G E N E S I S
In this chapter we have the performance of what
was foretold in the foregoing chapter, both concerning the
destruction of the old world and the salvation of Noah; for we may
be sure that no
word of God shall fall to the
ground. There we left Noah busy about his ark, and full of care to
get it finished in time, while the rest of his neighbours were
laughing at him for his pains. Now here we see what was the end
thereof, the end of his care and of their carelessness. And this
famous period of the old world gives us some idea of the state of
things when the world that now is shall be destroyed by fire, as
that was by water. See 2 Pet. iii. 6,
7. We have, in this chapter, I. God's gracious call to
Noah to come into the ark (ver.
1), and to bring the creatures that were to be preserved
alive along with him (ver. 2,
3), in consideration of the deluge at hand, ver. 4. II. Noah's obedience to this
heavenly vision, ver. 5. When
he was six hundred years old, he came with his family into the ark
(ver. 6, 7), and brought
the creatures along with him (ver. 8,
9), an account of which is repeated (ver. 13-16), to which is added God's tender
care to shut him in. III. The coming of the threatened deluge
(ver. 10); the causes of it
(ver. 11, 12): the
prevalency of it, ver.
17-20. IV. The dreadful desolations that were made by it
in the death of every living creature upon earth, except those that
were in the ark, ver.
21-23. V. The continuance of it in full sea, before it
began to ebb, one hundred and fifty days, ver. 24.