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Build It and They Will Come
07/27/2014
Scripture: Genesis 6:17-22; Psalms 29:10; Genesis 7...
Track 11 of in the series
Running time: 59 minutes, 30 seconds.
I did some checking and in the Bible there are 33 times where the mentioning of a flood occurs. This is important to combat the critics that the flood was most likely a local flood that was beyond what man had ever seen. But the writer of this section in scriptures (believed to be Noah) is very careful to communicate what really happened. Genesis 6:17 is a very important verse when it comes to the great flood of Noah.



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Mike Nobis Speaker: Mike Nobis
Sunday School Teacher, Former Elder at Madison Park Christian Church. Mike is President of JK Creative Printers & Mailing in Quincy, IL. He is married to Pam and has three children, Tom, Tyler and Jennifer. Mike has three grandchildren: Ryne, Ivy and Alicia.

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Build It and They Will Come

I did some checking and in the Bible there are 33 times where the mentioning of a flood occurs. This is important to combat the critics that the flood was most likely a local flood that was beyond what man had ever seen. But the writer of this section in scriptures (believed to be Noah) is very careful to communicate what really happened. Genesis 6:17 is a very important verse when it comes to the great flood of Noah.

Genesis 6:17 (NIV) I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish.

For the first time God tells Noah what form of destruction God was going to use. Noah might have been able to figure out what was up with the instructions to build the Ark but here God specifically says what is going to happen. But what I want to focus on the word “floodwaters”. Only two times in the Bible does the Hebrew word used here appear; here in verse 17 and also in Psalms 29:10 2A: (Mabbul). There are other references to floods in the Bible but never the “Mabbul”. It is intended to distinguish the “Mabbul” from all other floods. There was no other flood like this one ever to appear again in scripture or history.

In the New Testament, when the references are used of Noah’s flood, the Greek word
“kataklusmos” is used and not the ordinary Greek word for flood. It is evident that the writers in scripture intentionally emphasize Noah’s flood as something that is much different than the normal cause for flooding.

BUT, verse 18 is the solution to the disaster that is about to fall upon mankind. It is the first time the concept of covenant is used in scripture.

Genesis 6:18 (NIV) But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the Ark--you and your sons and your wife and your sons' wives with you.

I have taught many times what a covenant is; it is the only relationship God uses when dealing with man. A covenant is an agreement between two parties as they work to advance the best interest of the OTHER party. Each covenant with God included two parts

Promises: What God promises to do to advance the best interest of the person(s) He enters into a covenant with…Noah.
Terms: What man promises to do to advance God’s best interest.

Genesis 6:19-22 (NIV) You are to bring into the Ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you. Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive. You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them." Noah did everything just as God commanded him.

Explain to me how the best interest of each party here is advanced by this flood and building the Ark?

Here is something to think about, God instructed Noah to keep alive two of every kind of animal. Scientific authorities on biological taxonomy estimate that there are less than 18,000 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians living in the world today. This number might be doubled to allow for known extinct land animals found from actual fossil records. Allowing for two of each species, there might be a total of 72,000 animals on the Ark…say 75,000 to allow for the extra 5 animals in each “clean” species which we will get to hear in a moment.

Size of the Ark: 1.54 million cubic feet. To put this in perspective, this is the equivalent volume of 522 standard American railroad stock cars, each of which can hold 240 sheep. The Ark had enough capacity to hold 125,000 sheep. Scientist stipulate that the average size of animals roaming the earth today is smaller than the size of a sheep. It is obvious that no more than 60% of the Ark would have been used for the animals.

Now, there are a few larger animals that are much larger than sheep like elephants, dinosaurs, giraffes, etc. but many more much smaller than sheep. Even the much larger animals were represented by young (smaller) individuals since they had to spend a year on the Ark without reproducing before leaving the Ark. In addition to the animals, there had to be enough food to sustain all the animals. Knowing this, the Ark was definitely large enough to handle all the animals and the needed cargo for one year.

