THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF NOAH AND THE GREAT FLOOD
PART 5: THE RIGHTEOUS WILL BE SAVED
In the name of Jehovah, God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth.
Beloved the Word teaches that God the Father of all of humankind wish that all people of earth be saved. However to be saved one must be righteous. Trust in God and find Peace and Joy. Noah was such a man. We thank God for the story of Noah and the implications it has for us today.
We will resume with our discussion and now bring up Chapter 7.
Genesis 7:1-3. "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."
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."
Noah and his family were saved because of their righteousness. We also can be saved if we trust in the Lord and remain righteous. A powerful related scripture is noted in Proverbs.
Proverbs 11:8. The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked cometh in his stead."
This does not mean that a good man will escape all unpleasant experiences. But they will not be permanent. Wicked cometh denotes that what appeared to be a fatal state of trouble for the righteous will actually be for the wicked.
Also see Matthew 24:38, 37 & 39. Jesus tells about remaining watchful.
"For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the Ark."
None of these things mentioned here are wrong. What was a mistake was that they were adsorbed in their temporal interest and did not pay attention to the preaching of Noah as a preacher of righteousness.
We also see a scripture lesson for this first verse in Genesis 7 in 1 Peter.
1 Peter 3:20 and 19, 21. Verse 19 tells us that some preaching was done to people in the prison house of sin. Verse 20 then tells when it was done, namely in the days of Noah. Reason for the preaching is disobedience.
Also see Genesis 6:18, Job 5:19, Isaiah 26:20, Luke 17:26-27 in verses 20-37 Jesus teaches about the coming kingdom of God. In verses 17:26-27 same meaning as Matthew 24:38. Hebrews 11:17 The Test of Faith.
Clean animals were taken in by 7 pairs and the unclean by one pair. No record as to what constituted clean or unclean. Man was later given flesh to eat. He also would be called upon to make animal sacrifices. It is estimated that almost 45,000 animals could have filled the Ark.
In the Book of Ezekiel we find a related scripture to Genesis 7:2-3.
Ezekiel 44:23. "And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the clean and the unclean."
Holy and profane differ in that profane means something temporal or earthly and not religious. It does not mean necessarily that something is morally wrong. Sons of Aaron failed to distinguish between fire from earthly source on the altar and that who was holy and of God (See Leviticus 9:24).
Meanwhile ministers have the responsibility to teach the difference between the Holy and profane. Congregations should encourage ministers to speak out on moral issues and pray that their personal lives will be motivated by wisdom. Believers should also support preachers who are criticized for telling the Truth.
(Also see Leviticus 11:2-47. Instructions for the people regarding clean and unclean animals.
Deuteronomy 14:3-20. Clean and unclean foods.
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 we all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened."
This verse gives us an exact date when the rain began to fall. For a related scripture we will turn back to Genesis 1:7. In the disposal of water at the creation, part was sent upward. (See Psalms 148:4). The great abundance of water in the time of Noah would not necessarily require the creation of it, but only the suspension of the firmament, letting this water come back to its former place around the earth.
Genesis 7:17-21. "And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the water increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth."
7:18. "And the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters."
Many scientists who do not believe in God or in the story of Noah teach that the Bible does not teach that the water was over the entire earth. However when we look at verse 19 we see that is not so. The water also covered the highest mountain. Because 15 cubits upward means ht the water extended upward from the tops of the highest mountain that distance.
Meanwhile only land animals entered the ark. The living things are only animals. Plant life was not to be destroyed. In Genesis 8:11 the dove came in with an olive leaf. The Ark touched land in the mountains of Ararat, located in present day Turkey near the USSR border. Rested for almost 8 months before Nah and family departed.