Children’s Study – Noah, Part 5

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Noah – Part 5

“Noah did all that the LORD had commanded him”

by Victor Torres

Hello dear children. Last week we learned the difference between an ark and a ship. The ark was designed to float and to totally depend on God to determine where it would land. A ship however, depends on its captain to navigate where it will land.

This difference is also true between the church of God and the other churches of the world. The church of God is led by its Head, Jesus Christ. The other churches are led by men who lord it over their members. Let’s look at a story where our Lord Himself tells us that leaders of the church should not lord over their members:

Mat 20:20 Then the wife of Zebedee came to Jesus with her two sons, bowed before him, and asked him for a favor.
Mat 20:21 “What do you want?” Jesus asked her. She answered, “Promise me that these two sons of mine will sit at your right and your left when you are King.”
Mat 20:22 “You don’t know what you are asking for,” Jesus answered the sons. “Can you drink the cup of suffering that I am about to drink?” “We can,” they answered.
Mat 20:23 “You will indeed drink from my cup,” Jesus told them, “but I do not have the right to choose who will sit at my right and my left. These places belong to those for whom my Father has prepared them.”
Mat 20:24 When the other ten disciples heard about this, they became angry with the two brothers.
Mat 20:25 So Jesus called them all together and said, “You know that the rulers of the heathen [unbeliever] have power over them, and the leaders have complete authority.
Mat 20:26 This, however, is not the way it shall be among you. If one of you wants to be great, you must be the servant of the rest;
Mat 20:27 and if one of you wants to be first, you must be the slave of the others—
Mat 20:28 like the Son of Man, who did not come to be served, but to serve and to give his life to redeem [save] many people.”

We also learned that the ark is a symbol of Christ and His church. The ark was covered with pitch, which acts as a glue that holds the parts together. The pitch also protected the ark from water, which would have killed those who are inside if it filled the ark. We learned that this pitch symbolizes none other than our Lord who keeps the members of the church united and also protects the church from the its enemies.

Here is a link to a pitch lake in Trinidad if you wish to learn more about it. La Brea Pitch Lake

The Lord told Noah to cover the ark with pitch 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.

Can you imagine how hard this would have been? Last week, we learned that the base of the ark itself is 33,750 square feet. Then we learned that the ark had three levels, so Noah would have needed to make two platforms of the same size to divide the ark into those three levels. When we count the roof, that would be a fourth platform of the same size. There would be a cutout to connect all three levels of the ark, but for simplicity, we will just compute the total area of those four rectangular platforms. Now Noah had to cover the ark inside and out, so that is both sides of those platforms.

So four platforms times two (both sides) will be eight sides. Eight multiplied by the area of the base (33,750) will be 270,000 square feet! And that’s just the base, the two platforms that divided the ark into three levels and the roof. We haven’t counted the area of the sides!

The point I’m trying to make is that obedience to God is not a walk in the park. It involves a lot of effort and diligence. It also involves teamwork. I’m pretty sure Noah was helped by his wife, his three sons and their wives on building the ark. This is a symbol of Jesus Christ being helped by every member of His family to build His church. Every member has to contribute to the growth of the church. He doesn’t want any lazy servants.

Rom 12:10 Love one another warmly as Christians, and be eager to show respect for one another.
Rom 12:11 Work hard and do not be lazy. Serve the Lord with a heart full of devotion.

Let’s continue the story of Noah and also look at some more of your questions.

Gen 6:17 For behold, I will bring a flood of waters upon the earth to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life under heaven. Everything that is on the earth shall die.
Gen 6:18 But I will establish [set up] my covenant [agreement] with you, and you shall come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you.

God told Noah that He would destroy all the people and animals on the earth, but He made an agreement with Noah that He would save him and his family through the ark.

Gen 6:19 And of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every sort into the ark to keep them alive with you. They shall be male and female.
Gen 6:20 Of the birds according to their kinds, and of the animals according to their kinds, of every creeping thing of the ground, according to its kind, two of every sort shall come in to you to keep them alive.

If God commanded Noah to take two of every type of animal, male and female, then what about dinosaurs? How could they fit, and where are they now?

To answer how the dinosaurs could have fit, we must understand that the Biblical word “kinds” used in Gen 6:20 is not the same as the man-made word “species”. Those two terms used to mean the same thing, a group of animals that can have babies together. So there was a time when wolves and coyotes are the same “kinds” or “species”, because a wolf and a coyote can have babies, and those babies can have babies. But now, wolves and coyotes are classified as different species.

So Noah could have just brought a pair of wolves back then, and from those pair of wolves came the coyotes and all the other breeds of domestic dogs that we know of today, because they are all the same kind.

Look at all the races of people today. We are all one human kind, we are all descendants of Noah. Don’t believe the lie that there are different human kinds (neanderthals, Homo erectus, Homo habilis, and the recently discovered Homo naledi) and that all of these human kinds came from apes.

Noah would have brought young dinosaurs and the young of all the other animals. God’s instruction was to bring a male and female of the kinds of animals. Bringing in adults of large animals such as elephants or giraffes, as you can imagine, would have made it impossible to fit them in the ark, and they would have required much more food.

Gen 6:21 Also take with you every sort of food that is eaten, and store it up. It shall serve as food for you and for them.

How did we get the plants we have now, did Noah have seeds to plant?

We know that Noah had seeds, because we are told that he farmed the land and he planted a vineyard.

Gen 9:20 And Noah began to be a husbandman. And he planted a vineyard.

Another way that we could have gotten the plants that we have now is that the seeds that those animals (including the birds) ate were passed to the ground through their waste, and the seeds sprouted.

Another way that the plants that we have today could have survived the flood, is having their seeds floating with the debris that was floating during the flood.

