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Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures

Genesis 7

 

 

Verses 1-24

The Destruction of the Flood - In Genesis 7:1-24 God calls Noah and his family into the ark, and the flood-gates of heaven and the deep are opened so that the flood destroys every living thing upon the earth.

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.

Genesis 7:1Comments- Noah"s ark symbolizes the Cross and Jesus delivering us from the world of sin and destruction.

Genesis 7:2 Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female.

Genesis 7:2Comments- We find a list of clean and unclean animals in Leviticus 11:1-47. Those considered clean were the ones that ate plants, while the unclean were the animals that ate other animals. We know that in God's original plan for creation all living creatures were to eat plants only. However, those animals that were corrupted turned from their natural state and began to eat other animals.

Genesis 7:3 Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.

Genesis 7:4 For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.

Genesis 7:4Comments- Sea life is not mentioned in the destruction by the flood, just earth creatures and fowl. In Genesis 6:7 Prayer of Manasseh , beast and fowl are to be destroyed.

Genesis 6:7, "And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both Prayer of Manasseh , and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them."

Genesis 7:4Comments- There is no mention of the earth ever receiving rain before the time of the flood ( Genesis 2:5). Instead, the earth was watered by a mist that arose from the ground ( Genesis 2:6).

Genesis 2:5, "And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground."

Genesis 2:6, "But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground."

Genesis 7:5 And Noah did according unto all that the LORD commanded him.

Genesis 7:5Comments- Noah was in total obedience unto the Lord. Hence, Noah was called righteous in 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."

Genesis 7:5Comments- Hebrews 11:7 says that Noah built the ark. This act of faith condemned the world, showing their rebellion and disobedience to God, "And he preached to them righteousness" ( 2 Peter 2:5). His preaching of God's coming judgment is just like us preaching today of Jesus' coming and judgment day. We are to work out our salvation with fear and trembling ( Philippians 2:12).

Hebrews 11:7, "By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith."

2 Peter 2:5, "And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;"

Philippians 2:12, "Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling."

Genesis 7:6 And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth.

Genesis 7:6 — "six hundred years old" - Comments- Noah was 595 years old when his father died. Thus, none of his righteous ancestors was alive at the time of the flood.

Genesis 5:30, "And Lamech lived after he begat Noah five hundred ninety and five years, and begat sons and daughters."

Noah"s three sons were approximately 100 years old when the flood came:

Genesis 11:10, "These are the generations of Shem: Shem was an hundred years old, and begat Arphaxad two years after the flood."

Noah was 500 years old when the flood came.

Genesis 5:32, "And Noah was five hundred years old: and Noah begat Shem, Ham, and Japheth."

The Flood came five years after Lamech's death. It came the same year as Methuselah's death. Enoch was taken to heaven before Noah"s birth. Only Lamech and Methuselah lived at the time of the birth of Noah"s sons. So why did God wait to send the flood until the very year that the last of Noah"s forefathers died? Because the righteous are the salt of the earth, holding back God"s wrath:

Matthew 5:13, "Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men."

Adam to Seth 130 yrs, lived 800 yrs longer, died at age 930.

Seth to Enos 105 yrs, lived 807 yrs longer, died at age 912.

Enos to Cainan 90 yrs, lived 815 yrs longer, died at age 905.

Cainan to Mahalaleel 70 yrs, lived 840 yrs longer, died at age 910.

Mahalaleel to Jared 65 yrs, lived 830 yrs longer, died at age 895.

Jared to Enoch 162yrs, lived 800 yrs longer, died at age 962.

Enoch to Methuselah 65 yrs, lived 300 yrs longer, translated at age 365.

Methuselah to Lamech 187 yrs, lived 782yrs longer, died at age 969.

Lamech to Noah 182yrs, lived 595 yrs longer, died at age 777.

Noah to 3sons 500 yrs, 100 yrs later the flood, lived 350 years longer, died at age 950.

Genesis 7:7 And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons" wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood.

Genesis 7:8 Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth,

Genesis 7:9 There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah.

Genesis 7:8-9Comments - Noah's Obedience- Noah did not seek to save a bunch of worldly treasures, but rather he sought animals in obedience to God's command.

Genesis 7:8-9Comments - Noah Gathers the Animals Into the Ark- The question is asked, "How did Noah gather all of the animals into the ark." We ask this question from the observation of the behaviour of the animal today. God brought the animals to Adam in the same way that He brought the animals to the Ark and the same way He brought a whale to swallow Jonah.

Genesis 2:19, "And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof."

Genesis 7:10 And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth.

Genesis 7:10Comments- God's Word is truth. It never falls short throughout the Holy Bible. In Noah's obedience to God's Word, he waited for a Word from God before acting in faith. He stayed in the ark one year and ten days ( Genesis 7:11; Genesis 8:14).

