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The Flood: Genesis 6-9
The Flood
Genesis 6-9

This morning I want to talk to you about a catastrophic event that took place about 4500 years ago. The event in question is the world wide flood described in Genesis 6-9


-Moses, by divine revelation, records for us the account of the Flood
-In a few years you will be able to make a trip to Kentucky to the Creation Museum and you will be able to tour a replication of the Ark. (It's being built as we speak). Another full size replica can be found in Dordrecht, Netherlands.
-In 2 Peter 3:6, In speaking of the Day of the Lord, Peter speaks of how the world was destroyed by a flood and how one day it will be destroyed by fire.
-The account of the Flood is not a made up story designed to teach morals. It was a literal event.
-As it regards the Flood, most of the early church fathers spoke of it as a literal event. Justin Martyr did, so did Augustine. Tertullian (160-225 A.D) spoke of fossils in the mountains testifying to a time when the globe had been covered by water-- even referring to the earth as round. Tertullian was eager to prove to the disciples of Plato that there was a worldwide flood and not a local flood.

Before looking at Genesis 6 with you....


Flood stories from ancient cultures come from all over the world (Sumerian, Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh, Greek, Inca, Mayan, Polynesian, Hawaii, Germanic, Australian aboriginals, etc). While inaccurate and varying in detail they speak of flood of epic and often world wide proportion

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b. Sedimentary rock (which covers the earth- the vast majority of every continent is covered by sedimentary rock (which is only formed under water)

The sedimentary rock was laid down very quickly. I have pics of sedimentary rock from the grand canyon that is bent and fold (Tapeats Sandstone in the Grand Canyon). Rock doesn't bend. Hence the sediment of the Grand Canyon was laid down quickly and before hardening the ground shifted and it didn't snap

FYI: In some places on the planet, sedimentary rock is 15 plus km thick.

FYI: Shale and natural gas is mostly/almost always found in sedimentary rock (ultimately comprised of decomposed plant and animal tissues). Oil is most often found in sedimentary rock (though not exclusively). Lots of oil is from plant material (though some oil may be produced by the processes within the earth)

Fossils are almost always found in sedimentary rock (indicating a catastrophic disaster trapped and buried them before they had a chance to rot). Fossilization in sedimentary rock requires sudden and rapid burial (consistent with the Flood)

Coal is an organic form of sedimentary rock that points to the flood (made up of forests an dead plant matter). Interesting: Every once in a while a story will pop up of miners finding a metal pot, spoon, etc in coal deposits (indicating that the coal deposits are not the result of millions of years). These stories almost always get buried by the media and trashed by the evolutionists.
Often "dinosaurs" are found with some tissue in their bones in sedimentary rock. This indicates that the rock was laid down quickly and that activity that resulted in the sedimentary rock being laid down, was not that long ago.

c. Marine fossils in high mountain ranges point to the Flood

On Mount Everest,etc, marine fossils are regularly found- indicating that these mountain ranges were once under water.

d. The giant fossil graveyards of the world-- with animals of different kinds, twisted and caught in the throes of death, point to the Flood and their quick burial

e. The Grand canyon points to the Flood-- which is made of sedimentary rock- would have been formed by the run off of the flood waters off the North American continent.


What about Noah's Ark sightings on Mount Ararat (in modern day Turkey)?

Sightings of Noah's Ark in this dangerous mountain range have been reported for almost 2300 years (Josephus 37-100 AD) spoke of it- suggesting that people took bits of it as amulets, Theophilus of Antioch spoke of it (115-185), Chrysostom wrote of it (345-407).

While stories and accounts continue to abound, I would counsel you to be careful about putting to much stock in modern day announcements of it being found

FYI: Ararat literally means "The curse reversed"

How did all the animals fit in the Ark?

-In Genesis 6 we are told that the ark was 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, 45 feet high and comprised of 3 levels
-It would have been no problem to fit 2 of every land animal and bird in the Ark.

Basis: The ark could hold the equivalent of 550 rail cars. The average animal is smaller than a sheep when full grown. 1 rail car can hold 240 sheep. 52,000 animals (being 26000 different kinds of animals) would only take up 220 rail cars-- leaving plenty of room for food, etc.

Further: A full grown Brontosaurus would not have gone into the Ark-- a juvenile would easily fit since these big land creatures grew slowly and started out quite small.

As for food: All animals can easily survive on vegetables and grains

As for water and feeding and waste disposal: mechanical systems could easily have been built to accomodate for all this (keeping in mind that Noah and people back then were smart)

FYI: Ship builders essentially copy the Ark's format since it has been tested to be the most stable shape and ratio of all sea going vessels.

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"The springs of the deep burst forth" Genesis 7:11

Springs are everywhere. A spring is the result of ground water coming up to the surface. Most springs are small. Some are huge. Crystal Springs in Florida pumps out 40 million gallons of water per day. Dwarfing this is Big Spring in Missouri; it pumps out 300 million gallons of fresh water per day.

Imagine God, being sovereign over the Earth, commanded that millions upon millions of big springs activate at once, combined with torrents of rain from the sky. It would take long to submerge the earth. This is what God did as an act of judgment against those who once lived on the Earth.

READ Genesis 6

Things to note from Genesis 6

a. It's hard to categorically say who the Nephilim were
(Genesis 6:4)

Many theories abound. Some say fallen angels married women. Some say the godly line of Seth married ungodly women. Some say demonically possessed/controlled men married women, etc.

What we do know:

-Nephilim means "fallen ones"
-They were big. They were known as giants (See also Numbers 13:33 and the descendants of Anak)
-They were significantly bigger than everyone else (9 feet)
-They were the heroes of old

b. The 120 years of Genesis 6:3

The question is: Is this a cap for human life or was God declaring that in 120 years He would destroy the world?

