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Noah and the Flood

Noah

However, there was one man on the face of the earth who lived in a manner that found favor in God’s sight. This man was Noah and since he was faithful, God showed him how a great flood would be sent to destroy the earth and its wickedness.  Noah was given instructions that would save him if he would simply accept them and carry them out.

“This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God.  And Noah begot three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth” (Gen 5:9-12).

“And God said to Noah, ‘The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth. Make yourself an ark of gopherwood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and outside with pitch” (Gen. 5:13-14).

“’And behold, I Myself am bringing floodwaters on the earth, to destroy from under heaven all flesh in which is the breath of life; everything that is on the earth shall die. But I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall go into the ark—you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. And of every living thing of all flesh you shall bring two of every sort into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female. Of the birds after their kind, of animals after their kind, and of every creeping thing of the earth after its kind, two of every kind will come to you to keep them alive. And you shall take for yourself of all food that is eaten, and you shall gather it to yourself; and it shall be food for you and for them.’ Thus Noah did; according to all that God commanded him, so he did” (Gen. 5:17-22).

Like other true men of God, Noah demonstrated his faith with action.  He built an ark, gathered food and prepared for the coming storm.  Seven days before the first raindrops fell, God caused select pairs of birds and animals to seek the safety of the ark.  Noah received them into his custody, thus the stage was set for the rain of destruction.

So great was the price of sinning that when the flooding and destruction were over, there remained only Noah and those that were with him in the ark.  Thus ended the second dispensation in which man was ruled by moral conscience.  Only one man and his family were saved, perhaps, millions of people were destroyed.  Obviously, man’s conscience failed to be an effective control over his actions.

The Flood

We usually think of the flood as a period of time when it rained for forty days. But we read in Genesis verse eleven of chapter seven that: “The fountains of the great deep were broken up.” The word “deep” is translated from the Hebrew word “T’hom” which means an abyss of a surging mass of water such as a subterranean sea or underground reservoirs. Before the flood, there may have been as much or more water under the land surface as there was on or above it. Simultaneous with the rain from above, the surface of the earth was broken up by earthquakes and volcanic activity. Giant tidal waves rolled across the surging waters. With the earth being turned inside out, the lush vegetation and abundant animal life would have been turned under, and could have become the fuel deposits that we know today.

We read in Genesis verse two of chapter eight: “The fountains of the deep and the windows of heaven were also stopped.” God stopped the water from coming forth out of the ground and from above at the same time. We need to realize that there was a lot huge amount of water standing upon the earth’s surface when God stopped the flood. There were large, relatively empty, depressurized areas underneath the earth’s surface. What if the earth’s surface collapsed due to the weight of the water above it? Is it possible that the waters returned to their original containers – this time on top of the surface with the waters exposed to view as they form our great oceans of today?

You may also have the same question that I have had for many years. How could the water rise high enough to cover all the highest mountains of the world? Before the flood, mountains may not have existed or they may have been much lower than they are today. Also, after the flood and the resulting disturbances, the mountains may have continued to rise for many years as the earth settled into its new form.

Are there any physical evidences that these events actually took place? Yes, we find fossils of fish high on mountaintops and fossils of other animals deep underneath the surface of the earth. Since scavengers usually destroy all remains, why have so many animal fossils been preserved from decay? Have you ever considered that the Grand Canyon has many features that indicate it was created by an earthquake? Could the stark features of southern Utah be the result of wind and water erosion – water from shallow seas rushing into a new opening in the earth’s surface that we now call the Grand Canyon? The destruction of the flood could be the answer to many of the unanswered questions raised by both scientists and evolutionists. There was a time in our past when geology was based upon acceptance of this great flood. Even today, there is much excitement when a man-made object is found in a vein of coal (see the section on the environment).

Legends of the Flood

To many people, the Flood, as recorded in Genesis, is only a myth or a legend. However, we need to keep in mind that Jesus spoke of Noah, the sins of the people and the flood. “And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all” (Luke 17:26-27). Jesus did not consider the Flood a legend but expounded on it giving it creditability.

It has been said that “all legends are based upon some truth.” Although people do not always agree on the details of the flood as recorded in the Bible, there are many legends of the flood that are recorded by world civilizations.

“Native global flood stories are documented as history or legend in almost every region on earth. Old world missionaries reported their amazement at finding remote tribes already possessing legends with tremendous similarities to the Bible’s accounts of the worldwide flood. H.S. Bellamy in Moons, Myths and Men estimates that altogether there are over 500 Flood legends worldwide. Ancient civilizations such as (China, Babylonia, Wales, Russia, India, America, Hawaii, Scandinavia, Sumatra, Peru, and Polynesia) all have their own versions of a giant flood).”

“Perhaps the second most important historical account of a global flood can be found in a Babylonian flood story in the Epic of Gilgamesh. When the Biblical and Babylonian accounts are compared, a number of outstanding similarities are found that leave no doubt these stories are rooted in the same event or oral tradition” (Source: http://www.nwcreation.net/noahlegends.html).

The following are some of them.
• Babylonian
• Southwest Tanzania
• China
• Chaldean
• India
• Aborigines of Australia
• Greece
• Toltec natives of Mexico
• Aztec Indians
• Ojibwe natives of the United States
• Delaware Indians of the United States
• Inca Indians of South America

(Source: http://www.nwcreation.net/noahlegends.html#anchor490120).

This completes our study of the Antediluvian Period. Return to the “History Section” to continue your study.”

Note: All Scripture quoted is from the “New Kings James Version”