Answers in Genesis – Genesis 8:4 and The Resurrection
The cataclysmic event recorded in the book of Genesis chapters 6-8 describes the worldwide flood which destroyed every living terrestrial thing that breathed air. Only eight people and the animals on Noah’s Ark survived. In this article, we explore the answers in Genesis about the Flood, the Passover, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The Flood occurred 1656 years after the Creation of the world. The world had become utterly corrupted. “The Lord saw how great the wickedness the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of man’s heart was only evil all the time. The Lord regretted that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled.”Genesis 6:5
Right before God’s judgment to destroy the Earth, the only man following God was Noah. “Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.” Genesis 6:9
“Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. So God said to Noah, ‘I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I
am surely going to destroy both them and the earth.’” Genesis 6:12
God instructed Noah to build an Ark so that Noah and his family would be saved from the judgment of God. “I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish. But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark—you and your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives with you.” Genesis 6:17
Although there were 40 days and nights of rain at the beginning of the Flood, the planet continued to be inundated with water from the “fountains of the great deep” for the first 150 days (Genesis 7:24).
The entire planet was covered with water. In fact, the water level was 21 feet above the highest mountain on the planet (Genesis 7:19-20). “Every living thing that moved on land perished—birds, livestock, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all mankind. Everything on dry land that had the breath of life in its nostrils died. Every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out; people and animals and the creatures that move along the ground and the birds were wiped from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark.” Genesis 7:21 The Ark was a type or shadow for the saving grace of Jesus Christ.
Just as Noah and his family were saved in the Ark from the cataclysmic Flood so believers who are in Christ Jesus will be saved from eternal damnation. “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. After being made alive, he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits—to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand.” 1 Peter 3:18
When Noah entered the Ark, he ensured the physical survival of himself and his family. When we enter into saving faith through Jesus, we ensure our spiritual survival through eternal life with Christ. “Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
Our Comforter and Protector
When the destruction of the world was at hand, God told Noah to enter the Ark (Genesis 7:1). God was with Noah and his family throughout the entire year long ordeal and He protected and comforted them. When we receive Jesus as our Savior, God, in the person of the Holy Spirit, comforts and protects us.
“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things.” John 14:26
The Ark had only one door (Genesis 6:16) through which Noah had to enter in order to be saved from the Flood. Likewise, God’s salvation has only one door, who is Christ Jesus. “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved.” John 10:9
God didn’t provide ten different way to get into the Ark. There was no other way to enter the Ark than through that one door (Genesis 6:16). In the same way, the only way to God is through the Lord Jesus Christ. “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.” John 14:6
After Noah and his family entered the Ark, God Himself closed the door (Genesis 7:16). Everyone outside who chose not to enter the Ark were left to face the imminent horrible death awaiting them.
Today, we have only this one life to enter Christ’s door of salvation. “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:12
Although all of these examples revealing the Ark as a type of Jesus are truly wonderful, the final example is the most amazing. Noah and his family were on the Ark five months floating and another seven months sitting on the mountain for a total of 371 days. God was very specific when He inspired Moses to write the exact date when the waters finally receded and the Ark rested on solid ground. “And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.” Genesis 8:4
Why would God record the exact day of the Ark’s landing? Why would He place so much importance on this date?
The Jews go by two calendars. Their civil calendar starts in the month of Tishri, at Rosh Hoshana, in the fall. This was the date the Jews believed that Adam was created in the Garden of Eden. This was the original calendar used by the Jews up until the time of Moses. But God instructed the Hebrews to change their calendar to start in the month of Nissan which was when the Passover was being instituted. The month of Nissan is in the spring. “And the Lord spoke unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt saying, this month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.” Exodus 12:1
The Passover starts on the 14th day of Nissan when the spotless lamb is sacrificed for the sins of the Jews.
Jesus was crucified on Passover, the 14th day of Nissan. Three days later He was resurrected as the victorious Lord and Savior.
The day Jesus was resurrected, called the Lord’s Day, was the seventh month on the seventeenth day of the month. The exact same day that God allowed the Ark to rest (Genesis 8:4).
The seventeenth day of the seventh month, during Noah’s Flood, was the day that the new world began for mankind. The seventeenth day of the seventh month, the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, was the day that a new life began for mankind.