Genesis 7-9 ANGER OF THE WATERS
For God to clean up the dirt and mess caused by the mingling of the sons of God and the daughters of men and the outcome of this unholy and ungodly union, He needed a man to be a channel; a man for the assignment. By grace, Noah was chosen.
Genesis 7:1 “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.”
Noah was an obedient man who would not violate the commands of God. Now, this is hard to do in midst of a crooked generation. Evil had taken over, yet Noah could still maintain his status quo in the Lord.
Genesis 7:5-6 “And Noah did according unto all that the LORD commanded him. 6 And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth.”
Methuselah was Noah’s grandfather. He lived the longest without any good thing as testimony for the Lord. He was still leaving when Noah was building the Ark. Noah was born when Methuselah was 369 years old. The flood was when Noah was 600 years old,Genesis 7:6. And the Methuselah died at 969. Then, it can be concluded that Methuselah might have died in the flood. His son, Lamech, Noah’s father, died 5 years prior to the flood at age 777. At his death, Methuselah was 964 years. Unfortunately, there is no record he was among those saved from the flood.
The flood was a mystery. Two fountains were opened to pour out the fury of God;
- The great Deep, and
- The windows of heaven
Genesis 7:11-12 “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. 12 And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.”
The waters God separated at creation (Genesis 1:7) came into agreement that day. When God commanded the dry land to appear and the waters under heaven to gather as Seas (plural) they had their fountains. All are still under direct authority of their creator. Every element listens to God’s command; none of them rebels.
Psalms 148:8 “Fire, and hail; snow, and vapour; stormy wind fulfilling his word: … 9-12”
All creations were made by the word and, therefore, must fulfill His word after being created. There is no place in this world that was not by His word, especially the earth. All the mappings and allotments were of the word.
Proverbs 8:27-30 “When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth: 28 When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep: 29 When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth: 30 Then I was by him, as one brought up with him (NKJV says “a master craftsmen”): and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him;”
The summary of the destruction was that, as many as had the breath of life in the land of the living were destroyed by the flood together with their possessions.
We need to know that, in this scenario, the earth was not destroyed, neither was the heaven destroyed. Only the inhabitants of the earth was destroyed because of the evil increasing among them. The more they forget God, the more evil increased.
The flood lasted for 5 months before subsiding. The storm obeyed the instruction of God to push the water away from the earth back to where it came from.
Genesis 8:3 “And the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated.”
The words used in Gen 7:24 (prevailed), Gen 8:1 (asswage) and Gen 8:3 (abate) are words used to describe the activities of storms.
After the settlement of the water and Noah could walk on dry land, he sacrificed to the Lord. Noah became the first person in the Bible to build and altar and made a sacrifice of burnt offering unto the Lord.
Genesis 8:20 “And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.”
God smelt it and made a covenant with Noah. The earth was empty, but God blessed Noah to replenish it. To replenish means to make plenty (fill up) again as it was. His sacrifice was accepted. He entered into covenant with Noah with a token of abstinence for eating blood. The sacrifice was not because of his sin or the sins of his children, but to appreciate the mightiness of God. I am not sure if it was God who requested for this sacrifice or his own thought. But, it is very likely that he did that after the covenant in chapter 9. Then, his first killing for meat was sacrificed to God which God accepted and was provoked to bless Noah.
Unfortunately, Noah repeated the sin of those that perished in the flood; drinking to the point that his nakedness was not covered before his grand child, Canaan.
Genesis 9:21 “And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.”
Canaan became the first to be cursed after the flood.
Your sacrifice to God is very important. It must be clean and of pure heart with good motive. Many give with the motive of receiving back. The truth is that God cannot be bribed. It is not the gift that matters but the intent for the giving, the motive behind the giving. That was the difference between the offering of Cain and Abel. Cheerfulness of heart gives your offering more weight. Giving grudgingly makes our offering to lose weight and makes unhealthy and unclean. In case of Noah, God said all the animals are given to him as meat, but the Bible says he picked the clean ones to offer unto the Lord; that is a gift from a clean heart.
Genesis 9:3 “Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.”
Genesis 8:20-21 “And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. 21 And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; …”
May the Lord accept our good offering in the name of Jesus
MFM, Delaware, USA
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