The Red Thread in Noah’s Ark — The Summary

The Red Thread in Noah's Ark -- The Summary

The Red Thread in Noah’s Ark — The Summary

What a journey we’ve been on through The Red Thread in Noah’s Ark!

It’s taken awhile, but I hope you can now see God’s work in Noah’s Ark that sails past your childhood Sunday School lessons. 

Below, I’ve collected each of The Red Threads we’ve seen, and I’ve shown how we can apply them to our lives today.

For more information about each Red Thread, click on the titles or the small photos below. The links will take you to the original post.  

To read the full story of Noah and the Ark in the Bible, click on this link: Genesis 6-9.

 

1. The Man

The Red Thread (@JeanWilund.com)Noah was blameless in his desire to follow God in all his ways. He found favor in God’s eyes. 

Jesus was sinless in all His ways. He found favor in God’s eyes. 

Respond to this truth by accepting the grace God offers and come to Christ just as you are — sins and all. (They should make a song about that, and Billy Graham should use it in his revival meetings.)

Don’t wait until you’ve “cleaned up your life,” and don’t think that just living a “good life” will get you where you want to be in the end.

Noah found favor in God’s eyes because he trusted in God and His promises. God’s #1 promise that Noah trusted in was God’s promise that He would send a Savior. He did. His name is Jesus Christ.

The Red Thread in Noah's Ark -- The Man

The Red Thread in Noah’s Ark — The Man

 

2. The Family

The Red Thread (@JeanWilund.com)Noah’s wife, his sons, and their wives weren’t righteous in God’s eyes, but they belonged to his family. 

Likewise, none of us is righteous, but all who accept Christ as their Savior are adopted into His family. His righteousness becomes ours.

Respond to this truth by accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.

When you do, you’ll instantly be adopted into Christ’s family and receive salvation. Once you’re in Christ’s family, no one can ever remove you from it. You’ll become a child of God and a co-heir with Christ forever.

The Family

The Red Thread in Noah’s Ark — The Family

 

3. The Choice

The Red Thread (@JeanWilund.com)Noah and his family accepted God’s invitation, entered the ark and were saved from the flood. All who refused to enter, perished.

Likewise, all who accept Christ’s invitation to enter into salvation through Christ will be saved from sin. All who refuse, will perish.

Respond to this truth by making your choice today what you will do with Christ’s invitation.

If you have chosen to accept it, rejoice and walk in the freedom of Christ.

If you haven’t chosen to accept it, realize that not choosing to accept it is choosing to reject it. There is no neutral ground.

All who choose to do nothing about the invitation have chosen to accept eternal separation from God along with those who actively choose to reject Christ.

You can believe in God and still spend eternity separated from Him, because God has chosen Jesus Christ, His Son, as the only way to Him. (John 14:6)

The Red Thread in Noah's Ark -- The Choice (Photo by Kaitlyn Barkley)

The Red Thread in Noah’s Ark — The Choice
(Photo by Kaitlyn Barkley)

 

4. The Work

The Red Thread (@JeanWilund.com)Noah alone is credited with the work of building the ark — the means of their salvation from the flood. He did all God commanded him.

The work of salvation from sin is a work of Christ alone. Christ did all God commanded Him. “It is finished.”

Respond to this truth by letting go of any notion that you can do one single thing to save yourself, and freely accept that Christ did it all.

It’s not Christ plus something else – it’s Christ alone. Christ must do it all – and He has.

Then live the rest of your life exactly as you came to Christ – by faith, not by works.

Your good works should be a response to God’s love, not an effort to earn favor from Him or manipulate Him. 

The Red Thread in Noah's Ark -- The Work

The Red Thread in Noah’s Ark — The Work

 

5. The Door

The Red Thread (@JeanWilund.com)The one way to be saved from the flood was to enter the ark through the one door. 

Likewise, the one way to be saved from the penalty of sin is through faith in the saving work of the one and only Son of God, Jesus Christ.

Respond to this truth by embracing the one way to God — faith in Jesus Christ.

I’ve heard people say that Christians are arrogant for thinking that we have the only way to God. I’d actually agree if there were other ways, but there aren’t. Christians didn’t make this up.

God chose the way, and He has the right to decide. His choice wasn’t random, either.

Sin comes at a high cost – death. He chose, out of love, not exclusion, to make His Son pay the cost for all of us so that we don’t have to. That’s not arrogance – that’s amazing love.

