by Tony Nester

Noah and the Great Flood
Tony Nester
Genesis 6:11-22; 7:24; 8:14-19

We're starting a new message series today with stories
from the Book of Genesis. We start with Noah and the
Great Flood from Genesis chapters 6 - 8. I'm reading
excerpts from those chapters and encourage you to take
time to read them in their entirety.

(Read Genesis 6:11-22, Genesis 7:24, Genesis 8:14-19

Noah's Ark has fascinated people for thousands of
years. Many have gone searching to find remnants of
the Ark believing that it's lodged atop some Middle
Eastern mountain. The most common location is alleged
to be Mt. Ararat in eastern Turkey. Some believe that
pieces of the Ark are preserved in the ice at the top
of that mountain.

Other people have focused on the construction of the
Ark. The design details that are contained in the
Scripture portray the Ark to be 489 feet long, 81 feet
wide, 49 feet high. I learned about a pastor in
Maryland, Rev. Richard Greene, who believes that God
has told him to rebuild Noah's Ark. Since 1976 he and
his congregation have been trying to raise funds to
construct his church in the design of Noah's Ark.
That's about the length of one and a half football
fields. The original cost estimate was 10 million
dollars. 1

Both the search for and the rebuilding of the Ark is
in my opinion a distraction from the real meaning of
the story. I don't believe God intended for us to
look for the remains of the Ark or to try and
construct a replica of it. I believe, instead, that
God wants us to hear the message of the story.

It's a message in two parts. The first part is called
"Judgment". God is angry. His creation has been

{11} Now the earth was corrupt in God's sight, and the
earth was filled with violence. {12} And God saw that
the earth was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted its
ways upon the earth.

Genesis 1:31 says that after God created the world

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