By his 500th year, Noah had established his reputation with YHVH as a righteous man. He feared YHVH and walked in His ways. Therefore, YHVH chose him to be the “Ark Builder”. YHVH gave Noah the necessary instructions for the construction of the ark, and how to fill it with animals and food. While giving the instructions, YHVH told Noah that
“I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall enter the ark—you and your sons and your wife, and your sons’ wives with you.”Genesis 6:18
Noah followed those instructions. By Noah’s 600th year, when the time for the flood drew near, he had completed everything that he was given to do, and now YHVH told him
Then the Lord said to Noah, “Enter the ark, you and all your household, for you alone I have seen to be righteous before Me in this time…Then Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him entered the ark because of the water of the flood.Genesis 7:1,7
The careful reader will notice that YHVH said nothing about Shem, Ham or Japheth being righteous. YHVH made His covenant with Noah, and because of Noah’s obedience, Noah’s wife, Noah’s three sons and their wives were all able to join Noah in the ark. Because of a father’s obedience, a family of eight lived to see a new world, and pass down the memory of “the world that then was” that perished by water (2 Peter 3:6).
The purpose of this series is to highlight the awesome responsibility that men are given to make good choices, and the terrible consequences to themselves and their families and descendants for bad choices. Unless otherwise noted, all scriptures are taken from the New American Standard Bible, NASB.