Thursday, August 11, 2016

Noah Builds the Ark

13 And God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth. 14 Make yourself an ark of gopherwood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and outside with pitch. 15 And this is how you shall make it: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, its width fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits. 16 You shall make a window for the ark, and you shall finish it to a cubit from above; and set the door of the ark in its side. You shall make it with lower, second, and third decks. 17 And behold, I Myself am bringing floodwaters on the earth, to destroy from under heaven all flesh in which is the breath of life; everything that is on the earth shall die. 18 But I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall go into the ark—you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. 19 And of every living thing of all flesh you shall bring two of every sort into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female. 20 Of the birds after their kind, of animals after their kind, and of every creeping thing of the earth after its kind, two of every kind will come to you to keep them alive. 21 And you shall take for yourself of all food that is eaten, and you shall gather it to yourself; and it shall be food for you and for them.”
22 Thus Noah did; according to all that God commanded him, so he did.
Genesis 6:13-22, NKJV

Noah Builds the Ark

In Genesis chapter 6, God instructs Noah to build an ark with specific instructions for a window and doors. The ark will be large enough to house all of the animals that God will bring to the ark. How did Noah respond to God's command? Verse 22 says, "Thus Noah did; according to all that God commanded him, so he did."

There are so many lessons for us today in this passage. Through God's instructions to Noah, we discover that there is a limit as to what God will tolerate. Man had become so wicked that God finally said, "Enough!" Yet, Noah found grace in God's sight. Think of it--the earth is filled with the great and devastating wickedness of man--so much so that God determines to destroy this earth that He created. But, one man and his family are saved. Why? God saw that Noah, in spite of the influence of the world upon him, still loved and served God.

Would God spare the world again for just one person? God has done something even greater than this. In spite of the sin of man, God provided a way for man to be made righteous in His sight through the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. God sent one man--His only Son, the Lord Jesus--to save a people for Himself. The ark is a picture of God's protection for His people, even in the middle of great catastrophes and the great wickedness of mankind. 

Noah was a rather amazing man. Literally, the last man still standing, the last man still serving God, he did not question God's instructions to him. Though he may have been the laughingstock of all of the world, yet he simply obeyed the instructions given to him by God. Right there, on the dry land, Noah built the ark according to the specifications given to him by God. 

The ark would house Noah, his wife, his three sons, and their wives plus all of the animals--two of every kind. God instructed Noah regarding the food he would need for the journey and the animals he would house. Did Noah worry about how he was going to get the animals aboard the ark? Did he worry about whether the animals would get along during their captivity aboard the ark? No! Noah showed a simple trust. God was God, and He would take care of all things.

Is this story true? Was the entire world engulfed by a flood? Yes! There are those who would discount this as just a local flood, or just an allegory--a story that never really happened. Yet, even among tribes of people who live isolated from the rest of the world, the story of the great flood remains as common knowledge among them--passed down from generation to generation.

Oh how we try to limit God! God, who created this world just by speaking, certainly had the right to destroy it due to its great wickedness. Yet, in His great love and mercy, God saved Noah and his family, as well as 2 of every type of creature to repopulate the earth after the waters of the flood would subside.

Can we trust this God today? Do we have the same simple faith that we find in Noah? Are we ready to obey God even if no one else around us believes that God is real? We live in a day of great apostasy and wickedness--much like in the days of Noah. It is not politically correct to worship and serve God, alone. In our day, the ultimate glory belongs to man and his achievements.

Let us, as children of God, shake off the yoke of this world. Let us fall down before our great God and Savior, and worship Him, alone. Let us seek, by the grace of God, to serve Him faithfully all of the days of our lives. And, may we look forward to that great day when God will bring us home to live with Him forever!

What an amazing God we serve!

God Bless You,

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