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Lesson # Genesis 7:17-20
Study Material - Genesis 7:17-20
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17 Then the flood came upon the earth for forty days; and the water increased and lifted up the ark, so that it rose above the earth. 18 And the water prevailed and increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark floated on the surface of the water. 19 And the water prevailed more and more upon the earth, so that all the high mountains everywhere under the heavens were covered. 20 The water prevailed fifteen cubits higher, and the mountains were covered.
The flood waters rose rapidly to over the top of the highest mountains covering the entire earth. All land was covered. Since we do not know what this original land called Havilah looked like, unless we assume that it was similar to the present continental configuration on this planet, than we do not know how high the highest mountains were. Our present highest mountain, Everest, is above 28,000 feet. So most of you readers are probably living at an average elevation of 2000 feet. Some higher and some lower depending on where you live in this world. So now look straight up and imagine 28,000 feet of water, give or take, above your head and that is where the surface would be. That is a lot of water and that is a lot of water power for moving just about anything, including the continents. That much water would have tremendous currents pushing and pulling at everything in its path. Of course if Havilah was indeed different from our present configuration of continents, then the water level could be different. Either way whether you could swim or not, if you weren't on the ark, then you were in for a very bad day.
The water level rose to a height of 15 cubits, about 22 feet, above the highest land point. Water, water everywhere. The ark floated. It may have had some heavy drag lines or anchors to help it stabilize in the violent currents and waves that certainly would have existed.
Though we do not have many of the details of construction listed in the last chapter, we can assume that God gave Noah very detailed instructions, because we have very detailed instructions with regard to the temple specifications. We have a detailed and systematic approach to creation. We can in our current scientific knowledge see the extreme detail in everything that exists, from DNA, to molecular structure and so forth. God is detail oriented and leaves nothing to question. He clearly gives us direction in life. Certainly Noah had good directions and specs to follow in the construction of the ark.
Mans knowledge and attempts to elevate himself to Gods level cannot even conquer nature. All the cities built, all the shrines constructed, all the idols lifted up. The sacred places even on high ground fell to Gods judgment. The water rose above all things and demolished the work of mans hands. The ark was the work of Gods hands through the faith of Noah, and it was lifted up above the turmoil of the worlds destruction. As the water rose so rose the ark even higher. Gods work is always higher than that of this world. Man can never approach God except by the only means that God prescribes. Mans efforts on mans own initiative will always fail.
The water prevailed. Any attempt to place barriers against the rising water would fail. Attempts to block the doors and windows to seal the water out would fail. The power of the water has its limits. The power of mankind even less than that of this world. Gods power is infinite. Mankind did not learn their place and overestimated his own abilities. Gods long silence and patience was misread for no god, or a weak god, rather than a faithful and merciful God. Arrogance misreads all things eventually. Arrogance draws wrong conclusions. Arrogance has a destiny of doom and nothing better. Arrogance is blind, and fools and enslaves the one who has it.
In our current day we have seen the destructive power of tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, drought, floods, earthquakes and so forth. Even in our day of early warning systems and strict building codes, we still cannot stop the destruction of nature. No matter what man does, nature still has the upper hand.
This lesson is that no one should over estimate their ability. No matter how successful you are, or think you are. Each of us is nothing because all things come from God. You can be brilliant and God will make you a failure if you get too cocky in your attitude.
People often like to go to high places because they can see far off and this gives them sense of being close to God, or so they think. This is why temples and sacred places are built on mountain tops, hill tops, and so forth. But God wiped them out in the flood. The only correct temple should be in your soul and that is constructed with doctrine which you learn. You furnish that temple by applying the doctrine you know, to your daily life, and that is the production of gold, silver, and precious stones referred to elsewhere, and that is the production which you will be rewarded for in heaven. Without doctrine in your soul, you fill up with wood, hay, and stubble, which is useless in eternity and will receive no reward. Moses looked to heaven for his reward. He turned his back on the riches of Egypt. Moses was the crowned prince, and the next Pharaoh, but he walked away from it. You too should be fearful of losing those riches in eternity. Certainly every believer will go to heaven and get their resurrection body, but only mature believers will receive the rewards beyond the norm, which God has promised. This is our goal in life, to advance to spiritual maturity and claim the victory as Paul describes it throughout the New Testament. Noah passed the test of adversity in his time. Now we have to face the world opinion and flood waters of our time.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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