Genesis 7* Noah, and his family and the living creatures, enter the ark,and the flood begins. (1-12) Noah shut in the ark. (13-16) Theincrease of the flood for forty days. (17-20) All flesh isdestroyed by the flood. (21-24)1-12 The call to Noah is very kind, like that of a tenderfather to his children to come in-doors when he sees night or astorm coming. Noah did not go into the ark till God bade him,though he knew it was to be his place of refuge. It is verycomfortable to see God going before us in every step we take.Noah had taken a great deal of pains to build the ark, and nowhe was himself kept alive in it. What we do in obedience to thecommand of God, and in faith, we ourselves shall certainly havethe comfort of, first or last. This call to Noah reminds us ofthe call the gospel gives to poor sinners. Christ is an ark, inwhom alone we can be safe, when death and judgment approach. Theword says, "Come;" ministers say, "Come;" the Spirit says,"Come, come into the Ark." Noah was accounted righteous, not forhis own righteousness, but as an heir of the righteousness whichis by faith, #Heb 11:7|. He believed the revelation of asaviour, and sought and expected salvation through Him alone.Thus was he justified by faith, and received that Spirit whosefruit is in all goodness; but if any man have not the Spirit ofChrist, he is none of his. After the hundred and twenty years,God granted seven days' longer space for repentance. But theseseven days were trifled away, like all the rest. It shall be butseven days. They had only one week more, one sabbath more toimprove, and to consider the things that belonged to theirpeace. But it is common for those who have been careless oftheir souls during the years of their health, when they havelooked upon death at a distance, to be as careless during thedays, the few days of their sickness, when they see deathapproaching; their hearts being hardened by the deceitfulness ofsin. As Noah prepared the ark by faith in the warning given thatthe flood would come, so he went into it, by faith in thiswarning that it would come quickly. And on the day Noah wassecurely fixed in the ark, the fountains of the great deep werebroken up. The earth had within it those waters, which, at God'scommand, sprang up and flooded it; and thus our bodies have inthemselves those humours, which, when God pleases, become theseeds and springs of mortal diseases. The windows of heaven wereopened, and the waters which were above the firmament, that is,in the air, were poured out upon the earth. The rain comes downin drops; but such rains fell then, as were never known beforeor since. It rained without stop or abatement, forty days andforty nights, upon the whole earth at once. As there was apeculiar exercise of the almighty power of God in causing theflood, it is vain and presumptuous to attempt explaining themethod of it, by human wisdom. 13-16 The ravenous creatures were made mild and manageable;yet, when this occasion was over, they were of the same kind asbefore; for the ark did not alter their natures. Hypocrites inthe church, who outwardly conform to the laws of that ark, areyet unchanged; and it will appear, one time or other, what kindthey are after. God continued his care of Noah. God shut thedoor, to secure him and keep him safe in the ark; also to keepall others for ever out. In what manner this was done, God hasnot been pleased to make known. There is much of our gospel dutyand privilege to be seen in Noah's safety in the ark. Theapostle makes it a type of christian baptism, #1Pe 3:20,21|.Observe then, it is our great duty, in obedience to the gospelcall, by a lively faith in Christ, to come into that way ofsalvation which God has provided for poor sinners. Those thatcome into the ark, should bring as many as they can with them,by good instructions, by persuasions, and by good examples.There is room enough in Christ for all comers. God put Adam intoparadise, but did not shut him in, so he threw himself out; butwhen God put Noah into the ark, and so when he brings a soul toChrist, the salvation is sure: it is not in our own keeping, butin the Mediator's hand. But the door of mercy will shortly beshut against those that now make light of it. Knock now, and itshall be opened, #Lu 13:25|. 17-20 The flood was increasing forty days. The waters rose sohigh, that the tops of the highest mountains were overflowedmore than twenty feet. There is no place on earth so high as toset men out of the reach of God's judgments. God's hand willfind out all his enemies, #Ps 21:8|. When the flood thusincreased, Noah's ark was lifted up, and the waters which brokedown every thing else, bore up the ark. That which tounbelievers betokens death unto death, to the faithful betokenslife unto life. 21-24 All the men, women, and children, that were in the world,excepting those in the ark, died. We may easily imagine whatterror seized them. Our Saviour tells us, that till the very daythat the flood came, they were eating and drinking, #Lu17:26,27|; they were deaf and blind to all Divine warnings. Inthis posture death surprised them. They were convinced of theirfolly when it was too late. We may suppose they tried all waysand means possible to save themselves, but all in vain. Andthose that are not found in Christ, the Ark, are certainlyundone, undone for ever. Let us pause, and consider thistremendous judgment! Who can stand before the Lord when he isangry? The sin of sinners will be their ruin, first or last, ifnot repented of. The righteous God knows how to bring ruin uponthe world of the ungodly, #2Pe 2:5|. How tremendous will be theday of judgment and perdition of ungodly men! Happy they who arepart of Christ's family, and safe with him as such; they maylook forward without dismay, and rejoice that they shalltriumph, when fire shall burn up the earth, and all that thereinis. We are apt to suppose some favourable distinctions in ourown case or character; but if we neglect, refuse, or abuse thesalvation of Christ, we shall, notwithstanding such fanciedadvantages, be destroyed in the common ruin of an unbelievingworld.
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