Getting Ready for the Animals


July–August 2018

on July 1, 2018

As far as we know, none of the eight survivors of the worldwide Flood in Genesis 6–9 lost a notebook about 4,000 years ago. But that doesn’t keep us from imagining! If Noah’s son Shem had kept notes and sketches about building the Ark, what might he have said? Let’s find out . . .

Feeding Animals

Japheth has gone crop crazy. Under Grandfather’s watchful eye, he’s figuring out how to grow and store as much food as possible for our time on the Ark. Everywhere you look, he’s got the whole area stuffed with grain. And if my animals so much as take a step into his fields . . . well . . . let’s just say he gets a little grumpy.

Dad and Ham have been working on some really neat ways to collect rainwater on the Ark and bring it into the animals’ cages.

They’re also working on ways to feed all those hungry mouths—and get rid of all that waste. You don’t want to be stuck in a closed-in space with all of that. Pee-yew!

But while they love this sort of thing, it makes me sad. The reason we’re designing all of these things is to make it easier for us to do all the chores on the Ark since there won’t be anyone else on board, not even Grandfather or Great Grandfather—only eight of us is what the Creator told Dad.


Ham is working on the most efficient way to stack small cages and remove waste.

Time for the Finishing Touches

We’re almost done. Seriously!

Dad told us he might just be the best shipbuilder out there, and we thought he was kidding. But the way he’s shown us how to get this done over the years we’ve been working together is pretty incredible.

Saws cutting, cranes lifting, animals carrying, food storing, hammers whacking, and jars filling—Dad has his hands in all of it! And now we’re coating the whole Ark with pitch. I even have some in my beard, thanks to my wife!

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