February 2, 2014

Mt. Ararat and the Resurrection – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

“In the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark rested upon the mountains of Ararat.” (Genesis 8:4)

Good Bible students have recognized that the story of Noah’s preservation through the destructive catastrophe of the Flood is a beautiful picture, a type of the death and resurrection of Christ. Though often ridiculed today, it was believed and applied by Jesus (Matthew 24:37). It a historical narrative that actually happened the way the Bible describes, but it is also a beautiful analogy.

The Flood was sent as a judgment on the sinful world of Noah’s day and its reality demonstrates to the world today, God’s inability and unwillingness to tolerate sin.

“Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. The LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. The LORD said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them.” …Then God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence because of them; and behold, I am about to destroy them with the earth. …“Behold, I, even I am bringing the flood of water upon the earth, to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life, from under heaven; everything that is on the earth shall perish.” (Genesis 6:6-17)

It is popular today, to preach about God’s love, but many have forgotten that God is also a just God and justice demands punishment. “Clouds and thick darkness surround Him; Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne.” (Psalms 97:2)

The apostle Paul taught this eternal, inescapable principle. “For the wages of sin is death…” (Romans 6:23)

But, God provided a way of escape, a means of salvation (i.e., the Ark which Noah built) to Noah and his family, those eight souls who believed.

“But I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall enter the ark — you and your sons and your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. “ And of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every kind into the ark, to keep them alive with you;” (Genesis 6:18-19)

Although the analogy is not perfect, this historical account does provide a vivid illustration of the fact that the punishment for sin is still death, and that God is still merciful and willing to provide a means of salvation to those who believe in the death, burial and resurrection of His Son.

In that connection, it is interesting to realize the significance of the date referenced in the verse with which we began (Genesis 8:4). At the time of the Passover, God prefigured the work of Christ when He, Himself, changed the calendar by which the Jews observed their many ordained services.

The seventh month became the first month (Abib).

“This month shall be the beginning of months for you; it is to be

earth is filled with violence because of them; and behold, I am about to destroy them with the earth. …“Behold, I, even I am bringing the flood of water upon the earth, to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life, from under heaven; everything that is on the earth shall perish.” (Genesis 6:6-17)

It is popular today, to preach about God’s love, but many have forgotten that God is also a just God and justice demands punishment. “Clouds and thick darkness surround Him; Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne.” (Psalms 97:2)

The apostle Paul taught this eternal, inescapable principle. “For the wages of sin is death…” (Romans 6:23)

But, God provided a way of escape, a means of salvation (i.e., the Ark which Noah built) to Noah and his family, those eight souls who believed.

“But I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall enter the ark — you and your sons and your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. “ And of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every kind into the ark, to keep them alive with you;” (Genesis 6:18-19)

Although the analogy is not perfect, this historical account does provide a vivid illustration of the fact that the punishment for sin is still death, and that God is still merciful and willing to provide a means of salvation to those who believe in the death, burial and resurrection of His Son.

In that connection, it is interesting to realize the significance of the date referenced in the verse with which we began (Genesis 8:4). At the time of the Passover, God prefigured the work of Christ when He, Himself, changed the calendar by which the Jews observed their many ordained services.

The seventh month became the first month (Abib).

“This month shall be the beginning of months for you; it is to be the first month of the year to you.” (Exodus 12:2)

The Passover was to be observed on the fourteenth day of that first month and each year following.

“‘Your lamb shall be an unblemished male a year old; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats. ‘You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month, then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel is to kill it at twilight. ‘Moreover, they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses in which they eat it.” (Exodus 12:5-7)

The apostle Paul reminded Christians…

“…Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed. Therefore let us celebrate the feast…” (I Corinthians 5:7-8)

“Our Passover” was sacrificed for us on the day specified, the fourteenth.

Now it was the day of preparation for the Passover; it was about the   sixth hour. And he said to the Jews, “Behold, your King!” So they cried out, “Away with Him, away with Him, crucify Him!”… (John 19:14-15)

He rose again the third day, the seventeenth day of the first (formerly the seventh) month. This was the anniversary of the landing of Noah’s Ark on the mountains of Ararat (Genesis 8:4), providing its inhabitants new life following judgment of the world and its destruction because of sin. What a spectacular picture our deliverance from sin and resurrection with Christ.

Adapted from an article by John Morris

 

 

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