Good morning. It is Tuesday, June 29, 2021
I watched a video yesterday filmed at the Ark Encounter. Perhaps you have taken the tour. It is in Kentucky and is a replica of Noah’s Ark. It is 510 feet long, 85 feet wide and 51 feet tall and, is the largest timber frame structure in the world!
They used dimensions from Genesis 6:14-16 ESV “Make yourself an ark of gopher wood. Make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and out with pitch. This is how you are to make it: the length of the ark 300 cubits, (a cubit was about 18 inches) its breadth 50 cubits, and its height 30 cubits. Make a roof (or skylight) for the ark, and finish it to a cubit above, and set the door of the ark in its side. Make it with lower, second, and third decks.”
Billy Hallowell of PureFlix was interviewing the founder Ken Ham and after watching the video, I very much would like to tour the ark myself.
Toward the end of the video the men are standing in front of large wooden double doors. Ken said, “Noah and his family had to go through one door to be saved. Think about that as a picture. Jesus Christ said I am the door; by me, if any man enter in, he will be saved. As Noah and his family had to go through a door to be saved, we need to go through a door to be saved and that door is Jesus.”
John 10:9 ESV “I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved…”
Reading Genesis chapter 6, we think times are bad now? they were much worse in Noah’s day. Verse 5 reads: “The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”
Every intention was evil continually!
Verse 6: God regretted that he had made man and it grieved him to his heart.
Wow! Can you imagine our Creator having regret?
Verse 7, So the Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land…for I am sorry that I have made them.”
God regretted creating humans, their evil actions grieved him to his heart and he was sorry that he had made them. He was ready to blot them out forever! That is a very sobering thought.
However, Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.
Have you ever thought about this? If it were not for Noah and his faithfulness to the Lord, you and I would not exist. The world would have been destroyed and that would have been the end. But because of one man, the human race was saved.
Noah was a type of Christ. That is a whole study in and by itself, but because of the act of one man, Jesus Christ on the cross, those who want it, can be saved for eternity.
There is only one mediator between God and man, that is Jesus Christ. There is one way to be saved, just one.
1 Timothy 2:5 tell us there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and people, the man Christ Jesus.
There are many people, me included, that believe we are living in the last days. There are signs all around us. Jesus is coming soon.
“Just as it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of Man. They were eating and drinking and marrying and being given in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.” Luke 17:26-27 ESV
“You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.” James 5:8 ESV
One day very soon, we will look up and see Him.
Revelation 1:7 “Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him…”
Luke 17:24 “For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day.”
We will hear Him.
1 Thessalonians 4:16 “For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God.”
Don’t let yourself get caught up in the cares of the world. Keep your eyes on Jesus. Be patient, be ready.
Matthew 24:36, 44 “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only…Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”
“Knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation….The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” 2 Peter 3:3-4, 9 ESV
His desire is that every single person would turn to Him and be saved. But He will not force us. Jesus is the door, and He promises us that whoever enters through that door will be saved.