Genesis 7: The Flood Begins

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To lay it out in a way that I can manage, I have highlighted the texts of verses that I either don’t understand or have a comment or question about in yellow. And the comments I’ve left beneath it will be of a smaller font and using brown text.

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All verses used are from biblestudytools.com (NIV) Genesis 7

The Flood Begins

1 The LORD then said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation.
It is very telling that out of the population that lived during the pre-diluvian days, ONLY eight people were found to have been righteous. The population of those days have been estimated from anywhere from 5 million, all the way up to 4 billion and beyond. Now when you think about that in context, 8 people, out of – let’s take the lowest number of 5 MILLION, which is still quite a lot of people. That’s 0.0000016% of people that were found to be righteous and worthy of being saved during that generation. Now let’s take 4 billion. That equates to 0.000000002% of the population found worthy of being saved. That is a really tragic percentage. How many of us can say that we would be within that 0.000000002 to 0.0000016%? If today’s population is approximately 7.8 billion people, then according to these estimations, at the lowest end, only about 16 people would be found worthy of being saved. That’s if the wickedness in today’s time is similar to that of Noah’s. (My belief is that it’s not as bad, and I truly believe that many in today’s time have a good heart, even if we’re not perfect. Our hearts are not always wicked and immoral. Although for some individuals the same cannot be said.)
Another thing I’ve questioned: I was always taught that Noah was trying to warn people that a flood was coming, but no one believed him. (Was Noah the first “conspiracy theorist” that people laughed at and ridiculed? 😛 ) However, when I researched this, I’ve found no indication that Noah actually did this, unless one assumes the verse “preacher of righteousness” in 2 Peters 2:5 to indicate that Noah warned others. “Preacher of righteousness” could mean anything. That he tried to teach others to repent and walk away from sin. That he tried to teach them to love and follow the one true God. Or perhaps he was trying to teach his generation to treat each other with respect and kindness. All of the above, even. But it doesn’t specify that Noah exclusively was warning them of an impending flood and to prepare and repent.

2 Take with you seven pairs of every kind of clean animal, a male and its mate, and one pair of every kind of unclean animal, a male and its mate,
3 and also seven pairs of every kind of bird, male and female, to keep their various kinds alive throughout the earth.

We saw in the previous chapter, that the verses definitively stated “two of all living creatures“, however, here we see it specifying that the “clean animals” were to be brought in at 7 pairs (14 animals each) and the “unclean animals” at just 1 pair (2 animals each). That is, if none of these verses have been mistranslated or misunderstood since it was written. And as of yet, we don’t know what they mean by “clean/unclean”, although we learn their descriptions in a different book.
4 Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and I will wipe from the face of the earth every living creature I have made.”
I don’t know if I’m being too analytical, but is this Bible verse specifically alluding to only the creatures that God has made? What does that mean, exactly? There’s a theory that since the fallen angels came down to corrupt God’s creation, that all creation is not technically from God. If the theory of the Nephilim and the fallen angel’s interference to invert and contort everything that God made as a means of rebellion, then would that still be under God’s jurisdiction? It’s such a controversial topic and I cannot say one way or another what the true account is.
5 And Noah did all that the LORD commanded him.
6 Noah was six hundred years old when the floodwaters came on the earth.
7 And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives entered the ark to escape the waters of the flood.
8 Pairs of clean and unclean animals, of birds and of all creatures that move along the ground,
9 male and female, came to Noah and entered the ark, as God had commanded Noah.
10 And after the seven days the floodwaters came on the earth.
11 In the six 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 heavens were opened.
12 And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights.

So not only did it rain for forty days and forty nights, but there was also the eruptions of the springs (geysers) that helped to flood the entire world. Were the springs erupting continuously during these times? Just out of morbid curiosity, did the people and animals being swept away by the flood also have to contend with boiling hot water due to these springs? Or am I, again, just being “too questionable”?
13 On that very day Noah and his sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, together with his wife and the wives of his three sons, entered the ark.
14 They had with them every wild animal according to its kind, all livestock according to their kinds, every creature that moves along the ground according to its kind and every bird according to its kind, everything with wings.
15 Pairs of all creatures that have the breath of life in them came to Noah and entered the ark.
This verse is very strange to me. Why would the Bible need to mention “all creatures that have the breath of life in them”? I mean, obviously animals that don’t have the breath of life in them are dead… therefore couldn’t possibly bring themselves to Noah’s ark. It seems very bizarre to me that this verse has to state this. Does the “breath of life” mean something different than what we think it means? Could it mean, a spirituality of sorts? A consciousness? A soul, even? Does this verse imply that there could be creatures among us that don’t necessary have the “breath of life” but are (were) walking among us?
There’s been debates that cloning and hybridization and genetic manipulation has been around for a lot longer than we can imagine. Could it be that due to all of this experimentation, that “living” beings could exist without actually having the essence of God? A “soulless” being, if you will?

