God Punished the Wicked People
The wicked people on earth were punished by death. God made a great flood of water which covered the earth. It destroyed most of the people and animals.
Only the family of the Prophet Noah still believed God (Genesis 6:8-12). God saved Noah by warning him about the flood. He told Noah to build a large boat (Genesis 6:13-17). So for many years Noah and his sons built the big boat. The wicked people probably laughed and thought Noah was foolish.
8 But the Lord was pleased with Noah. 9-10 This is the story of Noah. He had three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Noah had no faults and was the only good man of his time. He lived in fellowship with God, 11 but everyone else was evil in God’s sight, and violence had spread everywhere. 12 God looked at the world and saw that it was evil, for the people were all living evil lives.
13 God said to Noah, “I have decided to put an end to all people. I will destroy them completely, because the world is full of their violent deeds. 14 Build a boat for yourself out of good timber; make rooms in it and cover it with tar inside and out. 15 Make it 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high. 16 Make a roof for the boat and leave a space of 18 inches between the roof and the sides. Build it with three decks and put a door in the side. 17 I am going to send a flood on the earth to destroy every living being. Everything on the earth will die.
Finally the boat was finished. Noah and his family and some animals got into it. Then the rain fell and the flood came. Only Noah and his family were saved. Everyone else died (Genesis 7:19-23).
19 It became so deep that it covered the highest mountains; 20 it went on rising until it was about twenty-five feet above the tops of the mountains. 21 Every living being on the earth died—every bird, every animal, and every person. 22 Everything on earth that breathed died. 23 The Lord destroyed all living beings on the earth—human beings, animals, and birds. The only ones left were Noah and those who were with him in the boat.
After forty days the rain stopped and the flood became less. Finally the boat came to rest on the mountains of Ararat in Western Asia (Genesis 8:4). Noah and his family left the boat. They prayed to God and thanked him for saving their lives. God accepted their prayers.
11 With these words I make my covenant with you: I promise that never again will all living beings be destroyed by a flood; never again will a flood destroy the earth. 12 As a sign of this everlasting covenant which I am making with you and with all living beings, 13 I am putting my bow in the clouds. It will be the sign of my covenant with the world.
We must think carefully about the way we live. The story of the flood is a great warning to us. It shows us that God does not accept sin.
Some day there will be another great punishment. This last great punishment will begin at the Day of Judgement. The prophets of God have warned us that on the Day of Judgement the people who have rejected God will be thrown into the lake of fire, which is hell.