Genesis 7: The Power of Being on Time

In Genesis 7, we are basically looking at the boarding of the ark as well as the beginning of the rain.

Quickly, as a slight continuation of yesterday, we see the fact that Noah was obedient in verse five and did exactly what he was commanded to do.

Actually, I think that this entire post will be mainly a continuation of yesterday but with a little different twist.

If you recall from yesterday, Noah was commanded to build the ark in a very specific way. He was given exact dimensions for everything, and I talked about how while it might not have practically mattered, it mattered because that was what God told him to do.

Today, we see another reason why it mattered.

Let me give you the verses to start us off.

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;

Gen 7:14  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.

Gen 7:15  And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life.

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.

Gen 7:17  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.

God had previously told Noah that in seven days it would rain. He was under a time limit so to speak, and everything had to be prepared at the end of this seven days. In fact, we see in verse 16 that they did enter the ark on time and God shut the door.

Referring back to yesterday, if Noah had decided that he wanted the ark to be bigger, he would not have been able to finish the ark on time. Of course, if God wanted to, he could have easily extended the deadline, but I think that the important part here is that He didn’t have to.

Noah did what he had to do. He made sure that his project was done on time and was in accordance with the directions that God laid out.

I think that this is the take away for all of us again. When we do what God wants us to do, we also will be able to survive the floods that come into our life. We all have tough times, but we fortunately have a power source who can help us rise above all of it.

Php 4:13  I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

We know that Noah built the ark because God told him to. He probably would not have done something like that on his own. Similarly, we might think that situations are far too much to handle, but if we follow the will of God, He will provide us with the strength to make it happen.

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About Zak Schmoll

Zak Schmoll is the founder of Entering the Public Square, and Managing Editor of An Unexpected Journal. He earned his MA in Apologetics at Houston Baptist University and is currently a PhD student in Humanities at Faulkner University. His work has been featured on several websites including The Federalist, Public Discourse and the Fourth World Journal.

Posted on July 29, 2012, in Genesis and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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