NOAH being commanded to build an Ark, built it then and there upon (as it seems) the dry ground.
A huge immovable unprecedented Ark, high and dry on land, when its only conceivable use was for the water!
Presumably the Antediluvians noticed the incongruity: perhaps they enjoyed it: possibly it confirmed them in a theory that no sane man would listen to Noah.
Up to a certain moment that old-world controversy seemed carried on between common sense and shiftless fanaticism, "for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light."
Only, --there was to be an end of that generation.
The certain moment came, "the flood came, and took them all away," and after all the last word of the controversy fell to Noah.
Thus it was, and thus it is, and thus it ever will be between the world and the Church: "Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men."