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.
Gen 6:15 And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits.
Gen 6:16 A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it.
Gen 6:17 And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die.
Gen 6:18 But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives with thee.
Gen 6:19 And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female.
Gen 6:20 Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive.
Gen 6:21 And take thou unto thee of all food that is eaten, and thou shalt gather it to thee; and it shall be for food for thee, and for them.
Gen 6:22 Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.
We see an important principle at work in the detailed instructions that God gives Noah for the ark. Nothing has been left for Noah to do except to follow God’s prescribed commandments and accept His salvation. Through this we can also see how salvation is, in a way, a co-operative effort between both God and man.
God offers and man’s role is to choose his reaction by means of our free will.
Noah had to begin by believing God and what He was telling him:
1. That mankind or all created beings with the breath of life were wicked and He was going to destroy them.
2. That there was a means to escape this coming destruction.
3. This means of escape was designed by God and would be the only one available.
4. This would be more than a simple passing acknowledgement.
5. Noah would have to act in order for this deliverance to come about.
6. This would take great faith and effort for Noah to believe and act when circumstances spoke otherwise.
a. The flood waters
Up until the flood, nothing like rain had ever fallen upon the earth.
b. The many different animals
Could you imagine thinking about seeing all of the animals coming up and into the ark?
c. His family
Noah was 500 years old when his sons were born (Genesis 5:32)
He was 600 years old when the flood started (Genesis 7:11)
Looking at both of these dates, and knowing that God had given mankind 120 years (Genesis 6:3) then Noah would have been 480 years old when God gave him these instructions and this would have been before his children were born.
Verse 22 tells us that Noah did all that God had commanded him to do. He heard the Word of God and he followed the Way of God and his family followed.
Men, as husbands, fathers, leaders, we can learn a thing or two from this. If we do what God has prescribed for us, if we put Him first, then our family will follow.
That doesn’t mean that you have to lead devotions with your family, even though that would be good; this just means that you let them see you doing the right thing.
Let them see you pray in times of trouble, for grace, in thanks for God’s blessings. Let them see you reading the Word, studying the Scriptures, speaking them into your life.
When we do this, when we put the Lord first, and follow His plan, they will follow in our footsteps.
It might not be immediate, it might be messy, it might be frustrating, but it will be fruitful in the end because the most important thing, the only thing is that we introduce them to Christ and let them see His place in our lives.
Fame, fortune, all the money in the world doesn’t matter if we don’t teach them about the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ and the salvation that can only come from God.