Genesis
1-3 Noah Must Bring All in the Ark 4 Seven More Days Added 5-9 Noah Obeys the LORD in All Things 10 God Does What He Has Said 11-16 All Go into the Ark; the LORD Closes the Door 17-20 On the Water and under the Water 21-23 All Blotted out Except What Is in the Ark 24 The Earth Under Water
Noah Must Bring All in the Ark

1Then the LORD said to Noah, “Enter the ark, you and all your household, for you [alone] I have seen [to be] righteous before Me in this time. 2You shall take with you of every clean animal by sevens, a male and his female; and of the animals that are not clean two, a male and his female; 3also of the birds of the sky, by sevens, male and female, to keep offspring alive on the face of all the earth.

Noah has prepared the ark. In Hebrews 11 it says that he does so “by faith …, being warned [by God] about things not yet seen” (Heb 11:77By faith Noah, being warned [by God] about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household, by which he condemned the world, and became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.). He does it “in reverence”, out of respect for what God has said. And he does it “for the salvation of his household”. God wants to save families.

What is the responsibility of the head of the family great to live with the Lord, so that he can receive Divine “warnings” to build the ark. What am I building on as head of the family? What am I doing as head of the family?

It must have been a foolish activity for the people of his time. There they see a man building a huge ship, in the middle of the land, without water in the neighborhood. However, they do not only see him, they also hear him. Noah is “a preacher of righteousness” (2Pet 2:55and did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a preacher of righteousness, with seven others, when He brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly;), so he is called. While he is building the ark, where does he warn the people for the coming judgment and invite them to come into the ark. He has been doing this for one hundred and twenty years.

But they don’t believe. They continue with everyday life. As time goes by, they laugh harder and mock Noah. So it is also now: “Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with [their] mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For[ever] since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.” For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God [the] heavens existed long ago and [the] earth was formed out of water and by water, 6 through which the world at that time was destroyed, being flooded with water” (2Pet 3:3-63Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with [their] mocking, following after their own lusts,4and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For[ever] since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.”5For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God [the] heavens existed long ago and [the] earth was formed out of water and by water,6through which the world at that time was destroyed, being flooded with water.).

People also mock today when they hear about the coming judgment. As a Noah, am I also a preacher of righteousness, i.e. of the righteous judgment of God? Judgment is again about to burst. God will no longer destroy the world by water, but by fire (2Pet 3:77But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.).

When the ark is ready, the LORD commands Noah and his house to enter the ark and also to take with him the animals. It is striking that in the animals a difference is made between pure and impure animals. It is the first time this difference is mentioned. Of the pure animals he takes more with him. That is to be able to sacrifice of them (Gen 8:2020Then Noah built an altar to the LORD, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar.).


Seven More Days Added

4For after seven more days, I will send rain on the earth forty days and forty nights; and I will blot out from the face of the land every living thing that I have made.”

After commanding Noah to enter the ark, God leaves the door of the ark open, as it were, for an extra seven days. To God’s patience which “kept waiting in the days of Noah, during the construction of the ark” (1Pet 3:20a20who once were disobedient, when the patience of God kept waiting in the days of Noah, during the construction of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through [the] water.) seven more days are added.


Noah Obeys the LORD in All Things

5Noah did according to all that the LORD had commanded him. 6Now Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of water came upon the earth. 7Then Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him entered the ark because of the water of the flood. 8Of clean animals and animals that are not clean and birds and everything that creeps on the ground, 9there went into the ark to Noah by twos, male and female, as God had commanded Noah.

When Noah has finished constructing the ark, his mind is still as it was at the beginning of constructing the ark (Gen 6:2222Thus Noah did; according to all that God had commanded him, so he did.). He does “according to all that the LORD had commanded him”. When the flood begins, he is six hundred years old. He enters the ark. God sends the animals to the ark. The same hand that first brought the animals to Adam to receive their names from him (Gen 2:1919Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought [them] to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name.), now brings them “into the ark to Noah” to be kept alive by him. “An ox knows its owner, and a donkey its master’s manger”, but man has no understanding or knowledge (Isa 1:33“An ox knows its owner,
And a donkey its master’s manger,
[But] Israel does not know,
My people do not understand.”
). The animals are more obedient than the people. Noah gives all animals their place.


God Does What He Has Said

10It came about after the seven days, that the water of the flood came upon the earth.

Then the patience of God is at an end. God does what He has said. All mockers are silenced when they see that every word God has spoken will be fulfilled by Him.


All Go into the Ark; the LORD Closes the Door

11In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on the same day all the fountains of the great deep burst open, and the floodgates of the sky were opened. 12The rain fell upon the earth for forty days and forty nights. 13On the very same day Noah and Shem and Ham and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons with them, entered the ark, 14they and every beast after its kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth after its kind, and every bird after its kind, all sorts of birds. 15So they went into the ark to Noah, by twos of all flesh in which was the breath of life. 16Those that entered, male and female of all flesh, entered as God had commanded him; and the LORD closed [it] behind him.

