Rain for Forty Days
Adam and Eve had many children. Some of them lived to be very old. The Holy Bible tells us that Adam lived to be nine hundred and thirty years old and Seth, one of his sons, lived to be nine hundred and twelve years old. Seth was a good and holy man. He and his children remembered the wonderful promise which God had made to Adam and Eve in Paradise, and looked for the coming of the Redeemer. As long as the children of Seth obeyed him, they remained good and happy. But by and by they began to marry some of the children of Cain, who did not wish to know and serve God. Soon the world became a very wicked place, where people forgot all about God. In the story of Noe you will learn how God punished the wicked people of the world because they would not love and serve Him.
When God saw how wicked men were, He said: “I will destroy man, whom I have created, from the face of the earth.” But there was one man and his family who still served God. That man was Noe. God told Noe to build a large ark or boat, because soon He would send a flood to destroy the people of
the earth. Noe did as he was told. He built an ark out of wood and covered it with pitch so as to keep out the water. When the work was finished, God told him to bring into the ark a pair of every kind of animal that lived on earth and also food for them and for his family. When everything was ready, Noe and his wife and his sons with their wives went into the ark and God Himself closed the doors behind them. Then for forty days and forty nights the rain fell upon the earth until everything was covered with water. The ark alone with all that were in it floated on the water and was saved.
A Rainbow in the Sky
The great flood filled the earth for one hundred and fifty days. Then God thought of Noe and all that were with him in the ark. He sent a warm wind over the earth and the waters sank lower and lower until at last the ark stood still on the top of the mountain. Noe waited for forty days and then opened the window of the ark and sent out a raven. The raven did not return. Then he sent out a dove, but the dove could not find a place to rest and came back to the ark. After seven days Noe again sent out the dove, and it returned with an olive branch in its mouth. He waited seven days more and once more sent out the dove. This time it did not return. Then Noe opened the ark and saw that the earth was dry. God said to him: “Go out of the ark and bring with you all the living things upon the earth.” When all were upon the dry earth again, Noe built an altar of stone and offered a sacrifice of thanks to God. The Lord was pleased with the sacrifice and blessed Noe and his sons, saying to them: “Increase and multiply and fill the earth.” Then He promised that He would never again destroy man with a flood, and as a sign of His promise He placed a rainbow in the sky. From that time on the children of Noe spread over the whole earth.
Other stories you might like to read if time permits:
From: Bible Stories for Children by a Catholic Teacher
"The Deluge" pg. 11
From: Anecdotes and Examples by Rev. Francis Spirago
Louis IX and the Miraculous Host pg. 116
The Deliverance of Vienna in 1683 pg. 117
The Two Rings pg. 119
Coordinating Bible Verses: Genesis 6: 5-8, 13-22: 7: 17, 23, 24; 8: 1,6-22
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