Peter told about the people who “because they formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water. Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” Peter says their salvation is an example for us to obey God and to be baptized in Christ.
Jesus said Noah’s experiences should be a warning to us that Jesus could return at any time.
“Just as they did in those days, people will be eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage when Jesus comes in judgment. “For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark” Matthew 24:28
Why is Noah such an excellent example of faith?
Genesis 2:5, 6 tells us that “the LORD God had not caused it to rain on the land, and there was no man to work the ground, and a mist was going up from the land and was watering the whole face of the ground–“
That means that for 120 years, while he built the ark: 1. Noah preached to people about a flood they’d never seen before 2. He warned of massive rains they’d never experienced 3. He built a boat unlike any they’d ever beheld
Why Did Noah Believe?
God said so. That alone would have been enough for Noah.
Noah was only 2 generations removed from a man who had seen God’s judgment first hand. Adam. (Enosh was his grandson, living at the time of Noah)
II Peter 3:5-7 “For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God, and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished. But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.”
People Question Noah (God)
- How could Noah have gotten so many different animals on the ark? After all, not only did Noah take on board 2 of every “unclean animal,” but he also had 7 of every “clean animal” (believed by many scholars to have been creatures acceptable for sacrifice). That’s a lot of animals to fit on such a tiny boat.
- Then, how could he have kept them fed and cared for? I mean, not only do you have to feed them, you’ve got to “clean up after ’em” after they’ve eaten. That’s would take a lot of shoveling for only 8 people.
- Are there any witnesses other than Scripture?
- Where is the evidence that such a flood occurred?
How Could He Get So Many in That Single Ark?
He only needed a couple of each animal.
He didn’t have to take on board adult animals.
The Ark was large. With a carrying capacity of nearly 14,000 tons he could move a lot. That’s equivalent to the space available on 522 freight train cars. With 3 decks, the Ark’s total floor space was just shy of 96,000 square feet – or roughly equivalent to 20 standard basketball courts. THAT’S A LOT OF STORAGE SPACE.
How Could Noah Have Cared and Fed All Those Animals?
We don’t know how God took care of that problem. The Bible doesn’t tell us. But one suggestion does have some credibility: Hibernation. Every group of vertebrate animals except birds and many invertebrates are capable of hibernating for great lengths of time.
In Genesis 1:29, 30 we learn that all that people and animals ate before the flood was plants. In Genesis 9:2,3 We learn that after the flood that now meat could be used as food.
Are There Other Witnesses to a Worldwide Flood?
Yes, we have records from other tribes and nations about a worldwide flood. This is evidence to the event taking place.
Is There Any Evidence that Such a Flood Could Have Taken Place?
Yes there is. For example on the tops of high mountains, researchers have found fossils of ocean creatures. Now there’s only a few ways such marine creatures could ever get up there – and Noah’s flood is one of those possibilities.
Many scientists suspect that an excellent example of the aftermath of Noah’s flood can be found in the Grand Canyon. For ages we’ve been told that the Grand Canyon is the result of a meandering river over a period of millions of years. But if you look at it closely, it resembles what we often see in miniature in a barren field after an extremely heavy rain – gulley’s.
Other Evidence: God
He spoke of it through Moses who wrote Genesis.
He spoke of it through the Apostle Peter.
He spoke of it through the writer of Hebrews
He spoke of it when God became flesh and walked among men
Summary: Noah believed God even though he couldn’t taste, touch or experiment on God. The design that he could see was his evidence. God’s word was the evidence—and he believed.