First of all, thanks to all my friends here at List My five and my friends on Facebook as well for helping reach 10,000 views in a short amount of time. Now...back to the Biblical discussions. This time we look at Noah...the ark guy!
Chapter Five of Genesis covers the geneology from Adam to Noah. If my count is right, there are ten generations. Most of these guys, (sorry...the ladies aren't listed), started having sons in their 60's & 70's. A few waited a little longer. Noah's dad was the winner in this department for waiting 182 years; however, that pales in comparison to Noah. He didn't have his three sons until he was 500!
Some translations regard Noah as the only righteous man on earth at the time when he is about 500 years old. (Genesis 6:9) the translation I used most often (Holman Christian Standard) says "...Noah was a righteous man, blameless among his contemporaries; Noah walked with God."
After Noah and his family left the ark, Noah planted a vineyard and drank some of the wine and became drunk. One of his sons saw him and told the other two sons. The other two sons took a cloak, walked into Noah's tent backwards and covered him. The son that saw his father exposed was Ham (father of the Canaanites) and the Canaanites were cursed because of this.
Despite his single recorded episode of drunkeness, Noah is still listed in the chapter on heroes of the faith. As you may know, faith is the evidence of things unseen. Noah is called out in Hebrews chapter 11 for his reverance for God in building the ark--when there were no indicators that doing so made any sense at all.
Noah was rewarded with a nice, long life of 950 years. That only qualifies as the third longest lifespan in the Bible (as far as I can tell). His grandfather, Methuselah, lived 969 years..and his great, great grandfather, Jared, lived 962 years. How many boxes of candles is that?
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