When did Noah enter the ark?

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Gen 7:7 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.

 
  
  


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Gen 7:7 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.
Gen 7:8 Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth,
Gen 7:9 There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah.
Gen 7:10 And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth.
Gen 7:11 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.
Gen 7:12 And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.
Gen 7:13 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;
Gen 7:14 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.
Gen 7:15 And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life.
Gen 7:16 And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in.


Gen 7:7 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.
This verse tells us that Noah, his sons and all their wives went into the ark on the day of the flood. Noah had been given a 7 day warning of the flood and in that 7 days, he had loaded the ark with all of the different animals and creatures. God had told Noah to go into the ark, but this verse shows us that the flood water actually forced him into the ark. I think we might compare this occasion to a modern day family running around getting ready to go on vacation. The children running back and forth to the restroom or to get this or that. The mother making sure everyone has everything they need. The dad waiting patiently for everyone to get in the car. Finally the dad just says, that's it, we are leaving and he starts the car. Visualize Noah's family running about making sure everything is secure and that all the animals are loaded and the provisions are in place and finally God just has to say enough. You have prepared, your ready, I am bringing the flood. Imagine the excitement and the nervousness of this family. They had been preparing for this day for a hundred years or more. For the span of more than a modern day lifespan, they had faith in the word of God that this day was coming. The had no doubt suffered ridicule and had been mocked for decades. Now the day was at hand. The day of redemption. The cleansing of the earth would commence. Just as one is immersed in baptism and is born again as a new person, the earth would be immersed and would be born again free of corruption........for a time. The effect of baptism is hopefully more eternal.
Gen 7:8 Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth,
This is a moment in history of immense proportion. It is no wonder that the writer felt the story warranted a re-telling here. This verse starts to reiterate the last several verses. We are again told which creatures were affected.
Gen 7:9 There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah.
This verse tells us how the creatures went into the ark. They followed Noah in pairs. A male paired with a female. I suspect that the replenishing of the earth may have begun on the ark.
Gen 7:10 And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth.
This verse reiterates that after seven days of loading all the animals, the earth began to flood.
Gen 7:11 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.
This gives us the exact day of the flood as compared to Noah's life. This is the kind of documentation that would be permitted in a court of law, such as a diary or journal. This verse also shows that all of the water did not come from rain. It is no accident that the writer was inspired to tell of the fountains of the deep. Only recently has science discovered that rain alone could not cause the great flood. God inspired the writer to make note of something that there is no way the writer could have known about. Fountains of the deep. This was included for our benefit. God is speaking directly to us here. To the people of this modern age. Never before in history has there been a time when people would know that rain alone could not cause the flood. I am including here an excerpt from the "evidence that the Bible is of God page".
Gen 7:11 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. This verse was written by Moses around 1440 B.C. and in it Moses talks about fountains of the deep (or undersea springs.) Nearly 3000 years later in the 1500's A.D. man was just beginning to create rudimentary devices that would allow a person to stay underwater for more than one breath. Another 460 years would pass until undersea springs were first recorded off the coast of California in the 1960's. Yet Moses wrote about under sea springs 3500 years earlier. How could it be?
These fountains of the deep were mentioned again in
Pro 8:28 When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep:
Solomon wrote that between 950-750 B.C.
Is "fountains of the deep" too vague for you? Would it be more convincing if the Bible actually said springs of the sea?
Job 38:16 Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? or hast thou walked in the search of the depth?
There it is in Job, written by Solomon between 1000-900 B.C.
How could these men know of these fountains of the deep or springs of the sea if not for the inspiration of God?

They knew because they were inspired by God. This is just one more example of the Bible being ahead of science and the common knowledge of man. There is no doubt that these words were inspired with the people of our time in mind. We are the first people in history with the ability to fully appreciate and comprehend them. Gen 7:12 And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.
Here we are told that it rained for forty days and forty nights. Remember this is the first time it had ever rained. This rain is the result of the breaking open of the firmament that was in heaven as mentioned in Gen 1:7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. and Gen 1:8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
Gen 7:13 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;
This verse confirms that it was at the end of the 7 days when the rain had begun and the fountains of the deep had been opened that Noah and his family went into the ark to stay. Some people think this is a contradiction in the Bible concerning when Noah entered the ark. There is no contradiction. It simply took 7 days to load the ark which is a relatively short time to accomplish such a monumental task.
Gen 7:14 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.
This verse confirms that the animals were in the ark with Noah and his family.
Gen 7:15 And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life.
Here we are again reminded that there were at least two of every creature on the ark. However, this verse is worded in a particular way for a reason. As of yet, I have to admit that I do not fully understand the implications of that wording. There is more to the phrase "all flesh, wherein is the breath of life" than meets the eye at first glance. There are no verses in the Bible that repeat, just for the sake of repeating. Each verse that is repeated is done so in a way that gives a greater understanding of the message being taught. This verse is no different. I suspect that this verse is hinting that there will be things that survive the flood such as plants. I would be interested in the view points of others on this verse.
Gen 7:16 And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in.
The first part of this verse tells us that every creature that went into the ark had a mate. There were not more males than females or more females than males. They were equally paired. The next part of the verse tells us that everything entered the ark by the command of God. "As God commanded him" The "him" in this verse could easily be mistaken to mean Noah. It does not. Look at the sentence structure. The him is referring back to the "they" at the beginning of the verse. Animals, as well as people obey the word of God. The last part of the verse tells us that God shut them in. Does this mean that God shut the door on the ark? Maybe, but I think the nature of the language supports a more gentle and loving and individual meaning. A look in Strong's dictionary shows that the words "shut him in" come from the word "sagar" which means: A primitive root; to shut up; figuratively to surrender: - close up, deliver (up), give over (up), inclose, X pure, repair, shut (in, self, out, up, up together), stop, X straitly. and the word "beh-ad" which means: From H5704 with prepositional prefix; in up to or over against; generally at, beside, among, behind, for, etc.: - about, at, by (means of), for, over, through, up (-on), within. H5704 is "ad" and means: Properly the same as H5703 (used as a preposition, adverb or conjugation; especially with a preposition); as far (or long, or much) as, whether of space (even unto) or time (during, while, until) or degree (equally with): - against, and, as, at, before, by (that), even (to), for (-asmuch as), [hither-] to, + how long, into, as long (much) as, (so) that, till, toward, until, when, while, (+ as) yet. There are a lot of possibilities here, but the gist of it for me is that God sealed up each person and animal with the ability to withstand what they were about to endure. God closed up their minds and bodies in order to deliver them through the flood. Perhaps a sort of inspired stasis or hibernation.

See also: Genesis 1:7, 1:8, 7:1 - 7:6, 8:1 - 8:3, 8:13 - 8:17, 9:22 - 9:25, Proverbs 8:28, Job 38:16





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