(presented by: Naomi Blankenship)

     
    Almighty God looked down upon the earth and was very angry at man and his many sins. God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth. He saw that every thought of man’s heart was continually evil, and He was sorry that He had ever created man on earth.

    The Lord said, "I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth: both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them."

    Then, God looked down from heaven and saw a righteous man, named Noah. God was pleased with Noah and Noah found grace in the eyes of God, our Lord. Noah was a good man and perfect in his generations. He walked with God and God blessed him with three sons. The names of Noah’s sons were Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

   The people on earth continued to be evil and wicked before God and the earth was filled wickedness and lawlessness. All flesh had corrupted its ways on earth. God told Noah that the end of all flesh was come before him because the earth was filled with violence through the wicked people. God told Noah that He would destroy them with the earth.

   God explained to Noah that he was to build an ark made of gopher wood with rooms in it. God told him to use a material called "pitch", which is like tar, and to put it on the walls within the ark and on the walls outside the ark. Noah was given exact dimensions to make the ark. The length of the ark was three hundred cubits. (A cubit is approximately 17 to 22 inches or 43 to 56 centimeters). The breadth of the ark was to be fifty cubits and the height of it was to be thirty cubits. God instructed Noah to put a window in the ark a cubit in size and finish it in the area above. Noah was told to make the ark three stories, or floor levels, with a door in the side.

    God told Noah that He would bring a flood upon the earth and destroy all flesh and everything that is in the earth. God would remove the evil from the earth by destroying everything that had breath upon the face of the earth.

    God told Noah that his covenant would be with him. Noah was told that he, his sons, and wife, and his sons’ wives were to come into the ark. He told Noah to bring into the ark two of every living thing, one male and one female, of all living flesh, each after its own kind. God told him that two of every sort would come to him. Noah was to keep them alive.

    Noah had to prepare food for every creature to eat while on the ark, as well as for his family. He did all things as God had commanded him.

    Noah worked for a long time building the ark to prepare as God had told him. If his family was to escape the great world flood, he had to do exactly as God had instructed him.

    Of every clean beast Noah was to take by sevens, a male and a female. The beasts that are not clean God told Noah to take by two, a male and a female. The fowls of the air were to be taken by sevens, a male and a female.

    God told Noah he still had seven more days before the flood would come. Noah was told that the rain would come for forty days and forty nights. Every living substance that God had made would be destroyed off the face of the earth. Noah did everything God had told him exactly as he was commanded to do.

    After seven days the rains came and waters of the flood were upon the earth. Noah, all his family, and all living creatures, in pairs, were in the ark as God had instructed of Noah. God opened the fountains of the deep and the windows of heaven to pour out water upon the face of the earth. The rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights, as God had said.

    The waters became great and increased upon the earth and covered the high hills. The ark began to float upon the waters. The waters raised fifteen cubits. The mountains were all covered.

    All flesh died that had moved upon the earth, both human, and animals and fowls of the air. All things that were on dry land died. Noah and his family were the only ones left alive. The waters covered the earth one hundred and fifty days. The ark came to rest upon the mountains of Ararat, in the country of Turkey. The waters continued to decrease.

    After forty days, Noah opened the window of the ark and sent a raven to find if the earth was dry. He also sent a dove to fly and check the earth, and the dove returned, because she could not find anywhere to rest her feet. He waited seven more days, and again sent forth the dove to check the earth. The dove returned to him that evening with an olive branch in her mouth that had been plucked from a tree. Noah knew that the waters were dried up off the earth. So, he removed the covering of the ark and the earth was dry. God told Noah and his family to leave the ark and to allow the animals to go and to be fruitful and multiply abundantly.

    Noah built and altar unto the Lord and took of every clean beast and of every clean fowl and sacrificed them unto the Lord God Almighty. God smelled the sweet savor of Noah’s sacrifice and said that He would never again destroy the earth because of man. God gave cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night and seedtime and harvest and said it would not stop ever again.

    We should always obey our parents as this is God’s will. He blesses us to have godly parents to lead us in our daily walk. Pray for your parents and family that they will always follow the Lord in all that they do.

     Remember, you must listen to the Lord God and follow what He says to do.  Through prayer and reading of His Word we will stay out of trouble and be blessed of God. 

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