In verses 7-10 we see reiterated that all life perished. The Flood was global and catastrophic. The fountains of the deep burst forth and the windows of Heaven (water canopy) was opened. For 40 days and nights rain fell and it wasn’t no sprinkle but a torrential downpour!
Yet God preserved life. He made a way of deliverance, of salvation, for Noah who sought Him.
In Acts we find Paul’s “final words” — a parting farewell. Paul does not say what many today say in their last words. Ryan closes his Campout series exhorting young men to heed Paul’s advice and be faithful men of Jesus Christ.
It is often neglected that Noah did not just take two of every animal. He took seven pairs of male and female (14) of every clean animals and bird. Why? Because God commanded it. This is likely because there is some understanding of clean (worthy) and unclean (unworthy) animals for sacrifices and clothing. There would be more of these creatures needed because they were used for purposes that shortened their lives.
These two verses are connected. The time had come for Noah and his family to enter the Ark. The Lord reiterates that Noah is being preserved because he walks with God—he is righteous before the Lord in his generation.
It is interesting that God tells Noah specifically that it will be seven days before He sends the rain—yet notice how this 7 days before the Judgment appears to parallel the 7 years before Christ’s physical coming where the Church escapes the Great Tribulation by rapture.
The Judgment will be complete—God will blot out all living things from the ground (including birds which must rest on the ground).
500 yrs ago on October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed these 95 Theses to the door of the church protesting unbiblical beliefs and teachings that were taught by the Roman Church. Today, we still need the Reformation, the back-to-the-Bible-movement. We still protest unbiblical doctrines. Read the 95 Theses here (its not that long):
Not only does God reveal what He is about to do in judgment to Noah and instruct Noah how to escape the destruction of sin’s judgment, but God details much more for Noah on what type of catastrophe is coming.
God mercifully establishes a covenant with Noah, God initiates this covenant (like the covenant of marriage) till ‘death-do-you-part.’ The covenant was made with Noah and his family. In addition, God instructed Noah to take a male and female of every living thing (excluding sea creatures) into the ark to preserve them. Noah was also to take a supply of every sort of food that is edible.
It is fitting that the section concludes with the simple statement that Noah did all God commanded him. Read more →
God confides in Noah that a worldwide flood is coming which will destroy all life. But God’s will is for Noah and his family to live. So here’s what God instructs them to do, build an ark. A boat with three decks (verse 16), out of a specific type of wood (verse 14) and covered inside and out with pitch (verse 14). In addition, God gives the dimensions of the Ark. Now, the Lord instructs Noah according to cubits. A cubit is the distance from the elbow to the middle finger. Usually it is around 18 inches and at times in ancient history was slightly above 20 inches. Regardless, lets be conservative and assume an 18-inch cubit. That would put the Ark at 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet tall. Skeptics attack these dimensions and say that the boat would be too big. Well, take a look at this chart from AiG, now the Ark is not inconceivable:
God loves those who walk with Him. He alone preserves their life.
It is interesting to note later on in this section of Scripture some similarities with the New Testament. There is one door into the ark which is sealed shut by the finger of God. Jesus Christ is the one way to eternal life and our place in Heaven is sealed by God’s promise. The ark was covered inside and out with pitch. We are covered by the blood of Jesus when we trust in Him for salvation. The ark is a vessel to preserve from global judgment. Salvation preserves us from eternal judgement.
Do you see redemption’s fingerprints in the Flood account?
Father, thank You that You love those who walk with You. Father, You preserve the lives of those who are Your people; You spare them from judgment that the world deservers. Thank You for Your mercy, Father. May I walk with You as Noah. May I obey as Noah did. Lord, may I believe as Noah did. In Jesus name, amen.
The stage is being set for judgment. A worldwide flood will ensue. The earth is corrupted and violent. God sees it as such. What a sorrowful and painful thing that must have been in the Holy Creator’s sight! All flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. Twice in verses 11 and 12, God’s sight is referred to. Nothing is hidden from God’s sight and He saw the wickedness that was rampant on the earth. Read more →