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We come now to another very politically
account of history here in the Word of God. As far as the majority of
academia and the "intelligencia" of this world system is concerned, the
historicity of the Genesis Flood is totally bogus. One evening, I was
watching a special on the Discovery channel about Noah and the biblical
Flood which, supposedly, "demythologized" the biblical account. Here
are some of the major points they presented.
1. First, a prominent engineer was trotted
forth who said that, given the size of such an ark, and that it was
supposed to be made of wood, there was no way it could have survived
the stresses of actually floating. He stated that it absolutely would
have immediately begun to leak and break apart as soon as the water
began to lift it off the ground. This was then illustrated by a video
depiction of an ark breaking apart and sinking beneath the waves of a
2. Second, another "scientist" was brought
forth who said that, given the number of creatures that would have been
required to enter the ark, it would have taken 30 years just to load
them all ... not the mere 7 days that the Bible says it took. He
further stated, with great authority, that many of the world's
creatures would not even have been able to fit in the ark Ö given its
3. Third, a geologist came on to state that
there was no geological evidence whatsoever that a universal flood has
ever occurred on Earth. In fact, he said, there is overwhelming and
indisputable evidence to the contrary.
4. Fourth, another "expert" testified that the
biblical account could not pass as a rational historic text because, if
such a thing had actually occurred, the Earthís atmosphere would have
been so saturated by water that its mere weight would have crushed the
lungs of every living thing on earth.
5. Fifth, it was stated that other "experts"
say that the story of the Flood in Genesis was actually written in the
6th century BC, having been copied from flood legends and myths that
are found among other ancient civilizations.
6. Sixth, they addressed the question as to
whether there was any truth at all to the biblical story of the Flood.
The answer was a condescending, but a qualified, yes. They concluded
that the Bibleís account was an exaggeration and embellishment of some other
event that took place in ancient history. Here, they built their case
on the clay tablet writings found at Nineveh in 1851. Specifically,
George Smithís decipher of one of them in 1872, The Epic of Gilgamesh,
which contains the story of a great flood. They also cited an even
older Mesopotamian story of a flood found in The Epic of Atrahasis. The
conclusion was that these ancient legends spoke of an historic, but
merely local, flood from which the Bible has drawn its mythical account.
7. Seventh, they concluded, however, that Noah
actually was an historic person. According to PBS, he was a Sumerian
(the people who invented writing). He had a shipping business on the
Euphrates River. One day there was a huge local flood, due to excessive
snow melt in the headwaters. This Sumerian Noah was then depicted in a
video of quickly herding his family and 260 of his animals onto his
boat to ride out the flood. It was interesting how, with blatant
literary license, this story was so freely put forward as historic
PBSís presentation was completely one-sided, to say the least. Not one
scientist was presented that held to the historicity or scientific
possibility that the Genesis Flood was real and universal. PBSís biased,
unscientific and anti-biblical conclusions vividly demonstrate how
adamantly opposed modern man is to the biblical account of the great
Flood recorded in the book of Genesis. At best, it is dismissed as
ridiculous and, at worst, it is treated as a closed subject, deemed unworthy even
of discussion. The mantra is, Itís
just religious lore, not science.
But, in reality, nothing could be further from the truth. The biblical
Flood is substantiated by an avalanche of scientific data available to
anyone who is willing to take an unbiased look at the evidence. Manís
attitude towards Godís judgment
of the world that then was ... has historically been one of complete
denial. Even, way back in the first century, the Apostle Peter
testified this was commonly the case. As he put it in 2 Peter 3:5-6,
For this they willfully
forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth
standing out of water and in the water, by which the world that then
existed perished, being flooded with water.
