The Bible Record of Noah and the Ark
Dr. Joe Temple

Introduction

Open your Bibles, please, to the book of Genesis, chapter 6, that portion of the Word of God we have been studying together. We have talked about the Flood in its relation to the truths of the Word, and now we will think together about the Ark. I am going to suggest that we read together in our Bibles the verses of Scripture which are primarily related to the Ark, without taking the time to read chapters 6-8 in their entirety. We will skip about in these chapters, leaving out some of those verses that do not refer primarily to the Ark so that we will not lose a lot of time. You will notice in Genesis, chapter 6, verse 9:

Genesis 6:

9These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.
13And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
14Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.
15And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits.
16A 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.
17And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die.
18But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons' wives with thee.
19And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female.
20Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive.
21And take thou unto thee of all food that is eaten, and thou shalt gather it to thee; and it shall be for food for thee, and for them.
22Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.

Genesis 7:

1And the Lord said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.
2Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female.
3Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.
7And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood.
8Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth,
9There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah.
13In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah's wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark;
14They, and every beast after his kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind, and every fowl after his kind, every bird of every sort.
15And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life.
16And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the Lord shut him in.
17And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth.
18And the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters.
23And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.

Genesis 8:

1And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters asswaged;
4And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.
6And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made:
7And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth.
8Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground;
9But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth: then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark.
10And he stayed yet other seven days; and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark;
11And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf pluckt off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth.
12And he stayed yet other seven days; and sent forth the dove; which returned not again unto him any more.
15And God spake unto Noah, saying,
16Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons' wives with thee.
17Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, of all flesh, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth; that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth.
18And Noah went forth, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him:
19Every beast, every creeping thing, and every fowl, and whatsoever creepeth upon the earth, after their kinds, went forth out of the ark.

That is as much as we will read consecutively in the Word, because these are the verses which deal with the Ark.

The Bible the Source of All Truth

I am sure that you are familiar with the story of the Flood. I am certain that at Sunday School you have had lessons about the Ark. I do not think you would gain anything by discussing the literal or the physical conception of the Ark. We believe it to be exactly as God said it was. There are ocean liners today actually bigger than the Ark was, so we do not need to enter into discussion, as some people have done, about the sea-worthiness of this Ark, about whether it could contain those who went in it, and about whether or not it could ride out the crest of such a flood as we have been reading about in the Bible.

As I have told you before, it is encouraging to know that people who are not primarily interested in religion have discovered certain things which they say verifies the Bible account. We are not primarily interested in that because whether or not it is verified by anything else, I would like to re-emphasize that the attitude of the Christian who walks by faith ought not to be that certain things verify the Bible. It ought to be that the Bible verifies certain things. The Bible is the final word of authority.

Types: Examples or Illustrations of Other Spiritual Truths

I think it might be wise and profitable if we examine the verses we have read about the Ark, as they teach us a very important, typical lesson. The study of types in the Word of God is one of the most interesting ways to study God's Word. By the study of types we mean that certain truths in the Word of God are used as types and illustrations of certain other spiritual truths.

As we compare Scripture with Scripture, it is an amazing thing to notice the unity of the Word of God in relation to this particular thing. As a scriptural basis for such a study, I would like for you to turn with me in your Bibles, please, to I Corinthians, chapter 10, because there may be some folk who have not been introduced to a study such as I wish to bring you. You may say, “Why should we be spending our time thinking along those lines?”

I Corinthians 10:

1Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;
2And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;
3And did all eat the same spiritual meat;
4And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.
5But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.

Let us pause for a moment. Paul was speaking in this paragraph about how God dealt with the nation of Israel in the wilderness. Notice verse 6:

I Corinthians 10:

6Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.
7Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.
8Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.
9Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.
10Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.

Let us pause for a moment and recognize again that Paul is making reference to the history of the nation of Israel as they were moving from the land of Egypt through the wilderness into the promised land, and as they were wandering about in circles, so to speak, just before they entered the land itself. Look at verse 11:

I Corinthians 10:

11Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

Look at verse 6 again:

I Corinthians 10:

6Now these things were our examples [substitute the word types for examples , because that is the meaning of the original word in the Hebrew text], to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.

