Genesis 7

Genesis 7 is a significant chapter in history as God wipes out His creation.  “Every living thing that I have made I will blot out”.  God was not splitting hairs on whether people were close to righteous or not.  There was no fence straddling on who was good.  Noah, his sons and their wives were it.  Everything else is going to perish.  Noah built the ark on dry ground in a land that had never seen rain fall before.  Now – it was showtime.  God says “Go into the ark, you and all your household, for I have seen that you are righteous before me in this generation”.  We commonly think that he took a pair of every kind of animal and bird when in fact we learn that he took seven pairs of each – not just a single pair.  That had to be one very full boat. 

We also don’t consider the reality that Noah was 500 when he had his son Seth, and now is a bit over 600 when the ark is complete and the floods come.  “Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters came upon the earth”.  Obviously we can’t comprehend being anywhere close to that old, but Noah “did all that the Lord had commanded him”.  He was faithful for a very long time.  And how he has loaded up his family and the animals just as God commanded.  Then “all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were opened. And rain fell”.  Water came from below and above and soon had covered the mountains and the entire earth at least 15 cubits deep. 

Noah “went in as God had commanded him. And the Lord shut him in”.  Can you imagine being locked in the ark with a boat load of animals and no real idea of what was to come?  It rained for 40 days and 40 nights – which would have been a long time in itself – but “the waters prevailed on the earth 150 days”.  That is over 6 months to be on a boat.  This was no little project.  Noah and sons had to have enough feed and food to last for 6 months.  Wow – what a plan that had to have required.  The secret to this – obedience.  God directed – Noah listened and obeyed.  Exactly as he was instructed.  And God rebuilt mankind through Noah and his family.  He repopulated the earth from the ark.  Never think that the obedience of one man doesn’t count.  In God’s economy – it can be the most important thing.  Are you walking with Him in total obedience?  Who knows what that kind of life may mean!

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Brad Kowerchuk on April 23, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Jesus stated in Matt 24:37 that ‘as the days of Noah were, so the presence of the Son of man will be’.
    This begs the question,
    What were the noteworthy features of ‘the days of Noah’ that Jesus referred to, and how might we watch for similar keys as to when Jesus’ prophecy would be fulfilled?

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