In spite of current popular scientific opinion and the universal
pressure for conformity and political correctness, however, the
Bible is clear that God did, in fact, judge and destroy the entire
ancient world with a universal
flood. Consider the following scriptures:
you keep to the old way which wicked men have trod, who were cut down
before their time, whose foundations were swept away by a flood? Job
the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking,
marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the
ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so
also will the coming of the Son of Man be. (Jesusí words) Matthew
God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and
delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment;
and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight
people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world
of the ungodly... II Peter 2:4-5
Here are a few other scriptures that testify to the historicity of the
Genesis Flood: Isa.51:9; Ezek.11:14; Heb.11:7; I Pet.3:20; II Pet.2:5;
Matt. 24:37-39; Luke 3:36. Now, letís look at it.
Now it came to pass, when
men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born
to them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were
beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose.
And the LORD said, ĎMy Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he
is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.í
There are two important things to note in this passage.
First, as early man multiplied on the earth,
two distinct lines developed. Our passage refers to these two lines as
the sons of God
and daughters of
This was alluded to back in 4:26, where we read that, after the birth of
Enos, men began to call themselves by the name of the Lord. Seth's line
(the sons of God)
and Cainís line (the
daughters of men)
both continued to increase on the earth until the day came in which
their populations had grown to the point that they began to regularly
intermarry. This resulted in the further moral deterioration of the
human race into total ungodliness.
Letís step aside here for a moment. I would like to point out another fairly
common view among evangelical Christians. It postulates that this phrase, the sons of God,
refers to angels, in accordance with the use of that phrase in Job 1:6. This view sees
a race of part angel and part human that developed prior to the Flood.
That, in their view, necessitated Godís eradication of that whole mixed race. This view should be rejected for the following
a. When the phrase sons of God is
used to refer to angels in the Bible, it always refers to good angels Ö not fallen ones Ö
which would be necessary to support this theory.
b. When Jesus addressed the
subject as to whether or not there was marriage in Heaven, he said,
You are mistaken, not
knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God. For in the resurrection
they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels of
God in heaven. Matthew 22:29b-30
Angels are spirits. And, Jesus specifically said that they do not
marry. Nor, do we find them desiring to have sexual relations with
mankind anywhere in Scripture ... nor could they, being spirits and
humans being flesh and blood.
c. This view that sees angels
cavorting with human women is an outgrowth of Greek mythology ... not
biblical angeology. In Greek mythology, you find all kinds of stories
about the gods pursuing such human relationships. Such mythical
speculations have no place in biblical exegesis.
d. It is a view that hasnít a
shred of scripture to back it up. It is based entirely on a speculative
interpretation of one verse in Genesis 6. Hermeneutically speaking,
this is a big "no-no". It violates the rule of hermeneutics that states
... Never build a doctrine on an
obscure passage of Scripture.
e. Last, the Lord
specifically says here in verses 3 and 5, that his problem was with man not, as is supposed, half-man/half-angel beings which this view proposes.
Coming back to the text...
Second, there is some very important theology in the Lord's statement here Ö My Spirit shall not
strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be
one hundred and twenty years.
God was saying, I'm not going to struggle with mankind any longer. Iím
going to give them another hundred and twenty years and then, thatís
it. That is all the time that I am going to extend to them to get right with me.
Notice that it says that Godís Holy Spirit wrestled with men prior to
the Flood. Godís Holy Spirit is, and always has been involved in
speaking, confronting and convicting the human race. Here is Jesus'
words about the Holy Spirit's ongoing ministry as it relates to our
Nevertheless I tell you
the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go
away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send him
to you. And when he has come, he will
convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
of sin, because they do not believe in me; of righteousness, because I
go to my Father and you see me no more; of judgment, because the ruler
of this world is judged. I still have many things to say to you, but
you cannot bear them now. However, when he, the Spirit of truth, has
come, he will guide you into all truth;
for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he
will speak; and he will tell you
things to come. He will glorify me, for he will take of what is
mine and declare it to you. John 16:7-14
Although this passage from John's gospel refers to the ministry of the
Holy Spirit today, it is indicative of his ministry towards men in the
past as well. He has always been involved in speaking to the hearts of
ungodly men and women as is so clearly stated here in our Genesis
text where he says Ö My Spirit shall not
strive with man forever.
