the phrase, "the blood of the covenant."  Jesus came according to the promise of the Old Testament (Genesis 3:15, Galatians 3:19).  He (Jesus Christ) came at the fullness of time (Galatians 4:4, Mark 1:15), at the right time (Romans 5:6), and with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness (Ephesians 1:9-10).  He died according to the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3) and was resurrected according to the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:4).  At the proper time, He will surely come again to this earth to fulfill the promise of His Second Coming (1 Timothy 6:15)  Rev. Abraham Park, Page 30, The Divine Administration of Redemption and the Covenant, The Covenant of the Torch.

The Covenant of the Torch and God's Faithfulness

"The covenant of the torch promises the election and propserity of godly descendants who will accomplish God's administration in the history of redemption.  Genesis 15:1-6 deals with the promise concerning the descendants."  Rev. Abraham Park, Page 42, The Content and Confirmation of the Covenant, The Covenant of the Torch.

"The covenant of the torch promises that the land of Canaan will be granted to the godly descendants who will carry out God's plan of redemption (Genesis 15:7-21)."  Rev. Abraham Park, Page 43, The Content and Confirmation of the Covenant, The Covenant of the Torch.

"The message of Genesis 15:13-21 is the promise that the descendants of Abraham would become strangers in a foreign land where they would be oppressed for 400 years, and that they would return to Canaan in the fourth generation.  This is a detailed description of the covenant of the torch: 1st, Abraham's descendants would become strangers in a foreign land where they would be oppressed for 400 years, but they would eventually come out with great possessions (Genesis 15:13-14).  2nd, Abraham would be buried at a good old age and return to his fathers in peace (Genesis 15:15).  3rd, the Israelites' return to the land of Canaan would be accomplished in the fourth generation (Genesis 15:16).  4th, God outlined the boundaries of the land of Canaan - from the river of Egypt as far as the great river Euphrates - that would be given to the descendants of Abraham (Genesis 15:18-21)"   Rev. Abraham Park, Page 43, The Content and Confirmation of the Covenant, The Covenant of the Torch.

"After God disclosed the contents of the covenant, He confirmed it with a smoking oven and a flaming torch (Genesis 15:17)." Rev. Abraham Park, Page 43, The Content and Confirmation of the Covenant, The Covenant of the Torch.

"The appearance of the smoking oven and the flaming torch provides three important lessons about the salvation of Abraham's descendants who are under the covenant of Christ's blood today.  1st, it confirms that we will certainly experience the presence of the living God as long as we cast away our "birds of prey", the forces of darkness, and persevere even though God's answer may seem to be delayed.  2nd, it shows that the flaming torch will brighten our dark night even when we undergo severe trials and fiery tests and feel as if we cannot see ahead because of the darkness surrounding the smoking furnace.  We are guaranteed victory because God is ever-present and participates in our afflictions (Isaiah 63:9).  3rd, the smoking furnace and the flaming torch will always complement each other and work together until the salvation of the saints is complete.  Both are products of God's providence founded upon His boundless love.  The smoking furnace is a tool that tries us and refines us to perfect our salvation.  The flaming torch is a symbol of God's great consolation and His Immanuel love."  Rev. Abraham Park, Page 45, The Content and Confirmation of the Covenant, The Covenant of the Torch.

"In our journey toward the fulfillment of the covenant of the torch, we cannot help but confess one thing: God's Word most certainly is fulfilled in history without leaving out a single jot or tittle.  The covenant of the torch clearly depicts a blueprint of the grand history of redemption, confirming that this history of redemption, which began with the fall of Adam, will surely see its conclusion at the end of human history."  Rev. Abraham Park, Page 45, The Content and Confirmation of the Covenant, The Covenant of the Torch.