3 Things Our Children Need to Know About Noah’s Ark

noahs-ark2 There is a movie coming out about Noah. I haven’t seen it. But I know it has changed the story.
Just like dozens of picture books on the story of Noah and the ark. Some pervert, some omit, some add to. It happens everywhere, but when it is in regards to Bible stories we should know what He says and errors in other sources should come to light because we know His word intimately.

In my study of Noah’s ark I just recently learned that when Noah made his offering to the Lord after his exit from the ark he offered some of every clean animal. Not just one sacrifice as I had always thought. I have been taught the story of Noah and have personally read the story many times- this was just a detail that slipped my attention until recently.

This has all gotten me thinking; What do I want my children to know about the story of Noah? What do I want them firmly anchored in? What lie do I never want them to fall for? What detail do I not want them to miss?

I talked with Paul about this and we came up with these three things our children need to know about the story of Noah’s ark.

3 Things Our Children Need to Know About Noah’s Ark

1. The earth was corrupt
2. Noah found grace
3. The ark rose above the water of judgement

1.  The earth was corrupt. God had created the perfect world. It was beautiful, and it was sinless. It had everything that mankind needed; including the ability to choose to obey God or to choose to eat the forbidden fruit. Obedience is not obedience if there is no choice. Mankind chose disobedience and were sent out from the beautiful garden of Eden where the Tree of Life grew. Can you imagine a sinful and broken world where people live forever? God’s punishment to Adam and Eve was for their own good. It was just and right.

Adam and Eve had children, and their children had children, and their children had children … and people grew more and more happy with doing things their way and less and less interested in caring about what God thought. The wickedness of mankind was immense; every intention of the thoughts of man was only evil continually. All of the time.

The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.  And the Lord regretted that He had made man on the earth, and it grieved Him to His heart. So the Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.”   Genesis 6:5-7

How precious it is to see the heart of God. A holy God that cannot tolerate sin and must punish wickedness, and yet He finds no pleasure in such consequences;

“As I live, declares the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live…” Ezekiel 33:11

The Lord Jesus came so that we might have LIFE! And that we might have it more abundantly. (John 10:10) But every one of us needs to be saved from our sinful life and be born again into a new life with Him. We all have sin and that cannot be in the presence of a holy God. And sin cannot go unpunished.

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23

His pleasure is not in the destruction of mankind, but in saving us. In giving us new life.

2. Noah found grace.

But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.” Genesis 5:8

Grace. Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. In a world full of violence, murder, sexual immorality, and evil Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. Why? What marked Noah as different? His faith. His faith was accounted to him as righteousness. Just as we are now saved by faith, so too were the Old Testament saints.

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8&9

Noah was blameless in his generation and walked with God. (Genesis 6:9) God never leaves Himself without a testimony on earth. Noah was a man who believed God and wanted to obey God.

By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.” Hebrews 11:7

God told Noah that He was going to send a flood. They did not have rain back then, imagine how odd it must have been to hear that a world wide flood was coming! God gave Noah very specific instructions to build an ark so that they would be safe and could repopulate after the coming judgement. Once the ark was built God summoned the animals and sent them to the ark – seven pairs of the clean animals and the birds, and one pair of the unclean animals.

” And those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him. And the Lord shut him in.” Genesis 7:16

{God} Elohim, Strong Creator, gave the call to the animals and Noah and family to enter the ark.
{Lord} Jehovah, the Covenant Keeping God, shut the door of the ark
What a joy to know that God as the Strong Creator is intimate with His creation, and that God as the Covenant Keeping God shelters those that are His from His righteous wrath.

3. The ark rose above the water of judgement

God shut Noah, his family, and the animals in the ark. His time of waiting for the hearts of men to repent and turn to Him ended. There was no more time.

Just as God is good, gracious, and generous He is equally righteous, jealous and holy. God’s character is consistent, never changing.

Noah and family waited 7 days inside the ark before the flood waters came. Then the earth burst with water and the windows of heaven were thrown up – and the rain came down and the floods came up and it rained and it rained and it rained – for 40 days and 40 nights. Every living thing was wiped from the earth, save that which nestled safely in the ark.

The ark – God’s plan and provision – could withstand the judgement He sent for the evil in the world.
The provision that a loving God could  provide.
The evil that a righteous God could not tolerate.

It is so incredibly hard for our human minds to comprehend the love and the wrath of God together. But each one is necessary.

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 “Since, therefore, we have now been justified by His blood, much more shall we be saved by Him from the wrath of God.” Romans 5:9

God’s love sent His Son. His Son saved us from the wrath of God. Love and wrath, from a holy, good God. He cannot be one without being the other. And just as the ark rose above the water of judgement and all who were in it were safe, so too are all those who are in Christ Jesus safe from the wrath of God.

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2 Replies to “3 Things Our Children Need to Know About Noah’s Ark

  1. Brilliant. Sticking to His word is best! Still striving to be like you when I grow up:-). Love and hugs))))))

  2. Loved this! Can I add a 4th? God’s instructions for building the ark made it big enough to hold the entire population of the world at the time. Which means he extended his grace right up until the first raindrop fell. WOW!

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