Genesis Chapter 6 God Tells Noah to Build an Ark

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Genesis Chapter 6 God Tells Noah to Build an Ark

Gen. 5:31 And all the days of Lamech were seven hundred seventy and seven years: and he died.

Lamech had a son named Noah. Noah and Enoch were the two patriarchs specially commended before the Flood. Cain, Abel, and Enoch were treated in more detail in the lineage, but other than the comment on Noah here in verse 29, the others were given similar, terse statistics only. Lamech died just before the Flood—five years before.

Apparently, some sort of information was transmitted to the family to the effect that in connection with the birth of this particular son, Noah, something remarkable would happen. A prophecy was given: “This same [Noah] shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the LORD hath cursed.” God cursed the ground in regard to Adam, saying that thorns and thistles would grow and man would labor by the sweat of his brow (as opposed to just plucking fruit in the Garden of Eden). From the condition of a

relatively toil-free paradise, Adam and Eve were thrust out of the garden and now had to eke out a living in the unfinished earth. Noah would help in some way, but how?

1. When Noah grew up, he would be a light, a guide, to those who were interested in serving the Lord. He would be able to instruct them and bring them into better harmony with their Creator.

2. The name Noah means “rest,” “comfort,” “ameliorator”; that is, his name suggests peace from one standpoint. For instance, two artists were asked to paint a condition of peace. One drew a beautiful, idyllic scene like a Garden of Eden with a lake having not a ripple, etc. The other drew a tree blowing violently in the wind, but on a branch of that tree was a bird singing cheerfully. The latter is the case here, for conditions surrounding the human race at that time were anything but peaceful. Hence peace with God, tranquility of mind and spirit, is far more important than the hard experiences and disappointments we get in life. Noah pictures Christ.

“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls” (Matt. 11:29). The rest obtained through Noah prefigures the rest we get through Christ even in the present life.

3. From a natural standpoint, the human family was evidently laboring and toiling. The pronoun “us” in verse 29 refers especially to the Seth line, the “righteous” minority in the human family, who were meeting opposition (jeers and other things) in trying to hew a straight line. The prophecy had to do with toil of the hands, and what was Noah’s occupation?

Since he had a vineyard after the Flood, we can conclude that he had one prior to the Flood as well. Hence he was a husbandman with agricultural pursuits. The prophecy indicates that he would have ingenious methods for tilling the soil. Being capable (as well as humble), he probably invented certain types of plows and farm implements that made the work easier than the original primitive methods. Therefore, even from a natural standpoint, Noah was a help to his family in eking out a living from the cursed earth.

Gen. 5:32 And Noah was five hundred years old: and Noah begat Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

“After” (see the Revised Standard and the New International Version) Noah was 500 years old,  he begat Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Japheth was the oldest son, and Ham was the youngest (Gen. 9:24; 10:21). Therefore, since the order according to age and starting with the oldest wasJapheth, Shem and Ham, the listing in verse 32 (and many other places) of Shem, Ham, and Japheth is in the order of importance.

Why did it take Noah so long (500 years) to have children when the list earlier in this chapter shows that some 65 years of age had children? (1) For one thing, we do not know when Noah got married. (2) God, knowing the end from the beginning, overruled the number of years because of the pictures or types that would result with Noah’s being the eighth on the Ark with his three sons and the four wives but no grandchildren. (3) For the 500 years, Noah was a preacher of righteousness. Evidently, he was so zealous and energetic that he did not think of marriage for many years. He was diligently trying to save others from the sinful race (2 Pet. 2:5).

The angels “sometime were disobedient,” and God patiently waited (1 Pet. 3:20). He was “longsuffering,” waiting for the construction of the Ark to save and carry over to the next dispensation the eight individuals deemed worthy. The disobedience of the fallen angels was that they “kept not their first estate” (Jude 6). Therefore, God cast the angels who sinned “down to hell [tartaroo]” (2 Pet. 2:4).

