Saturday, November 14, 2020

God Asks Noah to Build an ARK

 


God repented that He ever made man, and this is how it happened.


The wickedness of man was great.

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.

5 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.

6 And it repented the Lord 

that he 

had made man 

on the earth, 

and it grieved him 

at his heart.

7 And the Lord said, 

I will destroy man 

whom I have created 

from the face 

of the earth; 

both man, 

and beast, 

and the creeping thing, 

and the fowls

 of the air; 

for it repenteth me 

that I have made them.

Genesis 6:4-7 (King James Version)


The earth had become corrupt and violent.

11 The earth also 

was corrupt 

before God, 

and the earth 

was filled 

with violence.

12 And God looked 

upon the earth, 

and, behold, 

it was corrupt; 

for all flesh 

had corrupted 

his way 

upon the earth.

Genesis 6:11-12 (King James Version)


Fortunately, there was a just and perfect man called NOAH.


8 But Noah 

found grace 

in the eyes 

of the Lord.

9 These are the generations 

of Noah: 

Noah was a just man 

and perfect 

in his generations, 

and Noah walked 

with God.

Genesis 6:8-9 (King James Version)


God asks Noah to build an ark, for He intends to destroy man, who has caused violence to exist upon the earth.


13 And God said 

unto Noah, 

The end of all flesh 

is come 

before me

for the earth 

is filled 

with violence 

through them; 

and, behold, 

I will destroy them 

with the earth.

14 Make thee 

an ark 

of gopher wood

rooms shalt thou make 

in the ark, 

and shalt pitch it 

within 

and without 

with pitch.

Genesis 6:13-14 (King James Version)


17 And, behold, I, 

even I, 

do bring a flood 

of waters 

upon the earth, 

to destroy 

all flesh

wherein is 

the breath 

of life, 

from under heaven; 

and every thing 

that is in the earth 

shall die.

Genesis 6:17 (King James Version)


And God proceeds to assure Noah of a covenant, protecting his faithful one, along with his three sons (Shem, Ham, and Japheth), Noah's wife, and his sons' wives.

The large ark was large enough to carry what God wanted included -- a pair (male and female) of all living flesh, fowls, cattle, every creeping thing, food for all on board, and all other instructions the Lord gave Noah.

It rained for 40 days, and 40 nights.

After which, the water prevailed for another 150 days.


23 And every living substance 

was destroyed 

which was upon 

the face 

of the ground, 

both man, 

and cattle, 

and the creeping things, 

and the fowl 

of the heaven; 

and they were destroyed 

from the earth: 

and Noah only 

remained alive, 

and they 

that were with him 

in the ark.

24 And the waters prevailed 

upon the earth 

an hundred 

and fifty days.

Genesis 7:23-24 (King James Version)


Noah was 600 years old when the flood started.

It took a year for the water to dry up from off the earth.


13 And it came to pass 

in the six hundredth 

and first year, 

in the first month, 

the first day 

of the month, 

the waters were dried up 

from off 

the earth

and Noah removed 

the covering 

of the ark, 

and looked, 

and, behold, 

the face of the ground 

was dry.

14 And in the second month, 

on the seven 

and twentieth day 

of the month, 

was the earth dried.

Genesis 8:13-14 (King James Version)


In gratitude, Noah builds an altar with burnt offerings, pleasing the LORD.


20 And Noah builded 

an altar 

unto the Lord; 

and took 

of every clean beast, 

and of every clean fowl, 

and offered 

burnt offerings 

on the altar.

21 And the Lord smelled 

a sweet savour; 

and the Lord said 

in his heart, 

I will not again curse 

the ground 

any more 

for man's sake

for the imagination 

of man's heart 

is evil 

from his youth; 

neither will I again 

smite any more 

every thing living, 

as I have done.

22 While the earth remaineth, 

seedtime and harvest, 

and cold and heat, 

and summer and winter, 

and day and night 

shall not cease.

Genesis 8:20-22 (King James Version)


And God establishes a beautiful covenant with Noah and his sons, which can be read here in full.

What's striking is that God promises not to destroy the earth again with a flood.


11 And I will establish 

my covenant 

with you, 

neither shall all flesh 

be cut off any more 

by the waters 

of a flood; 

neither shall there any more 

be a flood 

to destroy 

the earth.

Genesis 9:11 (King James Version)


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