The Red Thread in Noah's Ark -- The Door

Red Thread in Noah’s Ark — The Door

 

6. The Time

The Red Thread (@JeanWilund.com)God alone chose the time when the door of the ark would be shut, and He alone shut the door.

Likewise, God alone has chosen the time for us to be born and to die. He alone controls it.

Respond to this truth by living every day as if it might be your last.

I don’t mean live in fear, but live with intention. Some things can wait until tomorrow. Some things can’t. 

The Red Thread (@JeanWilund.com)The choice to believe and enter the ark had to be made before the door was shut and the flood came. Afterwards, it was too late.

Likewise, the choice to trust in Jesus for salvation must be made before we die and face judgment. After we die, it’s too late.

Respond to this truth by choosing to accept Christ before it’s too late.

God is exceedingly patient, but the time will come when we will all be judged for our sins.

If you’ve accepted Christ, you’ll be found free of all guilt.

If you haven’t, you’ll be held accountable. You’ll finally believe as you stand before Him, but it will be too late. 

Decide to trust Christ as your Savior before you’re standing before Him as your judge.

The Red Thread in Noah's Ark -- The Time

Red Thread in Noah’s Ark — The Time

 

7. The Hiding Place

The Red Thread (@JeanWilund.com)Noah and his family’s security from the flood wasn’t dependent on what they did on the ark, but on their hiding place — the ark. 

Our security from judgment of sin isn’t dependent on what we do after we enter salvation, but on our hiding place — Christ. 

Respond to this truth by releasing all fear of your future or your present.

Don’t rush around trying to do good works to ensure that you really get to go to heaven. If you’ve trusted in Christ, the work is done. Christ did it and you can’t un do it.

If you’re facing trials that seem like they’ll drown you, know that God has you secure in His hands, and He’ll deliver you either: 

from it (as He did Elisha and his servant when they were surrounded by the enemy),

in it (as He did Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego when God brought them out of the midst of the fiery furnace),

or through it (as He did when He brought Noah and his family through the flood, or when He brought John the Baptist home to his great reward in heaven. You may not feel like John was saved, but this world held nothing more for him. It was his time to get to go home into God’s presence.)

The Red Thread in Noah's Ark -- The Hiding Place

The Red Thread in Noah’s Ark — The Hiding Place

 

8. The Resurrection

The Red Thread (@JeanWilund.com)Noah and his family passed through the waters inside the ark, as good as dead and buried, until God brought them out — Resurrection!

Jesus Christ died and was buried in the grave until the third day, when God raised Him from the dead — Resurrection!

Respond to this truth by embracing the resurrection life available in Christ.

In Christ, your old life is dead, and you’ve become a new creation.

We’ll not only experience a true resurrection of our bodies, but our old life of slavery to sin is dead. From those of us who’ve needed a “ctrl+alt+del” in our lives, can I get an “Amen!”

The Red Thread of Jesus in Noah's Ark -- The Resurrection

The Red Thread in Noah’s Ark — The Resurrection

 

9. The Altar

The Red Thread (@JeanWilund.com)Noah built an altar on which he willingly offered a costly sacrifice as a pleasing offering to God.

Jesus is the altar and the sacrifice. He paid the ultimate cost, presenting Himself as the final sacrifice, wholly pleasing to God.

Respond to this truth by placing your faith in Christ’s sacrifice for your salvation.

I realize I’m beginning to sound like a broken record, but my whole intent in tracing The Red Thread through the Old Testament is to show you how intentional God was from the very beginning to provide a way of salvation from our sins.

God didn’t make the promise in the Garden (Genesis 3:15), wait a few thousand years, and then randomly decide to send Jesus . . . “NOW!”

God was laying a body of evidence across history to prepare the world for the time the Savior would come, so we’d have no excuse not to recognize Him when He came to offer Himself as the final sacrifice for the payment of all sin.

The Red Thread of Jesus in Noah's Ark -- The Altar

The Red Thread in Noah’s Ark — The Altar

 

10. The Rainbow

The Red Thread (@JeanWilund.com)God set the rainbow in the cloud as a sign of His covenant of grace. He’d never again judge the world’s sin by destroying all living flesh on earth with a flood.

God sent Jesus Christ, who established a new covenant of grace, taking the full judgment of the world’s sin upon Himself.

Respond to this truth by walking in the incredible freedom of the grace you’ve received in Jesus Christ.

(I’m assuming that surely by now, you’ve decided not to wait any longer and have chosen to trust Christ for your salvation. If not, why not, and why not now?)