16 The animals going in were male and female of every living thing, as God had commanded Noah. Then the LORD shut him in.
And again, as was mentioned in the previous chapter, there are many verses that make it clear that Noah brought in “male and female” of every living thing. Almost as if the Bible was foreshadowing the movement we have today which is normalizing what the Bible calls unnatural and immoral unions of the same gender.

(Now, if one were to dig deep into this rabbit hole, some speculate that it could be due to our leftover feelings of reincarnation, for one. If one were to incarnate many times throughout their lives as both male and female, then perhaps these residual memories of their fondness for the other gender is confusing them in their current lifetime. Then others have pointed to nefarious human experimentation on our genes and our sexual preference, and even twisting our minds to feel as if this is perfectly normal and acceptable. As well as a whole other slew of different possibilities.
Whichever the case, no matter your stance, I do want to mention to still treat each other with love, kindness and respect. We may all be at the mercy of underhanded corporations that are trying to infiltrate every fiber of our mind, body and soul, so having compassion and understanding towards one another will go a long way rather than demonizing and/or harshly criticizing.)

17 For forty days the flood kept coming on the earth, and as the waters increased they lifted the ark high above the earth.
18 The waters rose and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water.
19 They rose greatly on the earth, and all the high mountains under the entire heavens were covered.
20 The waters rose and covered the mountains to a depth of more than fifteen cubits.
21 Every living thing that moved on land perished—birds, livestock, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all mankind.
Fifteen cubits would be a little over 22 feet, covering over what’s assumed to be the highest mountain. However, the Bible really doesn’t address tunnels, caves, etc. If some people (nephilim, even?) lived in these closed off tunnels, caves, etc. could they have been spared from the flood? The Bible indicates that “every living thing” perished. So I would assume that even if they had caves/mineshafts, underground shelters of sorts, it still didn’t protect them.
But another thing to note, it again doesn’t address these giant nephilim, or the “sons of god” that helped to create them. “All animals and all mankind.” Well, nephilim and the sons of god would not fall under these definitions. Possibly not even defined as “living being”. If these fallen angels were considered as spirits, then could they have possibly wandered around until these flood waters subsided, and once again resumed their habitation of mankind?

22 Everything on dry land that had the breath of life in its nostrils died.
23 Every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out; people and animals and the creatures that move along the ground and the birds were wiped from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark.
Again, if we are to believe that EVERYONE on the planet was wiped out due to the flood besides Noah and his immediate family and his sons’ wives, then we have to believe that any corrupted individuals that are living today are descendants of Noah and his clan. We all would be descendants, as a matter of fact.
And even though the previous chapter specifically alludes to the fallen angels and nephilim and this presumably led to the wickedness of men, any conclusion of their whereabouts are suspiciously not mentioned. Unless, of course, we are to assume that they are part of the “living creatures” and “mankind” that were all destroyed because of the flood. In my point of view, this is not conclusive and leaves an empty hole to fill.

24 The waters flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days.

I find the story of the flood missing some crucial information. I don’t want to sound paranoid, but it almost seems like there are specific passages, chapters even, (perhaps whole books?) that have been deliberately left out or, dare I say it, covered up. It’s been known throughout history that there were different agendas and goals to keep certain information from reaching the public, and I think the story of the “sons of god” and the nephilim are one of them. The previous chapter makes note that this “unholy union” between the angels and daughters of men led to the wickedness of mankind which ultimately led to the flood. And yet there aren’t many mentions beyond Genesis 6 and Numbers 13 to give us any more information. Perhaps with further research more details will emerge to connect the dots a little better.

Again, I want to reiterate that some of my thoughts and theories may be way off base, and I also research some other things on the side as well to try and get a broader understanding of what I’m reading, so please bear with me, or, even better, if you have insights that bring more light to these verses, please let me know.

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