Genesis – In the Beginning
By Carri Pratt
Chapter 7 – The Flood
“Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and I will wipe from the face of the earth every living creature I have made.” Genesis 7:4
Many questions arise while reading the account of the flood. A few practical ones that entered my mind were;
How long did it take to build the ark?
How old was Noah when he began to build the ark?
What did the rest of the population on the earth do during this period?
Has any evidence of the flood been found?
Luckily, many very smart men and women have researched this important event and have come up with some answers.
AnswersInGenesis.org has an entire page dedicated to the calculation of Noah’s age and the length of time the ark took to build. Using passages from Genesis 5:3 – 11:10 they have calculated it took Noah between 55-75 years to build the ark. (read more)
“Noah was six hundred years old when the floodwaters came on the earth.” Genesis 7:6. This Bible passage, combined with the calculated time of 55-75 years to build the ark, tells us that Noah was between 525-545 years old when he was told to build this huge vessel!
What about the thousands of witnesses that surrounded Noah? Noah had a ministry of witnessing to these people on a daily basis for almost 75 years. Did not one of them think to himself or herself, “maybe this guy is right?”
So did it really happen? There have actually been several expeditions to find Noah’s Ark. A Dutchman by the name of Johan Huibers has even built a replica of the Ark based on the Biblical description. (read more)
ABC News did a story titled, Evidence Noah’s Biblical Flood Happened. Below is an excerpt:
Four hundred feet below the surface, they unearthed an ancient shoreline, proof to Ballard that a catastrophic event did happen in the Black Sea. By carbon dating shells found along the shoreline, Ballard said he believes they have established a timeline for that catastrophic event, which he estimates happened around 5,000 BC. Some experts believe this was around the time when Noah's flood could have occurred. (read more)
And of course there is the new movie opening March 25th starring Russell Crowe as Noah. (watch trailer)
No matter what evidence we may find, what movies may be made, or what models may be built, the fact remains that it is written in the pages of scripture which we hold to be truth. Jesus believed in Noah’s flood.
The fact is that Noah had great faith, even though there is no record of rain before this time, and we can learn a valuable lesson from him. When we go through our lives, no matter what the conditions or circumstances, we can have faith that God is with us.
“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
Next Week's Reading: Genesis Chapter 8 read at Biblegateway.com