Noah and the Flood
9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.
10 And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.
12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
14 Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.
15 And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits.
16 A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it.
17 And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die.
18 But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives with thee.
19 And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female.
20 Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive.
21 And take thou unto thee of all food that is eaten, and thou shalt gather it to thee; and it shall be for food for thee, and for them.
22 Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.
K.J.V. Bible Text
While God thought the human beings he had created had become a corrupt and violent people, he saw that Noah, alone among men, was righteous.
How surprised Noah must have been when the Lord began giving him detailed instructions of how to build an ark and to warn him that he planned to put an end to all the other people on earth.
I just looked up the word “cubit” in an online dictionary and learned that a cubit is an ancient linear unit based on the length of the forearm, from elbow to the tip of the middle finger, usually from 17 to 21 inches.
Therefore, an ark three hundred cubits long and fifty cubits high would measure 525 feet long by 87 ½ feet wide. That’s a pretty big boat to ask a man to build all by himself, especially when the man is asked to build the boat on dry land where no water yet exists to float it!
The Lord explained to Noah that he planned to destroy every creature on earth save for those who would enter the ark Noah would build. Noah was to bring along his sons and his wife and the wives of his sons. The Lord instructed Noah to bring aboard two of all living creatures, male and female to keep them alive and to take provisions aboard for all the humans and creatures to eat.
Noah was indeed a faithful man to undertake such a task at the behest of the Lord. Had he not been faithful to do everything God commanded him, had he not built and provisioned the ark based on faith in the Lord, no one would have been spared in the coming flood.
I wonder how many of us today would enter into such a long term commitment based on faith.
– Betty Killebrew
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