The Kraig Josiah Rice
Devotional Bible Commentary on Genesis

Genesis chapter 7

Kraig J. Rice

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Genesis chapter seven

  Chapter 7- Destruction of the world by water
  Gen. 7:1 Imputed righteousness from Christ
  Gen. 7:2-3, 8-9, 14-16 The animals come
  The animals did not eat or drink
  A hidden number five
  A revealed number seven
  A hidden number seven
  Two hidden number eights
  A hidden number four
  Gen. 7:4 Extended grace from God
  Also a revealed seven in this verse
  Gen. 7:5-7 Noah was obedient to the Lord
  Gen. 7:10 The flood started
  Gen. 7:11-12 The great flood came
  Forty days and forty nights
  A hidden number two
  Gen. 7:13, 15-16 God closed the door- the end of grace
  The ark of salvation
  Gen. 7:17-24 The end of the world
  Another hidden number five
  The end of the Second Dispensation
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Genesis chapter 7:
The Destruction of the World with a Flood

In this chapter, we see God's willingness to save. He physically saved His faithful remnant and He saved some animals. God loves animals and did not want them to perish at that time, however, mankind is His highest priority. God is very patient, but He will only put up with evil for so long before He takes action. Some folks believe that Noah preached for 120 years while the ark was being built. If that is so, then God's grace was extended, at the minimum, for 120 years in that evil and violent environment. As it is today, and as it was before the flood, God loves every person and waits patiently for each one to repent of their sins, accept Christ as their Savior, and love Him in return. I believe God would much more love a person than judge him. Jesus said that He did not come to destroy (the law) but to fulfill (His purpose)
(Matthew 5:17). He knows when it is time to judge a person, a family, a community, a city, a county, a state, a nation, and the world. He offers grace for a limited time. When that grace has been continually refused, it starts the clock ticking for the inevitable judgment to follow. He sends certain individuals into certain situations at a certain time to give His message of love, grace, and pardon to those who will listen, give heed, and accept it
(Revelation 11:3). Let us always be those individuals who will listen, take action, and be obedient to His calling and His will.

Also in this chapter, there are many numbers- some revealed and some hidden. We will take a look at a few of them to see what golden nuggets of spiritual truth we can find for ourselves.

"And the Lord said unto Noah, come thou and all thy house into the ark, for thee have I seen righteous before Me in this generation"
(Genesis 7:1).

Noah was saved and had Christ's righteousness imputed to him:
This verse reveals the doctrine of righteousness. Notice that one is saved and then Christ shares (imputes or gives) His righteousness with the individual- not the other way around
(Luke 18:9-14). Like Abel and Seth, Noah came to God on God's terms. God's terms for salvation and righteousness (justification) are simple. One must come to God by grace through faith and only by the blood of Christ
(Romans chapter 5; Hebrews 11:7). Then God accepts the ownership of that individual and welcomes him or her into God's spiritual family. Noah was righteous and God invited him into the ark of safety. How is that relevant? Are you righteous based upon what Christ did for you at the cross? Have you accepted Christ and has His blood been applied to your life and cleansed you of your sins? If not, I encourage you to make that choice now.

As God invited Noah into the ark of safety, so He invites you and I into His Kingdom of Heaven. And, like Noah, we are invited on the basis of His righteousness to us. It is not based on the righteousness of the flesh
(Ephesians 2:9). So, the emphasis is on who we are and not what we do. So many folks want to do this or do that in order to buy their way into Heaven. They become a "human doing" working feverishly to earn Christ's love, grace, and forgiveness. But they do not have to do that if they have Christ's righteousness imputed to them because salvation is a free gift. Christ purchased it for us on the cross and gave it to us- free. All we have to do is accept it. Have you accepted His free gift of salvation? If not, I encourage you to do it now.

By perseverance the snail reached the Ark

"Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female- and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female. Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female, to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth"
(Genesis 7:2-3).
"Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth, there went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah"
(Genesis 7:8-9). "They, and every beast after his kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind, and every fowl after his kind, every bird of every sort. And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life. And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him- and the Lord shut him in"
(Genesis 7:14-16).

