Children’s Study – Noah, Part 9
Noah – Part 9
Noah was given meat to eat
by Victor Torres
Hello dear children. We continue to study the hidden spiritual lessons in the story of Noah. In the previous study, we learned that we are completely disobedient to God at one point in our life. But if God has mercy on you in this life, He will start to change you to the image of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Eph 4:15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,
Let’s continue the story of Noah:
Gen 7:23 He blotted out every living thing that was on the face of the ground, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens. They were blotted out from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those who were with him in the ark.
Gen 7:24 And the waters prevailed on the earth 150 days.
Question – Why did the waters stay for 150 days?
Last time, we learned that the flood is a symbol of our baptism, or our fiery trials. Fiery trials are hard things that happen to us. Those who believe in God believe that everything is eventually works for their own good.
Rom 8:28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
It must have been hard for Noah and his family to stay there in the ark for 150 days. If you are one of those people, and you don’t have enough faith, you might have been worried that the food might not be enough for you and the animals that are with you. Remember, they can’t eat any of the animals because God only gave them plants to eat.
Gen 1:29 And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.
Gen 1:30 And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so.
Fifty = freedom
In the Old Testament, the chosen people of God, the Israelites, celebrated jubilee, where they declare that everyone in the land is free from debt. They release all the slaves and let them go back to their families.
Lev 25:10 And let this fiftieth year be kept holy, and say publicly that everyone in the land is free from debt: it is the Jubilee, and every man may go back to his heritage and to his family.
Lev 25:11 Let this fiftieth year be the Jubilee: no seed may be planted, and that which comes to growth of itself may not be cut, and the grapes may not be taken from the uncared-for vines.
The Jubilee is a symbol of our freedom from being slaves of our sinful bodies. There will come a time in your life that you will be able to control your body, and you will have control over your sins. It doesn’t mean you will be completely sinless while you have this sinful body, but your sins will get fewer and fewer.
Rom 6:12 (LEB) Sin must no longer rule in your mortal bodies, so that you obey the desires of your natural self.
Rom 6:13 Nor must you surrender any part of yourselves to sin to be used for wicked purposes. Instead, give yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life, and surrender your whole being to him to be used for righteous purposes.
Rom 6:14 For sin will not be master over you, because you are not under law, but under grace.
So the flood waters staying for 150 days is 3 x 50 = the process (the number 3) of Jesus Christ freeing us (the number 50) from sin.
Isa 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
Jas 1:25 But you must never stop looking at the perfect law that sets you free. God will bless you in everything you do, if you listen and obey, and don’t just hear and forget.
The measurements of the ark, especially its breadth (or width of 50 cubits) is a symbol of the freedom we enjoy in Christ.
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.
This freedom will be enjoyed by all men of all time when God is also ruling in their hearts.
Gen 8:1 But God remembered Noah [Noah and his family is a symbol of Christ and His spiritual family] and all the beasts and all the livestock that were with him in the ark [a symbol of all mankind]. And God made a wind blow over the earth, and the waters subsided.
Gen 8:2 The fountains of the deep and the windows of the heavens were closed, the rain from the heavens was restrained,
Gen 8:3 and the waters receded from the earth continually. At the end of 150 days the waters had abated,
Gen 8:4 and in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat.
Gen 8:5 And the waters continued to abate until the tenth month; in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains were seen.
Gen 8:6 At the end of forty days Noah opened the window of the ark that he had made
Gen 8:7 and sent forth a raven. It went to and fro until the waters were dried up from the earth.
Question – Why did Noah send out a raven and wait for 7 days?
So physically speaking, Noah sent a raven to know if the flood water is dried up. But there is a spiritual meaning to why Noah sent a raven first. Noah knew that the raven is an unclean bird:
Lev 11:13 (LITV) And these you shall count unclean among the fowls; they shall not be eaten; they are unclean: the eagle, and the black vulture and the bearded vulture,
Lev 11:14 and the kite, and the falcon, according to its kind;
Lev 11:15 every raven according to its kind.
The raven is a symbol of the unclean spirits that Christ sends to us to blind us first.
1Sa 16:14 (BBE) Now the spirit of the Lord had gone from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord was troubling him.
1Sa 16:15 And Saul’s servants said to him, See now, an evil spirit from God is troubling you.
Our Lord Jesus Christ confirmed this truth Himself:
Joh 9:39 And Jesus said, I have come into this world for judgment, that they who do not see might see, and that they who see might be made blind.
The Lord sends these evil spirits to us not to be cruel to us, but He wants us to cry out to Him, to ask for His help. He is merciful when you cry out to Him, and He will send you the holy spirit (symbolized by the dove that Noah sends next) to comfort you in your troubles.
Gen 8:8 Then he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters had subsided from the face of the ground.
Gen 8:9 But the dove found no place to set her foot, and she returned to him to the ark, for the waters were still on the face of the whole earth. So he put out his hand and took her and brought her into the ark with him.
Gen 8:10 He waited another seven days, and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark.
Gen 8:11 And the dove came back to him in the evening, and behold, in her mouth was a freshly plucked olive leaf. So Noah knew that the waters had subsided from the earth.
