From the Flood to the Establishment of Government

12:00 AM on Wednesday, Apr 17th, 2013

The same year that Methuselah died – 2319 BC, the flood came.

Noah did all that was commanded of him in regards to preparing the ark and food supply. Then God told Noah to get his family and the animals into the ark because in 7 days it would rain for 40 days and 40 nights. All was destroyed except those on the ark. The ark was well built, made out of gopher wood and covered with pitch. This made the ark waterproof. The ark provided protection for over a year for Noah and his family as well as all the creatures that were aboard the ark. After a period of days, Noah sent a raven out of the boat but he did not return because he was able to find food from animals and humans that did not survive the flood. Later, Noah sent out a dove and the she returned. She did not find food or a tree to live on. She was sent out again and brought back an olive tree branch. Noah knew then that the waters were subsiding. Then, a week later, Noah again sent out the dove and she did not return. God then told Noah to leave the ark with his family and all of the living creatures so that they could replenish the earth.

Noah built an altar unto God and sacrificed various clean animals unto God as a thank offering for sparing his life and those aboard the ark.

Then God smelled a sweet savour from the offering; and the Lord said in his heart, “I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done. While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night shall not cease."

God told Noah and his sons, I will establish my covenant with you and every living creature, neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood, neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth. I will set a bow in the cloud to remind me of my covenant with man and all living flesh. As a result of the flood, God changed man’s diet from vegetation to also include meat but they were not to eat the blood with the meat. As life is in the blood, it does not belong to man but only God himself.

God then said be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth, speaking both to mankind and also the creatures of the earth.

The beginning of the establishment of government was set up by God when he said if another man kills another man, he shall also be killed. The reason for setting up this judgment was because in the beginning man had been created in God’s image. Since man is made in God’s image, the shedding of innocent blood is viewed as a direct offense against God.

Questions and Things to Think About

Has God ever warned you about a calamity that would be likely taken place?

What preparations did you make?

What promises did God make to Noah and his family and future descendants of man and beast?

Has God kept his promise? Give examples to support you answer:

How did Noah know that the floodwaters were receding from the earth?

How high above the mountains was the floodwater if a cubic is 18" and the waters were 15 cubic higher than the mountains?

Could any earth bound creature survive this flood that was not on the ark?

Navigating through the Bible on your own can be overwhelming at first and possibly confusing. We are here to guide you in this amazing journey. Feel free to share your answers to the above questions or your enlightened thoughts on our journey together in the comments area below.

Dr. Shirley J. Vaughn D. MIN.

New King James Version (NKJV)
13 I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth. 14 It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud; 15 and I will remember My covenant which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16 The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look on it to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth."
Genesis 9:13-16