Did you know...
that a long time ago there was a lot of rain? and a great flood?
This is the story of Noah....
In the book of Genesis in the Old Testament of the Bible, we read about a time when people were very wicked and that in their minds and their hearts, there was only evil. God looked down upon this and was very sad because he saw that all the people were very bad. God was so sad and hurt that he wanted to get rid of every person and animal He had created.
There was a righteous man named Noah who lived the way God wanted. He consistently followed God’s will and was thankful for whatever God gave him. The faith of this man caused him to find favour in the sight of the Lord.
God told Noah that He had decided to destroy all living creatures for the Earth was filled with violence because of them.
God told Noah to construct a boat that was 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high. There was to be an opening all the way around the boat that was 18 inches below the roof. Noah was to put three decks inside the boat and put a door on the side.
God told Noah that He was going to cause a flood that would cover the Earth and destroy every living thing.
God promised to keep Noah and his family safe on the boat. He also told Noah that he was to bring a pair of every kind of animal, male and female, into the boat with them to keep them alive during the flood. Noah was to bring pairs of each kind of bird and each kind of animal, large and small alike. God reminded Noah to also bring enough food for his family and all the animals.
Noah did as God told him.
Now the building of the ark was no secret and building this huge vessel attracted a lot of attention. People were very curious. What is this crazy old man up to?
Finally the day came when God told Noah to go inside the boat. He was to bring his family and seven pairs of each animal that God had approved for eating and for sacrifice, along with one pair of each of the others.
God told Noah that the flood would begin very soon.
In seven days, the waters burst forth from the Earth and the rain fell in mighty torrents from the sky. It rained for forty days and forty night. The waters rose and covered the ground, but the ark floated safely on the surface. Finally, the waters covered all the Earth, even the highest of the mountains.
All the people and the animals outside the ark died in the raging floodwaters. Week after week went by, even months, and the water remained upon the earth for 150 days. Only Noah, his family, and the animals on the ark were alive.
God remembered Noah and sent a wind to blow across the waters, and the floods began to disappear. The ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. Soon the peaks of mountains began to appear.
Several times Noah opened the window and released a bird to see if the land was dry. First he sent a raven, then a dove. The dove returned because it could not find a dry place to land, the water was still too high.
Seven days later, Noah released the dove again, and this time the dove returned with a fresh olive leaf in its beak. Noah now knew that the water was almost gone.
A week later, he released the dove again, and this time having found a safe place without water, it did not come back.
Many more days went by until God told Noah that it was time for all of them to leave the ark. God spoke to Noah, “Come out of the ark and bring the animals with you so they may breed and raise their young and multiply and fill the Earth."
Noah and his family were thankful to God for saving them. He built an altar to the Lord and offered Him burnt offerings as thanksgiving. God was pleased and blessed Noah and his sons. God made a promise called a covenant with Noah and all his descendents and promised never to send another flood.
As evidence of His promise, God placed a rainbow in the clouds as a sign of His permanent promise. God said that when He sends clouds over the earth, the rainbow will be seen in the clouds and the covenant will be remembered.
Noah lived a long time after the flood and was a very old man when he died. Sons were born to his sons and they were the fathers of the nations of the Earth.
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