Children’s Study – Noah, Part 4

Noah – Part 4

“Noah Prepared an Ark to Save His House”

by Victor Torres

Hello dear children. Last week we learned that the story of Noah is about the old person and the new person. We learned that this is true about all the stories in the Bible. We learned that the Bible is about God destroying the old person (which is all of us at first) to bring in the new person (which is also us, being changed to become the Lord Jesus Christ).

We learned that Jesus Christ preached through Noah for 120 years, but no one listened to Him. This answers one of your questions.

Q – In Hebrews 11:7 it states that Noah prepared an ark to the saving of his house. Was Noah being selfish that it was only his family he was preparing the ark for?

So now that we know Noah preached for 120 years while he was preparing the ark, we now know that he was not being selfish. He would have been glad if others had joined him and his family in the ark.

The same thing is true today. The Lord is also preaching through His family, His house. In the last study, we learned that His family is the people who obey Him.

1Pe 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

This house is a spiritual house, not some physical building that the religious people of the world thinks will please the Lord.

1Pe 2:5 you also as living stones are built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

So when the Lord Jesus Christ comes back, His family (like Noah and his family) are the only ones who will be saved in the first resurrection. They will rule the earth for “a thousand years”.

Rev 20:5 – 6 (CEV) These people are the first to be raised to life, and they are especially blessed and holy. The second death has no power over them. They will be priests for God and Christ and will rule with them for a thousand years. No other dead people were raised to life until a thousand years later.

But the Lord is not selfish either. After that thousand years that the elect will rule, He will also save all people in the second resurrection. Saving the world is what the Father sent Him to do:

Joh 3:17 God did not send his Son into the world to condemn its people. He sent him to save them!

Let’s continue the story of Noah:

Gen 6:14 Make yourself an ark of gopher wood. Make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and out with pitch.
Gen 6:15 This is how you are to make it: the length of the ark 300 cubits, its breadth 50 cubits, and its height 30 cubits.
Gen 6:16 Make a roof for the ark, and finish it to a cubit above, and set the door of the ark in its side. Make it with lower, second, and third decks.

So God instructed Noah to build an ark made of wood and to cover it inside and out with pitch. Pitch (also called bitumen or asphalt) is a black and sticky substance that can be naturally found in earth deposits.

Today, it is mainly used as a glue to make asphalt concrete. Asphalt concrete as some of you may know already, is used to make our roads and highways. Pitch is also used today in waterproofing products such as roofing felt.

So now you can see why God instructed Noah to cover the ark with pitch inside and out. This pitch helps the wooden parts of the ark to stick together and also helps the ark to be waterproof.

Let’s look at another one of your questions:

Q – Why is it called an ark instead of a ship? Are they the same thing?

The Bible uses two different words for “ark” and for “ship”.

Here’s the Hebrew word for ark:

H8392
תֵּבָה
têbâh
tay-baw’
Perhaps of foreign derivation; a box: – ark.

And here’s the Hebrew word for ship:

H591
אֳנִיָּה
‘onı̂yâh
on-ee-yaw’
Feminine of H590; a ship: – ship ([-men]).

The main difference between an ark and a ship is that a ship is designed to go somewhere, that’s why it has a streamlined shape (smooth, sleek). The ark on the other hand, as the Hebrew word’s definition say is boxy in shape. It’s only designed to float. Where it lands is totally up to God, unlike a ship which is steered by its captain.

Now let’s see how big this box is.

Gen 6:15 This is how you are to make it: the length of the ark 300 cubits, its breadth 50 cubits, and its height 30 cubits.

So what is a cubit? A cubit is the length of a forearm, or when you measure the tip of your middle finger to your elbow. Scholars say it’s typically 18 inches or a foot and a half.

With that in mind, let’s read Gen 6:15 from the CEV translation:

Gen 6:15 Make it four hundred fifty feet long, seventy-five feet wide, and forty-five feet high.

450 ft long x 75 ft wide x 45 ft high…that’s a huge box! It had to be because it needed to hold all of the land animals and birds that God wanted Noah to take. It also needed to hold all of their food that they would need during the flood.

To put it in perspective, my house is 800 square foot per level. Noah’s ark had 33,750 square foot per level (length x width = 450 x 75). So Noah’s ark is more than 42 times bigger than my house!

It also had 3 stories like my house:

Gen 6:16 Build a roof on the boat and leave a space of about eighteen inches between the roof and the sides. Make the boat three stories high and put a door on one side.

The main difference is that I only have 8 foot ceilings. Noah’s ark, if he divided the levels equally, would have had 15 foot ceilings in each level. So the ark was almost twice as high as my house!

Remember, Noah had 120 years to build this gigantic box.

Gen 6:3 And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.

That’s what is meant by Gen 6:3, that God will bring in the flood after 120 years. A lot of people misunderstand this verse as saying God is limiting man’s life after the flood to 120 years. If that is the case, the LORD would have lied, because there are many reports of people who lived for more than 120 years after the flood.

So having 120 years to build it, it is not hard to imagine how Noah built this gigantic box. Could he have used tools? Or as one of you asked:

Q – Where did Noah get the tools to build the ark?