Gen. 6:1 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,

The emphasis in this verse is on the word “multiply.” Men prior to the Flood lived up to 969 years. Hence they had many, many children, both male and female, “sons and daughters” (Gen. 5:4,7,10,13,16,19,22,26,30). Verse 1 brings us up to the days of Noah. In the interim period from Adam’s transgression until the Flood (1,656 years minus the two years until the Fall would equal 1,654 years), there was a multiplication of the human family, so that the area of civilization was now relatively filled. Millions were probably living at this time.

Gen. 6:2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.

The “sons of God” in this context were the disobedient angels, spirit beings. The first dispensation was under subjection to the angels (Heb. 2:5). God permitted the holy angels to try to uplift man, but why? (1) God was testing them and their loyalty to Him. (2) A lasting lesson would thus be given on the contagion of sin, that is, on the exceeding sinfulness of sin and its pollutant effect on others, for instead of helping man, many of the angels became mired in sin themselves. The principle is that “evil communications corrupt good manners [the angels in this case]” (1 Cor. 15:33).

When the angels saw that human females were beautiful, some of them deflected. A human (male or female) is no match for resisting an angel, materialized or not. Thus the fallen angels  took whatever wives they wanted—whether or not the women were already married.

When the archangels and the angels saw the creation of Adam, they sang for joy. There was an anthem of praise somewhat like the song at the birth of Jesus. And when they saw a woman, they were almost equally astonished, for there are no females in heaven. The angels are all males. Looking down on these tiny flesh-and-blood beings, who were different from them but in the same likeness, the angels were fascinated with this new creation. While trillions of planets will eventually be inhabited, Earth is the first place where human beings were created. Jesus came down here to die to redeem man as an everlasting object lesson not only to the human

family but also to the yet-unborn generations to be created on other planets. Human beings on this planet are the beginning of God’s physical creation. Earth is a small, insignificant planet, but it is significant from the standpoint that Jesus came here to die (and will never die again anywhere) and that man was first created here.

The female humans, the “daughters of men,” were beautiful to the angels. If there were spiritual women in heaven, we know that they would be even more beautiful and glorious because an angel who appeared to man was often surrounded by an illumination that knocked the party down. The person had to be strengthened just to hear the angel’s message. Hence if there were women in heaven, they would be every bit as beautiful. The angels observed the male-female relationship, the cohabitation, and the bearing and raising of children as something new and unique. The angels were fascinated with this drama.

The disobedient angels were not just concerned for a sexual act—they lived here, and they liked it here. Because of women, therefore, they left their first estate. Instead of being messengers of God, trying to uplift the human race and help and instruct them, many of the angels became contaminated themselves and preferred to live down here rather than to go back to heaven. Fortunately, the holy angels outnumber the fallen ones, even though the unholy angels are numerous. “They that be with us are more than they that be with them” (2 Kings 6:16,17).

Gen. 6:3 And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.

God was saying, “Man is flesh. The mixture of human and angelic seed into a hybrid race is not of my design. Because man is supposed to be flesh only, and the whole effort thus far of the angels not only has not lifted man up but is causing dreadful conditions and degradation, I am pronouncing a time limit of 120 years. At the end of that time, I will cut short the atrocious sin with divine judgment.” God was “longsuffering” in the days of Noah, but the judgment would come (1 Pet. 3:20). To state the matter another way, there would come a time when God’s spirit would no longer strive with man, and at that time, man’s days would be numbered for 120 years. God’s patience had a time limit, and He gave it a numerical value because several things had to happen.

Noah was 600 years old at the time of the Flood. Hence he was 480 years old when the 120- year time limit was pronounced—and it was prior to his sons being born. Noah had been preaching righteousness all this time, while others were having numbers of children. The earth was beginning to teem with people in the pocket area involved.

To build the Ark in 120 years was a huge project. However, it took 20 years (from age 480 to 500) for Noah to realize he needed help. If he was unmarried, he saw his need for a wife. Certainly he was guided by providence. He knew the evil would not change, for he had preached all those years with no converts except, later, his immediate family. And he was a powerful preacher. That is how corrupt society was back there!

Gen. 6:4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.