God humorously sends the animals:
This was quite a sign to the world at the time. Multitudes of folks saw all of these animals being stored aboard a boat that had never floated before as it was sitting on dry ground. To the peoples of the world, this seemed illogical and I am sure Noah was ridiculed because of it. However, God and His grace are not to be mocked
(Galatians 6:7). Sometimes, when we see something in God's Word that seems illogical to us, we have to consider God's sense of humor. I see God's sense of humor here. I imagine that He was able to laugh about the very set of circumstances, in regards to the ark and the animals, that He brought about. I think that He likes to confound the devil and his servants to keep them guessing. He can use mankind's illogic as a tool for His own purposes even though He is a Creator of precise order
(1 Corinthians 1:27). What are some of the other humorous things that He has done? He had Balaam's donkey talk to him. He created a great fish for Jonah to taxi him to Niveveh. He created the strongest man who has ever lived (Samson). Peter caught a fish and took money from its mouth. And there are many other examples of God's sense of humor not mentioned here. As well, there is a spiritual message accompanying each one.

What was a clean beast or animal? Does that mean that God gave them a bath? No. There were certain animals that could be sacrificed to God and these were called clean animals. There were also certain animals that could not be sacrificed to God and these were called unclean animals. God chose the sacrificial animals that He considered to be clean. These are the only ones that He would accept. Due to Cain's sacrifice offering that God did not accept, Noah did not want to offend God by offering to the King of the Universe a sacrifice that He did not want or approve of. Because some of these animals were to be used in sacrifices, God commanded more of them be brought aboard the ark.

It is believed that God worked a miracle and brought all of the animals to the ark so Noah could safely place them inside the ark. What a witness this must have been to the unsaved world of people around them. Those folks must have really had hard hearts in order not to see that God was at work and performing miracles right in front of them. Some of them might have had good intentions to get on the ark but failed to follow through. A good intention will not get a person to Heaven unless there is a commitment to God to go along with it.

How come the animals did not eat each other on the ark?
God worked a miracle of preservation. God preserved the animals without food or drink. Not storing food and water for the animals on the ark saved a lot of storage room. We do not know how God worked this miracle. Some folks think that He may have placed them all in a kind of hibernation state and temporarily lifted His curse. During the Millennial Reign of Christ, God's curse will be removed and the animals will get along with one another. Here is what the bible says,
"...the wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid, and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed, their young ones shall lie down together- and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain- for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea"
(Isaiah 11:6-9).

There is nothing that God cannot do. We must not forget, later, that Moses climbed Mount Sinai and visited with God there for forty days and forty nights without any food or water and God sustained him there by a miracle
(Deuteronomy 9:9). God did the same thing to the animals on the ark for five months. I mention more examples of this kind of miracle in a section below titled, "Forty days and forty nights".

A hidden number five:
As I mentioned in the introduction to this chapter, God has placed some hidden numbers in His word to bless us spiritually when we find them through advanced bible study. Let us take a brief look at one of them:

What and where is that number and what does it mean? The English word beast(s) (bahemah in Hebrew) is used five times in this section of scripture:
Genesis 6:7, 7:2 used twice, and 7:8 used twice. It is a hidden number as it is not readily apparent. What does the number five stand for? The number five can stand for God's grace. It can also stand for (the biblical the doctrine of) God's goodness. Why? Because the Pentateuch or first five books of the Old Testament deal with God's grace and mankind's redemption. That is part of God's goodness. This number has also been used to describe freedom and completeness. Why? Because David picked up 5 smooth stones to kill Goliath to keep Israel free from the Philistines
(1 Samuel 17:40). The holy anointing oil was made complete by being mixed with 5 components
(Exodus 30:23-25). What does it mean here? It could mean several things but let me just mention one- it shows God's completeness for the animal kingdom by keeping a pair of them alive to start over again after the destruction of the world. How is that relevant? It was a complete salvation as He literally saved all of the animals. Likewise, His spiritual salvation is complete for you and I based upon His propitiation work on the cross. His salvation is a free gift to you and I and all we have to do is accept it from His hand.

