It Rained 40 Days And Nights

The flood waters that visited Dover, Pennsylvania, brought a lesson of faith to Ruby Selack. Her favorite Bible was among possessions totally submerged when five feet of water entered her home. In the cleanup she laid the book out to dry, opened at random. The following night she … More

The Flood

There are books written by liberal theologians that take the position  that the  Flood was local. They say that it was confined to the Tigris - Euphrates valley and formed sort of a big swimming pool over there, and that is all there was. May I say that the Bible makes it very clear that there was a universal Flood that covered the whole earth. God said the earth was filled with violence and He would destroy it. It is inconceivable that the Great Flood was anything else but a universal judgment of God upon a universally wicked society. After all the preparations had been made the Flood came. On the one hand there was a torrential rain for 40 days and nights (vv. 17-18). On the other hand the springs and fountains of the earth gushed forth water. It is also interesting to note that after Noah and the animals had gone into the Ark that God allowed an entire week to pass (v.10) before the storm came (vv. 11-12). Perhaps this was done to give the world more opportuni­ty to repent and join Noah his family and two of every creature were in the safety of the Ark (vv. 13-16).

The Flood was the mightiest catastrophe and physical phenomenon the world has ever experienced. Since there had been no rain on the Edenic earth (1:5) this was the first and mightiest rain the earth had felt. Gradually the water level rose higher and higher until the earth’s highest mountains were covered (vv. 19-20). Everything living (outside the ark) was destroyed. Only marine life survived (vv. 21-23). From the initial storm until God commanded Noah to leave the ark was one  year and ten days. The heavy rain lasted 40 days but the waters continued rise for 110 days which was  a total of 150 days  (v. 24). At the same time there were gigantic upheavals such as earthquakes and volcanic activity which shifted the earth’s surface which caused chains of mountains and  rivers to be formed. Everything living on the earth (outside the ark) was destroyed. Only marine life survived. Sin had infected every aspect of life, and nothing short of a new beginning would suffice.

Application

It is important to believe that the Flood covered the earth just like the Scripture says. I must either accept the Bible or end up making excuses for it.


Genesis 7:10-24 (English Standard Version)

And after seven days the waters of the flood came upon the earth. In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were opened. And rain fell upon the earth forty days and forty nights. On the very same day Noah and his sons, Shem and Ham and Japheth, and Noah's wife and the three wives of his sons with them entered the ark, they and every beast, according to its kind, and all the livestock according to their kinds, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, according to its kind, and every bird, according to its kind, every winged creature. They went into the ark with Noah, two and two of all flesh in which there was the breath of life. And those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him. And the LORD shut him in. The flood continued forty days on the earth. The waters increased and bore up the ark, and it rose high above the earth. The waters prevailed and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the face of the waters. And the waters prevailed so mightily on the earth that all the high mountains under the whole heaven were covered. The waters prevailed above the mountains, covering them fifteen cubits deep. And all flesh died that moved on the earth, birds, livestock, beasts, all swarming creatures that swarm on the earth, and all mankind. Everything on the dry land in whose nostrils was the breath of life died. He blotted out every living thing that was on the face of the ground, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens. They were blotted out from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those who were with him in the ark. And the waters prevailed on the earth 150 days.

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