Lessons from the Ark

Lessons from the ArkText: Genesis 6:13-18

The account of Noah and the flood is one of the most well-known stories in the Bible. Yet this was not a fairy tale; it is something that really happened. Learning about the ark and the world before and after the flood is fascinating. But there are also important lessons we need to learn from this that apply to us today.

Man Chooses His Way

  • Man’s thoughts were evil continually (Genesis 6:5) – thoughts reflect our character (Proverbs 23:7; 4:23); God did not make man evil (Genesis 1:31); man chose to follow after evil (Ecclesiastes 7:29)
  • Despite his surroundings, Noah chose to be righteous (Genesis 6:9) – not only was he righteous, he was a preacher of righteousness (2 Peter 2:5); he was trying to teach others
  • Despite Noah’s preaching, the world chose to remain in wickedness

God Is Patient

  • God indicated from the beginning that the penalty for sin was death (Genesis 2:16-17; 3:19, 22-24) – yet man continued to sin; proceeded to go even further into sin (Genesis 6:5-6)
  • God waited patiently for the ark to be completed (1 Peter 3:20) – this gave time for Noah and his family to complete the construction, up to 100 years (Genesis 5:32; 7:6); it also gave time for others to repent of their sin and turn to the Lord (1 Peter 3:20; 2 Peter 3:5-6, 9)

God Will Judge the Wicked

  • Despite His patience, God did not postpone judgment forever
  • The wicked were destroyed because of their sin (Genesis 6:5-7, 11-13) – not someone else’s sin (cf. Ezekiel 18:20)
  • This was a total destruction (Genesis 7:17-23) – worldwide; nowhere to escape

God Will Make a Way of Salvation for the Righteous

  • Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord (Genesis 6:8) – no salvation apart from grace; God determined to save Noah and his family and established a covenant with them (Genesis 6:18; 9:9)
  • God warned Noah about what was going to happen (Genesis 6:13; 7:4)
  • God gave Noah instructions about how to prepare for this (Genesis 6:14-21; 7:1-3)

The Righteous Will Obey God through Faith

  • Noah had already demonstrated a commitment to blamelessly obeying the Lord (Genesis 6:9)
  • When God gave Noah instructions to build the ark, he obeyed (Genesis 6:22; 7:5) – not only did he built an ark, he followed the pattern God gave for it
  • There was nothing easy, pleasant, comfortable, or popular about this – he simply obeyed by faith (Hebrews 11:7)

Lessons for Us

  • We have the ability to choose either right or wrong (Joshua 24:15) – we cannot blame anyone else for our choices (Ezekiel 18:5, 10, 14)
  • God is patient toward us (2 Peter 3:9) – this is to give us time to repent (Romans 2:4)
  • God will judge the wicked (2 Thessalonians 1:8-9) – all of us will stand before the Lord in judgment (2 Corinthians 5:10)
  • God has made a way of salvation (John 14:6; Acts 4:12) – we are saved in Christ (Galatians 3:26-27), through the waters of baptism (1 Peter 3:21)
  • The righteous will obey God through faith (Hebrews 11:7; Mark 16:16) – no matter how demanding/puzzling God’s commands seem to us, we will obey them


  • God wants to save man – He is patient toward us, but judgment will come one day
  • We can choose how we will respond to God – let us faithfully obey Him so we can be saved by Him

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