The Biblical Account of The Story of Noah
As we continue the story of Noah we see God is true to His word. God brings the flood. We must look at this event from a couple of perspectives. First, let’s examine the facts as they relate to the pictures and shadows that God is presenting through the story. In the next part in the series on the story of Noah, we’ll look at the nature of the physical events themselves and how God accomplishes this remarkable moment. In verse 11, the monumental significance of this event is emphasized with Moses’ careful accounting of the day on the Jewish calendar. It was the second month, the seventeenth day of the month. Moses seems to be imposing the Jewish civil calendar onto the events of Noah’s day, based on divine inspiration. By that same calendar, Jesus was resurrected from the grave on the seventeenth day of the second month.
Again, Jesus is the Ark, the one who saves us from the coming judgment and that saving work was done for us when Jesus raised from the dead, proving His power over death. That was the day our salvation was assured for us. Similarly, the day that boat rose, floating on the judgement waters was the day on the Jewish calendar that Jesus did the same with His own body. So the work of that boat is continuing to be a picture of the work of Jesus to save those who are in Him by faith. Noah and his family were saved the day they entered into the Ark. Though the flood water didn’t come for another seven days, Noah and his family weren’t saved the day the water showed up. They were saved on the day they entered the Ark. It mattered not what day the flood actually arrived, it only mattered that they be in the Ark when judgement came. Having entered, they were immediately saved from any future judgment, whenever it came. And notice that everyone entered on the same day, a particular day. There is a specific day appointed for them to enter. It’s not enough to stand near the Ark, of lean against it. We can’t come up short…you can’t be half in and half out.
Hebrews 4:1 (NKJV)
The Promise of Rest
4 Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it.
Hebrews warns us as a community. Let us be concerned while this door is still open and the boat is still sitting on the ground letting people enter. If some of us have family or people we associate with or others who know us, if any of them fail to enter let us fear for their sake. Let’s have a sense of urgency about their needs and their salvation because as long as it is called today there is an opening in the Ark and people can enter. But there will soon be a day when that is over. Let’s fear for their sake and let us repeat the call of the Gospel. The invitation to enter and to know what we know. The call of the Gospel is an invitation to enter, but the invitation is all or nothing. And it comes with the same assurance that Noah’s family received. Having entered our Ark, for us it is Christ, we have been saved from the coming judgment. This is why Paul can so confidently declare:
Romans 8:1 (NKJV)
Free from Indwelling Sin
8 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
Once we are in our “ark” Jesus, we can never see condemnation, for our ark receives all the battering of God’s judgment waves as Jesus took our penalty on the cross. But there is only one way to enter this protection, through it’s one and only door. We can’t make our own entrance or devise our own plan and we can’t hang on the side of the ark or climb aboard in our own way. The door is the only way in, and once that door is closed there is no second chance.
Jesus made the connection between the one door and Himself in John 9-10.
John 9:39-41 (NKJV)
39 And Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may be made blind.” 40 Then some of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these words, and said to Him, “Are we blind also?” 41 Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say, ‘We see.’ Therefore your sin remains.
John 10:1-10 (NKJV)
Jesus the True Shepherd
10 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. 2 But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.3 To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. 5 Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” 6 Jesus used this illustration, but they did not understand the things which He spoke to them.
Jesus the Good Shepherd
7 Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8 All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. 9 I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
He’s not talking about an Ark but a sheep pen. But the analogy still works. There is but one way into salvation, one way to enter the kingdom of God. It is through Christ. In Noah’s day it was the Ark. One door, one boat, one way! There wasn’t a hundred ways to save yourself from the flood, there was only one. And likewise today, there are not a hundred ways to God or to be saved. There is only one and Jesus declared it, He is the way. We enter through Him or we don’t enter at all. And those who claim another way are like thieves and robbers hoping to jump over the wall and come in some other way. But it is not possible. And the sheep, God’s chosen people do not follow, but they know their master. The Pharisees were the type of men who looked for their own way to enter
God’s kingdom. They weren’t men with humble hearts and a true faith. For they were impostors, wolves in sheep’s clothing and hypocrites. They tried to take what they wanted by “stealing” it in a spiritual sense. Rather than come to God with humble hearts that desired to obey His word, they lied and schemed. They sought the approval of men and the self-satisfaction of thinking themselves righteous.
In John 9, Jesus calls them blind men, men who think they see but who are actually ignorant of God and His ways. So Jesus compared them to thieves who try to enter the sheep pen by climbing over the fence rather than entering through the door as honorable men. These men won’t be recognized by the sheep, who only follow the shepherd. The sheep, God’s people, will sense the difference and flee the false leaders like the Pharisees. Because there is only one way in to God’s kingdom, through the door that is Christ Himself. And there is only one true shepherd who can direct God’s
people, Christ’s Spirit. People the world over have imagined countless ways to reach
God and enter heaven. But like the Pharisees, they are thieves and robbers, trying
to gain for themselves what cannot be taken. It can only be gained by God’s grace through faith in Christ, Who is our door. Just as Noah’s salvation was only available through a single door.
Galatians 1:3-4 (NKJV)
3 Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, 4 who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,
Once the whole family was in the Ark, there is the matter of the huge door still laying on the ground. There was no way for the door to be closed from inside, apparently, so
God closes the door of the Ark Himself. It would have been dramatic to witness, surely. And it also had the effect of locking the family in the Ark. There is no going back now. The family isn’t leaving the Ark. Nothing can remove them, even their own doubts or second thoughts. Our salvation in Christ is equally assured. For we are in Him and God has sealed us with His Spirit.
Ephesians 1:13 (NKJV)
13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,
The story of Noah continues in Part 6 of this intriguing account of his life.
“The author’s biblical interpretations and conclusions presented in this document rely on original teaching used by permission of Verse By Verse Ministry International (VBVMI). The author’s views may not represent the views of VBVMI, it’s Directors or staff. Original VBVMI teaching may be found at http://www.vbvmi.org.”
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