Who was on the Ark? We know by the word of God that Noah, his wife, and Noah's 3 sons and their wives were the only people on the ark.
Gen. 6 v 17-18....and behold I Myself am bringing floodwaters on the earth, to destroy from under heaven all flesh in which is the breadth of life; everything that is on the earth shall die. But I will establish My covenant with you and you shall go into the ark, you, your sons, your wife and your son's wives with you.......
Gen. 7 v 13....On the very same day Noah and Noah's sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and Noah's wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, entered the ark......
So we have six people on the ark, all related. All in relationship with each other. I say this to bring out a point about the word relationship. My pastor made a comment about this word this week and it started me to thinking.
Relationship means .........relation, or relative then you have ship .....boat, all the relations on the boat together. HA!
Well that just sparked me to remember the first big ship. The Ark. And then who was on the ark, Noah and his relatives.
What family was Noah born into? Adam & Eve had a son called Seth, and Seth begot Enosh, Enosh begot Cainan, Cainan begot Mahalalel, Mahalalel begot Jared, Jared begot Enoch, Enoch begot Methuselah, Methuselah begot Lamech, and Lamech begot Noah.
When we look at the ages these men lived to be before the flood, the average age was 900 years old. Then after the flood the ages started to decline until finally leveling off at around 120 years old. It makes you stop and wonder did the flood take vital nutrients out of the earth, that caused men to have shorter life spans? Or did the disobedience of men toward God shorten their life spans?
The Word tells us how to live, in obedience, so that we may live out our days long, and have blessed lives. AMEN!
Deut. 7 v 12-15a....Then it shall come to pass, because you listen to these judgements, and keep and do them that the LORD your God will keep with you the covenant and the mercy which He swore to your fathers. And He will love you and bless you and multiply you; He will also bless the fruit of your womb, and the fruit of your land, your grain and your new wine and your oil, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flock, in the land of which He swore to your fathers to give you. You shall be blessed above all peoples; there shall not be a male or female barren among you or among your livestock. And the LORD will take away from you all sickness, and will afflict you with none of the terrible diseases of Egypt which you have known,.....
So what is He telling us here? He is telling us that if we are obedient to Him, it will go well with us. Now I know that we are no longer under the law but under the blood of Jesus, but we still have the two greatest commandments given us by Jesus and if we keep those then we will just naturally keep the rest of them. AMEN!
Matt. 22 v 37-40...."Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?" Jesus said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it; 'you shall love your neighbor as yourself.' On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets."....
In other words Jesus hung on the cross for all the law so that you are no longer under the law but under His blood. AMEN!
This day and time everyone is trying to eat better, and live healthier lives. The first step is to get back into His word and read how He tells us to live. Pay attention to how Jesus ate, and lived His life while here on earth, and you can't help but be blessed with a stronger and healthier life. AMEN!
Stay in the WORD!