Today’s Message Is The Flood Fulfills Retribution & Redemption (Gen. 7-8)

Last week’s message map – recap:  Genesis 6: 1-22 God’s flood negated The Nephilim

  • The Flood Negated The Nephilim, who never quite went away – Israel fought them during the Canaan Conquest & David vs. Goliath, & David’s mighty men killed the rest
  • The sons of God + the Daughters of men =‘d the no good Nephilim.
  • God used Israel to rid the world of the remainder of the giant Nephilim breed.
  • The Ark Is An allegory for The Way God Work in Our Lives – which is the focus of this week’s continuation of genesis …

Walk Thru The Word for Today: Genesis 7: 1 – 7 ESV

Genesis 7: 1-7 1Then 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. 2Take with you seven pairs of all clean animals,a the male and his mate, and a pair of the animals that are not clean, the male and his mate, 3and seven pairsb of the birds of the heavens also, male and female, to keep their offspring alive on the face of all the earth. 4For in seven days I will send rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and every living thingc that I have made I will blot out from the face of the ground.” 5And Noah did all that the LORD had commanded him.

6Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters came upon the earth. 7And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him went into the ark to escape the waters of the flood.

Walk Thru The Word for Today: Genesis 7: 8 – 13 ESV

Genesis 7: 8-13 8Of clean animals, and of animals that are not clean, and of birds, and of everything that creeps on the ground, 9two and two, male and female, went into the ark with Noah, as God had commanded Noah. 10And after seven days the waters of the flood came upon the earth.

11In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were opened. 12And rain fell upon the earth forty days and forty nights. 13On the very same day Noah and his sons, Shem and Ham and

Japheth, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons with them entered the ark,

Genesis 7: 14 – 20 ESV

14they and every beast, according to its kind, and all the livestock according to their kinds, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, according to its kind, and every bird, according to its kind, every winged creature. 15They went into the ark with Noah, two and two of all flesh in which there was the breath of life. 16And those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him. And the LORD shut him in.

17The flood continued forty days on the earth. The waters increased and bore up the ark, and it rose high above the earth. 18The waters prevailed and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the face of the waters. 19And the waters prevailed so mightily on the earth that all the high mountains under the whole heaven were covered. 20The waters prevailed above the mountains, covering them fifteen cubitsd deep.

Genesis 7: 22 – 24 ESV

And all flesh died that moved on the earth, birds, livestock, beasts, all swarming creatures that swarm on the earth, and all mankind. 22Everything on the dry land in whose nostrils was the breath of life died. 23He 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. 24And the waters prevailed on the earth 150 days.

Genesis 8: 1-5 1But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the livestock that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind blow over the earth, and the waters subsided.

2The fountains of the deep and the windows of the heavens were closed, the rain from the heavens was restrained, 3and the waters receded from the earth continually.

At the end of 150 days the waters had abated, 4and in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat.

5And the waters continued to abate until the tenth month; in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains were seen.

Genesis 8: 1-5 1aBut God REMEMBERED (was mindful of) Noah and all the beasts and all the livestock… Click To Tweet

Genesis 8: 6-12 6At the end of forty days Noah opened the window of the ark that he had made 7and sent forth a raven. It went to and fro until the waters were dried up from the earth.

8Then he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters had subsided from the face of the ground. 9But the dove found no place to set her foot, and she returned to him to the ark, for the waters were still on the face of the whole earth. So he put out his hand and took her and brought her into the ark with him.

10He waited another seven days, and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark. 11And the dove came back to him in the evening, and behold, in her mouth was a freshly plucked olive leaf. So Noah knew that the waters had subsided from the earth. 12Then he waited another seven days and sent forth the dove, and she did not return to him anymore.

Genesis 8: 13-19 13In the six hundred and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried from off the earth. And Noah removed the covering of the ark and looked, and behold, the face of the ground was dry.

14In the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth had dried out.

15Then God said to Noah, 16“Go out from the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you. 17Bring out with you every living thing that is with you of all flesh—birds and animals and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth—that they may swarm on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth.”

18So Noah went out, and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him. 19Every beast, every creeping thing, and every bird, everything that moves on the earth, went out by families from the ark.

Genesis 8: 20-22 20Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and took some of every clean animal and some of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar. 21And when the LORD smelled the pleasing aroma, the LORD said in his heart, “I will never again cursea the ground because of man, for the intention of man’s heart is evil from his youth. Neither will I ever again strike down every living creature as I have done. 22While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.”

