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Lesson # Genesis 7:21-24
Study Material - Genesis 7:21-24
You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
21 And all flesh that moved on the earth perished, birds and cattle and beasts and every swarming thing that swarms upon the earth, and all mankind; 22 of all that was on the dry land, all in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life, died. 23 Thus He blotted out every living thing that was upon the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky, and they were blotted out from the earth; and only Noah was left, together with those that were with him in the ark. 24 And the water prevailed upon the earth one hundred and fifty days.
All of creation is in the clutches of corruption because of the rebellion of Satan, Rom. 8:21-22, so until the end when creation is freed from the slavery of evil, the universe will reel in pain from its chains of slavery.
God destroyed the beasts in the flood as well. If he had not, then they would quickly outnumber the few people left, and become the threat to human life, Ex. 23:29 is a good example of how the Israelites took over the land, not instantly but over time so as to not allow the destruction of the population to provide an inordinate number of wild animals which would threaten the Israelites.
Luke 17:26:27, describes the attitude of the population right up to the day of the flood. They were eating and drinking, and otherwise having a good time and ignoring the threat of their destruction. That is until the door of the ark was closed.
They rejected the truth, Prov. 1:24-25, they rejected the council of God and Noah for 120 years, even after the judgment was pronounced. God will reject those who have first rejected Him, Matt. 7:22. They will have no one to save them, nor anyone to leave their inheritance to, Isa. 10:3. God did not feel sorry at the last moment and spare the world but went forward in His execution of judgment, 2 Pet. 2:5. Many kept to the ways of society of the ancients, Job 22:15-16, not considering the path of righteousness, totally rejecting God. The corrupt people got their reward of judgment, Psa. 91:7-8, but Job was in side praying as the storm of destruction was going on outside, Psa. 32:6.
Jer. 45:4-5, don't seek great things because the things of this world will fade away, will break down, will not last, and anything you gain, you will lose.
Now we should have a clear picture of the last day when Noah entered the ark and God closed the door. Remember that the door was closed by God and not Noah. It was sealed by God and not Noah. Once we are inside Gods protection by means of salvation first of all, and inside His will by means of spiritual growth secondly, then we will realize that God is in total control and we are not.
Hate to use the phrase, 'into everyones life a little rain will fall', but here it is certainly true. Gods judgment is certain and swift when its time comes. God is patient and waits for a long time, giving each of us more than ample time to come around to His wisdom and way of thinking. Too many people have too much time on their hands, too many other things that take up their attention. Excuses are easy to come by, and fear of God is generally too easy to ignore. But sooner or later each of our lives will come to a sudden brick wall and we will hit it hard.
Few will get the sense knocked into them from the sudden adversity, most will just find another excuse to blame others including God for their problems, and continue in their lives toward more misery.
The flood was certainly a dramatic period. One can only imagine the screams, the panic, the horror, the destruction that took place. Fear of God should not come from having to go through this kind of adversity. Smart people will get their heads screwed on straight and start taking control of their lives and get with a program of Bible study, and not just a hit and miss study, but a consistent study for the rest of their lives, everyday. This will place you in the ark that we have. Jesus Christ is the true ark, Bible doctrine is the construction material of the ark which we construct in our souls, and the application of Bible doctrine to our daily lives is the production from that ark. We use lots of analogies, such as the temple in our soul, the garden in our soul, precious stones and so forth. These are all teaching aids so we can learn the importance of a daily Bible study and the difference it will make in each of our lives.
Spiritual growth comes from being in fellowship, studying doctrine, learning from your studies and then you grow based on the application of the knowledge you possess in your soul, knowledge from Bible doctrine. We should take the Bible seriously and not treat it like a simple set of stories. The Bible is meant for teaching us doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that we might become mature and complete in our lives and production of our lives. Bible study is a spiritual phenomena, not merely an academic subject. Bible knowledge comes from Gods Spirit, the Holy Spirit, to our human spirit. Paul makes this very clear in many passages in the New testament, all of which we have covered in the past and will cover again.
Noah and his family were not cocky in while inside the ark, they prayed, and probably fervently and with the greatest of respect for God and the fear of Him. Those outside had an attitude of disrespect and an arrogance thinking themselves equal to or greater than God, but they could not even stop the flood water of the earth. The power of the world is far greater than the power of mankind. Certainly Gods power is infinitely greater than this world.
The breath of life was snatched away from all living things on the land. The world which existed in Havilah ended. The forested lands, the extensive orchards and vineyards, the pleasant weather all came to an abrupt end. At the end of the next chapter we will see more changes in weather, as well as life spans.
The water prevailed and man did not. So do we ponder our problems? No. We recognize, and quickly, that we are inferior and that we need help. We get with a Bible study program and try to quickly leave the problems of our life behind us, at least in our minds. We begin the long slow process of spiritual growth and stabilize our lives, and we stick with it. Trouble will always come and go, but we will still be here. With Bible doctrine in our souls, we will rise above the flood waters in the safety of Gods ark, Bible doctrine.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
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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