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Further Details of the Ark

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0606                                                                                                                                                      08.09.17                                                                                                                                                                                                        Further Details of the Ark


Make yourself an ark of gopher wood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and outside with pitch.  (Gen 6:14)

We are considering the specific instructions God gave to Noah regarding the Ark.  We discussed its size last week.  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. (15).  To review, using 18” for a cubit, it would be 450’ long, 75’ wide, and 45’ high.  This is perfect for a vessel that needs to endure rough water.  Recall that the ark is a chest for floating, not a ship for sailing. It is flat-bottomed, square-sided, having no mast, sails or rudder.

What about the window?  You shall make a window for the ark, and you shall finish it to a cubit from above (16a).  This was probably an opening 18” high all the way around under the roof for ventilation, with a perhaps a covering of some kind to keep out the rain.  Incidentally, the roof may have contained tanks for water storage.

And the door of the ark shall you set in its side; you shall make it with lower, second, and third decks (16b). There were three decks, each 15’ high (minus the support beams).  Would this be enough for Noah, his family and all those animals?  It is calculated that it would provide enough space for 125,000 sheep (an average sheep is larger than an average sized animal), plus all the necessary food.  Suggested uses for the three decks would be: the upper deck for family quarters and possessions; the middle deck for smaller animals and food storage; the bottom deck for larger animals.  And there is a door, but only one door.  Just as Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation and safety from sin, so those who came in the door were safe; those outside were lost.

God clearly explained the purpose and nature of the judgment to come (17).  And behold, I, even I 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.  Note that God took full responsibility for bringing the judgment (“I, even I…).  The judgment was to be a world-wide flood.  The purpose was to destroy all flesh that breathes and everything (trees, buildings, mountains) would perish. The Hebrew word for flood is used in Scripture to refer to this flood alone; it was the Flood.

God established His covenant with Noah (18).  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.  God would rescue Noah from the flood and through him Gen. 3:15 would be fulfilled.  This is the first time the word ‘covenant’ is used in Scripture.  It is the first of the great OT Covenants.

God listed the occupants of the Ark (18-20).  Noah and his family and a pair of each kind of animal were to enter the Ark.  It is interesting that the beasts of the earth obeyed their Maker but the people made in His image did not heed their Creator.

God did not forget the food for the Ark.  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.” (21)  They would need a year’s worth of food for eight people and 1000’s of animals.  As noted, there was plenty of room for this supply.  Up to this time, all humans and animals were vegetarian.

Noah obeyed God. Thus Noah did; according to all that God commanded him, so he did (22).  By faith, Noah believed the propositional promise of God. We can praise the Lord, and be very thankful, for Noah’s obedience and example.

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