Moses Chapter 8

So far in Moses, we have read about the history of the prophets and people of the world from Adam to Enoch. These things were shown to Moses by God, in order to prepare him as the prophet of his own time. Enoch had been taken up to heaven, with the righteous city of Zion.

1 And all the days of Enoch were four hundred and thirty years.
2 And it came to pass that Methuselah, the son of Enoch, was not taken, that the covenants of the Lord might be fulfilled, which he made to Enoch; for he truly covenanted with Enoch that Noah should be of the fruit of his loins.
3 And it came to pass that Methuselah prophesied that from his loins should spring all the kingdoms of the earth (through Noah), and he took glory unto himself.
4 And there came forth a great famine into the land, and the Lord cursed the earth with a sore curse, and many of the inhabitants thereof died.
5 And it came to pass that Methuselah lived one hundred and eighty-seven years, and begat Lamech;
6 And Methuselah lived, after he begat Lamech, seven hundred and eighty-two years, and begat sons and daughters;
7 And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred and sixty-nine years, and he died.

Methuselah, the son of Enoch, covenanted with his father as Enoch had covenanted with the Lord. It must have taken a good man, and a righteous bearer of the priesthood, to know the things which his father had taught him of the gospel and plan of salvation and to remain while the rest of the city of Enoch was taken up to heaven. Enoch had seen that Noah and eventually Christ through Noah, would come through his own lineage. Then in his own life, a great famine took the lives of many of the people, which must have been a very difficult thing to experience. Methuselah must have had great faith, a great testimony, and a trust and love for his own father and for God.

8 And Lamech lived one hundred and eighty-two years, and begat a son,
9 And he called his name Noah, saying: This son shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the Lord hath cursed.
10 And Lamech lived, after he begat Noah, five hundred and ninety-five years, and begat sons and daughters;
11 And all the days of Lamech were seven hundred and seventy-seven years, and he died.
12 And Noah was four hundred and fifty years old, and begat Japheth; and forty-two years afterward he begat Shem of her who was the mother of Japheth, and when he was five hundred years old he begat Ham.
13 And Noah and his sons hearkened unto the Lord, and gave heed, and they were called the sons of God.
14 And when these men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, the sons of men saw that those daughters were fair, and they took them wives, even as they chose.
15 And the Lord said unto Noah: The daughters of thy sons have sold themselves; for behold mine anger is kindled against the sons of men, for they will not hearken to my voice.
16 And it came to pass that Noah prophesied, and taught the things of God, even as it was in the beginning.
17 And the Lord said unto Noah: My Spirit shall not always strive with man, for he shall know that all flesh shall die; yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years; and if men do not repent, I will send in the floods upon them.
18 And in those days there were giants on the earth, and they sought Noah to take away his life; but the Lord was with Noah, and the power of the Lord was upon him.
19 And the Lord ordained Noah after his own order, and commanded him that he should go forth and declare his Gospel unto the children of men, even as it was given unto Enoch.

Methuselah was the grandfather of Noah. Noah had sons who listened to God and were called the sons of God. The three mentioned here are Japheth, Shem, and Ham. Noah’s granddaughters through these sons, were fair and of the covenant, but they began to marry outside of the covenant. They married those who were not living righteously and this was was not pleasing to the Lord. As I read this, I realize that it has become common place for women and men in the church, to marry outside the covenant. What this means is that women marry men who do not hold the priesthood and men are marrying women who are not of the gospel of Christ. I was raised thinking that it would have been proper and pleasing to my parents to marry someone in the church, but I did not know that this was part of what God expected of his followers. In my study, I have read that modern-day prophets have repeated this doctrine and so I believe that it still holds true today. Those who are holders of the priesthood and children born into the covenant of the priesthood, should marry those who are also of the covenant.