Gen 8:12 Then he waited another seven days and sent forth the dove, and she did not return to him anymore.
Gen 8:13 In the six hundred and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried from off the earth. And Noah removed the covering of the ark and looked, and behold, the face of the ground was dry.
Gen 8:14 In the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth had dried out.
Gen 8:15 Then God said to Noah,
Gen 8:16 “Go out from the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you.
Gen 8:17 Bring out with you every living thing that is with you of all flesh—birds and animals and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth—that they may swarm on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth.”
Gen 8:18 So Noah went out, and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him.
Gen 8:19 Every beast, every creeping thing, and every bird, everything that moves on the earth, went out by families from the ark.
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.
Gen 8:21 And when the LORD smelled the pleasing aroma, the LORD said in his heart, “I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the intention of man’s heart is evil from his youth. Neither will I ever again strike down every living creature as I have done.
Gen 8:22 While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.”
Gen 9:1 And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.
Gen 9:2 The fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth and upon every bird of the heavens, upon everything that creeps on the ground and all the fish of the sea. Into your hand they are delivered.
Gen 9:3 Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything.
Question – After the flood, why did God let the animals and men eat meat?
Physically speaking, God let the animals and men eat meat so that they all have something to eat while the trees and plants regrow. And as some of you probably guessed, there is a spiritual meaning to God letting Noah and the animals eat meat.
Joh 6:63 (GW) Life is spiritual. Your physical existence doesn’t contribute to that life. The words that I have spoken to you are spiritual. They are life.
Here’s the apostle Paul telling us what eating plants and eating meat means.
Rom 14:2 Some people’s faith allows them to eat anything, but the person who is weak in the faith eats only vegetables [plants].
Rom 14:3 The person who will eat anything [including meat, this is the person with the strong faith] is not to despise [hate] the one who doesn’t; while the one who eats only vegetables is not to pass judgment on the one who will eat anything; for God has accepted that person.
Rom 14:4 Who are you [the person with the weak faith] to judge the servants of someone else? It is their own Master who will decide whether they succeed or fail. And they [the person with the strong faith] will succeed, because the Lord is able to make them succeed.
So that is what it means to eat only plants and to eat anything including meat. We all start as having weak faiths (symbolized by mankind being given only plants to eat), but after we go through some trials (something bad happens to us or to our loved ones, for example) our faith becomes stronger (symbolized by Noah and his family being given meat to eat).
Those who are more mature are encouraged to be welcoming and loving to those who are new in the body of Christ.
Rom 14:1 And him who is weak in the faith receive ye—not to determinations of reasonings;
“Not to determinations of reasonings” means the mature people should not argue about how to understand the Bible. They need to be patient to those who are new in the church, just as the more mature parents need to show patience to their kids.
Those who are less mature are told not to judge those who are more mature.
In our physical family, the kids need to realize that their parents have gone through a lot of life experiences and have learned a lot of lessons through the years. They need to listen carefully when their parents give them advice because ignoring them can only result in the kids getting into bad situations.
In our spiritual family, there are leaders in the church that work hard to care for members. Every member are encouraged to be thoughtful of these leaders.
1Th 5:12 My friends, we ask you to be thoughtful of your leaders who work hard and tell you how to live for the Lord.
1Th 5:13 Show them great respect and love because of their work. Try to get along with each other.
These leaders have gone through much study of the Word of God and have gone through various trials. Through these (studying, meditating, trials), God has equipped the leaders to feed the flock and take care of them against those who want to teach them false doctrines (teachings that are not in the Bible). Here’s Paul talking to the elders (those who are mature, those who have strong faith) in Ephesus:
Act 20:16 For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus, so that he might not have to spend time in Asia, for he was hastening to be at Jerusalem, if possible, on the day of Pentecost.
Act 20:17 Now from Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called the elders of the church to come to him.
Act 20:18 And when they came to him, he said to them: “You yourselves know how I lived among you the whole time from the first day that I set foot in Asia,
Act 20:19 serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials that happened to me through the plots of the Jews;
Act 20:20 how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you in public and from house to house,
Act 20:21 testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Act 20:22 And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, constrained by the Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there,
Act 20:23 except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me.
Act 20:24 But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
Act 20:25 And now, behold, I know that none of you among whom I have gone about proclaiming the kingdom will see my face again.
Act 20:26 Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all,
Act 20:27 for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God.
Act 20:28 Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained 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.
Act 20:33 I have never wanted anyone’s money or clothes.
Act 20:34 You know how I have worked with my own hands to make a living for myself and my friends.
Act 20:35 By everything I did, I showed how you should work to help everyone who is weak. Remember that our Lord Jesus said, “More blessings come from giving than from receiving.”
Act 20:36 After Paul had finished speaking, he knelt down with all of them and prayed.
Act 20:37 Everyone cried and hugged and kissed him.
Act 20:38 They were especially sad because Paul had told them, “You will never see me again.” Then they went with him to the ship.
The verses above tells us some of the qualities a leader in the church has. When you grow up, I hope you remember these things before you follow anyone. It is not a small matter to find true followers of Christ who you want to follow yourselves.
1Co 11:1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.
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