Gen 6:22 Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him.

How did Noah do all that the Lord God commanded him to do?

We can now see how difficult a task building the ark would have been for Noah. It would have been also very difficult for him to cover the ark with pitch inside and out. But God gave Noah a family to help him. He also gave them the skills and tools that they needed to build this gigantic ark. God gave them all that they needed, to do all that God had commanded them. It is the same way today with God’s family. He gives them everything they need to obey all that God commands them to do.

2Co 3:5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;

Let’s read that beautiful verse from the CEV:

2Co 3:5 We don’t have the right to claim that we have done anything on our own. God gives us what it takes to do all that we do.

One of the lessons we can learn from this is that we shouldn’t brag about anything that we do for God. We cannot do anything without Him. Even our strength comes from Him.

Another lesson that we should learn from Noah is how he and his family worked together to build the ark which was used to save their family. Last time we looked at this verse:

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.

There is a very good reason why God used the human body as a symbol of His church. Think about your body; every part of it is important, and every part of your body does something for the good of the body. That’s how it works also with the church of Christ. All of the parts are united. Even though each part does something different, some are teachers, some are listeners, some are evangelists, some are helpers, but every member works for the good of the whole body. No one member says “I don’t need that other member.”

1Co 12:21 Yet the eye can not say to the hand, “I have no need of you, or, again, the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.”

Last week, I asked you to look for other verses in the Bible that talks about the unity or “being one” of the body of Christ. And here are the verses that some of you found:

Eph 4:1 I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beseech you that you walk worthy of the calling with which you are called,
Eph 4:2 with all lowliness and meekness, with long-suffering, forbearing one another in love,
Eph 4:3 endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

“Endeavoring” means trying hard to achieve something. And what is that thing that each member of the body of Christ must try hard to achieve? “To keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Keeping the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace is having the same understanding of the Bible. It means having the same love for one another.

Eph 4:4 There is one body and one Spirit, even as you are called in one hope of your calling,
Eph 4:5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
Eph 4:6 one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in you all.

Look at the churches of this world, and you will find they are not united at all. They all have different teachings. They are certainly not one body and one Spirit. They certainly don’t have one Lord or one faith.

Psa 133:1 A Song of degrees; of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity!
Psa 133:2 It is like the precious ointment on the head that ran down on the beard, Aaron’s beard, that went down to the mouth of his garments;
Psa 133:3 like the dew of Hermon that came down on the mountains of Zion; for there the LORD commanded the blessing, life forevermore.

It is only inside His body, the church, that “the Lord commanded the blessing, life forevermore”. In due time, all will be a part of His body. But for now, it is only those that are “dwelling together in unity”.

Ecc 4:9 Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labor.
Ecc 4:10 For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow; but woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he does not have another to help him.

Again this is talking about the advantages of being in a body. When you need help, whether it is physical or spiritual help that you need, the other members of the body are there to help you. Look at your physical body. Have you ever broken a leg or do you know someone who has broken a leg? You see how the other parts of the body are helping out to protect that broken leg and help it heal. The other leg will bear most of the burden when the person who has that broken leg wants to walk. But if he’s using crutches, the arms, shoulders and his upper body are also helping that person to walk.

Ecc 4:11 Again, if two lie together, then they have warmth; but how can one be warm alone?
Ecc 4:12 And if one overthrows him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

You can also see the value of teamwork in your family or at school. It is much easier to achieve something difficult, like building a gigantic ark, if there are others helping you.

Let’s continue the story of Noah:

Gen 7:1 Then the LORD said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and all your household, for I have seen that you are righteous before me in this generation.
Gen 7:2 Take with you seven pairs of all clean animals, the male and his mate, and a pair of the animals that are not clean, the male and his mate,
Gen 7:3 and seven pairs of the birds of the heavens also, male and female, to keep their offspring alive on the face of all the earth.
Gen 7:4 For in seven days I will send rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and every living thing that I have made I will blot out from the face of the ground.”
Gen 7:5 And Noah did all that the LORD had commanded him.

Seven days before God would cause it to rain nonstop for forty days and forty nights, Noah was instructed by God to take seven pairs of clean animals and a pair of unclean animals (Gen 7:2). This is again a huge task, because God wants every “kind” of land animals and every “kind” of birds to be on the ark. But again we are told in Genesis 7:5:

Gen 7:5 And Noah did all that the LORD had commanded him.

If you remember, the reason God made Noah take seven pairs of clean animals instead of just a pair is because God wanted Noah to sacrifice some of the clean animals to Him.

Gen 8:20 Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and took some of every clean animal and some of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar.

Animal sacrifices were performed during the Old Testament times, but we don’t do it anymore today. We now know that animal sacrifice is a symbol or code words for the sacrifice that our Lord Jesus Christ and His body performs today.

Rom 12:1 Dear friends, God is good. So I beg you to offer your bodies to him as a living sacrifice, pure and pleasing. That’s the most sensible way to serve God.
Rom 12:2 Don’t be like the people of this world, but let God change the way you think. Then you will know how to do everything that is good and pleasing to him.

That is how you offer up yourself a living sacrifice to God, by living a pure life that is pleasing to Him. We also become a living sacrifice to God when we are not like the people of this world.

Do you want to be rich or famous like the people of this world? Do you celebrate Christmas or birthdays like the people of this world? If so, you are not living a life that will make God happy, and He will not include you in the first resurrection.

Remember, God only wants clean animals to be sacrificed to Him. This is a symbol or code words of God wanting us to sacrifice a clean, pure life to Him.

Noah is a good example of someone who obeyed God by not living like the people around him lived. He listened carefully to God’s instructions and he did all that the Lord had commanded him.

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