Today, my lesson will focus on Noah, the great flood, and the Ark.
This is a period of the world’s history which is not generally accepted by historians. This is possible because it does not easily fit into the commonly held world-view, that of the earth’s gradual development through the process of evolution.
For centuries, skeptics have argued against the veracity (unwillingness to tell lies) of the account of Noah’s Ark and the global flood, gloating over its supposed impossibility. In recent years, such arguments have come thick and fast from modern anti-creationists, who have largely parroted (to repeat or imitate without the thought of understanding) the earlier critics of the Ark.
I hope with this lesson, I can help show that the scriptural teaching on the global flood and Noah’s Ark are completely reasonable.
The believer can hold full confidence in the integrity of the word of God.
The time period in history we are looking at is the time after the creation of Adam up to Noah, which turns out to be 1656 years by the King James Version, starting in about 2500 B.C.
First, we need to look at the key player here. Who was Noah and why was he chosen by God?
Noah, the firstborn son of Lamech, who represented the tenth generation of man on the earth, came into the world when his father was 182 years old.
* He was included as an example of faith in Hebrew. His name appears 47 times throughout the Bible, 35 times during the flood account from to
The Bible tells us his name means “relief” or “comfort” from all the hard work man has had to endure since the “curse” The “curse” referred to goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden, when man was condemned to a life of hard labor so that he could eat.
Noah was a righteous man He was the only follower of God left on earth, in a world taken over by evil, violence, and corruption.
The Bible says he was blameless among the people of his time. It also says he walked with God. He did everything just as God commanded.
His life of 950 years exemplified obedience.
As we stated earlier, Noah’s father was Lamech, but we do not know his mother’s name; (thought to be either Adah or Ziliah, wives of Lamech).
Noah was the grandson of Methuselah, the oldest person in the Bible, who died at 969 years old in the year of the flood. tells us Noah was a farmer. He was a priest, a father, a singer, the fifth oldest recorded man.
After Noah was 500 years old, he became the father of Shem, Ham, and Japheth
At the age of 480 years, God told Noah something he suspected, based upon his experience in life. Man, for generations, had been sliding steadily into a life dedicated to plotting and carrying out evil against others.
What was surprising, however, was God’s solution to the situation. This solution entailed wiping man-kind off the face of the earth. God decided to wipe out “all life under the heavens… . everything on earth will perish”.
This indicated the flood was universal and not regional.
God commanded Noah to build an ark and gave humans 120 years to repent before the floodwaters would come
God’s warning, however, went entirely ignored. The deluge drowned all humans then living, estimated to be around one billion. Only eight people total survived the flood waters.
Before Noah’s flood, the Lord was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain Every beat of the human heart was toward evil all the time.
God did not make a mistake in creating human beings. Humanity made the mistake by turning away from and becoming violent. Noah was 600 years old when the floodwaters came on the earth
Important events and people in the life of Noah include God making a promise to him (a covenant) to save him and his family (Genesis 6:18) from a watery death.
Noah, his sons, and their wives are uniquely situated in the history of the earth. These people are the only people to have experienced the earth before and after the flood. For example one thing that seems clear from the Biblical narrative is that prior to the flood, it had never rained. In today’s environment, rain is an essential element in the weather cycle. This one factor is an indication of the difference in the ecology of pre-flood earth.
Noah’s life revealed qualities of patience and persistence, and his faithfulness to God did not depend on anyone else. His faith was singular and unshakable in a completely faithless society.
We learn from Noah that it is possible to remain faithful and pleasing to God even in the midst of a corrupt and sinful generation.
Surely, it wasn’t easy for Noah, but he found favor in God’s eyes because of his remarkable God blessed and saved Noah, just as he will faithfully bless and protect those of us who follow and obey Him today. Our call to obedience is not a short-term, one-time call. Like Noah, our obedience must be lived out over a lifetime of faithful commitment. Those who persever will finish the race.
The story of Noah’s drunken transgression reminds us that even the most Godly people have weaknesses and fall prey to temptation and sin.
Our sins not only affect us, but they have a negative influence on those around us, especially our family members,
A note of importance, here, that this whole story of Noah was taken from the Bible, from the book of chapters One can only believe the existence of Noah and the flood if they truly believe in the Bible. First of all I want to say that if you believe in God, by reason, I would think that you would believe His word and what He says, which is in the Bible. I firmly believe the Bible and God are synchronous. You cannot believe in one and not the other. So, to me, the story of Noah and the flood are events that really happened. Going back to we learn we must have faith. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” A person must have an open mind and be willing to accept the words of Jesus Christ. God doesn’t want us to stop using our minds and accept what the Bible says blindly, but encouraged us to study the word. Timothy God’s word is truth. (Thy word is truth.) Let the Bible speak for itself.
If you believe in the Bible as God’s word, then you have to believe in the existence of Noah and the fact the flood really happened.
Five chapters 5-Genesis attest to the fact of Noah and the flood.
Next week, I will go into great detail how Noah, through God, constructed the Ark and how he was able to get all the animals on board.