The animals going in were male and female of every living thing, as God had commanded Noah. Then the Lord shut him in. Genesis 7:16
Those words stand out. “Then the Lord shut him in.’
In this verse, the Lord is God, the One who made the Universe.
Evil was prevalent in Noah’s time. Genesis 6:5:
And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
God was sorry that He made mankind. But Noah was different. Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.
God told Noah how to build the ark, and He told him what to put in it. God’s instructions were full of details, and Noah obeyed the Lord in everything.
When the ark was finished, and the animals entered in, and Noah’s wife, his sons, and their wives entered the ark, God, Himself, shut the door.
Noah had to work for his ‘salvation’. He was six-hundred years old when he was instructed to build the ark. He wasn’t sure of what was going to happen, or where he would end up, but he trusted God completely.
The rest of the earth perished.
Water poured down from heaven, erasing the earth of all the things that made God sorry that He ever created mankind.
Most people know this story. It is relative today. The work required is for us to believe in Jesus Christ, His life, death, and resurrection, to preach the gospel of salvation, to be baptized, confess our sins, repent, be cleansed, and made right with God.
That has to be so much easier than building a massive ark, and taking care of every kind of animal for many days on a ship with just your wife and family!
Jesus did the hard part. A Christian’s life is not easy, but the reward is great!
We need to be like Noah, believing God in every detail, and in His promise of salvation.
I love the part about Noah being saved, but so many people perished too. They were shut out. This story is about sin and salvation. It is about where you will be when the floods come, in the safety of God’s salvation, or will you be missing the boat?
Dear God, You single out people. You can see their hearts, and their intentions. During the days of Noah, you saw that the thoughts of men were continually evil, but Noah found grace in Your eyes. I am so grateful for Your salvation through Jesus. I deserved to perish, but You gave me grace, and I pray for those who do not know You, that while there is yet time, they would turn to You and be saved. The day of Your return is near, and I pray that You would ‘shut Your people in’ providing them with Your presence, instruction, safety, and guidance. In Jesus’s Name, Amen.
For a story of some fish that possibly caught a boat, and rode out the Japanese Tsunami of 2011, and made it four years later to the Oregon Coast, click here.