” In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened…… And in the second month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month (601st year of Noah’s life) was the earth dried and God spake to Noah, saying, go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons’ wife with thee.”                     (Genesis 7:11, 8:14-16, KJV)

A friend was reading different devotionals for November that focused on the flood account of Noah. Sensing a pattern, Janet asked if there was a reason why teachers such as Joyce Meyer and Joseph Prince would make the same flood connection.

I thought it was an insightful question, so I did a little investigating. My digging revealed that rabbinical scholars were divided on the timing of the flood-waters. Some believed that Noah exited the ark in the fall, which this year is mid-November–thus the articles in the devotionals. Others had a conflict with that conclusion, declaring instead that the earth dried up in the spring.

The controversy is over the question of which calendar to use. Some believe the 2nd month (Abib) in the flood account relates to the Hebrew civil calendar (which usually begins in September). The second month of the religious calendar, however, places the above events in Genesis 7 in the mid-April to mid-May range.

To discern truth Sabout which calendar, we ask: “What does Scripture say?” Most Christian and Jewish scholars agree that Moses wrote the Bible’s first five books. So, in Genesis to Deuteronomy, we need to know if God told Moses which calendar to use as his reference? Check this out:

And the Lord spake 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 12:1-2 KJV).

The month Yahweh referred to was Nissan, the first month, the time of Passover (cf: Exodus 13:4, Deuteronomy 16:1). Passover is the main Spring feast day observed to remember the Hebrew’s flight from Egypt.  So, with the above command as evidence, we must assume that in Genesis God’s servant Moses would be citing Israel’s religious calendar. There is no Biblical counter-argument for the civil calendar.

Truth is realized when we follow “The 5 Major Rules of Biblical Interpretation”. (See “Book Excerpt” section.) Rather than offer false teaching, writers, like myself, should gather all the pertinent evidence. Go over it carefully before making a statement of fact. A foolish man will rush to judgment while a conscientious and wise Bible student will discern the truth.  EJ

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