I have a question for you, teacher! Go ahead and ask it. There are two sets of twos in these verses
(7:2 used twice, and 7:8 used twice). Does not that mean that there are two sets of hidden number twos inside of a hidden number five? Well, that is a good observation but I do not think so because the message is the same so all I see here for us is a hidden number five.

A revealed number seven in Genesis 7:2:
"...thou shalt take to thee by sevens"... the number seven is God's number. We see that a lot more in the bible book of Revelation than we do in Genesis. Sometimes this number (as well as others) is hidden and sometimes it is not. Here it is not, as it is readily revealed to us. What does it mean? It is used in verse two in connection with the animals (beasts) and it is used in verse three in connection with the birds (fowls). The surface meaning is simply that a certain number and kind of animals and birds were to be housed on the ark. But I see a deeper spiritual meaning. The number, seven, is the number of perfection and completion. Seven pairs of each of the clean animals means they are the perfect sacrifice towards God- a blood sacrifice that is symbolic for the blood of Jesus Christ. Seven pairs of each of the clean birds was taken- these were also a perfect sacrifice towards God
(Matthew 21:12). The dove is a symbol of God the Holy Spirit
(Matthew 3:16). Later in Genesis we see how these sacrifices were implemented. God told Abraham,
"...take Me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon. And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each piece one against another- but the birds divided he not"
(Genesis 15:9-10).
So, what is the relevance to you and I of all these sacrifices? Those sacrifices all spiritually point to the one supreme sacrifice of all- the perfect sacrifice symbolized by the number seven. The blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross for the forgiveness of your sins and my sins. We receive the gift of salvation and eternal life by that sacrifice.

A hidden number seven:
What and where is that number? Let me explain. There is a word in Hebrew, `owph, that refers to flying creatures, fowls, insects, birds, bats, et cetera. A long time ago, an English interpreter simply shortened the interpretation to refer to a fowl but that is a very limited meaning, indeed. The word is found seven times in this section of scripture:
Genesis 6:7, 6:20, 7:3, 7:8, 7:14, 7:21, 8:19. That makes it a hidden number seven because it is not readily apparent. What does it literally mean? It literally means that the flying creatures, fowls, insects, birds, bats, et cetera, all perished in the worldwide flood along with mankind. God destroyed it all- all except what was on the ark with Noah and his family. An awesome responsibility was placed on Noah's shoulders by God, but whenever God does that, He helps lift that weight by His sovereignty. What does it spiritually mean? Seven is the number of completion and perfection- it is God's number. It means that God did a perfect work in preserving all of these creatures from destruction and He wants us to know that.

What is the relevance? As God did a perfect work in preserving these creatures from destruction, so He will do a perfect work in preserving His redeemed from the spiritual destruction brought by the enemy (the devil) in this life, and from eternal destruction in the next.

Two hidden number eights:
1. What is the first one and where is it at? It is the words "male and female" and those words are found in this section of scripture at
Genesis 1:27, 5:2, 6:19, 7:3, 7:9, 7:16, and twice in 7:2. That makes a total of eight mentions of those words.

2. What is the second one and where is it found? It is the word "flesh" (basar in Hebrew) and it is found in this section of scripture at
Genesis 6:12, 6:13, 6:17, 6:19, 7:15, 7:16, 7:21, and 8:17. That makes a total of eight mentions of that word in context. They are not all found in Genesis chapter seven. Why not? Because chapter divisions were not in the original writing and were added much later. That is why I make the statement that they are found in "this section of scripture" rather than in this chapter.

