September 29, 2022
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This entry is part [part not set] of 4 in the series Alpha 2

There is something we are to take note of before we move on to our next chapter, the fact God told Noah to prepare for a coming judgement, and as he prepares, he is to prepare food for both him and the animals Noah was to take on the ark with him. And as we take note of that, we should also take note God had beforehand warned Noah of the coming judgment, and in that warning told him how to prepare providing the dimensions of the ark he had built.

And why is this important, it is important because it is a constant theme of the bible in each of the generations God sent judgment, judgment on it cities and peoples, and as we come to what we called the New Testament, we hear a familiar warning coming from John and many others saying we are to be preparing for a coming judgment, and the question we are to ask ourselves, how are we to be preparing for this coming judgment in our life time.

When John saw the Pharisee coming to his baptism, he asked them, Matthew 3:7, “O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?” And looking back in history, and the stories of the bible, we can see these examples of judgment and God stepping in to rescue those trusting in his authority.

In the case of Noah, God told him to build and ark, and obeying God, Noah built the ark as God instructed him, so that when the flood finally came, he was able to escape. Genesis 7:5-6, “Noah did according unto all that the Lord commanded him. And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth.”

The flood came and many that were not prepared were caught by surprise, and I can only imagine, and this is something we never thought of before. “What happened to the rest of Noah’s family, the young babies recently born, and the pregnant women in that day, and what was it like for Noah knowing death was all around him?

There is no doubt, and according to the report and the experience of Noah, he was saddened when he saw all those dead bodies floating around in the raging seas, his family being swept away by the receding water that moves swiftly across the earth and out into the seas.

We know Noah saw the dead bodies of both men and beast, and the water covering the whole earth because he had described it clearly in his words found on the pages of Genesis 7:17-23, “The flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lifted up above the earth. And the waters prevailed and were increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters. And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered.

Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered. And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth, and every man: All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died. And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth:”

And although we have this record of what took place in the past, something real men experienced, the account of their lives, why are we today in doubt this was the way in which it happened? We are in doubt because we do not believe these stories are the account of real people, but if we were to look at the evidence around us, we will find these things are true.

But because of religion, and turning the bible into a book of religious dos and don’ts and some kind of spiritual experience, we disconnect God from this current world, his creation, and over spiritualize everything without realizing, we are a living experience in this world, and are the children of those before us.

There is no doubt, there is a God, and we know it is true based on what Adam told us, and there was a great flood that destroyed the earth because Noah told us, and so did his sons Shem, Ham, and Japhet. God did indeed send a flood; and being prepared, Noah and his family survived, and as we come to chapters eight, we have additional information on the length of time Noah and his family was in the ark and how fast the water receded off the earth because it is the story of real people.

Genesis 8:1-22 And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters asswaged; the fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained; And the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated. And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat. And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month: in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, were the tops of the mountains seen.

This is not to say, we are to worship the sun and the moon as men do, or the earth as some men do, but if we are to see God as our ancient fathers did, we must understand, creation and the constant caring of the world are the works of God. He created earth to be inhabited, and when he created the world, he set it in motion and by its design the world functions as it is designed to function. Now, we may not see the hands of God as we do men hands, but the constant function and motion of the earth are the creation of God, and so we can see God at work because the things he created are in motion without failure, but for men whom he gave rule over the earth.

So, as we read the account of Noah, let us understand these stories are the experience of real men, this is their account of the truth. “And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made: And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth. Also, he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground; but the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth: then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark.

And he stayed yet other seven days; and again, he sent forth the dove out of the ark; and the dove came into him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf plucked off: so, Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth. And he stayed yet other seven days; and sent forth the dove; which returned not again unto him anymore.

This was the experience of Noah, and the lenght of days he remained in the ark on account of the flood waters that was upon the earth, and if we are careful to take note, we will see the water rushed off the earth quickly leaving the scars we see upon the face of the whole earth today. Simply telling us how long he stayed in the ark, and how many days it took the waters to rush off the face of the earth is the account of Noah, and our measurement on how quickly the water rushed off the earth helping us understand the surface of the earth was completly changed when Noah stepped from the ark.

And it came to pass in the six hundredth and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from off the earth: and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and behold, the face of the ground was dry. And in the second month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, was the earth dried.” And from this information, we can now tell the earth was under water for a year, and twenty days. That was how long Noah and his family was in the ark according to the report, which then tell us, it took two hundred and ninty six days, or ten and a half months for the water to rushed off the earth.

And God spoke unto Noah, saying, Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons’ wives with thee. Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, of all flesh, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth; that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth. And Noah went forth, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him: Every beast, every creeping thing, and every fowl, and whatsoever creeps upon the earth, after their kinds, went forth out of the ark.

And Noah built an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And the LORD smelled a sweet savor; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more everything living, as I have done. While the earth remained, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

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