Genesis Segment 08 (6:10-8:22)

(Gen 6:10) And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

The sons shared in the genealogy of their father, Noah for they were a part of the “generations of Noah.” They were included in the grace their father found in the eyes of the Lord as we saw in verses 8 and 9. (See Segment 7). We note in verse 18 that apparently their wives found grace in God’s eyes as well.

The entire human race is descended from Noah’s sons and their wives. We are included in the generations of Noah. Please note, once again, that Noah was not perfect, that is, he was not sin free. He found grace in God’s eyes for he was faithful to God. Therefore God saved him. All of the saved in both the Old Covenant and the New were and are saved because of their faith in God.

Noah received the grace of God because of his faith. Abraham was credited with righteousness because of his faith. Enoch was translated because of his faith. Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, David, and many other Old Testament figures were saved because of their faith in God. None was perfect but because of the grace of God they were saved. Just as our father Noah was not perfect; neither are we. But because of the grace of God we are saved and our sin debt has been paid. See Hebrews Chapter 11, “The Hall of Faith”. This is not where we learn about the descendants of Noah’s sons or the nations they fathered. That information is written elsewhere.

(Gen 6:11-12) The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. {12} And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.

The whole earth can include the entire globe. It can also mean a specific area of the world or the earth. It can refer to a country, the land, a nation, or a political area. The underlying Hebrew word, ארץ, ‘erets, has many shadings of meaning. We must consider the context to determine the true meaning of the word. Here we are talking about the population because the passage refers to all flesh. All flesh means all humanity. Therefore, in this instance the word means the inhabited portion of the earth, or, more specifically the inhabitants of the world. That means that the entire population of the entire world at that time was corrupt. What that also means is that men’s thoughts were all evil continually (Gen 6:5). Men and women had no righteous thoughts; therefore they had no righteous actions. In fact, violence was commonplace. Evil reigned over the entire populated world with the exception of Noah and his family, who were all God-fearers.

The people were very happy with their lifestyles. They were blissfully unaware that they were displeasing to God. They continued in their sinful lifestyles unabated and unconcerned. Jesus told us that in Matthew 24:37-39, “But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. {38} For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, {39} And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” That is much like today. Men and women are blissfully ignorant of their sin, claiming that theirs is only a lifestyle choice that is not inherently sinful. “After all,” they reason, “I’m a good person and a loving God would not disapprove of my lifestyle”.

(Gen 6:13) And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

God, in his infinite grace, confided in Noah. To come before God is to have Him take special notice of one. All flesh, which is to say, all mankind had become so evil and so violent that God determined to destroy them. Some say that the violence on earth was perpetrated by the Nephillim, or the giants that were on earth in those days (Gen 6:4), and because of them all the earth was filled with violence. Perhaps; but if only the Nephillim were corrupt and violent why does God tell us the whole world was violent? And why did he destroy the entire human race with the exception of Noah and his sons if only the giants were responsible for the violence? No, God destroyed the race because the whole race was corrupt and filled with evil thoughts continually.

(Gen 6:14-16) Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch. {15} And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits. {16} A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it.

The ark was made of gopher wood, or cypress. Some maintain it was cedar. Both are woods resistant to rot under wet conditions. It was covered with pitch, or bitumen, a resin which, according to Strong’s Concordance, is made from the henna plant. The word for pitch is kafar, the word used for the Atonement Cover of the Ark of the Covenant. Our word, cover, comes from the Hebrew kafar (pronounced “kaw‘-far“). The pitch waterproofed the ship.

Using sacred cubits (about 25 inches), the ark was 625 feet long, 104 feet wide, and 62 feet tall. That is a volume of 4,030,000 cubic feet. There were three interior decks, each approximately 20 feet tall, and each having an area of 65000 square feet, and a volume of 1,300,000 cubic feet. The total deck space for inhabitation was 195,000 square feet. That is the same area as six and one half football fields laying side by side or 100 moderate sized houses. There was plenty of space for the crew, cargo, and rations, especially if rations and animal cages were stacked, which was likely for smaller animals.

The window was constructed in a two-foot extension or superstructure above the top of the entire ship. There was an entryway in the side of the ark, perhaps entering into the second story, but that is not made plain.

