It is good to read the text. It is better to read the text carefully. But even then, there will always be times when something will escape your notice, until someone else points it out to you.
Have you read Genesis 6-9 lately? If not, you may need to refresh your memory.
How old was Noah when God warned him about the flood? How old was Noah when the flood came?
These 2 questions are the easiest, and even if it’s been awhile you may have remembered. He was 500 when he was warned, and 600 when the flood came. 100 years of waiting, of building, of preparing for the destruction of the world.
Next question: how old was Shem when the flood came? You can find your answer in Genesis 11:10. He was 98 years old when the flood came, because two years later he was 100. This means that Shem, the oldest of Noah’s 3 sons, was born 2 years after God warned him about the coming flood.
I try to imagine, what were Noah’s thoughts? “Hmm, I have to build an ark, I need more workmen!”
What was the society like in Noah’s day? Evil. Every intent of the heart was only evil continually. It was bad enough that God felt sorry for creating man. Only one man found favor in the eyes of the Lord. In the midst of these terrible times, Noah had faith. Pastor Jim pointed this out to me, that Noah had enough faith to have 3 children in that violent and corrupt time.
I also think about Shem’s childhood. His whole life would have been involved in the construction of the ark, the preparation for destruction. All of his neighbors, everyone else around thought his dad was a lunatic. But he helped build the ark. He got on the ark, having never seen rain in his life. And he was saved, along with his wife, brothers, brothers’ wives, and parents. We always think about Noah’s side of the story, but I think it’s a little bit more interesting to think of it from Shem’s side. Just my thoughts.