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Genesis 6:5 says, “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”

Can you imagine people so evil they could not think of anything in a good or righteous way? They had reached the bottom in morality. God was so grieved that he made a decision to wipe out mankind from the face of the earth. This also included all the creatures he had created in the beginning. There was an exception.

It was Noah who

“found favour in the eyes of the Lord.”

He was a

“righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God.”

Seemingly he also had a great influence on his family which included his wife, his three sons – Shem, Ham and Japheth and their wives. Interestingly Noah was 500 years old before he had his three sons. God would send a universal flood which would rise above the mountains destroying all life.

To protect Noah and his family God commanded Noah to build an ark. He gave specific instructions as to how it was to be built. It was to be 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high. It was to have three floors (decks) with rooms on each floor.

It was to be pitched within and without. It would have a window which was probably an opening around the top rather than a single window so that sufficient light would be able to get inside the ark. A door was to be placed in the side of the ark. After hearing all God was going to do and what He expected of Noah, his head must have been spinning.

A universal flood would have been shocking. Where would the water come from? On the third day of creation it seems the entire surface of the earth was covered with water and God had to gather the water into seas.

Genesis 1:9 says,

“And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear and it was so.”

In Genesis 7:11 it is said,

“In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the seventeenth day of the second month–on that day 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.”

Noah does not question God about this coming catastrophic event. He accepts it by faith.

2 Peter 3:5, 6 says,

“This they wilfully forget, that there were heavens from of old, and an earth compacted out of water and amidst water, by the word of God; by which means the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished.”

There was sufficient water for a universal flood. While the flood would be miraculous, the construction of the ark was left to Noah. He had to do his part to save his family. Building the ark would be a tremendous task. Did Noah employ workers to help build the ark or did he and his three sons build it?

Most assume the ark was a flat bottom boat. It would have required large timbers. Nothing indicates the construction of the ark was miraculous in nature. It took 120 years of hard work. This was a gigantic vessel.

It would be like a great ocean going vessel of today. What if Noah had fudged on the dimension, cut back on the scale that God called for? What if he had substituted other woods in place of gopher (cypress) wood? Then there were all the people who watched it grow into a gigantic boat. It had to be in plain view of the people.

What do you suppose they were saying? Ridicule can get so bad that some give up. Not so with Noah. Peter says that Noah was a

“preacher of righteousness.”

Considering the people’s thoughts were

“evil continually”

he did not have a single convert. How many of us would have given up?

According to 1 Peter 3:19 God was longsuffering with these people. Christ preached to them through Noah before the flood for 120 years yet without any responses. 1 Peter 3:20 says,

“The longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah while the ark was preparing, wherein few, that is eight souls, were saved by water.”

God’s patience will only go so far but there comes a time when His longsuffering runs out.

Jesus said,

“And as were the days of Noah, so shall be the coming of the Son of man, For as in those days which were before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and they knew not till the flood came and took them all away; so shall be the coming of the Son of man” (Matthew 24:37-39)

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