These numbers are hidden making them a hidden number. They are hidden because they are not readily apparent. What does the number eight stand for in biblical numerology? It simply stands for a new beginning. How so? Because there were 8 people on Noah's Ark to be a new beginning for all of mankind
(2 Peter 2:5). Later, circumcision, as a sign of a new beginning to God, took place on the eighth day
(Genesis 17:12). Also later, Adino the Eznite killed eight hundred (eight times one hundred) men with a spear so Israel could keep it's new beginning
(2 Samuel 23:8).

What does the hidden number eight mean here regarding male and female? It simply means that God is going to use the male and female of each in His creation to start a new beginning. The old will pass away but there will be a new start. Here is something I think we should spiritually understand. I want to draw your attention to a verse of scripture from the last chapter, "...and the Lord said, I will destroy...(every) beast...for it repenteth Me that I have made them"
(Genesis 6:7). Why would God want the animals to die? It is believed that mankind had gotten so morally corrupt that many had married animals and had sexual intercourse with them. In theology, that is referred to as beastiality, and is forbidden by God
(Leviticus 18:23). As a result, it is believed that venereal diseases were caught by mankind and spread throughout the human race. As well, some folks have thought that the false religion of evolution was present at that time as was animal worship. God wanted those diseased animals euthanized. Did something like that ever happen again? Yes, during the days of the prophet, Samuel, God gave the command, " go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not, but slay...ox and sheep, camel and ass"
(1 Samuel 15:3). The reasons were the same, as history had repeated itself, and the animals of the reprobate Amalekites had to be euphanized before they could spread any more venereal diseases to physically healthy individuals. The devil was using these plagues to harm mankind and it is God's will to heal and not to harm.

Will you explain the hidden number eight here in regards to the "flesh"? Yes. Literally, God is spirit but His creation of mankind and animals is flesh. The corrupt flesh is going to pass away and the new beginning flesh will be better. Spiritually speaking, that speaks about the new inner nature- the new inner spiritual beginning of a person that takes place at the conversion experience with Jesus Christ. The old nature of the flesh has to give way to the new nature of the spirit within a person's body of flesh. In other words, the corrupt fleshly nature will give way to the new spiritual nature that is much better. Paul the Apostle worded it this way, "...therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away. Behold, they have become new"
(2 Corinthians 5:17 World English translation). "For neither is circumcision anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation"
(Galatians 6:15). How can that be relevant? The new supercedes the old. We see that literally at the time of the flood and we spiritually see that in the conversion experience of a person when he or she accepts Christ as their savior. That is what I see in this hidden number eight. I trust that you have experienced the new inner nature from Christ when He entered into your heart. If not, I encourage you to do so now. Hint: a preacher or bible study teacher can prepare a good sermon or lesson on this inner nature topic.

A hidden number four:
What and where is that number? The word phrase "after its (his or their) kind" was used four times in one verse of scripture in
Genesis 7:14. That makes it a hidden number four. It is hidden as it is not readily apparent. What does the number four mean in biblical numerology? The number four can symbolize the animal world or non-human beings. Why? The Prophet Daniel saw the 4 winds of the heaven and 4 great beasts
(Daniel 7:2-7). The Apostle John saw 4 Living Beings or Seraphim (Revelation 4:6-7) with symbolic faces of animals, and the Prophet
Ezekiel saw 4 Cherubim angels with symbolic faces of animals
(Ezekiel 1:5-10). What does this hidden number mean? This is one of those rare scriptures where the wording of the verse also matches the hidden meaning of the verse. It is like God is repeating Himself here for emphasis. What is He saying? He is saying several things but let me just mention one. God created the genetic DNA of animals (they reproduce after their kind or species). What is DNA? Simply put, it is a strand of nucleic acid that is the molecular building block of heredity. This strand can be found in a cell's nuclei and determines the kind or species of the animal. The DNA of animals did not evolve from the goo to the zoo. DNA shows a Designer- a Master Creator who brought it all into existence and One Who was big enough to keep His creation alive during the great flood and help them reproduce after the flood was over with. His name be praised! How is that relevant? He also created human DNA and that is one thing that helps make each of us a unique individual- an individual with free will who God loves very much and who wants the individual to love Him in return. Please respond to Him in a positive way when your Creator reaches out to you.

