What’s the time log for Noah in the Ark?

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The Story of the Flood

The story of the flood, as depicted in the book of Genesis, stands as one of the most iconic narratives in the Bible, capturing the imagination of believers and non-believers alike. This epic tale, spanning generations and continents, recounts the divine judgment upon a corrupt and wicked world, the preservation of a remnant through the ark, and the covenant of God’s promise to never again destroy the earth with a floodwaters. In this exploration, we will embark on a biblical journey through the story of the flood, delving into its historical context, theological significance, and enduring relevance for believers today.

Corruption and Wickedness

This story begins with a sobering portrayal of humanity’s descent into sin and rebellion against God. In Genesis 6:5-8 (NKJV), we read of the moral degradation that pervaded the earth, prompting God’s righteous judgment:

“Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. So the Lord said, ‘I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.’ But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.”

1. Corruption and Violence

The narrative paints a grim picture of humanity’s moral condition, characterized by widespread corruption, violence, and moral decay. The hearts of men were consumed by evil, and every aspect of their existence was tainted by sin. The earth itself groaned under the weight of humanity’s rebellion, prompting God’s righteous judgment upon the earth and its inhabitants.

2. Noah’s Righteousness and Favor with God

Amidst the prevailing wickedness, one man stands out as a beacon of righteousness in the eyes of God: Noah. Genesis 6:9 (NKJV) describes his character and relationship with God:

“This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God.”

This man’s righteousness and faithfulness distinguished him from the corrupt generation in which he lived, earning him favor and grace in the sight of the Lord.

The Call to Build the Ark

In response to the impending judgment upon the earth, God instructs his faithful servant to build an ark to preserve himself, his family, and a remnant of every living creature from the floodwaters. Genesis 6:13-22 (NKJV) details the divine instructions given to God’s servant and his obedient response:

“And God said to Noah, ‘The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth. Make yourself an ark of gopherwood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and outside with pitch. And this is how you shall make it: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, its width fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits. You shall make a window for the ark, and you shall finish it to a cubit from above; and set the door of the ark in its side. You shall make it with lower, second, and third decks. And behold, I Myself am bringing floodwaters on the earth, to destroy from under heaven all flesh in which is the breath of life; everything that is on the earth shall die. But I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall go into the ark—you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. And of every living thing of all flesh you shall bring two of every sort into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female. Of the birds after their kind, of animals after their kind, and of every creeping thing of the earth after its kind, two of every kind will come to you to keep them alive. And you shall take for yourself of all food that is eaten, and you shall gather it to yourself; and it shall be food for you and for them.’ Thus Noah did; according to all that God commanded him, so he did.”

1. The Ark: A Symbol of Salvation

The construction of the ark serves as a symbol of God’s provision and salvation for Noah and his family amidst the impending judgment. Built according to divine specifications, the ark would serve as a refuge and sanctuary from the floodwaters that would engulf the earth.

2. Noah’s Obedience and Faith

Noah’s obedience to God’s instructions underscores his unwavering faith and trust in the Lord’s promises. Despite the seemingly impossible task set before him, Noah obeys God faithfully, demonstrating his commitment to righteousness and his unwavering confidence in God’s faithfulness to His word.

Divine Judgment and Renewal

As the construction of the ark nears completion, God brings forth the floodwaters to fulfill His judgment upon the earth. Genesis 7:11-12 (NKJV) describes the onset of the flood:

“In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. And the rain was on the earth forty days and forty nights.”

1. The Cataclysmic Event

The floodwaters unleashed upon the earth represent a cataclysmic event of unprecedented magnitude, reshaping the landscape and eradicating all life from the face of the earth. The fountains of the great deep are broken up, and the windows of heaven are opened, resulting in torrential rainfall that inundates the earth for forty days and forty nights.

2. The Preservation of Life in the Ark

Amidst the deluge of destruction, Noah and his family find refuge in the ark, along with a remnant of every living creature as commanded by God. Genesis 7:23 (NKJV) highlights the preservation of life within the ark:

“So He destroyed all living things which were on the face of the ground: both man and cattle, creeping thing and bird of the air. They were destroyed from the earth. Only Noah and those who were with him in the ark remained alive.”

The Time Log for Noah in the Ark

Noah preached and warned about the flood for 120 years while building the vessel. This period was followed by more than a year in the vessel. During the first weeks and months there was continual incessant rain, tempest, and great upheavals of the earth. Then after five months, the vessel finally rested on the mountains of Ararat (Genesis 7:11; 8:4). This period is also given as 150 days in Genesis 7:24.

The time log for God’s servant in the vessel would read as follows:

MonthDayYear
God’s servant enters the vessel (Genesis 7:4-10)210600
Beginning of the Flood (Genesis 7:11)217600
First 40 days of flood with rain and prevailing waters (Genesis 7:12-17)327600
“Waters prevailed” for 110 additional days (Genesis 7:24)717600
The vessel rests on the mountains of Ararat (Genesis 8:4)717600
The tips of the mountains are seen (Genesis 8:5)101600
The raven is released 40 days later (Genesis 8:6)1111600
The dove is released for the first time (Genesis 8:8)1118600
The dove is released the second time (Genesis 8:10)1125600
The dove is released the third time (Genesis 8:12)122600
Covering of the vessel removed; waters dried (Genesis 8:13)11601
God’s servant leaves the vessel (Genesis 8:14-16)227601

The Covenant of the Rainbow

As the floodwaters recede and the ark comes to rest upon the mountains of Ararat, God establishes a covenant with Noah and all living creatures, symbolized by the rainbow. Genesis 9:8-17 (NKJV) records the covenantal promise made by God:

“Then God spoke to Noah and to his sons with him, saying: ‘And as for Me, behold, I establish My covenant with you and with your descendants after you, and with every living creature that is with you: the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you, of all that go out of the ark, every beast of the earth. Thus I establish My covenant with you: Never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood; never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.’ And God said: ‘This is the sign of the covenant which I make between Me and you, and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth. It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud; and I will remember My covenant which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look on it to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.’ And God said to Noah, ‘This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between Me and all flesh that is on the earth.'”

1. The Covenantal Promise

God’s covenant with His faithful servant serves as a testament to His faithfulness and mercy, promising never again to destroy the earth with a water. The rainbow is appointed as a sign of this covenant, serving as a visible reminder of God’s enduring promise to preserve and protect His creation.

2. The Restoration of Creation

Following the flood, God initiates a process of renewal and restoration, inviting his faithful servant and his descendants to participate in the stewardship of creation. Genesis 9:1-3 (NKJV) reflects God’s mandate to His servant and his sons:

“So God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them: ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth. And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be on every beast of the earth, on every bird of the air, on all that move on the earth, and on all the fish of the sea. They are given into your hand. Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. I have given you all things, even as the green herbs.'”

Conclusion

In conclusion, the story of the flood is a poignant reminder of the consequences of sin and the redemptive power of God’s grace. Amidst the devastation wrought by the floodwaters, we find hope and assurance in God’s covenantal promises, symbolized by the rainbow. And as it was in the days of Noah, so will it be when this present life comes to an end at the second coming of Jesus (Matthew 24:37). Today, those who wish to be saved must seize the opportunity of salvation extended to us by our loving God by accepting and obeying Jesus Christ (John 1:1215:14).

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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