A Rightious Man Obeys!

Genesis 7:1-24

Imagine being out at sea on a ship or boat of some sort for a few days or try even a week! This last summer I was on a ship/boat for about a week. This thought dawned on me months later and I thought hmm you know when I was on my cruise I felt a little like Noah on the Ark for the fact your on the ocean, no land for miles for a while, the big open sea. Waves crashing against the ship as it’s sailing through. At night it can get choppier and I think when the waves are choppier you can feel the movement of the boat at times slightly more. It’s an interesting feeling, especially when you're on land. You can still feel for a few days that you're on the boat still at times. It took me a little while to adjust back to land mode.

Of course, I’m sure the Ark wasn’t as fancy as a cruise ship or the Titanic, Noah and his crew were on there for 150 days! What could they do for 150 days on the ocean?? I’d think they would have more time to talk with God more besides keeping the ark clean and feeding animals. Seeing the size of a cruise ship or any huge ship for that matter is incredible that it can hold so many people! Imagine the Ark the size that we will soon find out about that held animals and Noah’s family.

Genesis 6:14-16 talks about the dimensions of the Ark. Some interesting fun facts to compare how long the Ark would be to imagine the size of it!

  • The Ark was twice as long as an early Boeing 747-100B airliner.
  • It would take nearly one and a half football fields to equal the Ark’s length.
  • Sixty-two Smart Cars parked bumper to bumper would stretch from the Ark’s bow to stern.
  • NASA could lay three space shuttles—nose to tail—upon the Ark’s deck.
  • To float the Ark in an Olympic size swimming pool, you’d need to line up three of these large pools.
  • The Ark would be well over one and a half times the length of a WWII Gato class submarine, or looked at another way, nearly half the length of a modern Nimitz class aircraft carrier!
  • Noah’s Ark was a bit longer than twelve, forty-foot telephone poles laid end to end.
  • Using the standard boxcar, it would require lining up ten of them to equal the Ark’s length.

As interesting as this is and all God gave Noah orders and instructions to build this Ark and gather a pair of animals of every kind and his family.because of the flood that was coming to wipe out the entire earth! We talked at youth group one time a bit or mentioned about obedience in a devo, being obedient to what God calls you to do for Him (God). Noah was someone who was also obedient to God. I’m sure he had rough days that were up and down building the Ark. People made fun of him as well doing this, I’m sure it wasn’t always easy. Sometimes when we feel discouraged about our day, I know when I do at times I don't feel like it either, but sometimes I push myself to try. Noah kept at it and kept on pushing Himself to strive to complete this task he was given. He was like sure, ok. God was patient and waited for him to be done building and rounding up animals and his family. The bible says he was also a righteous man.

What does it mean to be righteous? My concordance/dictionary says of God, an absolute quality of moral standards; of man, a limited or relative quality, corresponding to a standard of rightness or obligations to God and other persons;

In other words, doing what is morally right. Especially in God's eyes and for God. For a guy that is 600 years old to have finished the ark takes quite a bit faith and patients. God knew he would obey His commands.

What are some things you can think of that you are or can do that is righteous, doing what is right? and what can you do to obey God?

1 John 2:28-29

Be like Christ, do the right thing. Treat people right if you don't already, don’t steal if you have been or tempted to. There are so many things that we may have the right to do, but morally should we? Is that what God wants or us and the world? Sometimes you might get mocked or made fun of in this world for doing something right in God’s eyes, but know this he will reward you in Heaven for obeying His instructions.

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