It struck me this morning, again, as I continue on with this study of observations in God’s Word, that this is going to take a considerable amount of time, to go through the entire Bible in this manner, but I strongly feel that this is what God would have me do. I don’t know if I will have time to finish it, maybe yes, maybe no, but it doesn’t really matter. In my private studies with my new hard copy of the Amplified Bible, I’m now into the Gospel of Mark and about half way through Leviticus. It’s where I’m supposed to be, in God’s Word. I feel no great sense of urgency, this is not to be rushed, completing this observation study is not in it’s self the objective, although it would be nice if I can, but being in God’s Word and thinking hard about all that I read, that is what it important. God reveals Himself to us through His Word that He has given us. That’s the goal, to draw closer, to understand more and to love Him and serve Him as He deserves.
And now, let’s continue . . .
Genesis 6:8 NIV “But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.”
That’s you and that’s me. We’re talking grace. In Noah’s case, Noah was striving to walk with the Lord. We think living in the world and not being of the world is hard, and undoubtedly it is, but compare what Noah was exposed to, consider what he had to fight against.
Genesis 6:9 New NIV “ This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.”
Noah was different from the people of his time. He was a righteous man and walked faithfully with God. I’m thinking that Noah was something special.
And while I’m at it, with observations etc, I find that as I look at each of the people that God in His wisdom has given to us for examples, throughout the Bible, there is a new found respect for them. These were not unintelligent people, they were not “simple” people, their tasks were difficult, sometimes extremely difficult, mind boggling when you consider people like Noah, Moses and Joseph as examples. And as we go through God’s Word, we’ll take the time to notice the amount of time that their journeys took. It seems we’re always in a rush but in the Scriptures, rushing isn’t usually part of the equation.
Genesis 6:13-14 NIV “So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth. So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out.”
Please note that I will not be discussing as to whether the flood was global or local. I have my own thoughts but what is important is that there was a flood. Check your ancient history, every civilization includes it as part of their history. This link refers and don’t let the word “myth” throw you off: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_flood_myths
This is God’s version of what happened, Jesus referred to the flood.
Genesis 6:17-18 NIV “I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish. But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark—you and your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives with you.”
Ask me if that’s heavy. Can you imagine explaining that to your wife and children? And then there’s that word “covenant”. That’s God’s promise, His Word, His agreement and He is the one who originates it, it is of His volition, not ours. This is the first time that the word “covenant” is used in the Bible.
It’s interesting to note that if you research how the DNA of humanity can be traced back, there is an acknowledged “bottleneck” that could be directly attributed to Noah’s family. Check into it when you get the time. This link refers: https://reasons.org/explore/blogs/todays-new-reason-to-believe/read/tnrtb/2008/03/12/a-burgoo-of-human-origin-discoveries
Genesis 6:19-20 NIV “You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you. Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive.”
Genesis 6:21-22 NIV “You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them.” Noah did everything just as God commanded him.
You will note that initially in God’s Word, a broad outline is initially given and then the details. You’ll see this pattern throughout the Bible. Watch for it. You’ll also note that warnings from God in most, if not all cases, precedes the punishment. Warning and time. Watch for it.
Genesis 7:2-3 NIV “Take with you seven pairs of every kind of clean animal, a male and its mate, and one pair of every kind of unclean animal, a male and its mate, and also seven pairs of every kind of bird, male and female, to keep their various kinds alive throughout the earth.”
Question: Do you see anything in Scripture up to this point in time that would indicate what is considered “clean” or “unclean”? The answer is no. This is the first instance where “clean” or “unclean” is mentioned in Genesis. Yet Noah apparently understood what animals and birds were considered “clean” by God and those that were considered “unclean”. What does this tell us? It tells us that God communicated to individuals that followed Him, what was acceptable and what was not acceptable. And that this “communication” is not always given to us in His Word. And it wouldn’t have just been with “clean” and “unclean” animals or birds, it would in all probability have included offerings, construction of alters, etc. Remember the accepted offering of Abel and the rejected offering of Cain? It also points out an important observation that one should employ throughout the reading of scripture. Do not just focus on what is detailed but also note what is not detailed. Sometimes what is not explained or detailed enhances what is explained. Watch for it.
Also take the time to carefully look at the age of the people you are studying in the Scriptures. How long did it take Noah to build the ark? Check out this informative link at Answers In Genesis that discusses the age factor:
Genesis 7:11-13 NIV “In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the seventeenth day of the second month—on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights. On that very day Noah and his sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, together with his wife and the wives of his three sons, entered the ark.”
Note that we’re not just talking about rain coming down in buckets from above, but also that water from deep in the ocean floors also erupted forth. Interesting to note that it is only within the last century that hydrothermal vents within the ocean floors were discovered. This link refers: https://www.the-scientist.com/foundations/life-on-the-ocean-floor-1977-40523
Genesis 7:16 NIV :The animals going in were male and female of every living thing, as God had commanded Noah. Then the Lord shut him in.”
Note that it was God who shut the door to the ark.
More to follow in Observations in Genesis – Part 4
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!