Down in verse 11:

I Corinthians 10:

11Now all these things happened unto them for [types]: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

Substitute the word age for the word world , because that is the correct meaning of the text, and you realize that God in His mercy and His grace preserved these accounts that we might have a type of spiritual truth set before us, particularly for us who are living in the end of the age.

The Ark As A Threefold Type

If we accept this teaching of the Word, we see why God would preserve the history of the building of the Ark, how it was built, etc. Aside from the spiritual truth that is contained in it, we get no value out of it other than that it is interesting to know.

That is all many people know about the Word of God, just a few facts without any spiritual application of those facts. If we take the truth that is contained in this story of the Ark, and on the authority of the passage of Scripture which I have read with you, seek to know what spiritual lesson God would have us learn, I think we will receive a real blessing for our individual hearts.

I want us to consider the Ark in its typical teaching from a threefold standpoint: first, as it is an illustration, or a type, of the sovereignty of God with relation to salvation; second, as it is a type, or an illustration, of the method of God in providing this salvation of which we speak; and third, as it is a type, or an illustration, of the security provided through this salvation of which we speak.

The Sovereignty of God in His Salvation

Let us go back to the book of Genesis, chapter 6, verse 8:

Genesis 6:

8But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.

Stop and let that sink in. This verse is preceded by the verse that tells us that the whole world was so wicked that God repented that He had made man. One man, not his family, found grace in the eyes of the Lord. Noah's salvation in the Ark was by God's grace and God's grace alone. Notice verse 14. Because Noah found grace in the sight of the Lord, God said:

Genesis 6:

14Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.

That is the fact that I would like for us to notice particularly. Long before the Flood came…as a matter of time, a hundred and twenty years before the fountains of the deep were broken up…God made provision for the man who had found grace in His sight. Long before the Flood actually occurred, God made provisions for the man who had found grace in His sight. He did not wait until the Flood started and then say, “Now let us see what we can do to save Noah from the Flood.” Long before the Flood actually occurred, a provision was made.

That is the first lesson in type that I want us to get about the Ark. It is a perfect type of a great truth that is taught throughout the Word of God, but emphasized very clearly in the book of Revelation, chapter 13, verse 8:

Revelation 13:

8And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

That is a strange statement, isn't it? The Lord Jesus Christ died, roughly speaking, of course, in 30 A.D. This was nearly 2,000 years ago. Yet this passage of Scripture says that He was slain (He was killed, made a sacrifice for our sins) even before the world was created.

That must seem like a terribly strange thing to us, and certainly it is difficult for us to comprehend. However, it is another facet of the sovereignty of God. God, in His foreknowledge, and on the basis of the principle of complete salvation, arranged that His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, would die for the sins of the world.

He made this contract with history before He ever created the earth, before He ever created an individual, before it was all planned. God did the same thing in relation to the Flood. Before the Ark was needed, an Ark was made, and then when it was needed, it was there for those who found grace in the sight of the Lord.

The reason I am mentioning this even in the manner in which I am is that I want you to see that Noah was not chosen because he earned it. He was not chosen because he deserved it. If he had been, the statement would not have been recorded that he found grace in the eyes of the Lord. The provision that God made for Noah's salvation had absolutely nothing to do with Noah's goodness, or Noah's righteousness.

The Ark Made of Gopher Wood

If you will go back to chapter 6 of Genesis, you will notice that God told Noah to make the Ark out of gopher wood. That was something that could not be had over night. In chapter 5, we discovered that the descendants of Cain were very clever in their manufacture of various metals such as steel. This Ark was not made out of steel. Had it been, it would have been the effort of human hands.

It was made out of gopher wood, and gopher wood has two characteristics that fit in with our typical study. One, of course, is that it is wood. There is no way to get wood without death. A tree must die to provide the wood. The Lord Jesus Christ was the provision for our salvation. There is no salvation out of Christ, and Noah's salvation was by means of the Ark.

