101-107-Genesis Part 1 Chapter 7
Noah spent 120 years in preparation for the flood that God had said would come upon the earth. Noah built the ark as he was instructed. Then with only seven days before the rains came God commanded Noah and his house to enter the ark. Noah alone was righteous before God in all the earth. It was not that Noah was perfect in the eyes of God but that through Noah’s faith in God’s Word that he was accounted righteous. God saw Norah as righteous by his faith and called Noah into the ark where he and his family could find refuge from the judgment of God upon the earth. This call of God to Noah reminds us of God’s call to the poor sinners of this world to the gospel message of Christ. Jesus is our ark in whom we alone can find refuge when death and judgment approach. God’s Word says come and the ministers of the gospel say come. The Spirit says come, come into the ark where you will find peace. God’s grace was poured out on Noah that he would be justified and who the Lord justifies shall be saved. As Paul writes in Romans 8:30, “Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.”
In verse two Noah is told to bring the beast into the ark. Noah is to bring the clean animas in pairs of seven, male and female. The clean animals were the animals suitable for sacrifice to the God and in the future time to come as food for man. They were taken in larger numbers because of their usefulness and the need for quicker repopulation. The beasts that were not clean were to be pairs of two, male and female. These beasts would be the ones that could be harmful to man such as lions, wolves, tigers, and bears.
Also in verse three Noah was to bring the birds of the air into the ark in pairs of seven, male and female for the purpose of repopulation after the flood.
Verse four gives Noah seven days to complete the tasks needed done before the flood would begin. Some Jews say that this time was given for the mourning of Methuselah’s death. Others say that it was an additional time given for a last chance for repentance from God’s judgment. Not that it would spare them from the flood but that it would save them from eternal damnation. In all likelihood it was a proper space of time for Noah to complete the final preparations before God closed the door to the ark.
God tells Noah after the seven days the rains would come. Never before had man seen rain upon the earth. Never since has man seen rain as God sent. For forty days and forty nights a constant and persistent rain would fall upon the earth. God said that He would blot out every living thing that He had made from the face of the earth. That is every substance that has animal life, as fowls, cattle, creeping things, and men. Vegetative life survived the flood as we note in Genesis 8:11when the dove returned to the ark with a freshly picked olive leaf.
In verses five to fifteen Noah did as the Lord commanded him. When Noah was six hundred years old the rains come and started to flood the earth. Noah and his family entered into the ark because the waters began to flood the earth. And on that day, the seventh day, the fountains of the deep burst forth their waters and the heavens rained down for forty day and forty nights. Noah and his family were inside the ark and the beasts of the earth that Noah had gathered were in the ark in pairs, male and female.
Then in verse sixteen God shut the door to the ark and sealed it, with Noah, his family, and the selected beast of the field and birds of the air in the safety of the ark. God shut the door, as it was most certainly too large for Noah to close, to keep the rising waters out. God also shut the door to keep the scoffers who had mocked Noah for his faith in God, who now knew that God’s judgment was upon them and sought refuge in the ark that Noah had built. But God had sealed the door that those who served the Lord not would perish and be blotted out from the face of the earth.
Man today is in the age of God’s grace that all are called to the safety of the righteousness of Jesus Christ. Those of us who believe upon the name of our risen Lord Jesus are to preach unto all nations of man the gospel message. The hour soon comes when the door to the ark, Jesus Christ, shall be shut and then no man will be able to enter into the His refuge from the coming wrath of God. Now is the hour to seek the Kingdom of God while the door remains open for soon the door shall be shut and sealed like it was in the days of Noah. Jesus taught this very truth in Luke 13:25, “Once the head of the house gets up and shuts the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock on the door, saying, ‘Lord, open up to us!’ then He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know where you are from.”
In verse twenty three and twenty four we learn that every living thing was blotted out from the face of the earth and only Noah and those in the ark survived. The earth was submerged beneath the waters for one hundred fifty days.