This chapter’s reference to the “sons of God” marrying the “daughters of man” is the subject of much confusion to some. It is simply a reference to Seth’s line of people that were “calling on the name of the Lord” inter-marrying with Cain’s line of evil. The world was full of violence and evil and God had decided to start over. That brings us to concentrate on Noah. Noah found favor with God.
We go to bible class as children and we see the cute little pictures of the Ark – some refer to it as the “bathtub Ark.” Scholars much smarter than I am say that the truth is that if you take the measurements of Genesis 6 that God told Noah to build, and apply the smallest known length for a cubit (usually about 18 inches), the size of the Ark is about the equivalent of 522 railroad cars in volume! I’m not sure how accurate that is, but it is much closer than the cartoon pictures are. Ships have been built on the model of the ratio of dimensions of the Ark (see article at Apologetics Press website).
We do not know what a “kind” means, as far as the animals are concerned. The classification system we have today for genus, species, etc. did not get defined by man until a couple of centuries ago. We just know that two of everything listed of the beasts of the field and birds needed to re-populate came to the ark by God’s instruction. We note here Noah’s complete obedience and “walking with God”, and how God takes care to deliver on his promises.
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