06 October, 2019

Genesis 7—“For yet seven days … I will cause it to rain upon the earth …”

And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark … 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 … And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth (Gen. 7:1, 4, 10).


Q. 1. “God tells Noah to go into the ark ... Does God then bring the floods?  No.  God waits seven more days, which can only be interpreted as an act of His kindness and longsuffering, delaying His judgments beyond all expectation, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance …”

How would you reconcile the idea of God’s longsufferingness and desire for all to be saved with the fact that the ark was closed with Noah and family in it, and that God had told them that they must enter and shut the door? (DK, 23/09/2019)

Q. 2. “But the ark door was only shut (and sealed by God) after the 7 extra days ... not before.”

Genesis 7:16 makes clear that the Lord shut the door to the ark. WHEN the Lord did so, Scripture does not say explicitly. But 7:16 can certainly be read to mean that God did so as soon as Noah was in. There is NO indication that the door stayed open for a time. (DK, 04/10/2019)

Q. 3 “The very fact that the ark could have held many more people is a testimony to God’s ‘sincerity’ and benevolence in that the offer is real:  if they would believe, there is room for them, a sufficient atonement that could save them, and they would be saved. If there was no such benevolence, offer, or desire for the rest of the human population on God’s part, He would have had an ark minimally necessary for the animals and Noah’s family, and no one else, and there would be no de facto allowance for other persons to come into the ark if they would, and the atonement would not be sufficient for them …”

The argument here raises other questions. God commanded Noah to go in; why then did He not command others? Or, if God was merely waiting to see if any others would go in, why did He not just wait to see if Noah would go in?  Clearly there is a recognition here that God treats some men differently than others–to Noah the command, to others a wait and see approach.  In fact, we see no indication that God commanded, or desired any others to go in. If it weren’t for the idea of the well-meant offer already implanted in someone’s mind, he would never read of it here.  But we can’t disprove it from Genesis 7, because that chapter does not say the things he suggests it says. (DK, 04/10/2019)

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