Genesis 6


PREPARATION FOR JUDGMENT

 


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We come now to another very politically incorrect 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 wild sea.

     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 inadequate dimensions.

     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 fact. 

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:

    Will 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 22:15-16

    But as 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 24:37-39

    For if 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.

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6:1-3

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

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 men. 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 reasons:

       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 day...

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, does 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,

...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...

How very important it is people to listen when God is speaking ... before the time comes when his speaking stops. After that, his judgment must come.

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6:4

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.

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6:5-7

Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the LORD was 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:

     First, the 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 the earth 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.

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6:8-10

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 2:8-10,

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 Thessalonians 1:10,

...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.

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6:11-13

The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. 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 prophesied,

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.

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6:14-18

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.

 

A  picture ofmen constructing the ark.


 

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: 

    Look 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- 41:2

    Can 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 41:7-10

    I will 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 41:12-34

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?

 

A picture of Gigantosaurus carolinii, among the largest of the dinosaurs.

 

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 carolinii 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 longipes. 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.

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6:19-22

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 did.

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 the ark 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.

    But 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; both 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 affliction, 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

 

Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.



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