Second, another interesting thing about this gopher wood is that of all the wood that might have been present, God said to use gopher wood because it was a dry wood. That fits in very beautifully with one of the two characteristics of the Lord Jesus Christ found in chapter 53 of the book of Isaiah. Here a description of the Lord Jesus Christ is presented to us. One of His characteristics is presented to us in verse 2:

Isaiah 53:

2For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.

Literally, he shall grow up before men as a tender plant…and notice a characteristic…as a root out of the dry ground. A dry piece of wood…the description of the Ark is such because God wanted to tell men the whole story and have it focus on the Lord Jesus Christ. Even minute details such as this that we are considering were covered in God's infinite wisdom.

Only One Window and One Door in the Ark

Go back now to Genesis, chapter 6, and notice in verse 16 what God told Noah to do in relation to the Ark:

Genesis 6:

16A 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.

Will you notice, “and the door [not the doors] of the Ark shalt thou set in the side thereof.” The Ark as a type of Christ, illustrating the sovereignty of God in relation to our salvation, would have been inaccurate had there been more than one door. There was only one door in the side of the Ark.

We are reminded of the words of the Lord Jesus Christ in chapter 14 of the Gospel of John when He spoke concerning Himself in words that I think are familiar to all of us. Jesus said in verse 6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father but by me.” Notice what He said: “I am the way…” Not, “I am one of the ways,” as some people would have you think.

I heard an outstanding preacher say not too long ago…I hope he did not mean what he said…“There are many ways to God. The Bible goes the closest way.” I hope he did not mean that, because there are not many ways to God. There is only one way. The Lord Jesus Christ says, “I am the way.” God told Noah when he built the Ark to put one door in the Ark, and everyone went in that one door and no other way.

Here, then, is an illustration of the sovereignty of God. God, as sovereign, built the Ark as He wanted to build it, and He put the door where He wanted to put it, and He said, “Now, you go through that door, or you do not go at all.”

There was not any of this business of everyone striving for the same place and finally winding up there. There was not any of this business of everyone doing the best he can and things will work out all right. God, as sovereign, said, “That is the door.” And He said, “There is no other way into the Ark except that door.”

The Door In the Side of the Ark

Some folk will go a step farther, though I do not know if I would want to go so far dogmatically, but I offer it to you for your thinking. Some people say that even the door's being in the side of the Ark is significant. It was not on top of the Ark. It was not in the end of the Ark. It was in the side of the Ark.

Even that is significant as far as the accuracy of the Scripture is concerned because of a passage of Scripture found in chapter 19 of the Gospel of John. Turn there with me and notice verse 34 where it is speaking of the crucifixion scene:

John 19:

34But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.
35And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe.

Sometimes we generalize and say, “We do not need to be too particular. Let us be general.” That might pass up to a point, but only up to a point. The Bible plainly teaches…I want you to get this. It does not just suggest a Christ that saves us. It plainly states…that salvation is through the shedding of His blood. If the Lord Jesus Christ had died as the thief on either side of Him died, there would have been no salvation. It was the shedding of His blood.

The soldiers broke the legs of the thieves on each side of the Lord Jesus Christ because that was the custom of the day to hasten their death. When they came to the Lord Jesus Christ, they were restrained by the eminent forecounsel of God, and instead, did an unheard-of thing. They took a spear and pierced the side of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the blood and water flowed out, so it may be said that the water is significant. The water indicates that the Lord Jesus Christ died of a broken heart because of the weight of the sins of the whole world.

This much we know. There was one door into the Ark. If it seems sigificant that it was in the side of the Ark and not somewhere else, there is enough Scripture to make that an interesting observation, whether it is important or not.

The Command to Enter the Ark

Will you go back, please, to the book of Genesis and notice chapter 7, verse 1:

Genesis 7:

1And the Lord said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.

Notice the word come . This is the first time it is used in the Bible . It is going to be used over 5,000 times after this.

Here is an important truth. Noah did not go into the Ark when he decided to go into it. He went in when God invited him. I tnink we need to remember today, though it may sound a little strange to you, but think about it before you reject it, that men are not saved when they want to be saved. They are saved only when the Spirit of God draws them…no other time.

