of the world in Noah's time (Genesis 6:1-12) is summarized for
us by Moses with these words: "Then the Lord saw that the
wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent
of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. . . Now
the earth was corrupt in the sight of God, and the earth was filled
with violence. God looked on the earth, and behold, it was corrupt;
for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth" (vv.
took the initiative to save Noah and his family (v. 13). "Then
God said to Noah, 'The end of all flesh has come before Me; for
the earth is filled with violence because of them; and behold,
I am about to destroy them with the earth.'"
God planned the ark as a means
of safety for Noah and his family. There is no hint that Noah
anticipated the flood. Things were going along as normal before
God spoke to him. The ark was planned by God alone to save the
elect family (Genesis 6:14-22). Our salvation is no accident.
Sin did not catch God off guard. Ephesians 1:4, "He chose
us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be
holy and blameless before Him." The names of the redeemed
have been "written from the foundation of the world in the
book of life of the Lamb who has been slain" (Revelation
Salvation for Noah and his family
was by grace alone. Noah was also a sinner, however he found grace
in God's sight. Relative to his generation he was a righteous
man. II Peter 2:5, God "did not spare the ancient world,
but preserved Noah, a preacher of righteousness, with seven others,
when He brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly . . ."
God in His wondrous grace took the initiative to save us "with
precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the
blood of Christ. For He was foreknown before the foundation
of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake
of you who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from
the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in
God" (I Peter 1:19-21).
We, too, live in an evil day that
could be described with the same words of the days preceding the
deluge in Genesis 6:5, 7-8, 11-12. God in His grace had reached
down to us and saved us because it was the desire of His heart.
"But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love
with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions,
made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),
and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly
places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He
might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward
us in Christ Jesus" (Ephesians 2:4-7).
Christ is our ark of safety from
the wrath of God.
God revealed to Noah the coming
judgment (6:13). "God said." Hebrews 11:7 tells us Noah
believed God's word. "By faith Noah, being warned by God
about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the
salvation of his household, by which he condemned the world, and
became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith."
Faith comes from the Word of God. We must heed God's warning in
His Word. We must take God at His word and believe what He says
about His Son, Jesus Christ. I John 5:9-10
The ark was the only means of
escape and there was only one door to enter the ark (6:16). Jesus
used the analogy of the door to stress the fact that He is the
only entrance into the Kingdom of God. Jesus said, "I am
the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will
go in and out and find pasture" (John 10:9). Again He stressed,
"I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes
to the Father but through Me" (14:6). The Apostle Peter proclaimed,
"And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other
name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must
be saved" (Acts 4:12). All may come, but they have to come
through the only door of salvation.
Once Noah and his family got into
the ark they were perfectly safe. They were the only ones to escape
(Genesis 7:1). God was in the ark with them. There were no causalities.
They were all perfectly safe--Noah, his family and the animals.
A year later we are told in 8:18-19, "So Noah went out, and
his sons and his wife and his sons wives with him. Every
beast, every creeping thing, and every bird, everything that moves
on the earth, went out by their families from the ark." Regarding
our own salvation Jesus said to his disciples, "My sheep
hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give
eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will
snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them
to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them
out of the Fathers hand. I and the Father are one"
(John 10:27-30). Jesus is in the ark and it can not sink. When
we are in the ship with Jesus, we will never sink.
Many interpreters have noted the
Hebrew word in Genesis 6:14 is not the common one for "pitch,
(zettet)," but kapher meaning "to cover."
No where else in the Old Testament is it rendered "pitch."
Every where else it is translated "to make atonement."
By covering it inside and out with "pitch" the ark was
waterproofed. We have been protected from the wrath of God by
the perfect covering that comes from Jesus Christ. Our shelter
from God's wrath is found only beneath the blood of Jesus. I John
1:7 says, "if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the
Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus
His Son cleanses us from all sin." "Christ Jesus, who
gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and
to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous
for good deeds" (Titus 2:14).
There is urgency for us to enter
the ark now. Once the door is shut, no one else can enter in.
"Those that entered, male and female of all flesh, entered
as God had commanded him; and the Lord closed it behind
We have been redeemed "with
precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the
blood of Christ" (I Peter 1:19). That is the only covering
that will protect us from the wrath of God.