Tuesday, 19 October 2010
Christ Our Ark, And Altar, And All in All; Genesis 8:9, 20
"But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth: then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in unto him unto the ark" (Genesis 8:9).
It is worthy remark, that in Psalm 116:7, where the sacred writer saith, 'Return unto thy Rest, O my soul,' the original is, 'Return unto thy Noah'; evidently meaning that Jesus is the alone Rest of a seeking soul.
"And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar" (Genesis 8:20).
Is not the Lord Jesus both our New Testament Altar, Priest, and Sacrifice? (cf. Hebrews 13:15).
Did Noah and his family remain perfectly secure in the ark, in the time of such awful destruction of the whole world?
Think then, O my soul, what infinite and inexhaustible resources are in Christ Jesus for all the wants of all His people.
There are no straits, neither is there any narrowness, but what we ourselves make, in the everlasting covenant of grace, founded on the blood and righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ; but abounding love and abounding mercy, answering to every necessity of His people.
Gracious God! cause the reader and writer of this reflection to be abundantly supplied out of this fulness, and grace for grace, until the heart's experience of both can join issue in the apostle's song and, under the same assurance, say as he did: 'For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things; to Whom be glory for ever, Amen' (Romans 11:36).