Christianity 201

June 26, 2020

The Security of God’s Protection

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A friend of mine shared this on Facebook in the last few days, but it was originally written in late March at the outset of the pandemic in North America. The author is Dianalyn Conrad. With over 3,700 posts here, I don’t often source things on Facebook, and perhaps it’s not your go-to for devotional content, but sometimes someone posts something worthy of consideration, perhaps even worthy of sharing, as I did here. She didn’t indicate where she got the image, but I’m adding it here as well.

Shut in Safety

I have always thought that Noah was safe inside the Ark because he built it according to God’s specifications. I thought that perhaps it was the strength of the gopher wood and the soundness of the architecture that ensured that the waters of the flood would not come into the Ark.

But today I encountered a verse that shifted this whole paradigm. Let’s read what Gen 7:16 says ..”The animals going in were male and female of every living thing as God had commanded Noah…THEN GOD SHUT HIM IN….

Don’t miss this…. even after Noah had built the Ark, ~ it was God Himself who shut him in, in order to shut out the waters of the flood… In other translations this verse says “The Lord sealed them inside.”

May the Almighty God seal us inside His Ark of protection through this Pandemic sweeping the planet.

It is not the fact that you have locked your house that keeps you safe at night, it is not your good driving skills that keeps you safe on the road, neither it’s your healthy eating habits that keeps you healthy – only God can shut you in and shut out the devil that is seeking to devour you.

~Father we pray that in these times, during this Pandemic, as we walk into the streets and as we drive on the roads, Oh God shut us in. Father we pray for each other and our children that in the midst of the dangers of becoming contaminated, that You will shut us in, and keep us safe. Not only from the Contagion but also out the flood waters of abuse, rape, murder, accidents and untimely deaths… Oh God shut us in, shut us in your Ark of protection , into your Ark of compassion..

In Jesus Mighty Name we pray, May GOD SHUT US IN AS WE OBEY HIM AND TRUST IN HIS WORD


There were hundreds of comments but they were all quite short. However, on the page of the person that I know who shared this, someone added,

The ark is a picture of Christ;
the wood = his humanity;
the covering of pitch = the atonement.

Those in the ark were safe, while all others perished in that watery grave of death and judgment. All that God shuts up in Christ are safe. He absorbed the the Father’s wrath, and the just judgment of the law. He took all the hits for his people. “In Adam all die; In Christ shall all be made alive.”

That (the reference is I Cor. 15.22) reminded me of another image, one which we’ve used in the past on the sidebar here at C201.


Speaking of sharing things, you never know when you can be a part of what I call “the chain of grace.” I’ve always felt that anything worth ‘liking’ is possibly worth sharing; and that ‘share’ could be a critical element of someone else’s story. You might not be an evangelist, but you can leverage your small corner of social media to make a difference in someone’s life.


Because we have some extra room today, this is a link to a very early C201 devotional on Noah’s Ark, which also included this picture which is actually part of a set of four by artist Tom DuBois called the Noah’s Ark Collection, with this piece aptly titled:  The Commission.    Tom is currently offering a  set of the pictures for only $2,900 at his website.

 

October 21, 2010

Wiping Sin off the Face of the Earth

Today’s reading is from Bob Coy, pastor of Calvary Chapel, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; as it appeared October 17 in the Our Journey devotional book:


In Genesis Chapter 6 we see that sin’s influence continued to spread across the earth.  As people multiplied, sin also multiplied, and things deteriorated to such an alarming degree that God decided to wipe the slate clean and start over again.

Noah, along with his wife, three sons, and three daughters-in-law, were to be the only exceptions.   They started building an ark that would save them from a flood that would reduce the world’s populaton to just eight people!

Fast forward a few years.  The ark is built, Noah’s family is all inside, and the rain starts.   The waters rise, and the world perishes.  It rains for forty days, and it takes nearly a year before the waters have safely subsided.   Noah and his family step out of the ark and into a whole new world completely clean of sin.  But it doesn’t take long for Noah to pollute it.

“Noah…planted a vineyard.  He drank of the wine and became drunk and lay uncovered in his tent.”  (Gen. 9: 20-21).  Just a few verses after being brought into a sinless environment, we find Noah drunk, passed out, and naked!   This isn’t the image of Noah most of us grew up with, but it’s true nonetheless.   It also shows us that sin was still with mankind.   Sin survived the flood because it was stowed away in the hearts of those were stowed in the ark.  It wasn’t just “out there,” it was also “in there.”

We can fall under the subtle spell of thinking that sin is somehow “out there,” embedded in our culture, environment, or circumstances.  It isn’t.  The problem is hidden deep insde of us, and not even the greatest disaster this world has ever seeen can destroy it.

~Bob Coy(emphasis added)

 

 

About the picture:   This is a picture I hunted for to go with this article after seeing it a few days ago as a jigsaw puzzle.   It’s actually part of a set of four by artist Tom DuBois called the Noah’s Ark Collection, with this piece aptly titled:  The Commission.    Tom is currently offering a $4,000 set of the pictures for only $2,900 at his website.