Remembering Noah

It is easy for us to ignore history, yet if we cannot learn from the past, we are likely to repeat the mistakes made by our forebears, leaving us unprepared for what is to come. We all know the story of Noah, his ark and the animals, but the real significance of this account is rarely mentioned in books that are mainly written for children’s entertainment.

The account of Noah in the Bible tells us much about the character and actions of God and how He governs the world with love, mercy and justice, When Noah received the command from God to start building the ark, he was told that God would destroy the whole population of people who had turned away from God. Noah was told ‘what’ was coming but he was not told ‘when’ it would come.
For over 100 years Noah faithfully believed everything that God had told him and when the deluge came, those who remained outside of the ark were all destroyed. This account was not just an isolated incident in history, but was a foreshadowing of an event yet to come.

In Noah’s generation, the ark was the only place of safety that God had provided for Noah and his family. The ark had a doorway and a threshold that Noah, his family and the animals had to pass through before they were safe. God has also provided a place of safety for us living today, Instead of a wooden ark, Jesus is building his kingdom with people from every nation, tribe and culture, The
kingdom that Jesus is building also has a doorway and a threshold. The doorway can be entered by those who believe in Jesus and who identify themselves with his death on the cross and his resurrection to new life. On our part, the threshold must be crossed before we can enter into God’s kingdom and be saved. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever
believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Jesus also forewarned us that the world will see another earth-shaking event that will come suddenly. Jesus said “Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in
the days of the Son of Man (the return of Jesus Christ)” (Luke 17: 26-27). I have chosen to follow Jesus as my saviour and I am safely inside His kingdomwhatever happens. How about you; are you safely inside or currently outside? Its your

Geoff Duncombe
The Gateway Church
Kings Lynn

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