May 9th 2016
God Closed the Door
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; 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. And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life. 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 7:13-16 KJV)
Noah was a man of God who heard the call of God upon his life.
Noah desired to live obediently unto God’s call upon his life. He had placed faith in the supernatural power of God on his life rather than relying upon his own works.
Noah was not saved through the building of the ark as God commanded.
Noah was not saved through filling the ark as God commanded.
Noah was not saved through coming to reside in the ark at the command and direction of God.
Noah found salvation through the work of God in his heart. This spiritual work ushered in a new desire to live according to the will of God upon his life, therefore Noah was obedient. Thereby following the will and direction of God upon his life.
Noah possessed a personal relationship with God through the supernatural work of God inside his heart.
The ark was constructed because Noah followed the commandment and direction of God.
God’s supernatural direction at work in Noah’s life did not “make sense” according to man’s reasoning at work in this world. Noah was made fun of and ridiculed because his obedience seemed foolish to those under the control of the evil and darkness of the god of this world. No man had heard of or was familiar with rain.
Noah accepted the possibility of rain and catastrophic flooding through faith in God.
Noah applied faith and spiritual understanding and trusted in his personal relationship with God.
God closed the door to Noah’s heart to keep His holy presence inside Noah’s quickened alive heart.
The sealing of man’s heart is a picture of salvation in the New Testament. God comes to reside or dwell inside the quickened heart of mankind now and for all eternity. The door to man’s heart is sealed spiritually preserving salvation for all eternity and seals it against any intrusion (oppression) by the god of this world.