"For yet seven (more) days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights, and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth"
(Genesis 7:4).

God gave mankind an additional seven days of grace (unmerited favor):
God usually warns before He judges, but was there anyone listening to Him? Probably the only ones were those who had ears to spiritually hear
(Matthew 11:15). God kept the door of the ark open for an additional seven days to let in anyone who wished to be saved. Do you wish to be saved? God has room in the spiritual ark of safety (Christ) for you today.

There were a total of eight people on the ark. Does that have any significance? Yes, I believe it does. Why? Because of the conversation that Abraham had later with God about how many righteous individuals would deter His judgment:
"And he (Abraham) said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: peradventure ten shall be found there. And He said, "I will not destroy it for ten's sake"
(Genesis 18:32).
Abraham did not go any lower than ten in his count because he knew that God did not spare the earth for the sake of only eight persons in the days of Noah.

If God had found ten righteous individuals in the City of Sodom, He would have spared it. Do you suppose that out of the millions of people alive on the earth in the days of Noah, that if just two more individuals repented and turned to God and entered the ark of safety, then God would have spared the earth? In other words, if ten righteous individuals were living, would God have spared the earth? I believe that God's grace is that great. But the bible tells us that God saved only eight of them because they were the only ones who wanted to be saved. If more wanted to be saved, they would have gotten on the ark.

What about Noah's inlaws? The wives of his three sons got aboard the ark with Noah. This is in sharp contrast with the fiances of Lot's two daughters in the City of Sodom. They refused to leave the city. They refused to be saved. They were lost when the city was destroyed.

God has grace for you and I also. His word says:
"Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace"
(Romans 11:5).
"For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God"
(2 Corinthians 4:15).
"And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work"
(2 Corinthians 9:8).
"In Whom (Christ) we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace"
(Ephesians 1:7).
"...that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus"
(Ephesians 2:7).

Extended grace from God:
What is grace? Grace is unmerited favor. God extended it to all in those days. All the unsaved folks needed to do was to accept the Lord and trust Him enough to get on the boat. That sounds simple does it not? Well, that is how simple salvation is today, as well. We respond to Christ through His blood and He saves us and gives us His grace. Jesus taught us that in His gospels
(Luke 5:20, 7:48).

Also a revealed number seven in this verse:
"...yet seven (more) days"...the number seven is not hidden here as it is obvious. Why? Sometimes God signs His name with His number. He stated that He would give them seven days of grace and He kept His word- He gave them exactly seven days of grace. The individuals who were spiritually in the middle and riding the spiritual fence, so to speak, had to make a commitment to be on one side or the other. Staying in the middle is not a good place to be spiritually. Why? Because God wants a total commitment of one's heart. God will not accept anyone who wants Him and the devil at the same time. The church at Laodicea was like that, being luke warm spiritually, so essentially, Christ told them to make a one hundred percent commitment to Him or He would spiritually spew (spit) them out of His mouth
(Revelation 3:15-16). That simply means rejection, and it refers to one who drinks a lukewarm liquid that is neither cold nor hot. Such a liquid at that temperature is usually rejected. However, the remnant overcomers in that church did commit to Christ, however, it appears that the luke warm ones in the days of Noah did not.

It pays to plan ahead
It was not raining when
Noah built the ark

"And Noah did according unto all that the Lord commanded him. And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth. And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood.
(Genesis 7:5-7).

Noah was obedient to the Lord:
In Genesis chapter two we studied obedience and how important that is in the Christian's life.

Click here to go to that teaching in Genesis chapter two

How is that relevant? Noah's obedience to Christ can serve as a good example to you and I and that is probably one reason that he is in the bible book of Hebrew's hall of fame
(Hebrews 11:7). As well, we cannot go spiritually wrong as we are obedient to Christ and follow Christ's example for us in the way of obedience as we walk daily through this life.

