Genesis Chapter 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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(5) And Noah did according unto all that the LORD commanded him.
(6) And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth.
(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.
(8) Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth,
(9) There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah.
(10) And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth.
(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.
(12) And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.
(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;
(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.
(15) And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life.
(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.
(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.
(18) And the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters.
(19) And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered.
(20) Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered.
(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:
(22) All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died.
(23) 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 Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.
(24) And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days.
Thought For This Chapter…
The historical account of Noah’s ark and the world-wide flood is well-known by the people of God. As we think about the construction and use of the ark, our attention is drawn to the wondrous miracle God performed when He saved Noah and his family from the devastating flood of judgment that was sent upon the earth.
However, our thoughts should not be limited to the historical account of the ark. Our minds should also look upon the ark as a wonderful picture of Christ, and His work of deliverance, that He performed on behalf of His people.
Stop and think about it. Christ is the ark into which each one of us entered to gain deliverance from wrath of God that was deserved by each one of us in at least three main ways:
- Just as one door led to the ark and the salvation that it gave, so too Christ is the only door to salvation from our sins…
(9) I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
- When the whole world was facing destruction for their sins, God invited Noah and his family to enter into His salvation via the ark. Likewise, as we all face divine wrath against our sins, our Lord calls to each of His people, draws them to Himself, and reveals truths about Him and the gracious salvation He offers to us…
(44) No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
(45) It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.
- Entering into the ark secured physical life for those destined to die, so too, coming to Christ and accepting His work through faith secures eternal spiritual life to those facing never-ending spiritual death…
(31) But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.
Jesus reaffirmed all these truths about Himself when He said…
(6) Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
May we all remember Christ and His work on our behalf when we think upon the miracle of the ark, and then share these truths with the lost world around us!