The “giants” were the nephilim. The term nephilim also has the thought of “strong ones” or “heroes.” The double connotation is based on the time period that was involved. Just as some of our words have changed in meaning over the years, so did the word nephilim. Today we define it as “fallen ones.”

“The sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them.” The children became “mighty men which were of old, men of renown.” Nephilim include the children as well as the fallen angels, but there was a big difference between them. The angels that materialized were spirit beings, whereas their hybrid offspring, as a fixed product, were more closely identified with the earth. Since the hybrid children were physical beings, they could not dematerialize and thus were stuck here.

As mighty men of renown, the hybrid children were superior to normal humans both physically and mentally, but not morally. The mythology of various nations goes back to a period when the heroes (and villains) were called gods, titans, and demigods. These fables are distortions of partial truths of the supernatural beings who existed before the Flood.

As recorded in Numbers 13:32,33, when the 12 spies were sent to search out the land, ten of them came back with a fearful report of nephilim, “men of a great stature,” “giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants”; and they advised the Israelites not to go in and possess the land. Their report proves that the word nephilim was still part of the people’s vocabulary in Moses’ day.

The statement “There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that” has implications even after the Flood. None of the hybrid offspring survived the Flood, but one of the wives of Noah’s sons could have carried the contamination on her genes.

The nephilim were not only fallen, but they were gibborim (big in size and strong) and heroes (originally). The mythology gods and demigods were heroes who were given names. In the Bible, named giants after the Flood were Og and Goliath (Num. 21:33,34; 1 Sam. 17:4-7).

Amalek also has a suspicious history, and there were the Rephaim and the children of Anak (Gen. 15:20; Exod. 17:8-14; Num. 13:33). Hence the Bible contains vague references to the nephilim even after the Flood. Apparently, a genetic follow-through appeared after the Flood, but in God’s providence, those individuals were eliminated. At least one of Noah’s daughter-inlaws would thus have had angelic contamination in her genes.

Gen. 6:5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Verse 5 is no exaggeration, and it should be read with emphasis: “The wickedness of man was great, … and every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” Meantime, while this condition existed, Noah was preaching righteousness.

Matthew 24:37-39 reads: “But as the days of Noe [Noah] were, so shall also the coming [presence] of the Son of man be. 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, And knew not until the [day the] flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming [presence] of the Son of man be” (compare Luke 17:26,27). The emphasis in the Gospels is on the people’s unawareness and also on the suddenness of the coming catastrophe. A period of time (“days”) is contrasted with the suddenness of the event (“the day”). The “days of Noah” alluded to are described in Genesis 6:5, when men’s thoughts were of evil continually. In the meantime, Noah was preaching righteousness and warning about a coming flood.

Imagine the circumstances when Noah was building the Ark. Until the Flood, it had never even rained upon the earth, for the earth was watered by a “mist” or dew that went up from the ground (Gen. 2:5,6). Therefore, when Noah preached about a coming Flood and was building a huge boat on dry land, the people really thought he had lost his senses, but Noah had faith—he believed God implicitly. That is a lesson for us in regard to God’s Word. Sometimes we may misunderstand a statement. For example, when Jesus said, “If thy right hand offend thee, cut it off,” he did not mean to literally sever a hand, but if other Scriptures taught the same thing, we would have to do it (Matt. 5:30). This figurative language is saying that when we do something wrong, drastic action must be taken to STOP it somehow. Drastic action includes repentance, asking for forgiveness, and reformation to make the situation right depending on whether the wrong is between the Christian and God or between the Christian and fellow man. We are to compare Scripture with Scripture. When the Scriptures agree, we are to believe them by faith, even if we cannot understand the mechanics or the philosophy behind a statement. As we progress in our Christian life, Scriptures we did not understand will take on meaning. With faith, our questions will be answered as we develop. Sometimes we need knocks and experiences to soften us up.

Gen. 6:6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.

Comment: God is not taken by surprise, for He knows the end from the beginning. Hence this  verse needs some discussion. The Berean Manual states (paraphrased): “God changed His course of action in dealing with man because of man’s wickedness, but He did not change His mind or His overall plan.” God knew ahead of time that the angelic effort to uplift man would fail and that a flood would have to occur as a divine judgment. That is why He reserved the invisible canopy of water.

