God wanted to keep animals on the earth 

Old Testament: Gen 7.2–3

To read the Bible in a year, read Genesis 6–8 on January 3, In the year of our Lord Christ 2022

By Don Ruhl 

When the God of heaven brought a flood upon the entire earth, he knew that would not only wipe all people living on the earth, except for those in the ark, but all the animals on the earth would perish as well. 

Therefore, he instructed Noah to take a select numbers of animals, both clean and unclean, onto the ark, including birds: 

“You shall take with you seven each of every clean animal, a male and his female; two each of animals that are unclean, a male and his female; also seven each of birds of the air, male and female, to keep the species alive on the face of all the earth.”

– Genesis 7.2–3 

At the end of the sentence, the Lord made it plain why he wanted Noah to take on all these animals: “To keep the species alive on the face of all the earth.” He had made the earth originally with them, and he still wanted (and wants), them on the earth. 

Even as Noah had the job of working with the animals to preserve them, we should do the same, knowing that God wants species alive on the earth. 


  • What do you do to take care of the earth and its creatures? 
  • What is your favorite animal and what is your favorite bird? 

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