One Window on the Ark

Junior Level

Our Sunday school topic for today focuses on God's command to Noah that he should build an ark, because God was going to create a great flood that would eliminate sinful man on earth and all creatures.


Handout: One Window on the Ark

  1. Ask the students - What is an ark?
  2. Ask the students - What is a flood?
  3. Ask for various students to tell the class the story of Noah's ark as they have heard it.
  4. Explain how this story was passed down across the ages, and how big the ark would be.
  5. What does the Bible say about why God created this flood?
  6. Describe the joy and personal reward of humble dedication - think of how Noah obeyed the Lord in spite of jeering from his friends.
  7. Prayer


Create an ark from paper, asking students to help design it. Have them all make their own.


In verse 14 the wood commanded to be used was "gopher wood". As to what kind of wood that is
only guesses can be made. I have never read where anyone has claimed to know definitely what it was.
Whatever it was it was the right wood to use as God designated for that wood to be used. It would
have been strong enough, buoyant enough and easy enough to work for Noah and his sons to build it in
the 120 years alloted to him before the flood (Gen. 6:3). When you think of the size of the ark and
the magnitude of the project you can see that it could easily take a century to build such a
structure with so few working on it.

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Genesis 6:16 A window shalt thou make to the ark, 
and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of
the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower,
second, and third stories shalt thou make it.

July 30, 2017