Noah Found Favor in God’s Eyes
Noah was a righteous man who did everything right in God’s eyes. During Noah’s days, there was great wickedness among the human race that God regretted creating them. God decided to destroy every single living being that has breath including human, animals and birds with flood water. However, God remembered Noah. Noah found favor in God’s eyes because he always walk in God’s commandments.
Noah is righteous so God honored and protected him. If you are obedient and always walk in God’s commandments, God will protect you from all sorts of disasters.
For the LORD loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off. (Psalms 37:28 KJV)
And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee. (Psalms 9:10 KJV)
Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever. (Psalms 12:7 KJV)
For the righteous LORD loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright. (Psalms 11:7 KJV)
God Commanded Noah to Make an Ark
God told Noah that he is going to kill everyone in the world with flood water. He instructed Noah to create an ark of cypress wood. The dimension of the ark is 300 cubits long, 50 cubits wide and 30 cubits high. One cubit of space is left beneath the roof. It is to have a lower, middle and upper deck. God made a covenant with Noah that he will save him, his wife, his sons and his sons’ wives. God commanded Noah to bring into the ark 2 of every kind of living creature, bird and animals that move on the ground, one male and one female. God commanded Noah to collect every kind of food for the animals so that they will have nourishment while staying in the ark during the flood. Noah did everything God told him to do.
The flood took place on the 17th of the second month in the 600th year of Noah’s life. The rain fell on the earth for 40 days and nights. On that day, Noah bring his wife, sons and their wives and two of every wild animals into the ark. Pairs of animals came to Noah by themselves. After everyone was inside the ark, God shut the door so that it cannot be opened anymore. It kept on raining for 40 days and 40 nights.
The Flood Water Recedes
The earth was flooded for 150 days. Later, God remembered Noah and he sent a wind to make the waters recede. The water has gone down by the end of the 150 days and the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat.
After 40 days, Noah sent out a raven. The raven flew back and forth until the water has dried up. After that, Noah sent out a dove but the dove returned to him because there was no where to perch on the tree. After 7 days, Noah sent out the dove again and it returned with a freshly plucked olive leaf. After another 7 days, Noah sent out the dove again. This time, the doe did not return to him anymore.
The earth was completely dry on the 7th day of the second month. God commanded Noah and his family and the animals to come out of the ark. When Noah come out, the first thing he did was to built an altar and offer burnt offerings of some clean animals and birds. When God smell the pleasing aroma, he made a covenant with Noah that he will never kill all living creatures with flood water anymore. The sign of the covenant is the rainbow that appears after rain (Genesis 9:1-17).
Noah Planted a Vineyard
Later, Noah’s sons had children and from them the people filled the entire earth. Noah planted a vineyard. One day, Noah got drunk from its wine and lay naked in his tent. When Ham saw his father, Noah, lying naked, he told his two other brothers. Shem and Japheth covered their father with a garment backward after learning about it. When Noah was awoke, he cursed Canaan, the sons of Ham, that he will be slaves of Shem and Japheth. But he blessed Japheth and Shem, that God will extend their territories. Noah died at 950 years old.
Ham was wrong in that he was ashamed of his father’s nakedness. Instead of covering his nakedness, he went out to report about the nakedness of his father. This brings disgrace on his father. In Exodus 20:12 KJV, honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. In Ephesians 6:2 KJV, honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)