Genesis Chapter Seven

 

Read Genesis 7:1-6 – God’s Invitation to Noah

 

v.1And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.”

 

            Noah and his family is called by God into a place of safety, just as we as Christians are called into a place of spiritual safety today.  As we studied in the prior chapter, this occurred because:

 

“…Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.” Genesis 6:8

 

We have an assurance of the fact of the grace of God presented by the Psalmist:

 

Psalms 33:18-19 “BEHOLD, THE EYE OF THE LORD is UPON THEM THAT FEAR HIM, UPON THEM THAT HOPE IN HIS MERCY, TO DELIVER THEIR SOUL FROM DEATH, AND TO KEEP THEM ALIVE IN FAMINE.”

 

So because of God’s grace and Noah’s faith; God warned Noah, gave him instruction regarding his physical salvation from destruction and after 120 years of preaching and building invited him to enter the ark that he had prepared.

 

Hebrews 11:77By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.”

 

v.2-3Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female. 3Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.”

 

            Noah is given instruction regarding the saving of those creatures God had made to populate the earth along with mankind.  Those beasts that were clean and to be used as service to man and sacrifice to God were taken by sevens, three pair plus one.  Those beasts that were unclean were taken by pairs in order to preserve then.  Fowls of the air were taken by sevens, apparently even those that were considered unclean under the Mosaic Law.  We read in the Mosaic Covenant:

 

Leviticus 10:10-11  And that ye may put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean; 11And that ye may teach the children of Israel all the statutes which the LORD hath spoken unto them by the hand of Moses.”

 

But apparently God had declared certain animals clean or unclean well before the Mosaic Covenant.

 

v.4For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.”

 

            God gives them another 7 days in which to complete their preparation and perhaps even those of the world another 7 days to repent and turn to him, then the end will come.

 

v.5And Noah did according unto all that the LORD commanded him.”

 

            The inspired writer records simply that “NOAH DID ACCORDING TO” what God had commanded.  Oh, but that we could rightly claim the same at the time of our judgment!

 

v.6And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth.”

 

Read Genesis 7:7-16 – Noah Accepts

 

v.7And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood.”

 

            Even seven days before the rains started Noah’s faith caused him to enter the ark with his family and continue his preparation.  The rest of God’s commandments were kept just as they were given.

 

v.8-9Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth, 9There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah.”

 

            God through the inspired writer repeats these occurrences three time, first in His instructions to Noah, second as a summary in these verses and then finally in describing what happened in more detail in later verses.  There is no conflict in the numbers; there were at least two of each creature.  We will look at the details in later verses.

 

v.10And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth.”

 

            Just as God had promised, after seven days it began to rain.

 

v.11-12In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. 12And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.”

 

            So about 1650 years, some sources say 1655, my calculations, based on the ages given by scripture, was 1664 years; God destroys that creation that He saw in Genesis 1:31 as “VERY GOOD.”  Why?  Because of sin; should we need anything else than this to ingrain in our minds the results of unbridled sin?

            The heaven were opened up, the fountains of the deep were broken up.  We have no knowledge of the surface of the earth or its appearance before the flood.  Was all of the dry land collected in one great continent?  That would make the plate theory put forth by modern science logical.  In fact in the January, 2006 edition of “Reason and Revelation” by Apologetics Press it is stated that the evolutionists:

 

“…most likely would not endorse the biblical Flood model, their findings fit perfectly with the idea that the geological activity during the Flood could have greatly accelerated the rate at which the continents spread.”

 

But we can determine from the language of the inspired writer that God did in fact reshape, destroy and remake the earth.  The tremendous power unleashed upon this planet is what gave us the mountain ranges, ocean trenches and all of the physical attributes of this ball of mud upon which we live today.

 

v.13In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah’s wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark;”

 

            So how many times did Noah and his family enter the ark?  Many, during the time of preparation but this verse designates the final entering prior to the actual flooding of the earth.

 

v.14-15They, and every beast after his kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind, and every fowl after his kind, every bird of every sort. 15And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life.”

 

            Those that would deny the miracle that God performed to save this remnant of his creation have always tried to discredit Noah by claiming that Noah could not have gathered up all of the wild animals of the world and brought them to one place.  He could not have caused those that live from the flesh of other animals to co-exist with their prey without trouble.  But Noah isn’t in control of this situation, God is.  The animals, as God directed, came “IN UNTO NOAH”, he didn’t need to round them up as we might herd cattle.  Noah didn’t need to keep the wolves from eating the deer, the lions from having a feast of zebra, God was in control and the animals came to him and he put them in their proper places for their journey.  Literally everything that breaths air, goes upon the earth or flies in its skies were included and saved along with Noah and his family.

 

v.16. “And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in.”

 

            They all went into the vessel prepared to carry them during this great flood and God shut the door, sealed the vessel, made sure that it could not be opened, that it would not leak or that mankind in his desperation could break in after the flood started.

 

Read Genesis 7:17-24 – The Flood

 

v.17And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth.”

 

            For forty days the rain and the fountains of the deep poured forth their water.  The covering of the earth became such that the ark floated of its own accord.  We don’t know the elevation of the land where the ark was built, but if it was in the area where the garden of Eden was created that area isn’t very high above current sea level.

 

v.18-20And the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters. 19And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered. 20Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered.”

 

            In time of war, in time of flood, men have always sought refuge from devastation in the mountains of the earth:

 

Isaiah 2:19And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.”

 

Revelation 6:15-16 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; 16And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:”

 

But just as Israel tried to hide from the wrath of God in vain, and man will likewise try to hide from the wrath of God in the last day, man could not hide from God’s cleansing of the earth in the days of Noah.  They had already rejected their only source of salvation.

 

Jeremiah 3:23Truly in vain is salvation hoped for from the hills, and from the multitude of mountains: truly in the LORD our God is the salvation of Israel.”

 

v.21-22And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man: 22All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died.

 

            All flesh that breathed air that lived on the face of the earth died, was destroyed by God.  Jesus tells us that we will see something very similar to this destruction if we’re living on the last day of earth existence.

 

Matthew 24:38-39For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, 39And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”

 

v.23And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.”

 

            To emphasize the total destruction God repeats his description of the devastation created by the flood.  Then He contrasts it with the welfare of those who were obedient to Him.  An illustration that we use today to prove to men that baptism is necessary for the salvation of their souls:

 

I Peter 3:20-21Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.  The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:”

 

Peter continues in latter chapters to emphasize the punishment of the ungodly using the flood, a occurrence known to the entire world as the guarantee that God will indeed carry out his promise.

 

2 Peter 2:5 “And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;”

 

In the great flood only the living on the earth and the earth itself was destroyed and remade or allowed to replenish itself.  The universe and all of the rest of God’s creation is reserved, was saved for destruction at the end of time.

 

2 Peter 3:6-7Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: 7But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

 

v.24  And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days.”

 

            One hundred and fifty days, five months, God allowed the water to remain on the earth.