God has been striving with men and women throughout history. However,
in the days of Noah, the day came when he drew a line in the sand. The
men and women of that world had been living for hundreds and hundreds
of years and, finally, God said that his striving with them was coming
to an end. He would only continue to confront and oppose them for
another 120 years. Brings new meaning to the word longsuffering,
it not? Anyway, after that 120 years had passed, stiff-necked and
unresponsive man was scheduled for judgment. He would be destroyed from
the face of the earth. During those final 120 years, while the ark was
being constructed, God would also send Noah out to preach to that
generation. Then, finally, the end of all flesh
came, just as God had
said that it would. As we have it in II Peter 2:5,
did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a
preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of
How very important it is people to listen when God is speaking ...
before the time comes when his speaking stops. After that, his judgment
There were giants on the
earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in
to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the
mighty men who were of old, men of renown.
This is a greatly misunderstood verse. It is not referring to the
offspring of the angel/man marriages that we discussed earlier. The
root of the Hebrew word translated giants here is Nephal.
It means to fall upon. It is not talking about giants, although there
probably were some at that time. The thrust and meaning of this verse
is that, as a result of the intermarriage of the godly line of Seth and
the ungodly line of Cain, a violent and notorious race of men were
produced. The Hebrew word translated, renown, here is shem. One of its secondary
definitions is base or infamous.
I believe that is the correct thought here. Just as it is in our day,
the intermarriage of the godly with the ungodly inevitably results in
baser and baser ... and more and more violent ... offspring.
Then the LORD saw that
the wickedness of man was great
in the earth, and that every intent
the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the
sorry that he had made man on the earth, and he was grieved in his
heart. So the LORD said, ĎI will destroy man whom I have created from
the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of
the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.í
There are two main things to note here:
longevity of man (most living
nearly a thousand years) did not
result in men turning to God. It only
resulted in wickedness of unprecedented and unparalleled proportions.
Their long lives merely facilitated
more and more persistent evil and violence.
As our text says Ö every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only
evil continually. It seems apparent
to me, that longevity was the main contributing factor as to why the
wickedness of man reached such a point of no return that God had to
eradicate them all from the face of the earth.
Second, the statement here ... the LORD was sorry that he had made man on
Ö does not infer that God felt he had made a mistake when he created
man. Rather, this is merely an anthropomorphism (a human way of saying
things) used by God to convey how sad he felt about that generation which he
had to destroy.
But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect in his
generations. Noah walked with God.
And Noah begot three sons: Shem,
Ham, and Japheth.
This is a wonderful statement in relation to Godís dealings with man.
Would God have been justified if he had wiped out the entire human race
... including Noah ... at that
time? The answer is, yes. Our text
pointedly says even Noah required the grace of God to escape Godís
impending judgment! Grace means unmerited favor. Was Noah a good man?
Yes, I am sure he was Ö by human standards. But, from Godís point of
view, Noah was a sinner like all the rest. So, Noah needed God's grace
to escape Godís impending judgment. Just as you and I, dear brother or
sister, need it to survive the next judgment of God that is scheduled for our
world. As you have it in Ephesians
For by grace you have been saved
through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not
of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are his workmanship, created
in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we
should walk in them.
And again, in I
...and to wait for his
Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.
As a man who received grace from the hand
of his loving God, Noah was God's workmanship. Our text says that Noah was a just man. That
is, he was a saved man. He had been justified by faith, just as folks
are today who have put their faith in Christ. As you have it in Romans 5:1-2,
Therefore, having been
justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus
Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in
which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
Finally, notice it says here that Noah walked with God.