It is very likely that the people of the world would have laughed at Noah and considered him a nut case. “Give me a break Noah, this thing is miles and miles from the sea. How you gonna get it there, push it? Ha ha ha ha!” It probably angered many others. “Who does that Noah guy think he is; God’s gift? Does he think he is better than we are? Somebody should stop him! Crazy old man!” But God protected Noah.

(Gen 6:17) And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die.

“I, even I”, is an oath God took upon Himself. It would happen. This flood would kill every living creature that drew breath. This would exempt fish and animals that lived under water. Of course, we know that marine mammals (dolphins, whales, manatees, etc.) breathe air, but they live under water. Any air breathing animal that lived on land would die.

 (Gen 6:18) But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives with thee.

The Hebrew word translated “establish” is from the root word, quwm, Strong’s 6965. It means to accomplish. God would accomplish His covenant by putting Noah and his family and the animals into the ark. God Himself placed the passengers and creatures on the ark and sealed it. (Gen 7:16). In more modern terms, God executed the contract with Noah.

(Gen 6:19-20) And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female. {20} Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive.

This includes every animal that God wished to save from the flood. Remember that even large reptiles are born small. So even the giant reptiles we know as dinosaurs from the supposed Jurassic Period of the Mesozoic Era could have been taken aboard as juveniles, thus small enough to fit on the ark. Yes, I believe dinosaurs were living at the same time as men. The flood likely wiped most of them out. Modern witnesses claim to have seen living dinosaurs like Nessie, the Loch Ness monster. It is not beyond the realm of possibility that they have seen real dinosaurs that survived the flood in the ark. Most believe such things to be legends. Yet, the possibility exists. Creeping things would include insects, so roaches, yes roaches, would have been aboard the ark. They were probably aboard from the very beginning of construction. There were probably more than two roaches aboard. They are amazing creatures.

(Gen 6:21-22) And take thou unto thee of all food that is eaten, and thou shalt gather it to thee; and it shall be for food for thee, and for them. {22} Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.

God provided the food necessary for humans and for animals but Noah and his sons had to gather and store it. Remember that before the flood there were no carnivores. Men ate of the fruit of the trees. Before the flood, the fruit of the trees, seed bearing plants, and green herbs were for food (Gen 1:29-30). After the flood God added every living thing, including plants, as food (Gen 9:3). Noah was faithful and followed the will of God.  

(Gen 7:1) And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.

God found Noah to be the only righteous man of his era. In this verse, generation could also have been translated “age”. It means a period of time. It can be understood many ways; the context tells us how we should read it. In this context, generation is more appropriate, for God was speaking of the specific period of time when Noah lived. He meant the generation living when Noah lived.

(Gen 7:2-3) Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female. {3} Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.

After the flood, clean beasts were able to be eaten, and were used as sacrifices. How did Noah even know of clean and unclean beasts since Moses wrote the law some 2000 years later? Remember Enoch? He walked with God. So did Noah. God passed information on to Noah’s ancestors like Adam and Enoch. Since Noah also walked with God, God imparted information to him, too. These animals would repopulate the earth, each according to his own kind. The seven pairs of clean beasts were taken so that Noah could offer sacrifices to God after the ark landed and the ground dried (see Gen 8:20).

(Gen 7:4) For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.

Here, God gives Noah one week’s warning. In seven days God would make it rain for forty days and forty nights. Forty is a Biblical number that signifies testing (or trial) or probation, or even chastisement. Here it is a period of trial for Noah and the internees on the ark. But it is divine punishment on those whom the flood destroyed.

This sentence begins with כי, kee, meaning ‘for.’ Many modern translations leave out the word, ‘for,’ which changes the tenor of the sentence. Adding the word ‘for’ gives the sense that God is allowing Noah seven days to load up all the animals. Leaving ‘for’ off, the sense is that they were all in the ark seven days before the rains began. Gen 7:7-14 (especially Gen 7:13) tells us that it took seven days to load the ship, then it rained.  In Luk 17:27, Jesus confirmed that the day Noah entered the ark it began to rain. Thus Noah was not in the ark seven days before it rained, but entered the ark on the seventh day.

(Gen 7:5-9) And Noah did according unto all that the LORD commanded him. And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth. {7} And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood. {8} Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth, {9} There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah.

