In this 6th Grade Lesson, we study the Ark of Noah and the Great Flood.
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Noah's Sacrifice by Daniel Maclise
The story of Noah and the Flood is one that you probably know well. You might even think about it when you see a rainbow.
A long time ago, 2348 years before Jesus was born, there was a man named Noah who lived with his wife and his three sons. His sons were named Shem, Ham, and Japheth. One day, God told Noah that the world had gotten so evil that there was going to be a huge flood. Everyone in the world would drown.
God told Noah to build an ark, to hold his family and two of every animal in the world. Noah and his sons built the ark. When they were done, they filled it with two of every animal, including cows and horses, rabbits and mice, and fleas and bees. The ark was big and sturdy enough to hold them all.
Then it started to rain. And as it rained, the rivers got higher and the lakes started to overflow. Then the water reached the houses and trees and covered them. Before long, the whole earth was covered with water. The only thing on the earth was the ark and Noah, his family, and the animals.
Noah and his family cared for each other and all the animals for forty days and forty nights. Then one day the rain stopped. There was just water as far as the eye could see. The whole earth was under water.
Noah sent out a raven to look for land. When it didn’t come back, Noah sent out a dove. The dove came back because there was no place for it to land. Noah waited a little while and then he sent the dove out again and it came back with an olive branch in its beak. This meant that the water was receding and they would see land soon. Noah waited another seven days and sent the dove out again. This time the dove didn’t come back, and Noah knew that it had found dry land and a place to build a nest.
Finally, the ark came to rest on Mt. Ararat. Noah and his family and all of the animals were able to walk on dry land. Noah released the animals so that they could fill the world again. Then Noah and his family worked to build a new home. God promised Noah that He would never again flood the earth, and to show how important this promise was to Him, God placed a rainbow in the sky. Whenever you see a rainbow in the sky, think of Noah and the Flood and God’s promise.
The story of Noah and the Flood reminds us that God doesn’t like sin. God never wanted sin to be part of the world that He made. God wiped the earth clean with the flood to give humans a new beginning. To mark this new beginning, He put the rainbow in the sky.
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