For those who have, we should thank God every day that the grace we’ve received through Christ will never be revoked – there’s nothing we can do that’s so bad, we’d lose our salvation. Amen to that!

My biggest rebellion came after I began to follow Christ, but His grace never left me for a second. He didn’t change His mind about saving me. What an incredible promise.

I’m still basking in God’s grace towards me and am determined to get better at passing His grace on to the next person I meet.

"I have set My bow in the cloud..." ~ Genesis 9:13 (Photo by Kaitlyn Barkley)

The Red Thread in Noah’s Ark — The Rainbow
(Photo by Kaitlyn Barkley)

 

11. The Cloud

The Red Thread (@JeanWilund.com)The rainbow symbolizes God’s grace. The cloud symbolizes God’s holy presence, dwelling and dealing with man according to His righteousness.

Jesus came to dwell with man and offer grace. When He comes again, He’ll deal with man according to their sin and His righteousness.

Respond to this truth by living life in a manner that’s worthy of a Christ follower.

God’s Spirit dwells inside of every believer from the moment of salvation.

A lamp doesn’t make a light bulb glow. The electricity flowing through the lamp does.

God’s Spirit gives us the power to do all He’s called us to do – which includes living holy lives while spreading the great news of the Gospel.

We just need to let His power do its thing. (Philippians 2:13, Hebrews 13:21)

The Red Thread in Noah's Ark -- The Cloud

The Red Thread in Noah’s Ark — The Cloud

 

And that, my friends,
is The Red Thread in Noah’s Ark as I see it.

I hope you’ll never look at Noah’s Ark the same — and as you look at it differently, I hope you’ll never be the same. 

 

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The Cloud ~ The Red Thread in Noah’s Ark (Part Eleven)

Rainbows & Clouds ~ Grace & Righteousness find themselves in Jesus Christ

Rainbows & Clouds ~ Grace & Righteousness find themselves in Jesus Christ.

 

“I set my bow in the cloud . . . ”
~ Genesis 9:13

 

in the cloud . . . not in the sky . . . not in the heavens . . . in the cloud.

Could this mention of “the cloud” be nothing more than a random detail? 

If rainbows couldn’t be seen anywhere else but in clouds, I might not have stopped to think about it, but they can, so I did.

I’m not going to tell you why God stated that He set His bow “in the cloud” because I can’t.

I can’t find any verse in Scripture that explains exactly why He didn’t set it “in the sky” or “in the heavens,” but let me tell you what I did find. It just may take your breath away as it did mine.

But first, we need to review the beauty of the rainbow.

The Rainbow

The rainbow is the symbol of God’s covenant of grace that despite the sin of the world, He’ll never again judge it with a flood.

Jesus is the fulfillment of God’s new and better covenant of grace that despite our sin, He will not judge us accordingly if we’ve trusted in His Son Jesus Christ as the payment for those sins. 

Insert collective “Whew!” here.

So what about the cloud?

The first time we see the word “cloud” in the Bible is here:

I set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a sign of a covenant between Me and the earth.”
~ Genesis 9:13

Setting the rainbow in the cloud, God declared His promise of grace upon the earth. At this point, the cloud seems a nice, but insignificant detail.

But then I looked to see where else I see God mention a “cloud”:

  • God’s presence dwelt in the wilderness with the Israelites in a pillar of cloud (Exodus 13:21-22).
  • God came to the Israelites at Mt. Sinai in a thick cloud and gave them the Ten Commandments. (Exodus 19:16-17
  • God covered the Tabernacle with the cloud at its dedication. The glory of the Lord was in the cloud and dwelt with the Israelites. (Exodus 40:34-38)
  • God appeared in the cloud above the Mercy Seat, which was the place where the blood of the sacrifice for forgiveness of sins was sprinkled each year. (Leviticus 16:2)

These are just a few of the occasions we see God choose to dwell or deal with Israel in a cloud in the Old Testament.

Are you starting to feel that God setting the rainbow in a cloud might not be so random after all?

Now we come to the New Testament.

In the most outrageous display of grace, God dwells with man again for the sole purpose of providing the way of forgiveness for all sin for all time. 

Jesus Christ, who was called “Immanuel” — “God with us,” came to earth in the form of man. (Matthew 1:23)

Jesus didn’t come at that time in a cloud, but the cloud shows up.

