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Faith Filled Friday: Storm and Noah’s Flood

October 8, 2021

by Connie Terpack October 8, 2021

We had a torrential rainstorm on Thursday morning and, naturally, I had a doctor’s appointment. My husband and I stood in the doorway watching the rain pour down and listening to the thunder, hoping it would let up. We are about five feet below the level of the road, which means our front yard is ankle deep in water. That brought to mind Noah’s flood in Genesis 6:1 – 8:19 (KJV Bible used in all references)

Genesis 6:14-16 The entire population of mankind had become evil and wicked and God decided to flood the earth to destroy everyone but Noah and his family. God told Noah to prepare an ark big enough to hold one male and one female from every kind of animal and creature. God gave Noah directions on how to build it, what kind of wood to use and its size.

Genesis 6:18-21 God also told Noah what animals to include and instructed him to take enough food for his family and the animals.

Noah did as God commanded and when he was finished God told him to enter the ark with his family and the animals.

Genesis 7:4 God gave him seven days to get everyone inside.

Genesis 7:6 Noah was 600 years old when the flood began.

Genesis 7:13 tells us about Noah’s family, which included his wife, his sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth; the three wives of his sons.

Genesis 7:20 It rained for 40 days and 40 nights. The water went up 15 cubits. I looked up cubits and learned that it is an ancient measurement of length based on the distance from the elbow to the tip of the longest finger. Ark Encounter, the builders of the Noah’s Ark replica, guessed that the cubits the ancient civilizations typically used was the royal cubit (about 19.8–20.6 inches [52 centimeters]).

According to Genesis 7:19, all the high hills were covered. Verses 21-23 say, And all the flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and very man: And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.

The waters lasted 150 days, before God made a wind to pass over the earth and the waters asswaged (subsided).

Genesis 8:1 mentions that the fountains of the deep also stopped, which means not all the flood waters came from rain. I don’t think I’ve ever read that in any of the stories about the flood.

The ark rested upon the mountains of Ararat on the seventeenth day of the seventh month. At the end of forty days Noah sent our a raven, but it apparently never returned. Ravens are scavengers and would have no trouble finding food or resting on any slimy surface.

Genesis 8:7-12 Noah then sent out a dove. The dove returned and Noah waited another seven days before sending out the dove again. The dove returned in the evening with an olive leaf. Noah recognized that the waters were gone, but he stayed several more days before checking to see if the waters were completely gone. The face of the ground was dry (vs 13).

Genesis 7:14-17 The time frame is a little confusing to me, since, again, this was nothing that was included in the flood story I have heard all my life, but it seems that God waited a month before giving Noah the okay to leave the ark. Read Genesis 8:14-17.

All the people and animals left the ark. The first thing Noah did was build an altar to the Lord and make a burnt offering. God decided that he would never again curse the ground for man’s sake; nor kill every living thing as he had done with the flood.

While the earth remainth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease. Genesis 8:22 (KJV)

It was fun to read this story again, but I am still confused on the timeline.

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