Summary: 3 of 4. All on the ark escaped the destruction of the Flood. Divinely designed destruction can be escaped/avoided. But how? Escaping God’s designed destruction requires...

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Toward Removing the Legacy of Wickedness


C—SALVATION(Waiting for Normal)—Genesis 8:1-19

D—EXPERIENCING The VICTORY/Response—Genesis 8:20-22


F—SAME Ol’ SAME Ol’—Genesis 9:20-29

G—The NATIONS—Genesis 10:1-32

We’ve found previously that ‘Escaping God’s designed destruction’ requires Appropriate...

1. MOTION(:1, 5)

2. LIVING(:1b)

All on the ark escaped the destruction of the Flood.

All on the ark escaped God’s removal strategy(designed destruction).

Divinely designed destruction can be escaped/avoided.

How can we escape such an ordained destruction/removal?

*4 keys/requirements to escape God’s designed destruction.

3—Escaping God’s designed destruction requires...

Appropriate DIRECTION(:2-16a)

Explanation: (:2-16a) Submission/Application/Obedience

:2—“You shall take with you seven each of every clean animal, a male & his female; two each of animals that are unclean, a male & his female;

:3—“also seven each of birds of the air, male & female, to keep the species[“seed”] alive on the face of all the earth.”

The pairing of animals is reiterated to Noah with further designations & explanations as to that purpose of keeping them alive(6:19).

This time Noah was told that he was to differentiate between “clean” & “unclean” animals. This is an important designation as this will be determinative of their number which are included on the ark. Noah was to take all the “clean” animals by pairs of seven(:14).(NICOT)

Read Lev. 11:1-26ff.—

Lev. 11:44-47—‘For I am the LORD your God. You shall therefore consecrate yourselves, & you shall be holy; for I am holy. Neither shall you defile yourselves with any creeping thing that creeps on the earth. For I am the LORD who brings you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God. You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy. This is the law of the animals & the birds & every living creature that moves in the waters, & of every creature that creeps on the earth, ‘to distinguish between the unclean & the clean, & between the animal that may be eaten & the animal that may not be eaten.’”

Lev. 20:25-26—“‘You shall therefore distinguish between clean animals & unclean, between unclean birds & clean, & you shall not make yourselves abominable by beast or by bird, or by any kind of living thing that creeps on the ground, which I have separated from you as unclean. ‘And you shall be holy to Me, for I the LORD am holy, & have separated you from the peoples, that you should be Mine.”

Noah knew the difference between clean & unclean. Noah knew how to properly worship YaHWeH prior to the Law. “The entire OT places a prohibition on eating what is unclean”...“Yet these unclean animals are spared form drowning” as well.—NICOT

Unqualified “birds of the air” were to be taken by sevens also(seven pairs), as with the clean animals(:2). I do not know why all “birds” were taken by sevens rather than by twos. It is not specified whether these birds were clean or unclean—as the Law distinguishes certain birds as either one or the other(Lev. 20:25-26). Noah’s knowledge of this is assumed here.

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