ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Bible: What Does Genesis 6-8 Teach Us About the Worldwide Flood?

Updated on September 15, 2016

Fallen Angel

250px-GustaveDoreParadiseLostSatanPro...
250px-GustaveDoreParadiseLostSatanPro...

Genesis 6-8: Human Depravity, Ark Building, and the Worldwide Deluge

"The Sons of God"

A serious problem arises when the “sons of God” take the beautiful “daughters of men” as wives (vv. 1, 2), and the women bear children who grow up to become giants (“fallen or mighty ones”) and “mighty men” (v. 4).

[Scripture indicates that Lucifer sinned against God and drew one-third of the angels with him (cf. Ezek. 28:15; Rev. 12:4a).

Some scholars have conjectured that the “sons of God” were, in fact, fallen angels who cohabited with women. Cf. Jude 6.

John MacArthur surmises that these angels possessed men who then had sexual relations with women.]

Verse 3 appears to assert that God’s patience would allow human beings only one hundred twenty more years to survive in their present condition (“My Spirit shall not strive with man forever”).

Mankind's Spiritual Depravity

Humanity expresses its thoroughgoing innate depravity with such intensity in thought and deed that the LORD’s heart grieves over what He must do: destroy most of His creation in order to preserve a small remnant (vv. 5-7).

[God’s “repentance” (from the verb nachem, to be sorry) over having made mankind signifies neither a mistake on His part, nor a need for Him to change His mind because He did not foresee what people would do.

Having given the “original pair” freedom to choose, He must now change how He will deal with their sinful descendants in order to set things straight].

Only Noah (and his family) finds “grace” with God (v. 8; cf.v. 18).

Noah's Ark

280px-Noahs_Ark.jpg
280px-Noahs_Ark.jpg

Noah's Flood: Global or Local?

Do you believe Noah's Flood was global or local?

See results

God: "Noah, Build an Ark"

The third toledoth introduces a statement about Noah’s godly character (v. 9) and about his male progeny (v. 10).

“Corruption” and “violence”—key concepts in verses eleven and twelve—describe God’s assessment on all humankind’s spiritual and moral condition.

The Creator announces to His servant Noah His intention to destroy “all flesh ”with the earth, because they filled the world with violence (v. 13).

In light of this dismal, short-term future, He gives Noah specific directions on how to build an ark (a ship of sorts):

(1) Make the vessel of gopherwood;

(2) Make nests/compartments/rooms inside; and

(3) Cover it inside and outside with pitch (v. 14).

God also informs him about the ark’s dimensions— approximately 450 feet long by 75 feet wide by 45 feet high (v. 15)—and about some of its special features (three decks with one window at the top and one door on the side) [v. 16].

The LORD intended to destroy all life on land with a flood (v. 17), but establish a covenant with Noah and his family (v. 18).

Yahweh commands Noah to gather birds, animals and creeping things into the ark—two of each kind— in order to keep them alive (vv. 19-20).

The patriarch must also bring along with him enough food for everyone and everything (v. 21).

The text records that faithful Noah obeyed God’s command (v. 22).

Noah and Family

250px-NoahsSacrifice.jpg
250px-NoahsSacrifice.jpg

Genesis 7

Out of an entire generation, God regards only eight people as righteous, and allows them to enter the ark (v. 1).

In addition, Noah brings with him seven each of every clean animal and bird, and two each of every unclean animal (vv. 2-3).

[How does this “seven” number square with God’s earlier instruction? (See 6:19-20).

The family will sacrifice some of these animals and birds after they leave the Ark (cf. 8:20)].

Starting one week hence, the LORD will cause rain to pelt the earth for “forty days and forty nights,” and “blot out” all living things “from the face of the earth” (v. 4).

[This destruction apparently does not involve all marine animals].

Noah, now six hundred years old (1656 from date of creation), remains obedient, taking his family and the land creatures into the ark (vv. 5-9).

As He had forewarned, Yahweh brings the waters on the earth after seven days (v. 10; cf. v. 4).

