Noah’s Ark; An Old Testament Picture of Christ
“For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be.” – Matthew 24:37-39
One of the most vivid snapshots of Christ within the Old Testament is Noah’s Ark. Let us strap on our New Testament binoculars as we peer into this Old Testament passage.
To begin with, there was only one ark (Genesis 6:14). God did not instruct Noah to build a fleet of arks. The ark was the only plan of salvation God provided. There were not alternate means of escaping the coming judgment of God. This is true with salvation. Acts 4:12 says, “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.”
Secondly, this is further illustrated in the design of the ark itself; for the ark only had one door (Genesis 6:16), and only those who entered the ark through the one door would be saved. Similarly, God, the Architect of our lives, has drawn out a plan of salvation that only calls for one Door. Jesus said, “I am the Door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved.” And so only those who enter into a personal relationship with Christ will be saved from the flood waters of God’s wrath.
Thirdly, it was God who shut the door of the ark (Genesis 7:16). Likewise, when we enter the Ark of salvation through Christ the Door, it is God who seals us and secures us. Noah’s Ark did not have life jackets or lifeboats. Why; because Noah and his family were safe and secure within the vessel of salvation God had provided. Unlike the Titanic, Noah’s Ark was truly the unsinkable ship! And we too can have the same security as we enter through Christ the Door and trust in Him for salvation. Just as Noah and his family weathered the storm within the bosom of the ark, the child of God can confidently weather the storms of life resting in the bosom of Christ.
Fourth, the ark did not have oars or a rudder. This means Noah and his family could do nothing to steer the ship. God was the Captain. By entering the ark, they were totaling trusting and relying on God for their deliverance from the flood. If the ark had been equipped with oars or a rudder, Noah and his family could have become prideful, thinking that somehow they had contributed to their deliverance from the flood waters. Once again, we clearly see the gospel message of salvation. Trusting in Christ means not trusting in ourselves; for there is nothing we could ever do to save ourselves from our sins. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
Finally, God did not tell Noah and his family to “go” into the ark. Instead, He invited them to “come” into the ark (Genesis 7:1). This is quite significant; for there is a drastic difference between telling someone to “go” and inviting someone to “come.” If God had told them to go into the ark, His words would have suggested that they were somehow departing His presence. But that is not what God said. He said, “Come.” And so as they accepted His invitation and entered the ark, they were entering the very presence of God. Likewise, when we accept the invitation to come through Jesus the door, we are entering into a personal relationship with God Himself.
May we not be guilty of turning a deaf ear to the warning of God’s judgment like Noah’s generation (2 Peter 2:5). Take heed, and make sure that you are not left outside of the Ark of salvation!
– Pastor Eric