Finally the arks construction was completed.
B'resheet 7:1 Then the L-RD said to Noach, "Enter the ark, you and all your household; for you alone I have seen to be righteous before Me in this time.
This shows us the extent of the evil in the world at the time. Noach was one of the few that trusted in His Word.
Heb 11:6-7 And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to G-d must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. By faith Noach, being warned by G-d about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household, by which he condemned the world, and became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith. NAS
B'resheet 7:2-3 You shall take with you of every clean animal by sevens, a male and his female; and of the animals that are not clean two, a male and his female; also of the birds of the sky, by sevens, male and female, to keep offspring alive on the face of all the earth.
Seven pairs of Clean Animals and seven Pairs of Birds - to have extra for sacrifice.
B'resheet 7:4 For after seven more days, I will send rain on the earth forty days and forty nights; and I will blot out from the face of the land every living thing that I have made."
Final Warning - Final Instructions before the start of the flood.
B'resheet 7:5 And Noach did according to all that the L-RD had commanded him.
Do we do all that the L-rd commands us?
B'resheet 7:6 Now Noach was six hundred years old when the flood of water came upon the earth.
It is not really clear how long Noach worked on the ark. Many believe it was 120 years based on this verse.
B'resheet 6:3-4 Then the L-RD said, "My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, because he also is flesh; nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty years." (NAS)
If this is true it would mean that he begin construction on the ark at 480 years of age.
The last time we saw reference to Noach's age it was in:
B'resheet 5:32 And Noach was five hundred years old, and Noach became the father of Shem, Ham, and Yefet (Japheth). (NAS)
Did he begin construction on the ark before his sons were born? At any rate, G-d gave him plenty of time to construct the ark.
B'resheet 7:7 Then Noach and his sons and his wife and his sons' wives with him entered the ark because of the water of the flood.
Eight Total people on the ark - It must have been a sad day for Noach and his family. Imagine their last hours going to their families, friends, and neighbors one last time and begging them to listen.
B'resheet 7:8-9 Of clean animals and animals that are not clean and birds and everything that creeps on the ground, there went into the ark to Noach by twos, male and female, as G-d had commanded Noach.
to Noach - G-d brought the animals "to Noach". Noach did not go on Safari.
B'resheet 7:10 And it came about after the seven days, that the water of the flood came upon the earth.
True to His word, G-d sent the flood seven days later.
B'resheet 7:11 In the six hundredth year of Noach's life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on the same day all the fountains of the great deep burst open, and the floodgates of the sky were opened.
all the fountains of the great deep burst open - the floodgates of the sky were opened - The water came up out of the earth as well as out of the sky. It is believed that prior to the flood the mountains were not as high as they are now. The oceans were not as deep. At the time of the flood, it is believed that the earth under went a drastic transformation. When the "fountains of the great deep" broke open there were probably earthquakes and volcanic eruptions worldwide.
B'resheet 7:12-15 And the rain fell upon the earth for forty days and forty nights. On the very same day Noach and Shem and Ham and Yefet (Japheth), the sons of Noach, and Noach's wife and the three wives of his sons with them, entered the ark, they and every beast after its kind, and all the cattle "after their kind", and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth after its kind, and every bird after its kind, all sorts of birds. So they went into the ark to Noach, by twos of all flesh in which was the breath of life.
Many people believe that Noach and his family were only on the ark for 40 days. As you read through the flood account keep track of the time span, we think you will be surprised just how long they were on the ark. So far we have 40 days and nights of rain.
B'resheet 7:16 And those that entered, male and female of all flesh, entered as G-d had commanded him; and the L-RD closed it behind him.
Notice it states G-d closed the door. I imagine it would have been hard for anyone to close the door knowing that once it was closed there was no escape for anyone else from the judgment from the L-rd. I'm sure Noach had relatives that he did not want to see perish. What else could he do? He had tried to warn them but they did not heed his warnings. They choose to reject the message.
The Seventh letter corresponding to the Seventh Chapter is Zayin - focal point of sustenance and struggle.
As I touched on lightly before, Noach and his family suffered on a piece of wood through storms and tossing seas. Yeshua suffered on a piece of wood through spiritual storms and punishment for our sins by the Father. This is some struggle that Noach and his family had to go through on this piece of wood for longer than forty days and nights for following the will of Adonai but they escaped death. In contrast Yeshua suffered on a piece of wood but would suffer without escaping death for all of mankind. We can escape spiritual death by only trusting in what He did for us. When we do this we are obeying His word. Many of our relatives may choose to reject this plan also. Again, Adonai gives us a free will. HaShem will not let the fact that He is the stone of rejection get in the way of His eternal plan with us just like Adonai did not let those who did not head his word through Noach come in the plan He had for Noach and some of his family.
B'resheet 7:17 Then the flood came upon the earth for forty days; and the water increased and lifted up the ark, so that it rose above the earth.
It must have taken awhile for the floodwaters to raise high enough for the ark to begin to float. Imagine the people outside the ark. Probably fascinated at first with the rain, because they had never experienced it before. Then concern would set in-later panic. Noach and his family must have been horrified to listen to the people beating on the ark trying to get inside and knowing they could not help them.
Noach had pitched the ark inside and out to seal it and keep the water out. The Hebrew word translated "pitch" is kaphar. In almost every other instance in the Tanakh it is translated as atonement (See Ex 30:10) to atone is to cover with blood. As the oily pitch protected the ark from the Flood Judgment, so the blood of Yeshua protects the believer from the sin judgment. (Willmington's Guide to the Bible, page 11)
B'resheet 7:18-20 And the water prevailed and increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark floated on the surface of the water. And the water prevailed more and more upon the earth, so that all the high mountains everywhere under the heavens were covered. The water prevailed fifteen cubits higher, and the mountains were covered.
fifteen cubits - about 22 1/2 feet of water covered the highest mountain.