Genesis 7:1-10

February 15, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Posted in Bible Study | Leave a comment
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Then the LORD said to Noah, “Enter the ark, you and all your household, for you alone I have seen to be righteous before Me in this time. You shall take with you of every clean animal by sevens, a male and his female; and of the animals that are not clean two, a male and his female; also of the birds of the sky, by sevens, male and female, to keep offspring alive on the face of all the earth. “For after seven more days, I will send rain on the earth forty days and forty nights; and I will blot out from the face of the land every living thing that I have made.” Noah did according to all that the LORD had commanded him. Now Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of water came upon the earth. Then Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him entered the ark because of the water of the flood. Of clean animals and animals that are not clean and birds and everything that creeps on the ground, there went into the ark to Noah by twos, male and female, as God had commanded Noah. It came about after the seven days, that the water of the flood came upon the earth.

This week we begin to look at the events leading up to the Flood. First, we’ll recap what we’ve seen so far. The world has been degenerating into violence. The sons of God and the daughters of men have had children and the world has gotten to the point where every thought of man’s heart is evil continuously. God has decided that He would give man 120 years to repent and then, if that didn’t happen, He would blot out the world with a global Flood. In the midst of the violence, we find Noah. Noah is a blameless man and a preacher of righteousness. He and his three sons (and their wives) fear God and have been preparing for God’s judgment. God has given Noah instructions to build an ark out of gopher wood. He has given Noah the exact dimensions for the ship as well as what it is to be used for. The ark will be used to store enough of each type of air-breathing, land animal so that they will be able to repopulate the earth after the Flood. He will also have birds and insects with him.

The 120 years of God’s patience and mercy are drawing to a close. God tells Noah that it will not be much longer before the Flood begins. There is one week left and it is a busy one. God tells Noah that it is time to enter the ark, and that there will be two of every kind of unclean animal coming aboard with them. He also tells him that there will be clean animals and birds coming “in sevens”. Some believe that this means that there were seven of each clean animal, but more than likely there were actually 14 of each; seven males and seven females. There purpose is simple, to keep the animals alive during the Flood so that they can repopulate the earth.

The Bible doesn’t say for sure, but I can only wonder what Noah did the last week. The animals were coming to him and all the other preparations were made. The Bible says that he was a preacher of righteousness. I wonder if Noah was out preaching repentance to those around him who were lost? With the actual number of kinds of animals that would have been on the ark, there was plenty of room left over. Could this room have been for those who might repent? Surely God knew that they would not, He is sovereign after all. But the thought of there being extra room on the ark for those who would come to Him in the final days before the Flood matches the character of God found throughout the rest of the Bible. Like I said above, we won’t know for sure, but it would match the character of God.

Scripture says that Noah was 600 years old when the Flood came upon the earth. This would also have been the year that Methuselah, the oldest man to ever live, would have died. The time was soon at hand and it was going to be a time of confusion and great upheaval. To this point in the history of mankind, the earth had never seen rain. Instead, the dew had watered the ground. In seven days, the earth would see more rain at one time than it has ever seen in its history. God had determined to send a Flood to blot out mankind and every other living thing that He had made (apart from what was on the ark).

As the scene is set, we’re reminded that Noah did what the Lord commanded him to do. The animals are filing onto the ark, two by two. As they enter, Noah and his family direct them to their predetermined places on the ship. Places where they will be comfortable and be able to survive the duration of the deluge. Many people wonder how all of the animals could have survived on the ark. Some were meat eaters and others ate plants. This was not necessarily true at this time. In the first chapter of Genesis, we saw that all things started out eating plants. While it is possible that some could have degenerated to eating meat because of sin, it is unlikely that this was a majority. So the main staple that everyone ate from would have been plant material.

As the last of the animals are loaded onto the ark, we come to the time of the Flood. Everything had been finished. The ark was built, the food and water gathered, and the animals had been situated. Noah and his family had done all they could to warn the others, but God’s time of judgment was at hand. We end our study this week just as the Flood begins. The Flood had come and its effects would be felt and noticed for the rest of time.

As we look at the Flood over the next couple of weeks, I want to ask you something. Are you ready? You may be asking “ready for what?” Are you ready for God’s judgment? The Bible says that God will judge the earth again. It also says that things will be just like in the days of Noah. People will be eating, drinking, marrying and giving in marriage. And, in the blink of an eye, God will judge the earth again. This time, it won’t be with water. God has promised not to do that. Instead, this time it will be with fire. And, just like in Noah’s day, there will be those who mock the coming judgment. They will laugh and ridicule those who talk about the truth of what’s to come. They will say that things have always been the way they are and that if God were going to judge the earth He would have done it by now. Those people are deceived. God will judge the earth again. Are you ready for that judgment? The judgment will come quickly, just like the Flood did. Will you be saved from God’s wrath? There is only one way for that to happen. You must repent of your sins and put your faith in Christ. That is the only way that you can be saved. Have you done that? Have you turned from the lying, cheating, stealing, lusting, gossip, homosexuality, drunkenness, and other sins that have marked you as a rebel in God’s eyes? Have you realized that there is no amount of good deeds that you can do to earn your way to heaven? Have you recognized that you need a Savior and that Jesus is the only One that can do it? If so, repent. Turn from your sins and put your complete trust in Christ to save you from hell. There is still time for it to happen. Don’t put it off and wait until it’s too late….

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