December 10, 2017

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)

The story of Noah’s preservation through the Flood that brought death to most life on earth not only demonstrated God’s attitude toward sin and His determination to judge, but it is also a beautiful picture that prefigures the salvation God planned and now offers to all mankind. It is an accurate history of a real event that did happen the way the Bible describes, but it is also a beautiful analogy.

The Flood was sent as a judgment upon the sinful world of Noah’s day.

“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. 6 The LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. 7 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.” (Genesis 6:5-7)

The “wages of sin” (Romans 6:23) has always been death. It is more than a consequence. In the eyes of the source of all justice, the Almighty God, sin requires death as payment of a debt. But God provided a way of salvation, not by faith only, but through faith demonstrated by building and entering the Ark. Out of probably billions on the earth, eight souls, Noah and his family, believed and humbly submitted.

“But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD. …Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his time; Noah walked with God. …Make for yourself an ark of gopher wood; you shall make the ark with rooms, and shall cover it inside and out with pitch. “This is how you shall make it: the length of the ark three hundred cubits, its breadth fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits. “You shall make a window for the ark, and finish it to a cubit from the top; and set the door of the ark in the side of it; you shall make it with lower, second, and third decks. … Thus Noah did; according to all that God had commanded him, so he did.” (Genesis 6:8-9, 14-16, 22)

Although the analogy is not perfect, it does beautifully illustrate the fact that the punishment for sin is still death and that God has provided a perfect way of salvation to those who believe and humbly submit to His Son Jesus Christ.

In that light, it is interesting to note the date mentioned in our text, Genesis 8:4, has great significance. The calendar was changed by God at the time of the Passover, another beautiful prefigure of Christ’s work. The seventh month became the first month.

“This month shall be the beginning of months for you; it is to be the first month of the year to you. “Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying, ‘On the tenth of this month they are each one to take a lamb… ‘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.” (Exodus 12:2-3, 6)

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

“…For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed.” (I Corinthians 5:7)

Christ was sacrificed for us on the day of the Passover (John 19:14) and 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 Ararat, providing its inhabitants new life following judgment of the world and its destruction because of sin. What a blessed picture of our new life based on Christ’s death for our sins.

“…God patiently waited in the days of Noah as an ark was being constructed. In the ark a few, that is eight souls, were delivered through water. And this prefigured baptism, which now saves you…” (I Peter 3:20-21 NET)

(Based on a shorter article by John D. Morris, Ph.D.)

 

 

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