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Outline Genesis Chapter 7

  1. Noah and his family enter the ark. 1
  2. God instructs Noah about how many animals to bring into the ark. 2,3
  3. God gives a time limit before He brings the rain. 4
  4. Noah obeys and was 600 years old when the flood began. 5,6
  5. Noah, his family and animals obey God and the flood begins. 7-10
  6. A specific time given for the start of the flood and how the waters would be brought forth. 11,12
  7. Noah and family with the animals are in the ark and God shuts the door.13-16
  8. Forty days it rains and the depths are broken up and the ark begins to float. 17,18
  9. The waters cover the whole earth by a depth of at least 20 feet and every breathing creature died except Noah. 19-23
  10. The waters remain upon the earth for 150 days. 24


Questions from Genesis Chapter 7

  1. How did Noah know what was clean and unclean? Answer – There are many scriptures that would help us to know what the clean and unclean animals are but that knowledge came when Moses received the Law. I believe the scriptures don’t tell us exactly how Noah knew which must mean he could only know from direct revelation from God. God in Gen. 1:31 said at the end of the sixth day that all His creation was very good. Noah must have been told what animals were clean and which were unclean and subsequently which to take by sevens and which only two by two. The sevens were later to be sacrificed on the altar. Only clean animals were sacrificed.
  2. Why did God choose forty days for the rains to fall? Answer – This seems to be the first reference to the number forty as a type of some significance. The number forty is used dozens of times to follow throughout the Bible and usually refers to a time of testing or judgment. Jesus was tempted 40 days and fasted forty days. The nation of Israel wandered for 40 years before going into the Promised Land. Moses was with God 40 days and Goliath presented himself for 40 days to the Jews. David reigned 40 years and others but that would have some other significance. Forty stripes was punishment and pregnancy is 40 weeks, hmmmm! The number does have other meanings but it seems in Genesis 7 it refers to a judgment or testing of some kind.
  3. How long did Noah take to build the ark?  Answer - Well we can’t be absolutely sure except that it was not longer than 120 years. God said Genesis 6:3 And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. For example, Noah was 500 years old when Japheth, the first of his sons, was born Genesis 5:32. And yet, Noah’s second son, Shem, had his first son two years after the Flood, when he was 100 Genesis 11:10. This means that Shem was 98 years old when the Flood came and it also means that Shem was born when Noah was 502 years old. So, for Noah to begin having children at 500 means that Japheth was indeed the older brother, as per Genesis 10:21, being born when Noah was 500. Ham is mentioned as the youngest of Noah Genesis 9:24. When God finally gave Noah instructions to build the Ark, it was not at the beginning of the 120 year countdown. God told Noah that he, his wife, and his three sons and their wives Genesis 6:14–18 would go aboard the Ark at this same time. Figuring that Shem was born 98 years before the Flood, it could be no more than this. But even more so, Ham hadn’t been born yet! If we were to assume the same time between Ham and Shem as between Japheth and Shem, then Ham could have been born around 96 years before the Flood. Although the Bible is silent on the exact timing, it is reasonable to assume that some time elapsed for the three sons to grow up and find a wife. How long in building the ark, well how about 50 to 75 years.
  4. What are the fountains of the deep? Answer – These fountains were the waters there from creation of which God made. When God brought forth the land out of the waters on the third day of creation possibly many huge underground water caverns were formed. When God brought the flood there could have been the release of all this subterranean water through cracks in the earth meaning the water was forced up under incredible pressure. These water fountains in conjunction with the windows of heaven opening and rain falling for forty days and nights could easily have deluged the earth and overwhelmed the dry land in conjunction with the seas already there. Even today with have huge rivers of water flowing under the earth from which we drill wells into for drinking water.
  5. Why does God shut the door of the ark and not Noah? Answer – God is the Judge of all the earth and not man.  God decides what, when, and where man meets death. The Lord knew exactly when to shut the door because in His Sovereign will He knows all things including the hearts of all men. No one who wanted to get on the ark was left in the flood. Genesis 18:25 That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?

Mark 16:15 "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature."

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