on that day all the fountains of the great deep burst forth
Posted: Tue May 15, 2012 8:53 am
I thought this pic of the day is interesting given the story of Noah and the global flood. Relatively speaking, the Earth we live on today does not have a lot of water on it, as this picture attempts to represent. I think this makes God's destruction by the flood in Genesis 7 ever more remarkable. To cover the earth totally, as described in "The waters prevailed above the mountains, covering them fifteen cubits deep" took a tremendous amount of water, much more water than we have on earth today. God in his wisdom had prepared earth for that type of destruction once, and followed through. We serve a powerful God and amazing creator. Let's us not make the mistake of ignoring his promise of eternal destruction for those who do not obey him.
Genesis 7:11-24 ESV)
In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were opened. And rain fell upon the earth forty days and forty nights. On the very same day Noah and his sons, Shem and Ham and Japheth, and Noah's wife and the three wives of his sons with them entered the ark, they and every beast, according to its kind, and all the livestock according to their kinds, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, according to its kind, and every bird, according to its kind, every winged creature. They went into the ark with Noah, two and two of all flesh in which there was the breath of life. And those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him. And the LORD shut him in.
The flood continued forty days on the earth. The waters increased and bore up the ark, and it rose high above the earth. The waters prevailed and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the face of the waters. And the waters prevailed so mightily on the earth that all the high mountains under the whole heaven were covered. The waters prevailed above the mountains, covering them fifteen cubits deep. And all flesh died that moved on the earth, birds, livestock, beasts, all swarming creatures that swarm on the earth, and all mankind. Everything on the dry land in whose nostrils was the breath of life died. He blotted out every living thing that was on the face of the ground, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens. They were blotted out from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those who were with him in the ark. And the waters prevailed on the earth 150 days.