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Noah Obeyed God

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Noah Obeys God


Previously we considered the instructions that God gave to Noah in preparing the ark for the coming Flood.  We find that Noah fully obeyed God.

And Noah did according unto all that the LORD commanded him. And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth.  And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood. Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of everything that creeps upon the earth, there went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah. And it came to pass after seven days that the waters of the flood were upon the earth. In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights. (Gen. 7:5-12)

If you feel old today, just remember that Noah was 600 years old when he entered the ark!  His sons would have been at least 100 years old.

Note that Noah did not have to gather the animals, but God supernaturally compelled them to come to the ark (6:20; 7:9).  The fact that ‘they came’ indicates that the animals collected around Noah and were taken into the ark, without his having to exert effort to collect them.  Again, the beasts obeyed God while most of those made in His image did not!

The next few verses (13-16) reiterate that the family obeyed God and took the animals in the ark.  The section ends with this statement: And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in.

What kinds of animals were taken into the ark?  All that breathe air were taken in.  This would include wild animals, dinosaurs, domesticated animals, creeping things (snakes, rodents, etc.) and flying animals (birds, bats, insects).  Don’t you just wish that Noah had swatted the mosquitos and stepped on the roaches!

The animals were likely all young.  Their size would fit more easily in the ark, and they would need to spend a year in the ark without reproduction and then emerge to repopulate the earth.  After a healthy meal, it is likely that many of the animals would have spent most of the year in hibernation.

And the LORD shut him in (16).  The LORD shut the door.  This has been God’s work from start to finish.  It is appropriate that God’s personal covenant name, Jehovah, is used here.  It was God’s power that kept out the water and kept them safe in the ark.  There was only one door.  It was too late for any more to enter.  It is a good thing that God shut the door, for it is difficult to imagine Noah being able to do it with the cries of those outside.  The closing of the door was an act of judgment for those outside, and an act of grace to those in the ark.  It marked the end of one civilization and the start of another.

As we close today, be reminded that the days of Noah picture the coming of the Lord in the last days.  People eat, drink, marry, are given in marriage, work, and carry on with their lives, unaware or unconcerned about the coming judgment.  Christ Jesus is coming again.  It will be a time of rejoicing for those who know Him, and a time of terror for those who do not.  He is the only door—come to the Father through the Son.

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