Saturday, February 7, 2009

Noah's Ark

Builder of the modern Ark of Noah in its exact measurements.

Evil started to multiply on earth and the abomination of desolation sitting where it should not be. Even the giants that inhabited the earth during that time will not be able to safe themselves because God is stronger than the greatest earthly giant. In the midst of all this, there was a righteous man called Noah who found grace in the eyes of the Lord. God told him to tell his people that he will destroy the world and anyone who wants to save his soul should enter into the ark. In the course of building the ark, Noah invited people but they did not obey. He decided to enter only with his family. Finally God opened the windows and doors of heaven and water flooded the earth; consuming the lives of those who rejected the invitation to enter into the ark. His story is found in Gen 6:9-9:29.

Profile of Noah
“Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God” (Gen 6:9). He had three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Noah was a great intercessor. We did not know about that until it is alluded in Ezek 14:14, 20. Indeed anyone faced with the alternatives of life and death must intercede to make the choice of life or encourage those on the highway of perdition to salvation. Noah was a man of faith (Heb 11:7) and because the just survive by faith (Hab 2:4). He did not know about a flood but when God told him he believed him. How much do we believe God? Do we even care what God says today or we do just what soothes our souls.

Noah’s Story and the lessons

God then told him to prepare an ark because he wanted to destroy the earth by a flood of water. Noah was to take seven kinds of animals, seven kinds of birds: male and female and lock themselves in the ark for seven days. All the animals lived in the same boat without eating each other foreshadowing the perfect coexistence as prophesied by Isaiah (Is 11:6-9). But until that time, though the lion and the sheep may lie together the sheep wouldn’t get much sleep.

After Noah and his sons: Shem, Ham, Japheth, and Noah's wife, and the three wives of his sons entered into the Ark, it rained forty days and forty nights. All other things not in the ark died. Though the ark was there but the children of Noah, their wives and Noah and his wife had to make an effort to enter into it. Same today; those who want to be saved must confess with their mouths and believe with their hearts that Jesus saves. The Ark plays the role of judgment and salvation.
Noah sent two birds: a raven and a dove to spy, come back and tell them the condition of the land. The ravens are very intelligent birds that coexist with human beings easily but also feed on dead things. The raven is so selfish that it does not even feed its young ones. If it went and did not come back then there were corpses to eat and thus the environment was not yet safe for Noah and his family. Notice that God does not give us a problem that does not have a solution. Your trials and temptations are mortgaged and subrogated by Jesus. Only lean on Him and ask: Master what should I do?

Exact Measurements of Noah's Ark built but a Carpenter

Unlike the raven, the doves care for their young. The dove is peaceful and clean and seeing the debris all over it would not find a place to land. Seeing water everywhere it will not land. It goes and then comes back later.
After the destruction by the flood the human race would start to replicate from the family of Noah. That is why God said to them: “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth” (8:1). God kept his promise that he will no more destroy the world by the flood. He reiterated the same promise of Isaiah. Nonetheless, that does not peter out future destruction by fire or brimstone.

God now thinks about their feeding. So when God tells you to multiply or have a large family he knows how he will feed you. In this same passage God reiterates people multiplying and replenish the earth. I wonder why people are fighting against population explosion. Look at the living space that have not even been inhabited and will not even be till kingdom come. This same order indicts abortionists and family planning theorists who preach on curbing the population.

For Noah and his family to conquer the earth he must give them authority over other beats (8:2). How has the human being fallen that little things frighten us nowadays. Eating everything is a sign of authority. Some people cannot even stomach food from other places and they throw up. Then God establishes a rule against murder.
God being faithful establishes a covenant (Is 54:9). A covenant involves two people. Both are part of it as long as they are alive and they must fulfill the conditions.

To confirm he is into the covenant he draws the rainbow. Why does God use the rainbow as his sign for the covenant? The rainbow has seven colors whose visible half always starts from land and ends in the sea, thus, burying the invisible half under the waters. The number seven is the number of perfection. That means; his promises are perfect and his covenants are perfect. Yet again since we live in a physical world that looks so attractive and beautiful we may be tempted to remain on it. What about the invisible part of the world we do not see. Same with human beings: each has a dark and bright side. There is none that is perfect. Everything has its advantages ad disadvantages. It is the life beyond. What the rainbow symbolized was life beyond that mankind does not see. Indeed the Bible confirms that there is life beyond.

The Bible proceeds by telling us the genealogy of Noah. Do we even know our genealogy to the third generation? First cousins do not even know themselves. Families are so torn apart that one wonders if there is still family today. In the destruction cataclysm during the days of Noah one would see again that patient nature of God (I Pet 3:20). He waited as Noah made his plea to people so that they can come into the Ark. Water again unfolds the symbolism of death and salvation: death unto those who reject entering and life unto those who believe and enter. That means we do not perish because we are sinners but because even when offered the opportunity of salvation we still reject it.

Indeed just as God destroyed the old world of Noah he will destroy our world (2 Pet 2:5). But if we do repent of our sins and believe in Jesus we obtain salvation.
Until then, Jesus is the ark today we must enter to save ourselves; enter therein.
Prince & PA Hamilton Ayuk

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