Thoughts on the flood:
Are fish considered living beings? Genesis 7:22
Genesis 8:2 What are the windows of heaven?
The fountains of the deep and the windows of heaven were also stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained.
Then the ark restd in the seventh month – never caught the fact that it rested, or that it was in the 7th month before.
7th month – ark rested; 7th day – God rested.
Ever notice that certain numbers are special?
1 – One God3 – Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Ghost)
7 – Rest
40 – It rained for 40 days, Jesus was in the wilderness 40 days, Israelites were lost for 40 years
12 – Disciples
They sat in the ark for 3 months after it landed on Ararat.
Genesis 8:6 More numbers:
It rained 40 days
Water was on the earth 150 days then it decreases
In the 7th month, 17th day, the ark rested on Ararat10th month, 1st day Mountain tops could be seen
After 40 days Noah sent out a raven and a dove.
7 days later the dove brought back an Olive leaf
7 more days, the dove sent out once more, and it doesn’t return
Noah’s 601st year, 1st month, 1st day, waters were dried and Noah removed the covering from the ark
2nd month, 27th day, the earth was dried.
The flood is fascinating to me, in part because the story of the flood is what convinced me that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is the one true God.
Indian myths tell of the flood, as do Greek, Roman, Norse, and many other religions. In college, I was searching for what was real and the flood became the cornerstone because so many ancient histories tell of it happening.
Reading through the stories of the flood, there was only one that logically made sense as something that could have really happened – and that was the story in the Bible.
If I accept that the flood really happened, then I have to believe that someone survived it (all accounts that I’ve seen tell of at least 2 survivors). The idea of there only being 2 survivors begs the question, “Where did the other people come from?”
Regardless of what happened to the survivors (some accounts say that they lived forever, one says that they turned into trees when they died), how did the earth get repopulated?
The Bible was the only account of the flood and its aftermath that made sense to me. Noah and his wife lived and died. On the ark with them were their 3 sons and their wives, so that the earth could be repopulated without brother having to marry sister.
Genesis 8:20 How did Noah know which animals to bring more of, which ones were clean? Moses would later define which animals were clean, but how did Noah know?
Noah offered a sacrifice from every clean animal and every clean bird as a burnt offering.
Genesis 8:21 Burnt offering = soothing aroma
While the earth remainsSeedtime and harvest,
Cold and heat,
Winter and summer,
And day and night
Shall not cease.
Genesis 9:1 God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.”
And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be on every beast of the earth, on every bird of the air, on all that move on the earth, and on every fish of the sea. They are given into your hand.
Were the animals not afraid before?
Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. I have given you all things even as the green herbs.
Why could they eat everything when Noah knew which animals were clean?
Every moving thing and every herb for food. Why was everything acceptable until Moses and then acceptable again after Jesus?
Genesis 9:6 Whoever sheds man’s blood,By man his blood shall be shed;
For in the image of God
He made man.
And as for you, be fruitful and multiply;
Bring forth abundantly in the earth
And multiply in it.
Genesis 8:21 Just researched who wrote the Torah, and apparently there is some question, but it’s likely that Moses did.
Even so, I would suspect it was Moses. Not because of the laws given, but because who else would know God’s thoughts? Then the Lord said in His heart, “I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done.”