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The Ark of Safety
by Brian Price 4/8/2012

"1 And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.

2 Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female.

3 Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.

4 For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.

5 And Noah did according unto all that the LORD commanded him.

6 And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth.

7 And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood.

8 Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth,

9 There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah.

10 And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth.

11 In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.

12 And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.

13 In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah's wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark;

14 They, and every beast after his kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind, and every fowl after his kind, every bird of every sort.

15 And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life.

16 And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in." - Genesis 7:1-16

Notice that Noah was told to enter the ark, and the reason why is because God said, "...for thee have I seen righteous in this generation." The ark represents safety. It was because of Noah's righteousness that he was permitted to be kept safe from the judgment of God. And we can see in Hebrews chapter 11, that the righteousness which Noah had was the righteousness which is by faith. It was not by his own righteousness per say. Paul said, "And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith," (Philippians 3:9)

This is what Hebrews chapter 11, verse 7 says in regards to Noah:

"By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith."

The Bible says of Abraham, that "...Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness," (Romans 4:3).

It is when we believe God, and when we believe in the Son of God, this is how we receive the righteousness which is by faith. It is not by works of righteousness which we have done, but it is according to his mercy, by which we are saved. And its when we believe on him for the forgiveness of sins; this is how we receive the righteousness of faith.

For example, in the book of Acts, when Jesus appeared to Paul, he said, "...that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me," (Acts 26:18).

Sactified means to be set apart for a sacred purpose.

In Ezekiel 14:12-14, God says this:

"12 The word of the LORD came again to me, saying,

13 Son of man, when the land sinneth against me by trespassing grievously, then will I stretch out mine hand upon it, and will break the staff of the bread thereof, and will send famine upon it, and will cut off man and beast from it:

14 Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they should deliver but their own souls by their righteousness, saith the Lord GOD."

God very much explains here that when any country, any nation, sins against him, that he is going to destroy it. He will cut off from it man and beast. He says that only these three men, if they were in it, they would deliver only their own selves by their righteousness, which is the righteousness by faith. And so is the case now. Only those who are saved will be allowed to escape the judgment of God.

So notice here in Ezekiel that God testifies of Noah's righteousness, by having faith in God, and in keeping the commandments of God; it was by these. Because in Genesis it says that Noah did all that God commanded him.

James 1:22 says:

"But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves."

Not only are we supposed to believe in Jesus Christ and receive him as our Lord and Saviour, but we are also commanded to keep his commandments. Jesus said, "If ye love me, keep my commandments," (John 14:15). And Solomon said in the book of Ecclessiastes 12:13, "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man."

1 John chapter 2, verses 4 and 5 says: "4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him."

People who say they are Christians and yet do not keep God's commandments are liars according to the scriptures. If you love God, you will keep his commandments. What commandments to keep were explained to the rich man in Matthew chapter 19 in which Jesus said, "Do not kill, do not commit adultery, do not steal," etc. He quoted the ten commandments. I would go through the whole ten commandments, but I do not have time.

And Paul also said in his letter to the Corinthians that "...the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord," (1 Corinthians 14:37). So, we have to read all of the Bible to understand what God's commandments are. It is our duty. It is how we show we are saved. Granted we are not saved by works, however it is our duty to keep his commandments. We are created unto good works, as says Ephesians. It is part of being a Christian with being righteous and doing right things.

Jesus in Matthew chapter 7 gave this illustration of a flood for those in regards to being a hearer of the word, and not a doer:

"24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. " - Matthew 7:24-28

And here we have in Matthew, Jesus finishing up his sermon on the mount. And he said that whosoever would break the least of these commandments would be called the least in the kingdom of God. One of the least commandments that he gave was to not give alms to be seen of men.

An alms mean to give to the poor. That could be one of the least of the commandments of his. And if you break that, you would be called the least in the kingdom of God.

So in conclusion, the Bible says in James, "But wilt thou know o' vain man, that faith without works is dead?" People who say they are Christians and do not keep the commandments of God are not truly saved. You must have the Spirit of God, number 1, because God said you must be born again, and number 2, you must keep the commandments of God. Not saying that it is by works or by keeping the commandments of God that we saved. I'm not saying that. And that's not what James said. That's not what he's talking about. Because it is by faith in Jesus Christ that we saved. It is by his mercy that we are saved, as it is written in the book of Timothy, and Titus, and Ephesians.

And we see in 1 Corinthians chapter 6, Paul said:

"9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God."

And then he goes on to say, "...and such were some of you." He says that the unrighteous will not go to heaven. The wicked, those who do not keep the commandments of God will go to hell. And he says of the Christians, that you were these kinds of people too at one point. But now you are washed and sanctified by the Spirit of God, and by the name of the Lord Jesus. It is by faith in Jesus Christ by which we are justifieid.

And friend, if you are saying that you are a Christian, and you go to the church, and you pray, and you read the Bible, yet if you live a wicked life, and your heart is wicked, then it very well could be that you are lost. Because the Bible says, he that saith I know him, and keepeth not his commandments is a liar. And let me explain to you that if you wish to escape hell, you must get in the Ark of Safety which is Jesus Christ. Jesus is that ark of safety.

And it says in Proverbs chapter 29, verse 25, "The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe."

Put your trust in the Lord today, and you will escape hell and the judgment of God.