Noah was a good man, but God knew he and his family would sin, too. Can you find the shadow of the cross of forgiveness in the painting?
Now the Lord observed the extent of the people’s wickedness, and He saw that all their thoughts were consistently and totally evil. So the Lord was sorry He had ever made them. It broke His heart. And the Lord said, “I will completely wipe out this human race that I have created. Yes, and I will destroy all the animals and birds, too. I am sorry I ever made them.” But Noah found favor with the Lord. — Genesis 6:5-8 (NLT)
Adam and Eve’s family grew and spread over the earth, but so did sin and wrong choices. It got so bad that the Lord was sorry He had ever made man. He looked for someone to love and obey Him, but in all the earth He could find only Noah, so He decided to destroy His once-beautiful creation and start again. God told Noah to build a huge boat that would save his family and two of every animal on earth. It took him many, many years, but he chose to keep on building the ark exactly as God told him. It had never rained on earth, but Noah believed God when He said He would send a flood to cover the world. Noah tried to warn his neighbors, but they only laughed at him and kept on doing wrong. How hard do you think that must have been? Then it began to rain, and though they begged to be let in, God had closed the door and it wouldn’t open again until everything on earth was destroyed. When the water finally went down and Noah and his family stepped out on dry land, God sent a wondrous rainbow as a promise He would never again destroy the earth with water. How do you think they must have felt to know they were the only people on earth?