Dave Burnette's Commentary

Genesis Chapter 7

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Moses
Date Penned: (1450-1410 BC)
Overview: To Record God's Creation and Identify His Plan (c 1-22)
Theme: The Story of Noah (c 6-11)
Message: The Animals to the Ark (v 1-24)

Genesis 7 Commentary

(7:1-3) The Pairs are Gathered -  Pairs of every animal joined Noah in the ark; seven pairs were taken of those animals used for food and for sacrifice--the "clean" animals. It has been estimated that almost 45,000 animals could have fit into the ark.

(7:4-15) God Prepaid the Animals -  Many have wondered how this animal kingdom roundup happened. Did Noah and his sons spend years collecting all the animals? In reality, the creation, just like Noah, was doing just as God had commanded (see 6:20). Noah didn't have to gather the animals- God took care of the details of that job while Noah was doing his part by building the ark. Often we do just the opposite of Noah. We worry about details over which we have no control while neglecting specific areas (such as attitudes, relationships, and responsibilities) that are under our control. Like Noah, concentrate on what God has given you to do, and leave the rest to God.

(7:16) God Shut the Door -  The very last thing God did was to shut the door. During construction, the boarding of animals, and the beginning of rain, the path to salvation was open. This shows God's love and desire that all would come to him. Step through the door before God's time of welcome is up

(7:17-24) God Destroys Wickedness with a Flood - 40 Days of Rain and Flooding destroyed the wickedness of the Earth and Every creature that was not found on the Ark

Dave Burnette's Life Application

The Open Door

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter, making application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. There are many applications we can make from each day's text. Today we Continue in the book of Genesis with Chapter 7. In today's text, we see the story of Noah continuing and what stands out to me is verse 16, which says, "and the Lord shut him in." After 120 years of Noah building the ark and doing all the Lord commanded, including packing the ark with the animals, the Lord then shut the door, which is a sign of His judgment. The Lord was long-suffering with His Wrath toward this wicked generation and even exhibited the impending judgment with this tremendous boat. I can only imagine the wicked seeing the ark and Noah preaching the judgment to come. Still, only his family entered the open door before it closed. In applying, we see the open door to come come to Christ today and the Bible telling of the judgment to come. God again will shut the door. This truth should motivate the lost to salvation and the redeemed to say to others this judgment is coming. How about you? Does the judgment of God inspire you to do His will for your life today? telling of the judgement to come. God again will shut the door. This should motivate the lost to salvation and the redeemed to tell others of this judgement. How about you? Does the judgement of God motivate you to do His will for your life today?  


Genesis 7

Genesis 7

 1And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.

 2Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female.

 3Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.

 4For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.

 5And Noah did according unto all that the LORD commanded him.

 6And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth.

 7And 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.

 8Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth,

 9There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah.

 10And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth.

 11In 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.

 12And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.

 13In 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;

 14They, 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.

 15And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life.

 16And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in.

 17And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth.

 18And the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters.

 19And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered.

 20Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered.

 21And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man:

 22All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died.

 23And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.

 24And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days.