We are continuing our look at the flood narrative with Genesis 7:1-24.
What did the ark look like? Many of us will be picturing a short stubby boat with something that looks like a garden shed on the deck. It will be brightly coloured and there is often a giraffe popping it’s head out of one of the windows. There is one thing that’s certain, it looked nothing like that. As far as we can determine, it would have been a very large rectangular box and as for the colours; there was just one – black.
Noah showed tremendous obedience in the flood narrative (6:22, 7:5, 9, 16), he did exactly as God commanded him. Noah had been preaching righteousness to a disobedient people and they had refused to listen while Noah himself was fully obedient. It’s not that complicated and it is a message found right through the Scriptures. God blessed people who just did what he said and there is the supreme example of obedience – the Lord Jesus, who constantly reminded everyone that he came to do the will of the father. The difference between those who were saved and those who were lost is found in how they responded to God.
Noah and his family had been preparing the ark for many years so it must have been a relief when God told them to enter the ark. I would have thought that Noah and his family rushed in just before the flood came. You know the sort of thing – the door closes just as the wave hits the side. In truth, it was nothing like that. In fact they waited a week after entering the ark before the first waters came (7:4, 10). Sometimes being obedient involves a lot of activity but sometimes it means waiting.
As we saw yesterday, Jesus said that his return would be like the days of Noah. Judgement was coming, salvation, in the form of the ark, was available but there came a point when God shut them in (7:16). The door was closed and those outside were lost. Today salvation is freely available but the time will come when it will be too late.
The ark is a picture of Christ. The world deserved judgement but God provided the ark as a means of salvation. The ark went through the judgement and only those inside it were saved. God has provided a way for us, Christ went through God’s judgement on the cross and as long as we are in Christ we will be saved.
Hide me now
Under Your wings
Within Your mighty hand
When the oceans rise and thunders roar
I will soar with You above the storm
Father you are King over the flood
I will be still, know You are God (Still – Rueben Morgan)