Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Noah and the Ark

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“In the beginning God created a perfect & wonderful World filled with beauty & love!
But only 15 hundred years later when God looked upon the Earth...
"And God saw that the wickedness of man was great on Earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually."
God was watching all the time..."Man became so sinful and wicked, I'm sorry that I ever made him. It makes my heart feel very sad"
So while people were fighting, sacrificing their children to the idols, God decided to "Destroy man... from the face of the Earth..."
"But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord."(Gen.6.7)

-"Ah, here at least is one righteous man - kind & loving & good, who is worth saving! I will speak to him & tell him what to do!"
It' Me, Noah, God!"
-"Now listen carefully. I have something very important to tell you!"
"The end of all flesh is before me; for the Earth is filled with violence!...Behold I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the Earth to destroy all flesh wherein is the brearth of life, from under Heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die." (Gen. 6:13,17)"

-"Every living creature destroyed?"

-"Noah, I want you to build an Ark for the saving of your house, for you & your sons & your wife & your sons' wives! - This is how to do it..."
And that's what dear old Noah did!
He obeyed what God told him to do & got busy building the Ark.
"Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he."
-"Noah! What happened to you?
What are you doing ?"
-"God was talking to me today..."
-"Yes. He told me that the world became so bad, that He has no choice than destroy it with flood! But He promised to save you and me and our sons, and their wives!"
-"But we don't have children!"
-"We will by the time we finish building the Ark!"
-"What an Ark, Noah?"
-"It's a very large boat! God said it's going to have rooms inside like a house!
It has to be big enough to hold two of every living creature & seven pairs of every clean kind of creature, & enough food for the animals & us!
So Noah got busy right away!
He hired workmen to cut the trees.
And the neighbors came around wondering...
Noah explained, "God told me to build a big boat, a refuge for all who wants to be saved from the big Flood...."
-"Ha, ha, ha! You mean the water will come out of the sky & drawn all of us?
Never heard such a crazy thing in my life...
Ha, ha, ha... You really make me laugh today, Noah..."

Noah had been working on the Ark for twenty years when Mrs. Noah gave birth to their first son, Japheth!

Shem was born two years later, and their youngest son, Ham, a few years after that!
the 3 sons helped their father with his big job!
After 120 long years, the Ark was finished!
Now it was the time to load up tons of supplies for their long voyage.
Noah still was hoping that others will repent & come on the boat
-"Come on in!
There is food enough for you all! Repent & be saved from the Flood!"
-But people were laughing at Noah, they were having real fun to look at the crazy guy, who spent all 120 years to build this boat..
"- Throw tomatoes at him"
- somebody screamed.
Rocks, eggs, tomatoes & all kind of food were flying in the air, when

-"Look, look at the animals! They seem to be coming towards the Ark from all directions!"
What a sight!
The people watched in stunned amazement as animals,
birds & insects of every kind made their way towards the Ark! Some came by two's, others by pairs of seven
The Great Flood is upon you! The whole world is going to be destroyed!
Come before it's too late!
But the people came to laugh at crazy Noah, so there were laughing..
Suddenly big door get closed by itself.. God closed the door..
Then the dark clouds start to move in..
-"Water is coming from the sky! --Just like Noah said! So the old man was right!"...
"And the windows of Heaven were opened."--
The floodgates of Heaven were opened and all the water that as above the Earth came pouring down! The desperate people, crazy with fear, started pounding on the door & shouting for Noah to let them in...But who shut this door?
God shut it. So nobody could open it!
The huge, stormy waves rolled over these wicked people and swept them all away..
-"Anyway,after 150 days of calm sailing, the Bible says, "And God made a wind to pass over the Earth, and the water assuaged", that means they started to dry out!(Gen.8:1)
Then one day --BOOM! SCRAPE! CREEK!
The bottom of the ship has hit the land!
The waters must be going down!
"And the Ark rested in the 7 th month, on the 17 th day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat." (Gen.8:4)
-"We've been sitting on this mountaintop for nearly 6 months now! Whew!
How much longer is it going to take for the waters to go down?"
- "I know it's hard to have patience, but we must wait on God, my Son!
When it is His time for us to leave the Ark, He will tell us!"
-"We've may touched the ground, but look! There
still no land to be seen besides the two peaks of this mountain!..."
To see how far the waters had gone, Noah sent out two birds!
First a raven, but he never returned..
So Noah sent out a dove!
She came back in the evening with an olive leaf in her beak!
"Praise God! This means that not only are the waters still going down, but that there are at least a few trees showing on the Land!"
One week later they let the dove to fly again. And this time the dove "returned not again unto him any more." (Gen. 8:12)
-"Then the land must be dry!"
So after being in that floating Ark for 1 year & 17 days "Noah removed the covering of the Ark, and looked, and behold, the face of the ground was dry." (Gen.8:13)
-"Let's open the door of the Ark and let all animals loose now, shall we?"
-"No, Shem! God will tell us when! He may need a little more time to grow enough plants & grass to feed the animals before we let them all out!"
And God spoke unto Noah, saying, "Go forth from the Ark, though and thy wife and thy sons, and thy sons' wives with thee!
Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, that they may breed abundantly and be fruitful and multiply, upon the Earth." (Gen. 8:16,17)
-"Japheth! Shem! Ham! The time has come! The great moment for which we have waited so long! Come help me to push this huge door open!"
-"Whew! It won't budge!'
-"Remember, it was the hand of God that has closed it!
-"Lord, please help us!"
At last the great door creaked open, as if moved by the same Mighty Hand that had closed it!
And there amidst the blue sky they saw a glorious glowing arch of many colors!
-"I do set my bow in the sky as a sign of my promise to you and every creature, that I will never again send a flood of waters to cover the whole Earth! " It was the first rainbow! (Gen. 9:12-17)

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