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I am taking part in the 2014 A-Z Challenge - 26 posts on 26 days of April, with Sundays off. Today's letter is: N for Noah [Click here to see my other AtoZ posts]
Everyone is familiar with Noah, the builder of the famous ark, but what do you really know about Noah? Read on to learn more...
Noah was born in 2970 B.C.E., 126 years after Adam's death, a time when the world had become degenerate, filled with violence and ruination. Noah was deemed a righteous man in that he always did what God required of him, avoiding the wickedness and corruption of his time. (Genesis 6:5, 8, 11, 12, 22)
The Bible tells us that he was 500 years old when he became a father to his sons Shem, Ham and Japheth. (Genesis 5:32) Hard to imagine being a dad at 500! Anyway, because the people of that time were so bad and the earth had become so ruined, Jehovah God announced He was going to destroy all these wicked people by way of a great flood, but righteous Noah and his family [8 of them in total] would be spared. (Genesis 6:3, 5-7, 11-13, 17)
At Genesis 6:14-16, Noah was given specific instructions on how to build the ark. This was no small task. Based on conservative calculations of 1 cubit = 44.5 cm/17.5 in., the ark would have been a colossal vessel roughly measuring 437 ft 6 in. x 72 ft 11 in. x 43 ft 9 in. With two floors and three decks, it would have provided about 8,900 sq m (96,000 sq ft) of space. Not quite as big as the Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) or Titanic, but pretty spectacular in size all the same!!!
Noah warned people about the coming destruction decades before the flood, but they would not listen. One week before the flood came, he entered the ark with his family and the animals. Try to picture the massive size of this vessel and then imagine the effort it would have taken to load the family, all the animals and the vast supply of provisions they would need. Then hear the thud of the door being slammed shut. Interestingly, it wasn't Noah who shut the door. It was God Himself. Yes, Jehovah God closed the door, meaning nothing more went in or came out! Eerie isn't it? On the seventh day, the floodwaters came, not just showers mind you, but torrential rain for 40 days and 40 nights. The Bible tells us the earth was overwhelmed with water for 150 days. Who do you think survived the deluge? None other than Noah, his family and the multitude of animals. All those outside the ark perished, just like Jehovah said they would! (Genesis 6:17; 7:1-23; Matthew 24:38, 39; 2 Peter 2:5) By the time the waters had subsided, Noah was in his 601st year and had been in the ark for more than a year. (Genesis 7:11, 24-8:4; 8:13, 14)
So why is this important? Well, just as it was in Noah's day, the world we live in today and the people in it are wicked, morally depraved, corrupt, and murderous. Jehovah God has promised to remove all forms of wickedness and unrighteousness from the earth once and for all. For decades, just like in Noah's day, God has been sending faithful men and women to warn us about the upcoming destruction [consider His Son Jesus Christ and modern-day Jehovah's Witnesses who come to your door. Yes, they are all bearers of God's warning messages]. The Bible clearly shows that God protects those who listen to and obey Him, but His patience is running out. We are living in the "last days" of this wicked system. Are you paying attention and listening to God by way of these warnings? Will you be like faithful Noah and live or will you just carry on as usual thinking the day of destruction will never come and then it's too late? (Matthew 24:3-14, 25, 37-39; 2 Timothy 3:1-4)
*Scriptures ~New World Translation Bible (2013) available to read/download free here