Our new series for the week is going to be the ancient Biblical story of Noah’s Ark. I’m sure most of us are familiar with the story, but in case you aren’t, I’ll let the original text recap the events for you:
Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. The LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. The LORD said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.
These are the records of the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his time; Noah walked with God. Noah became the father of three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
So that is the WHY of the story. Isn’t it sad that God was grieved in His heart? Thank God for Noah!
And here is the HOW of the story—where our illustration takes place (kind of):
Then God said to Noah… “Make for yourself an ark of gopher wood; you shall make the ark with rooms, and shall cover it inside and out with pitch. “This is how you shall make it: the length of the ark three hundred cubits, its breadth fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits. “You shall make a window for the ark, and finish it to a cubit from the top; and set the door of the ark in the side of it; you shall make it with lower, second, and third decks. “Behold, I, even I am bringing the flood of water upon the earth, to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life, from under heaven; everything that is on the earth shall perish.
And the GOOD NEWS of the story:
Gen 6:18-19, 22
“But I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall enter the ark–you and your sons and your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. “And of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every kind into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female… Thus Noah did; according to all that God had commanded him, so he did.
So we begin the week with an abstract version of the boat being built. Here are many of the tools one would use to build a boat of wood. This week, I am going to tell you the story, but not. I want to do it in an abstract artsy kind of way. The reason being: there’s a lot of Noah’s Ark stuff out there for our kids’ rooms…. but very little of it is modern and actually attractive. So that is my goal this week: I want to bring you a series that tells the Noah’s Ark story, in an attractive-never-done-this-way-before style. Something you art and design loving moms and dads would actually display in your child’s room. I am taking something that has become rather “kitch” and transforming it into something more like “art”. So to you parents who like the theme and idea of Noah’s Ark, but have been unable to find anything worthy of your child’s room, this is for you.
Looking forward to the week!