Genesis Chapter 8, vs. 13-22 with Betty

 13 And it came to pass in the six hundredth and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from off the earth: and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and, behold, the face of the ground was dry.

14 And in the second month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, was the earth dried.

15 And God spake unto Noah, saying,

16 Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons’ wives with thee.

17 Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, of all flesh, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth; that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth.

18 And Noah went forth, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him:

19 Every beast, every creeping thing, and every fowl, and whatsoever creepeth upon the earth, after their kinds, went forth out of the ark.

20 And Noah builded an altar unto the Lord; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.

21 And the Lord smelled a sweet savour; and the Lord said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.

22 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

K.J.V. Bible Text

My Thoughts:

How thrilled Noah and his family must have been after all that time in the ark when he was finally able to remove the covering and see the light of the sun and breathe fresh air. Even though it was nearly two more months before God told him to come out of the ark, those two months must have been far more comfortable.

Perhaps during those two months the bird on board all began to fly to and fro as the raven and dove had done. Perhaps the elephants lifted their trunks and trumpeted. Opening up that ark must have been a great occasion for joy.

And Noah knew well that God had saved him from a great disaster; so when God told him to come out of the ark, his first act was to build an altar to the Lord and sacrifice burnt offerings of the clean animals and birds. This showed his overwhelming gratitude and faith because, you will recall, there were only seven pairs of all the clean animals taken aboard the ark. Noah sacrificed some of these precious animals in faith.

And the Lord justified his faith. Because He then promised that even though “the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth…” He would never again destroy all living creatures as he had done in the flood for as long as there is an earth.

Betty Killebrew

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Genesis Chapter 8, vs.1-12 with Betty

And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters assuaged;

2 The fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained;

3 And the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated.

4 And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.

5 And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month: in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, were the tops of the mountains seen.

6 And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made:

7 And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth.

8 Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground;

9 But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth: then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark.

10 And he stayed yet other seven days; and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark;

11 And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf pluckt off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth.

12 And he stayed yet other seven days; and sent forth the dove; which returned not again unto him any more.

K.J.V. Bible Text

My Thoughts:

Noah, his family and all those animals were shut up in the ark for a long time.

It says here that “And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark…” My thought is that in those 40 days and nights when it rained and the drops could be heard falling on the covering of the ark and then during all those long days afterward when the water remained upon the face of the earth, Noah may have wondered more than once if God did remember him.  Was his faith tested by fear that the Lord had encouraged him to build an ark and bring all those creatures aboard only to have them all starve to death as they floated on the vast waters?

Whether he lost faith or kept it every moment, Noah was obedient. The ark floated for five months before it settled on a mountain.  Then Noah waited for a sign from the Lord that the earth was once again ready to be inhabited.

When Noah sent forth the raven it flew around, back and forth.  Perhaps that is because a raven is usually a wild bird.  Perhaps the little dove that Noah sent out next was a tame bird he could depend upon to return with a sign. We know that the first time the dove came back, having found nowhere to land, it was tame enough to land on Noah’s hand when he reached out.

After seven more days, the bird brought back an olive leaf.  By then Noah must have been very impatient but he waited seven days more before sending the dove out again.  This time the bird did not return.

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Genesis Chapter 7, vs. 13-24 with Betty

 

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;

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.

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

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.

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.

18 And the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters.

19 And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered.

20 Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered.

21 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:

22 All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died.

23 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.

24 And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days.

K.J.V. Bible Text

My Thoughts:

According to all that he was instructed, on the very day that the Lord told him to do so, Noah and his family along with all the pairs of livestock, birds and other creatures entered the ark and allowed the Lord to shut them in.

I suffer from claustrophobia and I cannot imagine how that family must have felt when locked in the ark. Although the building was huge, there were many, many creatures aboard. It must have been stuffy and even stinky with so many creatures closed in. Also, there must have been a whole lot of work for those few humans to do in order to feed all those animals and muck out all those stalls.

So as the Lord had promised—or warned—the rain then began to fall upon the earth and the water rose and covered everything, even the highest mountains, to a depth of more than fifteen cubits (26 feet). It continued to rain for forty days and forty nights. Every single creature that lived on the land was destroyed. None were left save those who were aboard the ark.

Bible folklore has most of us versed in the fact that it rained for forty days and forty nights but here we learn that the rain left the earth flooded for a hundred and fifty days. Can you imagine being aboard that smelly, stuffy ark for 5 months, not knowing how long you would be forced to stay?

Did Noah doubt the Lord? Did he wonder if his faith would be justified by salvation? Was Noah forced to reassure his family every day they were aboard?

 – Betty Killebrew

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Genesis Chapter 7, vs. 1-12 with Betty

  

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.

2 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.

3 Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.

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.

5 And Noah did according unto all that the Lord commanded him.

6 And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth.

7 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.

