The Ark Of Jesus’ Righteousness
We all know the story of the Great Flood and Noah’s Ark. Some have spent a lot of time debating whether or not this flood actually happened. Some suggest that it wasn’t a world-wide flood but just a regional flood. Some have hypothesized that the Black Sea had once been a lake sealed off from Mediterranean Sea, and that some cataclysmic event caused a division in the land-bridge that separated the two. The flooding that allegedly took place around the Black Sea as a result of this division is thought to be cause of the flood described in the Bible – at least according to those who hold this view.
Some have searched high and low for the remains of the Ark, and some have claimed to have found it in various areas. Others attempt to prove or disprove that all of human kind can be traced back to the three sons of Noah. All of this is very interesting but in pursuing the story of the Ark we tend to overlook the more important aspect of this story. What caused God to send the flood? How much thinking have you done on this topic? In my opinion the most crucial part of this story is found in Genesis 6, verses 5 through 8.
Genesis 6:5-8 ESV
“ The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.  And the LORD regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.  So the LORD said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.”  But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.”
Here is the most important part of the flood story. Mankind had wandered so far from God, had become so self-centered and self-seeking, that the thoughts of their hearts were CONTINUALLY focused on evil. Let me put forth a definition of evil I read in one of my commentaries; evil is putting one’s own will against God’s. Now God created us for a right, intimate relationship with Him. Adam and Eve wanted to be their own god, and so has every human being since. The verses above tell us that God’s first reaction to the evil hearts of men was to be grieved “to His heart”. God was brokenhearted about the road His creation had chosen to follow.
Now think like a parent for a moment. I have seen parents grieve over the wayward road chosen by their children. My uncle grieved year after year over my cousin until the day my cousin was found dead on the floor of his apartment. My uncle then grieved over his dead son who had come to an early and violent end. There is no question that my uncle tried to guide him to the better path, a path that would lead to a more fruitful and happy life, but my cousin willfully went his own way.
I don’t think any of us should think that God took any joy or pleasure from bringing destruction upon His creation. He was heartbroken but He is a just God. He gave man plenty of time and room to turn around, to change his ways, but finally only one man could be found worth saving. You see here, for the first time, how God exercises the utmost in patience. Later we see that Sodom and Gomorrah were allowed to go their own way until no righteous man could be found in those twin cities, and I include Lot in the list of unrighteous – although Lot was saved. God did not bring the Israelites into the Promised Land, Canaan, with orders to wipe out the inhabitants, until the Amorites had completely left Him; until their iniquity was complete (Gen. 15:16). Today God is once again showing great patience, allowing time for those who would return to Him to do so.
Some mistakenly think that God promised to never again wipe mankind out, but that isn’t completely accurate; He promised not to wipe man out by flood. The thing to notice in all of these examples of God destroying evil is that He always saved a remnant, deserving or not. Lot, as we will see, was saved not because he was a righteous man, if he were righteous he would not have moved in to Sodom and become a city leader, but because of the righteousness of Abraham. Now we know that Abraham was not perfectly righteous; he lied about his wife Sarah a number of times saying she was not his wife but his sister, thereby causing others to sin by attempting to take her to wed.
If Abraham was righteous enough to save Lot, do you think Jesus is righteous enough to save those who belong to Him even though they are not worthy? Of course Jesus is righteous enough! Brothers, the good news in this story is that God will always save a remnant of mankind for Himself. The question is, are you part of that remnant? Submitting our will to the will of God is what it takes. To be forgiven of our sins, to be returned to right relationship with Christ, we must confess our sins, we must repent of our sins, we must ask for forgiveness, and we must submit ourselves to the authority of Christ. Submitting means putting the will of God first in our life. No longer can we pit our will against His. To do so is the definition of evil.
Guys, to survive the coming flood of God’s wrath we must gain the ark of Jesus’ righteousness. If you are not yet on-board that ark, I pray you will choose to join me and soon!
Have a blessed day!
Your brother and servant in Christ,
Dying to self, living to serve!