The answer is yes, he could have used tools. Let’s look at these verses:

Gen 4:16 And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.
Gen 4:17 And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch.
Gen 4:18 And unto Enoch was born Irad: and Irad begat Mehujael: and Mehujael begat Methusael: and Methusael begat Lamech.
Gen 4:19 And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah.
Gen 4:20 And Adah bare Jabal: he was the father of such as dwell in tents, and of such as have cattle.
Gen 4:21 And his brother’s name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ.
Gen 4:22 And Zillah, she also bare Tubalcain, an instructer of every artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of Tubalcain was Naamah.

This part of the Bible is telling us of the generations or the descendants of Cain after he was banished by God for killing his brother Abel. These people, if you remember, are the ones called daughters of man in Gen. 6:2.

Gen 6:2 the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose.

Anyway, this part also tells us of a great grandson of Cain named Tubalcain.

Gen 4:22 And Zillah, she also bare Tubalcain, an instructer of every artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of Tubalcain was Naamah.

Let’s read that verse from the CEV:

Gen 4:22 Lamech and Zillah had a son named Tubal Cain who made tools out of bronze (brass or copper is the proper translation) and iron. They also had a daughter, whose name was Naamah.

So you see how this verse shows you that even people back then used tools made of copper and iron. It’s not hard to imagine Noah using a hammer and a saw to build the ark. Of course he had to get the metals from the earth, the same place where people nowadays get metals.

So are there spiritual lessons from what we have learned so far?

Yes indeed!

Let’s look at pitch, the material that God told Noah to use to cover the ark inside and out.

Gen 6:14 Make yourself an ark of gopher wood. Make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and out with pitch.

We saw the helpful qualities of pitch, that it glues the ark together and it makes it waterproof. What do these qualities mean spiritually?

The ark is a symbol of God’s elect. The ark is what He used to save Noah and his family. The elect or Christ’s body is what He will use to save the elect and the rest of mankind.

So the ark being glued together by pitch, inside and out, is the symbol of the body of Christ being united, “fitted together and compacted”.

Eph 4:16 from whom the whole body, fitted together and compacted by that which every joint supplies, according to the effectual working in the measure of each part, producing the growth of the body to the edifying of itself in love.

Because Christ’s body has one head, Jesus Christ, there is no jealousy or division among its members. Every member provides something for the other members.

There are teachers in the body like me, there are those who provide music, there are those who provide financial help to those who need it. We pray for each other, we encourage each other, and we give advice to each other in how to live a Godly life.

That’s what makes the body grow, when every part does what it’s supposed to do.

The members of the body have one mind, the mind of Jesus Christ who is also one with His Father.

Joh 17:22 The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one,

So when the apostle Paul heard that there were quarrels among the church members during his time, he encouraged them to settle these quarrels.

1Co 1:10 But I exhort [encourage] you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing and that there be no divisions among you; but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

That is the role of the leaders within the church, to make sure there are no members of the body that are fighting each other. We make sure we believe the same things (having the same mind) and there is no one who is spreading false teachings.

How about the quality of the pitch as waterproofing? If water comes into the ark, it will sink. The people and animals inside it will drown; they will all die!

The body of Christ works the same way. The members protect each other from false teachings that can cause spiritual death.

Here is apostle Paul again warning the elders and leaders in the church:

Act 20:28 Therefore take heed [take care] to yourselves, and to all the flock in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to feed the church of God which He has purchased with His own blood.
Act 20:29 I know that after I am gone, others will come like fierce wolves to attack you.
Act 20:30 Some of your own people will tell lies to win over the Lord’s followers.
Act 20:31 Be on your guard! Remember how day and night for three years I kept warning you with tears in my eyes.
Act 20:32 I now place you in God’s care. Remember the message about his great kindness! This message can help you and give you what belongs to you as God’s people.

Did you see that, kids? The apostle warned about others who will come like fierce wolves and attack the body of Christ. Maybe not physically, but they will attack the teachings of the body of Christ. They will tell you that what we teach you is not true.

Not only that, Paul also warned that “some of your people” will tell lies to win over the Lord’s followers. In other words, some members will try to cause divisions within the body. So the leaders and each member of the body need to be on guard to not let this happen.

So what about this pitch that covers the ark inside and out? Is this pitch a symbol or a code word for something?

1Jn 2:2 And he [Jesus Christ] is the propitiation [atonement, covering] for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

So Jesus Christ is the “pitch” that glues the body together. He is the “pitch” that protects the body from getting destroyed by false teachings. He is the covering for our sins, and not for ours only…

1Jn 2:2 And he [Jesus Christ] is the propitiation [atonement, covering] for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

Homework:

1) Find at least 2 more verses in the Bible (other than the ones used in this study) that talks about the unity of the body of Christ.

2) Using e-sword, find and read all the verses in the Old Testament that uses the Hebrew word for “ark” as in this verse:

Gen 6:14 Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.

3) Using e-sword, find and read all the verses in the New Testament that uses the Greek word for “ark” as in this verse:

Heb 11:7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

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