Noah was given a warning that the wickedness of men would bring the floods. He was called, just as Enoch had been, to be a prophet to the people. Noah tried to teach the people about the plan of salvation, and redemption through Jesus Christ. I am sure that this included a warning that they were living wickedly and needed to repent to be saved. Because he prophesied to the people of things they did not want to hear or believe, the sons of men (those outside of the priesthood covenant) tried to kill him. Noah, however, had the power and priesthood of God with him, and was kept safe from those who wanted him dead.

20 And it came to pass that Noah called upon the children of men that they should repent; but they hearkened not unto his words;
21 And also, after that they had heard him, they came up before him, saying: Behold, we are the sons of God; have we not taken unto ourselves the daughters of men? And are we not eating and drinking, and marrying and giving in marriage? And our wives bear unto us children, and the same are mighty men, which are like unto men of old, men of great renown. And they hearkened not unto the words of Noah.

The people began to reason away the wicked things they were doing, by saying that they too were descendants of those who had the priesthood, and that they had been getting married, having children, and becoming well-known just as their ancestors had. It seems that they did not think anything else they did mattered to God, and they chose not to follow the prophet and live in wickedness.

22 And God saw that the wickedness of men had become great in the earth; and every man was lifted up in the imagination of the thoughts of his heart, being only evil continually.
23 And it came to pass that Noah continued his preaching unto the people, saying: Hearken, and give heed unto my words;
24 Believe and repent of your sins and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, even as our fathers, and ye shall receive the Holy Ghost, that ye may have all things made manifest; and if ye do not this, the floods will come in upon you; nevertheless they hearkened not.
25 And it repented Noah, and his heart was pained that the Lord had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at the heart.
26 And the Lord said: I will destroy man whom I have created, from the face of the earth, both man and beast, and the creeping things, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth Noah that I have created them, and that I have made them; and he hath called upon me; for they have sought his life.
27 And thus Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord; for Noah was a just man, and perfect in his generation; and he walked with God, as did also his three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
28 The earth was corrupt before God, and it was filled with violence.
29 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted its way upon the earth.
30 And God said unto Noah: The end of all flesh is come before me, for the earth is filled with violence, and behold I will destroy all flesh from off the earth.

Everyone other than Noah and his sons (I think their wives also), was living wickedly. I think that when it says they were “lifted up in the imagination of the thoughts of his heart”, that it means they were selfishly focused on their own desires and dreams. I believe that the world today, would have us also focus on our own desires and dreams. There are so many things that teach that we can only be happy if we pamper ourselves and do what we want to do. The gospel of Christ teaches us that service to others and sacrifice for others is the only way that we will find true happiness.

Noah was a great prophet. These verses teach us that he was favored of God and that he was perfect in his generation. The footnote for the word perfect, leads me to understand that Noah was a just man and lived in a way that he would be perfected in Christ. Noah was so righteous, that he walked with God. He also raised three righteous sons, who were able to walk with God as well. Noah was a man of great compassion, who desired for others to repent and turn to God. I think it would be awesome to be able to meet him some day.

Noah continued to preach repentance to the people. He warned them that they needed to repent and be baptized, so that they could have the Holy Ghost with them. He told them that if they did not heed this warning, the floods would destroy them. The people did not listen, and Noah, like the prophets before him, grieved for the wickedness of men. Noah sorrowed for men and I think he wished that these men had not been born. I believe that he felt this way, because he knew that they would have been better off remaining in their own pre-mortal state then suffering for their own wickedness after this life. That is such a sad feeling to have and it must have been extremely difficult to experience those feelings for all those people. The Lord declared that he would destroy all those on the earth, who would not repent. I think that the Lord was saving the people of the earth, from even greater suffering after this life. Some of them would have the opportunity to hear the gospel and accept it, after they had been held in spirit prison and Christ had suffered for their sins.

I believe that Noah was a prophet of God, and that he truly did exist. It is sad to learn of such great wickedness on the earth, but I believe that the same amount of wickedness if not more, will be on the earth before the Savior comes again. This is sad, but that is what the scriptures teach us will happen. The hope in that day, is that the earth will be cleansed again and Christ will reign personally on the earth once more.

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