Noah: Facing the Flood

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Yesterday we looked at the familiar story of Noah’s Ark. Even people who don’t know the Bible and never come to church know about Noah, his great big boat, and all those animals coming in two by two.

If you doubt the popularity of this story, a little bit of time on the internet will demonstrate that this story is very popular. If you travel across America, you will find Noah’s Ark restaurants, Noah’s Ark paintings, Noah’s Ark music boxes, Noah’s Ark T-shirts, Noah’s Ark coffee mugs, Noah’s Ark aprons, Noah’s Ark earrings, and you’ll even find a recipe for Noah’s Ark brownies. It should not surprise anyone to learn that the largest waterpark in the United States is located at Wisconsin Dells and is called … Noah’s Ark.

A few years ago a man named Robert Fulghum wrote an essay called “All I really need to know I learned in kindergarten.” It was so popular that it spawned a number of spin-offs. This week I ran across one called “All I need to know I learned from Noah’s Ark.”

1. Don’t miss the boat.
2. Remember that we are all in the same boat.
3. Plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark.
4. Stay fit. When you’re 600 years old someone may ask you to do something really big.
5. Don’t listen to critics, just get on with the job that needs to be done.
6. Build your future on high ground.
7. For safety’s sake travel in pairs.
8. Speed isn’t everything. The snails were on board with the cheetahs.
9. When you’re stressed, float awhile.
10. Remember the Ark was built by amateurs, the Titanic by professionals.
11. No matter the storm, when you are with God there’s always a rainbow waiting.

The message yesterday was not meant to be a technical explanation of all of the details of Genesis 6, although I did take a little bit of time to explain the passage. Instead, we looked at the deeper meaning of this passage. According to 1 Peter 3:18-21 the water of the flood symbolized baptism. That would mean that Jesus Christ is symbolized by the ark. The deeper spiritual lesson of Genesis 6 is how Noah’s ark is a picture of salvation. You can listen to this message here or go to our sermons page.

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