God loves, cares for, and protects all His children.
Genesis chapters 6 to 9.
God Calls Noah:
Thousands of years ago there lived a man named Noah who had three sons,
Shem, Ham and Japheth. Now Noah was a very good man who pleased
God, but all the other people in the world were very wicked.
They fought with each other, did wicked things and didn't worship God!
When God saw the way they behaved, He was very angry. And so He
spoke to Noah and said, "I am going to put to an end all of the people
because the earth is full of fighting, and I am going to destroy them."
God told Noah that He was going to send a great flood to destroy all the
wicked people and told Noah to build an ark. This was like a huge
boat about 150 meters long and was three decks high. It had to be
large enough to house Noah's family, as well as pairs of all living
creatures, and enough food to last for a long time!
God gave Noah instructions on how to make the ark and even told him what
kind of wood he should use. It was a huge job. Can you
imagine cutting down hundreds of big trees, sawing them into planks, and
then building a boat that was longer than a soccer field!
And God told Naoh and his three sons to put a door in the side of the
ark and a window at the top. And then God said to Noah that He
would make a covenant with him. This was a promise that God would
save Noah, his wife, and his three sons and their wives.
They would be safe in the ark because God was going to flood the whole
earth, and every person and animal would die. Noah started building
the ark and it took over 100 years to complete and when he finished he was
600 years old!
The Door is Shut!
How the other people must have mocked Noah and his family because he built
a boat on dry land and because it had never rained before! When the
ark was finished, God gave Noah seven days warning to load all the animals
and food on board. It was to rain for 40 days and 40 nights.
So Noah and his sons gathered food, and seven pairs of every type of animals
used for food, and two of every other kind of living creatures. When
everybody was in the ark, God shut the door. And then rain began to
fall, and it rained and rained. I'm sure people banged on the door,
but it was too late and no one else could enter.
All you could hear inside the ark was the sound of the terrible downpour.
The rain continued to pour down for forty long days and forty long
nights! The waters covered the land, and then the trees, and
eventually even the mountains. Outside the ark, every living thing
on the earth died, but the ark floated up with the waters and all were safe
After the forty days the rain stopped, but Noah and the animals couldn't
leave the ark because there was too much water and no dry land for them to
walk on. The flood continued all over the lands for another hundred
and fifty days, which is about five months.
The Waters Drain Away:
Wherever they looked out, Noah and his family could see nothing but water.
But God remembered Noah and sent a wind to help dry the earth.
Finally in the seventh month the ark came to a rest on the top of the
mountains of Ararat. On the first day of the tenth month, the waters
began draining away from the tops of the mountains.
Noah waited another forty days, and then opened the window and let a raven
out. But the raven only flew backwards and forwards until the water
had dried away. Later Noah sent out a dove, but the dove came right
back to the him, because she couldn't find a dry place to rest.
A week later Noah sent the dove out again, and this time she came back
carrying an olive leaf in her beak. Now Noah knew that the waters
were going down. After another week, Noah sent the dove out a third
time, but this time she didn't return to him.
God Blesses Noah:
Although Noah and his family could see land around them, they didn't leave
the ark, but waited for a sign from God. When they had been in the
ark for a full year, the Lord finally told them that they could leave it
and make a new home for themselves.
Joyfully Noah, his family and all the animals left the ark and went out onto
dry land. Then Noah built an altar to thank God for keeping them safe.
God saw what he had done and told Noah that He would never curse the
ground again. God blessed Noah and told him to have many children, so
that the earth would have new tribes and nations.
And Noah did as the Lord commanded and lived for three hundred and fifty
years after the great flood, and his family grew. Noah died at the
age of nine hundred and fifty years. He told the story of the
terrible flood to his grandchildren and great grandchildren, and they told
it to their children, so that everyone would know how God punished the
wicked people, but saved the good people and the animals.
God Protects Us:
God blessed Noah and told him that the rainbow we see each time it rains,
was to be a sign of the everlasting covenant that God would never send such
a terrible flood on the earth again.
God wants to bless us as well, and wants His children to love and serve Him.
He sent Jesus to teach us about God and to be our Saviour so that we
can go to Heaven one day, and live there for ever. I want to go
there. Do you?
God loves you and wants to care and protect you, just like He protected
Noah and and his family from the flood. When you go to bed tonight,
remember to ask Jesus to watch over you and send His angels to protect you
all night long.