Fifteen centuries passed. Adam and Eve's descendants had multiplied. Most lived very long lives (about 900 years). A big change was about to take place. Read Genesis 6:1-9:17.

The start of the change is found in chapter 6:3 with the shortening of the average lifespan.

Chapter 7 introduces 'clean' and 'unclean' animals. In chapter 9:3 animals are given to Noah and his family for food, but only certain ones. Details of which animals were considered 'clean', making them acceptable to God for sacrifices or to be eaten can be found in Deuteronomy 14.

Noah is called 'a preacher of righteousness' in 2 Peter 2:5. The people around him, just like the majority of people today, did not listen, change their ways and turn to God. Only seven others (and all of them Noah's family) heeded the warning and were saved.

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