7:1 The LORD then said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation.
7:2 Take with you seven [seven pairs of clean animals; they were used for sacrifices after the flood (cf. Gen. 8:20)] of every kind of clean animal, a male and its mate, and two of every kind of unclean animal, a male and its mate,
Note: Read Leviticus 11 concerning clean and unclean animals.
7:3 and also seven of every kind of bird, male and female, to keep their various kinds alive throughout the earth.
7:4 Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and I will wipe from the face of the earth every living creature I have made.”
7:5 And Noah did all that the LORD commanded him [reaffirms the statement in 6:22].
Note: What do you think it cost Noah to be obedient to God? Do you think it ever costs you to be faithful to God? How?