God walked with him. spoke to him, revealed his plan, gave specific directions, waited for it to be accomplished, told them to enter ark, shut them in the ark, brought the flood, God remembered Noah, told him when to come out of the ark
walked with him, talked with him, forewarned him (great motivation) and gave him specific instructions – also helped with the animals
Gave me his word, allows me to talk to him daily (and even more frequently), guides my life and give me specific instructions and support through the bible, church, family.
Only Noah and his family knew and then not exact day until one week before it started to rain. In Noah’s day “all the people on earth had corrupted their way” in Matt warning to keep watch implies there is a means of salvation (Christ=Ark, we are invited in)
The one important thing missing is communion with God. Only Noah found favor in God’s eyes. However, there is also no mention of work or service, just self-serving. Basically, they were doing nothing other than self focus and self interest, nothing that other animals weren’t doing.
Keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come
scoffers say everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation – forgetting judgment by flood that came and ignoring judgment by fire to come
Then the Lord shut him in.
What an interesting sentence to focus on from Gen 7:16. We often think of being shut in as a negative. But when battles rage, the protection of a safe shelter is our desire.
Noah built the ark according to God’s design, but only God could seal the deal. Only God knew the hearts of all other humans to be able to close Noah in and the others out when the rains began to fall. What a blessing to Noah that it was not up to him, that he didn’t have to choose whether to open the door to allow others in. What a relief of any guilt or regret.
In our life God opens some doors and God closes others. When we follow God’s will and wait on His timing it is never up to us to open or close the doors, only to seek the path He wants us to walk with Him and go through the doors He has provided. But we like to plan. We like to linger in the safe and secure. We like to go back and relive things.
What doors in your life do you need God’s help in closing?