Noah did just as God commanded. Again, the mockers probably crowded around to see Noah get aboard and to jeer and laugh at him. The environmentalists, already angry at him for wasting resources, demonstrated against the ark. The animal rights crowd demanded the Noah free all those animals he was holding captive. The food police demanded he return that food so the less fortunate could eat and so that the babies would not starve. The unions were demonstrating against the unfair practice of Noah and his sons building the ark without union laborers. The building inspectors demanded that Noah provide them with architectural drawings and pay a fine for not obtaining a permit. The DOT people demanded Noah test the ark for seaworthiness before boarding passengers. Homeland Security called for Noah and his family to submit to a full body scan or strip search before boarding. The bookies were taking odds on whether or not it would flood and if it did flood on whether or not the ark would float. And last but not least, the first tail-gate party occurred there! Not really; I jest.

(Gen 7:10-12) And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth. {11} In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. {12} And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.

The “deep” in Hebrew is: Strong’s 8415, tehowm, teh-home’; or tehom, teh-home’; an abyss (as a surging mass of water), especially the deep (the main sea or the subterranean water-supply).

We know from Gen 1:6, that there were waters above and beneath the firmament, but this supply of water is subterranean or beneath the ground. Gen 2:6 mentions that the mists came up out of the ground (from the subterranean water supply) to water the plants. The Septuagint (LXX) says that a fountain watered the ground. Most modern translations follow the LXX reading on this subject. Whether a fog came up out of the ground daily or a fountain arose, the same idea is extant—that there were waters under the surface of the earth. Here, in addition to the rain, the subterranean waters erupted onto the surface, helping to flood the land. After they entered the ark, Yehovah shut them in. They were under his divine protection, and nothing could hurt them.

This was the first time any rain occurred on earth. The people would never have seen rain before this time. This likely added to their panic when the flood waters began to cover them and they began to drown.

(Gen 7:13) In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah’s wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark;

Eight souls in all, 1 Pet 3:20. Peter says they were saved by water, which is true for the water buoyed the ship on its surface saving the eight souls and all the animals from drowning. Peter compared this to baptism, which allows us to come into God’s presence with a clear conscience. It does not physically wash away the dirt from your skin, but clears the conscience. When I baptize, I make this statement, “Buried with Christ in His death; raised to new life in Christ”.

(Gen 7:14-16)  They, and every beast after his kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind, and every fowl after his kind, every bird of every sort.  (15)  And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life.  (16)  And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in.

Noah did as God commanded. He did so even in the face of adversity and calamity.

(Gen 7:16) And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in.

After they entered the ark, Yehovah shut them in. They were under his divine protection, and nothing could hurt them.

(Gen 7:17-19)  And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth.  (18)  And the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters.  (19)  And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered.

The waters continued to rise unabated for forty days. The entire globe was covered with water. When out to sea fishing or on a cruise, I have seen nothing but water from horizon to horizon. Those waters can get very angry at times. Yet I always knew that shore was just a few hours or days away. Noah did not have the knowledge. He depended entirely on God for his safety.

(Gen 7:20) Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered.

There are two cubits, the profane and the sacred. The profane cubit is about 18 inches, and the sacred cubit is 25 inches. Therefore, fifteen cubits give us a range of 22.5 to 31.25 feet. Was the water only 22 feet deep? No, we are told that the water covered all the hills or mountains. The water was fifteen cubits over the top of the highest site in the land (‘erets).

The mountain ranges and ocean basins were formed during the flood. Thus the highest point on earth may not have been as tall as our current mountains are. If the whole surface of the earth were flatter than now, then much less water would have been needed to cover the earth. We know from verse 19 that there were hills on earth, some of which were high and some that reached mountain height. But they were likely not as high as the mountains that formed as the waters receded and the basins of the oceans formed. Those are the great mountain ranges we see today.

(The glory of God is seen in the grandeur of the mountains. One can see in the Great Smokey Mountains how God pushed the land and it wrinkled like a rug that is pushed toward its center. What a grand, beautiful, and awe-inspiring sight! I have not seen the Green Mountains in Vermont or the Ozarks in Arkansas, but it is a safe wager that they and all the other mountain ranges in the USA are also grand, beautiful, and awe-inspiring.)

