The Story of Noah, the Ark,
and the Flood
Genesis 6:1 to Genesis 9:29.
Many years ago before it began to rain on the
earth there was a man called Noah who loved and
obeyed the LORD God. In those times gardens were
watered not by rain falling from the sky but by a
heavy mist that arose on the surface of the earth
during the night. This allowed the trees, bushes,
grass and gardens to be kept green and lush.
There were many people living on the earth at
that time. Most of the people did not think much
about God and there was much evil throughout the
earth. Most of Earth's people thought only of
themselves and did not care about their neighbor's
needs. They worshipped and served strange gods and
obeyed the impulses they received from Satan.
There were many murders such as we have today in
drive by killings and in horrible wars. There
were also many riots with burning of buildings,
looting and killing.
God was greatly disturbed by all of chaos and
murders throughout the world. He despaired over
the condition of the hearts of most of mankind.
He knew that most of them never would turn their
minds to thoughts of God and of His love for all
people. God decided that they only way to remedy
the situation was to destroy the systems of the
Earth and to start a new system that was based on
God looked throughout the earth to find a man
who would obey His commands and cause his family
also to love and obey God. He found a man named
Noah who did not participate in the evil ways of
the people surrounding him. Noah knew how to say
Noah focused his life on the worship of God and
of service to the God of the Universe, The LORD
God Most High. Noah's three sons, Shem, Ham and
Japeth along with their wives also worshipped and
obeyed the LORD God. They prayed to God daily and
talked with God through prayer and meditation and
lived their lives according to the wishes of God,
giving to the poor and taking care of the sick
people around them.
God said to Noah, "The end of all flesh has
come before Me. The earth is filled with violence
through them. I will destroy them with the
"Make an ark, a great boat of gopherwood. Make
rooms inside the ark and cover it inside and
outside with black tarry pitch so that water
cannot enter inside to fill the ark and sink it.
Build the ark four hundred fifty feet long,
seventy-five feet wide and forty-five feet high.
Place a window one and one-half feet long in the
top of the ark and place a door along the side of
the ark. Divide the ark into three decks, each
fifteen feet high.
" I am going to bring a great flood upon the
earth that will destroy every living being upon
the earth. The only people who will survive will
be the people in the ark. Make sure that your
three sons and their wives enter into the ark with
you when I tell you to go. You need to preach
to all the people around you while you are
building the ark to invite them to enter into the
ark with you so that they, too may be saved from
the great flood which is coming on the earth."
"I will cause animals and birds to come to the
ark to be saved along with you. Stock the ark
with food and water for your family and for the
animals who will be brought into the ark."
These instructions sounded strange to Noah.
After all, it never before had rained upon the
earth. To make it even more difficult to
understand the place where Noah lived did not have
any bodies of water large enough to float such a
great ship that he had been ordered to build.
Nevertheless Noah decided to obey the command of
God. He and his sons began to build the ship just
as God had instructed, even though no one before
ever had seen such a structure.
For one hundred twenty years Noah and his sons
labored diligently to construct the ark. They
also began to preach to the people around them.
They told them of the coming disaster. They told
the people that one day it would begin to rain
from the heavens and floods of water would cover
the earth. Every breathing being would be
destroyed in that great flood that was to come.
No one believed Noah and his sons. They
laughed at them and called them crazy. They came
to watch the construction of the ark and to hurl
mocking jests at their expense. This great
monstrosity of a boat and its builders were the
laughing stock of the world.
"They think that it is going to rain", they
laughed. "It never has rained before! Who ever
heard of water's falling from the heavens! Noah
and his family are all crazy as loons!"
After one hundred twenty years of labor in the
midst of mockery and of being ostracized and
viewed as being stark-raving mad, Noah and his
sons completed their work.
Then the LORD God said to Noah, "Come into the
ark, you and all of your household, because I have
seen that you are righteous before Me in this
generation of evil people. Take with you seven
each of every animal that I have allowed you to
eat and a male and female of the animals you are
not supposed to eat. Take with you seven each of
the birds of the air so that these animals may be
preserved during the great flood that I am sending
upon the earth. After seven days I will start the
rain and everything on the face of the earth will
be destroyed in the flood."