  • When Jesus was transfigured on the mountain with Moses, Elijah, and three of the disciples, God spoke from a bright cloud,This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!” (Matthew 17:5)
  • When Jesus ascended into heaven, He ascended in a cloud. (Acts 1:9,11)
  • When Jesus returns, all the peoples of earth will see Him coming on the clouds of heaven. He will be coming with the clouds. (Matthew 24:30Revelation 1:7)

The last time we see the word “cloud” in the Bible is in Revelation:

Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and sitting on the cloud was one like the Son of Man, having a golden crown on His head and a sharp sickle in His hand. And another angel came out of the temple, crying out with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, ‘Put in your sickle and reap, for the hour to reap has come, because the harvest of the earth is ripe.’ Then He who sat on the cloud swung His sickle over the earth, and the earth was reaped.”
~ Revelation 14:14-16

This passage sounds great until you get to the sharp sickle. Then it’s not a happy scene if you’re one of those who’ve rejected Christ and His gift of salvation. (Remember, not choosing to accept Christ is choosing to reject Him.)

Jesus is pictured here sitting on a white cloud waiting on God’s orders for the earth to be reaped. 

The orders come.

In another display of extravagant grace, the earth is actually beyond ripe, withered and wasted away: “xērainō” (Rev. 14:15)  

The time of grace for sin has finally reached its very end, and from the cloud, Jesus begins the final, terrible judgment of sin — from a cloud.

Back when God first introduced the rainbow in the cloud, it would be so easy for us to have dismissed any importance in the mention of the cloud. However, from this brief overview of the cloud as we see it in the Old and New Testament, it’s clear the cloud symbolizes the glorious presence of our holy and righteous Triune God — God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

Let’s now look at our Red Thread Clue:

Red Thread Clue:

The Red Thread (@JeanWilund.com)The rainbow symbolizes God’s grace. The cloud symbolizes God’s holy presence dwelling and dealing with man according to His righteousness.

Jesus came to dwell with man and offer grace. When He comes again, He’ll deal with man according to their sin and His righteousness.

It’s what we’ve seen throughout the Bible. Paul taught this great news in Romans: 

Grace reigns through Righteousness.

 “so that, as sin reigned in death,
even so 
grace would reign through righteousness
to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
~ Romans 5:21

Every now and then a truth of God just jumps out and grabs me. Romans 5:21 is one of those. I like to wallow all up in this truth.

Why?

Because no where in all of the universe, for all of eternity, will you ever find the demands of holiness met with pure grace other than in Jesus Christ — and He is mine!

Because of the extravagant grace of God through His Son Jesus Christ, ALL of my bold, blatant rebellion against our holy and righteous God is swallowed up and removed far from me through Christ’s loving display of unearned grace toward me.

Christ took my sins upon Himself and clothed me in His righteousness, and all I had to do to receive it was just that — receive it — receive Him.

That’s all anyone has to do.  

When He comes again in a cloud to judge sinners, I won’t be among them, even though I’m as guilty as the worst sinner.

People opposed to God cry all the time that God’s not fair. They’re right.

It’s not fair that God should place all our sins upon His righteous Son so that we could be set free from the penalty we fully deserve.

It’s not fair at all. That’s why it’s called grace — extravagant grace.  

Think about this truth the next time you see a rainbow set in a cloud: 

The Rainbow & Cloud ~ Grace & Righteousness
Jesus Christ!

Falling on your knees and praising God would be a completely appropriate response right now.

Accepting Christ’s free gift of salvation is the most necessary response. 

The Red Thread of Jesus seen in the Cloud: Behold, He is coming with the clouds . . . (Rev 1:7)

Behold, He is coming with the clouds . . . (Rev 1:7)

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this series in Noah’s Ark. Because we’ve had so many Red Thread Clues in this series, I’ve been requested to do a summary of them in my next Red Thread post. I thought it was a great idea, so that means this wasn’t actually my last Red Thread in Noah’s Ark post. We’re going to end with an even dozen. Wow. 

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NOTE: “Red Thread Clue” is not an actual biblical term. You won’t learn it in seminary. It’s a term I use to refer to anything in the Old Testament that gives us a clue of what Jesus Christ would do when He came in the New. Yes, that rhymes, because I work with pre-schoolers. Red Thread Clues may include actual prophecy and biblical types, but they may also be simple instances in the Old Testament in which we can see the character or work of Jesus Christ and His glory that would be displayed in the New Testament, such as in a cloud placed in a rainbow.




