Dispensationalism II - Lesson 3

  1. THE DISPENSATION OF CONSCIENCE (Romans 2:12-15) (Continued)
    1. Commission
      1. First commission remains in effect (Genesis 1:27-28)
      2. To the woman (Genesis 3:16; 1 Corinthians 11:8-9; 1 Timothy 2:11-15)
        1. Sorrow in conception
        2. Subjection to her husband
      3. To the man (Genesis 3:17-19)
        1. Sorrow in his service (verse 17)
        2. Sweat in his service (verse 19)
    2. Covenant
      1. Animal sacrifice (Genesis 3:21; Genesis 4:3-5)
      2. Follow their conscience (Romans 2:12-15; Acts 17:30)
      3. Walk with God (Genesis 5:24; Genesis 6:9)
      4. NOTE: We are told very little about the spiritual economy of this dispensation.  Therefore, we should be careful in making too much of speculation.  God knew how to reach the people of this time.
    3. Crisis
      1. Wicked imaginations (Genesis 6:5; see Genesis 8:21)
      2. Earth filled with violence (Genesis 6:11-13)
      3. Defiled generations (Genesis 6:1-4, 9; see 2 Peter 2:4; Jude 1:6-7)
      4. NOTE: Ever since God declared that He would defeat the devil through the seed of the woman (Genesis 3:15), Satan has tried to destroy that seed.  His methods have included attempts to destroy a specific key person or the entire Jewish race, or by attempts to dilute the generations by intermarriage of some sort.  Here are some of Satan’s attempts.
        1. Cain killed Abel (Genesis 4:8)
        2. Defiled generations (Genesis 6:9)
        3. Shechem (Genesis 34:20-21)
        4. Intermarriage (Ezra 10:1-3, 10-11)
        5. Attempt to kill baby Jesus (Matthew 2:16-18)
        6. Holocaust
        7. Woman in the wilderness (Revelation 12:4-6)
    4. Condemnation
      1. God grieves at His creation of man (Genesis 6:6)
      2. God determines to destroy man and beast with a flood (Genesis 6:7, 13)
    5. Compassion
      1. Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord (Genesis 6:8; Genesis 7:1)
      2. God has Noah build an ark (Genesis 6:14-22; 1 Peter 3:20-21)
    6. Change
      1. Transitional man – Noah (Genesis 5:32; Genesis 7:11; Genesis 9:28-29)
      2. New world after the flood (Genesis 7:23; 2 Peter 2:5)
  2. THE DISPENSATION OF HUMAN GOVERNMENT (Genesis 8:15-22)
    1. Content
      1. From the Flood to the Call of Abram
      2. Genesis 8-11
      3. Approximately 427 years (this length is disputed)
        1. 222 years - The time from the flood to the birth of Terah (Genesis 11:10-24)
        2. 130 years - The age of Terah when Abram was born (Genesis 11:32; Genesis 12:4; Acts 7:4).  This will be disputed by many since Genesis 11:26 states his age at 70.  However, unless Abram, Nahor and Haran were triplets, the Bible must be referring to Terah's age when he begin to have sons.  Also, Acts 7:4 clearly says that Terah died before Abram left Haran for Canaan--at which time Terah was 205 (Genesis 11:32) and Abram was 75 (Genesis 12:4).  The difference is 130 years.
        3. 75 years – The age of Abram at the time he departed Haran and entered Canaan (Genesis 12:4).  However, the call of Abram actually came several years earlier when God called him to leave Ur of the Chaldees (Genesis 12:1).
    2. Condition
      1. Earth
        1. No additional curse to the ground (Genesis 8:21; cp. Revelation 22:3)
        2. Rain and seasons to continue (Genesis 8:22)
        3. Man and animals now eat flesh (Genesis 9:2-3; cp. Genesis 1:29-30)
      2. Man
        1. Man continues to have an evil imagination (Genesis 8:21)
        2. Man continues to need animal sacrifice (Genesis 8:20)
        3. Man continues to have a guiding but faulty conscience (Romans 2:14-15)
        4. Man is additionally controlled through an external human government (Genesis 9:5-6)
        5. This society initially develops with one language and one culture (Genesis 11:1)
    3. (Covered in Lesson Four)
    4. (Covered in Lesson Four)
    5. Special Note: The Special Place of Capital Punishment (Leviticus 18:24-30)
      1. The judgment of a land defiled (Leviticus 18:24-30; Ezekiel 36:16-19)
      2. The sins that defile a land (Ezekiel 22:1-15 with Leviticus 18:20-23)
        1. Idolatry
        2. Immorality
        3. Innocent blood
      3. The guilt of innocent blood
        1. Innocent blood must be atoned (Deuteronomy 21:1-9)
        2. Innocent blood defiles the land (Ezekiel 7:23; Ezekiel 9:8-10; Hosea 4:1-3)
        3. If innocent blood is not atoned by man, it will be collected by God (2 Kings 24:1-4)
      4. The sins against innocent blood
        1. The freeing of murderers (Numbers 35:31-34; Deuteronomy 19:10-13 with Genesis 9:6)
        2. The killing of innocents (Jeremiah 2:34; Jeremiah 19:4-8; Psalm 106:37-42)
        3. The killing of just men (Lamentations 4:13; Matthew 23:29-39)
David Reagan

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 18:11

The rich man's wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit.