The Biblical Account of The Story of Noah
Finally, in the story of Noah the flood comes to an end.
Genesis 8:13-19 (NKJV)
13 And it came to pass in the six hundred and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, that the waters were dried up from the earth; and Noah removed the covering of the ark and looked, and indeed the surface of the ground was dry. 14 And in the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth was dried.
15 Then God spoke to Noah, saying, 16 “Go out of the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you. 17 Bring out with you every living thing of all flesh that is with you: birds and cattle and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, so that they may abound on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth.” 18 So Noah went out, and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him. 19 Every animal, every creeping thing, every bird, and whatever creeps on the earth, according to their families, went out of the ark.
The flood began in Noah’s 600th year, and now it is in the 601st year of his life, we
reach the end of God’s wrath. On New Years day, 29 days after the third dove was released, Noah removed the cover to the window and noticed the earth was dry. This means that as far as Noah could see, the water was gone. Then he waited another 57 days before leaving the ark. This was the time to allow the uncovered land to dry up and become firm again, so the total time Noah spent in the ark was 378 days, or right at one year.
Now the Lord speaks to Noah, probably for the first time since Noah entered the ark.
The last thing Noah heard from God was “Go in.” Now the next thing Noah hears is “Go out.” And take your family and animals with you and let them fill the earth again. As we hear this command, keep in mind that all the families of the earth descended from just three families. Noah and his wife never had another child after the flood. Therefore, Shem, Ham and Japeth produced all the families of the earth. From this point, mankind experienced a dramatic change in the length of life. Noah himself lives 950 years and his sons live into their 600s. These are ages are consistent with the lifespans of men before the flood. But the next generation only lives half as long and three generations later, lifespans will have been cut in half again. Three more generations later, life spans have been cut in half once more.
Many have proposed theories for why length of age dropped off so quickly after the flood. Whereas, some favor a prominent theory related to the loss of the water stored in the heavens above. Somehow the canopy helped men live longer, but then without it, they died. But that theory doesn’t make sense scientifically.
- First, if the long life spans were created by environmental conditions, then Noah and his sons should have seen their own lives cut short after the flood. Instead they live as long as those before the flood.
- Secondly, we would expect the length of life to drop immediately to present day levels since the atmosphere changed immediately.
- For example, if Seth’s children could live over 400 years under present atmospheric conditions, why can’t we? Instead, it took almost 1,000 years before men’s lifespans dropped to present day levels.
I believe the answer is much simpler. First, we know that all the earth is wearing out and growing weaker as God intended due to the curse on the ground. This curse also affects men’s bodies, as shown in Genesis 3.
Genesis 3:17-19 (NKJV)
17 Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’:
“Cursed is the ground for your sake;
In toil you shall eat of it
All the days of your life.
18 Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you,
And you shall eat the herb of the field.
19 In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread
Till you return to the ground,
For out of it you were taken;
For dust you are,
And to dust you shall return.”
Our bodies will weaken over time according to this curse. When they were created, Adam and Woman were perfect, so the effects of this curse on their bodies was to slowly introduce weaknesses. These weaknesses have taken the form of genetic defects in our DNA and as these defects are introduced as a result of the curse, they are transferred to our offspring and build up in the human population of DNA. At first, these defects were few and far between, so men lived very long lives, as God designed the body. So, between Adam and Methuselah, the lifespan of men hardly changed at all. But after the flood, the DNA pool for mankind had been severely restricted. So now all future generations of men would come from just three families, who shared much of the same DNA. And therefore, they shared the same defects. Under these conditions, we would expect defects to build up in the population of men much faster. And as these defects accumulated in the population, they lead to more vulnerability to disease and a weakening of body tissues, etc. Because Noah and his sons were born before the Flood, they had few defects and lived the usual long life of their ancestors. But immediately, their children and especially their grandchildren and great-grandchildren saw steep declines in lifespan. If you chart the drop off rate of life spans, it is a near
perfect exponential curve, as you would expect for the reproduction of DNA errors. This also explains today why we see so many diseases growing. As lifespans have been shrinking since the time of Noah.And the only reason we saw a temporary rise in lifespan in the last century was because recent advances in medical science have masked the effect. But even now that effect is reversing where even modern medicine is powerless to stop the march of God’s curse in reducing the vitality of the body.
Finally, as the story of Noah continues, he exits the ark.
Genesis 8:20-21 (NKJV)
God’s Covenant with Creation
20 Then Noah built an altar to the Lord, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. 21 And the Lord smelled a soothing aroma. Then the Lord said in His heart, “I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done.
22 “While the earth remains,
Seed time and harvest,
Cold and heat,
Winter and summer,
And day and night
Shall not cease.”
After leaving the ark, Noah’s first act is to build an altar and make a sacrifice of
thanksgiving and praise to the Lord. This is the first mention of altars in the Bible. The Flood destroyed among other things the Garden of Eden, and the glory of God is no longer resting on the Earth in that place. In that time, men could approach the Garden though not enter and the Garden served as a type of temple, in that it was a house for God and a place for men to see God’s visible glory. With the Garden gone, now men would meet with God on altars of sacrifice.
Now this act of obedience and worship pleased the Lord. Because of Noah’s obedience, God makes a promise. He promises to never again destroy the Earth with water. He will still destroy the Earth as required by the curse in the Garden, but He won’t cover it in water again. In fact, in verse 22 God says that all will remain predictable on the earth from this point forward. But notice this promise for regular predictable patterns only continues as long as the earth remains. It doesn’t guarantee that the earth itself remains, but most importantly, notice the short phrase in verse 21 that God adds. He says that He will never destroy the Earth again with water. Don’t let that lead you to think that this means the flood has cured man’s sin problem. Notice God adds that the intent of man’s heart is evil from his youth.
All his life, man has an evil heart, and this promise doesn’t change that fact. Therefore, it doesn’t change God’s need to address the sin of mankind. Ultimately, God will bring judgment upon the Earth and from it, completely destroy every last remnant of it. But He will also provide a way to escape this judgment through faith in a Messiah Who removes the penalty of our sin.
Have you received God’s grace of salvation? Your faith in Jesus Christ will free you from the penalty of sin. And escape God’s wrath in Tribulation.
Romans 8:9-17 (NKJV)
9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. 10 And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
Sonship Through the Spirit
12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.
Romans 10:8-10 (NKJV)
8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
The story of Noah is an intriguing story and an amazing story of one man’s faith and obedience. Next week we will conclude this wonderful story in the Book of Genesis. I pray learning about Noah and the Great Flood has been a blessing for you understanding of one of the great men of the Old Testament. It has been for me.
“The author’s biblical interpretations and conclusions presented in this document rely on original teaching used by permission of Verse By Verse Ministry International (VBVMI). The author’s views may not represent the views of VBVMI, it’s Directors or staff. Original VBVMI teaching may be found at http://www.vbvmi.org.”
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