8 Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth,

9 There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah.

10 And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth.

11 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.

12 And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.

K.J.V. Bible Text

My Thoughts:

Oh dear, I always thought Noah took just two of each animal into the ark.  Now here it is in God’s word—of the CLEAN animals he was to take seven pairs.  That’s 14 of each animal, male and female of every kind.  It was only the unclean beasts that were limited to two of a kind, one male and one female.  I have learned something about the bible that is different from the bible “folklore” we usually hear. .

Also, Noah now learns from the Lord that rain will fall for forty days and forty nights, wiping out every living creature from the face of the earth.  The floodwaters are imminent.  If Noah had not taken the Lord at his word and built the ark when told to do so, it would now have been to late—and building that ark must have taken years and years and an unimaginable amount of work. 

Not only by the grace of God, but by the faith and devotion to duty of Noah, Noah, his sons, all of their wives and all of the creatures Noah brought into the ark according to God’s commandment were ready when the rain began to fall.

Faith and duty.  If we all attended to these aspects of life as well as Noah did, we might all be ready for whatever flood of misfortune we might be called upon to face.

– Betty Killebrew

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Genesis 6 vs. 9-22 with Betty

 Noah and the Flood

9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.

10 And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.       

11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.

12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.

13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

14 Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.

15 And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits.

16 A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it.

17 And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die.

18 But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives with thee.

19 And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female.

20 Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive.

21 And take thou unto thee of all food that is eaten, and thou shalt gather it to thee; and it shall be for food for thee, and for them.

22 Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.

K.J.V. Bible Text

My Thoughts:

 While God thought the human beings he had created had become a corrupt and violent people, he saw that Noah, alone among men, was righteous.

How surprised Noah must have been when the Lord began giving him detailed instructions of how to build an ark and to warn him that he planned to put an end to all the other people on earth.

I just looked up the word “cubit” in an online dictionary and learned that a cubit is an ancient linear unit based on the length of the forearm, from elbow to the tip of the middle finger, usually from 17 to 21 inches.

Therefore, an ark three hundred cubits long and fifty cubits high would measure 525 feet long by 87 ½ feet wide. That’s a pretty big boat to ask a man to build all by himself, especially when the man is asked to build the boat on dry land where no water yet exists to float it!

The Lord explained to Noah that he planned to destroy every creature on earth save for those who would enter the ark Noah would build. Noah was to bring along his sons and his wife and the wives of his sons. The Lord instructed Noah to bring aboard two of all living creatures, male and female to keep them alive and to take provisions aboard for all the humans and creatures to eat.

Noah was indeed a faithful man to undertake such a task at the behest of the Lord. Had he not been faithful to do everything God commanded him, had he not built and provisioned the ark based on faith in the Lord, no one would have been spared in the coming flood.

I wonder how many of us today would enter into such a long term commitment based on faith.

– Betty Killebrew

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Genesis 6, vs.1-8 with Betty

Wickedness in the World

  And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,

2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.

3 And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.

4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.

5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

6 And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.

7 And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.

8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.

K.J.V. Bible Text

My thoughts

 The human beings on the face of the earth began to increase and their daughters seemed very fair to the sons of God.  When they married those daughters of men, their children became the mighty men of old.  The King James Version of the Bible refers to them as “giants.”

In verse 3 the Lord says, “My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years..” 

Perhaps I am a naïve bible reader, but this indicates to me that while man is mortal, while we live the spirit of God dwells in us. 

It seems that (verse 5) The Lord saw that the human heart was evil all the time.  Perhaps that is why he decided to limit the length of the lives of human beings.

The Lord even regretted having made human beings in the first place and decided to wipe them off the earth—them and the animals, birds other creatures.

 However, Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.  I can’t help but think that was because Noah was the product of a perfect lineage with Adam and had not been corrupted by the evil of other humans of his day.

– Betty Killebrew

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Genesis 5 vs. 25-32 with Betty

 25 And Methuselah lived an hundred eighty and seven years, and begat Lamech.

26 And Methuselah lived after he begat Lamech seven hundred eighty and two years, and begat sons and daughters:

27 And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years: and he died.

28 And Lamech lived an hundred eighty and two years, and begat a son:

29 And he called his name Noah, saying, This same shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the Lord hath cursed.

30 And Lamech lived after he begat Noah five hundred ninety and five years, and begat sons and daughters:

31 And all the days of Lamech were seven hundred seventy and seven years: and he died.

32 And Noah was five hundred years old: and Noah begat Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

K.J.V. Bible Text

My Thoughts

Methuselah, son of Enoch, was not taken up with the Lord as was his father.  However, he lived a total of 969 years—almost a thousand years before he died. 

There were many generations between Adam and Methuselah and true Bible scholars can remember them by name.  However, for those names that are simply links in the genealogy, but about whom the Bible tells us little, in this, my first daily Bible reading adventure, I am content to pass by the names without much study.  However, I am excited to learn that Methuselah, who lived to be so very old, was the father of Noah about whom I know a great story is told in the Bible.