Not only does torrential rain begin to pour from the “windows of heaven,” and do the “fountains of the great deep” (subterranean oceans) break out of their chambers on the same twenty-four hour day, but everyone and everything chosen to survive enter the ark (vv. 11-16a).

[What is the significance of the second month and seventeenth day?]

Pulling up the one door on the side of the ark, the LORD Himself shuts them all inside! (v. 16b)

Verses seventeen through twenty show the Flood’s progression:

(1) The first forty days find the water lifting the ark “high above the earth” (v. 17);

(2) As time goes by, the waters move the ark “on the surface of the waters” (v. 18);

(3) The Flood prevails even more until the water covers “all the high hills under the whole heaven” (v. 19);

(4) Still higher—fifteen cubits above the mountains—the waters rise (v. 20).

[While one might interpret this event as a local phenomenon—one can construe the “whole heaven” as “from horizon to horizon”—, other evidence points to this catastrophe as being one of worldwide proportions].

The author spends three verses stressing that “all flesh” on land did not survive; God saved Noah and his family alone (vv. 21-23).

The Flood “prevails” one hundred fifty days on the earth (v. 24).

Winter: A Result of the Noahic Flood

Winter.jpg
Winter.jpg

Resting Place of the Ark

view quiz statistics

Seasonal Changes

Genesis 8

On day one hundred fifty God “remembers” Noah and the rest; a wind change signals the beginning of the water’s subsiding (v. 1).

[The term “remembered” does not imply that God ever forgot about Noah; it signifies the LORD’s decision to act on his behalf].

When Yahweh shuts off the water sources, the floodwaters recede greatly (vv. 2-3).

Five months after the rains began (7/17), the Ark comes to rest on the mountains of Ararat in modern-day Turkey (v. 4); two and one-half months later (10/1), mountaintops appear (v. 5).

During the eleventh month of his voyage, Noah opens the ark’s solitary window and sends out a raven to see if it could scavenge anything (vv. 6-7).

[The forty-day period seems to extend from 10/1 to 11/11 (give or take a few days.)]

Perhaps somewhat later, he lets a dove search out a nesting place; not being able to find a dry spot, it returns weary (vv. 8-9).

Noah waits one more week, and then allows the dove to try again (v. 10).

This time the bird retrieves a “freshly plucked olive leaf”: a sign of significant recession in the waters (v. 11).

The third time a week later Noah releases the dove, and he never sees it again (v. 12).

On 1/1/601, Noah removes the ark’s “covering,” and sees that the “surface of the ground” is dry (v. 13).

However, he must wait almost another two months before the LORD commands him to leave the ark with his family and animals, and start the “abounding, fruit-bearing, and multiplying” again (vv. 14-17).

Everyone and everything exit after spending over a year on the ark (vv. 18-19).

[Why did Noah have to wait another two months after the water had totally receded?]

Noah’s first act on land is one of worship: building an altar and sacrificing burnt offerings of every clean animal and bird he had taken into the Ark (v. 20; cf. 7:2-3).

Pleased with His servant’s faithfulness, Yahweh promises “never again to curse the ground for man’s sake” nor “destroy every living thing” (v. 21).

Verse twenty-two is a poetic portrayal of the climatic changes that the Flood brought to pass; seasons, never before experienced, will now endure for as long as the Earth (v. 22).

© 2012 glynch1

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • glynch1 profile imageAUTHOR

      glynch1 

      5 years ago

      I believe you are treating the Flood as a local event, not as a universal one. Check out the literature about the Noahic Deluge at the Institute for Creation Research if you wish to learn more about the devastation that happened on the Earth at that time.

    • cheaptrick profile image

      cheaptrick 

      5 years ago from the bridge of sighs

      First time I've seen the dimensions of the ark in feet,that's one big ark!

      The only problem I have with Noah's story is...what happened to all the other people in the world who already owned boats?I mean,there had to be other boats somewhere in the world.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)