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Enter the Ark!

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‘Enter the Ark!’


And the LORD said unto Noah, ‘Come you and all your house into the ark; for you have I seen righteous before me in this generation.  (2)  Of every clean beast you shall take to you by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female.  (3)  Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.  (4)  For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.’  (5)  And Noah did according unto all that the LORD commanded him.  (6)  And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth.  (Genesis 7:1-6)

One hundred twenty years earlier, God had told Noah to build an ark in order to escape the coming flood which would destroy all flesh because of flourishing wickedness (6:13, 14).  Noah obeyed God and built the ark; and preached along the way (6:22).  Now, according to God’s command, it was time to enter the ark!

Who entered the ark?  Noah and his household.  Why did they enter the ark?  Because they were righteous.  Their righteousness came by faith.  Also, in addition to the two animals of every kind which entered the ark, God instructed that there be seven of every kind of clean animal.  This would include three pairs for the production of offspring, and one animal for sacrifice after the Flood (8:20).  God must have told Noah which were clean, for the law was not yet given.  These were the primary animals that would be domesticated (cattle, sheep, and goats).

This distinction between clean and unclean animals was only temporary.  Since NT times (Acts 10), at least as far as the Law is concerned, there are no unclean animals.  People regularly now eat pork and shellfish.  However, I don’t know about you, but I’m still not interested in eating snakes, rats, and dogs!

After Noah, his family, and the animals entered the ark, God had them wait for seven days (7:10).  Why these extra seven days of waiting?  Likely Noah and company finished gathering the animals and setting in supplies.  It surely indicates that men measured time even then in a 7-day weekly interval.  But those seven days also gave mankind one last chance to join Noah in the ark.  Perhaps Noah took that time to preach to those gathered about the ark, urging them to escape the coming judgment. After the seven days, the Lord shut the door (7:16).  This was an act of grace to those inside, and judgment to those without.  The opportunity to choose was over.

After the seven days, the waters of the flood began to come upon the earth (7:10).  What was the first source of the flood water?  Forty days of rain.  The water canopy broke up and covered the earth (7:11, 12).

The second source of water came from the fountains under the earth (7:11).  Here is the order of events.  First, the earth’s crust would have broken up.  This fractured earth would have sent magma and dust into the atmosphere, along with gigantic sprays of water, gas and air.  This would all penetrate the canopy, triggering the downpour from the sky.  Over a 40-day period, every living thing on the earth would have been blotted out.  The remains of the plants would eventually become the world’s coal beds.  The coal, and perhaps the oil we use today, came from the devastation of the Great Flood.

There is much more, and we will continue next time.

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