Question – How long did it take Noah to build the ark? A lot of people say 120 years but I can find no scripture to back this up. All I can find is that after Noah was 500 years old he became the father of Shem, Ham & Japheth. – Genesis 5:32. Genesis 7:11 tells us that Noah was 600 years 2 months, & 17 days old when the flood came. This leads me to believe that 70 to 80 years is more accurate than 120 years.
(Submitted by: M. S. )
(Submitted by: M. S. )
Answer – There is nowhere in Scripture that supports the 120 years for the construction of the ark. That span of time concerns the time God allowed mankind to live, from the time He made His pronouncement, to the flood – Genesis 6:3. God set a time limit (120 years), just in case humans would repent. God has used this principle again and again. Jonah 3:9-10 is a good example. It also gave Noah time to preach the ways of righteousness to the same end.
Everything I needed to know about life I learned from the story in the Bible of Noah’s Life and Ark. The following are seventeen things I learned from Noah:
One: Don’t miss the boat regardless of the weather.
Two: Remember that we are all in the same boat whether you like it or not.
Three: Plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark and it was miles away from any body of water.
Four: Stay physically and emotionally fit! God commanded Noah to begin building the Ark when he was between 400 and 500 years old and he took between 100 to 120 years to build it. God or someone in your life may ask you to do something really big so always be prepared.
Five: Don’t listen to the nay-sayers or critics: just get on with the job that needs to be done. Stay patient, persistent and focused and you will always succeed.
Six: Build your future on dry and high ground.
Seven: For safety’s sake travel in pairs.
Eight: Speed isn’t always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs.
Nine: When you are stresseed float for awhile.
Ten: Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs – the Titanic by professionals. Follow truth and light and you will always find your way.
Eleven: Success comes when overcoming obstacles to succeed.
Twelve: Always have your family with you. Don’t leave anyone behind. Noah had his three sons and their wives on board which now constitutes the entire human family.
Thirteen: Learn how to shovel mire in life just as those in the Ark had to do. Remember, where there is no mire there are no cattle. If you don’t want mire in your life then don’t do anything. Expect the mire to come when you are doing something good and be prepared with your shovel.
Fourteen: Have faith – with God all things are possible.
Fifteen: No matter how big the storm in life when you are with God there is always a rainbow waiting.
Sixteen: What happened on Noah’s Ark stayed on Noah’s Ark. Don’t major in the minor things of life. Focus on what is really important like good relationships with family and friends. David O Mckay said this, ‘No success in life can compensate for failure in the home.’
Seventeen: If you want to live past 120 years learn God’s commandments and then repent and live God’s commandments.
May this New Year bring you joy, peace and happiness and many pH Miracles!
In love and healing light,
Dr. Robert and Shelley Young