Biblical Allusion: Noah’s Ark
The story of Noah’s Ark is about a man named Noah who was told by God to make a boat that could accommodate about 50,000 species of animals (2 of each species) along with himself. God said that the reason for this was because a huge storm was going to be coming and the boat would be able to protect the animals and himself. After God created humans on the earth, he was disappointed with their actions and sinful attitudes, except for Noah and his family, so he only warned him on the flood that would destroy everybody. So as soon as he got God’s message, he began to build the ark with people that he hired. Everyone thought that he was crazy but after 120 years, he finished. Later, the storm came and the ark held up to its job of protecting Noah and the animals inside. When the storm was over, they were stuck on a mountain for 6 months and sent a dove to see if the water was down. The dove came back with an olive branch in its mouth, which now is a symbol for peace.
Noah was told to protect the animals and to get a male and a female of each species so that they could continue to have babies. In modern day, many people try to make an effort to protect the wildlife and the animals that live in it. Even though it is not just one person who does that job, the idea of protecting animals from natural disasters such as floods, forest fires, and the loss of many forests has continued to stay the same.
God saw that the Earth was corrupt and filled with evil so he decided he would flood the Earth and kill everything that breathed on the Earth. Noah, a godly man, found grace in God’s eyes and was given instructions by God to create an ark. God was going to send a flood to the Earth and punish all that breathed life on Earth, only Noah and his family would be allowed to escape. So Noah made the ark by God’s instructions; he used gopher wood and created the ark “300 cubits long, 50 cubits wide, and 30 cubits high.” The year Noah was six-hundred years old, God sent the flood. Noah had taken his wife, his sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth and their wives, among them were also every type of animal in pairs, a male and female. Once everyone was inside, God sent rains and hails to flood the Earth. The flood continued for 150 days until the ship ark landed on “the mountains of Ararat.” After 40 days of resting upon the mountain, Noah let out a dove to see if any land was insight, however it returned. A week later, Noah once again sent out the dove and this time, it came back with an olive leaf. After the passing of another week, Noah sent the dove out and it did not return. God then instructed Noah to take all that breathed life in the ark out. Then, a rainbow was created as God’s covenant to humanity that he would never demolish the world through water.
-in modern society, it is seen through the goal of saving the wildlife, just as God saved the animals by having a pair of animals so they would be able to reproduce.
contributed by Kelly Lee