In Genesis 6 Part I: A Giant Problem, we learned about the state of the world during Noah’s era. People’s intentions were “only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5) while giants of a demonic nature roamed. Is this the very sad end to our story? Of course not. Even with this amount of corruption, God is still in control. Things have not gotten completely out of hand. We still have Noah! Many controversial items are brought up in this passage, so I will let the Bible do most of the talking.
“For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.” – Romans 5:19
Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. He did not earn it, but he sought it out (Genesis 6:8). This is key for us as well. In order to be saved, we must seek Him. Matthew 24:37 tells us these wicked conditions will be the same during the second coming of Christ.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” – Ephesians 2:8-10
This is so cool. The boat was a 30-story building length wise. It was around the size of the titanic, but it wasn’t a ship. It wasn’t meant to go anywhere. It was a big shoebox meant to float and keep those inside alive.
Fun Fact: The first recorded boat bigger than the arc was built in 1858. And Noah built the arc himself around 2348 BC…
Now for some more statistics. So if two of every animal family were on the boat, that’s about 1,400 animals. If two of every species were on the boat, that’s 70,000 animals. In Genesis 7, Noah is commanded to take even more animal pairs for sacrifices. The average size of a land animal is smaller than a sheep, so the total square footage necessary is about half of the ark.
Okay… kind of sounds like a children’s tale doesn’t it? Well let’s look at some other historical evidence:
- In 275 B.C. Berosus, a Babylonian historian, wrote: “But of this ship that grounded in Armenia some part still remains in the mountains … and some get pitch from the ship by scraping it off.”
- Around 75 A.D. Josephus said the locals collected relics from the ark and showed them off to his very day. He also said all the ancient historians he knew of wrote about the ark.
- In 180 A.D. Theophilus of Antioch wrote: “the remains [of the ark] are to this day to be seen … in the mountains.”
- Oh… and many think it has been discovered! Click this link to read more.
I am not a scientist, but it is pretty cool that the ark may or may not still exist today. God did tell Noah to cover the inside and outside with pitch, a waterproofer that would help preserve it. Perhaps God had further purpose for this massive vessel?
Back to the story. Noah obeyed. Of course, I would be pretty afraid if God told me he was going to destroy everything. But he didn’t question, rebel, or doubt. He had faith!
“By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.” – Hebrews 11:7
So God has decided to destroy the violent and corrupt population with the earth itself. Harsh? Isn’t God supposed to have grace and mercy on us? Remember, ever since the fall, we deserve death. We, as sinners, are undeserving of God’s love. God did give the people a chance through Enoch and Methusaleh, but the people did not follow this merciful opportunity to set their eyes back on the Lord, their creator. He shows his love by preserving a small piece of his creation that was still seeking Him out. The flood did not completely destroy, but made the world new again. Hope for future generations to come.