After the creation, there came a time when God was so upset with the way that
man was, that He repented of making man and decided to destroy man from
off the face of the earth. Among all creation, only Noah "a just man, perfect in
all his generations" "found grace in the eyes of the LORD." Along with Noah,
his wife, his three sons (Shem, Ham and Japheth) and their wives were to be
Noah was to make an ark (a boat) of gopherwood, with rooms and coated
inside and out with pitch. It would be 300 cubits (about 450 feet) long, 50
cubits (about 75 feet) wide, and 30 cubits (about 45 feet) high. It would have
one window one cubit (about 1.5 feet) from the top, and one door. The ark
would be built with 3 floors.
Into the ark would go 7 of every clean animal (possibly 7 pairs), and 1 pair of
each unclean animal. They would be brought by God into the ark.
For 40 days and 40 nights the rain fell from the heavens, and the fountains of
the deep opened up. Water continued to rise until it was 22.5 above the
highest hills and mountains.
All of the people and the animals which were not in the ark, died.
After 150 days, the waters receded and the ark came to rest upon the
moutains of Ararat. 3 months later the tops of the mountains were visible.
40 days later Noah released a raven which did not return. Then he released a
dove which returned with. 7 days later he released the dove again, which
returned with an olive leaf. He released the dove 7 days later, and it did not
After 1 year in the ark, Noah and his family are told to depart. The first thing
that Noah does is build an altar and offer a sacrifice in worship unto the LORD.
God then makes a covenant with every living thing, saying, "the waters shall
never again destroy all flesh." The sign of that covenant was the rainbow
which was placed in the sky.
This is not a myth. This is not a legend. This is the truth. The evidence is
there. From mud deposits, to murrains, to grooves, etc., the evidence is there
for those who will see.
The volume of the ark is more than sufficient to hold the animals described.
The seaworthiness of the ark (its ratio and volume) are unquestionably correct.
Peter uses the flood to illustrate the gospel of salvation and judgment (1 Peter
3:18-22; 2 Peter 3:1-13).
"So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of
His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an
inheritance among all those who are sanctified." (Acts 20:32)