Letters from Neil | April 21st, 2020

May 31, 2020  |  Redemption AZ

April 21, 2020

Good morning Salties and friends,

The heat is coming, I’m praying it will not only heat us up but it will burn out this virus.

We are about to look at the true story of Noah’s ark. Before we get there God gives us the names of his 3 sons; Shem, Ham & Japheth. Even though Japheth is the older brother (Gen 10:21) God mentions Shem first. Like Isaac, Jacob & Judah; Shem is given preeminence, not by birth order but by God’s choice of those through whom the Messiah would come. He also reiterated just how bad things had become. Verse 11 says “the earth was corrupt in God’s sight.” A vivid reminder that nothing is hidden from Him. His creation had been transformed from a paradise to a place of corruption and violence by the effects of sin. Outwardly as well as inwardly, all had become evil. Yet as we’ll see God continues to exercise great patience before “making an end to all flesh” (v13).

The ark is not a fable; it is mentioned by Isaiah, Ezekiel, 1 & 2 Peter and most importantly by Jesus in Luke 17:26-27. There is the external evidence of the flood all over the world. The flood is the most significant geological event in history. The uniform theory of geology says geological activity happens slowly over massive periods of time. On the other hand, the Bible’s worldwide flood and actual investigation of strata and fossils demonstrate that geological transformation happens as a result of catastrophic natural disasters.

The ark itself is huge; a cubit is about 18 inches so that would make it 450’ long by 75′ wide by 40′ high. The word used for pitch in verse 14 is “kopher” which means a covering and is the usual Hebrew word for atonement (Lev 17:11). It was a perfect covering for the ark which kept out the waters of judgment just like the blood of the perfect lamb who takes away the sin of the world is a perfect covering for the soul that sins. Tomorrow, we’ll look at more ways the ark, an actual boat built by Noah and his sons, is a symbol or type pointing to Jesus as our Messiah.

In Christ, Neil