Genesis 7 (ESV)
Then the Lord said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and all your household, for I have seen that you are righteous before me in this generation. 2 Take with you seven pairs of all clean animals, the male and his mate, and a pair of the animals that are not clean, the male and his mate, 3 and seven pairs of the birds of the heavens also, male and female, to keep their offspring alive on the face of all the earth. 4 For in seven days I will send rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and every living thing that I have made I will blot out from the face of the ground.”5 And Noah did all that the Lord had commanded him. 6 Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters came upon the earth.7 And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him went into the ark to escape the waters of the flood. 8 Of clean animals, and of animals that are not clean, and of birds, and of everything that creeps on the ground, 9 two and two, male and female, went into the ark with Noah, as God had commanded Noah. 10 And after seven days the waters of the flood came upon the earth . . . Continue Reading
What a story of God’s provision and favor in the midst of devastation for Noah and his family. Not only that, but what a glimpse into the character of God sovereignty on display for all generations to see!
As I consider the events leading up to and surrounding the Flood and the carnage that followed, I began to focus on all that had died.
Genesis 7:21-23 says, “And all flesh died that moved on the earth, birds, livestock, beasts, all swarming creatures that swarm on the earth, and all mankind. 22 Everything on the dry land in whose nostrils was the breath of life died. 23 He blotted out every living thing that was on the face of the ground, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens. They were blotted out from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those who were with him in the ark.”
So what died in the Flood?
* All the flesh that moved on the earth.
* Swarming creatures
* Everything on dry land in whose nostrils was the breath of life
* Every living thing that was on the face of the ground
What’s missing? Sea creatures!
Of course, Noah couldn’t gather sea creatures onto the ark. Plus, they’re already in the water anyway. While I’m sure many died, some had to survive.
In looking back at the Creation account in Genesis 1:21, it says on the fifth day, “God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.” Genesis 1:24 says on the sixth day, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds—livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.” And it was so.”
Sea creatures are mentioned separately in the creation account and are not in the list of all that died in the Flood.
What else comes to mind is Jesus’ miracles of first feeding 5,000 then 4,000 with what? Bread and fish.
Thank you for reading my Daily Bible Journal!
Reading, reflecting and writing from the Bible has so radically impacted my life in Christ, it’s as if I’ve been on auto-pilot when reading the Bible in the past. There’s something about “sitting with the text” and through prayerful reflection, sharing what comes to mind. Because I’m posting online for others to read, I consider my words carefully and try to be clear and accurate.
This daily process enhances my understanding of God’s Word and embeds it into my conscience. It literally gets “hidden in my heart!”
I hope this encourages others to be in God’s Word every day.
For God’s Glory,