GOD’S JUDGMENT GOD’S GRACE
Genesis 6:5 And GOD saw that the Genesis 6:8 But Noah found grace in the
wickedness of man was great in the earth, eyes of the LORD… 9 …Noah was a just
and that every imagination of the thoughts of man and perfect in his generations, and
his heart was only evil continually. 6 And it Noah walked with God.
repented the LORD that he had made man on
the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. God looked… and He also saw Noah.
Noah was a just man.
Verses 11 and 12 say, God looked on the Noah walked with God.
earth… the earth was corrupt before God,
and… filled with violence. God extends mercy. God took the initiative to
spare Noah and his family. Rom 5:8 ―But
God is holy. God commendeth his love toward us, in that,
He looks at man. while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.‖
He sees the sin.
He sees the evil of men’s hearts.
And it grieves His heart.
Proverbs 14:12 There is a way which seemeth
right unto a man, but the end thereof are the
ways of death.
God is just and must punish sin. God’s
judgment brought a great flood to planet earth.
vessel. You can rest in His leading and His
GOD’S PROVISION care and keeping.
Genesis 6:14 Make thee an Ark of gopher
wood… When the time came, God invited Noah into
the Ark. God’s presence was inside the Ark.
God gave Noah the instructions on how to build In Genesis 7:1 it says: " And the LORD said
the Ark. It was painted pitch black. It was unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into
nothing fancy. It had no decorations or name, the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before
no tapered prow or rounded stern. Both ends me in this generation."
were likely square making it look like a box. It
had only one door in the side. There was no He said Come into the Ark. God was 'in the
window to be seen anywhere from the ground. It Ark Himself.' It’s the first time the word 'come'
was not built to sail but merely to float. It had occurs. The word reoccurs over five hundred
no sail, oars, or even a rudder. times in the rest of the Bible. He stills says,
―Come unto Me…‖ He still invites people to
Noah built the Ark to God’s design. A perfect come to Him. "...God was in Christ,
design. The Ark had a ratio (length x width x reconciling the world unto Himself... (2 Co.
height) of 30 x 5 x 3. Experts in ship building 5:19).
say this is the optimum ship design for stability in
rough seas. The Ark, as designed by God, was You can imagine how people would have
virtually impossible to capsize! It would have to mocked Noah. It would have seemed
have tilted over 90 degrees in order to capsize. strange to build a box that looked like a huge
coffin, and predict a Flood when it had as yet
We can learn a lot about God and His salvation never rained upon the earth. Isaiah describes
when we look at the Ark. Noah appeared to how the world mocked the Saviour… "He is
have no control over the vessel. Noah and its despised and rejected of men; a man of
contents were at the total mercy of God. So sorrows, and acquainted with grief, and we hid
too, you can trust Christ to be the captain of your as it were our faces from Him; He was
despised, and we esteemed Him not" (Isaiah we see in the modern breeds of dogs came
53:3). from these two!
Some question how every kind of animal would
have fitted into the Ark. Only air-breathing ARE YOU IN THE ARK?
animals needed to be included on the Ark. Luke 17:26-30 And as it was in the days of
Experts tell us there’s not even 18,000 species Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the
of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians Son of man. (27) They did eat, they drank,
alive in the world today. We might double this they married wives, they were given in
to allow for extinct species. Say 36,000 species marriage, until the day that Noah entered
times 2, or 72,000 animals. Adding extra for the into the Ark, and the flood came, and
clean animals, we might say there were as many destroyed them all. (28) Likewise also as it
as 75,000 animals. was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they
drank, they bought, they sold, they planted,
The Ark had over 100,000 sq feet of floor space. they builded; (29) But the same day that Lot
It could have carried the equivalent of 569 went out of Sodom it rained fire and
standard railroad boxcars of animals. If the brimstone from heaven, and destroyed
average sized animal was the size of a sheep them all. (30) Even thus shall it be in the
this means the Ark could have held over 125,000 day when the Son of man is revealed.
sheep. Most animals are actually smaller than
a common cat. The Ark of Noah is a picture of the salvation
provided by Christ who today is our Ark of
There was therefore plenty of space to preserve safety.
