Noah's Ark

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Noah’s Ark

The story of Noah is told in the book of Genesis of the Old Testament.  

Many centuries passed after God created the first people.  The descendents of Adam and Eve at first served the Lord and walked in His paths.  Gradually, people started to act against His will.  They committed many evil deeds.  And the Lord was sorry that He had made man of the earth, and it grieved Him to his heart. (6:6)  He punished His people for their sins by sending a flood.

One man who lived at that time was righteous and walked with God.  His name was Noah.  God wanted to save his faithful servant and told him to build an ark.

“Make yourself an ark of gopher wood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and out with pitch.” (6:14)  Then the Lord told Noah to bring to the ark animals and birds of every kind.  “And of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every sort into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female.” (6:19)  Noah did as the Lord commanded.  Then he, his family and the animals went into the ark.  Seven days later, it started to rain and continued for forty days and nights.  Every living creature on earth died.  Only Noah was left and those that were with him in the ark.  And the waters prevailed on earth a hundred and fifty days. (7:23-24)

When the waters started to recede, the ark came to rest on the mountain of Ararat.  Forty days later, Noah opened the window and let out a raven.  The bird came back to the ark because there was no dry land.  Then he let a dove out two times.  When, on the third time, the dove did not return, Noah understood that the land was dry.  He, his family and all the animals came out of the ark.  And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.” (9:1)

As a sign of covenant between Him and every living creature, God set a rainbow in the clouds.

Noah's Ark