The wonderful spiritual legacy of Noahís great grandfather, Enoch
(5:22-24), had found its way down to the great grandson as well. May I
say to you, dear saint, no greater epitaph can be written of a child of
God than that. Noah enjoyed a daily ... no ... a moment by moment Ö
relationship with God. Noah walked with God. Do we walk with God? Micah 6:8 says,
He has shown you, O man,
what is good; And what does the LORD require of you but to do justly,
to love mercy, and to walk humbly
with your God?
This is where itís at, beloved ... a real
relationship with the true and living God, on a continuous basis. It is there for
the taking for all who desire for it to be so. God desires to walk with
his children. Oh that his children would desire to walk with him, aye?
Noah did. Enoch did.
May I say a word about serving the Lord here? Often, Godís people
become so busy serving the Lord that they forget to walk with Him.
Somehow, they just donít have any time for a real, warm and fulfilling
relationship with their God. There's no room for it in their busy
schedules. What a tragedy. Thatís what happened to the Ephesian church,
by the way. You can read about it in Revelation 2. Jesus said they had left their first love!
Donít leave your first love, beloved. At all costs, guard your walk
with God. It comes first. Itís the main thing.
The earth also was
corrupt before God, and the earth was filled
So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh
had corrupted their way on the earth. And God said to Noah, ĎThe end of
all flesh has come before me, for the
earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will
destroy them with the earth.
The true and living God abhors violence. Twice here, he cites it as the
cause of his impending judgment. It is worth noting, by the way, that
all wickedness and ungodliness eventually deteriorates into violence.
All sin leads to this common denominator. I am amazed at the level of
raw violence that is sweeping our world today. Just recently, over a
125 innocent people were murdered by Islamists in Paris, France. The
carnage was horrible and the seared consciences of the assassins was
unbelievable. Frankly, in my short 75+ years, I've never seen anything
like what the world has become today. Violence in our world has increased to an
unprecedented scale. It is reported that, in Mexico alone, more people
have been murdered in the past few years than all the
lives that were lost in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars ... combined!
Suicide bombers, death squads, beheadings, rapes, fights, riots,
genocides, wars, murders of police officers, gang executions Ö all are
running more and more rampant in our world today. Violence is everywhere. It is
glorified on TV, in the movies and in the most popular video games and
sports. At Virginia Tech, a few years ago, thirty-two people were
randomly and heartlessly slaughtered. The killer, a young man named
Cho, died with the words Ismail Ax
written in red ink on one of his arms. No one was sure what it meant.
Personally, I believe it was the name of his demon, just as Rahab
was the name of the demon behind ancient Egypt (Psalm 89:10 and Isaiah
51:9). This continuous rise of abject violence in our world should be a
real eye-opener to the people of God. It is a strong indication that
the grains of sand in our worldís sand-dial is running out. Jesus
But as the days of Noah
were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. Matthew 24:37
From the continuous wanton murders of innocents by Islamic terrorists,
to incidents of murder in schools and college classrooms across our
nation and gang killings in Chicago ... the common denominator is the same ... wanton, heartless
violence. Surely, the coming of the Lord draws near. We are very close
to the closing of this age and the coming Tribulation that is described
in Revelation 6-18. Then, it will all culminate in our Lordís Second
Coming, as predicted by him in the verse above. This was the way it was
in Noahís day.
Make yourself an ark of
gopherwood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and outside with
pitch. And this is how you shall make it: The length of the ark shall
be three hundred cubits, its width fifty cubits, and its height thirty
cubits. You shall make a window for the ark, and you shall finish it to
a cubit from above; and set the door of the ark in its side. You shall
make it with lower, second, and third decks. And behold, I Myself am
bringing floodwaters on the earth, to destroy from under heaven all
flesh in which is the breath of life; everything that is on the earth
shall die. But I will establish my covenant with you; and you shall go
into the ark; you, your sons, your wife, and your sons' wives with you.
There is a good deal of information on the particulars of Noah's ark in
Christian literature today. One good source that comes to mind is The Genesis Flood,
by Dr. Henry Morris. The ark was approximately 450 feet long by 75 feet
wide by 45 feet high and Noah was instructed to build it in three
stories. Basically, it was a huge barge. It wasnít constructed to sail.
