Creation: Study Series on Genesis
The Faithfulness of God and the Foolishness of Noah
Genesis Chapter 6:9 –9:29

“And the Lord said unto Noah, ‘Come thou and all thy
house into the ark’” (Gen. 7:1). How simple the
solution back then. Physical salvation from the Flood
judgment came about through a ship. How simple the
solution today. Eternal salvation from the fire
judgment comes about through a cross.

It took Noah and his sons 120 years to build the ark. It
was 300 cubits (450 ft.) long. 50 Cubits (75 ft.) wide,
and 30 cubits (45 ft.) high, with 15 feet between each
story. The ark was as long as a 45- story building is
high, as wide as a 7- to 8- story building is high, and
as high (from keel to top) as a 4- 5-story building!
Probably resembling a barge, the ark apparently was
squared on the ends. It only had to withstand the
force of the flood water, not make headway in them.
The ark was perfectly suited for its purpose—to
preserve the lives of Noah and the people and
animals with him.

Noah and his sons did not have to round up the
animals and lead them into the ark. When the time
came to load the ark, Noah and his family boarded
first. God then brought the animals into the ark. What
a sight that must have been as the animals gathered
by God, marched on His command into the ark!
The biblical account of the ark introduces the
distinction between clean and unclean beasts. Many
years later, the Mosiace Law recognized and gave
definition to that distinction. How it originated is not
known. Of clean animals Noah was to take “by
sevens” (seven each: three pairs plus one), and of
the unclean “by two” (one pair). Apparently the
seventh clean animal was taken along to be offered in
sacrifice after the Flood.

That Noah was commanded to take the fowls of the
air proves that the Flood was universal. The earth
would be covered with water, leaving nowhere for the
birds to land. Further, the Bible states that God
determined to destroy “every living thing” on the
face of the earth. Nothing would escape that was not
safely aboard the ark, except sea creatures.

Once Noah and the animals were inside, God shut the
door. No person or animal could get in or get out.

Noah, his family, and the animals were in the ark
seven days before the first drop of water fell. The
waters came from two sources:

(1)        Water captured in the crust of earth
(2)        Water in the atmosphere

Massive geological activity took place as God broke
up the earth’s crust and released the water contained
there since the Creation. The early earth I believe
was also enveloped with a vapor canopy which God
broke up and showered on the earth. There must
have been earthquakes, thunder, and lightening the
likes of which the earth had never seen and will
never see again! The water built up on the earth for 40
days. It reached a depth of 15 cubits 22-23 feet) above
the highest mountains, a depth sufficient to permit
the heavily laden ark to clear them.

God’s purpose in sending the Flood was that all flesh
on the earth would die. Conservative scholars
estimate that the earth’s population in Noah’s day,
day was approximately 2 ½ billion people—almost
half of what it is today. All but 8 died and are cited in
the Bible as examples of judgment. It was the largest
segment of earth’s population ever to experience the
judgment of God at one time (1 Pet. 320).

Noah’s curse was fulfilled when the Canaanites were
overcome by the descendants of Shem and later by
the Persians, Greeks, and Romans. Seven nations of
people came from Canaan (Deut. 7: 1) who were
idolatrous, superstitious, and, and abominably
wicked. Abraham roamed their land, and to him was
the promise made to inherit Canaan. Centuries went
by before Abraham's
descendants occupied the land.  When they entered
their inheritance God commanded them (1) to make no
agreements with the Canaanites and show not mercy
toward them (Deut. 7: 2); (2) not to worship but to
destroy their idols (Ex. 23:24; Deut. 7:5, 25); (3) not to
follow their customs (Lev. 18:26, 27); (4) not to fear
them (Deut. 7:17, 18; 31:7). When Israel sinned, God
permitted a remnant to remain in Canaan for
chastisement (Judge. 2:3, 21, 22; 3:1-4; 4:2; Num. 31:
17; 33:55).

Paul expressed a similar thought when he pointed out
that the blessings to the Gentiles have come because
of God’s blessing on Israel (Rom. 11:18). God will break
some of the branches off and graft in the Gentile Church
(v. 17), which will not replace Israel but will share in
Israel’s blessing. When God is finished with the Church,
He will remove the live branch and graft back the
natural branches again.

Why did Noah curse Canaan and not Ham? Two reasons
can be suggested.
(1)      Because of Noah’s prophetic knowledge of
Canaan’s wickedness. Noah’s prophecy was a call to
Canaan and his descendants to repent. From Canaan,
course, came the Canaanites, who were some of the
most degraded people ever to live on the earth.
(2)      Because Noah wished to punish Ham more
intensely. Ham probably would have rather had the
curse on himself than on his son.

The curse on Canaan as we have noted earlier, has
absolutely no relationship to black people today. The
curse was partially fulfilled when Joshua conquered the
land of Canaan. It was further fulfilled in David’s
expansion of his kingdom and his conquest of
Canaanite territories.

Phoenicia was a large Canaanite colony, which, on its
destruction, moved to Carthage in North Africa and
carried on extensive warfare against Rome. The curse
on Canaan was ultimately fulfilled in the Third Punic
War. Rome went to Carthage, defeated it, killed all the
inhabitants, literally scraped it off the face of the earth,
and dumped it into the sea (149-146 B.C)

Comments
In the midst of the Flood we are told: “And God
remembered Noah and every living thing, and all the
cattle that were with him in the ark.”

How wonderful the little phrase, “God remembered.” As
He did for this dedicated patriarch. He would later do for
a dying thief: “And he said unto Jesus, ‘Lord, remember
me when Thou comest into Thy kingdom.’ And Jesus
said unto him, ‘Verily I say unto thee, "Today shall thou
be with Me in paradise’” (Luke. 23: 42-43).

One final thought about the Great Flood. There are 774,
745 words in the Bible. God spoke two particular words
to Noah at that time which, by themselves, summarizes
the remaining 774, 743. One word was spoken before,
and the other following the Flood. The one, before:
“And the Lord said unto Noah, “Come though and all thy
house into the ark’” (Gen. 7:1). The one after: “And God
spake unto Noah, saying, “Go forth of the ark’” (8: 15-16).

The ark is representative of Christ, who is the place of
refuge for sinners who wish to be saved from the wrath
to come (1 Pet. 3:20, 21).
Here it is—the Scriptures summarizes by two words! To
the sinner, the word is Come—Come into the ark of
safety.”  

To the saint, the word is Go—“Go ye into all the world.”
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