Genesis 404
Lesson One

 

Gen 7:7  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. 
Gen 7:8  Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth, 
Gen 7:9  There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah. 
Gen 7:10  And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth. 
Gen 7:11  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. 
Gen 7:12  And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights. 
Gen 7:13  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; 
Gen 7:14  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. 
Gen 7:15  And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life. 
Gen 7:16  And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in.

 

In Genesis 6:10, we learn the names of Noah's three sons, Shem, Ham, Japheth.  Scripture records that they, and their wives, and Noah and his wife all went into the ark. This would, unassumingly, make eight people that entered the ark. ( Read again Genesis 7:13 and 1 Peter 3:20).  Further, we are told that a Male and a Female of every creature came into the ark "two and two", both "clean and unclean". Now, we must remember that in Genesis 7:2, God told Noah to take Seven, of each clean animal. This is not a contradiction, God is simply not repeating Himself.  He had already told Noah to take two of everything, and seven of the clean animals, so there was no need to repeat this.

 

Verse Eleven tells us that it took seven days to load up the ark.  Now, lets take a moment to look at the timeline.  Noah was born in 2928 BC,  and was 480 years old when God told him to build the ark.  In Genesis 6:30 God tells us that He is going to give men 120 years to repent.  So, if Noah was 480 years old when God calls him to build the ark, and God is giving them 120 years to repent, it stands to reason that Noah would be 600 years old when the flood finally came upon the earth.  And, this is exactly correct.  In verse eleven, we are told that Noah was 600 years old when the fountains of the deep sprang forth and it started pouring rain.

 

Lets not skip over a very important fact here. Before God even called Noah to build the ark, He knew it would take him 120 years to do so.  He knew how long it would take, and gave man that much time to repent. This not only shows the foreknowledge of God, but His long suffering as well. 2 Peter 3:9 tells us about this long-suffering of God. Take a moment to read this verse.

 

From verse 12 on, we learn that it rained for forty days and nights (40 is the number for judgment in the Bible), and from verse 11 we learn that not only did it rain from the heavens, but also the fountains of the deep were turned loose. Water comes gushing forth from the ground, and rain pours from the heavens. Most Christian Scientist believe that it was at this point that there were great earth quacks, and that mountain ranges were formed.  If you remember from previous lessons we talked about life on earth prior to the flood where there was a canape of water above the earth, and that the earth was watered from the dew of the ground, and that the whole earth was tropical. There were no mountains to cause storm formations, and thus the weather would have been calm year around.  It is not until after the flood we hear of rain and storms.  So, no doubt, the world Noah saw after the flood was not the same as the one before.

 

One last thing here I want to look at.  In verse 17 it states, "and the LORD shut him in".  God shut the door of the ark, and once that happened, they could not get out, and nobody on the outside could get in.  This is not only a picture of our sure salvation, but also a picture that once judgment starts, there is no salvation left for those who knew and refused God's salvation.  In John 10:29 Jesus states that "no man can pluck them (those who trust in Him) out of my fathers hands".  This is a reference to our eternal salvation, and we see this in how God shut the door for Noah and they were safe in the Ark. And then, in 2 Thess. 2:10-12 we learn that in God's coming judgment, once the rapture takes place, those who refused the truth will receive a lie so that they can not ever be saved again.  God is long-suffering, but His patients has an end, and once that end is reached, there is no salvation left for those who knew and rejected Him.
 

Answer the questions below.  If you miss a question, go back and study that portion of the class and then retake the test.  Once you have received a 100% you may proceed to the next class.  You DO NOT have to submit this test for grading.  Only the final test will be submitted.