For many hundreds of years after
Adam and Eve were made to
leave the Garden of Eden, the
people on the earth grew and grew.
They spread out over the earth.
Since Adam and Eve had disobeyed
God, and learned that there was
wicked things in the world, this was
passed on to other people. As people
learned more about the world, they also
learned more ways to be evil.
People forgot that they were children
of God and were supposed to follow
God's commandments. They grew
even more wicked.
God decided that man had grow so
evil and wicked the He was
sorry He had created human beings.
God decided to destroy the earth
and all the evil things in it. But, there
was one man who did not
forget God. He tried to please God.
His name was Noah. God spoke
to Noah and told him that the world
had grown so wicked that He was
going to destroy all of the wickedness
with a great flood. This flood would
cover the earth. But, God promised
Noah that he and his family would be
saved from the flood. And that he
was to save one mother and one father
of each animal on the earth also.,p>
God told Noah to build an ark. Those
to be saved would be protected from
the waters of the flood in this ark.
Noah did as God commanded him.
The other people around made terrible fun
of Noah. They thought he was silly
to be making such a huge ark. As they grew
even more wicked, Noah continued to
work on the ark as God had told him.
The rains began and the
waters began to rise. Noah and his
family and all of the animals in the
ark were kept safe. It continued to rain
for 40 days and 40 nights.
The waters rose until the earth
was completely covered. Every living
thing died in the terrible flood
except for those in the ark.
For 150 days the earth was covered
with water and then the waters
began to recede from the earth. Noah
had been in the ark for 9 months when
the tops of the mountains appeared above
water was low enough for them to leave
the ark. He sent out a raven and a dove.
The raven never returned. The dove, finding no
place to set down to rest, returned to
the ark. Seven days later, Noah again sent
out the dove. This time it returned
with an olive branch. Noah knew
then that at least part of the
earth was dry enough for plants to grow.
Noah waited 7 more days and sent
the dove out again. This time it did
not return. Noah then knew it
was time to leave the ark.
As soon as they had left the ark,
Noah built an altar and gave thanks to
God for saving them from the flood.
God was pleased and promised Noah
that He would never again destroy
the living creatures as He had done
with the great flood. The world was
again given to man for his use. The same
way it had been given to Adam and Eve.
God showed Noah a rainbow. The very
rainbow that we see in the sky after
a rain. God told him that this would always
be the sign of His promise.
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