Posted by: wwyeshua | November 25, 2013

BUILDING THE ARK – Genesis 6

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A lot of things had changed since Adam and Eve lived. People forgot about God and they did not pray to Him anymore. They did not love the Lord and did not obey Him any more; all they cared about was what they wanted to do. The worse thing was that they did not even care if they hurt anyone in the process and the world became a very bad place. 

Just like today, it was not safe to walk the streets anymore. Robbers and bandits were just waiting to get them and steal anything they had. People were very mean and there was a lot of fighting going on. 

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Do you know why that happened? I do, it is because people forgot about God and when that happens people only think of what they can get for themselves. 

As God was watching all this, He saw what a terrible place the world had become and the Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and He was very sad. 

God was watching

Everyone was lying, cheating and doing some horrible things and no one cared about what was good and right anymore. There was only evil and all because Adam and Eve had not obeyed God and sin was now growing even more in their hearts. 

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But God saw one man that was good and his name was Noah. He loved God and listen to what the Lord said and always wanted to obey Him, so God was very pleased with Noah. 

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One day God talked to Noah and told him that He had to put an end to all the bad people on the earth and He told him that he was going to destroy them by sending a great big flood. So God told Noah to build an ark made out of gopher wood. At first Noah did not know what an ark was but he listened to God and Noah followed God’s instructions and soon he would understand what God was talking about.

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He sure had a big work ahead of him. And guess how old he was? Noah was already over 500 years old when God gave him the instructions to build the ark. The Bible tells us that Noah was 502 years old when he had his first son, who was called Shem. He also had 2 more sons Japheth and Ham.  

It took Noah a very long time to build the ark, so let’s figure out how long it might have taken. Noah was 500 years old before he had kids. Shem, his first child was born when he was 502 (Genesis 11:10), and Japheth and Ham were born soon after. That is when God said to Noah: “I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark—you and your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives with you.” (Genesis 6:18)

Noah's three sons

So it sounds like Noah’s sons were already married when God spoke to Noah about building the ark. Since Noah was 600 years old when it was completed and they enter the ark. It could have taken anywhere from 70 to 80 years to finish, depending on how old Noah’s sons were when they got married. 

Noah's warning

As Noah was building the ark, people must have asked him: “What are you doing?” And Noah being an honest man must have warned them that God was going to judge them if they did not change their evil ways and what was going to happen to the earth, but they just laughed and made fun of him. They probably thought that he and his whole family were crazy. But Noah and his sons did not listen to all their insults and continued working on the ark.

God had given Noah all the measurements and plans on how to build the ark. He said to them: “Make the ark 437 feet long, 73 feet wide, and 44 feet high.” God also told them: “build three decks inside the boat, a lower, middle, and upper and put a door on one side. So they followed God’s instructions and started on the project. 

ark-measurements

They had to cut down big gopher trees and had to haul it to the place where they would start building the ark. Then they had to cut everything so that it would fit together and as they worked on it they had to and cover the wood inside and outside with tar so no water could get in.  

We need to remember that in those times they did not have tools like we have today so it took even longer for everything to be built. 

They probably had to also build separate pens for the animals and a big room for all the food they needed to feed everyone. 

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When they finished the ark, God gave another command to Noah and He told him: “Now I want you to find two of every kind of animal, a male and a female, and bring them into the ark. And bring enough food for all of the animals and for you and your family also.”  

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This is just what Noah and his sons did they went out and gathered the animals and food, just as God told them to do.

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Goodbye, until next time; we will see what God has in store for Noah, his family and the world. There is lot of rain coming.

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Until then, remember to say your prayers obey your mom and dad and do not forget to go to church and Sunday school next week. 

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