Genesis 7:1-4††† Command to Enter the
1 Then the LORD said to Noah, "Come into the ark, you and all your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation. 2 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; 3 also seven each of birds of the air, male and female, to keep the species alive on the face of all the earth. 4 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." NKJV
Yahowah gave the command to enter the
Y Godís reason for the order is explained in that God has seen that Noah is righteous before God in his generation.
Y This is the first mention of a difference between clean and unclean animals.
Y The count was to take seven each of the clean animals, a male and his female which tells us that the count was for seven pair the male and his female making a total of 14 of each kind.† This shows that a male or a female alone is not complete, as is with a man and woman.† A man is not complete without his wife.
Y Two each of the unclean, a male and his female which would be four of the kind.
Y Noah knew which were clean and which were unclean by the number of pairs that came to him to board the ark.† Remember they came on their own.† [Genesis 6:20]††††
Y Again the CREATOR called for seven each of the birds of the air, male and female which would be seven pair making fourteen of each kind.
Y The purpose is to keep the species alive on the earth.
Y The command was given seven days before the rain began.
Y God gave the time of 40 days required for the flood to reach its full potential.
Y With the purpose of destroying from the face of the earth all living things that God has made.
Y Of course, the creatures of the waters and the vegetation was not destroyed by the flood; but only the land creatures that breath air.