Message Map:  Genesis 7:1 – 8:22 The Flood Fulfills Retribution & Redemption

  • The fabulous forty’s of Scripture (As well as 1, 2, 7, 10, & 17) God’s response to Rebellion Is Retribution (In this case Rain), & Restoration
  • forty days & nights of rain & fountain bursts = 1) Fulfillment of judgement 2) dramatically changed the face of the earth 3) impacted fossil record so we find fish fossils on mountains and mammal fossils in deep water. bones rot & disintegrate.  Fossils are preserved through catastrophic events
  • Where & When the ark landed
  • Where is the subject of much research
  • When foreshadows Passover & Christ’s resurrection
  • And God remembered Noah & He Remembers Us in our trials too! a) God indeed is a judge, and is not to be trifled with, b) the 3 groups of people the flood impacted those who 1) god protected Through The Trial, 2) Those who perished in the trial, 3) those who pre-flood prophesied and were translated/raptured before the judgement fell.
  • The flood & Our Faithful Witness: a) God re-confirms Man’s Dominion b) institutes capital punishment to safeguard the sanctity of life.

The animals arrived on the ark over 7 days x God tells Noah to get the animals on the ark because in Gen 7: 4-5 4For in seven days I will send rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and every living thingc that I have made I will blot out from the face of the ground.” 5And Noah did all that the LORD had commanded him.

Gen 7:4 teaches us

  1. a) God made every living thing
  2. b) God exercises SOVEREIGNTY over creation
  3. c) God judges unrighteousness and disobedience
  4. d) Like Noah, we must obey God

Gen 7: 15-16 15They went into the ark with Noah, two and two …16… male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him.  And the Lord shut/closed (quarantined) him in.  Do we sense God narrowing our way to separate and quarantine us from sin? If so, let’s respond to His mercy that leads us to repentance.

Shut =’s the door has closed.  The demarcation line has been drawn.  From this point forward

1) The saved are saved, and 2) the lost are lost!

Every day, God shuts the door on people’s lives!

Apparently during those 7 days, God was bringing the choicest pairs of animals to the ark, and Noah and family were situating them in their stalls and containers.

The fabulous forty’s in scripture – 40 is god’s # of fulfillment

The number forty in Scripture is the number of Fulfillment for Testing, Trial, Judgement, Discipline and Destruction. Testing, Trial, Judgement, Discipline and Destruction

  • Gen 7: 4&17 The judgement of rain fell for forty days and nights
  • Nineveh was given 40 days to repent before destruction and they chose repentance.
  • Num 14:34 Israel was disciplined and 40 years in the wilderness
  • Deut 25:1-3 Punishment is administered in forty lashes or strokes
  • Exodus 24:18 & 34: 28 Moses was given the 10 Commandments during a 40 day period of fasting in God’s presence.
  • Ezekiel 29: 9-16 Egypt is judged 40 years.
  • Matthew 4:1-2 Jesus was tempted of the devil and fasted 40 days and nights
  • Both Kings David & Solomon reigned 40 years

Genesis 7: 2-3 Noah is to take  2Take with you seven pairs of all clean  animals, the male and his mate, and … 3and seven pairsb of the birds of the heavens also, male and female, to keep their offspring alive on the face of all the earth.

Clean = they are suitable under the ceremonial law, which reveals Christ is going to be the ultimate sacrificial lamb who takes away the sins of the world.

Christ fulfilled the ceremonial law, making it no longer necessary to practice.  (Thus God allowed the temple to be destroyed in Jerusalem in AD 70.)

The Worst Storm in History delivered BOTH retribution & redemption

In the one instance, God is bringing retribution, while He provides redemption 6. for His elect. GEN 7: the very same day Noah and his sons, and wife and the three wives of his sons entered the ark.

17–20 17The flood continued forty days on the earth. The waters increased and bore up the ark, and it rose high above the earth. 18The waters prevailed and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the face of the waters. 19And the waters prevailed so mightily on the earth that all the high mountains under the whole heaven were covered. 20The waters prevailed above the mountains, covering them fifteen cubitsd deep.

God Remembered Noah

Genesis 8: 1-5 1aBut God REMEMBERED (was mindful of) Noah and all the beasts and all the livestock that were with him in the ark.” … 5And the waters continued to abate until the tenth month; in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains were seen.

