NOAH, HIS FAMILY, AND THE ANIMALS ENTER THE ARK
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.
- The Epistle to the Hebrews states that Noah prepared this Ark because he believed the Divine warning; as well, the word “Come,” as used by the Lord, presents the fact that God is the first One in the Ark; had He been outside, He would have said, “Go into the Ark!”.
- Refers to Noah’s Faith in the coming Redeemer, for that is the only Faith that God will recognize; Paul wrote of him: “And became heir of the Righteousness which is by Faith” [Heb. 11:7]; the Faith addressed here speaks of Christ and what He would do at the Cross; Noah only had a dim view of that coming time, but, as dim as it was, he placed his past, his present, and his future in the Promise of God to send the “Seed”.
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.
- The extra six pairs of clean animals and birds would be used for sacrifice and food.
Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.
- This is not a reference to the Levitical Law, for that would not be given for another 900 years; probably the clean animals mentioned were such as from the days of Adam and Abel, as had been offered in sacrifice; thus, provision was made for Noah’s sacrifice on his exit from the Ark, when the flood would subside.
- God could use them to replenish the earth.
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.
- God allowed one more week for sinners to repent.
- The command to enter the Ark was given a week before the rains would begin — and rain such as the world had never known.
- A worldwide rain for this length of time is impossible in post-Flood, atmospheric conditions, but not then. The canopy that covered the whole earth, a thermal water blanket encircling the earth, was to be condensed and dumped all over the globe.
And Noah did according unto all that the LORD commanded him.
- This is the second time that the Holy Spirit through Moses speaks of Noah’s obedience.
And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth.
- This Verse proves that the 120 years of Genesis 6:3 had nothing to do with the time limit until the flood; in fact, the Bible doesn’t tell us how long it was that the warning was given to the people; the number six is generally a Scriptural symbol of suffering; in the Apocalypse, the sixth seal, the sixth trumpet, and the sixth vial introduce critical periods of affliction.
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.
- Concerning this time, Paul said in Hebrews 11:7 that they did this thing “being moved with fear and impelled by faith”.
Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth,
- Seven couple of the one, and a couple of the other.
- Clean and unclean, also a like number.
- And upon that only, not in the water, for these had no need of the ark, they could live in the waters.
There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah.
- Nothing short of Divine power could have effected such a timely and orderly entrance of the creatures into this huge vessel.
And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth.
- That which Noah had preached for a number of years was now a reality.
DESTRUCTION OF ALL FLESH AND THE SALVATION OF THOSE IN THE ARK
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.
- The water came from above and from below; as well, it is believed by some Scientists, and rightly so, that the waters came with such force from the Earth, that it would have taken only a few days to have cut the Grand Canyon and other such similarities.
And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.
- The literal Hebrew translation is, “And there was violent rain…”.
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;
- On the day the rains began, Noah and his family entered 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.
- They, Noah and his family, went into the ark; as did all sorts of beasts and cattle, reckoned one hundred and thirty sorts, by some one hundred and fifty, including serpents:
- Supposed to be scarce thirty sorts; not one sort of creature was left out, though ever so small, and despicable.
- If divided into nine sorts, and reckon them up to be one hundred and ninety five in the whole.
- bird of every wing, let their wings be what they will; some, are winged with feathers, others with skin, as bats.
And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life.
- The Lord gave these animals the instinct to do what they did.
And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in.
- The contrast between the two names of the Deity is most vividly presented here; in this one Verse, both “God” and “LORD” are used. It is “Elohim” Who commands Noah about the beasts; it is “Jehovah,” the Covenant God, Who ensures his safety by closing the Ark behind him; nothing can more fully express the Believer’s perfect security in Christ than those words, “the LORD shut him in”.
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.
- Wherever it was that Noah built the Ark, the flood waters reached it, and it began to float.
And the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters.
- Probably pertains to the fact that the scoffers flattered themselves that it would abate, and never come to extremity; but still it increased, and prevailed.
And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered.
- Those who dwelt upon the tops of the loftiest mountains perished equally with those who lived in the deepest valleys; there was no difference; many who live upon the mountains of morality think themselves secure from the judgment of fire that is now coming, and pity the certain fate of those who live in the depths of vice; but without Christ, all will perish.
Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered.
- Above the highest mountains.
- Many Scholars believe that before the flood the tallest mountain in the world was approximately 10,000 feet or less; “the great deep being broken up” changed much of the topography of the world, making huge canyons and, at the same time, huge mountains.
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:
- The fish were not destroyed, but others that had animal life in them, of which motion was a sign upon the earth were.
- Excepting those that were in the ark. This general destruction of the creatures, as it was for the sins of men, whose they were, and by whom they were abused, and is expressive of God’s hatred of sin, and of his holiness and justice in the punishment of it; so, on the other hand, it is a display both of the wisdom of God, in causing a decrease of the creatures, in proportion to the decrease of men, who now would not need so many; and of the goodness of God to those that were spared, that so the beasts of the field, especially the wilder sort, might not multiply against them, and prevail over them, see Exodus 23:29.
- Except those in the ark; and the number of them is supposed to be as great, if not greater, than of the present inhabitants of the earth, by those who are skillful in the calculation of the increase of men. It is thought it may be easily allowed, that their number amounted to eleven billion; and some have made their number to be eighty billion. The Apostle Peter calls them, the world of the ungodly, 2 Peter 2:5.
All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died.
- Not one wave of that judgment reached Noah; he was absolutely safe; Noah could not perish because the Ark could not perish; the Ark could not perish because Jehovah was in the Ark; in effect, the Ark was Christ; therefore, God was in Christ, reconciling man unto Himself.
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.
- Only those who are “in Christ” are saved. There are no exceptions [Jn. 3:16].
And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days.
- Which is to be reckoned not from the end of the forty days’ rain, but from the beginning of the flood; for from the seventeenth day of the second month, when the fountains of the deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened, unto the seventeenth day of the seventh month, when the ark rested on the mountains of Ararat, and the waters decreased, were just five months, or one hundred and fifty days; until which time the waters increased yet more and more, even after the forty days’ rain; so that it seems there was a continual rain afterwards, as Aben Ezra observes, though not so vehement; or otherwise it is not so easy to account for the increase of the waters.
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