Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Noah And The Ark- Part 1

Genesis 6, 7, 8, 9

God saw that man's wickedness on earth was great and that the thoughts of their hearts were always evil. People everywhere were full of violence. God was sorry that He made man and His heart was filled with pain.

God said, "I will wipe mankind, whom I created, from the face of the earth - men, and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air - for I am grieved that I made them." . . . . Genesis 6:7

There was one good man, Noah. Noah loved God and spent a lot of time talking and listening to God, but more importantly, he obeyed God. God made a special plan to save Noah and his family. He would keep them safe when He destroyed everyone and everything else on earth.

Noah had to listen very closely to everything God would tell him to do. God said to Noah, “I want you build a very big boat, an ark.” God told him exactly how long and how high to build the ark. It would have one door and one window.

Noah and his three sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth began to build the ark. The people would laugh and tease Noah and his family. They could not understand why Noah was building such a big boat. Noah told them what God had told him, about the great flood that was going to happen. No one believed him because I had never rained and Noah was telling them that the earth would be destroyed by a great flood.

Noah and his sons were farmers, so God told them to grow extra food to store in the ark for their long journey. Many years passed but Noah and his sons continued to build the ark. Finally the ark was finished.

God told Noah that the ark had to be big enough to hold two of every kind of animal, one male and one female. God spoke to the animals he chose to save. He told them where the ark was and two by two the animals came to the ark.

When Noah and his wife, his three sons and their wives and all the animals were inside the ark, God closed the door of the ark. Noah and his family and the animals were safe inside the ark.

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