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Noah's Ark

Noah loads the Ark

Application:

God loves, cares for, and protects all His children.

Text:

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!

The Ark:

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.

The Flood:

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 inside.

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.

God bless!

 

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