Sunday, February 28, 2021

God’s Timeline – Part 15 The Flood


God’s Timeline – Part 15

The Flood

Pastor Bruce A. Shields

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Noah's Ark - The Flood - Genesis - House of Faith Church


  Creation Week

-         Adam, Eve, and the Fall

-         Cain and Abel

-         Evil Fills the World

-         Noah Did All God Commanded Him

-         NOW: The Flood


We read last week that God found favor in Noah, and instructed him on His plans to destroy the world and everything in it. God instructed Noah to build an ark to God’s specifications and he, along with his wife and sons and their wives, would be spared to repopulate the world.


How much time passed between Genesis 6 when God tell Noah to build the ark and Genesis 7 when the flood comes?


Some believe the mention of limiting man to 120 years was a countdown to the flood, however, looking at the verses, and mention of how old the sons were when their kids (Noah’s grandchildren) were born, along with some other ages mentioned, it would not fit.


120 was God limiting the life span of man for those born after the flood.


Looking at verses like Genesis 5:32; 10:21; 11:10; 9:24; 7:13; 6:18, it is more likely that the time it took to build the ark was closer to 55-75 years, though we are not told an exact number in scripture. According to what we do know, it could not be more than 75 though.




Genesis 7

“The Lord then said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation. 2 Take with you seven pairs of every kind of clean animal, a male and its mate, and one pair of every kind of unclean animal, a male and its mate, 3 and also seven pairs of every kind of bird, male and female, to keep their various kinds alive throughout the earth. 4 Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and I will wipe from the face of the earth every living creature I have made.”


5 And Noah did all that the Lord commanded him.


6 Noah was six hundred years old when the floodwaters came on the earth. 7 And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives entered the ark to escape the waters of the flood. 8 Pairs of clean and unclean animals, of birds and of all creatures that move along the ground, 9 male and female, came to Noah and entered the ark, as God had commanded Noah. 10 And after the seven days the floodwaters came on the earth.


11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the seventeenth day of the second month—on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. 12 And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights.


13 On that very day Noah and his sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, together with his wife and the wives of his three sons, entered the ark. 14 They had with them every wild animal according to its kind, all livestock according to their kinds, every creature that moves along the ground according to its kind and every bird according to its kind, everything with wings. 15 Pairs of all creatures that have the breath of life in them came to Noah and entered the ark. 16 The animals going in were male and female of every living thing, as God had commanded Noah. Then the Lord shut him in.


17 For forty days the flood kept coming on the earth, and as the waters increased they lifted the ark high above the earth. 18 The waters rose and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water. 19 They rose greatly on the earth, and all the high mountains under the entire heavens were covered. 20 The waters rose and covered the mountains to a depth of more than fifteen cubits. 21 Every living thing that moved on land perished—birds, livestock, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all mankind. 22 Everything on dry land that had the breath of life in its nostrils died. 23 Every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out; people and animals and the creatures that move along the ground and the birds were wiped from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark.


24 The waters flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days.”



a.      Genesis 7:1

                                     i.      The Lord then said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation…”


b.     More than “two of every kind” entered the ark

                                     i.      7 – pairs of every “clean animal”

1.      How did they know what was clean or unclean? There are no verses in scripture telling us?


2.      This is what I mentioned early on, after Genesis 3 and the fall, I believe God instilled the “sacrifice” and instructed Adam and Eve all about it, and animals and the new rules of life in a fallen world.


3.      We see God trying to correct Cain when he was not observing the offering instructions, though the scripture never tell us what those instructions were.


4.      So, after the fall, I believe the Lord instructed Adam and Eve and taught them about how they were to live righteously from that point on with the sacrificial covering for their sin.


5.      They, in turn, taught it to the next generation, and so on.


6.      1,600 years later, every knows what is clean and unclean, and that sacrifices are to be made to the Lord for a covering of sin.


7.      So why clean animals? So, they could still perform sacrifices after the flood without killing off the only animals saved from the flood!


                                  ii.      1 – pair of every “unclean animal”

1.      Why save “unclean” animals? Because they still serve a purpose on earth and the eco system and are needed, or God would not have created them. They just were called unclean because God had set them aside to teach the Israelites about the gentiles centuries from now.


                               iii.      7 – pairs of every bird



c.      God fills Noah in on what is about to happen

                                     i.      Why is God telling Noah again?

1.      Perhaps because of the time that passed since instructing Noah to build the Ark?


2.      Maybe because by God speaking this it is putting something into motion we do not understand?


3.      Maybe to encourage Noah that even though time has passed, he would still be saved? Sometimes we humans need reassurance.


4.      Whatever the reason, we read Noah did as God commanded him.



d.     The creatures came to Noah

                                     i.      We see in the scriptures that pairs of all the creatures CAME TO NOAH and entered the Ark.

1.      “Pairs” meaning within all the creatures coming to the Ark, they had a mate.


                                  ii.      Noah was 600 when the flood waters came


                               iii.      On the 17th day of the second month (Lyar or April/May)


                                iv.      They HID in the Ark with the livestock




a.      In the beginning it was already here

                                     i.      Genesis 1:1-2 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.”


                                  ii.      Remember, the earth was a giant planet od water to begin with


                               iii.      In the beginning, all there was, was water


b.     God separated the waters and created a perfect greenhouse planet

                                     i.      God did this on the second day



                                  ii.      Genesis 1:6-8 “And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” 7 So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so. 8 God called the vault “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.”


                               iii.      Vault is the Hebrew word for support as well as expanses


                                iv.      This vault (support/expanse) was called sky


                                   v.      It separates the “water under the vault from the water above it”


                                vi.      A layer of water around the earth, with the magnetic north lined up with the axis at the time, created the perfect greenhouse weather with no need for seasons.


                             vii.      Like in the ‘70s fad of creating a closed-system terrarium. Everything necessary for everything to live and grow was self-contained in the perfect eco system.


                           viii.      So how did the waters come crashing down?



c.      God may have hit the earth with a meteor to bring the waters down

                                  i.      I believe we were hit by a meteor

1.      Earth’s axis and magnetic north are no longer aligned

2.      Science has proven the earth is “wobbling” from an extreme impact in our past

3.      Verdefort Dome in South Africa is an impact site that is 120 square miles big

4.      A meteor this size could easily bring down the water layer covering the earth


                               ii.      This is all conjecture though, we are not told in scripture “how”


                            iii.      God may have started the process of the waters falling when he spoke to Noah


                             iv.      All these giant meteor impacts may have came later to help clear the waters and reshape the earth as scripture states happened after the flood


                                v.      Some say the flood was a local flood, not global


                             vi.      One problem with that theory, it makes God and His Word out to be liars





a.      The entire earth and mountains were covered, global not local flood

                                  i.      We see that scripture makes clear the entire earth was covered


                               ii.      Even the mountains were 23 feet under water


                            iii.      Boats would have filled with water and sank, high ground was 23 feel under water, there was no where to hide from the waters, you could not “wade,” or “doggie paddle” for the 40 days of rain, or the 150 days of flood after.


                             iv.      Even if you were the greatest swimmer that ever lives, you could never survive 190 days without food.



b.     Everything that moved on the land perished

                                  i.      Not most, not some, ALL things that moved on the land perished


                               ii.      Birds, livestock, wild animals, creatures that swarm, insects, everything that had breath, died


c.      Only Noah and those in the Ark survived




Matthew 24:37-39

“37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.


38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,


39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”




Next week we will read about God’s Covenant with Noah (Genesis 9)




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