On the same day that the flood begins, Noah with his house and the animals enter the ark. Only Noah and his house, which are “a few, that is, eight persons”, enter the ark (1Pet 3:20b20who once were disobedient, when the patience of God kept waiting in the days of Noah, during the construction of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through [the] water.), no one else. The LORD closes the door behind him. Everyone who is outside at that moment is lost without salvation (cf. Mt 25:10-1310And while they were going away to make the purchase, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast; and the door was shut.11Later the other virgins also came, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open up for us.’12But he answered, ‘Truly I say to you, I do not know you.’13Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour.).

The devastating judgments of the future will not come until God has provided for the safety of His people (Rev 7:33saying, “Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees until we have sealed the bond-servants of our God on their foreheads.”; Gen 19:2222Hurry, escape there, for I cannot do anything until you arrive there.” Therefore the name of the town was called Zoar.). If the God-fearing men are taken away, the judgments are not far away, for they are taken away before evil (Isa 57:11The righteous man perishes, and no man takes it to heart;
And devout men are taken away, while no one understands.
For the righteous man is taken away from evil,
). This also applies to the church that will be raptured before the great tribulation comes upon all the earth (Rev 3:1010Because you have kept the word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that [hour] which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.). We have seen this in the picture of Enoch, who was taken away before the judgment of the flood (Gen 5:2424Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.).


On the Water and under the Water

17Then the flood came upon the earth for forty days, and the water increased and lifted up the ark, so that it rose above the earth. 18The water prevailed and increased greatly upon the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water. 19The water prevailed more and more upon the earth, so that all the high mountains everywhere under the heavens were covered. 20The water prevailed fifteen cubits higher, and the mountains were covered.

For forty days the water rises – and the ark and its contents rise with it – until the highest mountains are covered by the water. It takes no imagination to imagine the terrible scenes that have taken place in those days. When it begins one may have been surprised by the heavy rainfall, but an explanation might be sought and found why.

When it keeps raining, there will be some who started to go to the ark. They will have banged on the door and begged to enter, but it is too late (cf. Lk 13:2525Once the head of the house gets up and shuts the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock on the door, saying, ‘Lord, open up to us!’ then He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know where you are from.’). Then they fled to the hills, but the water has chased them and hunted them higher and higher. There is less and less space available. The battles for survival will have been numerous, both between humans and between humans and animals and between animals. Until the highest mountain is finally covered by water.

It is clear that this flood has been global and not just a local flood. It says that “all the high mountains everywhere under the heavens were covered”. The fact that the water rises to fifteen cubits above the highest mountains may have something to do with the depth of the ark.


All Blotted out Except What Is in the Ark

21All flesh that moved on the earth perished, birds and cattle and beasts and every swarming thing that swarms upon the earth, and all mankind; 22of all that was on the dry land, all in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life, died. 23Thus He blotted out every living thing that was upon the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky, and they were blotted out from the earth; and only Noah was left, together with those that were with him in the ark.

This an end is put to “every living thing that was upon the face of the land”. Only Noah and what is with him in the ark are left. What judgment means for the world means salvation for them. The waters that destroy the world lift up the ark and place it on a land cleaned by judgment. The ark undergoes the judgments of God, while those who are in it are spared.

This is an impressive picture of the Lord Jesus during the three hours of darkness on the cross, over Whom God pours out the waters of His judgment in those hours (Psa 42:77Deep calls to deep at the sound of Your waterfalls;
All Your breakers and Your waves have rolled over me.
). All sinners who take refuge in Him are spared thereby, and are not struck by judgment, for He has carried it in their place.

In 1 Peter 3 the flood and the ark are used as a picture of baptism: “who once were disobedient, when the patience of God kept waiting in the days of Noah, during the construction of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through [the] water. Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you—not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ” (1Pet 3:20-2120who once were disobedient, when the patience of God kept waiting in the days of Noah, during the construction of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through [the] water.21Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you—not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,). Who is immersed in the baptismal water undergoes, in correspondence, the judgment of God. But just as Noah is safe in the ark, so is such a person safe in Christ. In the case of Noah, judgment strikes the ark; he who is baptized knows that the judgment has affected Christ.

Only through the flood could Noah enter a new world; only through the death of Christ can the believer be with Him on earth. In 1 Peter 3:21 it is not about being saved by baptism to be in heaven with Christ, but to be with Christ on earth. As long as a believer is not baptized, he has not yet openly shown that he belongs to Him on earth.


The Earth Under Water

24The water prevailed upon the earth one hundred and fifty days.

After forty days of raining from the floodgates of heaven and great water floods having been pushed up from water sources under the earth, the water reaches its final height. At this level, the water remains standing for one hundred and fifty days.


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