Genesis 7: The Great Flood

For how long might Noah have waited to hear God say, “Board the ship”?

Author’s Thoughts
Author’s Insights Pending
Author’s Paraphrase
Genesis 7:1 God said to Noah, “Go on board the ship with your family. Among all the people, you alone are righteous.
King James
Genesis 7:1 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.

How do you think Noah felt about leaving so many people behind?

Author’s Thoughts
Author’s Insights Pending
Author’s Paraphrase
Genesis 7:1 God said to Noah, “Go on board the ship with your family. Among all the people, you alone are righteous.
King James
Genesis 7:1 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.

How do you think people felt when they were excluded from the ship?

Author’s Thoughts
Author’s Insights Pending
Author’s Paraphrase
Genesis 7:1 God said to Noah, “Go on board the ship with your family. Among all the people, you alone are righteous.
King James
Genesis 7:1 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.

How long would it have taken to gather all the animals and load the ship?

Author’s Thoughts
Author’s Insights Pending
Author’s Paraphrase
Genesis 7:2–4 Take seven pairs of each clean animal, the male and female, but only one pair of each kind of unclean animal. Of the birds, take seven pairs of each kind, the male and female, so the species may continue to live upon the earth. In seven days, I will bring rain for forty days and nights. Every living thing upon the earth will be destroyed.”
King James
Genesis 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.

How did Noah know how much food would be needed?

Author’s Thoughts
Author’s Insights Pending
Author’s Paraphrase
Genesis 7:2–4 Take seven pairs of each clean animal, the male and female, but only one pair of each kind of unclean animal. Of the birds, take seven pairs of each kind, the male and female, so the species may continue to live upon the earth. In seven days, I will bring rain for forty days and nights. Every living thing upon the earth will be destroyed.”
King James
Genesis 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.

When do you think Noah first learned how God was going to destroy everything on Earth?

Author’s Thoughts
Author’s Insights Pending
Author’s Paraphrase
Genesis 7:4 In seven days, I will bring rain for forty days and nights. Every living thing upon the earth will be destroyed.”
King James
Genesis 7:4 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.

If people had never seen rain, how would they know what it was?

Author’s Thoughts
Author’s Insights Pending
Author’s Paraphrase
Genesis 2:5 from a time before the grass and plants had begun to grow, for rain had not yet fallen upon the earth and people weren’t there to work the land.
Genesis 7:4 In seven days, I will bring rain for forty days and nights. Every living thing upon the earth will be destroyed.”
King James
Genesis 2:5 nd every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.
Genesis 7:4 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.

Where did Noah get help in doing all that God had commanded?

Author’s Thoughts
Author’s Insights Pending
Author’s Paraphrase
Genesis 7:5–10 Noah did everything exactly as God had commanded.
When the deluge came, Noah was six hundred years old. To escape the flood, he boarded the ship with his wife, his sons, and his sons’ wives. Animals and birds and everything that crawls, male and female, went into the ship as God had commanded.
A week later, the flood came.
King James
Genesis 7:5–10 And Noah did according unto all that the Lord commanded him. And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth. And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood. Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth, there went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah. And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth.

What would the logistical challenges be in caring for all the animals?

Author’s Thoughts
Author’s Insights Pending
Author’s Paraphrase
Genesis 7:5–10 Noah did everything exactly as God had commanded.
When the deluge came, Noah was six hundred years old. To escape the flood, he boarded the ship with his wife, his sons, and his sons’ wives. Animals and birds and everything that crawls, male and female, went into the ship as God had commanded.
A week later, the flood came.
Genesis 7:24 One-hundred-fifty days passed, and the water still covered everything.
King James
Genesis 7:5–10 And Noah did according unto all that the Lord commanded him. And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth. And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood. Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth, there went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah. And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth.
Genesis 7:24 And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days.

How deep did the water have to get to cover the earth?

Author’s Thoughts
Author’s Insights Pending
Author’s Paraphrase
Genesis 7:11–12 On the seventeenth day of the second month, water burst forth from the aquifers beneath while torrents poured from the sky, and the rain continued to fall for forty more days.
Genesis 7:18–23 The water pushed upward, higher and higher, but the ship remained safely afloat. After the flood had covered the highest mountains, it kept rising for another twenty-three feet until nothing was left alive anywhere on Earth. Everything that breathed was dead—people, livestock, wild animals, and birds. Only Noah and those with him in the ship survived.
King James
Genesis 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.
Genesis 7:18–23 And the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters. 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.

Outside the ship, what did people do as the waters continued to rise?

Author’s Thoughts
Author’s Insights Pending
Author’s Paraphrase
Genesis 7:18–23 The water pushed upward, higher and higher, but the ship remained safely afloat. After the flood had covered the highest mountains, it kept rising for another twenty-three feet until nothing was left alive anywhere on Earth. Everything that breathed was dead—people, livestock, wild animals, and birds. Only Noah and those with him in the ship survived.
King James
Genesis 7:18–23 And the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters. 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.

What did the passengers do for drinking water for forty days?

Author’s Thoughts
Author’s Insights Pending
Author’s Paraphrase
Genesis 7:13–17 The same day that it began to rain, Noah and his sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and all their wives entered the ship. All kinds of beasts, livestock, and birds went into the ship with Noah, pairs of all living creatures. After male and female of all flesh had entered as commanded, God closed the door behind them.
For forty days, the floodwaters rose, and the ship floated on the surface.
King James
Genesis 7:13–17 n 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; 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. And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life. And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in. 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.

Do you think Noah knew how long the flood would last? Why?

Author’s Thoughts
Author’s Insights Pending
Author’s Paraphrase
Genesis 7:24 One-hundred-fifty days passed, and the water still covered everything.
King James
Genesis 7:24 And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days.