"And it came to pass after seven days that the waters of the flood were upon the earth"
(Genesis 7:10).

Was it a universal flood or just a local flood?
It was a universal flood. Why? Because there is a Hebrew word in
Genesis 8:9 for earth, 'erets, that refers to the whole earth as opposed to just a part of it. That scripture reads, "...for the waters were on the face of the whole earth"- and it is accurately translated.

Are there some other scriptures that refer to the great flood? Yes.
"...when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water"
(1 Peter 3:20). "...and spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly"
(2 Peter 2:5).

I recommend a book written by two Christian conservatives about the universal flood:
Morris and Whitcomb, The Genesis Flood, published in 1960.

"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"
(Genesis 7:11-12).

A storm that lasted for forty days and forty nights:
God may have sunk the land masses under the surface of the waters as well as bringing the waters over the tops of the land masses. There had never been a catastrophe of this magnitude before in the recorded history of modern mankind. It was an event that changed the earth and those left alive on it. This event showed God's awesome power. There is nothing that He cannot do.

How much time had elapsed from the creation of Adam and Eve to the great flood? No one knows for sure but many bible scholars think that it was from 1,600 years (sixteen centuries) to 2,000 years (twenty centuries). The population of the earth at that time has been estimated to have been one to three billion (1,000,000,000 to 3,000,000,000) people.

Forty days and forty nights:
There is an interesting spiritual side note I see in the Word of God in regards to the words "forty days and forty nights". There is quite a contrast here. God had it rain for forty days and forty nights to bring destruction on the human race
(Genesis 7:12). Later, Moses was on the mountain for forty days and forty nights to receive the words of salvation and holiness for the human race from God
(Deuteronomy 9:11-18). Later, the prophet, Elijah, drank and ate angel food to build up his strength. Then he traveled for forty days and forty nights without food on a mission for the Lord for the salvation of Israel
(1 Kings 19:8). God's provision is always behind His call. Later, Jesus, the Son of God, fasted for forty days and forty nights with no food or water
(Matthew 4:2). That was the beginning of His ministry because He is the fulfillment of the Word of salvation and holiness for the human race. God specializes in new beginnings. And He works miracles. The greatest is when you accept Him as your Savior. You can experience that miracle right now as you invite Him into your heart and life.

A hidden number two:
What and where is that hidden number at? It is in the phrase "forty days and forty nights". That phrase is found in this chapter at
(Genesis 7:4 and 7:12). That phrase is mentioned twice making it a hidden number two. It is hidden as it is not readily apparent. What does it mean? The number two is the number of witness, so God is witnessing to us that the destruction of the world was by His hand and not due to some natural phenomenon. Why? Some folks like to say that the great flood was the result of natural forces or occurrences such as tital waves, cyclones, or large amounts of tropical rain in a given period of time. They do not believe that God, who they believe does not exist, had anything to do with it. In other words, it was not God's judgment on the wicked, therefore, they can be wicked today without the fear of His punishment. But the Apostle Peter told us the great flood was God's judgment upon the wicked, "...(God) spared not the old world...bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly"
(2 Peter 2:5). How is that relevant? It is always better for us to believe God rather than the skeptics who may have their own ungodly agenda(s).

"In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah's wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark, they, and every beast after his kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind, and every fowl after his kind, every bird of every sort. And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life. And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the Lord shut them in (God closed the door)"
(Genesis 7:13, 15-16).

God closed the door- the end of grace in that time:
God shut the door of the ark. Why? God has already given us the answer to that question in His Word, "My spirit will not always contend against (rebellious and evil) mankind"
(Genesis 6:3). That scripture simply means that God's grace ended. It means that the time of God's mercy for the wicked had passed. In the future, at God's appointed time, the gospel age of mercy will come to an end. When it does, God's judgment will fall on the wicked.

