Why Didn’t God Just Tell Noah To Move?
Why did Noah have to spend 120 years building the ark if he could have just taken his family and moved out of the floodplain? There is no mention in the Genesis flood account that mentions Noah preaching to the people while he was building the ark. However, we do find in 2 Peter 2:5, that he is called a “Preacher of Righteousness.” In the New Testament, this particular Greek word (keryx) is used to mean God’s ambassador, and the herald or proclaimer of the divine word. Even if Noah did not preach to the people of the coming doom, building such a large boat would have thrown up a few flags among the people.
God gives man time and opportunity to repent. We see examples of this in the story of Sodom, where God sent angels to Sodom before it was destroyed (Genesis 19) and in reference to Jonah who was sent to warn Nineveh of their destruction. (Jonah 3:4) We also see this in Revelation 2:21 where God states, “I gave her time to repent, and she does not want to repent,” after which he pronounces judgement.
Didn’t God Say He Wouldn’t Destroy The Earth With A Flood Again?
Yes, so let’s look at what is meant by these verses. In Genesis 9:11, God tells Noah “I establish My covenant with you; and all flesh shall never again be cut off by the water of the flood, neither shall there again be a flood to destroy the earth.” And again in verse 15, “and I will remember My covenant, which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and never again shall the water become a flood to destroy all flesh.” These verses are speaking of man; it is “all flesh” who will not be completely destroyed again by a flood. As we saw earlier, Psalm 104:9 stated that on the third creation day, God set the boundaries of the waters that they may not pass over, so that they would not return to cover the physical earth. The physical earth described in the second part of verse 11 was not destroyed, but man living upon it was. The judgement of man was global in is pronouncement over the portion of the earth where he lived.
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