1 Samuel 15:29 reads, “The Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he [God] is not a man, that he should repent [sorrow].” Sorrow is involved here, as some marginal references indicate, rather than “repent.” Words in Hebrew are composed of consonants, and the translators optionally supply the vowels based on the context. The Hebrew word for “repent” is unusual in that it is translated a rather strange way, showing we do not have the full handle on it. The Hebrew nacham is translated “comfort” 41 times in Scripture and “repent” 38 times. Many English words are like that, for instance, “spring.” Spring is a time of year, water coming out of the ground, or a mechanical device that goes up and down; it can also mean to leap. Naham, another Hebrew word that is closely related to nacham and looks the same, has caused a problem with usage. Naham means to voice sorrow audibly with a sound, a moan, or a groan. It is also used in connection with lions that roar. Genesis 6:6 is saying, “It grieved God in His heart.” Hence both outwardly and inwardly the Lord grieved when He saw the wickedness that was transpiring in the earth.

Let us take a moment to philosophize on the grieving. Jesus was God’s dear Son, and Jesus came to die on the Cross. In the midst of all his suffering, he cried, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” The Father looked down and saw His Son suffering. Jesus’ death as a ransom for all was a part of God’s plan, yet when the Father saw Jesus suffering, He was emotionally affected and He sorrowed. (The principle was the same with Jesus’ weeping over the death of Lazarus.) Hence sometimes when there is sorrow and grieving, it does not mean that the One in control wants to stop the suffering immediately or that He did not foresee it.

God permitted evil for a reason. He could have stopped the situation by destroying Satan and preventing the holy angels from sinning, but He tolerated or permitted the evil because He was testing His people and the angels too. In fact, the holy angels were tested to the core. Accordingly, Jesus said that those who are accounted worthy to obtain the age beyond the Millennium and the resurrection of the dead will be like the holy angels in that they will not die anymore (Luke 20:35,36). The test on the angels was so severe that the holy angels who did not deflect will live forever. Why was the trial so severe? Because God did not do anything when the angels married and had offspring with human females and the human race was being oppressed. The test: Did the angels love God and feel that, based on other things He had done, He had the wisdom and the power to halt the situation but did not because He had a reason. And that is faith. Faith trusts God and His method as being the best, even when some things are hard to understand. We are to trust when things are seemingly to the contrary. God’s noninterference and His not stopping Satan were a severe test, but that test was absolutely necessary in order to find out the worthiness of the holy angels, who will nevermore deflect.

When God witnessed the evil being done, it disturbed Him, but He saw that it was necessary. The permission of evil and its dreadful results have been and are being photographed and reproduced as lessons for others in the future. Sin’s contaminating influence—how it changes and perverts man’s thinking—will be a lasting lesson to all future generations yet unborn on other planets. Disease, death, murder, rape, etc., occur over and over again. How both the holy angels and the wisest men on earth could not handle the situation is being permanently recorded.

God was not sorry that He had allowed evil to take place because He could have interfered with it right then and there—but He did not. The long-suffering of God waited patiently, for certain things must take place to test the mettle of man. If God will give a certain select few immortality where they will be like God, who cannot die, and have life flowing from them to give to others, Christians must be tested to the core. They will be tested like Abraham. In other words, if necessary, would they sacrifice their only son if doing so meant obedience to God?

God will suit that type of test to everyone who gets the crown of immortality. The testing is necessary, but it is not pleasant to look at. Many injustices have been done to God’s true saints. Back to the account here in Genesis. It grieved God outwardly with sound, as it were, as well as inwardly, in the core of His heart, to see the evil situation before the Flood.

The Christian who loves mother, father, son, daughter, etc., more than Jesus is not even worthy to be his disciple, his follower (Matt. 10:37). But God graciously goes easy with us because we are little babies when we come into the truth. We are fed with the milk of the Word, and as we develop, the tests get more severe. Peter said, “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you,” for “hereunto were ye called” (1 Pet. 2:21; 4:12). Trials are a sign of growth and maturity. It is a privilege to be tried in this fashion. Hopefully, many of us will make the top grade, by God’s grace.