Ten is the number of COMPLETION- The Flood is complete in Gen 8:5. One symbolizes unity and primacy, and the oneness of the Godhead.

We need to remember that god remembers us

God remembered Noah – probably because Noah and family were wondering “Did God forget me?” as they had been on the ark a long time.  Some of the ways we feel when a trial has gone on a long time is:

  1. “Boy, this feels great!
  2. “Did God forget me?
  3. “Someone must be the.blame for this, and they are going to get it!”
  4. “What did I do to deserve this treatment? What can I do to make it stop?”

The adventure of the ark:

Being on the ark must have been

  1. A great adventure (at first) followed by sea sickness and thrown about in the terrible storm.
  2. Scary – being in the greatest storm of all time!
  3. Overwhelming caring for the animals.
  4. Left one feeling cool, smooth and winning from being selected to survive

Gen 8:4-5 4and in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark came to rest on the mountains of ARARAT.

THE EXACT LOCATION where The Ark Landed IS THE SUBJECT OF Much RESEARCH

Gen 8:4-5  4and in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark came to rest on the mountains of ARARAT.

THE EXACT LOCATION IS THE SUBJECT OF MUCH RESEARCH

  • JFB – The Ark landed upon the mountains of Ararat—or Armenia, as the word is rendered (2Ki 19:37; Isa 37:38). The mountain which tradition points to as the one on which the ark rested is now called Ara Dagh, the “finger mountain.” Its summit consists of two peaks, the higher of which is 17,750 feet and the other 13,420 above the level of the sea.
  • BARNES – ‘ărārāṭ, “Ararat,” a land forming part of Armenia. It is mentioned in 2 Kings 19:37, and Isaiah 37:38, as the retreat of Adrammelek and Sharezer after the murder of their father; and in Jeremiah 51:27 as a kingdom.
  • Wesley – 8:4 And the ark rested – upon the mountains of Ararat – Or, Armenia, whether it was directed, not by Noah’s prudence, but the wise providence of God.
  • John Calvin – Concerning the name Ararat, I follow the opinion most received. And I do not see why some should deny it to be Armenian the mountains of which are declared, by ancient authors, almost with one consents to be the highest. [277] The Chaldean paraphrase also points out the particular part, which he calls mountains of Cardu, [278] which others call Cardueni. But whether that be true, which Josephus has handed down respecting the fragments of the ark found there in his time; remnants of which, Jerome says, remained to his own age, I leave undecided.
  • Ararat is slightly North of Turkey. Bible says when they left ark, Noah migrated from the east which means he was heading West.
  • The history of archaeology is that people tend to keep looking in the wrong place.

archives of ark sightings

Many historians mention the ark, and the accounts of those who say they saw it.

Flavius Josephus says “…the Armenians call this ‘The Place of Descent’ for the ark being saved in that place, its remains are shown there by the inhabitants to this day.”

Berosus the Chaldean, described the flood, and “It is said there is still some part of this ship in Armenia, at the mountain of the Cordyaeans; and that some people carry off pieces of the bitumen, which they take away, and use chiefly as amulets for the averting of mischiefs.”

Hieronymus the Egyptian historian who wrote the Phoenician Antiquities, and Mnaseas, mentions the flood and ark.

Nicolaus of Damascus, in his ninety-sixth book, says “There is a great mountain in Armenia, over Minyas, called Baris, upon which it is reported that many who fled at the time of the Deluge were saved; and that one who was carried in an ark came on shore upon the top of it; and that the remains of the timber were a great while preserved. This might be the man about whom Moses the legislator of the Jews wrote.”

Many famous expeditions have sought to locate the ark.

