Noah did all that the LORD commanded him.Genesis 7:5 NIV
In the sixth hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the seventeenth day of the second month – on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heaves were opened.Genesis 7:11 NIV
According to the Starting Place Study Bible, no water had fallen on the earth prior to the flood, everything had been watered by mist. This first rain is portrayed as thunderous, catastrophic event that can account for all the distinctive characteristics of the earth’s surface, such as the formation of the Grand Canyon. The flood can also be held accountable for the many amounts of fossils buried in high altitudes all over the earth.
Then the LORD shut him in.Genesis 7:16 NIV
The shutting of the door symbolizes closure, safety and God’s deliverance.
How widespread was the flood?
Many believe the flood was worldwide while others believe that it covered a region of the world known to the writer (Moses), as the Hebrew language for world is not used in the account, insted the word for earth is used.
However, there is a strong case That this flood cover the whole world.
1. it destroyed “all lives under the heavens” (Ge 6:17).
2. The waters rose at least 20 feet above “all the high mountains” (Ge 7:19-20).
3. The flood lasted 371 days, indicating that this was more than just local flooding.
4. The final fiery judgment of the whole earth is compared to Noah’s flood (2Pe 3:3-7).
5. That’s additions of ancient people’s throughout the world sharing commendation of flood stories.
– The Mesopotamian account can be found as part of the Epic of Gilgamesh.
God’s heart was deeply troubled by the sin of humanity (Ge 6:5-7) and as demonstrated in the New Testament “The wages of sin is death” (Ro 6:23). Gods heart grieves when His children sin, because when we sin we are being disobedient to our Abba Father, and as any good father would, God grieves when we blatantly ignore His commandments.
God loves the world, but salvation comes only through the belief in His Son Jesus Christ. If you don’t believe in Jesus Christ, unfortunately you won’t get into heaven.
The Good News is, we are living by in the time of Grace, you can choose today to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. You can choose today to live a life of obedience to God, where your faith in Him will push you through all the circumstances that come your way.
Note that I am not saying all your problems will be resolved, for belief in Jesus Christ will not change your situation overnight. However, accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior will bring you a peace in spite of your current hardships. Faith that God has plans for you, they are not plans for disaster, but plans to give you a future and hope (Jeremiah 29:11-12).
If you feel led to, I will be posting a prayer below that if you’re ready to accept Jesus, you can say ALOUD (spoken words have power) wherever you are. I am proud and happy of the decision you’re making; and although I don’t know you personally and you don’t know me, I am making myself available to help you in this walk. You can message me at email@example.com.
I come before you today with a repentant heart asking you to forgive my sins. I believe that you sent your Son Jesus Christ to earth and that He died on the cross for my sins. I believe that Jesus rose again so that I could have eternal life. I think you Jesus for your sacrifice, I think you for surrendering your will so that I may have eternal life. Today, I gave up my life to live for you. Today, I will pick up my cross and begin a new life with you as my Lord and my savior.
In Jesus name, amen.