For Godís purposes, all it had to do was float. Noah was instructed to
use pitch so that all the seams between the planks were water proof,
inside and out. This was to prevent leakage until the water had caused
the wood to swell enough to seal the seams by themselves. Pitch, of
course comes from trees and there was an abundance of trees in the
first world where Noah lived. Our present gas, oil and coal reserves
are more than ample evidence of that fact.
The window that God told Noah to build into the ark was for ventilation
purposes and can be pictured as circumventing the entire top of the
ark, just under the roof.
From the dimensions given here, we can calculate that the arkís
capacity was approximately 1,396,000 cubic feet. This would equal the
hauling capacity of approximately 522 standard boxcars of a freight
train. The taxonomist, Earnest Mays, lists 17,600 species of mammals,
birds, reptiles and amphibians on Earth. Putting these two statistics
together, one can see that there was more than ample room for all the
living creatures that God placed inside the ark.
By the way, are you aware that a lifesize and to scale ark has currently been built at The Creation Museum in Petersburg,
Kentucky? It is scheduled to open 7/7/16. It will be well worth seeing to give a
true present day perspective to what we've been reading about here.
The question is often raised, Were
dinosaurs on the ark?
The answer is, yes. Evolutionary scientists agree that the demise of
the dinosaur came as a result of a single great catastrophe. The latest
theory about that catastrophe is that a great meteor or asteroid struck
the earth and so changed the atmosphere and climate of the ancient
world that all of the dinosaurs died off at once. These scientists
are right about one thing. The extinction of the dinosaur was due
to a single great catastrophe.
But, the catastrophe was the Flood, not a meteor or an asteroid. When
the dinosaurs left the ark, they found themselves in a radically
different world from which they had come. Its climate, especially in
the Far East where the ark came to rest, was no longer conducive for
the support of dinosaur life. Some dinosaurs lasted longer than others,
of course, but the end result was the same. Their world had changed too
radically for them to survive on Earth any longer. The warm, uniform
climate and universal lush vegetation that supported them in the
previous world was gone forever. The dinosaurs truly belonged to, as
Peter describes it Ö the world that then was.
It certainly was not the world as we know it today. As for the
dinosaurs being around for a while after the Flood, there is evidence
in the Bible that they did indeed survive for a while concurrent with man. In the
oldest book of the Bible, Job Ö written after the Flood during the age
of the patriarchs Ö Job described one of them as follows:
now at the behemoth, which I made along with you; He eats grass like an
ox. See now, his strength is in his hips, and his power is in his
stomach muscles. He moves his tail
like a cedar;
The sinews of his thighs are tightly knit. His bones are like beams of
bronze, His ribs like bars of iron. He is the first of the ways of God;
Only He who made him can bring near His sword. Surely the mountains
yield food for him, and all the beasts of the field play there. He lies
under the lotus trees, in a covert of reeds and marsh. The lotus trees
cover him with their shade; the willows by the brook surround him.
Indeed the river may rage, Yet he is not disturbed; He is confident,
though the Jordan gushes into his mouth, though he takes it in his
eyes, or one pierces his nose with a snare. Can you draw out Leviathan
with a hook, or snare his tongue with a line which you lower? Can you
put a reed through his nose, or pierce his jaw with a hook? Job 40:15-
you fill his skin with harpoons, Or his head with fishing spears? Lay
your hand on him; remember the battle; never do it again! Indeed, any
hope of overcoming him is false; shall one not be overwhelmed at the
sight of him? No one is so fierce that he would dare stir him up. Job
not conceal his limbs, His mighty power, or his graceful proportions.
Who can remove his outer coat? Who can approach him with a double
bridle? Who can open the doors of his face, with his terrible teeth all
around? His rows of scales are his pride, Shut up tightly as with a
seal; One is so near another that no air can come between them; they
are joined one to another, they stick together and cannot be parted.
