· More than 250 Flood legends from all parts of the world have been found. Most have similarities to the Genesis account, but none of them contain all the details of the Genesis account. This suggests that the Genesis account is the original, and all others are derived from it.
· The Biblical word for Ark is "tebah". It is used 28 times in the OT and is only used of Noah's Ark and for the container in which Moses was hidden. Because of a similar Egyptian word meaning "box", and the ultimate purpose of the Ark, it is believed the Ark was not like a streamlined vessel designed to easily glide through the water. More likely it was shaped like a rectangular barge which floated rather low in the water. From what we read in the Bible, it also would appear that Noah had no control over the vessel. He, and it contents were at the total mercy of God.
The Ark was to be coated inside and out with pitch.
· It is thought to have been some resinous material used not only to waterproof the vessel but also to prevent decay. If Noah was 480 years old when God told him to build an Ark and 600 when the Flood came, it is reasonable to assume that the construction of the Ark took place during this 120 year period (See Gen. 6:3 along with I Pet. 3:20). The need for this preservative was essential.
The Size of the Ark
· It is given in cubits as being 300 cubits long by 50 cubits wide and 30 cubits high. A cubit in the OT was generally about 17.5 inches. However, an Egyptian royal cubit measured about 20.5 inches. Since Moses was educated in Egypt we must allow for the possibility that the longer measurement was meant here. The Ark, therefore, could have measured from 437 feet to 512 feet in length! It was not until the late 19th century that a ship anywhere near this size was built. If you’ve seen the Queen Mary, in comparison, the Ark would have been about half that length.
· Scientists have estimated that the ark could have accommodated 70-75,000 animals, food and extra storage as well as the 8 people. However, only 16,000-32,000 animals would have been needed to repopulate the earth.
· The length-to-width-to-height ratio of 300 to 50 to 30 is what shipbuilders today often use. This is the best ratio for stability in stormy weather. (God thinks of everything!)
· The top 3,000 feet of Mt. Everest (from 26,000 to 29,000 feet) is made up of sedimentary rock packed with seashells and other ocean-dwelling animals.
· Sedimentary rock is found all over the world (this is formed in water).
· Petrified clams in the closed position (found all over the world) testify to their rapid burial while they were still alive, even on top of Mount Everest.
People choose to not believe in the Flood because it speaks of the judgment of God on sin (2 Pet. 3:3-8). Fossils are like Gospel tracts, reminding us of the truth of the Flood, the judgment of God and His mercy in salvation.
1. Being A Godly Person in an Ungodly World
Noah and the Flood
9 This is the account of Noah and his family.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God. 10 Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth.
11 Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. 12 God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. 13 So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth.
· Noah was living a Godly life in an ungodly world—He was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time.
· He was in the world but not of the world (he was in it but did not belong to is—a citizen of God’s Kingdom)
· It’s extremely difficult to deny your ungodly desires and tendencies
· As people we are: critical, selfish, irresponsible, whiners, complainers, impure, angry, bitter, rude, disobedient to God, faithless, inconsiderate, lacking empathy for others, unforgiving.
6 The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled. 7 So the Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.” 8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.
· God was troubled by man’s sinful state. He regretted that He had created mankind.
· But Noah was different. He found favor in God’s eyes.
· We are either going to imitate Noah or the rest of mankind. Just like Abel and Cain chose different paths, we need to choose one or the other, the path of obedience to God’s call that defines a faithful walk with God, or the path of self focus and independence that defines a faithless and disobedient / rebellious walk without God.
2 Timothy 3:1-6
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.
· This is the state of Christianity today and as a church we are heading in this direction quick unless we take a stand for living righteous lives and not embracing the sins our world and many of us are accustomed to.
· A godly person separates themselves from the world as to not allow the world to influence them and only engages the world in an effort to save them from impeding destruction.
· Noah’s impact continues to be felt (other’s ridiculed him) today. But he lived a radical life in obedience to God.
· If you’re living a righteous life, people will ridicule you because of your obedience to God.
· You won’t be consumed by technology or money or the opposite sex or anything else, but you’ll be consumed by God and His calling for you.
· Would you like Noah be considered a righteous person by God? Blameless among the people of your time?
· We need to make every effort to live like that!!
· IT’S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY!!
· 1 Timothy 4:8—Train yourself to be godly!!!
· Invest yourself fully in God and allow Him to transform you into a Godly person. That people may look at you and know that though you are in this world you are not of it.
2. Faith to Complete The Task
14 So make yourself an ark of cypress[a] wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out. 15 This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be three hundred cubits long, fifty cubits wide and thirty cubits high.[b] 16 Make a roof for it, leaving below the roof an opening one cubit[c] high all around.[d] Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks. 17 I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish. 18 But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark—you and your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives with you. 19 You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you. 20 Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive. 21 You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them.”
22 Noah did everything just as God commanded him.
· Noah had no experience in ship building.
· He learned as he followed God’s instructions. He trusted him even though he could not picture God’s plan and even though it seemed like an unbelievable thing to flood the whole earth.
· He persevered for 120 years building something no one had ever seen all the while being persecuted by ungodly people all around him.
· He took on this great, but crazy, task all based on his relationship and trust in God.
· Noah took on a seemingly impossible task, but God wouldn’t ask one to do something impossible. Hard, yes. Impossible, no! Nothing is impossible with God.
· Building the ark was an all-consuming task.
· Noah built a vessel that would help others escape destruction.
· The ark would have only one way in (one way to God—Jesus)
· Everything outside of the ark would perish (outside of Jesus we cannot have eternal life) only an expectation of destruction
· God has called all of us to help others escape destruction.
· Am I trusting His plan for me, for us?
· In trusting Him, am I preaching seriously and urgently to others in a way that will help bring others to salvation—to the vessel that is Jesus?
If you said Jesus is Lord and got in the boat as a disciple of Jesus, He is calling you to complete the task. Don’t just do it out of duty, but with a faithful heart to continue to the end, till the task is complete. Know that God has a great reward for you. As he rewarded Noah and all the men of faith we have been studying and will continue to in our series, know that God has a great reward for those who complete the task of remaining faithful till the end.
If you are not a true committed disciple of Jesus right now, make a decision to study the Bible and take a leap of faith.
Don’t let time pass you by and be like the men of Noah’s generation who watched him build the ark and continued in their sin. Only trouble and destruction awaits those who disregard God’s warnings. Stop being stubborn, prideful and resistant to God’s calling.
Decide to live like Noah, a righteous man, a person whose life preached loudly to those around him.
Decide to be a preacher of Righteousness!!