There are individuals you know who say, “I am not ready to be saved yet, but I will be saved when I am ready.” Well, they may not. The Bible says that no man can come unto God except the Holy Spirit draws him. It is true in a very broad sense that the invitation goes out today, “Whosoever will, let him come and take of the water of life freely.”

If I were you, I would not sit back and say, “Well, I would like to go into the Ark, but no one has invited me.” You have your invitation. I would come now. I would not play fast and loose with the mercy of God, either, and say, “I can do what I want to and do it when I want to.” You may find there will come a time in life when the Spirit of God will no longer convict of sin. When you have bowed your neck for the last time, and you are still an unsaved person, you are cut off.

God said to Noah, “Come thou and all thy house into the Ark.” Here is something else for your meditation. We do not have time to examine it in its entirety, but some Bible scholars read into this statement, “Come thou and all thy house into the Ark,” a significant truth in the Word of God. They believe it is re-emphasized in chapter 16 of the Acts of the Apostles when the Philippian jailer said to Paul and Silas, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They answered, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”

It is interesting to notice what the Bible teaches about household salvation. Wait just a minute. There is a lot of error taught about household salvation. And lest you go out of here saying I have said something I have not said (because I do not have time to go into it in its entirety), I am not suggesting that because a mother and a father are saved, everyone in their family is automatically saved.

I am not suggesting that, but I am suggesting to you what the Bible does teach: that children are sanctified by the faith of their mothers and fathers. That is, they are set apart (that is the meaning of the world sanctification ) by the relationship of the mother and father to God. This simply means that children in a saved home, a Christian home, will have a better opportunity of hearing the Gospel than children from an unsaved home.

For the promise is, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” It does not mean that if you have received the Lord Jesus Christ as your own personal Savior, and you have unsaved children, you can just worry God to death (and I say that reverently) about the salvation of your children because He has made you a promise, that you and your house will be saved. God said to Noah, “Come thou and all thy house into the Ark.”

Salvation That is Represented by the Ark

We must hurry on. I would like for us to notice the salvation that is represented by the Ark. I have tried to lay before you the kinds of illustrations of the sovereignty of God up to this point in relation to the Ark, and now a word about the salvation that is represented by the Ark.

First, let me say to you that the Ark in the Word of God is always an instrument of salvation. Of course you understand, I trust, that there is more than one Ark. I suppose you have heard the story of the man riding a train, who, noticing a man reading a Bible said, “Surely you do not believe that foolishness, do you?” He answered, “Yes, sir, I do.” The man said, “Well, how can you? It is full of contradictions. Just for example, the Bible talks about an Ark that is 450 feet long and 75 feet wide and 45 feet high in the book of Genesis, and in the book of Exodus it talks about some fool man who carries it on his shoulders. Now that is the Bible for you. It is full of contradictions like that.”

Noah's Ark

That man's observations were just about as foolish as the observations of most people who do not know the Word of God. What these people do not know is that those passages of Scripture are speaking about two different Arks. One of them is Noah's Ark, and the other is the Ark of the Covenant. Noah's Ark was just as big as we mentioned, and the Ark of the Covenant was nothing more than a little chest with rings on the sides which would enable people to carry it about.

The Ark of Bulrushes to Protect the Baby Moses

Then of course there was another ark mentioned in the Bible. It was a little basket made out of bulrushes. Always the ark was a type of safety, and Noah's Ark provided salvation for Noah and his family from the wrath of God, because the Flood was the evidence of God's wrath against sin. The ark of bulrushes, nothing more than a basket, provided the safety of God against the attack of Satan. Satan was trying to kill a little baby, and the only thing that saved that little baby was an ark made out of bulrushes.

The Ark of the Covenant

The Ark of the Covenant had in it the tables of stone, Aaron's rod that budded, and the golden pot of manna. We are told that the reason the tables of stone (The Ten Commandments) were in the Ark was so that when the high priest went into the most holy place, he might come out alive again. If the tables of stone had not been in the Ark, he would have been killed by the condemnation of God's holy law.

