Noah’s Ark | Genesis 6:9-22

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New Living Translation (NLT)
Genesis 6:9-22

The Story of Noah

This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, the only blameless person living on earth at the time, and he walked in close fellowship with God. 10 Noah was the father of three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

11 Now God saw that the earth had become corrupt and was filled with violence. 12 God observed all this corruption in the world, for everyone on earth was corrupt. 13 So God said to Noah, “I have decided to destroy all living creatures, for they have filled the earth with violence. Yes, I will wipe them all out along with the earth!

14 “Build a large boat[a] from cypress wood[b] and waterproof it with tar, inside and out. Then construct decks and stalls throughout its interior. 15 Make the boat 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high.[c] 16 Leave an 18-inch opening[d]below the roof all the way around the boat. Put the door on the side, and build three decks inside the boat—lower, middle, and upper.

17 “Look! I am about to cover the earth with a flood that will destroy every living thing that breathes. Everything on earth will die. 18 But I will confirm my covenant with you. So enter the boat—you and your wife and your sons and their wives. 19 Bring a pair of every kind of animal—a male and a female—into the boat with you to keep them alive during the flood. 20 Pairs of every kind of bird, and every kind of animal, and every kind of small animal that scurries along the ground, will come to you to be kept alive. 21 And be sure to take on board enough food for your family and for all the animals.”

22 So Noah did everything exactly as God had commanded him.


  1. 6:14a Traditionally rendered an ark.
  2. 6:14b Or gopher wood.
  3. 6:15 Hebrew 300 cubits [138 meters] long, 50 cubits [23 meters] wide, and 30 cubits [13.8 meters] high.
  4. 6:16 Hebrew an opening of 1 cubit [46 centimeters].

Thoughts for the Day

God takes mean people seriously, God does not like violence, and the violence in society became more than he could endure. Noah, is given a command to build an ark. The Ark is to be 450 feet long. That would be the length of a and average football field plus half of another football field. You might also envision 28 cars lined up-end to end. The ark is 45 feet high or about the height of a four-story apartment building.  The ark was about 75 feet wide, close to the width of a football field. As far as boats go, that is pretty large. I know of no private yacht that big, and few ships this size built by one man and his family. When you consider that all of the earth’s creatures are to go in there, the boat is dwarfed and the whole idea seems to offend reason.

Here are some men, who believe the task of fitting every creature in the ark, was in fact reasonable and have set out to prove it.

  • Ken Ham is building an educational amusement park called the ark encounter which features a full-sized ark – Read about the ark encounter here.
  • John WoodMorappe – “How could Noah Fit the animals on the Ark and care for them?”
  • Our last man is even more interesting Johan Huibers  built a half-size floating ark as a museum. He is now building a full size floating replica, and is placing full size animal replicas inside. What makes his ark special, is it floats, and is financed out of his own bank account.  Wiki account

All fun aside, the ark was an incredible endeavor for Noah. The ark was populated with animals by God and Noah doing as ordered. The ark only survived the storm by pure province of God. Building the ark and filling the ark with the animals was nothing compared the challenge one year of floating in the tempest of a flood would bring. God does a great deal of Miracles, all of which could be accomplished by God alone. It seems however that God nearly always requires human cooperation. Noah’s family and the Animals could have been saved without an Ark, or even knowledge of the event, because God is the Alpha the Omega, and the omniscient. Given the power of God, I believe he could make this thing float, and he could fit every creature in it, even if it had to function like Mary Pippin’s purse.

Noah had to really trust God, to build this thing (I am sure it was not popular with the neighborhood association), the city and state, I can’t even imagine all the permits. (Could God have been proving Noah’s worth, and building Noah’s faith?)

Why God chose to save Noah, and repopulate the earth is only known to God. What we do know, is this transition from the pre-flood world was a miracle by God that required Noah to demonstrate great faith in order for it to occur.  I believe this shows that God asks great things of us, and it is our duty to do great things in faith; knowing that God will take care of the minor detail of “That’s Impossible”.

Remember “God is God, and we are man”

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