10. The Genesis Flood: Genesis 7-8




   Noah called into the Ark


Genesis 7

1 Then the Lord said to Noah, "Come into the ark, you and all your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation.  

Genesis 7:1


The Lord Said:   About 120-years from chapters 6 to 7.  Noah was commanded to make the Ark in 6, after 120-years of building the ark, in the year Methuselah died, God spoke to Noah.

Come: Godís command was to come in the ark, Godís presence would be with Noah.  This is contrasted to the command given to Adam and Eve to leave the Garden.

Righteous: Noahís righteousness was transferred to his household; he set the example for his children.  According to some Jewish traditions, Noah had other sons, except they did not follow in the way of him.  Other descendents of Seth, did not heed the preaching of Noah, only those who entered the ark.


Noah brings the animals into the ark



2 "You shall take with you seven each of every clean animal, a male and his female; two each of animals that are unclean, a male and his female;

3 "also seven each of birds of the air, male and female, to keep the species alive on the face of all the earth. Genesis 7:2-3


Seven each: After the ark lands, Noah does a sacrificial offering to God.  The clean animals as opposed to the unclean were made known to Noah before the flood.  We can only assume they are similar to the ones in Leviticus.  Most clean animals are herb and grain eating animals as opposed to ones which devour flesh, such as dogs, lions and vultures.

two each: Many of these animals could have died off or become extinct following the landing of the ark, since only two of each species were aboard.

seven...birds: Birds would have been need to scatter seeds and throughout the earth, so their multiplication was essential.

species alive: The word here is Zera meaning seed.  The goal was to keep the genetic material alive on the earth.


Seven days until the flood



4 "For after seven more days I will cause it to rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and I will destroy from the face of the earth all living things that I have made."

5 And Noah did according to all that the Lord commanded him.

Genesis 7:4-5


Seven more days

I will cause


forty days...nights



Noah and his family



6 Noah was six hundred years old when the floodwaters were on the earth.

7 So Noah, with his sons, his wife, and his sons' wives, went into the ark because of the waters of the flood.

8 Of clean animals, of animals that are unclean, of birds, and of everything that creeps on the earth,

9 two by two they went into the ark to Noah, male and female, as God had commanded Noah.

Genesis 7:6-9

Noah was

went into the ark

two by two

The flood begins



10 And it came to pass after seven days that the waters of the flood were on the earth.

11 In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.

12 And the rain was on the earth forty days and forty nights. Genesis 7:10-12

Came to pass

Six hundred...second month...seventeenth day (600/2/17)


Great deep

Windows of heaven

God closes the door



13 On the very same day Noah and Noah's sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and Noah's wife and the three wives of his sons with them, entered the ark

14 they and every beast after its kind, all cattle after their kind, every creeping thing that creeps on the earth after its kind, and every bird after its kind, every bird of every sort.

15 And they went into the ark to Noah, two by two, of all flesh in which is the breath of life.

16 So those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him; and the Lord shut him in. Genesis 7:13-16


Same day

Entered the ark

Went into

Two by two

God commanded

Lord shut him in


The Ark is lifted



17 Now the flood was on the earth forty days. The waters increased and lifted up the ark, and it rose high above the earth.

18 The waters prevailed and greatly increased on the earth, and the ark moved about on the surface of the waters. Genesis 7:17-18

Flood...forty days

The ark moved

The earth covered


19 And the waters prevailed exceedingly on the earth, and all the high hills under the whole heaven were covered.

20 The waters prevailed fifteen cubits upward, and the mountains were covered.

Genesis 7:19-20

Waters prevailed

All the high hills

Mountains covered


All flesh on earth is destroyed



21 And all flesh died that moved on the earth: birds and cattle and beasts and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, and every man.

22 All in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life, all that was on the dry land, died.

23 So He destroyed all living things which were on the face of the ground: both man and cattle, creeping thing and bird of the air. They were destroyed from the earth. Only Noah and those who were with him in the ark remained alive. Genesis 7:21-23


All flesh died

Only Noah


One hundred and fifty days



24 And the waters prevailed on the earth one hundred and fifty days. Genesis 7:24

One hundred fifty days



God remembers Noah


Genesis 8

1 Then God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the animals that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters subsided.

2 The fountains of the deep and the windows of heaven were also stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained. Genesis 8:1-2


God remembered Noah

a wind to pass

waters subsided


The waters begin to decrease



3 And the waters receded continually from the earth. At the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters decreased.

4 Then the ark rested in the seventh month, the seventeenth day of the month, on the mountains of Ararat. Genesis 8:3-4


The waters receded

Waters decreased

Ark rested

Seventh month...seventeenth day (600/7/17)


The tops of the mountains seen



5 And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month. In the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains were seen.

6 So it came to pass, at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made.

7 Then he sent out a raven, which kept going to and fro until the waters had dried up from the earth.

8 He also sent out from himself a dove, to see if the waters had receded from the face of the ground.

9 But the dove found no resting place for the sole of her foot, and she returned into the ark to him, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth. So he put out his hand and took her, and drew her into the ark to himself.

10 And he waited yet another seven days, and again he sent the dove out from the ark.

11 Then the dove came to him in the evening, and behold, a freshly plucked olive leaf was in her mouth; and Noah knew that the waters had receded from the earth.

12 So he waited yet another seven days and sent out the dove, which did not return again to him anymore. Genesis 8:5-12

Decreased continually

Tenth month...first day

Tops of mountains

Forty days



Seven days


The ground is dry



13 And it came to pass in the six hundred and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, that the waters were dried up from the earth; and Noah removed the covering of the ark and looked, and indeed the surface of the ground was dry.

14 And in the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth was dried. Genesis 8:13-14

Six hundred...first year...first month...first day (601/1/1)

Second month...twenty-seventh-day (601/2/27)


Leaving the ark



15 Then God spoke to Noah, saying,

16 "Go out of the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons' wives with you.

17 "Bring out with you every living thing of all flesh that is with you: birds and cattle and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, so that they may abound on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth."

18 So Noah went out, and his sons and his wife and his sons' wives with him.

19 Every animal, every creeping thing, every bird, and whatever creeps on the earth, according to their families, went out of the ark. Genesis 8:15-19

God spoke

Go out

Bring out

Every animal...creeping thing....bird

According to their families



Sacrifice is offered



20 Then Noah built an altar to the Lord, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. Genesis 8:20

Built an altar

Every clean animal...bird



Godís promise and manís sin



21 And the Lord smelled a soothing aroma. 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. Genesis 8:21

Soothing aroma

Never again


Evil from youth



Four Seasons



22 "While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease." Genesis 8:22