The Red Thread in Noah’s Ark (Part Ten) — The Rainbow

 

"I have set My bow in the cloud..." ~ Genesis 9:13 (Photo by Kaitlyn Barkley)

“I have set My bow in the cloud…” ~ Genesis 9:13 (Photo by Kaitlyn Barkley) www.JeanWilund.com

 

Noah and his family stepped out of the ark into a new world.

After Noah worshipped God at the altar, God responded.

“Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him:  ‘I now establish My covenant with you and with your descendants after you and with every living creature that was with you—the birds, the livestock and all the wild animals, all those that came out of the ark with you—every living creature on earth.

I establish My covenant with you: Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.’” ~Genesis 9:8-11

Don’t gloss over this monumental moment in the history of the world:

God established a covenant with all living beings on earth that He would never again, no matter what, ever flood the whole earth again.

This was no pinky swear.

In the ancient world, you couldn’t back out of a covenant without tremendous consequences to your honor, family name, and future — and they cared much more about those things than we do today.

To them, breaking a covenant brought lasting shame. To us, at least in the western world, covenants, contracts, vows, etc. are “made to be broken.”

In ancient times they had only one chance of getting out of a covenant, besides death. If the covenant was “conditional,” they were released from keeping their end of the agreement if the other party failed to keep theirs.

This was not that kind of covenant.

God made this covenant with Himself. It was not conditioned on man, but on Himself, and He never breaks His covenants.

This covenant couldn’t fail.

Think back on the experience Noah and his family had just endured, and you’ll understand why this covenant was so comforting.

When you hear rain softly pitter patter on your roof, what sort of reaction does it create in you?

I feel a sense of serenity. Ah, a gentle cleansing shower watering my garden.

Noah and his family wouldn’t have felt serenity — maybe insanity, but not serenity. They’d have been tempted to run, screaming, back onto the ark.

They no doubt greatly appreciated knowing that God absolutely would never ever, under any circumstance, ever send them on another yearlong cruise.

Now, think back on why God sent the flood to begin with, and you’ll see why this covenant was so astounding.

Before the flood, the world had become evil to the point that every intention of every heart was evil.

Through this covenant, God wasn’t telling Noah that the world would never again become so evil that He wouldn’t need to destroy it again.

He was saying that despite the fact that the world would again become that evil, He wouldn’t send another world-wide flood. Instead, He’d extend grace.

“I’ll never again curse the ground on account of man even though the intent of man’s heart is evil from his youth, I’ll never again destroy every living thing.” ~ Genesis 8:21

With this background, we’re now ready for the Red Thread Clue.

“I have set My bow in the cloud . . .”
~ Genesis 9:13a

The Red Thread (@JeanWilund.com)God set the rainbow in the cloud as a sign of His covenant of grace. He’d never again judge the world’s sin by destroying all living flesh on earth with a flood.

God sent Jesus Christ, who established a new covenant of grace, taking the full judgment of the world’s sin upon Himself.

 

When do we normally see a rainbow?

After it rains.

Rainbows don’t pop up out of the sun, but you’ve got to have sun to see a rainbow.

Rain and sun. Judgment and grace.

I’m not saying that rain is a biblical type of judgment, but rather that, to Noah and his family, rain would forever remind them of the wrath of God poured out on the sin of the world. The sun would remind them of the passing of that wrath.

We need both to see a rainbow.

“I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between Me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant that is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh.
~ Genesis 9:13-15 (ESV)

The first time I encountered the phrase uttered by God in the Bible, “I will remember…” I was confused.

God has to be reminded of things? How can that be?

Fortunately it doesn’t mean that it would actually slip God’s mind, and that if it weren’t for the rainbow, God would accidentally flood the earth again.

God will never see a rainbow and gasp, “Whew! That was a close one! I almost sent another flood.”

God doesn’t need to be reminded of anything. We do.

This phrase is meant to encourage us. Whenever we see a rainbow, we can know with confidence that God will never forget His covenant of grace towards all living flesh – man, woman, child, beast and bug.

We can rest with confidence that our covenant-keeping God is always faithful. When He has promised grace, He never revokes it.

Through the sign of the rainbow, we are reminded of His extravagant grace never to destroy the world by flood again — no matter how evil our world becomes.

Just as sure is God’s promise that He will never revoke His grace to all who believe in and trust in His Son, Jesus Christ.

Once saved, always saved is an old, but faithful saying, because the promises of God are faithful and true.

Whew!

