The story of Noah and the ark is one of the more famous stories in the Bible and a favorite of children. Before Bill Cosby was getting arrested for being a creep he was known for his comedy routine on Noah and the ark and there’s been plenty of movies portraying this story as well. Children’s Ministries and little kid’s rooms are littered with murals, paintings and even wallpaper of the cute cuddly animals entering the ark two by two (see picture). I always laugh at this scene because it’s the exact opposite of a cute children’s story. In fact this story plays out more like a horror story when reading it. God’s wrath and justice is shown as He looks at the world and sees its sin and unrighteousness. He then wipes out all of mankind for their sin in the flood. I’ve never seen floating bodies in the water in those cute cuddly children pictures. (Not to say that adults need to scare their children with the grotesque details of today’s passage).
However let’s not miss the main point as well. The purpose of Noah and the ark is found in the next chapter (which we’ll read about tomorrow), where we see the ark as Noah’s salvation like Christ is ours. Jesus is our ark and we receive that salvation through faith in Him. That same saving faith that Noah had when He trusted God in building the ark, maintaining the ark, and trusting the ark as chaos was happening outside of it during the flood. Faith is hard. Our faith in Christ continues when chaos happens in our life as well. Parents divorce, broken relationships, habitual sin, depression, lost jobs. Pick your poison CPC. It’s not hard to point out that we live in a fallen world where life feels chaotic because of sin. We need to trust in Jesus like Noah trusted God in the midst of the chaos. Because like Noah, we have a covenant with God where He has not only promised us to never destroy the earth through a flood again but to give us new life in this dead world.
Do you trust God when life gets chaotic?
Is Jesus your ark & salvation from God’s wrath?
By: Erik Koliser