Noah obeyed the LORD God and with his family
and the animals and birds that God has specified
went into the ark. The door of the ark was left
open for seven days so that anyone else who wished
to join them in the ark could enter.
No one else would enter the ark. The people
outside began to laugh loudly at the people inside
the ark. "You really are out of your minds", they
shouted. "How could you possibly make such fools
of yourselves, going into a great boat in the
middle of a pasture field, far away from the
ocean. Your ark is the most insane thing we ever
Suddenly, after seven days the door to the ark
was banged shut. No one else could enter the ark.
Then it began to rain. This never had happened on
earth before. In addition water from inside the
earth began to spurt up onto the land so that the
earth was covered with deep waters. The rain
continued for forty days and night in such an
inundation that no life on earth's surface could
survive. All of the people and animals that had
walked upon the earth died. Only Noah, his wife
and his sons and their wives survived, along with
the animals and birds inside the ark which floated
upon the water. They ate the food and drank the
water that were stored in the ark.
After the waters had reached their highest
level God sent a strong wind to blow upon the
earth to cause the water to evaporate into clouds
and to settle into the depths of the earth called
One hundred fifty days after the flood began
the bottom of the ark came to rest on the top of a
mountain now called Ararat which is near the
border of what is now Russia and Turkey.
Forty days after landing Noah opened the window
and sent out a raven and a dove to search for a
place to rest. The dove could not find dry land
to rest and so returned to the ark where Noah
brought her back into the ark.
Seven days later Noah again let the dove out of
the window. This time the dove flew back to the
ark with a twig with olive leaves in her beak.
Noah and his sons then removed the covering of
the ark and saw that the earth indeed had dried.
He and his wife, their sons with their wives
stepped out of the ark, back onto dry ground.
They, of all of the people of the earth had been
saved. A new generation of people would be
started from them and their children. All of the
future people on the earth would be their
descendants, as we are today.
The first thing that Noah and his family did
was to build an altar and made sacrifices in
thanksgiving to the LORD God.
God was pleased with the sacrifices made to
him, and God made a promise, "I will never again
curse the ground for man's sake and I will never
again destroy every living thing by flood as I
have done this time.While the earth remains,
seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and
summer and day and night shall not cease."
Then God blessed Noah and his sons and said to
them, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the
earth. The sign that I have made a covenant
between you and me for all future generations is
My rainbow in the cloud. When I see a rainbow in
the cloud I shall be reminded of my covenant with
During His ministry on Earth Jesus talked about
Noah. He warned that the time would come when the
hearts of people again would become evil even as
the people in Noah's time were extremely evil.
Jesus warned that when the hearts of mankind
became as evil as they were in the days of Noah
God would allow punishment to come upon the earth
and that Jesus would return to Earth to save the
righteous people from the punishment to come.
Jesus said in Matthew 24:37-39, "...as the days
of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son
of Man be. For as in the days before the flood,
they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving
in marriage until the day that Noah entered the
ark, and did not know until the flood came and
took them all away, so also will the coming of the
Son of Man be."
It is important that our thoughts and actions
be acceptable to the LORD God so that we shall be
saved when the LORD Jesus Christ returns to
establish His Kingdom on the Earth. We need to
have our sins forgiven, because all of us have
committed sins. We can receive forgiveness of our
sins if we accept the sacrifice for sins that God
To be forgiven we need only to confess to God
that we have sinned, or have failed to obey the
commandments of God, and then believe that the
sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross was done
for us, for me. This makes Jesus our Savior and
LORD. This removes all sins from our lives and
makes us perfect before God. We never again will
have to answer to God for those past sins.
It is important after that to obey God's way
of life and to continue to ask forgiveness if for
some reason we fail to obey, trusting that God,
through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ will forgive
as we confess. Nevertheless it is important
to invite Jesus into our hearts to help us to live
our lives just like Him because He loves us and we