Genesis 7

Genesis 7 has the Lord talking to Noah about the flood that is to come.  “Go into the ark, you and all your household, for I have seen that you are righteous before me in this generation”.  God gives Noah the command to get into the ark.  Remember he has been building it for many years, and while there has never been any rain to this point, God is telling Noah it is on the way.  “For in seven days I will send rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and every living thing that I have made I will blot out from the face of the ground”.

God isn’t just going to disrupt life on earth.  He is going to wipe it out – blot it completely out – and be sure that everything would start anew.  How man could go so wrong in such a short time is hard to imagine.  Yet God was frustrated enough that He was willing to wipe out most of creation to give things a new start.  Noah had set himself apart from all others.  “Noah did all that the Lord had commanded him”.  Note that Noah wasn’t mostly obedient.  He did ALL that God had asked.  He was completely obedient to God’s direction.

Noah wasn’t a youngster when this all happens either.  “Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters came upon the earth”.  Can you imagine managing the loading of all those animals and other creatures onto the ark?  The creatures likely came on their own.  “They went into the ark with Noah, two and two of all flesh in which there was the breath of life”.  God orchestrated an amazing response to the coming flood.  The boat gets loaded and “the Lord shut him in”.  God sealed the door to the ark to keep out the water and keep everyone and everything on board safe.

The rain came down and the floods moved up.  “The waters prevailed so mightily on the earth that all the high mountains under the whole heaven were covered”.  We’re talking a lot of water as all the mountains on the face of the earth were covered, and not just a little but 15 cubits deep.  God made sure the flood did it’s intended work.  “He blotted out every living thing that was on the face of the ground”.  This was a complete reset of what He had created.  And God left the water there for enough time to be sure it was all cleaned up as “the waters prevailed on the earth 150 days”.

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