Saturday, January 7, 2012

Genesis Bible Study notes- Chapter 7


Chapter 7-

-The time comes that the LORD said to Noah to get into the ark with his entire household because he was the only righteous person before God at this time. Noah was commanded to bring sevens of every clean animal and two, male and female, of every unclean animal. This opens up the question of God’s communication pre-Moses on clean and unclean animals. Apparently God had instructed in some way which animals were clean to eat and which were not. We have no Scripture indicating this other than this passage.

-God gives Noah and his family a seven day warning before He sends the deluge of rain and water to cover the earth for forty days and nights blotting out all living thing. Noah was six hundred years old when the flood came upon the earth.

-Noah did everything that the LORD had commanded him. This is reiterated for emphasis in the text. Noah was shown to be completely obedient to the will of the Heavenly Father and carried out his will in totality.

-In the flood, the fountains of the deep burst open and the floodgates of the sky were opened. Rain fell upon the earth for forty days and forty nights. Noah’s family entered the ark with all their animals and it was closed by the LORD the very same day that the flood began. “And the water increased and lifted up the ark, so that it rose above the earth.” This was the LORD’s protection over death to preserve the human race and the animals after their kind. His mercy endures even in His great wrath, and He provides salvation and deliverance for His chosen that walk with Him in righteousness. Notice that the Scriptures never say that Noah was perfect or without sin, but that he was simply blameless. In other words, his heart was right before his Maker and he followed the ways of the LORD God. This required faith on the part of Noah, and we can see his acts of faith throughout this saga. Hebrews 11:7 verifies this.

-Soon water covered the face of the whole earth; even the highest mountains were covered. But the ark was water tight and floated above the surface of the waters. All flesh that moved on the earth and had the breath of life perished in the deluge and the water prevailed upon the earth one hundred and fifty days.

Verse to Memorize: Genesis 7:5

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