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UPDATE: Since writing this post, I discovered a post by Anne Graham Lotz, which she wrote while 120,000 or more of us joined her in praying for our nation in the month of July 2014. A woman who was prayer-walking around our nation’s capital took an astounding photograph of a double rainbow over the capital building in Washington, DC. Click this link to see the photo: After 7 7 7: Heaven’s Answer? A Double Rainbow

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Did you ever imagine the story of the ark was so rich in clues of Jesus?

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The Red Thread in Noah’s Ark (Part Nine) — The Altar

 

John 15:13 -- "Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends."

John 15:13 — “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.

 

At the end of my last Red Thread post, I told you I had one more post in The Red Thread in Noah’s Ark series.

Psyche!

In writing what I intended to be my last post, I realized The Red Thread in Noah’s Ark is just too rich to wrap up in only one more post. In fact, it requires three more posts, including this one.

Now on to today’s Red Thread in Noah’s Ark . . .

We last saw Noah and his family stepping out of the ark — Resurrection. Now what?

Consider if you’d just endured a cataclysmic flood and then drifted for about a year confined to a floating zoo. What’s the first thing you’d do when you stepped onto dry ground?

Please don’t say you’d go to Disney World.

What Noah did was worship God.

He worshipped God through the building of an altar and the sacrifices he offered upon it.

The altar[†] and the sacrifices are a Red Thread Clue.

The Red Thread (@JeanWilund.com)Noah built an altar on which he willingly offered a costly sacrifice as a pleasing offering to God.

Jesus is the altar and the sacrifice. He paid the ultimate cost, presenting Himself as the final sacrifice, wholly pleasing to God.

The altar looked back at God’s promise to Adam and Eve to send a Savior, and it looked forward to the fulfillment of that promise through Jesus Christ.

It proclaimed that apart from God and His extravagant grace, they had no hope — we have no hope.

An altar is one of the most important Red Thread Clues we see in the Bible, and Noah built the first one recorded in Scripture.

It’s very possible that it’s not the first altar actually built since Noah’s offering isn’t the first recorded offering. (We already looked at Cain and Abel’s offerings, and we experienced the sadness with Adam and Eve of the original offering.) 

This is, however, the first time we see the word “altar” mentioned in Scripture.

“Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and took some of
every clean animal and some of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar.”
~ Genesis 8:20 

This was no small deal.

When every animal on earth was near extinction, willingly sacrificing even one took faith.

But more importantly, it revealed what was foremost on Noah’s heart: to honor God by remembering where they’d come from and where they were going.

Noah’s heart pleased God’s heart.

“And when the Lord smelled the pleasing aroma,
the Lord said in his heart, “I will never again curse
the ground because of man, for the intention of man’s heart is evil from his youth. Neither will I ever again strike down every living creature as I have done.”
~ Genesis 8:21

God’s purpose for the flood had been accomplished.

Before the day could come when not even one person loved and honored God, God brought judgment and salvation.

It’s how God has worked from the beginning and continues to work: Grace reigning through Righteousness. (Romans 5:20-21)

When Noah built the altar, he was looking back at God’s extravagant grace.

He was looking back at God’s extravagant grace that Adam and Eve not only didn’t die instantly when they sinned (although die, they did eventually), but that they were also given the promise of the coming Savior. (Genesis 3:15)

He was looking back at God’s extravagant grace that while the entire world was destroyed through the flood, his family and he were saved.

Noah’s altar also looked forward with gratefulness and confident hope to the fulfillment of God’s promise to send a Savior.

God had kept His promise to save them from the flood, and Noah knew He would also keep His promise to save the world from sin through His Son.

God’s response to Noah’s altar and offering was beautiful.

It’s also the focus of my next Red Thread post.

I appreciate your continued patience as we dawdle (there’s a great old fashioned word) through The Red Thread in Noah’s Ark. I hope you’re enjoying this journey as much as I am. I’d love to hear from you!

 

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[†] Jesus is referred to as the altar in Hebrews 13:10:

“We have an altar from which those who minister at the tabernacle have no right to eat.” (NIV)

Normally an altar is considered the place on which a sacrifice is offered, not typically the sacrifice itself.

With Christ, it’s different.

Since the altar makes the sacrifice holy, Christ, who is fully holy, is qualified to be both the altar and the sacrifice.

He is, in fact, also qualified to be the priest, for as our High Priest, He offered Himself up as the sacrifice upon the altar. 

