Gen 6:5 Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was
great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts
of his heart was only evil continually.
Gen 6:11-15 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the
earth was filled with violence. So God looked upon the
earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had
corrupted their way on the earth. And God said to Noah,
"The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is
filled with violence through them; and behold, I will
destroy them with the earth. "Make yourself an ark of
gopherwood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and
outside with pitch. "And this is how you shall make it . .
The earth had become completely corrupt so God sent a great
flood to punish sinful mankind but He would not break His
promise to redeem man so He preserved the lives of Noah and
His family as well as two of every kind of living creature
in an ark (a large wooden ship).
The Ark was about 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet
high. It had three decks and was divided into compartments.
Calculations have been made estimating that there was room
in the Ark for 7000 species of animals.
Gen 7:11-12 . . . on that day all the fountains of the
great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were
opened. And the rain was on the earth forty days and forty
The flood covered the entire world. After a period of 150
days the Ark rested on Mt. Ararat (17,000 ft.) 200 miles
North of the ancient city of Nineveh.
God also put a rainbow in the sky to be a constant reminder
that He would never destroy the world again by water. Yet
right after the flood, Noah`s son, Ham, sinned against God
by showing disrespect to his father, Noah (Gen 9) and Noah
cursed Ham`s son, Canaan, why we are not told. Then God
spoke through Noah again and prophesied about his three
sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth and also that the Messiah
would come through Shem`s family, and Japheth`s family
would share in that salvation.