The Believer Safe in Christ

These three Arks become a perfect illustration of the Lord Jesus Christ, for we who are in Christ have been saved from the wrath of God. We who are in Christ are preserved from the attacks of Satan. Any attack he makes on us, he has to make on Christ first.

We who are in Christ are saved from the comdemnation of the moral law. There is not one of you here…and I hope this will not be too great an illumination to some of you…who has not broken the moral law, not one of you. The Bible says that should you offend in one point of the law, then you are guilty of breaking the whole law, and the condemnation of the whole law rests upon your head. If you are in Christ, however, He has taken the condemnation for you, and you are free from it (for justification).

The Ark then is an illustration of the salvation that is provided by the grace of God for everyone within. Noah was safe while he was in the Ark. Will you get that…while he was in the Ark.

Look again in the book of Genesis, chapter 7, at what happened to the Ark when the Flood came. Notice chapter 7, verse 17:

Genesis 7:

17And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth.
18And the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly upon the earth; and [Noah] went upon the face of the waters.

Is that the way your Bibles read? Well, it is not the way mine reads, for Noah's salvation did not depend upon his ability to float. Noah's salvation depended upon the fact that he was in the Ark. It was the Ark…notice again in verse 17…that was borne up by the water:

Genesis 7:

17And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth.
18And the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters.

The accuracy of such typical studies in the Scriptures is shown when David, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, wrote in Psalms on this very thing. We will look at just one verse if you will turn to Psalm 42. Some of the Psalms…not all of them, but some of them in the Word of God…are what we call Messianic Psalms . They speak of the Messiah.

How do we know that? In every instance the Spirit of God has been pleased to quote these Psalms in some other portion of the Word of God and to make very clear to us that it referred not to David, but to the Lord Jesus Christ. The disciples on the day of Pentecost emphasized that very thing. The Lord Jesus Christ emphasized that very thing. Did David speak of himself, or did he speak of someone else? In Psalm 42, verse 6, we have the words of the Lord Jesus Christ uttered upon the Cross:

Psalms 42:

6O my God, my soul is cast down within me: therefore will I remember thee from the land of Jordan, and of the Hermonites, from the hill Mizar.
7Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me.
8Yet the Lord will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.

We read in the book of Genesis that the fountains of the deep were broken up, and the waterspouts poured five miles beyond the face of the earth. The waters, the deep, the billows, buffeted the Ark as it rode the crest of the waves. The Lord Jesus Christ said, as He hung upon the Cross, that the wrath of God, in waves and billows, rolled over Him to provide safety for every person who is in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Go back with me, please, to the book of Genesis again and notice in chapter 8, verse 4, another significant statement that causes me to marvel again at the intricacies of the Word of God and the accuracy of the Spirit of God in recording the whole story:

Genesis 8:

4And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.

Have you ever stopped to wonder why the Spirit of God was pleased to record that certain statement? After all, what difference does it make to us if the Ark rested in the seventh month or in the third month? What possible difference could it make? Look again at that verse:

Genesis 8:

4And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month…

The seventh month, the seventeenth day? What is so significant about that day? That is the exact day of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ from the dead. The Lord Jesus Christ at Calvary went through the flood of God's wrath toward sin, and then He arose from the grave on the seventeenth day of the seventh month. It was on that day that the Ark which typified the Lord Jesus Christ, weathering the storm of God's wrath, rested on Mount Ararat.

(Note: Actually Christ arose on Nisan 18. He was crucified on Wednesday, Nisan 14, buried at the beginning of Nisan 15, and then arose at the very beginning of Sunday, Nisan 18. Thus, on Nisan 17 [the weekly Sabbath], He rested from His completed work of redemption. This is typified by the Ark coming to rest on the seventeenth day of the month.)

You see that salvation by the grace of God provided for Noah in the Ark is a perfect illustration of the salvation that is provided for you and for me in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Eternal Security Provided in God's Salvation

One thing I would leave with you is the security of that salvation in the Ark. How really sure is that salvation? How dependable is it? Do you suppose that when Noah went into the Ark he spent a great deal of time wondering if the Ark could weather the storm?