Genesis 7:11, "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."

Genesis 8:14, "And in the second month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, was the earth dried."

Genesis 7:10Comments- Noah entered the ark seven days before the flood came.

Genesis 7:11 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.

Genesis 7:11Word Study on "the fountains" - Strong says the Hebrew word "fountain" ( מַעְיָן) (H 4599) means, "a spring, fountain." He says it comes from the word ( עַיִן) (H 5869), which means, "eye." The Enhanced Strong says it is used 23times in the Old Testament. In the KJV, it is translated, "fountain 16, well 5, springs 2."

Genesis 7:11Word Study on "the windows" - Strong says the Hebrew word "windows" ( אֲרֻבָּה) (H 699) means, "lattice, window, sluice." The Enhanced Strong says it is used 9 times in the Old Testament. In the KJV, it is translated, "windows 8, chimney 1." The NIV reads, "floodgates." Strong says it is the passive participle of the primitive root ( אָרַב) (H 693), which means, "to lie in wait, ambush, lurk."

Genesis 7:11Comments- Proverbs -flood scientists generally agree that there was a huge reservoir of water under the earth's crust prior to the flood in Noah's time. This would explain how a mist went up from the earth and continually watered the entire face of the ground ( Genesis 2:5-6). At the time of the flood, the earth's crust broke open and the water from beneath was pushed upwards because of tremendous pressure from the weight of earth. This water from these fissures shot up miles into the atmosphere, returning to earth in the form of a tremendous rainstorm unlike anything that has ever been before or after. In addition, much of this water would have turned into snow because of the cold atmospheric temperatures and fell to earth as a giant global snowstorm. This would explain why scientists now find giant mastodons frozen in the ice with vegetation still in their mouths from grazing. These giant fissures split the earth's mantle into the pieces that we see today. We recognize them now as the undersea ridges that run down the mid-Atlantic as well at the "Ring of Fire" that encircles the Pacific Ocean. As these fountains of the deep burst forth, some of the earth's crust smashed together with such force that it formed the mountain ranges that we see today across the earth. 125]

125] John Baumgardner, Catastrophic Plate Tectonics: The Physics Behind the Genesis Flood (Creation Science Fellowship, Inc, Pittsburgh, PA, 2003) [on-line]; accessed 22March 2009; available from http://globalflood.org/papers/2003ICCcpt.html; Internet.

Genesis 2:5-6, "And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground."

Genesis 7:11Illustration- While on the trip from Texas to Oregon, I saw the results of the deep breaking with huge mountains and layers of rock thrusting out of the ground. I believe the land, the earth, was flat and tropical until the flood, which broke the cloud cover and also made mountains. The flow of the water cut deep canyons into the earth.

Genesis 7:12 And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.

Genesis 7:13 In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah"s wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark;

Genesis 7:13Comments- Noah and his family all entered into the ark by faith. They all entered together into the ark on the same day. This day was when the rain began to fall upon the earth ( Genesis 7:12). The flood, its destruction, and salvation of Noah and family is compared, in Luke 17:26-31, to the second coming of Jesus.

Genesis 7:14 They, and every beast after his kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind, and every fowl after his kind, every bird of every sort.

Genesis 7:15 And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life.

Genesis 7:16 And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in.

Genesis 7:16 — "and the LORD shut him in" - Comments- The fact that the Lord shut Noah in the ark represents the fact that God determines the times and seasons of His divine judgment. He determined the day to shut this door, and He will determine the time and day to shut the door and end man's opportunities for repentance. He determines the day of every man's death, and of the future prophetic events of the wrath and judgment of Almighty God.

Genesis 7:17 And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth.

Genesis 7:18 And the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters.

Genesis 7:19 And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered.

Genesis 7:18-19Comments - The Earth Before the Flood- Carl Baugh, who teaches extensively on the biblical account of creation, says that before the flood, there were no tall mountains as there are today. During this period, great upheavals took place on the earth creating the mountains as we know today. In fact, the height of mountains is increasing even today with the continued movement of earth's tectonic plates. 126]

126] Carl Baugh, Creation in the 21st Century (Glen Rose, Texas: Creation Evidence Museum), on Trinity Broadcasting Network (Santa Ana, California), television program.

Genesis 7:20 Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered.

Genesis 7:21 And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man:

Genesis 7:22 All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died.

Genesis 7:23 And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both Prayer of Manasseh , and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.

Genesis 7:23"and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark" - Comments- When God speaks His Word, He performs it to the utmost ( Genesis 6:13).

Genesis 6:13, "And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth."

Genesis 7:24 And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days.

Genesis 7:24Comments- In other words, for five months the water covered the earth before it began to recede.

 


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Everett, Gary H. "Commentary on Genesis 7:4". Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/ghe/genesis-7.html. 2013.

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