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...
SUPPLANTING The LEGACY Of WICKEDNESS—Genesis 6:9—10:32
A—GOD’s REMOVAL STRATEGY—Genesis 6:9-22
Toward Removing the Legacy of Wickedness
B—GOD’s DESIGNED DESTRUCTION-III—Genesis 7:1-24
C—SALVATION(Waiting for Normal)—Genesis 8:1-19
D—EXPERIENCING The VICTORY/Response—Genesis 8:20-22
E—POTENTIAL For RESTORATION—Genesis 9:1-19
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)
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...
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.
“Clean animals” would be used by the people of God for appropriate worship & consumption.
All the animals whether “clean” or “unclean” are taken with the express purpose of keeping their “seed”/offspring alive thru the destruction of the imminent flood.
:4—“For after seven more days I will cause it to rain on the earth forty days & forty nights, & I will destroy from the face of the earth all living things that I have made.”
Noah was told that he had a period of 7 days before the flood would begin(:10).
Noah is told that it would “rain” for 40 days & nights(See :12—Mvg gheh'-shem). Torrential or not, it rained steadily for 40 days & nights!
The “rain” would cause all land-dwelling animal life as well as birds to perish(all in which was the breath of life—:15). These were things which God Himself had created from nothing.
During these 7 days, is when Noah finalized the work of providing for himself, his family & the animals. He was in the closing moments before the initiation of God’s reckoning day against man’s wickedness.
“Rain”(See :12—Mvg gheh'-shem)—rjm maw-tar’—Hiphil("causative" of Qal) Participle(an action or condition in its unbroken continuity)—1) To rain—1b) (Hiphil)—1b1) To rain, send rain, 1b2) To rain hail, send hail.
“Destroy”(See :23)—hxm maw-khaw'—Qal Perfect(completed action)—1) To wipe, wipe out; 1a) (Qal)--1a1) To wipe, 1a2) To blot out, obliterate, 1a3) To blot out, exterminate; 2) (Qal) To strike. Strong—a primitive root; properly, To stroke or rub; by implication, To erase; also To smooth(as if with oil), i.e. Grease or make fat; also To touch, i.e. Reach to.
:5—“And Noah did according to all that the LORD commanded him.”
In all these preparatory matters Noah was blameless in obeying his God, YaHWeH. Literally it reads, ‘Noah did all YaHWeH commanded him.’