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The Great Flood
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By the time Noah came to be, the Earth had become a bad place to live because the people were wicked and did as they pleased. There were even stories of giants; 'sons of god or gods' who saw the beautiful daughters born to men and took them for their wives. Then God said, "My Spirit will not remain with man forever, for he is corrupt...." and made the length of years a man would live to about one hundred and twenty years.
' When the Lord saw how wicked everyone on Earth was and how evil their thoughts were all the time, he was sorry that he had ever made them and put them on the Earth. He was so filled with regret that he said, "I will wipe out these people I have created, and also the animals and the birds, because I am sorry that I made any of them."'
God looked upon Noah favorably because he was righteous compared to the wicked generation that lived on the Earth and the bible says Noah walked with God and did everything God commanded him. Noah had a wife and three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Although the bible doesn’t name them, Noah’s sons had wives.
God told Noah to build an ark (a floating ship) 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high. It was to have three decks; a lower deck, a middle deck, and an upper deck. The ark was to be finished to within 18 inches of the top, which was the roof. The 18 inches provided enough space to put window hatches that could open and close to let in air and light. There was also a large door in the side of the ark. God told Noah to make rooms in it and make the ark waterproof by coating it with pitch (a tar-like substance) inside and out.
God told Noah he was going to destroy all life on Earth, but Noah, his wife, and his sons and their wives would enter the ark and He would start the world over with Noah's family. God told Noah that two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive. Also God told Noah to take seven of every kind of clean animal and it's mate and seven of every kind of bird and it's mate.
When everyone and everything was on board the ark, the bible says in
that Noah entered the ark...'Then the Lord shut him in.'
Noah And The Animals Float
For Over A Year
All the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the Heavens were opened and rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights. The ark floated on the surface of the water and soon the waters rose and covered the mountains to a depth of more than twenty feet. Every living thing on the Earth perished.
The waters flooded the Earth for a hundred and fifty days then the waters started to recede steadily from the Earth. At the end of another hundred and fifty days, the water had gone down and the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. The waters continued to recede until the tops of the mountains became visible. After forty days Noah opened the window he had made in the ark and sent out a raven, and when the raven didn't come back, he sent out a dove to see if the water had dried from the land. But the dove could find no place to set its feet because there was water over all the surface of the Earth; so it returned to Noah in the ark. Noah kept sending out the dove and one time it returned with a freshly plucked olive leaf in it's beak. Then Noah knew that the water had receded from the Earth. He waited seven more days and sent the dove out again, but this time it did not return to him.
Noah then removed the covering from the ark and saw that the surface of the ground was dry. Noah and his family had been on the Ark for over a year! (About 376 days after the flood, the Earth is dry.) With Noah and his family, God started a New World.
God Starts A New World and
Gives Laws With A Promise
God told Noah and his family come out of the ark along with all the birds, the animals, and all the creatures that move along the ground-- so they could increase their number on the Earth. Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and sacrificed some of the clean animals and birds to God. And God said, "Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done." God blessed Noah and his sons and told them to have many children so that the Earth would be filled with their descendants.
God said to Noah, "All the animals, birds and fish will live in fear of you. They are all placed under your power. Now you can eat them as well as green plants; I give them all to you for food. The one thing you must not eat is meat with blood still in it; I forbid this because the life is in the blood."
"If anyone takes human life, he will be punished. I will punish with death any animal that takes a human life. Man was made like God, so whoever murders a man will himself be killed by his fellow man."
"You must have many children, so that your descendants will live all over the Earth."
God said to Noah and his sons, "I am now making my covenant with you and with your descendants, and with all living beings--all birds and animals-- everything that came out of the boat with you. With these words I make my covenant with you: I promise that never again will all living beings be destroyed by a flood; never again will a flood destroy the Earth."
"As a sign of this everlasting covenant which I am making with you and with all living beings, I am putting my bow in the clouds. It will be the sign of my covenant with the world. When ever I cover the sky with clouds and the rainbow appears, I will remember my promise to you and all the animals that a flood will never again destroy all living beings. When the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between me and all living beings on Earth. This is the sign of the promise which I am making to all living beings."
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