Noah lived over four thousand years ago, very near the beginning of the Bible story. Things in the world had not gone well since Adam and Eve broke God’s rules in the Garden of Eden. You can read more about this story in Genesis Chapters 1-3. As time passed, more and more people turned their backs on God and their behaviour went from bad to worse. God was very sad that the humans he had made acted in this way.

Noah wasn’t perfect, but he really wanted to live God’s way. So God told him to build a very big boat that could contain all the different kinds of animals – a sort of floating zoo! So Noah and his wife, their three sons and their wives (eight people in total) built the boat and gathered the animals inside it. Once the door was closed God sent a heavy rain that covered everything with water for a long time. At last the rain stopped and after waiting a while Noah sent out a raven and then a dove to see if they could find land.

Noah and his family were safe and well – kept safe by God. Then God promised that he would not flood the whole world again, so people need not be afraid everytime it rained. Every time you see a rainbow in the sky, you are looking at the sign God gave Noah to remind him of this promise. In Genesis 9 verse 16 we can read these words, “When I see the rainbow in the clouds I will remember the eternal covenant (lasting promise) between God and every living creature on earth.” (New Living Translation)

To find out more, read...
Genesis Chapters 6-8; 9:12-17

and watch Friends and Heroes...
Series 2 Episode 27, “Hope”

Noah and the Ark