It began with just a soft pitter pat, it had been ordered by the one who made the Sun, he only spoke to that crazy old Goat who neither I nor my mother could name. Many years ago, me and my brothers would go to where he was building an Ark and it was far from water.
He was a pain in the butt to our Tribe that lived in many huts, we were enjoying our lives, no one cared that we shared each other’s wife’s’, or even daughters and sons. We had little use for clothes except when a cold wind blows. Then comes this ancient one standing on a high hill with the Sun at his back, the people moan; drat, again, we must listen to this quack. With a booming loud voice, he says; I am Noah listen to me well, unless you repent you all will go to Hell. He said his God was going to flood our land, even the whole earth, all creatures would die, under tons of water and sand they would lie.
We all laughed and jeered, threw rocks at him until he disappeared, out of curiosity we went to see the Ark, it was an awesome sight to see, it took him over six hundred years for it to be. Our Tribe was filled with awe when all kinds of creatures poured into that one huge door and when it shut nothing else in it could strut.
Suddenly the Skies made a huge crackling sound, the lightning flashes from all around created much heat, the earth shook under our feet. Rain began falling as never had been seen before, great fissures we saw, rivers appeared everywhere, the water rose quickly up to our ears.
As the Ark began to rise, we saw the much fear and terror in each other’s eyes, our cries became sighs as the Ark slowly drifted by, we didn’t listen to *God’s man and now we are gone along with our land.
*11 Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. 12 God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. 13 So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth. 14 So make yourself an ark of cypress[c] wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out. 15 This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be three hundred cubits long, fifty cubits wide and thirty cubits high.[d] 16 Make a roof for it, leaving below the roof an opening one cubit[e] high all around.[f] Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks. 17 I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish. 18 But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark—you and your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives with you. 19 You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you. 20 Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive. 21 You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them. 22 Noah did everything just as God commanded him. (Genesis Chapter 6)
Note: All life in the Sea was spared, verse 20, all ground Creatures were not, besides, water was to be outside the Ark, not inside!
No apologies needed, I always appreciate your comments Em! I remember years ago working with an Orthodox Jew, he knew that I was a Christian and said to me; you Christians are always trying to convert us! I never said one verse to him, we became such good friends and he taught me some Yiddish and how the Orthodox would act when a "Gentile" was near. Some other Jewish workers actually thought I was Jewish as I was able to speak to them using familiar Jewish greetings like; Mish bucca (Spelling?) which means "Family" I miss Milt Ruskin.
Thanks Mossgirl, I have been teaching it for many years. I have written a number of poems based upon the Bible, if you have the time read my poem called; Esther, what a knockout! I love this poem as it brings such great honor to this Jewish Queen who the Lord had sent to marry a fierce King.