Genesis 6:13-14, 22; 7-8, 9:16-17
So God said to Noah, “People have made the earth full of violence. So I will destroy all people from the earth. Build a boat of cypress wood for yourself. Make rooms in it and cover it inside and outside with tar.”
Then the Lord said to Noah, “I have seen that you are the best man among the people of this time. So you and your family go into the boat. Take with you seven pairs, each male with its female, or every kind of clean animal. And take one pair, each male with its female, of every kind of unclean animal. Take seven pairs of all birds of the sky, each male with its female.
This will allow all these animals to continue living on the earth after the flood. Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth. It will rain 40 days and 40 nights. I will destroy from the earth everything that I made.” Noah did everything that the Lord commanded him.
Noah was now 600 years old. The flood started on the seventeenth day of the second month of that year. That day the underground springs split open. And the clouds in the sky poured out rain. The rain fell on the earth for 40 days and 40 nights.
On that same day Noah and his wife, his sons Shem, Ham and Japheth and their wives went into the boat. They had every kind of wild animal and tame animal. There was every kind of animal that crawls on the earth. Every kind of bird was there. They all came to Noah in the boat in groups of two. There was every creature that had breath of life. One male and one female of every living thing came. It was just as God had commanded Noah. Then the Lord closed the door behind them.
Water flooded the earth for 40 days. As the water rose, it lifted the boat off the ground. The water continued to rise, and the boat floated on the water above the earth. The water rose so much that even the highest mountains under the sky were covered by it. The water continued to rise until it was more than 20 feet above the mountains.
All living things that moved on the earth died. All that was left was Noah and what was with him in the boat. And the waters continued to cover the earth for 150 days.
But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and tame animals with him in the boat. God made a wind blow over the earth. The water that covered the earth began to go down. After 150 days, it came to rest on one of the mountains of Ararat. The water continued to go down. By the first day of the tenth month, the tops of the mountains could be seen.
Forty days later Noah opened the window he had made in the boat. He sent out a raven. It flew here and there until the water had dried up from the earth. Then Noah sent out a dove. This was to find out if the water had dried up from the ground. The dove could not find a place to land because water still covered the earth. So it came back to the boat. Noah reached out his hand and took the bird. And he brought it back into the boat.
After seven days Noah again sent out the dove from the boat. And that evening it came back to him with a fresh olive leaf in its mouth. Then Noah knew that the ground was almost dry. Seven days later he sent the dove out again. But this time it did not come back.
Then God said to Noah, “You and your wife, your sons and their wives should go out of the boat. Bring every animals out of the boat with you—the birds, animals and everything that crawls on the earth. Let them have many young ones and let them grow in number.”
So Noah went out with his sons, his wife and his sons’ wives. Every animal, everything that crawls on the earth and every bird went out of the boat. They left by families.
Then Noah built an altar to the Lord. Noah took some of all the clean birds and animals. And he burned them on the altar as offerings to God. The Lord was pleased with these sacrifices.
He said to himself, “I will never again curse the ground because of human beings. Their thoughts are evil even when they are young. But I will never again destroy every living things on the earth as I did this time.
“As long as the earth continue, there will be planting and harvest. Cold and hot, summer and winter, day and night will not stop….
When the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it. Then I will remember the agreement that continues forever. It is between me and every living things on the earth.”
So God said to Noah, “That rainbow is a sign. It is the sign of the agreement that I made with all living things on earth.”
- Who built the ark? Noah did because God told him to.
- How old was Noah when he ntered the ark? 600 years old How many days and nights did it rain? 40 days and 40 nights
- What did God make to show his promise to never flood the earth again? The rainbow
Thank you for the story of Noah’s Ark and the promise of the rainbow, that you will never flood the earth again. Help us to be thankful for all the great things you have done for us. Amen