Biblical Brunch #3 ~ Noah’s Ark

I will be sharing stories from the Bible.  I am NOT trying to influence your beliefs or tell you what to believe.  I also expect you to respect me and my beliefs.  If you do not believe in the Bible, that is okay, you don’t have to read the post or you can take it simply as a story. 

So God said to Noah, “I have decided that all living creatures must die, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. Now I am about to destroy them and the earth. Make for yourself an ark. […] I am about to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy from under the sky all the living creatures that have the breath of life in them. Everything that is on the earth will die, but I will confirm my covenant with you. You will enter the ark – you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. You must bring into the ark two of every kind of living creature from all flesh, male and female, to keep them alive with you. Of the birds after their kinds, and of the cattle after their kinds, and of every creeping thing of the ground after its kind, two of every kind will come to you so you can keep them alive. [..] And Noah did all that God commanded him – he did indeed. The Lord said to Noah, “Come into the ark, you and all your household, for I consider you godly among this generation. You must take with you seven of every kind of clean animal, the male and its mate, two of every kind of unclean animal, the male and its mate, and also seven of every kind of bird in the sky, male and female, to preserve their offspring on the face of the earth. For in seven days I will cause it to rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and I will wipe from the face of the ground every living thing that I have made.” And Noah did all that the Lord commanded him.[…]  And after seven days the floodwaters engulfed the earth. […]  And the rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights.  […] The flood engulfed the earth for forty days. As the waters increased, they lifted the ark and raised it above the earth.  [..]  So the Lord destroyed every living thing that was on the surface of the ground, including people, animals, creatures that creep along the ground, and birds of the sky. They were wiped off the earth. Only Noah and those who were with him in the ark survived. The waters prevailed over the earth for 150 days. But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and domestic animals that were with him in the ark. God caused a wind to blow over the earth and the waters receded. The fountains of the deep and the floodgates of heaven were closed, and the rain stopped falling from the sky. The waters kept receding steadily from the earth, so that they had gone down by the end of the 150 days. [..] At the end of forty days, Noah opened the window he had made in the ark and sent out a raven; it kept flying back and forth until the waters had dried up on the earth.Then Noah sent out a dove to see if the waters had receded from the surface of the ground. The dove could not find a resting place for its feet because water still covered the surface of the entire earth, and so it returned to Noah in the ark. He stretched out his hand, took the dove, and brought it back into the ark.  He waited seven more days and then sent out the dove again from the ark. When the dove returned to him in the evening, there was a freshly plucked olive leaf in its beak! Noah knew that the waters had receded from the earth.  He waited another seven days and sent the dove out again, but it did not return to him this time. […] The waters had dried up from the earth, and Noah removed the covering from the ark and saw that the surface of the ground was dry.  […] Then God spoke to Noah and said, “Come out of the ark [..] bring out every living thing, including the birds, animals, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. Let them increase and be fruitful and multiply on the earth!” Noah went out along with his sons, his wife, and his sons’ wives. Every living creature, every creeping thing, every bird, and everything that moves on the earth went out of the ark in their groups. Noah built an altar to the Lord. He then took some of every kind of clean animal and clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And the Lord smelled the soothing aroma and said to himself, “I will never again curse the ground because of humankind, even though the inclination of their minds is evil from childhood on. I will never again destroy everything that lives, as I have just done.  “While the earth continues to exist, planting time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night will not cease.”

I am taking this story from Bible.org. (Genesis 6:13-8:22)

The story of Noah’s ark is famous world-wide.  More than likely it is one of the first bible stories we learn as a child.  As in Genesis, we are born anew when we are baptized.  We are cleansed from all the evil, or original sin.  This is a great trivia question as well.  Sometimes questions will test your common sense and ask how many animals of each kind did Moses take on the ark.  People are very quick to say two; however Moses didn’t take any animals, Noah did.  Although in other stories of the Bible, God has destroyed towns and civilizations, he has never done that on a world wide scale and kept to his promise.  This story is most similar to the sacrament of baptism; however, it can be taken on a much smaller scale of forgiveness.  God wanted to cleanse the world of evil, but he wanted all the species to continue to live in the world.  In the reading, God gave exact directions as how to build the ark (I took it out for the sake of keeping it somewhat short).  Many have made plans and some have even made replicas of the ark.  It is possible, but still very difficult even with modern technology.  This reading is another example of one of God’s many miracles.

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