The last verse of Chapter 5, v. 32 is especially interesting.  Noah was 500 years old when he became the father of Shem, Ham and Japheth.

– Betty Killebrew

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Genesis 5, vs. 12-24 with Betty

  12 And Cainan lived seventy years and begat Mahalaleel:

13 And Cainan lived after he begat Mahalaleel eight hundred and forty years, and begat sons and daughters:

14 And all the days of Cainan were nine hundred and ten years: and he died.

15 And Mahalaleel lived sixty and five years, and begat Jared:

16 And Mahalaleel lived after he begat Jared eight hundred and thirty years, and begat sons and daughters:

17 And all the days of Mahalaleel were eight hundred ninety and five years: and he died.

18 And Jared lived an hundred sixty and two years, and he begat Enoch:

19 And Jared lived after he begat Enoch eight hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:

20 And all the days of Jared were nine hundred sixty and two years: and he died.

21 And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah:

22 And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:

23 And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years:

24 And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.

K.J.V. Bible Text

My Thoughts:

This section gives a continuing genealogy of the generations after Adam.  People were still living a long time, still having sons and daughters.  By this time, there must have been many people in the world.

 Over and over we are told the name of one of Adam’s direct descendants and the number of years each of them lived before they died.  The most important point is very quickly stated and we must not miss it. In verse 23 we are told that Enoch lived a total of 365 years.  Verse 24 says, “Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more because God took him away.

In other words, Enoch did not die.  God took him away. 

Isn’t it marvelous to think that all those many years after creating Adam, God still walked closely with the generations of Adam and even took Enoch away with him instead of letting him die as did other men.  Enoch must indeed have walked faithfully with God.

– Betty Killebrew

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Genesis 5 vs. 1-11 with Betty

 This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him;

2 Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.

3 And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, and after his image; and called his name Seth:

4 And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters:

5 And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.

6 And Seth lived an hundred and five years, and begat Enos:

7 And Seth lived after he begat Enos eight hundred and seven years, and begat sons and daughters:

8 And all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years: and he died.

9 And Enos lived ninety years, and begat Cainan:

10 And Enos lived after he begat Cainan eight hundred and fifteen years, and begat sons and daughters:

11 And all the days of Enos were nine hundred and five years: and he died.

K.J.V. Bible Text

My Thoughts:

The beginning of Genesis Chapter 5 seems to me to establishing a link between Adam the man that the Lord made in His own image to all the people that were to come.

The last chapter told us that Adam’s son Seth was the son given him in place of Abel, the son who had been murdered. Now we see that Adam was 130 years old when his son Seth was born and we learn that Seth was the image of his father. As Adam was in turn the image of his creator, the Lord, we see how creation is continued from generation to generation.

In those days, the perfect creation made by the perfect Creator was unmarred. Due to the fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, all men were condemned to die at some point, but God gave these early people many years of life. While we are given the direct lineage of God’s people in these passages, surely those known as “sons and daughters” were also marrying and establishing families and the population of people made in the image of God was ever increasing.

– Betty Killebrew

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Genesis 4 vs. 17-26 with Betty

 17 And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch.

18 And unto Enoch was born Irad: and Irad begat Mehujael: and Mehujael begat Methusael: and Methusael begat Lamech.

19 And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah.

20 And Adah bare Jabal: he was the father of such as dwell in tents, and of such as have cattle.

21 And his brother’s name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ.

22 And Zillah, she also bare Tubalcain, an instructer of every artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of Tubalcain was Naamah.

23 And Lamech said unto his wives, Adah and Zillah, Hear my voice; ye wives of Lamech, hearken unto my speech: for I have slain a man to my wounding, and a young man to my hurt.

24 If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold.

25 And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.

26 And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the Lord.

K.J.V. Bible Text

My Thoughts:

    After being sent out into the world, Cain’s wife gave birth to Enoch. Enoch in turn began to add generations.

Cain’s descendant Lamech married Adah the mother of Jabal, who was the father of those who live in tents and raise livestock, and of Jubal, the father of those who play stringed instruments.

Cain also wed a woman named Zilla, whose son Tubal-Cain forged tools.

There came a time when Lamech told his wives that he had killed a man for injuring him.  He indicates that as the Lord put a mark of protection on Cain, he is protected even more.

Adam had another son, Seth, whom he believed was given to replace Abel. Seth in turn had a son named Enosh.

“At that time, people began to call on the name of the Lord.”

My understanding of this is that even as the early population began to increase and even as each generation in turn gave in to sin, the people learned to recognize that they should look to the Lord for guidance and assistance.  They recognized that even when they sinned the Lord stood with them.  Perhaps they had begun to understand that the Lord was the source of all things.

– Betty Killebrew

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