How can that be relevant? Let us take advantage of God's grace period for us today before time runs out, " God's partners, we beg you not to reject this marvelous message of God's great kindness. For God says, "at just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you"
(Isaiah 49:8). Indeed, God is ready to help you right now. Today is the day of salvation"
(2 Corinthians 6:1-2 Living Bible).

The Ark is a type for God's salvation:
Noah's ark has been called the Ark of Safety. The ark, in typology, is a type for salvation. The deliverance of Noah and his family (the righteous) before destruction came (the great flood) is a type for salvation. The deliverance of Lot (Abraham's nephew) and his family (the righteous) from the city of Sodom before destruction came (the fire from heaven that destroyed the city) is also a type for salvation. Abraham had a discussion with God about this salvation. You can read about it in
(Genesis 18:16- 19:25). Because of His great love for each of us, God is a saving God. We are saved from destruction by the blood of the Lamb. He will save us if we repent and turn to Him. Save us from what? He will save us from the spiritual destruction to come (eternal torment in hell fire). We are saved from hell. And we can expand this to also mean "saved from our sins" so that now we can say that salvation is in three tenses of the English language- we have been saved, we are now saved, and we will be saved in the future.

If you have not yet invited Jesus Christ to come to live in your heart, don't put it off. Now is the day of salvation. Satan wants you to procrastinate (to put it off for some other time) but do not do it. Accept Christ now while God the Holy Spirit is dealing with you. Tomorrow may be too late because you never know when the door of your life is going to close and you will be ushered into eternity.

Professionals built the Titanic
Amateurs built the Ark

"And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth. And the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters. And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered. Fifteen cubits (twenty-two feet) upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered. And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man: all in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died. And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark. And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days"
(Genesis 7:17-24).

The end of the world by the Great Flood:
God destroyed the earth the first time with water. How did God destroy the earth with water? No one knows. Do you have an opinion on how God might have destroyed it? Yes.
The continents sank beneath the waves, there were massive tidal waves (tsunamis) around the earth, there was massive amounts of rainfall, and vast quantities of water gushing forth from subterranean water sources. The Lord might have miraculously added water volume to the earth's water.

It might have been that the Lord tilted the angle of the earth on it's axis to its present 23.5 degree angle. This would have moved the oceans out of their sea beds to cause widespread destruction on land and on the sea to take place.

"Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished"
(2 Peter 3:6).

As they were afloat on the water, Noah looked at his wife and said with a lamented voice: "there are millions of fish in the ocean but we only brought 2 worms to fish with":-)

Another hidden number five:
I see another hidden number five in these verses. Where is it? The water covered the earth for one hundred and fifty days. A Hebrew month consisted of thirty days. One hundred and fifty divided by thirty gives us exactly five months. The number five is a hidden number as it is not readily apparent. The number stands for God's grace and God's goodness. What does it mean? It is a message to us that, inspite of God's judgment on the world, God favors His righteous remnant. Grace means unmerited favor. And God is good and will protect His righteous remnant
(Psalm 91). God did that in the past in the days of Noah and He will do that again in the future during the Tribulation
(Revelation 12:15-16). In relevance, God personally protects His children in the faith today by spiritually placing a hedge of angels for protection around each one
(Job 1:10). One time, Jesus said to His servants,
"...I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy, and you can walk among snakes and scorpions and crush them. No one will (permanently) injure you"
(Luke 10:19 my paraphrase).
It is wonderful to serve a Savior like our Savior, Jesus Christ.

The end of the Second Dispensation:
The end of Genesis chapter seven ends the Second Dispensation for those who are studying the Word of God by this method. The amount of time of this period is not known and it is called by theologians the antediluvian period, meaning "before the flood." This was the Dispensation of Conscience
(Genesis chapters 3-7). This dispensation ended in God's judgment: the great flood. In this dispensation was
1) Cain and Abel
2) The generations of Seth's family
3) The wickedness of the people at that time
4) God saves the righteous
5) The great flood

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