"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)
<1>Noah was a righteous and perfect man.
"Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by
male and his
female: and of beasts
that are not clean by two, the
male and his
<2>We can see here that
God is concerned even
for the unclean beasts because their existence is also necessary for
creation. They are a part of the evolutionary process.
<3>From clean animals, seven pairs or
fourteen singles were taken, because the new generation also ate
meat (Genesis 9:3), so they could be consumed while sheltered, but
at least leave two (a
and a female) alive.
<4>Also some extra were necessary for
after the flood (Genesis 8:20).
"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 7:3)
"For yet seven 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)
<5>Therefore, it was necessary for those
creatures to be destroyed that had lagged behind in the evolutionary
process so much that there was no hope for them to reach the new
stage of human existence of the new generation.
"And Noah did according unto all that the Lord
commanded him." (Genesis 7:5)
<6>Noah was completely surrendered to the
commands of the
Father. Only in this
way can you be a devotee of His.
"And Noah was six hundred years old when the
waters was upon the
earth." (Genesis 7:6)
<7>Noah was the last from the previous
generation and lived for a long time. The new generation would have
a shorter lifespan.
"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."
<8>Therefore, Noah saved the new generation
by taking them to the ark.
"Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not
clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the
earth," (Genesis 7:8)
<9>New generations of animals of every kind
were saved also.
"There went in two and two unto Noah into the
male and the
God had commanded Noah."
"And it came to pass after seven days, that the
waters of the flood
were upon the earth." (Genesis 7:10)
never fails in His promises.
"In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the
second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were
all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of
heaven were opened." (Genesis 7:11)
<11>The process of destruction of the old
earth started. "Fountains of the great deep" refer to the ice of the
two poles. Ice on the earth started to melt, and all the clouds
rained ("the windows of heaven were opened").
"And the rain was upon the earth forty days and
forty nights." (Genesis 7:12)
did as He promised.
"In the selfsame day entered Noah, and
Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah's wife, and the three wives
of his sons with them, into the ark;" (Genesis 7:13)
<13>The people that were chosen to create the
new generation sheltered themselves from the destruction.
"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." (Genesis 7:14)
<14>The animal kingdom was saved also (those
needed to create new generations of animals).
"And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and
two of all flesh, wherein is the
breath of life." (Genesis 7:15)
<15>Animals were sheltered also.
"And they that went in, went in
female of all flesh,
God had commanded him:
and the Lord shut him in." (Genesis 7:16)
<16>The emphasis of "went in
female" shows how the
female are important
in the reproduction of flesh and how
God supports all being coupled and married. <17>The
sentence "and the Lord shut him in" shows that they all have been
saved only by His Grace
and under His shelter.
"And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and
waters increased, and
bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth." (Genesis 7:17)
<18>Noah and the new generation were beyond
waters prevailed, and
were increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went upon the
face of the waters."
exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under
the whole heaven, were covered." (Genesis 7:19)
<19>The important point is that the old
generation was destroyed and replaced by a new one. <20>Also
the destruction appeared to be worldwide to those who were later
inspired to report it to their offspring.
"Fifteen cubits upward did the
waters prevail; and
the mountains were covered." (Genesis 7:20)
"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:" (Genesis 7:21)
<21>The old earth (generations) was
"All in whose nostrils was the
breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died." (Genesis
<22>Only the creatures on the dry land died,
but not animals in the seas or any other
"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." (Genesis 7:23)
waters prevailed upon
the earth an hundred and fifty days." (Genesis 7:24)