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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Genesis 7: 13-24

Chapter 7


On the precise day named, Noah and his sons Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and Noah's wife, and the three wives of Noah's sons had entered the ark,
together with every kind of wild beast, every kind of domestic animal, every kind of creeping thing of the earth, and every kind of bird.
Pairs of all creatures in which there was the breath of life entered the ark with Noah.
Those that entered were male and female, and of all species they came, as God had commanded Noah. Then the LORD shut him in.
The flood continued upon the earth for forty days. As the waters increased, they lifted the ark, so that it rose above the earth.
The swelling waters increased greatly, but the ark floated on the surface of the waters.
Higher and higher above the earth rose the waters, until all the highest mountains everywhere were submerged,
the crest rising fifteen cubits higher than the submerged mountains.
All creatures that stirred on earth perished: birds, cattle, wild animals, and all that swarmed on the earth, as well as all mankind.
Everything on dry land with the faintest breath of life in its nostrils died out.
The LORD wiped out every living thing on earth: man and cattle, the creeping things and the birds of the air; all were wiped out from the earth. Only Noah and those with him in the ark were left.
The waters maintained their crest over the earth for one hundred and fifty days,
Reflection:  I wonder if it was a relief to Noah and his family?  If mankind was so evil, surely Noah felt uncomfortable around everyone esle.  His family must have stood out.  In every movie version of this story we see people banging on the arc trying to still be saved.  I don't think that would have happened.  I see God is such a loving and merciful being.  I suspect people found ways to enjoy a death in which they exploited even this, thus turing away from God consistantly.  It seams so clear as we read the story but I wonder if it was that clear then.  I pray that I continue to see things with the knowledge of faith and not in the world of unbelief.  I pray for those that do not believe.

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