Deadly Cataclysm, Genesis 7:1-24

“Thus Noah did; according to all that God commanded him, so he did. Then the Lord said to Noah, ‘Come into the ark, you and all your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation. You shall take with you seven each of every clean animal, a male and his female; two each of animals that are unclean, a male and his female; also seven each of birds of the air, male and female, to keep the species alive on the face of all the earth. For after seven more days I will cause it to rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and I will destroy from the face of the earth all living things that I have made.’ And Noah did according to all that the Lord commanded him.” Genesis 6:22-7:5.

This quote is bracketed with two important phrases:

“…Noah did; according to all that God commanded him, so he did.” Genesis 6:22.

“…Noah did according to all that the Lord commanded him.” Genesis 7:5.

In the first quote above it says that God commanded Noah; the name for God that is used is Elohim, the Creator, a plural word for God meaning the entire Godhead is represented.

The Creator God had told Noah to build an ark in chapter six, and Noah did all that Elohim commanded him.

The second quote, Genesis 7:5, uses the word Lord, which is translated Yahweh, or the covenant making and covenant keeping God.

When God tells Noah that He is bringing a flood upon the earth to destroy all living things, He makes this covenant with Noah:

“But I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall go into the ark – you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you.” Genesis 6:18.

The implication of this verse is that God covenants to keep Noah and his family alive through the destruction of the entire earth. And after 371 days in the ark while chaos flooded around them, destroying everything, God kept His covenant.

But Noah also did according to all that God had commanded him. Many Christians today seem to think that they can buy the fire insurance by accepting Christ as their Savior and then just go on with their lives. This is far from the truth.

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35.

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15, KJV.

“…pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18.

“And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together [Christians for worship and fellowship], as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day [rapture of Christians] approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25.

“And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your sojourning here in fear; knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” 1 Peter 1:17-19.

Modern man has forgotten that Christ is the head of the church and also the head of the man. As a result we, unlike Noah, do not do, “…according to all that the Lord commanded him.”

“And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.” Colossians 1:17-18.

“But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.” 1 Corinthians 11:3.

“But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do the things which I say?” Luke 6:46.

Today there is no order, Christ is not the head of the man, man is not the head of the woman, nor is Christ the head of the church, because everyone believes that it is their right to do as they see fit. As a result there is confusion among Christians instead of order.

The man cannot expect the woman to be in subjection to him if he is not in subjection to Christ. Yet this never seems to occur to them. The church cannot expect power in the world because it has cut itself off from the source.

There is some confusion about Noah’s entry into the ark. There are those who feel that the ark was fully loaded, with Noah and his family inside and the door shut, for seven days before the flood began. But that does not appear to be the case.

Let us look at things in this manner; God told Noah to build an ark (box) 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high, containing roughly 1,400,000 cubic feet. God further described that it should have three decks and a window 18 inches high around the top of the ark.

That is all that is given, He did not tell Noah how or where to build the galley, or the living quarters for himself and his three sons and their wives. Other than this, there is a little said about the animals, food, and the purpose for the ark.

It is highly unlikely that God just abandoned him to do his job until he finished it. In fact while God may not have talked to him again until he finished the ark one hundred years later; it is possible that He inspired Noah as to where to put the living quarters, galley, and the moon pool (if there was one, see the last post, on 11-24-21), or anything to facilitate air circulation, water supply, and waste removal.

When the ark was finished God then instructed him to load the animals into the ark, fill it with enough food, and get his family on board.

“For after seven more days I will cause it to rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and I will destroy from the face of the earth all living things that I have made.” Genesis 7:4.

The countdown begins, seven days to load up. Maybe most of the imperishable food has been loaded prior to this, which would have made the job much easier.

The animals come in of their own accord (by God’s leading) and they are settled into their stalls, bugs, birds, and beasties, all in at the end of seven days.

