Genesis Chapter 7
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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.
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.
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.
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Matthew Henry's Genesis Chapter 7 Bible commentary...
Noah, and his family and the living creatures, enter the ark, and the flood begins. (1-12) Noah shut in the ark. (13-16) The increase of the flood for forty days. (17-20) All flesh is destroyed by the flood. (21-24)1-12 The call to Noah is very kind, like that of a tender father to his children to come in-doors when he sees night or a storm coming. Noah did not go into the ark till God bade him, though he knew it was to be his place of refuge. It is very comfortable to see God going before us in every step we take. Noah had taken a great deal of pains to build the ark, and now he was himself kept alive in it. What we do in obedience to the command of God, and in faith, we ourselves shall certainly have the comfort of, first or last. This call to Noah reminds us of the call the gospel gives to poor sinners. Christ is an ark, in whom alone we can be safe, when death and judgment approach. The word says, "Come;" ministers say, "Come;" the Spirit says, "Come, come into the Ark." Noah was accounted righteous, not for his own righteousness, but as an heir of the righteousness which is by faith, #Heb 11:7|. He believed the revelation of a saviour, and sought and expected salvation through Him alone. Thus was he justified by faith, and received that Spirit whose fruit is in all goodness; but if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. After the hundred and twenty years, God granted seven days' longer space for repentance. But these seven days were trifled away, like all the rest. It shall be but seven days. They had only one week more, one sabbath more to improve, and to consider the things that belonged to their peace. But it is common for those who have been careless of their souls during the years of their health, when they have looked upon death at a distance, to be as careless during the days, the few days of their sickness, when they see death approaching; their hearts being hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. As Noah prepared the ark by faith in the warning given that the flood would come, so he went into it, by faith in this warning that it would come quickly. And on the day Noah was securely fixed in the ark, the fountains of the great deep were broken up. The earth had within it those waters, which, at God's command, sprang up and flooded it; and thus our bodies have in themselves those humours, which, when God pleases, become the seeds and springs of mortal diseases. The windows of heaven were opened, and the waters which were above the firmament, that is, in the air, were poured out upon the earth. The rain comes down in drops; but such rains fell then, as were never known before or since. It rained without stop or abatement, forty days and forty nights, upon the whole earth at once. As there was a peculiar exercise of the almighty power of God in causing the flood, it is vain and presumptuous to attempt explaining the method of it, by human wisdom.
13-16 The ravenous creatures were made mild and manageable; yet, when this occasion was over, they were of the same kind as before; for the ark did not alter their natures. Hypocrites in the church, who outwardly conform to the laws of that ark, are yet unchanged; and it will appear, one time or other, what kind they are after. God continued his care of Noah. God shut the door, to secure him and keep him safe in the ark; also to keep all others for ever out. In what manner this was done, God has not been pleased to make known. There is much of our gospel duty and privilege to be seen in Noah's safety in the ark. The apostle makes it a type of christian baptism, #1Pe 3:20,21|. Observe then, it is our great duty, in obedience to the gospel call, by a lively faith in Christ, to come into that way of salvation which God has provided for poor sinners. Those that come into the ark, should bring as many as they can with them, by good instructions, by persuasions, and by good examples. There is room enough in Christ for all comers. God put Adam into paradise, but did not shut him in, so he threw himself out; but when God put Noah into the ark, and so when he brings a soul to Christ, the salvation is sure: it is not in our own keeping, but in the Mediator's hand. But the door of mercy will shortly be shut against those that now make light of it. Knock now, and it shall be opened, #Lu 13:25|.
17-20 The flood was increasing forty days. The waters rose so high, that the tops of the highest mountains were overflowed more than twenty feet. There is no place on earth so high as to set men out of the reach of God's judgments. God's hand will find out all his enemies, #Ps 21:8|. When the flood thus increased, Noah's ark was lifted up, and the waters which broke down every thing else, bore up the ark. That which to unbelievers betokens death unto death, to the faithful betokens life unto life.
21-24 All the men, women, and children, that were in the world, excepting those in the ark, died. We may easily imagine what terror seized them. Our Saviour tells us, that till the very day that the flood came, they were eating and drinking, #Lu 17:26,27|; they were deaf and blind to all Divine warnings. In this posture death surprised them. They were convinced of their folly when it was too late. We may suppose they tried all ways and means possible to save themselves, but all in vain. And those that are not found in Christ, the Ark, are certainly undone, undone for ever. Let us pause, and consider this tremendous judgment! Who can stand before the Lord when he is angry? The sin of sinners will be their ruin, first or last, if not repented of. The righteous God knows how to bring ruin upon the world of the ungodly, #2Pe 2:5|. How tremendous will be the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men! Happy they who are part of Christ's family, and safe with him as such; they may look forward without dismay, and rejoice that they shall triumph, when fire shall burn up the earth, and all that therein is. We are apt to suppose some favourable distinctions in our own case or character; but if we neglect, refuse, or abuse the salvation of Christ, we shall, notwithstanding such fancied advantages, be destroyed in the common ruin of an unbelieving world.
Ar's Genesis Chapter 7 comment on 3/23/2014, 4:16pm...
Vs 11 first refers to fountains of the great deeps then to rain which is referred to as the windows of heaven were opened It is obvious that when God saperated the dry land from the water on the third day of creation much water was left under the dry land We can see this in the volcanic eruptions today of which 70 pct is water mostly in the form of steam Also have in min that it had never rained before I believe that the temperature of the earth was the same everywhere then The climatic changes came little by little during the centuries
Davie's Genesis Chapter 7 comment on 3/23/2014, 12:22pm...
the waters of the flood came not only from above but from under the earth also there was a much higher oxygen level then with a great canopy above God brought that down which is why all life grows much smaller now with shorter lifespans also there is found fossils of sea creatures on tops o the highest mountains plus other cool facts that prove the biblical account check out some good creation ministrys out there or u could jus believe the bible as TRUE science confirms the word every time
Andrew's Genesis Chapter 7 comment on 3/23/2014, 4:35am...
if all the ice on the planet melted and all the clouds rained till they were gone from the sky there still would not be enough rise in water on the land to cover more than lowlands so where did all the water come from
Roberta's Genesis Chapter 7 comment on 3/20/2014, 6:50am...
What word is in chapter 7 that not found in the rest of the bible except in Revelation
Joy's Genesis Chapter 7 comment on 3/12/2014, 4:48pm...
One thing i dont understand is if the sea animals also were destroyed in the flood because i didnot read where God told Noah to bring in sea animals also
Solomon gallagher's Genesis Chapter 7 comment on 2/19/2014, 4:13am...
Hey KS Ready good eye examination of the Bible up to Noah and the flood Yes God doesn t command anyone how to behave he gave one rule to Adam and Eve don t eat the firbidden fruit As a result of breaking that commandment all men and woman obtain the knowledge of good and evil We are all born that we live and understand good and evil it is as natural to us as learning how to eat or wanting to protect our children The people in Noah s era knew what was right and what was wrong The flood is such a big part in the Bible because it shows for the first time God delivering absolute justice to all mankind
Neal's Genesis Chapter 7 comment about verse 2 on 2/02/2014, 2:55pm...
Seven pairs of clean animals (14 of a kind) and two of each unclean. Two pairs! That's 4 animals of each kind, not two. No one gets this right. Yet it is written clearly. So what else do we have wrong? Most likely everything we hold as true.
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