Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Genesis 7:1-10: Come, my people, enter into your rooms…?

For in seven more days I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights. And I will destroy from off the face of the earth every living thing that I have made. And Noah did according to all that Jehovah commanded him. And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth. And Noah went in. And his sons and his wife and his sons' wives went in with him into the ark, because of the waters of the flood.

It is interesting that G-d wants us to make note of how long after he tells Noah to come into the ark that the flood waters were to come. That is seven days. He also wants up to know that Noach is 600 years old when the flood came. If you are of the camp of those who feel that there’s more to the text than meets the eye, this should be a red flag.

Could these seven days be a foreshadowing of the 70th week of Daniel, the seven years of tribulation that comes at the end of days? We will look at that as another level of understanding, when we finish the account of Noah. But for now, this is very straight forward. G-d tells Noach to come into the ark, because in seven days, he will bring judgement upon all the earth.

This reminds me of Isaiah 26:20-21.

Come, my people, enter into your rooms and shut your doors around you; hide for a little moment, until the fury has passed by. For behold, Jehovah comes out of His place to punish the people of the earth for their iniquity; the earth also shall reveal her blood, and shall no more cover her dead.

Again, could this be a model or foreshadowing of our future?

Of the clean animals, and of the animals that were not clean, and of the fowls, and of everything that creeps on the earth, two by two they went in to Noah into the ark, male and female, as God had commanded Noah.

As children, we were told that Noach went out and gathered all the animals. However, it shows here that the animals went into the ark on their own fruition. I, for one, believe that it was G-d that told the animals to go into the ark. It’s also interesting to note that the animals went into the ark in an orderly fashion. When we see animals herded, it’s never in an orderly fashion. Another sign of the supernatural power of G-d.

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