6:7 I will blot out. In this story the first created order is destroyed by a flood and the second inaugurated, a scenario constituting a prophetic model of the present order to be destroyed by fire and replaced by the third and perfect one (2 Pet. 3:3–13). Jesus also uses this model as a type of the Day of the Lord (Matt. 24:37–39).
animals . . . heavens. As the ground endured the consequences of its rulers’ sin, so also must the animals.