Moving right along …..
Many people see a fore picture of Jesus in what transpired with God’s dealings with Noah and the Ark and I would have a tendency to agree with the fore picture generally presented.
I will provide a link here that provides a good overview of the fore picture that is linked to this event: https://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/how-is-the-ark-symbolic-of-jesus-christ/
It’s noteworthy that in Genesis 7:20 NIV God’s Word specifically states the height that the water actually rose to: “The waters rose and covered the mountains to a depth of more than fifteen cubits. Every living thing that moved on land perished—birds, livestock, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all mankind. Everything on dry land that had the breath of life in its nostrils died. Every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out; people and animals and the creatures that move along the ground and the birds were wiped from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark.”
Short story, regardless of whether you entertain a local flood or a world wide flood, there can be little doubt as to the magnitude of the volume of water we are talking about.
Also noteworthy is Genesis 7:24 NIV which states: “The waters flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days.” which equates to five months.
In Genesis Chapter 8 we see the waters start to abate. Verse 2 states “Now the springs of the deep and the floodgates of the heavens had been closed, and the rain had stopped falling from the sky.”
In Genesis Chapter 8, Verse 18 Noah, his wife and family leave the ark.
You recall that in Genesis 7:11 it states “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.”
In Genesis 8:13 it states that Noah was 601 years old when Noah removed the covering of the ark and the surface of the ground was drying (1st day of the 1st month). In Genesis 8:14, on the 27th day of the 2nd month the land was entirely dry and Noah went out from the ark (Verse 18).
So that equates to Noah and his family being on the ark for 1 year and ten days, which no matter which way you cut it, is a significant amount of time to spend in a totally self contained and sufficient vessel. I can’t help but think that Noah and his family would be overjoyed to get off of the ark.
Genesis 8:20 NIV “Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it.”
Note that Noah built an alter which was acceptable to the Lord, knew what animals and birds were clean and sacrificed a burnt offering on the alter.
Considering that God’s Word has not as of yet provided details on how an alter was to be constructed, or what animals and birds were clean or details about sacrificing a burnt offering, one can only assume that God’s instructions on these matters had already been conveyed to Noah. This is the first mention of sacrificial worship since the days of Cain and Abel.
Genesis 8:21-22 NIV reads: “The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.
“As long as the earth endures,
seedtime and harvest,
cold and heat,
summer and winter,
day and night
will never cease.”
Genesis 9:3 NIV is also noteworthy. It reads: “Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants. I now give you everything.” Noah is basically given to go ahead to eat meat, fish and foul with the one stipulation that the blood must be drained from the meat source (verse 5) with the further stipulation (verse 6 & 7) that taking the life of another person is accountable.
“Whoever sheds human blood,
by humans shall their blood be shed;
for in the image of God
has God made mankind.
As for you, be fruitful and increase in number; multiply on the earth and increase upon it.”
What follows is God’s covenant (binding agreement or promise that He imposes upon Himself) which reads as follows:
Genesis 9:9-17 NIV
“I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you and with every living creature that was with you—the birds, the livestock and all the wild animals, all those that came out of the ark with you—every living creature on earth. I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.”
And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”
So God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth.”
God’s unconditional promise to humanity, as long as this world exists. A new start that continues to this day.
More to follow in Observations in Genesis – Part 5
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!