Noah was an honest man, and he obeyed God. But he was surrounded by disobedient people. Their disobedience grieved God.
God said to Noah in Genesis 6: 14, "Make an ark of gopherwood." So he did. The length of the ark was three hundred cubits. Its width was fifty cubits. Its height was thirty cubits.
How do cubits compare to the imperial measuring system of inches, feet, and yards? One cubit is the distance between your dad's elbow and the tip of his middle finger. How many inches is one cubit? Grab measuring tape and extend it from your dad's elbow to the tip of his middle finger to find the answer.
Noah, his family, and two of every kind of animal entered the ark. The Bible tells us the Lord shut the door to the ark behind them. Everyone in the ark was safe. Then God brought the rain for forty days and flooded the earth.
God made a wind pass over the earth. The flood was over. He set a rainbow in the sky as a promise to us. In Genesis 8:32, God said, "I will never again curse the ground for man's sake...nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done."
Whenever you see God's rainbow across the sky, remember that He always keeps His promises.
Can you spot the sheep in the above painting of the animals entering the ark two-by-two? God cares about sheep so much he saved a place for them on the ark.
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Parent Tip: Visit the zoo with your child and talk about the similarities and differences between the animals portrayed in different paintings of Noah's ark and those they experience at the zoo. By applying information in other settings, you're teaching your child to process information at a higher cognitive level.