I lean towards the second option

c. Don't mess around with God. While God's patience is long, it's not forever. Genesis 6:3

"My Spirit will not contend with man forever" Genesis 6:3

We are told in 2 Peter 3:9, which a passage about the destruction of the world to come, that God is patient, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should come to salvation.

If you haven't been reconciled to God by faith in Christ, don't delay. God's patience is meant for repentance.

d. Genesis 6:5 teaches us something very important about human nature: We are sinful and in need of a Savior.

In Genesis 6:5 it says; "The LORD saw how great man's wickedness on the earth had become and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time."

This is a telling statement as it regards us apart from Christ. We are not good. We are not innocent. Our disposition is to rebellion against God and His holy standards. Selfishness is what defines us. The end of this is this: We are desperately in need of Christ and his redeeming work. There is nothing in us that merits God's favor or Heaven as our home-- it is all found in Christ.

In case you think what God said only applied to those whom God judged, He says the same about our hearts and minds in Genesis 8:21- after the Flood.

Another passage indicating things were rotten in Genesis 6:11-13. Three times we are told that the people were corrupt, then we are told that the earth was filled with violence.

e. God has feelings and they can be hurt. Genesis 6:6

"God's heart was filled with pain"

This phrase from Genesis 6:6 is easy to pass over but its important for it shows how hurt God was by the way people lived and live.

The hurt being described is the hurt a lover feels when they are betrayed. It is the hurt a husband/wife feels when abandoned. This was God's pain. The pain of betrayal and rejection-- God who gives all and yet who received nothing in return (no worship, no service, no respect, no regard)

While it may sound strange to our ears-- people rejecting God hurts His heart. It's an affront to God.

God has feelings.

Faith and obedience brings joy to his heart and results in blessing. Sin and rebellion bring pain to his heart and arouse his anger.

f. The flood of Genesis is a type for the judgment that is to come.

As the world was destroyed by water, 2 Peter 3 and other passages tell us that one day the world -- for it's sin-- will be destroyed by fire.

The Day of the Lord approaches. The call of God is to get right with Him before that day comes. Do not delay. Be reconciled to God.


1. Noah found favor with God

How? Why?

Because he was righteous. He was concerned about pleasing God. He gave God the respect He was due. He walked and talked with God. He was careful about the way he lived.

Noah did not join in with others-- in their sexual immorality, in their violence, in their greed, in their selfishness.

In 2 Peter 2:5 we are told that Noah was a preacher of righteousness. This means that Noah was actively involved in calling others to follower, worship, and obey God. He actively called people to repentance.

How does one find favor with God today?

Jesus tells us in John 6:29 - responding to the crowds question of "What must we do to do the work that God requires?" ---"The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent"

2. Noah was a man of faith and trust in God

When God confided in Noah about the coming destruction of the world and His plan to save Noah, his family and the 2 of every kind of bird and land animal, how did Noah respond?

Noah believed God.

Hundreds of years later, when God told Abram that he would have a son in his old age whose offspring would be countless (at least by Abram's standards), we are told that Abram believed God and that he credited to him as righteousness. Genesis 15:6

Faith pleases God. Taking God at as word brings joy to his heart.

When God told Noah of his plan, he didn't laugh, he didn't doubt- He believed God.

Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1

Hebrews 11:7 says of Noah; "By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith."

When God says something to us and in his Word-- we need to believe Him. We need to trust in Him that his word will come to pass.

3. Noah was a man of obedience

In Genesis 6:22 it says that "Noah did everything just as God commanded him."

Faith and works go hand in hand. Faith and obedience

Noah's obedience

-Long term: Over 100 years
-In the face of adversity and opposition
-At personal cost
-For God
-Brought blessing (Noah and his family were delivered. He is remembered and celebrated as a man of faith and obedience)

Point: Don't give up on obeying God. Don't be discouraged when its hard.


-The worldwide flood of Genesis 6-9 was a real event. The geology of the world testifies to this
-As the world was destroyed by water, one day it will be destroyed by fire (then there will be a new heaven and new earth). Application: Be reconciled to God.
-The human heart is desperately wicked and needful of the redeeming work of Christ
-God has feelings too: Sin and rebellion are an afront to His heart
-The faith of Noah is something for us to emulate
-The long, step by step obedience of Noah is to be copied by us too.

The Lord's Supper

The typology of the Ark

1. Some church architecture has the church built like an inverted ship-- building on the theme of the ark being a type for the church

I.e Wishing Well Acres Baptist Church (wood ceiling, ribs for supports). Missionary church I grew up in, many cathedrals

In some churches, where the pews are-- its called a nave--- which in latin means "boat"

2. The Flood is a type for the judgment to come

-Only way to escape Flood was to be in Ark. Only way to escape the judgment to come is to be in Christ

3. The Ark as a type for Christ

a. Interesting: Kaphar = pitch but translated in rest of Scripture as "to make atonement". As the pitch covered and protected the Ark, the blood of Christ covers and protects us from the judgment to come.

Romans 4:7 "Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered"

b. As the Ark only had one door there is only 1 way to be saved-- by faith in Jesus Christ.

c. When God shut Noah and his family in they were secure. In Christ we are secure. Jesus spoke of losing none that the Father had given him and how none could be snatched from his hand (Romans 6)

d. As Noah was saved by Grace, so is our salvation

The Ark- a symbolic picture for Salvation

Further: Ararat means "cursed reversed" Jesus took God's curse upon Himself when he hung upon the cross, that we might not have to face it and the judgment to come.***