(Gen 7:21-23) And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man: {22} All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died. {23} And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.

Every air-breathing animal and all humans perished from the world. By deduction, we know that the fish remained and so did plant life that was able to survive flooding conditions. Of course, most plant species would have survived in seed form. The word rendered cattle in the KJV simply means four legged animals. That word covers many species.

(Gen 7:24) And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days.

The number, one hundred and fifty, is only used elsewhere in the Bible to signify silver or men. In Solomon’s day the price of a horse was 150 shekels of silver. A Hebrew shekel was about 10 drams avoirdupois or .625 ounce. 150 shekels weighed 93.75 ounces or 5.86 pounds. Find out what an avoirdupois ounce of silver costs and you can figure out the price of a horse in Solomon’s time.

Twice in the Bible 150 is used for the price of a horse in shekels of silver during Solomon’s reign. Look in 1 Kin 10:29 and 2 Chr 1:17. The number is used to signify a complement of fighting men in 1 Chr :40, where it is a complement of archers who were men of valor. Nehemiah speaks of 150 Jews and rulers who sat at his table (Neh 5:17). They were in addition to his servants. They all helped build the wall around Jerusalem.

Apparently, based on the Bible accounts of 150, the number signifies adequacy. 150 shekels of silver were adequate to purchase a horse in Solomon’s time. 150 archers of valor were adequate as Benjamin’s addition to the fighting men of Israel. And 150 Jews and rulers was an adequate number of freemen to help Nehemiah. One hundred and fifty days of flood conditions were adequate to destroy all air breathing life in the world except, of course, the marine mammals.

(Gen 8:1) And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters asswaged;

God did not forget Noah. The word translated “remembered” (zakar, Strong’s 2142) can also mean “to be mindful of.” God set his mind to ending the flood. An adequate number of days of flood had passed, and it was time for God to end the flood. He set his mind to it.

Wind is ruach (Strong’s 7307), which is the same word used of the Holy Spirit (the ruach ‘ha qodesh or ruach hakodesh). The wind helped assuage the waters.

(Gen 8:2-3) The fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained; {3} And the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated.

It is obvious from the phrase “and the rain . . . was restrained,” that the widows of heaven refer to rain. The word translated window is ‘arubbah (Strong’s 699) which refers to an opening through which an abundance flows. One of its meanings is a sluice gate or a floodgate. An abundance of water flowed through the floodgates of heaven. It rained continually for forty days and nights. The flood reached its crest in forty days and nights. It then took another 110 days for the flood to recede and the ark to be on dry ground once again.

(Gen 8:4) And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.

A ship the size of a small aircraft carrier (625 feet long—almost two football fields) would draw a few feet of water. The ark rested on a mountaintop before the mountain could be seen. Its keel, still below the water line, ran aground. The seventh month is Tishri. This was five months after Noah, his family, and the animals boarded the ark.

Mount Ararat is a system of two volcanic peaks in present day Armenia. It is also the name of a kingdom that extended from eastern Turkey to the Caucasus Mountains and into present day Iran. Ararat is a Semitic word meaning “highest peak”. There have been several possible sites where the ark landed. Though none are proven to be Noah’s ark, some are very good possibilities. Yet none is certain.

No one has come up with definitive proof that any of the sites is the actual ark. And rightly so, for what do men do when they come upon objects from ancient scripture? They venerate them. An example is the place where the Roman Emperor Constantine’s wife Helena said Christ was born. The site is still venerated today. That is why I don’t believe we will ever know the actual site in this life for God wants us to worship Him, not biblical sites.

(Gen 8:5-6) And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month: in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, were the tops of the mountains seen. {6} And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made:

From the seventeenth day of the second month (Iyyar) until the first day of the tenth (Tevet) month is 8 months, 14 days. Add forty days to that and we get nine months and 24 days or the 24th of Shebat. Hebrew months had either 29 or 30 days so these figures may be off by a few days. That is how long it was between the shutting and the re-opening of the ark. Then he finally opened the window and looked out. He saw dry land but there was water still on the earth. That would be a pleasing sight for someone what had been through what Noah had experienced.

(Gen 8:7) And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth.

