Noah's Ark Bible Story

Noah Built an Ark

Christianity Oasis provides this Noah's Ark Bible study on Noah's Ark Bible Story and why Noah built an Ark. We'll look into all aspects of the Christian Walk seeking truth, understanding and peace.

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Noah's Ark Bible Story

Noah Built an Ark Explanation

Welcome to our Christianity Oasis Daily Bread study program. This is our Noah's Ark Bible study looking into the interesting Noah's Ark Bible Story and asking why Noah built an Ark and how the Noah's Ark Bible Story affects your be-YOU-tiful Christian walk.

Noah's Ark Bible Story Purpose
Noah Built an Ark Event

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 giants.

Genesis 6:2-4

2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.
3 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.
4 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.

Noah's Ark Bible Story Truth
Noah Built an Ark for God

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.

According to 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.

Jude 1:6

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.

Noah's Ark Bible Story Purpose
Noah Built an Ark Event

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.

Genesis 7:1-3

1 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.
2 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.
3 Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.

Noah's Ark Bible Story Concerns
Noah Built an Ark to Repopulate 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 day.

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.

Noah opened 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 little 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.

Noah's Ark Bible Story Summary
Noah Built an Ark Conclusion

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.

There is a force out there that is attempting to overtake us all; it is Satan. There is another force that is protecting us from him; it is the Holy Spirit. It is a battle for souls. This battle is called Spiritual Warfare, and like it or not, you are right in the middle of it.

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