Welcome back to As He Leads, a Bible study podcast for busy women! I apologize for the long break. I had some health issues that had to get sorted out at the end of 2020 and they prevented me from being able to move forward with this study. God is good and I am feeling much better, so we begin again where we left off.
As promised, I want to provide you with information from people who have done their ark research. Click here for comparative details about the size of the ark and the Biblical account of the flood versus other localized, mythological floods. Click here for more details about the number of and caring for the animals on board.
Dr. Thomas L Constable’s Notes on Genesis from soniclight.com
“7:1-10 God, in His grace, invited Noah to enter the ark with his family (v. 1; cf. 8:15). God took the initiative, as He later did in calling Abram (cf. 12:1). This is the first occurrence of the offer “Come” in the Bible (v. 1, NET). This invitation continues throughout Scripture, the last offer being in Revelation 22:17. God extends the invitation to people, He urges them to take advantage of the perfect provision He has made for their preservation, and He offers it in a time of impending judgment and gloom.”
MacArthur Bible Commentary
“7:11 … all the fountains of the great deep were broken up. The subterranean waters sprang up from inside the earth to form the seas and rivers (1:10; 2:10-14), which were not produced by rainfall (since there was none), but by deep fountains in the earth. Such a catastrophe would also easily explain why so many of the earth’s mountain ranges give evidence of having once been under the sea. the windows of heaven. The celestial waters in the canopy encircling the globe were dumped on the earth and joined with the terrestrial and the subterranean waters (cf 1:7). This ended the water canopy surrounding the earth and unleashed the water in the earth; together, these phenomena began the new system of hydrology that has since characterized the earth (see Job 26:8; Eccl. 1:7; Is. 55:10; Amos 9:6). The sequence in this verse, indicating that the earth’s crust breaks up first, then the heavens drop their water, is interesting because the volcanic explosions that would have occurred when the earth fractured would have sent magma and dust into the atmosphere, along with gigantic sprays of water, gas, and air-all penetrating the canopy and triggering its downpour.”
Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible
“7:16 and the Lord shut him in — literally, “covered him round about.” The “shutting him in” intimated that Noah had become the special object of divine care and protection, and that to those without the season of grace was over (Matthew 25:10).”
Today’s challenge was brought to you from Hebrews 13:8 (ESV), which says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Friends, if we believe the Bible is the true and living Word of God, then we believe Noah built an ark that was divinely filled and protected. Then we believe Methuselah lived to be 969 years old. We believe that the God of All Creation spoke and everything came into existence, then we must also believe He can and will and does carry us through the storms of life.
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