THE BOOK OF GENESIS
CHAPTER 6, 7 & 8
NOAH'S ARK BIBLE STORY
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THE BOOK OF GENESIS
CHAPTER 6, 7 & 8
ARK BIBLE STORY
Ahoy there! Welcome aboard! Before we sail on into the story about Noah's Ark, there's a little history
lesson that we're going to wade through for a minute or two.
As we discussed in
the ADAM AND EVE study, the
third son mentioned in the Bible born to Adam and Eve was named Seth. Seth's great great
great grandson was named Enoch. Enoch was the seventh generation from
Adam. Enoch was a prophet.A prophet is a person that God tells
or shows things to. This is what happened in these first generations of mankind before
the Great Flood.
According to Enoch, the Watchers of heaven,
Sons of God, or angels as we call them were created by God and He made them spiritual, with no flesh.
They had eternal life, and were not subject to death
for all the generations of the world. God didn't make wives for them,
perhaps because being spiritual, with their home in heaven, they didn't need wives.
Now in those years before
the Flood, some of these angels looked down on the earth. They thought that
the daughters of men on earth were beautiful, so, instead of staying in
Heaven with God, they came down and made them their wives. The angels
taught the daughters of men secret sins. When they had children, they were born of
spirit (from the angels) and of flesh (from the humans) and they became
That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty
years. There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.
People joke about things like
this, thinking it's not real, but have you ever thought ... Where did all the
evil in the world come from, anyway? Well, as we learned in the story of
Adam and Eve, satan started it. And now we've learned that some angels who
thought earthly things were better than Heaven, joined in.
the Book of Enoch these fallen angels will be put into everlasting chains in
Hell and their offspring (the Giants) are now the evil spirits which work
for satan trying to lure us to sin. See they have no flesh and are only spirits so they try and enter us so they can FEEL again. They are subject to Jesus though and belief in Jesus and watching what you allow into your mind and heart will keep you safe
from these imps. They are sentenced to doom in the end.
And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.
So you see, God was so upset
with it all, that He regretted creating man and decided to destroy them all
with a flood. HOWEVER, there was a man named Noah, whose family was worthy
in God's eyes and He decided to save them.
Okay, take hold of your life jackets because now we're going aboard the ark.
God told Noah to make an ark out of gopher wood. He told Noah all the
measurements to use and how to build it. It was about 450 feet long, 75 feet
wide, and 45 feet tall. Have you ever seen a cruise ship or a military
ship? You can compare it in size to one of those. That's a
pretty big ship for an old man and his family to build, wouldn't you think?
When the ark was finished, there were only eight people on it. They
were Noah and his wife, their three sons and their wives.
Most people believe that the animals on board the ark were two of every kind
that God created. BUT the TRUTH is that there were seven of each clean
(acceptable for sacrificing) animal and two of each unclean. That is a
fact that a lot of folks missed because of our little toddler Bible story
books that don't elaborate on the things that aren't cute. But a fact is a
fact. There were two of each animal that were not used as sacrifices and
seven of the ones that were used to sacrifice.
And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation. Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two,
the male and his female. Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.
See the people of God would sacrifice an animal to God back then and if they
only had two of each kind of the animals that they sacrificed to God, the
breed of animal could not reproduce if they sacrificed one or both so they
brought extra to sacrifice to God.
Now here's an interesting question. How
did Noah get them all on the ark, anyway? Well, you've heard of instinct?
God took care of all that and He warned these animals and they all went to
the ark. Pretty cool huh?
Once God closed the door to
the ark, it rained for forty days and the water covered the mountains.
Everything that lived on dry land died. It must have been quite a task
feeding and cleaning up after that many creatures, great AND small.
Don't forget, each and every one of them had to be fed and watered every
Now, imagine you're Noah, and it has rained for 40 days and then after that
the ark has been floating around for so many days, and that seasick feeling comes and goes when you
think about the comfort of your nice warm dry tent. You pray, a lot. It's
been many days since you last heard the majestic voice of God. Then, God
remembers you, and a wind kicks up and the water goes down. Slowly, but
surely you begin to see the tops of the mountains and the ark settles into
the side of one to rest. If you can just feel the relief of those beloved
people of God ... The only eight people left on the earth.
the window of the ark and he sent out a dove but the dove couldn't land
anywhere, so she returned to Noah. Two weeks later, the dove didn't come
back and Noah knew the water was all dried up.
On Mount Ararat they still could not get off the
boat due to the mud. All in all they were on the ark for 370 days.
That's a lil over a year. Think they didn't have sea legs?
Then God told Noah to leave
the ark with his family and to set all the animals free to fill up the earth
again. So, it was a fresh start for mankind. Noah built an altar and
remember those extra clean animals that were on the ark? You guessed it,
Noah sacrificed them to God from time to time. And God smiled in His heart
and promised He would never flood the world again or destroy every living
thing. As a sign of His promise God made a rainbow, so that every time it
rains, a rainbow will appear and we should
remember His promise.
Hope you enjoyed the excursion
on Noah's ark. Be sure to take God as your life jacket, wherever your
destination is and be sure to come back and travel through the next
Bible Study with Daily Bread.
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