Genesis chapter 7

Noah prepares for the Flood, continued. The Flood covers the whole world.

 


 

NOAH PREPARES FOR THE FLOOD, CONTINUED

 

VERSE 1. The LORD said to Noah, “Come with all of your household into the ship, for I have seen your righteousness before me in this generation.

Come with all of your household. Noah and his family are the remnant.

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I have seen your righteousness. Of all the people alive, Noah was the only one the LORD God found to be righteous.

 

VERSE 2. You shall take seven pairs of every clean animal with you, the male and his female. Of the animals that are not clean, take two, the male and his female.

 

VERSE 3. Also of the birds of the sky, seven and seven, male and female, to keep seed alive on the surface of all the earth.

 

VERSE 4. In seven days, I will cause it to rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights. I will destroy every living thing that I have made from the surface of the ground.”

 

VERSE 5. Noah did everything that the LORD commanded him.

Noah acted. He did whatever the Lord God called him to do.

 

THE FLOOD COVERS THE WHOLE WORLD

 

VERSE 6. Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters came on the earth.

 

VERSE 7. Noah went into the ship with his sons, his wife, and his sons’ wives, because of the floodwaters.

 

VERSE 8. Clean animals, unclean animals, birds, and everything that creeps on the ground

 

VERSE 9. went by pairs to Noah into the ship, male and female, as God commanded Noah.

 

VERSE 10. After the seven days, the floodwaters came on the earth.

 

VERSE 11. In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep burst open, and the sky’s windows opened.

the great deep. In those days, people imagined there was a vast subterranean ocean, or abyss.

 

VERSE 12. It rained on the earth forty days and forty nights.

God opened the floodgates. They poured out rain. There was so much rain that the world could not contain it.

This reminds us of Malachi chapter 3.

Malachi 3:10. Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. (NIV translation)

 

VERSE 13. In the same day Noah, and Shem, Ham, and Japheth—the sons of Noah—and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons with them, entered into the ship—

 

VERSE 14. they, and every animal after its kind, all the livestock after their kind, every creeping thing that creeps on the earth after its kind, and every bird after its kind, every bird of every sort.

 

VERSE 15. Pairs from all flesh with the breath of life in them went into the ship to Noah.

 

VERSE 16. Those who went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God commanded him; then the LORD shut him in.

the LORD shut him in. The LORD God shut Noah into the ark.

And sometimes God shuts us in. Once we embark on the right path, once we take that big step of faith, God sometimes causes things to come together so that we can’t go back.

We take our step of faith, and somehow, God causes our boats to burn.

After the explorers landed in the New World, the Americas, they burnt their sailing ships. They had no way to go backwards. They could only go forward.

 

VERSE 17. The flood was forty days on the earth. The waters increased, and lifted up the ship, and it was lifted up above the earth.

 

VERSE 18. The waters rose, and increased greatly on the earth; and the ship floated on the surface of the waters.

 

VERSE 19. The waters rose very high on the earth. All the high mountains that were under the whole sky were covered.

 

VERSE 20. The waters rose fifteen cubits higher, and the mountains were covered.

cubits. A cubit is the length from the tip of the middle finger to the elbow on a man’s arm, or about 18 inches or 46 centimeters.

 

VERSE 21. All flesh died that moved on the earth, including birds, livestock, animals, every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, and every man.

 

VERSE 22. All on the dry land, in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life, died.

 

VERSE 23. Every living thing was destroyed that was on the surface of the ground, including man, livestock, creeping things, and birds of the sky. They were destroyed from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those who were with him in the ship.

As the water flooded the earth, the ark rose. Eventually, the whole world was submerged, even the highest mountains. The ark rose above it all.

In our own lives, things like mistreatment or neglect, disapproval or abuse, can seem like a giant mountain.

But a flood of the Holy Spirit can lift us above those mountains. By God’s grace, we can Rise Above it all.

By that miracle, we will Rise Above. We will soar like eagles. And it will be God who does the heavy lifting to make it happen.

 

VERSE 24. The waters flooded the earth one hundred fifty days.

 


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