How Big was Noah’s Ark

by Steve Ray on December 5, 2018

It was a big boat at a time when big boats did not exist. It was a feat of genius ingenuity. You can read the instructions for building in Genesis 6:14-22.

We are also told that the ark is a picture of the Church and salvation. In the ark Noah passed through the waters which is a type of baptism.

St. Peter writes, “God patiently waited in the days of Noah during the building of the ark, in which a few persons, eight in all, were saved through water. This prefigured baptism, which saves you now” (1 Pet 3:20–21).

Jesus says we are born again by water and Spirit which fulfills the prefiguration of Noah and saves us (John 3:3-5).

With all those animals in the ark I wonder who was in charge of cleaning up the mess. I grew up on a small farm and it was my job to use the pitch fork to scoop up the nasty straw and spread it on the garden every day.

The sons of Noah must of had a monumental task every morning and the smell must have been nauseating.

But sometimes it is worth wading through nasty stuff – I mean piles of poop to get to heaven. We too live in a world full of sin, suffering and abuse, but we persevere and the reward is salvation (Matt 24:13).

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Sharon Brooks November 27, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Hi Sharon, thought the last paragraph would be a prayer especially for you! How true that we live in a world full of sin, suffering and abuse, BUT we persevere and the reward is salvation (Matt 24:13) Praying for much strength for you and the whole family! Shirley and family

Noel Voos January 1, 2019 at 8:15 PM

“With all those animals in the ark I wonder who was in charge of cleaning up the mess. I grew up on a small farm and it was my job to use the pitch fork to scoop up the nasty straw and spread it on the garden every day.”

Possibly it was kept on board, given the size of the Ark – why? To be use as fertilizer once the waters dissipated, of course! The ground, after 40 days of flood water, would be saturated and much of the natural nutrients of the soil, needed for plant fertility, would likely have been greatly reduced and washed away with the receding waters, just as they do today after gross flooding.

It would also take a month or more for new edible foliage and plants to grow – which I think is why God added the blessings of the flesh of the animals as seen in Gen. 93-4: “And everything that moves and lives will be food for you. Just as with the edible plants, I have delivered them all to you, except that flesh with blood you shall not eat.”

God put the animals on the Ark not only to preserve them (his creation) from destruction, but also to provide sustenance to Noah and his family until the first crops came forth!. These animals also served a sacrificial role as well, as some were offered to God in a burnt offering, “And the Lord smelled the sweet odor” – a sacrifice acceptable to God the Creator.

Chris January 2, 2019 at 1:13 PM

Wow! I didn’t realize how big the Ark was, but still don’t understand how it held all of those animals plus food! Off topic, I purchased your book, The Papacy. Terrific! I am not a cradle Catholic, so the book filled in quite a few pieces of the puzzle. Happy New Year!

lroy February 6, 2019 at 10:42 AM

My family has a saying. “People are just like animals, sometimes you just have to put up with their shit.”

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