Creatures with the “Breath of Life” are affected by death, the penalty for Adam’s SIN! Nephesh!

In addition to the classification system for living organisms, the Bible also separates what scientists call “higher” animals from all others.  The word used in Scripture is “nephesh” and is most often translated as “soul.”  It is also defined as the “breath of life.” God told Noah which creatures to take on the Arkand based on these instructions we conclude, animals that breathe will be saved in the ark, and those that are left outside will drown in the flood.  Since Insects do not breathe but absorb oxygen through other means, they do not have the breath of life(lungs). Insects can stay underwater for long periods of time, and a majority spend part of their life cycle in water. Insects did not go on the Ark but survive in the flood waters.

Now we define animal death as opposed to plant death. Plants don’t die in the same way the soul animals do.  For example; when you eat fruit like an orange you do not destroy its life in the seed because even if the seed passes through an organism’s body, it still has life. Plant it and watch it grow.  That is not true when you eat the chicken sandwich. The chicken has given up its life.

When the Bible talks about death as the penalty for sin, it refers to the death ofhumans and the creatures that have soul life, not insects or plants.  As people, we recognize this and grieve when a loved one dies.   We know in our hearts this is not the way life is supposed to be and that knowledge is part of our being made in God’s image. Watch an animal special on TV and see the lion take down a zebra, kill it and begin to eat it. Other zebras don’t grieve the death of one of the herb because they don’t have an awareness ofdeath as sin’s penalty and they are not made in God’s image.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Nephesh (נֶ֫פֶשׁnép̄eš) is a Biblical Hebrew word which refers to the aspects of sentience, and human beings and other animals are both described as having nephesh. Plants, as an example of live organisms, are not referred to in the Bible as having nephesh. The term נפשis literally “soul,” although it is commonly rendered as “life” in English translations…  In Genesis 2:7 the text is that Adam was not given a nephesh but “became a living nephesh…” Nephesh, when put with another word, can detail aspects related to the concept of nephesh; with רוּחַrûach (“spirit”) it describes a part of men that is immaterial, like mind, emotions, will, intellect, personality, and conscience, Job 7:11.

Biblical use:  The word nephesh occurs 754 times in the Hebrew Bible. The first four times it is used exclusively to describe animals: Gen 1:20 (sea life), Gen 1:21 (great sea life), Gen 1:24 (land creatures), Gen 1:30 (birds and land creatures).

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God’s Judgment in Noah’s Flood.

In the next several weeks we’ll be focusing on Noah’s Flood described in Genesis. Recently some Christian leaders are promoting the view that Noah’s Flood was a “local flood” in the Mesopotamian region of the Middle East. The Scripture is clear; Noah’s Flood was worldwide to fulfill God’s intention was to destroy all land-dwelling, air-breathing living creatures outside the Ark. Genesis 6:7-8. So the Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man, and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I’m sorry that I have made them.”  But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.

The actual results of His judgment are recorded in Genesis 7:11-23 In the six-hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were opened. 12 And rain fell upon the earth forty days and forty nights. 13 On the very same day Noah and his sons, Shem and Ham and Japheth, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons with them entered the ark, 14 they and every beast, according to its kind, and all the livestock according to their kinds, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, according to its kind, and every bird, according to its kind, every winged creature. 15 They went into the ark with Noah, two and two of all flesh in which there was the breath of life. 16 And those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him. And the Lord shut him in.

17 The flood continued forty days on the earth. The waters increased and bore up the ark, and it rose high above the earth. 18 The waters prevailed and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the face of the waters. 19 And the waters prevailed so mightily on the earth that all the high mountains under the whole heaven were covered. 20 The waters prevailed above the mountains, covering them fifteen cubits deep. 21 And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, birds, livestock, beasts, all swarming creatures that swarm on the earth, and all humankind. 22 Everything on the dry land in whose nostrils was the breath of life died. 23 He blotted out every living thing that was on the face of the ground, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens. They were blotted out from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those who were with him in the ark.”

Note how many times the word “all” is in this passage. There would be no reason to spend the significant effort to build the Ark if Noah could have fled to another region to escape the flood. The flood must be worldwide because God’s judgment on the Earth was complete. Anything less than worldwide would be incomplete and make God a liar. Also, God’s promise to never judge the world by water again would have been broken many times in local floods like Katrina, in New Orleans. Next week I’ll be on vacation. I’ll pick up on 7/28 with Noah’s Flood timeline.

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AIG’s Ark Encounter opens in Williamstown, Kentucky July 7!

witness-history-02Because of my close relationship with Ken Ham and Answers in Genesis this week’s blog is devoted to Noah’s Ark and the Flood. The full sized Nosh’s Ark in the “ARK ENCOUNTER will open July 7 in Kentucky. In the area? Also, visit the Creation Museum. Both are part of Answers in Genesis.

We’ll start with the Flood’s chronology. The flood began in 2348 BC or 1656 years after creation. This dating is from “The Wall Chart of World History” published by Barnes and Noble (ISBN: 0-88029-239-3). Chronology of the Flood of Noah

Bible Verse          Events of the Flood Timetable                              Day

Genesis 7:14       Rainfall Begins                                                        Day 1

Genesis 7:12       Rain stops                                                                Day 40

Genesis 7:24       The waters prevailed upon the earth a hundred and fifty days.

Genesis 8:3         Water level begins to recede                                Day 150

Genesis 8:5         Mountaintops exposed                                           Day 224

Genesis 8:6         Raven sent out. Did not return                              Day 264

Genesis 8:7         Dove sent out, returned.                                         Day 271

Genesis 8:10      Dove sent out, back with an olive branch.          Day 278

Genesis 8:12       Dove sent out, did not return.                                Day 285

Genesis 8:13      Cover removed from the Ark                                  Day 314

Genesis 8:16      Noah leaves Ark                                                      Day 371


Note the entire time, one year and six days, a year and a week, without the day of rest.

The waters of Noah’s Flood came from two sources, in addition to the water already on the surface of the Earth. First, the windows of heaven were opened. Some creationists believe this is the collapse of the water vapor canopy that God created on day two. Second the fountains of the “great deep” were opened on a single day. This massive release of subterranean water causes the tectonic plates to move and creates the erosion that will make the fossil record. The plate movements caused very deep ocean basins, and the water ran into them after the flood ended. If the Earth were perfectly smooth the water on the Earth in the Oceans, lakes, etc. will cover the planet to a depth of over 9,000 feet (slightly less than 2 miles). I believe the mountain ranges of the world are a direct result of the massive continental movements during the flood; this is more than enough water. After the flood, the water ran into the deep ocean basins.

Most creationists believe that a great ice age followed Noah’s flood because the oceans were warm and the landmasses were getting cold because the rain in the early days after the flood. The waters from the fountains of the great deep were hot because they came from deep inside the Earth. An ice age would take water out of the oceans and put it on the continents making it possible for people and animals to walk across the Indonesian bridge to Australia and the Aleutian bridge to North America and to move south to South America. During the ice age immediately following the flood, the ocean shorelines would have been as much as 200 feet lower than they are today.

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