Noah Builds The Ark

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The Ark

These verses give us a description of the ark that Noah built. It was a sizable structure, to  say the least, being 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high (v. 15). It was made out of gopher wood which was probably a type of cedar or Cyprus (vv. 13-14). It was sealed with pitch, which must have been like an asphalt substance, to keep it from leaking. At the top of the ark was a window (v. 16). J. Vernon McGee thinks this window went all the way around the ark and that the roof overlapped it quite a bit. This would act as a ventilation system. Then the ark had only one door which meant there was only one way to get in, just as Christ is the only way to heaven.

Keep in mind that when God told Noah to build the ark Noah had never seen an ark. Furthermore, Noah has never seen rain because up to this point it had never rained on the earth (v. 17). But he believed God and by faith prepared an ark for the saving of his house (v. 18). For the many years while the ark was being built he alerted the people of the coming destruction.

Even his  assistant carpenters refused to believe his words and perished in the flood. This should be quite a lesson to those who are just church members and do not know the Lord today. In addition to Noah, his wife, their three sons and their wives, God told Noah to take a male and female of all beasts, birds and creeping things on to the ark (vv. 19-22). Since Noah was no  big game  hunter he didn’t go after all of these animals, but rather they came to him.

Application

When God tells me to do something, like He did Noah, I need to be willing to obey. My life and the life of others depend on it.

Genesis 6:13-22 (English Standard Version)

And God said to Noah, "I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence through them. Behold, I will destroy them with the earth. Make yourself an ark of gopher wood. Make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and out with pitch. This is how you are to make it: the length of the ark 300 cubits, its breadth 50 cubits, and its height 30 cubits. Make a roof for the ark, and finish it to a cubit above, and set the door of the ark in its side. Make it with lower, second, and third decks. For behold, I will bring a flood of waters upon the earth to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life under heaven. Everything that is on the earth shall die. But I will establish my covenant with you, and you shall come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons' wives with you. 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. Of the birds according to their kinds, and of the animals according to their kinds, of every creeping thing of the ground, according to its kind, two of every sort shall come in to you to keep them alive. Also take with you every sort of food that is eaten, and store it up. It shall serve as food for you and for them." Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him.

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