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Genesis 7

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GENESIS 7:21-24

"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: All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died. And every living subtance 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 Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark. And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days."

In verse one God tells Noah He has seen righteousness in this generation. Evidently, Noah and his family are the only righteous people on the whole face of the earth at this time. Some say it was unjust of God to kill all humans at this time because they had not had a chance to be saved...but they DID have a chance. They had the witness of nature (Rom. 1:19,20) and the witness of their own conscience (Rom.2:14,15). They had the knowledge of sacrifice (Gen.4:4) and the ministry of the Holy Spirit (Gen.6:3). And if that wasn't enough, they had the preaching of first Enoch and then of Noah.

"And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him." (Jude 1:15) "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." (2 Pet. 2:5)

Was the flood just local or did it really cover the whole earth? All through chapter 7 we see the words "the waters were upon the earth". Then look at verse 19: "And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills that were under the whole heaven were covered." And verse 21: "And all flesh died that moved upon the earth." If the flood was only local then why did God tell Noah He would never again destroy the earth with water!

Noah was now 600 years old. He and his wife had three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth and they were all married. Only these 8 people, 2 each of all animals and 7 of all clean animals were saved. After all were safely inside the ark, GOD shut them in! They were in the ark for 7 days before it actually started to rain. I imagine there was a lot of speculation among them during this time. After the rain began, it rained for 40 days before stopping. The water then stayed on the earth a total of 150 days before it started to recede.




WHAT DO YOU THINK?

1) Did the flood cover the whole earth?

2) Did the people who died in the flood have a chance to be saved?

3) Did Noah and his family doubt God when it didn't rain for the first 7 days?

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