the wild life. It’s also possible that Noah only
took on pairs of "kinds" or species. God created The Ark took 120 years to build. During this
these "kinds" with potential for rich genetic time people would have heard the warnings –
diversity. For instance, at the time of Christ there yet they did not heed them. So, too, many
existed only two types of dogs. All the diversity people today don’t realise the peril that they
are in of facing God’s judgment, and they will not great security for the passengers of the Ark. It’s
receive Jesus as Saviour – their only way to be the same for those who have fled to Christ for
saved. refuge. Those who are in Christ are "kept by the
power of God through faith unto salvation ready to
Yet 2 Peter 2:5 says only eight souls were be revealed in the last time" (1 Pet. 1:5). All who
saved. This would have been Noah, his wife, were in the Ark came out of it alive one year later
his three sons, and their wives. on to the destruction-swept earth (Gen. 8:18, 19).
All who had entered that Ark had been preserved,
God prepared the Ark before the flood came as none had perished by the flood, and none had died
a means of escape for His own people. a natural death. This reminds us of our Lord’s
words, "Of them which thou gavest Me have I lost
Noah was invited by God Himself, "And the Lord none" (John 18:9).
said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house
into the Ark" (Genesis 7:1). He still says to us, There was only one door to enter into the Ark
―come into the Ark…‖ YOU can take shelter as there is only one way to God and that is
from the storm of God’s wrath. You must heed through Christ – no other name… Acts 4:12.
God’s invitation. There was not one entrance for Noah and his
family, another for the animals, and yet
The Ark was a place of safety. Those in it had another for the birds. It had one door only.
absolute security. The Ark itself was pitched The same was true later of the tabernacle; it,
"within and without with pitch" (Gen. 6:14). So it too, had only a single entrance.
was fully watertight. It was a perfect shelter. It
didn’t matter how hard it rained or how high the So, too, there is only one way of escape from
waters rose. All inside the Ark were secure. eternal death. There is only one way of
The Ark was a type of our salvation in Christ. deliverance from the wrath to come. There is
only one Saviour from the Lake of Fire, and He
After Noah had entered the Ark, "the Lord shut him is the Lord Jesus Christ—"I am the way, the
in" (Gen. 7:16). God took care of Noah. There was truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the
Father but by Me" (John 14:6). Our Lord says
to us in John 10:9, "I am the door." God tells Noah, "Make yourself an Ark of
gopher wood; rooms shall you make in the
In verse 16 it tells us of "a window” that was Ark, and shall pitch it within and without with
"above". It was a small window about 25 inches pitch‖ (Genesis 6:14). The wood was to be
square with a covering over it. This reminds us perfectly sealed by covering it without and
to "set your affections on things above, not on within with pitch. The word 'pitch' or bitumen
things on the earth" (Colossians 3:2). Those in here is the same word translated 'Atonement'
the Ark could only "look up" for an outside view in at least 70 other places in the Old
and so we are told "And when these things begin Testament, such as Leviticus 17:11. "For the
to come to pass… look up, and lift up your life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given
heads: for your redemption draweth nigh". (Luke it to you upon the altar to make an atonement
21:28) for your souls: for it is the blood that makes an
atonement for the soul.‖ Only His shed blood
Verse 14 tells us that the ark was made "of can shelter us from the storm of God'’ wrath
gopher wood". This teaches us that "life and judgment against us.
comes out of death". Trees had to "die" in order
that the "life" of Noah and his family were We’ve seen…
secured. We read that the Lord Jesus Christ God’s Judgment
was "a root out of dry ground". This shows us God’s Grace
"Substitution", the "death" of one for the "life" of God’s Provision.
The Ark was a place of safety
The word translated "Ark" is also translated An invitation was extended.
"Coffin" in Genesis 50:26, talking of Joseph’s For a limited time only.
coffin. The Ark was a symbol of the death of God shut the door.
our Lord Jesus. It pictures how He was to die Judgment is coming to planet earth again.
that those within might be saved.
The time of grace will end. Are you in the Ark?