13 In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah’s wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark;
14 They, and every beast after his kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind, and every fowl after his kind, every bird of every sort.
15 And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life.
16 And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the Lord shut him in.
17 And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth.
18 And the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters.
19 And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered.
20 Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered.
21 And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man:
22 All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died.
23 And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.
24 And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days.
K.J.V. Bible Text
According to all that he was instructed, on the very day that the Lord told him to do so, Noah and his family along with all the pairs of livestock, birds and other creatures entered the ark and allowed the Lord to shut them in.
I suffer from claustrophobia and I cannot imagine how that family must have felt when locked in the ark. Although the building was huge, there were many, many creatures aboard. It must have been stuffy and even stinky with so many creatures closed in. Also, there must have been a whole lot of work for those few humans to do in order to feed all those animals and muck out all those stalls.
So as the Lord had promised—or warned—the rain then began to fall upon the earth and the water rose and covered everything, even the highest mountains, to a depth of more than fifteen cubits (26 feet). It continued to rain for forty days and forty nights. Every single creature that lived on the land was destroyed. None were left save those who were aboard the ark.
Bible folklore has most of us versed in the fact that it rained for forty days and forty nights but here we learn that the rain left the earth flooded for a hundred and fifty days. Can you imagine being aboard that smelly, stuffy ark for 5 months, not knowing how long you would be forced to stay?
Did Noah doubt the Lord? Did he wonder if his faith would be justified by salvation? Was Noah forced to reassure his family every day they were aboard?
– Betty Killebrew
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