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Encounters with God-Noah

May 7th, 2010

JOHN SHIRK – Noah is not quoted much in the Bible. He is not a man of many words, but he is known by his faith and by his obedience to the Lord’s word. He was warned that a worldwide flood was coming. He took heed and prepared for that day by building an ark.

Genesis 7:5 says that “Noah did all that the LORD commanded him.”

Noah and his sons and his wife and son’s wives entered the ark to escape the waters of the flood. They also brought animals into the ark.

On the day that the heavens opened, the door to the ark was shut, with Noah’s family safely inside the ark. There was truly no place for the living creatures on earth to hide. For forty days the flood kept coming on the earth, and as the waters increased, they lifted the ark high above the earth.

Second Corinthians 6:2 says, “Now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.” Jesus extends His grace with open arms to the person who will receive His pardon. His saving grace becomes our reality when we confess our need for Him to be our Savior and Lord. Grace is kind of like that open door to the ark before the flood that says, “Whoever is hungry for the righteousness of Christ may come in.”
But Noah’s story is not just history. It will play out again some day in a different sort of way. Jesus says, “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.” This day is an opportunity to know the security of His grace, to be spared from God’s wrath, and to live in peace with God, with the promise of eternal life.

John Shirk


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