The narrative of blessed Noah, the wooden ark, and the terrible Flood in the Book of Genesis is probably one of the most controversial and yet most infamous passages in the whole Bible. The historic story is really centered around a worldwide disaster and a wooden ark for animals and Noah and his family.
The Old Testament states that Noah was six hundred years old when the flood occurred. This claim is found in Genesis 7:6, which states: “Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters came upon the earth.” Noah is said to have died at the age of 950 in Genesis 9:29.
This same chronicle has today, truly captured the minds and imaginations of men and women for centuries to come. Until modern days, many born-again believers presumed that the historic narrative actually referred to a real worldwide incident that happened in the recent past.
However, the truth in the living Bible, as well as the many discoveries of modern science, have carefully challenged whether this interpretation of the story is the best reading. This also includes the knowledge of several Christian scientists and professional scholars who were, and continue to be, carefully led by the powerful belief that all truth is really God’s truth, the testimony of God’s life and creation should never be brushed off, and that holy Scripture is inspired.
Truth is, Biblical and scientific facts stand clear that there certainly was a global flood that covered the whole world at one time in the past. To add to this, many also believe that humans and animals both actually descend directly from the passengers of the great ark.
GOD’S MERCY ON HUMANITY
The true story of Noah and the ark is generally told to illustrate just how profoundly deep the human family has come to fall into sin. Today, sin is so worldwide and rampant, that Father God had decided to finish the work of human destruction that the ancient family had begun. Essentially, God sees that Noah is a very righteous man and eventually decides that humanity will live on through Noah’s family lineage.
What happens next?
God simply lets Noah realize he needs to construct a special ark, which God will essentially use to rescue Noah’s whole family and several animals of the animal kingdom.
However, God sees that Noah is a good man and decides that humanity will survive through Noah’s family. God tells Noah to build an ark, which God will use to save Noah’s family and members of the animal kingdom. Even though He is disappointed by humankind, in His deep mercy God saves humanity by way of Noah.
As the story goes, Noah eventually decides to build the ark, obey God’s commands, and courageously loads both his family and the animals into it. God then powerfully closes the ark door, humbly showing His care for each and every animal and person inside for the future ahead.
Slowly but surely, the massive flood came, supernaturally joining together the waters of planet earth with the waters from the skies above. As time went on, the ark would float higher and higher, as everything below essentially drowned. For forty whole nights and days, it rained on the earth, but Noah and his family were safe in the hands of God. History even tells us that it took another 150 whole days before any of the water actually receded.
GOD’S HOLY COVENANT TO NOAH
God’s heavenly covenant to Noah and his family shows His powerful love for all mankind. He didn’t have to allow any human to live after the flood, not to forget any of the animals. Because His love is pure, non-partial, and unlimited for us, God had mercy on Noah and the animals and remembered Noah. In this, God started the process of re-creation and allowed a mighty wind to blow over the earth, according to Genesis 8:1.
Later on, Noah would send out various birds to ensure the safety of disembarking. He starts with a raven and goes on to send out a dove. On the second time that Noah sends out the dove, it then returns with a special olive branch. God would then tell Noah to leave the ark temporarily with his family and the animals, as he began to repopulate the entire earth.
God’s promise stands true to what His Word says. He promised to make a covenant with all the living creatures and human beings that He would never again destroy planet earth in a massive flood. The colorful rainbow is a sign of this Godly promise. The moral to this phenomenal story is that, even in times of great sin, God still wants to save humanity from hell.
HOW OLD WAS NOAH WHEN THE TERRIBLE FLOOD CAME?
God ultimately has the last say on all things, as so we must respect the Word of God for what it is. Whether we want to come to the realization or not, the living God knows more about us than we seem to know about who we are. As we read His Word, we will find that truth stands strong in the Bible.
When it comes to the actual age of Noah at the time of the great flood, many people may speculate the actual age of just how old Noah was at this time. The Book of Genesis clearly shows us that Noah was 600 years old when the floodwaters manifested upon the face of the earth.
To be precise, Genesis Chapter 7:6 says, “And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth.”
In Genesis Chapter 5:32 it says, “And Noah was five hundred years old: and Noah begat Shem, Ham, and Japheth.”
Meanwhile, Genesis 6-1-8 says, “1. And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born on the face of the earth, and daughters were born into them, 2. That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. 3. And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be a hundred and twenty years. 4. 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 bore children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. 5. 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. And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. 7. 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 field of the air; for it repented me that I have made them. 8. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.”
Ultimately, it was God’s decision to return planet Earth to its pre-creation state and essentially remake it into a reversal of His creation. Surprisingly enough, this beautiful story of Noah and the Ark has very strong similarities to certain sections of the Epic of Gilgamesh that predates the Book of Genesis.
THE HISTORY OF THE FLOOD
The expansion of scientific geology had a powerful impact on various attitudes towards the biblical Flood story. By looking at the actual biblical chronology, which put God’s creation and the flood in a history that went back a few thousand years, the idea of geological time undermined the concept of the history of the Ark itself.
Another interesting fact, the Masoretic Text of the Holy Torah put the Great Deluge approximately 1,656 years after God’s creation. There have been many tries to place this specific time frame at a correct date in history.
Around the turn of the 17th century, Joseph Scaliger had placed God’s creation at 3950 BCE, while according to James Ussner’s depiction, Creation came about in 4004 BCE. In conclusion, we can see the history of just how old Noah was when the flood came on the earth.
We also find how Noah and his family had God’s mercy truly upon them through the time of the great deluge. With two of every animal taken on the Ark, in the end, God’s hand was also upon every animal too.