His sneezings flash forth light, and his eyes are like the eyelids of
the morning. Out of his mouth go burning lights; sparks of fire shoot
out. Smoke goes out of his nostrils, as from a boiling pot and burning
rushes. His breath kindles coals, and a flame goes out of his mouth.
Strength dwells in his neck, and sorrow dances before him. The folds of
his flesh are joined together; they are firm on him and cannot be
moved. His heart is as hard as stone, even as hard as the lower
millstone. When he raises himself up, the mighty are afraid; because of
his crashings they are beside themselves. Though the sword reaches him,
it cannot avail; nor does spear, dart, or javelin. He regards iron as
straw, and bronze as rotten wood. The arrow cannot make him flee;
slingstones become like stubble to him. Darts are regarded as straw; he
laughs at the threat of javelins. His undersides are like sharp
potsherds; He spreads pointed marks in the mire. He makes the deep boil
like a pot; He makes the sea like a pot of ointment. He leaves a
shining wake behind him; one would think the deep had white hair. On
earth there is nothing like him, which is made without fear. He beholds
every high thing; he is king over all the children of pride. Job
Another question that is often raised, concerns the size of the animals
that entered the ark, especially in connection with the dinosaurs. Such
comments as ... Do you realize the
size of a Argentinosaurus hinculensis? It was 70 feet tall ... the size
of a six-story building and 120 feet long (as long as three
large school buses placed end to end)
and weighed 100 tons! Were there two of those on the ark!? Or,
how about Gigantosaurus carolinii, T-rexís larger cousin! He was 42 to
46 feet long and weighed a good 8 tons! How could the ark accommodate
two of those?
The answer to such objections becomes obvious if you stop and think
about it for a minute. Where is it written that God brought fully grown
adult creatures to enter the ark? If Argentinosaurus
hinculensis and Gigantosaurus
came to the ark as infants, or very young, the problem is solved, is it
not? Do you think that the God who made them and brought them to the
ark in the first place didnít think of that? Also, keep in mind that
the vast majority of the dinosaurs were actually small creatures and
not large at all. Take for example Compsognathus
It was about 3 feet long and weighed just 6 or 7 pounds. The idea that
all the dinosaurs were gigantic violent creatures is rooted in
Hollywood hype ... Jurassic Park stuff ... fiction Ö not fact.
And of every living thing
of all flesh you shall bring two of every sort into the ark, to keep
them alive with you; they shall be male and female. Of the birds after
their kind, of animals after their kind, and of every creeping thing of
the earth after its kind, two of every kind will come to you to keep
them alive. And you shall take for yourself of all food that is eaten,
and you shall gather it to yourself; and it shall be food for you and
for them. Thus Noah did; according to all that God commanded him, so he
Some years ago, I recall seeing an amusing depiction of this event as
produced by Hollywood. Noah was portrayed as chasing the animals this
way and that, diving ridiculously after them while frequently toppling
headlong in the mud. Eventually, he was successfull in catching and
dragging a pig on board as it squealed loudly and put up a maximum
amount of resistance. It made for good comedy but was not aligned with
the facts of the Bible. God,
not Noah, brought the animals aboard
Ö two by two. All that Noah and his family had to do was watch, and
perhaps secure the doors of their compartments, if indeed that was
necessary. What an incredible sight that must have been. It is truly
unparalleled. From every direction and quarter, the creatures came to
the ark. Those that lived in faraway reaches had no doubt begun their
strange journeys, months or even years before. Yet they all arrived in
sequence and at the right time so that they might enter the ark orderly
and voluntarily. It had to have been an ominous sight, as well, if any
of the local population were looking on.
