Sunday, 17 October 2010
Is Christ Your Ark? Genesis 6
"And God saw the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually" (Genesis 6:5).
Reader! pause over this verse, and read it twice before you dismiss it once.
When you have duly attended to it, look within, and see whether your own case corresponds to it.
If you are tempted to doubt the truth of it in your own instance, consult Jeremiah 17:9-10. If this affords no conviction, read that sweet promise, or rather, that string of promises, Ezekiel 36:25-29.
And then recollect that these precious promises can be nothing to you, if you are ignorant of the want of them.
Great Father of Mercies! graciously bestow them on me, for I need them every hour!
"Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch. 18 But with thee will I establish My covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons' wives with thee" (Genesis 6:14&18).
Sweet promise! Is not Noah a type of the blessed Jesus?
Doubtless it was with Jesus the covenant was made, and therefore with Noah as His type.
In this sense, in sparing Noah, the Lord spares Noah's offspring. What a mercy is it to have godly parents, godly relations, and godly friends!
But what a greater mercy to belong to Him, in whom all the families of the earth are blessed (cf. Isaiah 59:21).
Reader! while attending to this verse, search diligently for your own personal interest in it. Jesus is both the Ark and the Covenant to His people.
Am I in Him? is the grand enquiry.
May it be my mercy to remember, while reading the account of Noah's finding favour with God, that it is by Him alone, of whom Noah was a type, even the Lord Jesus Christ, that I can find favour and acceptance with God in this life, or salvation in another.
In Him, as the True Ark, may I be found, when God shall arise to judge the world.