Ark Preparation

Gen. 7:1-3:
1 "Then the LORD said to Noah, “Enter the ark, you and all your household, for you alone I have seen to be righteous before Me in this time.
2 “You shall take with you of every clean animal by sevens, a male and his female; and of the animals that are not clean two, a male and his female;
3 also of the birds of the sky, by sevens, male and female, to keep offspring alive on the face of all the earth."

Noah practiced good faith (Heb. 11:7). So God saved him and his house (household). Saving of the house is not unusual in the Bible. Christ said that was so (Acts 16:31). It is interesting that the Hebrew word bo is most often used in the Bible to mean "come". The KJV uses "come" when God tells Noah to "enter" the ark. That is really a comforting way of describing the entering of the ark. The term "come" means that God is going to be there; He is saying to "come with me". Although it does not say so in the Bible, it is assumed the children and wives also followed God. There is no evidence that anyone in the family made any rejection of the ark or entering it for a long period of time. I am sure the whole family helped Noah in the building. Noah was probably wealthy to have been able to finance a big operation as the building of the ark.

We usually think in the general world of two animals of each kind, male and female, being put into the ark. In reality, there were some animals which had to be preserved by taking seven pairs, male and female, onto the ark. The "seven" animals were the so-called "clean" animals. All animals that did not have cloven hoofs and did not chew the cud were considered unclean to God. The Bible clearly covers the "clean" and "unclean" animals (Deut. 14:3-20; Lev. 11)). In Genesis 8 and 9, certain clean animals were sacrificed and eaten. It is apparent that God left the decision (or nudged him with some kind of direction) of "clean" and "unclean" to Noah since it had not Biblically been identified to Noah.

The statement "to keep offspring alive" clearly states that the flood must have been universal (world wide) rather than a local flood. If the animals existed in another place on earth, there would have been no need to say the animals would have to be used to keep the species alive.

Gen. 7:4-5:
4 “For after seven more days, I will send rain on the earth forty days and forty nights; and I will blot out from the face of the land every living thing that I have made.”
5 Noah did according to all that the LORD had commanded him."

God said that in seven days, He would send rain on the earth forty days and forty nights. This would remove all life that was on the earth except those in the ark. Noah did exactly what God commanded. The damage of the earth by water was going to be total destruction. This, of course, would include all the grasses, trees, plants, etc. as well of destroying and reforming the surface of the earth.

Gen. 7:6-9:
6 Now Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of water came upon the earth.
7 Then Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him entered the ark because of the water of the flood.
8 Of clean animals and animals that are not clean and birds and everything that creeps on the ground,
9 there went into the ark to Noah by twos, male and female, as God had commanded Noah."

Now Noah was six hundred years old. Recall in Gen. 5:32 he was 500 years old. This means that he was planning and building the ark for about 100 years. That is quite a faith; isn't it? Also, he was preaching for converts to follow a monotheistic theology: our Lord and God. As God promised, the time had come. Noah and the family entered the ark with all the "clean" and "unclean" animals.

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