Noah was warned about the Flood when he was 480 years old (Gen. 6:3, 7:11). The Flood came 120 years later. What was Noah doing during this time? Noah’s father Lamech prophesied that Noah would bring relief to the earth (Ge 5:28, 29), so the people at that time should have been open to Noah’s message.
Noah’s sons were not born until twenty years after he was told about the flood (Gen. 5:32). How did he start building the Ark or “Large Barge?” Some theologians have suggested that he hired carpenters. After Job’s ordeal he was very blessed with fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, one thousand of teams oxen, and one thousand donkeys. Could it be that Noah was also wealthy? He could thus afford dozens or hundreds of carpenters.
Noah was a preacher of righteousness (2 Peter 2:5). Albert Barnes held that Noah, “…warned the world of the judgment that was preparing for it.”  According to A.T. Robertson, “… Noah preached to the men of his time during the long years.”  This view may also aid us in the interpretation of 1 Peter 3:19, 20. The same word in 2 Peter 2:5, “herald” or “preacher,” is also used in 1 Tim. 2:7 and 2 Tim. 1:11. Noah preached on the righteousness that comes by faith (Heb 11:7). Noah could easily travel the globe in 120 years. Could it be that some repented and believed in the coming Savior (Gen. 3:15) and died before the Flood started, such as Methuselah (Gen. 5:26-28)?
Many object to the global flood because the ark could not hold all the species. But this shows a serious confusion of kinds versus species. John Woodmorappe estimates the number of animals on the Ark as around 16,000.  Clearly, this is a workable task with a family of eight and some clever technology.
“Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord” – Gen. 6:8
1) Albert Barnes, Barnes New Testament Notes (Online Bible), 2 Pet. 2:5.
2) A.T. Robertson, Robertson’s New Testament Word Pictures (Online Bible), 2 Pet. 2:5.
3) John Wodmorappe, Noah’s Ark: A Feasibility Study (ICR, Santee, CA, 1996), pp. 10-13.
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