The ship barn, crafted of redwood and ironbark, survived the flames. Moose opened the barn window to see a blackened world of destroyed crops and homes.
“And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.”
—Genesis 7:23 KJV
As smoke from a nearby forest fire filled the air one morning, neighbors laughed it away as just another foggy day. They scoffed at Moose and June’s invitations to join them inside the shelter. Watching forest animals stroll into the ship barn made for a great punch line.
“And the Lord said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.”
—Genesis 7:1 KJV
“Bully Fred twisted Jenny’s nickname into taunts, such as ‘Creamed Corn’ and ‘Creamed Cobbler’. One day, he put a rotten peach in her lunch pail. Several times he pelted her and her friends with peach pits on the way home from school.”
“And I said unto them, Let not the gates of Jerusalem be opened until the sun be hot; and while they stand by, let them shut the doors, and bar them: and appoint watches of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, every one in his watch, and every one to be over against his house.”
—Nehemiah 7:3 KJV
“And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot alive, and her father’s household, and all that she had; and she dwelleth in Israel even unto this day; because she hid the messengers, which Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.”
—Joshua 6:25 KJV