Gen1toRev22: Make an Ark, 6:14-17

Scripture Passage: Genesis 6:14-17

Observations on the Context:

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:

Apply It:

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?

Pray It:

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.

Noah’s Legacy and Progeny

Scripture Passage: Genesis 6:9-10

Observations on the Context:

The book of Noah’s generations is the record of his lineage. Noah was a godly man. Above reproach before the ungodly. A man who sought the Lord. What an incredible testimony Noah had and what a blessing that God used this godly man as a hero of the faith to preserve the human race. Noah only had three children, Shem, Ham and Japheth. It is interesting that Noah lived so long and yet only had three children. This can be an encouragement to Believers today that God may not give you many children although you have a long marriage. Read more

Gen1toRev22: The Unknown Names and the Known

Scripture Passage: Genesis 5:3-32, Proverbs 10:7

Observations on the Context:

For the vast majority of the names in our passage, nothing is known beside their names. We do see the incredible length of the first human’s lifespans, which if one turns this ancestry into a chart, you will find it interesting how many lifetimes overlap with Adam, the first man.

We know of Adam that he fathered Seth, after his own likeness. Seth is a special man for he was given by the Lord to replace righteous Abel whom Cain had murdered. We then see multiple names of men whom we know nothing of beside the fact that they are in the family line.

Some notable names that we see that cause us to praise to God are in verse 24 and 29: Enoch and Noah. Enoch walked with God—what a simple and profound statement of this man’s life. Enoch’s lifetime was short for God took him, raptured him without death to Heaven (see Hebrews 11:5). We also see Noah come on the scene and prophecy is given at Noah’s birth that God would bring relief or rest from the toil of mankind’s curse upon the ground. Noah’s name means rest. We also will find out later more about Noah’s three sons (who appear to be triplets) in verse 32: Shem, Ham and Japheth.

One other notable figure is Methuselah, who was the oldest man ever in the Bible, living longer than Adam by 39 years for a total lifespan of 969 years. Sadly, while Methuselah lived long, he did not appear to follow the Lord for only Noah found grace in the Lord’s eyes—Scripture does not say that Noah’s sons or wife followed the Lord (2 Peter 2:5). Additionally, it is interesting to note that Methuselah died the same year of the Flood, perhaps even in the Flood. Lamech, who prophesied of his son Noah’s birth appears to have died five years before the Flood. While we do not know much of Methuselah or Lamech, we have a clear picture of Noah.

Application:

Why do we not know more of these other names? Perhaps it is because they were not godly people. This seems likely, for Enoch and Noah have positive statements attached to their brief time in the family listing. In addition, only Noah is found favor in God’s eyes (Genesis 6:8). Adam is mentioned, but sadly we never hear a positive word about Adam after the Fall. Did he ever turn back to the Lord? It does not seem so since man did not turn back to calling upon the Lord’s name after Abel’s death until Enosh (Genesis 4:26). A proverb came to mind as I worked through today’s passage:

The memory of the righteous is a blessing,
but the name of the wicked will rot. Proverbs 10:7 ESV

Pray:

Father in Heaven, thank You for preserving the godly through many trials throughout the ages. Lord, may You make me into one who it will be said when I am gone that I walked with God. No other accomplishment, fame, nor epitaph do I need. But may even my death bring glory to Christ if He should tarry that I walked with God in my generation.