From Gill’s Exposition of the entire Bible:
“We have an altar,…. By which is meant, not the cross of Christ, on which he was crucified; nor the Lord’s table, where his flesh and blood are presented to faith, as food, though not offered; but Christ himself, who is altar, sacrifice, and priest; he was typified by the altar of the burnt offering, and the sacrifice that was offered upon it;

 




The Red Thread in Noah’s Ark (Part Eight) — The Resurrection

"The former things have passed away." ~ Revelation 21:4

“The former things have passed away.” ~ Revelation 21:4

 

Death is awful.

It’s worse than awful. It’s every bad word you’ve ever had your mouth washed out for saying!

We weren’t created to die. We were created to live!

The only time death will be joyful is when sin and death die forever.

Until then, we must face it and the excruciating pain of separation.

Thankfully, however, that doesn’t have to be the end of the story.

For those who choose, resurrection comes next.

Resurrection is incredible!

The joy of reunion is sublime!

A New Life and a New Beginning.

Noah and his family experienced a new life and a new beginning, having waited eagerly for it.

After the forty days and nights of deluge, Noah and his family drifted across the water according to God’s plan.

While they were securely hidden in the ark from the flood, it was as if they were in a floating coffin. Apart from the Lord bringing them out, they were as good as dead.

They longed for a resurrection.

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Noah and his family passed through the waters inside the ark, as good as dead and buried, until God brought them out — Resurrection!

Jesus Christ died and was buried in the grave until the third day, when God raised Him from the dead — Resurrection!

Peter spoke of this when he wrote: 

to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also–not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ”
~ I Peter 3:20-21 (NIV)

The ark and baptism are pictures of the same message: We’ve passed through the waters of judgement for our sin and stepped into life by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. (Romans 6:23)

Just as Noah and his family had no hope if they were to remain forever buried in the ark, we’d have no hope and no life If Christ had remained in the grave.

But He didn’t!

God raised Jesus from the dead!

Christ stepped out of the grave offering new life to all who choose to believe and follow Him.

Resurrection is incredible!

The joy of reunion is sublime! 

Everything changed for Christ’s followers that day. It was possibly the most joyous time the world has ever known as word spread faster than the flood that Jesus Christ was alive.

Similarly, Noah and his family must have experienced intense joy as they stepped out of the ark, resurrected into their new life (Genesis 8:14-19).  

It must have also been sobering for them to finally stand on dry ground and understand more fully the astounding grace of God that He saved them. 

Their entire world had changed.

Everything was now fresh and new, and they were alive!

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.
Whoever believes in Me, though he die, yet shall he live,
~ John 11:25

Like flowers after a long winter, God brings life to us where once there was death.

With Christ death is not the end of the story.

With Christ there is always a resurrection.

And Resurrection is incredible!

Behold, I make all things new! ~ Revelation 21:5

Behold, I make all things new! ~ Revelation 21:5

 

I know I said in my previous post that this would be my last Red Thread in Noah’s Ark post, however, I have one more that’s too important to leave out. So, stay tuned for my next (and final?) post in the The Red Thread in Noah’s Ark series.  

What has God been teaching you through the life of Noah?  I’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment in the comment section or send me an email.

The Red Thread of Jesus in Noah's Ark (Part 8) -- The Resurrection

The Red Thread of Jesus in Noah’s Ark — The Resurrection

 

 

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The Red Thread in Noah’s Ark (Part 7) — The Hiding Place

 

The Red Thread in Noah's Ark -- Hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3)

The Red Thread in Noah’s Ark — Hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3)

 

When the door of the ark slammed shut, life on earth was never the same. 

“. . . on the same day all the fountains of the great deep burst open,
and the floodgates of the sky were opened.”
~ Genesis 7:11b

It wasn’t until I was an adult that I began to realize how intense the rain of the flood had to have been. 

The fountains of the great deep burst open.

That’s a bit like a million Old Faithfuls, scattered across the earth, spouting massive gushers of water nonstop for forty days and nights.

The floodgates of the sky were opened.

The other day a sudden, thundering storm pounded our house. When I looked out my window, all I could see were sheets of cascading rain and nothing beyond it. It startled me, but it didn’t rank up there with the floodgates of the sky opened.

If our mini-deluge sounded deafening, what did it sound like when the flood erupted with such magnitude that in only forty days the entire earth, including Mt. Everest, was under water?

As the waves pounded the ark, did Noah and his family feel safe?

Did they second-guess their building skills, wondering if the ark would hold? You know the brothers second-guessed each other’s skills.

I can just hear Ham:

“I told you we should have used more pitch, Shem! The water’s about to burst through these walls because of you!”