  • Marco Polo (1254–1324) explains why it is so difficult to pinpoint the Ark’s location in his book, The Travels of Marco Polo: “In the heart of the Armenian mountain range, the mountain’s peak is shaped like a cube (or cup), on which Noah’s ark is said to have rested, whence it is called the Mountain of Noah’s Ark. It [the mountain] is so broad and long that it takes more than two days to go around it. On the summit the snow lies so deep all the year round that no one can ever climb it; this snow never entirely melts, but new snow is for ever falling on the old, so that the level rises.
  • Sir Walter Raleigh, writing c. 1616, took up several whole chapters of his History of the World, to deduce the term “Mountains of Ararat” originally encompassed all the adjoining and taller ranges of Asia, and that Noah’s Ark could only have landed in the Orient – especially since Armenia is not technically east of the plain of Shinar (or Mesopotamia), but more northwest.
  • In 1829, Dr. Friedrich Parrot, who had made an ascent of Greater Ararat, wrote in his Journey to Ararat that “all the Armenians are firmly persuaded that Noah’s Ark remains
  • To this very day on the top of Ararat, and that, in order to preserve it, no human being is allowed to approach it.”[10]
  • In 1876, James Bryce, historian, statesman, diplomat, explorer, and Professor of Civil Law at Oxford, climbed above the tree line and at the 13,000 feet level (51-55) found a slab of hand-hewn timber, four feet long and five inches thick, which he identified as being from the Ark.[11]
  • In 1883, a Turkish commission surveying Ararat for possible avalanche conditions found part of the ark protruding 20 or 30 feet from the foot of a glacier (56-58).
  • In 1887, on his third attempt to find the ark, Prince Nouri of Bhagdad found it on the higher peaks of Ararat (64-67).

http://www.talkorigins.org/indexcc/CH/CH500.html   Source:  LaHaye, Tim and John Morris, 1976. The Ark on Ararat, Nashville: Thomas Nelson Inc. Morris, John D., 2001. Noah’s Ark remains in the news! Acts & Facts 30(2) (Feb.): 1-3

There have been many sightings of Noah’s ark, including the following:

  • In 1952, Harold Williams recorded a story told by Haji Yearam from his 1916 telling that Yearam helped guide three scientists to the ark in 1856. Upon finding the ark sticking out of a glacier near the summit, the scientists flew into a rage and tried futilely to destroy it. Then they took an oath to keep the discovery a secret and murder anyone who revealed it. About 1918, Williams saw a newspaper article giving a scientist’s deathbed confession, which corroborated Yearam’s story (43-48).
  • In 1908 and again in 1910, a local Armenian, Georgie Hagopian, then just a boy, visited the ark with his uncle. The ark was on the edge of a cliff; its wood was like stone (69-72).
  • In 1916 Six Turkish soldiers climbed Ararat and saw the ark in 1916 (90-92).
  • In 1916, Vladimir Roskovitsky told how he and other Russian aviators sighted the ark, nearly intact, grounded on the shore of a lake on Ararat. An expedition reached the ark about a month later. Photographs and plans were sent to the czar, but the Bolsheviks overthrew the Czar a few days later, and the evidence was lost.
  • Other Russian soldiers have told of hearing of an expedition that discovered Noah’s ark in 1917 (76-87).
  • A monestary at Echmiazin hosts a piece of wood reputedly from the ark (93-97).
  • While lost on Ararat in 1936, Hardwicke Knight found timbers of dark, soft wood (98-101).
  • Donald Liedmann met a Russian Air Force major in 1938 and 1943 who showed him pictures of the ark. It was mostly buried in a glacier. The photographs have never been released (109-112).
  • Two American pilots saw the ark several times and once brought a photographer along. The photograph appeared in the Tunisian edition of Stars and Stripes in 1943. Many people remembered the article, but no copies remain (102-107).
  • In 1948, a Kurdish farmer named Resit reported finding the prow of the ark about 2/3rds the way up Ararat, protruding from ice. The wood was black and too hard for him to cut off a piece (115-116).
  • A 1949 satellite photograph of the Western Plateau of Mt. Ararat shows an elongated box-like object which could be Noah’s ark (Morris 2001).
  • In 1955, after two unsuccessful searches, Fernand Navarra found hand-hewn wood in the ice at the 13,750 foot level. He retrieved a small sample of the wood. However, even die-hard arkeologists suspect fraud. In 1969, small pieces of wood were found where Navarra directed people to dig. Again, fraud is suspected (129-134, 158-160).
  • George Green photographed the ark from a helicopter in 1953, but his pictures aroused no serious interest, and they are now lost (135-137).
  • The ERTS satellite photographed Noah’s ark in 1973, but the satellite’s resolution was insufficient (203-206).

Ararat is slightly North of Turkey.  The Bible says when they left ark, Noah moved from the east meaning he was heading West

The history of archaeology is that people tend to keep looking in the wrong place.

when The Ark Landed foretells the resurrection

Gen 8:4-5  4and in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat.

There are 2 Hebrew calendars:

  • Is the Civil calendar that commences with Rosh Hashanah in the month of Tishri in the Fall of each year.
  • Is the Religious calendar, instituted in Exodus 12:2 with the inauguration or commencement of the Passover on the 14th day of Abib. Exodus 13:4 – Today, in the month of Abib, you are going out/leaving/being set free.

