Genesis 6:9-7:6 Seven Of Every Clean Animal And Birds.

Upon finding grace, God’s unmerited favour (v. 8), it is then said of Noah that he “was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God” (v. 9). Noah wasn’t sinless, but since he found grace with God, he found redemption. However, in his three sons there would continue to be the separation and enmity between the godly and ungodly seeds, just as was promised in 3:15. God was going to bring the flood because He saw that corruption and violence had overtaken the majority of humanity (vv. 11-13 II Pet. 2:5). Noah was given specific instructions on how the ark was to be built (vv. 14-16). Everything that was on the earth would die (v. 17).

When it says that the LORD would establish His covenant with Noah, it emphasizes that there is already a covenant in view. In effect, the covenant inaugurated with Adam finds its renewal in Noah, and as with Adam, Noah would represent his family also (v. 18). The whole of creation is also included in this covenant relationship. At a minimum he was to take two of every creature on the earth to keep them alive (vv. 19-20). He would also need to take food enough for them and his family (v. 21). “Thus Noah did according to all that God commanded him, so he did.” (v. 22) As a man who found grace he kept God’s commands.

Noah was also to “take seven each of every clean animal,” and “seven each of birds of the air” (Gen. 7:2-3 Cf. Lev. 11). These were required for the offering of sacrifice, showing that this covenant relationship would continue to require blood sacrifice. The LORD God ensured that Noah would have the provision of sin which He required. Noah wasn’t saved because he was sinless, he was saved because the covenant LORD made provision for his sin. When Noah finally departed from the ark we read that he “built an altar to the LORD, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar” (8:20).

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