As the storm waters rose and the floodgates roared across the earth, I envision the ark bobbing around like a buoy in a hurricane.

The ark never flipped, but it must surely have rocked.

Did the wives cling to their husbands in tears, terrified of what might happen to them?

Did the sons look to Noah for strength? 

Did Noah feel strong, or was he just as afraid?

Each of them had enough faith to enter the ark and be saved, but what happened to their faith after the door shut?

Did they stand strong, or did they waver in doubt?

We know they believed God would send the flood. They didn’t build the ark because they were bored.

God had proved His faithfulness to His word when He sent the flood, but did they believe that God would be just as faithful to His Word to deliver them through the flood?

Did they fall on their face in faith before God or curl up in the fetal position of doubt?

The Bible doesn’t tell us, and it doesn’t matter.

Their safety wasn’t dependent upon what they did on the ark. 

If they walked about in calm, peaceful faith, they were not more secure in the ark than those who cowered, complained and cried — but they were more content.

Hurricane conditions, lack of sunlight, smelly animals, and spartan conditions can wear on a soul.

“When will the pounding rain stop?”

“It’s your turn to clean up after the elephants! I did it last time!”

Forty days and nights can feel like 400 days and nights.

Regardless of what they did in the ark, they were all kept equally secure. 

It was a gift of grace.

Likewise, whoever trusts in Christ for their salvation is secure, safe from judgment for their sin. 

It’s a gift of grace.

It doesn’t matter if the Believer goes through life in a calm assurance that God will care for them in every situation, or if they curl up in a fetal position for the rest of their life, missing out on the beautiful joy that comes to those whose trust doesn’t flip flop.

Whoever has placed their faith in Christ — which is to say, whoever has entered the Ark through the Only Door — is saved, securely hidden in Christ. (Colossians 3:3)

Noah and his family’s security was dependent upon the ark, which was held together, not just by wood or pitch, but by God and His promise that He was establishing His covenant with them. (Genesis 6:18) [1] 

God didn’t just shut Noah and his family in the ark, He kept them safely hidden in the ark.

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Noah and his family’s security from the flood wasn’t dependent on what they did on the ark, but on their hiding place — the ark. 

Our security from judgment of sin isn’t dependent on what we do after we enter salvation, but on our hiding place — Christ. 

 

If you have not entered the “Ark” through the “One Door,” Jesus Christ, nothing can save you from the “flood” to come. No matter what you do, judgment for sin will come.

Fortunately, as long as there’s breath in your body, there’s time to enter by faith. (Romans 10:9-10) But don’t wait, because we have no way of knowing when we’re out of tomorrows.

For those of us who have entered “the Ark,” our salvation is secure, come what may.

No one can snatch us from His hand — and we can’t jump out.

We didn’t earn our salvation, and we can’t un-earn it. Once we’re shut in the Ark, we’re securely hidden.

Salvation is a gift of grace we received when we entered the Ark through the One and Only Door by faith. We’re now safely hidden with Christ in God.

We’re in the safest place we can be — even in the widest ocean or the fiercest storm — if we’re hidden with Christ in God.

 

The Red Thread (@JeanWilund.com)Noah and his family may have been bruised by the flood, but nothing could snatch them from the ark. They were hidden in the ark with God. 

We will get bruised by life, but nothing can snatch us from God’s hand. We’re hidden with Christ in God.

 

Are you in the midst of a fierce storm or feel lost at sea?

If you’re hidden with Christ, you can weather, and you can do it without fear. 

No storm is out of God’s control. God has a purpose for everything that’s for His glory and your good.

When God’s purpose for the storm is fulfilled, it will cease. 

Noah’s storm raged exactly forty days and nights.

Then it ceased.

Throughout the Bible, the number forty represents trials and testing. God not only had a specific purpose for the flood, but also for the length.

God has everything under control — always.

And no matter how lost you may feel, God hasn’t abandoned you. He’s with you and will never leave you.

When Jesus spoke with His disciples about His upcoming death and resurrection, He comforted them with these words:

“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace.
In this world you will have trouble.
But take heart!
I have overcome the world.”
~ John 16:33

The ark overcame the flood, keeping Noah and his family secure.

Jesus has overcome all — sin, death, the world.

No matter how rough life may get, we’re secure because our life is forever hidden with God in Christ.

 

Stay tuned for my final post in The Red Thread in Noah’s Ark series The Resurrection is next!

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[1] God’s Covenant was a covenant of salvation promised in Genesis 3:15.