1 Then the Lord said to Noah, “Come into the ark, you and all your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation. 2 You shall take with you seven each of every clean animal, a male and his female; two each of animals that are unclean, a male and his female; 3 also seven each of birds of the air, male and female, to keep the species alive on the face of all the earth. 4 For after seven more days I will cause it to rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and I will destroy from the face of the earth all living things that I have made.” 5 And Noah did according to all that the Lord commanded him. 6 Noah was six hundred years old when the floodwaters were on the earth.
Genesis 7:1-6, NKJV
The ark was done. It was the 600th year of Noah's life, and God gave to him instructions for the final preparations before the torrential rains would be unleashed upon the earth. God reminds Noah that he and his family are invited to go into the ark for safety because God saw that Noah was righteous before Him.
Think about that! Of all the people who were alive at this time, only Noah was found to be righteous before God. What a lesson to us in our day. We are often tempted to follow the crowd--follow the ways of this world. But, even if we find ourselves to be the only righteous person left, as in the case of Noah, it is imperative that we are righteous before God. It does not matter how we appear to the people around us--it only matters how we appear before God.
That is probably the most important lesson for us to teach our children. Yes, we want our children to obey us, but only because that means they are also being obedient to God. Our children can sneak around us, but no one can sneak around God. Just as in the case of Adam and Eve, when they sinned in the Garden of Eden God immediately knew what they had done. So, God knows our heart of hearts. We may look wonderful on the outside, but how do our hearts appear before God? We may not look very impressive to the people of this world, but if our hearts are right before God, then that is all that matters!
Final instructions were then given to Noah. He was to take two of all the unclean animals upon the ark, but he was to take seven of all the clean animals. Why do you think God made that difference? First of all, the eight people on the ark needed food to eat, and second, when the flood was over animals were left to Noah to make a sacrifice of thanksgiving to God for their safety.
This time there was also a time limit. After seven days, the rains would begin. How did Noah respond? Noah did all that God told him to do. After the seven-day time period had ended, all of the animals and supplies had been loaded upon the ark.
God caused all of the animals He had chosen to congregate at the ark so they could be loaded aboard and saved from the coming flood. That must have been an amazing sight to see.
Do you think that by this time those who had scoffed at Noah for his foolishness were beginning to get uncomfortable? If they were not, they certainly should have been!
In our society, we find ourselves in a situation that is in many ways similar to that of Noah. While God has a people who have remained faithful to Him, the greater majority of people are living their lives totally apart from God. However, as in the days of Noah, there is a time limit, set by God. When God has ordained it to come, from before the beginning of time, time will cease. No longer will we be able to say, "Come to Christ, for today is the day of salvation." That day will have ended forever!
That is, indeed, a sobering thought. Think of the perplexity of Noah's situation. Noah, his wife, his three sons, and their wives all would be boarding the ark. While they were thankful for their God-given protection, how must they have felt regarding the people left behind? Surely there must have been a great sense of sorrow for their friends, families members, and neighbors left behind. When they finally returned to dry ground, none of those people would be alive.
As we read through these passages we must marvel at this great God we serve. He is righteous, holy, just, pure, and true. In Christ, the Son of God, we have everything. Apart from Christ, we have nothing. Let us, like Noah, fall before Christ and serve Him obediently all of the rest of our days upon this earth.
The time will come when we will go to be with this dear Savior. Everything in this life will be over; eternity with Christ will then begin.
What an amazing God we serve!
God Bless You,