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Noah’s Shelter in Place Order

by Julie Hagemann

Isolation and Fear.

Oh they’re real, but nothing new…
How do you think Noah felt?

God instructed Noah to build a humongous boat. He told Noah what type of wood to use and gave him the dimensions. This was given in a measurement called a “cubit.” A cubit is about 18″ (about 45 centimeters) in length. That means the ark was about 450 feet long and 45 feet wide. The height of the ark was 45 feet and it was divided into three levels. (The ark was one-third the size of the Titanic)

While not exactly known, it is estimated that Noah likely needed around 80 years to build the ark. Besides all the animals, two by two, Noah and his family entered the ark alone. Then the Lord shut him in. (Genesis 7:16)

They waited in the ark for seven days before the flood began. Then it rained cats-and-dogs (get it?) for 40 days. The earth remained flooded for 150 days. After 150 days “at sea” the ark settled onto Mount Ararat.

Noah released a couple of different birds to help him discover if it was possible to leave the ark. The first was a raven that left and returned continuously until the waters receded. Then he released a dove. The dove, which he sent out a total of three times, did not have any place to rest the first time it was released, so it too returned to the ark. Seven days later, he sent the dove again; this time it brought back an olive branch. Another week after that, Noah sent out the dove again, but it never returned. Since there was proof of vegetation and dry ground, Noah knew that it was time to leave the ark.Noah and his children released the animals from the ark and they built an altar to the Lord (Genesis 8:20).

God promised Noah that He would never destroy the earth again with a flood. As a token of His promise He sent a rainbow. Before the flood, God watered the earth with water from beneath it, so there hadn’t been an opportunity for a rainbow.

Some Takeaways:
God still instructs.
God allows doors to close.
If Noah can be cooped up in a boat that long, we can joyfully shelter in place for these next few weeks.
Build God a worship altar.
He’s still in the promise business.
The rainbow is a sign of His covenant.

Bonus material:
PRAY like you’re the third monkey trying to get on Noah’s ark.