Since there were also giants in the earth after the flood, we can extrapolate from their history the kinds of  lifestyles  that the people lived before the flood.  We should be reminded too that God used the Jewish nation to establish righteousness and true worship in the earth and to annihilate the forces of evil. All of God’s moral laws were designed to lead the Jews to live to please Him.  In fact, God told them that He was casting out the nations of Caanan because of their abominations and gave the Jews stern warnings:

Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you:

And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants.

Ye shall therefore keep my statutes and my judgments, and shall not commit [any] of these abominations; [neither] any of your own nation, nor any stranger that sojourneth among you:

(For all these abominations have the men of the land done, which [were] before you, and the land is defiled;)

That the land spue not you out also, when ye defile it, as it spued out the nations that [were] before you.

For whosoever shall commit any of these abominations, even the souls that commit [them] shall be cut off from among their people (Leviticus 18: 25-29).

This is a reflection of the situation in the days before the flood, when God saw that:

  • the wickedness of man [was] great in the earth, and [that] every imagination of the thoughts of his heart [was] only evil continually (Gen 6: 5)
  •  The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence  (Gen 6: 11).
  •  all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth (Gen 6: 12)
  • … the end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them (Gen 6: 13).

The corruption was terrible. The Genesis 6 account seems to indicate that God had  mused aloud about the situation  before taking action to destroy the earth. Remember that they had 8 faithful preachers that they would not listen to.  As we said, God detested the abominations and the books of the Law gives us a picture of the scenario back then.

Here are some of the abominable practices (apart from those previously discussed):

  • offering animal sacrifices to devils (Lev  17: 7)
  • drinking blood of living things offered up to devils in sacrifice (Lev 17: 7-14)
  • sexual intercourse with relatives (Lev 18: 1-19)
  • adultery (Lev 18: 20)
  • Homosexuality and lesbianism (Lev 18: 22)
  • sexual intercourse with animals (Lev 18: 23)

In fact, sexual sins were so widely practiced by the heathen that God repeatedly warned the Jews in Leviticus 20 about the danger of practicing them. We know that Balaam later  taught them to do these acts as a part of the worship of Baal the fertility demon and that God killed many of them as a result. Other abominations included:

  • Greed (Lev 19: 9-11)
  • bearing grudges/revenge killings etc  (Lev 19: 18)
  • cursing God (Lev 19: 13)
  • Robbing one’s neighbour, cursing the deaf, putting barriers in the way of the blind (Lev 19: 14)
  • Using enchantments which comes from the Hebrew word nachash which means to practice divination or fortunetelling , divine, observe signs, learn by experience, diligently observe, practice fortunetelling, take as an omen (Lev 19: 26). Balaam was a fortuneteller. Astrology would fall under this category.
  • Observing the times which  comes from the Hebrew word anan which means to observe times, practice soothsaying or spiritism or magic or augury or witchcraft (Lev 19: 26)
  • Gossip (Lev 19: 16)
  • Hatred (Lev 19: 17)
  • making cuttings or tatoos  in your flesh for the dead (Lev 19: 28)
  • prostitution (Lev 19: 29)
  • Dealing with familiar spirits (Lev 19: 31). A person who deals with familiar spirits evokes the dead (or rather demons that mimic the dead).  King Saul went to a woman with a familiar spirit  to evoke information about the future because the Lord had stopped speaking to him. The text in 1 Samuel 28 gives the best illustration of the event:

Then said Saul unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and enquire of her. And his servants said to him, Behold, [there is] a woman that hath a familiar spirit at Endor.

And Saul disguised himself, and put on other raiment, and he went, and two men with him, and they came to the woman by night: and he said, I pray thee, divine unto me by the familiar spirit, and bring me [him] up, whom I shall name unto thee

And the woman said unto him, Behold, thou knowest what Saul hath done, how he hath cut off those that have familiar spirits, and the wizards, out of the land: wherefore then layest thou a snare for my life, to cause me to die?

And Saul sware to her by the LORD, saying, [As] the LORD liveth, there shall no punishment happen to thee for this thing.

Then said the woman, Whom shall I bring up unto thee? And he said, Bring me up Samuel.

And when the woman saw Samuel, she cried with a loud voice: and the woman spake to Saul, saying, Why hast thou deceived me? for thou [art] Saul.

And the king said unto her, Be not afraid: for what sawest thou? And the woman said unto Saul, I saw gods ascending out of the earth.

And he said unto her, What form [is] he of? And she said, An old man cometh up; and he [is] covered with a mantle. And Saul perceived that it [was] Samuel, and he stooped with [his] face to the ground, and bowed himself.

And Samuel said to Saul, Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up? And Saul answered, I am sore distressed; for the Philistines make war against me, and God is departed from me, and answereth me no more, neither by prophets, nor by dreams: therefore I have called thee, that thou mayest make known unto me what I shall do.

Just in case that you think that Samuel had come back from the dead, it is obvious from his prophecy to Saul that he was really alive in spirit and present with God. God, being able to do any thing,  confounded the witch/psychic/medium  and sent Samuel back to tell Saul of his demise.  He wanted to show Saul that it was vain for him to seek the future from the devil who would have lied to him, any way. Furthermore, God had taken the kingdom from Saul and intended to destroy him. He wanted it  to be clear forever that His word will not change once it is spoken.

Obviously, the woman had expected to see the demon come from the ground, because she cried out in fear and surprise when the Prophet Samuel appeared instead. She did not have a recipe to reverse this because God had confounded her.  Indeed, God will confound those with familiar spirits and those who seek their help.

More in upcoming posts. Blessings and have a great day.