Noah and the great flood — Jim Bell

Special Photo: Jim Bell

Special Photo: Jim Bell

Noah was of the genealogy of Seth, who was the third son of Adam and Eve. You will remember that Cain, the second son of Adam, killed Abel, who was the first son of Adam and Eve, so when Adam was 130 years old, he had a son “in his own likeness.”

Seth was blessed by God, and so were the firstborn of his lineage all the way up to Noah. All of them had long lives; they each lived 800 to 900 years and beyond, you will recall that Methuselah was 969 when he died. Enoch was especially blessed for he never experienced death. He walked with God: Then he was no more, because God took him away. See Genesis 5:24. Then Noah was pleasing to God — Genesis 6:9 says, “Noah was a righteous man. Blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God.” How many men today could this be said of — a righteous man, blameless among the people of today, one who walks with God?

The Bible says of Noah’s time that the earth was corrupt and full of violence (Genesis 6:5). “The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time.” This could be an accurate description of many today, for we know the world is full of evil. The Lord was grieved and His heart was filled with pain, so He said, “I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth! But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord” (Genesis 6:7A-8).

So God told Noah He was going to destroy all mankind and the earth. He told Noah to build an ark and cover it with pitch, which would make it waterproof for He was going to bring a great flood to kill every thing on the earth. The Lord told Noah to go into the Ark with his family, “because I have found you righteous in this generation.” The popular belief is that Noah was to take pairs of all the animals and birds of the earth, but this is only partly correct, for in Genesis 7: 2, God said: “Take with you seven of every kind of clean animal.”

I suppose these were the animals and birds they were allowed to eat and also the ones that were used as burnt offerings. The waters flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days.

Then the Lord caused the rain to stop and dried up the land so, Noah and all that were on the Ark were able to depart. Genesis 8:20 says: “Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it. The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in His heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of man, and never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done. And the Lord made a covenant with Noah and all his descendants that He would never again use a flood to destroy the earth, and the sign of it would be the rainbow.

Praise God for Noah and his family! To me, this shows the importance of Godly men and their families today for they are the backbone of our nation and all other Christian nations. Many in high places in our government and business today seem bent on destroying our family units as they legalize same-sex marriages and homosexuality, which is an abomination to the Lord.

God gave us other new changes due to the righteous life of Noah: He was the remnant that God chose to carry on the human race and life on the earth. God first brought rain from the heavens to make the flood, for up to this time the earth was watered by cisterns, great springs of water. The Lord also declared that man would only live for 120 years in the future. God gave us the rainbow as a sign He would never destroy mankind or the earth by a flood. When we see a rainbow in all its beauty, we should praise and thank the Lord.