Genesis 7:11-24 (NIV) 11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the seventeenth day of the second month–on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. 12 And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights. 13 On that very day Noah and his sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, together with his wife and the wives of his three sons, entered the ark. 14 They had with them every wild animal according to its kind, all livestock according to their kinds, every creature that moves along the ground according to its kind and every bird according to its kind, everything with wings. 15 Pairs of all creatures that have the breath of life in them came to Noah and entered the ark. 16 The animals going in were male and female of every living thing, as God had commanded Noah. Then the LORD shut him in. 17 For forty days the flood kept coming on the earth, and as the waters increased they lifted the ark high above the earth. 18 The waters rose and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water. 19 They rose greatly on the earth, and all the high mountains under the entire heavens were covered. 20 The waters rose and covered the mountains to a depth of more than twenty feet. 21 Every living thing that moved on the earth perished–birds, livestock, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all mankind. 22 Everything on dry land that had the breath of life in its nostrils died. 23 Every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out; men and animals and the creatures that move along the ground and the birds of the air were wiped from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark. 24 The waters flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days.
On verses 11-24: Here just as the Lord promised, the flood comes, destroying human life and land animal life except for Moses, his family and the animals in the ark.
From this I learn and am reminded of the following:
1. As incredible as this event sounds, Jesus speaks on a number of occasions about the flood and gives no impression that it was anything but a real and historical event. Jesus compares what happened at the flood to what will happen at his second coming. For example, see Matthew 24:37-39 where Jesus says:
Matthew 24:37-39 (NIV) 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.
2. In certain places in Scripture, God describes his wrath like a great flood (for example, see Psalm 88:16-17). As Psalm 124 suggests, we don’t stand a chance against the floodwaters of God’s wrath: “If the Lord had not been on our side…the flood would have engulfed us, the torrent would have swept over us, the raging waters would have swept us away.” (Psalm 124:1, 4, 5) Our only hope in the flood of God’s holy wrath is to find refuge in whatever God makes available to us. For our salvation, the one thing God has made available to us as our refuge — our God-given ark, if you will — is Jesus Christ, not our own merit or performance. You are always best off trusting in God’s Word and God’s plan. As Jesus says when describing the person who trusts in His Word, “He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.” (Luke 6:48)
3. Just as Noah and his family in the ark floated on top of the floodwaters, so when you trust in God, floodwaters may come but they will not sweep over you. Those who trust in the Lord can rest safely on top of the floodwaters, knowing that as the floodwaters rise, they will rise all the more. As Psalm 29:10 says, God sits enthroned above the flood. If your life is hidden in Jesus Christ, then just as Jesus sits over the flood, so you can too.
Heavenly Father, thank You though floodwaters may come, those who trust in You will rise above the flood with You. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!