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How long did it take Noah to build the ark?
The Bible does not specifically say how long it took Noah to build the ark, but with the help of the Bible, it can be easily decided. Noah is first mentioned in: Genesis 5:32 And Noah was five hundred years old: and Noah begat Shem, Ham, and Japheth. (KJV) . . . Noah is 500 years old.
When Noah enters the ark, he is 600 years old. Genesis 7:6 And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth. (KJV)
The time it took to build the ark would depend on how much time had passed between and the time that God commanded Noah to build the ark (Gen.6:14). At the absolute most, it took 100 years.
I cannot go along with most commentators that it took 120 years. Genesis 6:3 And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. (KJV)
SO then . . . what is the meaning of Genesis 6:3? My spirit shall not always strive with man . . . the meaning of this much-disputed phrase might really be settled by the main purpose and framework of the Passage (Gen.6:1-7), which is God’s determination to shorten human life because of their continued and willful disobedience to Him.
Because sinful man would NOT be won by God's goodness, kindness and mercy by which God had tried to win him, God would no longer hold back His vengeance and His wrath! It seems to me that Gen.6:3, truly reveals God’s awesome and unbelievable patience!
There are many who say it took Noah 120 years to build the ark, and they use the following Passage to verify their claim. Genesis 6:3 And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. (KJV)
Most preachers and teachers believe and teach that it took 120 years for Noah to build the ark. For some reason, I started checking out what the few who could not accept this doctrine of 120 years, and I go along with them, as I have stated above. I think that the Scriptures prove that it did NOT take 120 years, but 100 years or less to build the ark.
I do think that there is something much more important than the number of years it took for Noah to build the ark, and that is, Noah DID build the ark, just as God commanded him to do, and that the Flood actually DID take place! Millions refuse to believe this. This denial is calling God a LIAR (1 Jn.5:10).
How long was Noah on the ark?
Genesis 7:11-13 In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. 12 And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights. 13 In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah's wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark; (KJV) . . . Noah entered the ark.
Genesis 8:14-19 And in the second month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, was the earth dried. 15 And God spake unto Noah, saying, 16 Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons' wives with thee. 17 Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, of all flesh, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth; that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth. 18 And Noah went forth, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him: 19 every beast, every creeping thing, and every fowl, and whatsoever creepeth upon the earth, after their kinds, went forth out of the ark. (KJV) . . . Noah left the ark. Assuming a lunar calendar of 360 days, Noah was on the ark for approximately 370 days.
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