Originally Posted by menageriekeeper AiC, PTL for His goodness! Iconoclast and Revmwc, remember to take it easy on C/A, but I have a question for both of you: Looking back from our perspective of the Ark only holding 8 humans and a bazillion animals, if the size was such that it could hold no more, Why did Noah preach for 120 years if no more men were afforded the chance to repent? Another thought I've always wondered about: The ark was big and it took a good deal of water to make it move. That means it had to rain for several days before it began to move. But the Bible doesn't record anyone even coming near to ask for sanctuary. Why is that? God may have shut the door, but Noah was capable of opening a window. Quote: Why did Noah preach for 120 years if no more men were afforded the chance to repent? 12And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. 13And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth. MK....it is clear in the text....God had purposed to: 17And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die. Why the hundred and twenty years? Quote: 18For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: 19By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; 20Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. The long suffering of God...waited....like today. Quote: 9The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. mk....the long suffering is God waiting,bearing with the sin of the ungodly,until all the elect are safe in the Ark...[CHRIST JESUS]..then the judgement comes. see here; 13Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. 14Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. 15And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; and here again; Quote: 21Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour? 22What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: 23And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory, 24Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles? Mk....see it is a covenant thing...not a cal/arm thing..... see how long-suffering is used? look at the language used by God to Noah; Quote: 17And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die. 18But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons' wives with thee. The Covenant is always in view..... Quote: The ark was big and it took a good deal of water to make it move. That means it had to rain for several days before it began to move. But the Bible doesn't record anyone even coming near to ask for sanctuary. Why is that? God may have shut the door, but Noah was capable of opening a window.[/ If God shut the door...it would have been dis-obedience to attempt to open it, as if God was not right to judge the sin of the un-repentant ungodly. Men are responsible to repent and believe...they have no guarentee of tommorow. Quote: 26And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. 27They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. 28Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; 29But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.