The Flood • Devotion #4: Two and Seven
Pat Bedell | Special Ops
The story of Noah’s Ark begins in the early book of Genesis. God created the world, and sin had entered into it. With all of the violence and corruptness that was happening on earth, God wanted to restore the earth to its pre-creation state, so He was going to flood it with rain for forty days and forty nights. Noah was a strong follower of God, and God gave him instructions to build an ark. We first learn about Noah in Genesis 5:32 and that he was 500 years old. It took Noah and his three sons about 100 years to build the ark. Noah was 600 years old when he entered the ark. The ark was built so God could protect His creation.
Genesis 6:19-20 says, “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 according to their kinds, and of the animals according to their kinds, of every creeping thing of the ground, according to its kind, two of every sort shall come in to you to keep them alive.”
God called Noah to bring two animals into the ark with him to keep them alive. This was so the earth could repopulate after the flood subsides. Many interpret that God had only this instruction for Noah to keep His creation alive during the flood. But God also gave Noah some additional instructions in the following chapter.
Genesis 7:2-3 adds, “Take with you seven pairs of all clean animals, the male and his mate, and a pair of the animals that are not clean, the male and his mate, and seven pairs of the birds of the heavens also, male and female, to keep their offspring alive on the face of all the earth.”
God instructs Noah to bring seven pairs of clean animals as well. The reason becomes clear after the flood.
Genesis 8:20 exclaims, “Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and took some of every clean animal and some of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar.”
Noah used some of the clean animals to use as a sacrifice to God while allowing the unclean animals to be used to repopulate. He was able to worship God in sacrifices without making clean animals extinct.
I believe that it is God’s message that everyone should know that God is the Creator, that sin has consequences, and judgment is coming. The Bible states that there was only one way onto the ark. Similarly, there is only one way to God. John 14:6 says, “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” For those who believe in Him, Jesus is our entrance into God’s grace. This event may be very familiar to many of us, but we can always use a good reminder of what is to come. Are we living to please God? Are we representing a godly lifestyle? Are we giving glory to God for all of our blessings?