Noah, the Ark and the Great Flood

12/08/2009
Here is what we have been up to for in our study of Noah in Biblical History:
Readings:
  • Chronological Bible: Genesis 6 & 7
  • Adam to Messiah: "The Flood" and "After the Flood"
  • The Victor Journey Through The Bible: Noah Builds the Ark (p. 14-15)
  • Genesis: Finding Our Roots: Unit 3 "Book of Noah" and Unit 4 "Book of the Sons of Noah"
  • Adam and His Kin: Ch. 8 "Noah" Chapter 9 "The Year 1656"& Chapter 10 "The Great Flood."
  • The Greenleaf Guide to Old Testament History: Discussion questions
  • Sheepfold Gleanings: Noach/Noah
  • In the Days of Noah ~ From the back of the book:
What was it like In the Days of Noah? Often portrayed as a quaint story for children, the Biblical account of the Flood of Noah's day is the account of God's judgment, power, and love that changed the face of the earth forever! Part 1 is the story of Noah's struggle to obey God, preach His word, survive the Flood, and begin life in the "new world". Part 2 answers 47 questions about the Flood such as:
What was it like for Noah and his family before the Flood?
Were there dinosaurs on the Ark?
How long did the flood really last?
What does Mt. St. Helens tell us about the Flood?
Jesus said, "As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man" (Luke 17:26). As we look around us today we see violence, corruption, and a worldwide anti-God movement just as it was in the days of Noah!
Audio:
  • What in the World? Track 4 "The Flood"(7:23)
  • Digging Deeper Track 1: "The Bible and Sources" (9:36), Track 2: "Even More Sources" (10:09), Track 3: "Local Vs. Worldwide Flood" (3:24), Track 4: "Life on the Ark" (11:47), Track 5: "The Construction of the Ark" (28:39)
Video:
From Noach/Noah by Carl and Julie Parker at Sheepfold Gleanings:
The story of Noah is about real men and women, their families and their children. Not only is this story true, but it is a prophetic story foreshadowing future events. These life accounts are stories within stories on physical and spiritual levels. Thus the study of Torah is very descriptive and illuminating for all in pursuit of their Messiah. He is revealed in every story, and this story of Noah and his family is no exception.
Highlights from our lesson:
  • The men of Noah's day were very wicked.
  • Noah was righteous and walked with God and found grace in the eyes of God.
  • Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham and Japeth.
  • God commanded Noah to build an Ark.
  • The ark was 30 cubits high, 50 cubits high, 300 cubits long ~ a cubit is about 18 inches, so about 45 feet high, 75 feet wide, 450 feet long. It had three stories, with each story being about 15 feet high. There was one window which was one cubit (18 inches) high.
  • Noah built the ark and took his wife, his sons, and their wives into the ark.
  • God brought pairs of SEVEN of every CLEAN animal onto the ark and TWO of every UNCLEAN animal. {Even Noah knew what animals were clean and unclean before the Mosaic law!}
Timeline review and Character Event Cards
  • The Flood came after Noah after they had been on the Ark seven days. {Imagine the scoffs from people during that time!}
  • The Flood came as the floodgates of heaven and the fountains of the deep opened up.
  • It rained forty days and forty nights.
  • The flood waters covered the entire earth including the highest mountains.
Notebooking pages from Grapevine's Stick Figuring Through the Bible.
  • The waters were upon the earth 150 days.
  • Every living thing that was on the earth died.
  • On the 7th day of the 7th month, the Ark rested on mountains of Ararat.
  • The waters decreased until the mountain tops were seen on the 1st day of the 10th month
  • At the end of 40 days, Noah opened the window and sent a dove to see if the waters were ababted, but the dove returned having not found a resting place
  • Noah sent a Raven that to and fro to search for land.
  • After another 7 days, Noah sent the dove again and it returned with an olive leaf
  • After another 7 days, Noah sent the dove again and it did not return.
  • In the year 601 on the 1st day of the month, the waters were dried up and Noah removed the covering of the Ark.
  • In the 2nd month on the 27th of the month, the earth was dried and Noah and his family with the animals left the ark.
  • Noah kept a detailed log as the record of his journey.
  • God makes a promise in 8:22: While the earth remains, that seed time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.
  • God makes a covenant with Noah and future generations to never again flood the earth.
  • God set the rainbow in the sky as a token of the everlasting covenant.
Topical Studies:
What is a mabbul? {a hebrew word meaning "flood of water" and this implies a worldwide cataclysmic flood, and is a different word that is used for local floods elsewhere in the bible}
Ignorant Scoffers {the apostle Peter said that in the last days people will scoff at Noah's flood and deny that it ever happened. That they will even be "willingly" ignorant!}
What Does Seven Mean? {7 signifies completion. God rested on the 7th day, the rain began after they were on the ark for 7 days, God told Noah to take 7 of each clean animal, 7 Sabbaths of years, 7 fat/lean cows, 7 years of plenty/famine, 7 priests carried the Ark of the Covenant, 7 days in the Feast of Passover and Tabernacles, 7 angels, 7 plagues, 7 bowls, etc.}
Where is the Ark? {lost somewhere in the mountains of Ararat, probably buried under snow and ice, although past stories have mentioned sightings and contact with the Ark}
1:290 scale model of Noah's Ark, based on the Graeco-Roman cubit of 18"
Conceptual design of Noah’s Ark by researcher Tim Lovett
We have five of these model Arks "floating" around our house. And the kids have had fun with them, from playing with them to turning them into a piggy bank.
You can also see how we apply the lessons of Noah in our everyday life in my post on Noah in Biblical History for the Very Young.
Next up: After the flood, the descendants of Noah and the tower of Babel.

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