In other words, the raven did not return, because it was able to sustain itself until the waters dried. This is how the Septuagint renders it: “And he sent forth a raven; and it went forth and returned not until the water was dried from off the earth” (Brenton’s Translation of the LXX). Being a carrion bird, dry ground would contain rotting carcasses and the raven would be attracted to them. Additionally there may have been carcasses of men and animals floating on the surface, which would have the same result; the raven could land on the carcasses and sustain itself in either case. The means that the raven could fly to and fro until the water receded. Thus Noah probably understood that dry land may or may not have been available. Even if some dry land were available, because of the raven’s penchant for carrion, the land may still have been too wet to successfully support men or animals with the exception of the raven. Noah did not know if the waters had receded, or, if it had, whether or not the resulting land was suitable to live on, so he waited.

(Gen 8:8-9) Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground; {9} But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth: then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark.

The dove, on the other hand, proved that there was no dry land. Doves are very much homing animals. When she couldn’t find land she returned home.

(Gen 8:10-11) And he stayed yet other seven days; and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark; {11} And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf plucked off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth.

The significance of this event is that the waters had receded enough for an olive tree to be on dry land. As for the olive leaf, there could have been some leaves left upon the tree after the flood, or perhaps it was just a bud of a leaf. At any rate, the Scripture explains that Noah knew that the waters had receded when the dove came back with the leaf.

(Gen 8:12) And he stayed yet other seven days; and sent forth the dove; which returned not again unto him any more.

This time the dove found a place to light and food to sustain it so it did not return, proving it was becoming safe to venture out of the ship.

(Gen 8:13) And it came to pass in the six hundredth and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from off the earth: and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and, behold, the face of the ground was dry.

Some ten and one half months after the flood began (see Gen 7:11) the waters had receded and Noah looked out and saw that the ground was drying. Even though the verb, חרנו, charbu, in the qal perfect tense (which is correctly rendered ‘was dry’) is used here, the next verse actually qualifies this verb usage. The Septuagint helps us out here as well. Brenton’s translation of the LXX is, “. . . and Noe opened the covering of the ark which he had made, and he saw that the water had subsided from the face of the earth.” By implication, and taking into consideration the next verse, we understand that only the water had subsided and the ground was not yet completely dry. Therefore, in popular parlance we would say that the ground was still drying. Some modern translations render it ‘drying’. The ground was not completely dry yet as verse 14 will tell us.

(Gen 8:14) And in the second month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, was the earth dried.

One month and twenty six days later the ground had dried. Thus on the first day of the first month of Noah’s 601st year (Gen 8:13) the ground was still drying; even though the waters had receded it was not yet dry. Then, on the 27th day of the second month of Noah’s 601st year the ground was finally dry.

(Gen 8:15-17)  And God spake unto Noah, saying,  (16)  Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons’ wives with thee.  (17)  Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, of all flesh, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth; that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth.

Notice that God commanded that after they disembarked from the ark, Noah, his family, and all the animals were to multiply and increase their numbers on the earth.

(Gen 8:18-19) And Noah went forth, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him:  (19)  Every beast, every creeping thing, and every fowl, and whatsoever creepeth upon the earth, after their kinds, went forth out of the ark.

So they all disembarked. Of course there were stores still on the ark and they had to be removed. There were provisions on the ark to sustain Noah and his family until the food supply increased on the earth. It is possible that Noah and his family continued to live in the ark until shelter was available away from the ark.

(Gen 8:20) And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.

This is the reason Noah took seven pairs of clean beasts upon the ark. See Gen 7:2, and note above. Since Noah was grateful to God for sparing his life, he offered a sacrifice to God.

(Gen 8:21) And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.

God was pleased with Noah’s faithfulness and his offering and spoke what we know as the Noahic Covenant. God promised, without conditions, that he would never again curse the ground even though mankind was wicked from birth. This, of course was the second time God cursed the ground because of man’s wickedness. The first time was after the fall of Adam and Eve and their expulsion from Eden. God also promised that he would never again destroy all life from the earth. The Noahic Covenant is fully developed in Gen 9:8-17.

(Gen 8:22) While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

The earth would remain in its present form from the time of Noah until the earth is renewed in the end time by fire and a new heaven and earth emerges from the fire. See Eccl 1:4 and  2 Pet 3:7.


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