The Days of Noah…5
As I said…Whenever God’s judgment is pronounced, you will find that a way of escape has been provided. Noah’s Ark was the first mention in the Bible. God provided a way of escape…provided true repentance would be exercised and change would come.
The Ark of Noah was a redemptive picture of Jesus.
This is what the Ark speaks of…
Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.
There are several things to notice in this verse:
1. It was God who instructed Noah to build the ark. This was His provision for safety even before the flood took place. So Christ, “the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (Rev. 13:8), is God’s provision for a world of lost sinners.
2. The ark was to be built of gopher wood. This wood reminds us of the tree on which Christ offered Himself as a sacrifice for our sins.
3. They were to pitch the ark within and without with pitch. This word “pitch” is translated seventy times elsewhere in the Old Testament as “make atonement.” The Hebrew word means, “to cover.” God has provided an atonement for sin by the blood of Christ which not only covers but cleanses.
1 John 1:7, “the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.”
But this blood, to be effective, must be applied.
By faith, His blood can be applied to your sins.
Trust Him today as your Saviour and He will be your shelter from the storm of God’s wrath, which is coming upon this world of Christ-rejecting sinners.
A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it.
The window that was placed in the top of the ark, hid from Noah and his family the things around them. They could not look down – only upward to the God of all grace. We, too, should have the upward look.
The ark had only one door. There was only one entrance into the tabernacle. And there is only one escape from Hell.
I am the door: by Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
The fact that this door was in the side of the ark reminds us of the pierced side of the Lord Jesus. The work of the cross of Christ was the price paid to provide for the salvation of every guilty sinner.
There were three stories in the ark and they speak to us of the fact that in Christ we have a threefold salvation.
Provision has been made for the redemption of our spirit, soul, and body.
They also picture the three tenses of salvation – past, present, and future.
Noah’s ark was the only place of safety from the on-coming flood. Christ, and Christ alone, is the only Saviour of sinners.
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
In Genesis 7:1 we read…
And the Lord said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark.
This is the first time the word ‘come’ is used in the Word of God, but altogether it is used more than five hundred times. God did not order Noah into the ark by saying, ‘Go.’ And God does not command us into His salvation. It is a free choice to everyone who would believe. We are not forced to accept the Lord, but He graciously invites us to receive Him as Saviour (John 1:12).
The word ‘come’ indicates that when Noah went into the ark he was not alone for the Lord was there with him.
Today He invites you to come and receive Him as your own personal Saviour.
A lot is about to take place…before all hell breaks loose on earth, make sure you are in the right place.