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Lord, where Your Word isn’t clear to me, I pray that You’ll enlighten me with what I need to understand.
Read Genesis 7:1-24
 The LORD then said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation.  Take with you seven pairs of every kind of clean animal, a male and its mate, and one pair of every kind of unclean animal, a male and its mate,  and also seven pairs of every kind of bird, male and female, to keep their various kinds alive throughout the earth.  Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and I will wipe from the face of the earth every living creature I have made.”  And Noah did all that the LORD commanded him.  Noah was six hundred years old when the floodwaters came on the earth.  And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives entered the ark to escape the waters of the flood.  Pairs of clean and unclean animals, of birds and of all creatures that move along the ground,  male and female, came to Noah and entered the ark, as God had commanded Noah.  And after the seven days the floodwaters came on the earth.  In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the seventeenth day of the second month-on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened.  And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights.  On that very day Noah and his sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, together with his wife and the wives of his three sons, entered the ark.  They had with them every wild animal according to its kind, all livestock according to their kinds, every creature that moves along the ground according to its kind and every bird according to its kind, everything with wings.  Pairs of all creatures that have the breath of life in them came to Noah and entered the ark.  The animals going in were male and female of every living thing, as God had commanded Noah. Then the LORD shut him in.  For forty days the flood kept coming on the earth, and as the waters increased they lifted the ark high above the earth.  The waters rose and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water.  They rose greatly on the earth, and all the high mountains under the entire heavens were covered.  The waters rose and covered the mountains to a depth of more than fifteen cubits.  Every living thing that moved on land perished-birds, livestock, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all mankind.  Everything on dry land that had the breath of life in its nostrils died.  Every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out; people and animals and the creatures that move along the ground and the birds were wiped from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark.  The waters flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days. Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
ReflectWhat repeated emphasis on Noah's actions is seen here (5,9,16)?
When Christians study Genesis, much time is often spent discussing how literally these stories should be understood. Were there kangaroos in Noah’s ark? Personally, I believe a different type of question is more useful in equipping us for our own journeys of faith (2 Tim. 3:17). What is God trying to tell us here about his relationship with his creation and his people? The terrible flood does not only destroy people and creatures. It shakes and overthrows the whole order of the cosmos. Humanity is forced to acknowledge the authority of one infinitely mightier than “the heavens” and “the great deep” (11). Yet even as these shattering events are unfolding, we also see the intimate care of God for his people. He gives his servant precise, practical instructions for survival and, then, when Noah has fully complied, he closes the door of the ark himself (16). For some, the Ark might have felt like a prison, or even a coffin, but God travels with his people. Through divine grace and Noah’s faithfulness, those who belong to the Lord are held safe while all around, on a scale beyond their comprehension, the natural world they had relied upon is wrecked.
How might the position of Noah’s family be compared to that of the church today? Pray for the church worldwide.
Lord, I want to be like Noah, who did everything just as You commanded. Help me to grow in that kind of obedience.
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