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 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
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
(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
(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.
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:
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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