Gen. 6:7 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.

Again the word “repent” gives the wrong thought. Unfortunately, the Hebrew word (nacham, naham) was little understood by the translators.

Man, beast, the creeping thing, and fowls of the air were to be destroyed by the Flood. The fact that fish are not mentioned is a clue that the Flood was localized and not universal. Note: “All” in the Bible does not have to literally mean all. For example, in the Book of Daniel, the beast representing the fourth empire is said to devour the “whole earth” (Dan. 7:23). The Roman Empire did not embrace several nations, but it occupied so much of the then civilized world, controlling all countries around the Mediterranean Sea, that it is said to have controlled the whole earth. Another example is Revelation 13:8, which reads, “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him [the beast],” but nations outside the Roman Empire did not worship the beast. The point is that “all” is used in an accommodated sense in a number of places in the Scriptures and also here in connection with the Flood.

Gen. 6:8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.

Gen. 6:9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.

Gen. 6:10 And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

“These are the generations [sons] of Noah: … Shem, Ham, and Japheth.” “Noah was a just man,” the implication being that he was upright, honest, etc. Although he was under the Adamic curse as a son of Adam, he served God wholeheartedly and blamelessly. Hence Noah (like Abraham and Moses) was justified by his faith. Since these individuals lived before Christ came, they were justified to friendship and to a measure of fellowship but not to sonship.

(Adoption to sonship is of a higher order and available only in the Gospel Age, for Christ is the forerunner, the Head of the Church.) If the faithful ones of old had lived in this age, they would have made the Little Flock. It honors God to see there is a faith class down here going against the stream in trying to obey Him. Enoch and Noah both “walked with God” (Gen. 5:24).

Noah was “perfect [whole or complete] in his generations.” The thought is that Noah was purely of Adamic stock, not contaminated. His forebears, too, were pure, and so were his sons, but that may or may not be true of the sons’ wives.

Gen. 6:11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. Gen. 6:12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.

Gen. 6:13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

Verses 11-13 emphasize the violence and the corruption in the earth, necessitating the destruction of society, the hybrid offspring, and the contaminated human family.

Gen. 6:14 Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.

Gen. 6:15 And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits.

Here is just a brief summary, but Noah was given details on how to build the Ark. The rectangular barge was to be 450 feet long (1 1/2 times the length of a football field), 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high. The pitch made the Ark completely waterproof, and secondarily it caused the outside of the Ark to be slippery, thus preventing people from climbing up into the vessel.

The word “rooms” is “cages” in the literal Hebrew, but it probably meant “cubicles.” The cubicles would have been in the side walls, and in the center were the larger animals (such as giraffes and elephants). The larger animals were penned in the lower story where they would have plenty of space and room to move about. On the sides were the three stories.

Gen. 6:16 A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it.

An 18-inch window served the purpose not only for looking out but also for providing air and ventilation. The Ark, being pitched inside and out, was like a sealed box, but all around at the top of the Ark, there was an opening with staves to hold the roof up. Basically, then, the Ark was all window at the top to allow air to come in from all directions and foul air from the animals to get out. In addition, a door was set in the side of the three-story Ark.

The only other time, or circumstance, where tebah, the Hebrew word for “ark,” is used is in reference to the basket Moses was placed in as a babe. There is a co-relationship. The Ark is a figure of baptism into Christ—not just a mere repentance from sin but baptism into Christ (1 Pet. 3:21). Many believe in Christ, but we must believe into him to be his followers.

Noah was given these instructions before his sons were born. If he was like the Apostle Paul and did not have a wife, he surely now realized he needed one to insure posterity and survival—just as the animals had mates, male and female.

Noah had to think where he would get wood (lumber), pitch, food for the animals, etc. As he pondered where and how he would build the Ark, he realized he needed help. He needed children, and they had to grow up. In the beginning, Noah had plenty to do just to gather the raw materials. The account also suggests that Noah was a strong man and that he had a body to accommodate his preaching. When he preached righteousness, he no doubt had a booming voice. Later, when people jeered him as he worked on the Ark, he would have paused briefly to reply and advise the hecklers what to do. God and the Flood were invisible.

