REWIND AND REPLAY! AGAIN!
Lord, thank You for our inclusion into the ark.
Read GENESIS 7
7 The Lord then said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation. 2 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, 3 and also seven pairs of every kind of bird, male and female, to keep their various kinds alive throughout the earth. 4 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.”
5 And Noah did all that the Lord commanded him.
6 Noah was six hundred years old when the floodwaters came on the earth. 7 And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives entered the ark to escape the waters of the flood. 8 Pairs of clean and unclean animals, of birds and of all creatures that move along the ground, 9 male and female, came to Noah and entered the ark, as God had commanded Noah. 10 And after the seven days the floodwaters came on the earth.
11 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. 12 And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights.
13 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. 14 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. 15 Pairs of all creatures that have the breath of life in them came to Noah and entered the ark. 16 The animals going in were male and female of every living thing, as God had commanded Noah. Then the Lord shut him in.
17 For forty days the flood kept coming on the earth, and as the waters increased they lifted the ark high above the earth. 18 The waters rose and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water. 19 They rose greatly on the earth, and all the high mountains under the entire heavens were covered. 20 The waters rose and covered the mountains to a depth of more than fifteen cubits.[a][b] 21 Every living thing that moved on land perished—birds, livestock, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all mankind. 22 Everything on dry land that had the breath of life in its nostrils died. 23 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.
24 The waters flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days.
a Genesis 7:20 That is, about 23 feet or about 6.8 meters
b Genesis 7:20 Or rose more than fifteen cubits, and the mountains were covered
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“In the same way then, there has also come to be at the present time a remnant according to God’s gracious choice” (Rom 11:5, NASB).
By the end of Genesis 6, it appears that Noah has brought his family and two of all creatures into the ark, but in verses 1–5 of Chapter Seven we have the same bit of story retold. That is, the command to enter the ark (with seven pairs of every clean animal) and a repeat that Noah did as commanded (6:22; 7:5). Noah’s family and the animals have now gone into the ark twice. In verses 6–10, Noah, his family and the animals (two by two) enter the ark for the third time, seven days before the flood waters come. In verses 11–16, we are told that the rain fell on the earth for 40 days and “on that very day” Noah and his family, plus the animals (again, in pairs, it seems) entered the ark for the fourth time. This time the Lord closes the door (no more entries after the Lord closes the door!). Finally, verses 17–24 tell us (again) that it rained for 40 days and that everything outside the ark died.
What’s happening? We have four accounts of Noah, his family, and the animals entering the ark. Whether Noah is in the ark seven days before the rain or one day seems immaterial; he made it in time! It is as if the writer keeps rewinding the same section of film in order to focus on one component: the salvation of Noah’s family and the animals. Genesis Chapter Seven plainly states that God destroyed the earth, but he saved an essential core group of humans and animals. I repeat: he saved Noah and his family, plus all animal types. Please don’t miss this: he saved Noah’s family and a sample population of the animals. Yes, Noah and a pair (or seven pairs of clean) animals were saved. In the midst of destruction, with God there is salvation.
Do you stand under God’s judgment or under the blood of Jesus? If the first, then ask Him to save you. If the second, then thank Him for saving you.
Lord, we are unable to fathom the degree of wickedness around us, and so we do not question You when You decide to judge it.
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