Seven days of anticipation 

Old Testament: Gen 7.2–4

To read the Bible in a year, read Genesis 6–8 on January 3, In the year of our Lord Christ 2023

By Don Ruhl 

Finally, Noah and his family finished constructing the ark. Then they had to load the ark with the animals and wait. The Lord said: 

“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. For after seven more days I will cause it to rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and I will destroy from the face of the earth all living things that I have made.”

– Genesis 7.2–4 

How much work did they put into making the ark? They had to gather enough food for themselves and for the animals to last a year at least. Then it was done. They loaded the animals. Then they waited seven days inside the ark, all closed up, waiting for a global flood to occur. 

What was that anticipation like? Perhaps they did not have time to think on it, because of the work that they had to put in to take care of the animals. 


  • What do you do while you wait for a big event to happen? 
  • How many of the clean animals did they take? 

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Don preaches with the Savage Street Church of Christ in Grants Pass, Oregon. 

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