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“But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.” (Genesis 6:8)
Most people know the account of Noah’s Ark and the Flood. They know about the animals coming two-by-two and Noah caring for them on the Ark. But what do we really know about the man Noah from the Bible?
The Bible tells us that the world was filled with wickedness and that every thought of all the people was evil all the time (Genesis 6:5). But Noah was different from everyone else. He walked with the Lord and found grace in God’s eyes (Genesis 6:8–9). In the New Testament, Noah is described as “a preacher of righteousness” (2 Peter 2:5) who obeyed God because he had faith and godly fear (Hebrews 11:7). Surrounded by people who didn't love God or obey Him, the obedient, faithful Noah must have looked very strange! But he was still faithful to obey God.
The Bible also tells us that Noah was married, but we aren’t told his wife’s name. She joined Noah on the Ark. We also know that Noah had three sons and they were all married. His sons’ names were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Noah’s three sons and their wives all came on the Ark with Noah.
We also know that God told Noah to build the Ark to save himself, his family, and two of every kind of animal (seven or seven pairs of some). This Ark didn’t look like the overstuffed bathtub toy that we often think of. It looked more like a huge cargo ship. The Ark had plenty of room for Noah, his family, and all the animals.