2. Why Noah was safe in the ark (1)

We spoke last week of the similarity between the tar used by Noah to cover the ark and the word 'atonement' used to symbolize the effects which flowed from the death of Christ. Both of them mean 'to cover'. Noah covered the ark and Jesus' blood covered us.

Now let me continue to draw the similarities between them by asking this one question: Why was Noah safe in the ark? What made that he didn't have to fear the forces of the flood crashing into his boat? I mean think about it, It was just a boat made out of wood after all, it could easily have let in water and sunk to the bottom of it all. He could have crashed into a mountain simply with the fierce force of the water. So many things could have gone wrong, but it didn't, why?

I am going to discuss the first reason today and the others in the coming weeks. The first reason why he was safe was because God shut him in.

Genesis 7:15,16 "Two by two they came into the boat, male and female, just as God had commanded. Then the Lord shut them in."

I don't know about you, but I have read and heard this story many times before, but I always thought that they simply shut the door from inside, like a submarine today and that was that. In our modern society it is easy to shut a door from the inside, and if it is designed to go underwater there are extra measures taken to ensure that no water will filter in. But it was only now when I carefully read this verse that I realized that that would not have been possible in those days.

They couldn't shut themselves in. The door was made out of wood, and water could easily have come in through the small openings between the door and the ark itself. They covered the whole boat with tar, but they couldn't cover those openings from the outside, because they were all inside. God therefore covered the entrance with tar once they were all inside. God ensured that they were safe and that not a drop of water will filter in.

The same is true with Christ. Once you accepted Him in your life you are covered by Him. You are shut in and Jesus closes the door. You are inside His safe haven and you cannot get out. You are protected by Him and He would keep you in His loving embrace. No matter what sin you commit, He will not let you go. You are His. He has died for very sin that you have committed and will ever commit and has reconciled you with God. You are part of His family now.

Thank you so much Father that we can know that we are shut in. We are being kept safe from harm, no evil can prosper against us, for at the end of the day we will be with You forever and ever. Amen


3 comments for “2. Why Noah was safe in the ark (1)”

  1. Gravatar of RonelleRonelle
    Posted Friday, 13 January 2012 at 7:39:29 AM

    Absolutely powerful similarities. Great to know

  2. Gravatar of Madel  FourieMadel Fourie
    Posted Friday, 13 January 2012 at 10:39:04 AM

    Never thought about it that way. Thanks!

  3. Gravatar of HenriHenri
    Posted Friday, 13 January 2012 at 11:47:22 AM

    Wonderful to realise again how God covers us in ways we do not even know or can think about.Tx for this inspiring message!

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