Adam and Eve had many children. Their children had children and grandchildren. Soon the earth was filled with people. But just like Adam and Eve, these people did not listen to God.
God saw that the people on the earth were always doing bad things. And God was sad that he had made people on the earth. So God said,“I will take away all the people that I have made from the earth. I will destroy every living thing that breathes.”
But there was one man who pleased God. His name was Noah.
So God came to Noah and spoke with him. God told Noah that he was going to destroy the world with a flood. He told him to build a huge boat. He told him how to make it. And he told him to gather two of every kind of animal that God had made. He was to bring them into the boat as well. And God made a promise to Noah. He told him that he would keep Noah and his family safe in the boat.
So Noah did everything that God told him to do. He built the boat. He gathered the animals. He brought food for his family and the animals too.
When he finished his work, God told Noah to get into the boat. So Noah took his wife and his family and all of the animals and got into the boat. When he did, God closed the door behind them.
Then it began to rain. It rained for 40 days and 40 nights. The whole earth was covered with water. The water was as high as the tallest mountains. So God destroyed every person and animal that walked on the earth. Only those in the boat were safe.
Now Noah and his family were on the boat for many months. But God did not forget Noah. Soon, the waters began to go down. And one day, God told Noah to take his family and the animals and to get off the boat. After they left the boat, Noah built an altar to worship God. And God was pleased with Noah.
Then God told Noah and his family to have many children. He told them to fill the earth with people again.
And he made another promise to Noah. God said that he would never again destroy the earth with a flood. So God put a rainbow in the sky as a sign of his promise. After that, whenever Noah saw a rainbow, he remembered the promise that God had made.