How does a person begin to plan to capture all the needed animals and still have time to build such a large ship? Did Noah have help finding the animals? will come to you to be kept alive.

Noah did everything just as God commanded him. Here in a nutshell is the bibles statement that Noah agreed with the covenant and fulfilled his part of the deal. The result was receiving the promise of God… his salvation from destruction.

How is the covenant between God and Noah similar to the New Covenant today?

Hebrews 11:7 (NIV) By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.

When praying to God for help or presenting your needs before Him, how long will you wait before asking God again to help you handle your prayer request if it hasn’t come about?

Genesis 7:1 (NIV) The LORD then said to Noah, "Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation.

From Genesis 6:22 to Genesis 7:1, there is a 120 year span of time. We don’t see or read God speaking to Noah until it was time for him and his family to enter the Ark. We know from the Apostle Peter that during this time of building, Noah was also out preaching righteousness. I believe that grace was still available to mankind to change his ways and turn back to God or why else would Noah be out trying to convince people to save themselves from the coming destruction. But God already knew the final outcome and planned accordingly.

Genesis 7:2-4 (NIV) Take with you seven pairs of every kind of clean animal, a male and its mate, and two pairs of every kind of unclean animal, a male and its mate, and also seven pairs of every kind of bird, male and female, to keep their various kinds alive throughout the earth. 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."

Here is where many Christians and almost all non-believers go wrong in understanding what animals survived the flood and how many. Did you notice that there were 7 pairs (14 individuals) of clean animals and 2 pairs of unclean animals? Birds were also included in with the clean animals. The designation between clean and unclean animals doesn’t happen until later (Lev. 11). Most scholars believe that Noah had to use his judgment.

Why have two classes of animals and why almost 2½ times more clean than unclean? Were the unclean animals less important or was there something wrong with them?

Apparently no creeping things were included with the clean. It seems likely that the clean animals were those more suitable for domestication and a form of fellowship with man and more importantly, suitable for sacrificial offerings and atonement for man.

Genesis 8:20 (NIV) Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it.

Do we have rules today from God about clean and unclean animals? Are there foods that God prefer we not eat or mess around with? Are there foods we shouldn’t eat on certain days? If yes, then what are they and what are the rules? If no, then why not?

Acts 10:9-15 (NIV) About noon the following day as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray. He became hungry and wanted something to eat, and while the meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance. He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners. It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles of the earth and birds of the air. Then a voice told him, "Get up, Peter. Kill and eat." "Surely not, Lord!" Peter replied. "I have never eaten anything impure or unclean." The voice spoke to him a second time, "Do not call anything impure that God has made clean."

Three times God told Peter to eat and three times Peter refused. What was the point? Why don’t we have the separation between clean and unclean foods? Originally clean foods were eligible for sacrifices. Today we no longer need to make sacrifices for atonement of our sins because Jesus was the perfect sacrifice for all sins. But also, in order to reach out to the Gentiles, all barriers need to come down so the Gospel (through relationships) could be presented.

How are you with deadlines? Do you like to be surprised or eased into situations when things have to be completed?

Genesis 7:4-5 (NIV) 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." And Noah did all that the LORD commanded him.

We have to realize that a worldwide flood under our present atmospheric conditions would be impossible to accomplish in 4o days and nights. There is just not enough moisture to naturally accomplish the task. However, in Noah’s days our present condition didn’t exist. The world was covered with a hydrosphere that God would release on the earth. The source for the flood was the very element that sustained the perfect conditions for life on earth.

The phrase used in this passage “every living creature” is translated in the Hebrew, “all existence” or “all that grows up”. Not only will all the living creatures die, but also all the plant life as well. The earth will be made barren of vegetation and either be buried becoming what we see today as our coal beds or just decay and go back to dust.

What do you think happened to all the dead bodies of people, animals and other living things? Do we have evidence of their destruction found in the fossil records?