Gen. 6:17 And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die.

“I, even I” shows a divine judgment. Jehovah Himself was responsible. Since it had never rained before, Noah needed a double emphasis. “I intend to do this, even I!” God assumed the responsibility. If the Flood did not come to pass, God would be responsible. “I really intend to bring a flood of waters, so you go ahead, Noah, with my instructions.” Building the Ark was a tremendous project, and these words encouraged Noah. It was necessary for him to get extra assurance so that he would zealously build the Ark, a project that now became the dominant theme in his life, the principle being “this one thing I do” (Phil. 3:13).

Q: At other times, we have considered the reasoning that only the civilized, habitable part of the earth was inundated and that, therefore, the Flood was localized, not universal. What about the animals? Were they restricted to the portion of earth where man was?

A: The Scriptures are silent on that aspect. Certainly the animals were destroyed within the Flood area. Probably there was some survival outside the Flood area, but we do not know what animals or what quantity. And perhaps there were no animals beyond, although some types could have survived. The saving of the clean and the unclean animals is typical; it pertains to mankind. However, Noah’s family represents something else.

Geological evidence indicates that the area affected by the Flood sank. Then the surrounding waters of the Black Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, etc., flowed into the depression. Later, when the land rose up to its previous level (more or less), the waters returned to their prior location. The waters in the localized Flood area covered the mountains by 15 cubits (22.5 feet) so that the Ark would not scrape or hit anything (Gen. 7:20). The area affected was large, bigger than the United States. Noah and the Ark did not hit the perimeter of the “crater” because of the size of the area and the nature of the storm itself. When the waters abated, Divine Providence kept the boat within the perimeter until the time came for the vessel to ground on Mount Ararat in Armenia.

Fish and insects were ignored in the pronouncement of destruction. The omission of fish is a clue that the Flood was localized, for saline fish cannot survive in fresh water and freshwater fish cannot survive in salt water. Other fish will die if the water temperature changes just a few degrees. The animals taken into the Ark were those formerly indigenous to that area.

Gen. 6:18 But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives with thee.

“With thee [that is, with Noah only] will I establish my covenant [the Noachian Covenant].” Noah’s wife and the sons and their wives shared in the covenant, but it was made with Noah alone. Eight people were on the Ark.

Gen. 6:19 And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female.

Gen. 6:20 Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive.

The flesh creatures brought into the Ark were fowl, cattle (beasts), and creeping things, “two of every sort,” male and female. The animals came unto Noah. He did not have to go out and search for them, for God selected the animals and caused them to go to Noah (Gen. 7:9). We are reminded of the Garden of Eden, where God brought the animals before Adam, who named them (Gen. 2:19).

“Two of every sort” means that for every male, there was a female counterpart. In the next chapter, we will find out that several pairs were involved depending on whether the species was clean or unclean (Gen. 7:2).

Gen. 6:21 And take thou unto thee of all food that is eaten, and thou shalt gather it to thee; and it shall be for food for thee, and for them.

Noah had to put food on the Ark for him and his family and for all of the animals. The stored food had to last for one year without spoilage. Here is a clue that fermentation occurred after the Flood, not before. When the water ring broke, fermentation was greatly accelerated. Incidentally, Jesus’ statement in Matthew 24:37-39, which compared the days of Noah to the days of the Son of man in regard to eating, drinking, and marrying, meant that these activities preoccupied the people’s entire attention and that they did not listen to the message of the hour. Today we are living in a time like that.

The first 480 years of Noah’s life were spent mainly in preaching righteousness, but when the message of the Flood came, including God’s intention to destroy mankind except for Noah and his family in the time limit of 120 years hence, and when dimensions were provided for the Ark, Noah had to direct his attention primarily to building the Ark. His activities from now on will become very meaningful, for many of them have a prophetic application, not just the 120 years.

Gen. 6:22 Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.

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