Noah is now 600 years old, and his sons are around one hundred. They enter the ark with whatever they need to take with them, and God Himself, shuts the door.

Methuselah died the year of the flood, Noah’s father Lamech had died five years before the flood, and many, many other righteous folks had died prior to the flood, making it unnecessary for them to enter it.

Many of these people may have helped him build the ark. Surely Noah did not work alone; his sons would have been too young to be much help for about twelve years of the construction.

Several times in Genesis God says, “…I will destroy” in reference to the flood, everything from the face of the earth all living things that I have made. What part of that does one not understand?

If God said that He destroyed every living thing on the face of the earth, why do men say that this was a local flood or that it did not happen at all, is God a liar?

There are actually Christians who say that this was a local flood and not one that covered the earth. At least they claim to be Christians, but to be a Christian and call God a liar is an oxymoron, one cannot be both!

God says something else in the phrase, “…I will destroy from the face of the earth all living things that I have made.”

God asserts His ownership here, all living things that I have made; God made all living things, including mankind, He has the right to do with them as He pleases.

God is righteous, just, longsuffering, loving and kind, and does what is right for us; but we have no right to question His decisions.

“Who is this who darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Now prepare yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer Me. Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements? Surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? To what were its foundations fastened? Or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” Job 38:2-7.

“And it came to pass after seven days that the waters of the flood were on the earth. In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. And the rain was on the earth forty days and forty nights. On the very same day Noah and Noah’s sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons with them, entered the ark…” Genesis 7:10-13.

“So those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him; and the Lord shut him in.” Genesis 7:16.

“But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.” Matthew 24:37-39.

The fountains of the great deep were broken up. Since it did not rain on the earth before the flood, God had set things up so that a mist came up through the ground to water everything.

“…but a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground.” Genesis 2:6.

Is it possible that these fountains of the great deep were under pressure to be able to force a mist up, and when they let go it would have been quite violent, then soon enough they would collapse into a mammoth sink hole causing more violent surges of water.

Whatever, the deluge was like nothing ever seen before, and because of God’s promise, it will never happen again.

“Now the flood was on the earth forty days. The waters increased and lifted up the ark, and it rose high above the earth. The waters prevailed and greatly increased on the earth, and the ark moved about on the surface of the waters. And the waters prevailed exceedingly on the earth, and all the high hills under the whole heaven were covered. The waters prevailed fifteen cubits upward, and the mountains were covered. And all flesh died that moved on the earth: birds and cattle and beasts and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, and every man. All in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life, all that was on the dry land, died. So He destroyed all living things which were on the face of the ground: both man and cattle, creeping thing and bird of the air. They were destroyed from the earth. Only Noah and those who were with him in the ark remained alive. And the waters prevailed on the earth one hundred and fifty days.” Genesis 7:17-24.

The wording indicates that the ark lifted easily, rather than being jerked from its resting spot. “…it rose high above the earth” this gives you a real feel for how deep this flood really was.

The ark also “…moved about on the surface of the waters” which is in fulfillment of its function, to float as gently as possible.

As mentioned in another post, it has been found that a craft with these measurements is actually comparable to a modern design making it stable in rough waters, nearly impossible to capsize, and it would align itself with the waves to gently float over them, making for minimal discomfort for the occupants.

“The waters prevailed fifteen cubits upward, and the mountains were covered.” This is 22 ½ feet, about the same as one estimated draft of the ark, meaning that if it were to make contact with a mountain top it would just scrape it. However, it is unlikely that God would allow such a thing to happen.

It indicates though that God provides for all contingencies. For instance Jesus did not just die for those whom He foreknew would accept Him as their Savior; rather, He died for all mankind knowing that many would reject His love gift to them.

“This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.” 1 Timothy 1:15.

“And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Acts 2:21.

Deadly Cataclysm, Genesis 7:1-24 taken from posted on 9-17-14, updated on 11-27-21.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version, Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission, all rights reserved.

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