Now mind you, promoting the building of an Ark that was not even close to a sea on the basis of the fact that the whole world would one day be covered with water was a very foolish thing for Noah to do. They could not even begin to tell if the Ark was sea-worthy or not. God said, “Noah, come in,” and Noah went into the Ark.

I wonder how he felt. If he were like a lot of us, he would have been very much concerned. He would have been very doubtful that the Ark would ride out the Flood, and his faith would have wavered at the thought of the wrath of God. There are multitudes of us who trust the Lord Jesus Christ with fear and trembling. We will come, but even as we trust Him, we are not really sure that He can take care of us. We trust, but even as we trust, we are not really sure that we will be saved when the whole thing is over.

The security of the believer…notice what I am saying…is one of the clearest truths in the Word of God. Noah was in the Ark one year and ten days. Wouldn't that have been a long time to go without sleep, especially since there were no tranquilizers there? He might have tried to go without sleep that long if he had not had confidence in the safety provided by the Ark. Some people go a whole lifetime without any sleep, without any rest, after they have accepted Christ, because they have no assurance of their security in the Lord Jesus Christ.

How secure was Noah? There are several things in the story that we might mention to you that might help us to understand how secure he was. Will you go back to Genesis, chapter 6, verse 14:

Genesis 6:

14Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, [and notice] and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.

Of course, you have heard teachers saying the pitching within and without is to make it waterproof. Yet there is a deeper, underlying truth here. Look at this word pitch . It comes from a Hebrew word kaphar , which is translated about seventy times in the Old Testament atonement . This is the only place it is translated pitch .

I wonder why the Spirit of God made this mistake ? Did He not know Hebrew well? Why did He do it? I believe in the verbal inspiration of the Word of God as it is presented in the original text. I think He chose the word kaphar and used it for pitch to remind us that the water seepage of the Ark, spiritually speaking, did not depend upon a little pitch. It depended upon the finished work of God.

How do I know that I am going to ride out the storm? How do I know that I am going to Heaven when I die? How do I know that? Someone says, “Well, you are not too bad. You are bound to do a little bit of good after all.” That does not have a thing to do with it. How do I know? I know because I am an Ark that has been properly pitched. The Lord Jesus Christ has made a full and complete atonement for my sins. He does not need one little effort from me since He has made once and for all a full and complete atonement.

Let us look again at this passage in the book of Genesis and notice what happened when Noah and his family went into the Ark. Notice verse 16 of chapter 7:

Genesis 7:

16And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the Lord shut him in.

“…and the LORD shut the door.” This may sound a little bit startling to you. Noah could not get out of the Ark if he wanted to do so. Do not misunderstand. I do not think he wanted to get out of the Ark, but it is just about as silly to talk about Noah's wanting to get out of the Ark as it is to talk about people that can, after they have received the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, go to Hell, even if they want to go there.

Sometimes you hear people, in speaking of the security of the believer, speak of the individual's being in the hand of the Savior, and no man, they say, is able to pluck him out of the Father's hand. Someone who has not grasped the truth of the security of the believer and all its wonders will say, “Well, maybe no one can pluck him out, but he could jump out.” Actually he could not even do that.

Anyway, who would want to jump out? Can you imagine Noah wanting to jump out in that Flood? Let us face it: God shut the door. If we would take the time to read the first chapter of the book of Revelation, we would discover that the Lord Jesus Christ says that He has the keys of Hell and of death. When He opens the door, no man can shut it. When He shuts a door, no man can open it.

Noah was placed behind the shut door of the Ark. You can rejoice in the safety that Noah enjoyed in the Ark which could weather the storm, as we rejoice in the safety that is ours in the Lord Jesus Christ.

I hope you are in Christ. Did you notice what I said? In Christ. Not, I hope you are in church. I am interested in whether you are in Christ. It is possible to be in church and not in Christ. Are you in Christ? That is your only possible way to safety from the wrath of God.


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