In Exodus 12:2 & Exodus 13:4 God will move the start of the Hebrew religious year, and the 14th day of Abib will be the Passover, and 3 days later on the 17th is when christ will come forth from the tomb – which The Flood waters represented.

Thus, The Ark passed through the death of the storm and came forth to land/rest/realize its salvation on resurrection Day!

EXODUS 12: 1-6

1The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, 2This month shall be for you the beginning of months. It shall be the first month of the year for you. 3Tell all the congregation of Israel that on the tenth day of this month every man shall take a lamb according to their fathers’ houses, a lamb for a household. 4And if the household is too small for a lamb, then he and his nearest neighbor shall take according to the number of persons; according to what each can eat you shall make your count for the lamb. 5Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male a year old. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats, 6and you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month, when the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill their lambs at twilight.a

In Mark 14:2 and Matt 26:5, the PARE (Politically Appointed Religious Establishment did not want to arrest Jesus during the Passover, because they were afraid a public scene would cause a riot to occur, as Christ was quite popular with the people.  But Christ compels them to fish or cut bait, by

John 13: 1 1Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.

John 13: 21-30 Jesus grants Judas, whom Satan had entered, to betray Him, and says “What you are going to do, do quickly.” Matt 26:25 and

Mark 14: 10-21 also record how Christ knew and was controlling the timing of His betrayal and arrest to coincide with the Passover.

Genesis 8: 13-19 13In the six hundred and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried from off the earth. … 14In the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth had dried out. 15Then God said to Noah, 16“Go out from the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you. 17Bring out with you every living thing that is with you of all flesh—birds and animals and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth—that they may swarm on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth.” 18So Noah went out, and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him. 19Every beast, every creeping thing, and every bird, everything that moves on the earth, went out by families from the ark.

2nd Month Events:

  • Numbers 1 – A Census of Israel’s Warriors
  • Ezra 3:8 A new Beginning to Rebuilding The Temple
  • Exodus 16 the 2nd month is the beginning of the provision of Manna falling
  • 1 Kings 6:1 Solomon began to build God’s House

 Gen 8: 6-7 The Raven Reflects The Law & Satan

The Matthew Henry says one can consider the raven an allegory for the law which was first sent forth but brought no tidings of relief from judgement which in this case was the waters of God’s wrath, which deluged mankind, yet convinces us, however, that we are sinners in need of salvation – (the waters, the symbol of judgement or purging, have not subsided).  Therefore, in the fullness of time, God sent forth his gospel, as the dove, in the likeness of which the Holy Spirit descended, and this presents us with an olive-branch and brings in a better hope.

A more salient allegory is the raven reflects

Satan, who prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour (Job 2:2 & 1Pet 5:8).

  • The raven is symbolic of the devil roaming to and fro on the earth, as it says in Job 2:2 And the LORD said to Satan, “From where have you come?” Satan answered the LORD and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.”
  • 1Pet 5:8 says be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

 The doves symbolize The holy Spirit & its work in our salvation

The 3 doves or the same dove released 3 times, symbolizes

  • The 1st time the Gospel is presented to us, we know God is there, but we do not have the capacity to take advantage of it. (Consider the 3 times Christ called Peter. See slide notes)
  • The 2nd dove returns with an olive branch symbolizing our acceptance that brings us peace with God (Rom 5: 1 we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ)
  • The 3rd dove does not return, symbolizing it can move forward into God’s plan of discipleship, which involves being fruitful and spreading the Gospel to fill the earth.”

Genesis 8: 20-22 God Covenants with Noah 3 things:

20Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and took some of every clean animal and some of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar. 21And when the LORD smelled (accepted and received) the pleasing aroma, and said…

  • 21“I will never again CURSE the ground because of man, [though he is a sinner from birth Ps. 51] for the intention of man’s heart is evil from his youth.
  • 21Neither will I ever again STRIKE down every living creature as I have done.
  • 22While the earth remains, [the four SEASONS of] seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.
  • Contrary to the lies the cult of sustainability is telling, God says, “man may be a sinner, but he will be blessed with the 4 seasons.

The flood & Our Faithful Witness:

Matthew 10: 28 – 28And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.h 29Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?i And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. 31Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. 32So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, 33but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.

God remembered Noah and our role is to REMIND the world that God remembered Noah, and made a covenant with him that extends to us.

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