building Noah's ark

Evil will slay the wicked; the foes of the righteous will be condemned. The LORD redeems his servants; no one will be condemned who takes refuge in him. (Psalm 34:21-22 NIV)

The reality TV show Live Free or Die is a recent addition to America’s burgeoning interest in survivalism. It features families who left comfortable lifestyles to live in the wild. They set their clocks back about 200 years to experience life on the frontier. In popular terms, they’ve chosen to live “off the grid” (i.e. disconnected from all but nature). We would be wise to pay attention. If God is directing this media genre to save his people, at least, we ought to be taking notes.

The ark in Noah’s day sent a message that God desires to save. It stood as a testimony to those who knew a day of judgment was at hand. Those with the faith to build were delivered from the same flood that killed everyone else.

As signs reveal our present age is about to end, the Lord is calling people to action. Ark construction needs to be underway. Sadly, most Christians are less prepared for a coming apocalypse then are unbelievers. Disregarding Jesus’ warnings of a day when all will look for a way out but won’t find one (Luke 21:34-36), much of Christianity has swallowed the lie that they will escape. Did Noah and his family escape, or were they saved by their faith in God’s Word to build the ark?

My purpose is to prod believers to think, not just react. In our day, what does it mean  to build an ark? The answer may not be what you think. Much of today’s Christianity is about personal salvation. (“All that counts is that I’m saved and I am going to heaven.”) For this reason, Pre-tribulation rapture teaching is attractive. The ark was large for a reason. It wasn’t a dinghy or raft just for Noah.

Noah was a righteous man. In regards to the ark, he obeyed the Lord’s instructions to save his family (Hebrews 11:7). Building our ark means preparing a place of refuge, a sanctuary and place of safety, for others–that includes our family!

The ark was tangible. It was seen by others. It wasn’t spiritual, mystical or philosophical. Materials went into the ark’s construction. Each with a purpose. The ark was a shelter, a place of provision and fellowship for those who trusted in God.

Who are the Noahs? They are the saints who heed Jesus’ words, “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man…” You will find them building their refuge for the people of God. They are preparing now for clocks to be set back about 4000 years.

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