Animals used to illustrate God's
7:2-4 "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. Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the
female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth. 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."
second listing of the animals that came into the ark to keep seed alive,
we see a parallel between what is said about the animals and the subject
of predestination as it is introduced in the covenant of redemption. We
restate the covenant of redemption as follows: Rom. 8:29, 30 "For whom
he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image
of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he
called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also
glorified." Those that God foreknew were also predestinated to be
conformed to the image of his son, that he might be the firstborn among
many brethren. A simple definition of predestination is to fix the
final destination beforehand. God fixed the final destination of those
that he chose before the foundation of the world. That final
destination is to be conformed to the image of His Son.
Obviously, the destination of those on the ark was not the same as the
final destination of those in the covenant of redemption. However, the
parallels are striking. God tell us both the final destination to be
brought about by the flood waters on both those on the ark and those not
on the ark:
1. To those on the ark we read this about their
destination: "to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth."
2. To those not on the ark we read this about
their destination: "and every living substance that I have made will I
destroy from off the face of the earth."
final destination of the people and animals on the ark and those not on
the ark was spoken about of God a full seven days before the flood
waters began to come upon the ark. The final destination was determined
Sees Noah Righteous
"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."
Righteousness is a broad and multifaceted subject in the scriptures.
First, when Adam transgressed in the Garden of Eden, he brought
condemnation upon himself and all of his posterity: Rom. 5:12
"Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin;
and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:"… 18
"Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to
condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came
upon all men unto justification of life." Because of the effects of the
law of sin and death we read in Rom. 3:10 "As it is written, There is
none righteous, no, not one:" Thus, we ask ourselves, "How did God see
Noah righteous?" The answer is found in the effectual covenant work of
Jesus Christ when he shed his blood for the elect family of God on the
cross: 2 Cor. 5:21 "For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no
sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him." Therefore,
according to the law of substitutionary atonement Christ became sin for
us and suffered the judgment of sin on our behalf and we became
righteous before God by the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ.
judgment of sin all the elect are righteous before God. However, not
all the elect continually walk in the pathway of righteousness. God
sees them in judgment righteous. In their walk, many times God sees us
as walking unrighteous or ungodly. Only a righteous man can walk
righteously. Noah in being obedient to the commandment of God walked
righteously before God: Gen. 6:22 "Thus did Noah; according to all that
God commanded him, so did he." Therefore, God saw Noah's judicial
standing before him as being righteous because of the atoning blood of
Christ, and he saw the works of Noah as being righteous works because of
Noah's obedience to the commandment of God in building the ark.
Moreover, Noah was faithful to the things which God told him and to the
promises of God. Additionally, therefore, Noah's faith was imputed as
righteousness by God.
teaches us that as the elect of God we have a righteous judicial
standing before God due to the atoning blood of Christ. We have our
faith imputed for righteousness as we believe God. We have our works
appear as righteous works when we obey the commandments of God.
waters came from three sources
7:11-12 "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. And
the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights."
Throughout the scriptures we see pictures of the Godhead. The Godhead
is described for us in 1 John 5:7 "For there are three that bear record
in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are
one." The three yet one Godhead has been a mystery to multitudes of
bible students. I am convinced there are things about the Godhead we
will not be able to understand until it is revealed to us in heaven.
Yet we get glimpses of the Godhead throughout the scriptures.
scriptures pertaining to the events of the flood we see several pictures
of the Godhead. The ark itself had three stories, yet was one ark. One
dove was sent forth by Noah three times. The flood waters came from
flood waters came from forty days and forty nights of rain. They also
came when the fountains of the great deep were broken up. The third
source came from the windows of heaven being opened. As we recall, in
creation God separated the waters which were above the firmament from
the waters which were below the firmament. The firmament was called
heaven. There was a water envelope in the outer atmosphere above the
earth. As we have previously seen, this water envelope was largely
responsible for man living so long before the flood. These waters came
down from the outer atmosphere during the flood.
these three sources of water the earth was covered and all in whose
nostrils was the breath of life died in the judgmental flood waters:
Gen. 7:19-24 "And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and
all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered.
Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were
covered. 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: All in whose nostrils was the breath of
life, of all that was in the dry land, died. 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. And the waters prevailed upon the earth
an hundred and fifty days."