At the beginning of creation, water covered the earth (Genesis 1:9). Fast forward 1656 years— at first glance, it might appear that nothing had changed. Water once again covered the entire earth. But 1656 years later, something was different. Very different. Creation was no longer perfect, but stained. And unlike the water at the beginning of creation, the water this time acted as a gate over a bloody mass of wickedness.
Some of the passages of Scripture about the flood focus exclusively on Noah, but not all of them. Genesis 7:21-22 is one of those passages that does not focus on Noah. Rather than focusing on the boat above the water, it focuses on what is below the water:
All flesh that moved on the earth perished, birds and cattle and beasts and every swarming thing that swarms upon the earth, and all mankind; of all that was on the dry land, all in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life, died. (Genesis 7:21-22)Snakes. Birds. Cattle, and more. Every animal died that was on the face of the earth (which would exclude anything that lived in the water). Not only did every animal die, but every man also died.
Notice just how many times the scope of the flood is mentioned (emphasis added):
All flesh that moved on the earth perished, birds and cattle and beasts and every swarming thing that swarms upon the earth, and all mankind; of all that was on the dry land, all in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life, died. (Genesis 7:21-22)The passage starts with general terms and moves to more specific terms. First, it states that all flesh that moved on the earth perished. And what is included in the category "flesh"? What exactly does the term mean? The term applies to birds, cattle, and beasts. It applies to every swarming thing. But it also applies to all mankind. This, after all, was the purpose of the flood: to blot out humanity. Had not God clearly expressed this 120 years before the flood hit? Indeed, the very words that God spoke are quoted in Genesis 6:7:
The LORD said, "I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them." (Genesis 6:7)Genesis 7:21-22 is yet another passage which clearly points to a global flood. The passage makes no attempt to limit the destruction to Noah's local area. In fact, the passage makes every attempt to magnify the widespread destruction which the flood inflicted. All flesh that moved on the earth perished. All in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life, died. How much clearer could it be?
Evidence For A Global Flood: Only Noah's Household Survived - Genesis 7:23
Evidence for a Global Flood: Water Above The Mountains (Part 1) - Genesis 7:19-20
The Destruction of The City of Enoch (Part 1) - Genesis 7:17-18
The Pre-Flood World Soon To Be Blotted Out - Genesis 6:7
State Of The World (2469 BC): 120 Years Before The Flood - Genesis 6:3