Genesis 7 – The Flood

The Lord said to Noah, Come into the ark, you and all your house; for I have seen that you are righteous before me in this generation. 
Come in to me and be saved. The ark is a picture of salvation. If we come to God, we will be saved from destruction. Saved from his judgment.

Noah wasn’t clinging to the outside of the ark. We don’t hold on to salvation by our own strength. We are safe and secure when we come in to the Lord.

God told Noah, Take seven pairs of every clean beast, the male and his female: and two of unclean beasts, the male and his female; and seven pairs of fowls of the air, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.

Bird droppings have seeds in them. Extra pairs of birds would allow the earth to flourish more quickly. Extra pairs of clean animals would be needed for food and sacrifices. Although man and animals ate only herbs at this point (Genesis 1:30), after the flood God permitted man to eat animals. (Genesis 9:3)

God told Noah, In seven days, I will cause it to rain upon the earth for forty days and forty nights; and I will destroy every living substance that I have made…

Noah did all that the Lord commanded him. Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was on the earth. Noah went into the ark with his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him.

The beasts and the fowls and the creeping things went in two and two to Noah into the ark, the male and the female, (of all flesh that has breath – vs 15).

Noah didn’t have to go round up the animals. The animals came to the ark. God chose the animals. God prepared these animals with the gene pool that would allow the diversity that we see today.

They went in to Noah into the ark, two and two.

And the Lord shut them in.

Again we get a glimpse of salvation. When everyone was in the ark God closed the door. Noah didn’t have to secure it and make sure it was safe. When WE come to the Lord, we are secure in our salvation. Like Noah, we are safe from the judgment.

I believe when God shut the door, he sealed it. Just as we are sealed in salvation.

God has sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts. (2 Corinthians 1:22)

Grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. (Ephesians 4:30)

After seven days, the waters of the flood were upon the earth just as the Lord had said. In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, all the fountains of the great deep were broken up and the windows of heaven were open. It rained upon the earth for forty days and forty nights. (Not just rain – the fountains of the deep were broken up.)

For forty days it rained, and the waters increased, and lifted the ark up above the earth. And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills and mountains, that were under the whole heaven, were covered. The water rose 22 ½ feet above the mountains.

All flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, cattle, beast, every creeping thing, and every man. All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died.

They were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.

And the waters prevailed upon the earth a hundred and fifty days.

For forty days the waters increased. When the water reached its maximum, covering the highest mountains, it remained for 150 days.

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