Another objection that has arisen concerns the amount of food that
would have been needed to feed the animals, especially for such an
extended period of time. Notice that Noah was instructed to gather food
Ö of all food that is eaten Ö both for him and for the animals. This
was a tall order, was it not? However, Noah was not instructed to
gather the food in quantities sufficient for a daily intake of over a
year's worth of food that God knew would be required. In fact, Noah was
not told how long they would be in the ark! His job was to find
the right variety of foods that all the animals would require. And, he
had 120 years to do it. The incident of Elijah and the widow comes to
mind here. It is recorded in I Kings 17. Letís look at it. The Lord
said to Elijah,
Arise, go to Zarephath,
which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. See, I have commanded a widow
there to provide for you. So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when
he came to the gate of the city, indeed a widow was there gathering
sticks. And he called to her and said, ĎPlease bring me a little water
in a cup, that I may drink.í And as she was going to get it, he called
to her and said, ĎPlease bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.í So
she said, ĎAs the LORD your God lives, I do not have bread, only a
handful of flour in a bin, and a little oil in a jar; and see, I am
gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself
and my son, that we may eat it, and die.í And Elijah said to her, ĎDo
not fear; go and do as you have said, but make me a small cake from it
first, and bring it to me; and afterward make some for yourself and
your son. For thus says the LORD God
of Israel: 'The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of
oil run dry, until the day the LORD sends rain on the earth.' So
she went away and did according to the word of Elijah; and she and he and her household ate for
many days. The bin of flour was not used up, nor did the jar of oil run
dry, according to the word of the LORD which he spoke by Elijah.
I Kings 17:9-16
Although our text does not implicitly say that this was also the case
with the food that Noah gathered and put on the ark, I believe that it
is definitely implied. Miraculous intervention by God on the behalf of
Noah and the animals was the order of the day in the entire Flood
narrative. There is also the possibility that the animals may have been
put into a partial, or even a complete, state of hibernation during
their year-long stay on the ark.
Related to this, I have also heard the objection that the manure which
all these creatures would have produced would have made it a logistical
impossibility for Noah to dispose of. Again, just let me say that we
who believe in the God of the Bible also believe he is not confined to
the natural laws that he himself established. He is the God of the
miraculous. So much for the objection on the Discovery channel, where
the engineer testified that Noahís ark would not possibly have been
able to float. When we meet Noah one day, it will be a delight to ask
him about the details of many of these things. Until then, we
must just keep in mind who God is and what he can do ... not what
finite and unbelieving man thinks he didnít do or couldnít do.
Here are a couple of scriptures in that regard.
Jesus looked at them and said to them, "With men this is impossible,
but with God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26
Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard
for me? Jeremiah 32:27
One final thought, before we leave this sixth chapter. In the midst of
judgment, God always prepares a place of refuge for those who are his own.
For Noah and his family, and the thousands of animals and creatures
that came that day Ö it was an ark. Today, the
place of refuge is Jesus Christ himself. Only those who are
placed in him are safe. Noahís
ancient world perished in a judgment of water. Our world will one day
perish in a judgment of fire.
All that we see around us ... civilization and culture ... architecture
and transportation ... science and knowledge ... forests and mountains
... seas and nature ... man and beast ... birds and fish ... stars and
galaxies ... all are scheduled for destruction. And, the only place of
safety, like Noahís ark, is in Christ Jesus. Here are a few scriptures
that speak to this:
But the heavens and the
earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire
until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. II Peter 3:7
But the day of the Lord
will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away
with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat;
the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. Therefore,
since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought
you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the
coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be
dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat?
II Peter 3:10-12
The Apostle Paul, writing to the believers at Thessalonica, said,
And you became followers
of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much
with joy of the Holy Spirit, so that you became examples to all in
Macedonia and Achaia who believe. For from you the word of the Lord has
sounded forth, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every
place. Your faith toward God has gone out, so that we do not need to
say anything. For they themselves declare concerning us what manner of
entry we had to you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the
living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he
raised from the dead, even Jesus who
delivers us from the wrath to come. I Thessalonians 6:7-10
taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas
Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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