Salvation and Noah’s Ark

The symbolism of the ark and the flood are profound.

  1. What does the ark look like? A coffin. It represents the death of Jesus and our dying with Him. In this death we find safety because we are no longer facing hell and damnation because of our sins. This is not any easy road to go and so the majority, as in Noah’s day, does not head the warning. They laugh and scoff and give reasons why they will not do it this way.

2. The pitch or tar which covered the ark is like the blood of Jesus covering us. The pitch was to make the ark waterproof and to keep the ark from sinking. The blood of Jesus covers us and makes us righteous in the sight of God.

3. The ark had only one door to get in and when the rain was about to come it was shut by God Himself. Jesus is the doorway to God and salvation. He is the only way in and one day God will shut that door to sinners.

4. Also the time spent on the ark can be seen this way:

Noah and company goes into the ark and it starts raining. — God judges — Jesus suffers and dies.

The inhabitants of the ark live there for at least 1 year — God “forgets” — Jesus is buried three days.

God “remembers” Noah and family and they come out of the ark — God’s mercy returns — Jesus rises from the grave forever saving all who believe in Him.

What do you think? Am I off my rocker or is there something to this? Other people have had similar thoughts, check out Les Feldick in his lesson on Noah and the flood (Book 2, Lesson 3, Segment 4) and also the commentary on Genesis 8:1-3 in Benson’s commentary.

God Contends with Men Today

Genesis 6:3 The Lord said, “My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal, their days will be a hundred and twenty years.”

When God said that, He gave mankind 120 years to repent of their evil deeds. After that, He intended to contend with the people in Noah’s days no more. He spoke to Noah and Noah began building the ark. While he was doing this, he was witnessing and preaching to people, telling them to repent. In 2 Peter 2:5 Noah was called a “herald or preacher of righteousness”.  He warned the people but the people did not listen. In Genesis 6:6, 7 God had had enough. He decided to destroy everyone but Noah and his family.

God’s Spirit contends with men today: giving light to a darkened mind, showing them their sinful nature, stirring their conscience, leading them to faith in Jesus as their Savior and Lord and to repentance from sin to faith. One day, the Spirit will contend with man no longer. He will go with the church in the rapture and then the tribulation will come. Please if you haven’t seen your sin and taken the free gift of grace from God through Jesus Christ, do so. The day will come when it will not be that easy to come to the Lord anymore. The world is turning into the world of Noah, where “every intention of the thoughts of men’s hearts are only evil continually”. You don’t want to be trapped in that kind of world. Acknowledge your sin and come to Jesus. Accept Him as your Savior and Lord.

Genesis 5 names and their meanings

I got the meaning of the names from Wikipedia: List of Biblical Names and the last part from bible-codes.org.

Genesis
Chapter 5:
Adam – earthy, mankind
Seth – put, who put, fixed, appointed
Enosh – mortal man
Kenan – buyer, owner; sorrow is born
Mahalalel (Mahaleleel) – praising God; the Glory of God
Jared – he who descended; he who shall rule; shall come down
Enoch – dedicated; disciplined; instructing that
Methuselah – when he dies it shall be sent; his death shall bring judgment; his death shall bring (tradition says that he died seven days before the beginning of the Great Flood. In the Book of Jasher, God promised that he would not be killed with the unrighteous.)
Lamech (father of Noah, died five years before the flood) – poor, made low; those in despair
Noah – rest, consolation; comfort and rest
Shem — name; renown
Ham – hot; heat; brown
Japheth – enlarged; fair; persuading

God — The God-
Adam — Man
Seth — is appointed
Enosh — a mortal man
Kenan — of sorrows
Mahalelel — The Glory of God
Jared — shall come down
Enoch — instructing that
Methuselah — his death shall bring
Lamech — those in despair
Noah — comfort and rest

from: http://www.bible-codes.org/Names-Bible-Prophecy-Code.htm

Pretty neat when you think that God used the names in the geneology of Noah and his ancestors to teach about the coming of the Lord Jesus.