The Sons of God
And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born
That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they
took them wives of all which they chose.
And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is
flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after
that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and
they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.
God Plans the Flood
And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and
that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
(6:5) Every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
God decides to kill all living things because
the human imagination is evil. Later (8:21), after
he kills everything, he promises never to do it again because the human
imagination is evil. The mind of God is a frightening thing.
And it repented the LORD that he had made man
earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the
face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for
it repenteth me that I have made them.
But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
(6:7, 17) I will destroy ... both man and beast.
These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and
in his generations, and Noah walked with God.
And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.
And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh
had corrupted his way upon the earth.
And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the
earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in
the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.
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.
The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits.
Noah's ark is 450 feet long. The longest wooden
ships ever built were were about that size, but they required diagonal iron strapping for support. Even so,
they leaked so badly that they had to be pumped constantly. Are we to believe that Noah, with no shipbuilding
knowledge, was able to construct a wooden ship as long as the longest that have been built since?
But not only was the ark too big to be seaworthy, it was far too small to be
able to contain the earth's millions of plant and animal species.
A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou
above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third
stories shalt thou make it.
A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it.
God tells Noah to make one small window (18 inches square) for ventilation.
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.
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.
(6:17) Behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth,
to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life ... Every thing that is in the earth shall die.
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.
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
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.
Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.
(6:21) Take thou unto thee of all food that is eaten ... for
thee, and for them.