Saturday, January 16, 2010

Genesis 6:14-17 An Ark? Why? For The Flood? What's a Flood?

Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch. And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits. A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it.

Here G-d is telling Noah to build an Ark to house every specie of animal and the eight members of his immediate family, Noah, his wife, three sons and their wives. In case, you haven't studyied cubits before, the ark was 450 feet, 137.16 meters long, 75 feet, 22.86 meters wide and 55 feet ,17.76 meters tall. In the United States, that's 1.5 times the size of a football field and five feet taller than a five story building. That's incredible and a monumental task and it took him approximately 120 years to do it.

Another interesting aspect of the ark is the requirement of having in pitched on the inside and outside. The Hebrew word for pitch is kofer, which means a covering, redemption, a redemptive price and a sum of money.

And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth,...

The other incredible thing about the account of Noah and the ark is what is not mentioned here, Noahs response to the flood. I'm sure Noah knew what a flood was, but it had to run through his mind on how there was going to be enough water to flush out all of mankind. Up to that time, G-d nourished the earth with water and a mist that rose up from the ground. Humans had no idea what was rain. Think about it, to build an ark, without fathoming a flood that would require it and all the ridecule from his neighbors, took a lot of faith. destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die.

Some estimates have the worlds population in this pre-flood world at approximately 10 billion people. I don't care how faithful you are, that's a lot of people to have on your conscious. That's not including all the animals and property damage. Think about it. All those people and animals die and you and your family survive. Isn't that the way the world thinks? However, Noah had the right frame of mind. The same frame of mind, we should have. G-d is righteous and holy and has every right to lay down the law and the ramifications for not following it.

We know that G-d says that death is required for all who are disobedient. However, we have a savior who was sent to this earth to die for our sins, that is Yeshua ha Mashiach, the perfect lamb sacrifice for all mankind.

Do you except the sacrifice provided by G-d?

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