March 18, 2017

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Reading along with us in Genesis? Here’s today’s reading:

Genesis 7 (ESV)

Then the Lord said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and all your household, for I have seen that you are righteous before me in this generation. 2Take with you seven pairs of all clean animals, the male and his mate, and a pair of the animals that are not clean, the male and his mate, 3and seven pairs of the birds of the heavens also, male and female, to keep their offspring alive on the face of all the earth. 4For in seven days I will send rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and every living thing that I have made I will blot out from the face of the ground.” 5And Noah did all that the Lord had commanded him.
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  1. What a story of God’s provision and favor in the midst of devastation for Noah and his family. Not only that, but what a glimpse into the character of God sovereignty on display for all generations to see!

    As I consider the events leading up to and surrounding The Flood and the carnage that followed, I began to focus on all that had died.

    Genesis 7:21-23 says, “And all flesh died that moved on the earth, birds, livestock, beasts, all swarming creatures that swarm on the earth, and all mankind. 22 Everything on the dry land in whose nostrils was the breath of life died. 23 He blotted out every living thing that was on the face of the ground, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens. They were blotted out from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those who were with him in the ark.”

    So what died in The Flood?

    * All the flesh that moved on the earth.
    * Birds
    * Livestock
    * Beasts
    * Swarming creatures
    * Mankind
    * Everything on dry land in whose nostrils was the breath of life
    * Every living thing that was on the face of the ground

    What’s missing? Sea creatures!

    Of course, Noah couldn’t gather sea creatures onto the ark. Plus, they’re already in the water anyway. While I’m sure many died, some had to survive.

    In looking back at the Creation account in Genesis 1:21, it says on the fifth day, “God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.” Genesis 1:24 says on the sixth day, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds—livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.” And it was so.”

    Sea creatures are mentioned separately in the creation account and are not in the list of all that died in The Flood.

    A remnant!

    What else comes to mind is Jesus’ miracles of first feeding 5,000 then 4,000 with what? Bread and fish.

  2. I started reading through the Bible daily starting this Summer of 2017 and I’m still trekking. Just finished reading the Major Prophets, a challenge at times. A friend suggested I look to see God’s heart, His character and His purposes; that has definitely helped. I’m about to start the Book of Daniel. I

  3. chapter 7 gives me a greater impression of how our God is a God of order. He supernaturally sent the animals to the ark for their survival. We could easily wonder why God didn’t just create all the animals all over again but He wasn’t fed up with them, only mankind. Perhaps it was also a sign to Noah and his family that God was indeed not done with His creation. Imagine if it was only a small vessel with only the humans. It would have seemed much more dire I would think. Also, the number of clean versus unclean animals suggest animals for eventual sacrifice. I wonder if being in such proximity to the animals, who respond to life through instincts as opposed to choice, further impacted Noah and his family as to man’s position of being made in God’s image? For a family that God had designated to “restart” the human line it seems that God was doing things in such a way as to have such an impact that the awesome power of God would be passed down through the generations by word of mouth. Was the great flood still being talked about by the time Moses was writing it down? Seems I have heard that many ancient cultures have stories about a flood, is this why?

  4. Love how obedient Noah and his family were to go into the ark, and the obedience of all the animals and creatures to file in as well in ch. 7, and then wait together for 7 days to settle in, maybe, before the rain came down and the waters came up. I also think that God was so sweet to be the one to shut the door behind them. It would have been so hard for Noah to have had to shut that door on all those outside and God was gracious to do it for him.
    In China.8, Long journey waiting for the waters to recede. Just heard this year that scientists found 3x the surface oceans under the crust of the earth. That makes sense as the waters had to drain off! Love when findings support scripture! I also admire how they all remained in the ark even with dry ground (less the dove) until God told to come out of the ark! Must have been a little restlessness in the ark awaiting to step out on dry land!

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