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This is the first lesson in the series Great Invitations. It centers on Noah and the Ark. and how the Ark is a picture of salvation.

This is the first lesson in the series Great Invitations. It centers on Noah and the Ark. and how the Ark is a picture of salvation.

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      • 1 And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.
      • We begin today with the first gospel invitation in the Bible. The word “come” is used some 1,972 times in the Bible. Gen. 7:1 is the first time it is used as a command and as an invitation.
      • of invitations! Beginning here and continuing to the very last verses of Revelation, God is involved in the business of inviting people to come to Him for salvation, for the help they need, and for the things they lack in life.
      The Bible is a book
    • God looked upon the earth
      • There was intermarriage between the godly line of Seth and the ungodly offspring of Cain. This was an attempt to pervert the human bloodline and prevent the birth of the Messiah, Gen. 3:15. The children born of this union were evil beyond words.
      • God saw the wickedness of man and knew that man was hopelessly corrupt. Every desire within mankind drew him away to evil thoughts and deeds.
      • God looked at man and saw that man had ruined the earth. Man was unjust and violent. Man had abandoned the ways of the Lord and had turned from God completely.
      • God’s solution is to destroy mankind.
      • God extended His graceful favor to Noah, Gen. 6:8. We are told that Noah was “just”. This does not mean that he was sinless; it means that his faith was in God and God counted him righteous on the basis of that faith. That is the way it has always been!
      • to build this great Ark, Gen. 6:13-22. Noah is told that this Ark will provide him, his family and all the creatures of the earth, a place of safety and sanctuary. That Ark was the only place in the universe where Noah and his family could be safe.
      Noah is commanded
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      • Gopher wood – cypress, almost indestructible, durable, will not rot. Wood is a picture of humanity in the Bible. This wood pictures the humanity of Jesus Christ. Just as those trees had to be cut down to build Noah’s Ark, Jesus had to be cut down to provide a place of sanctuary for you and me,
      • 4 Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy].
      Isa. 53:4-6 (AMP)
      • After the Ark was built, it was covered with “pitch”. This word is used seventy other times in the Old Testament and each time it is translated “atonement”. It literally means a covering. The wood alone could not keep the water out, there had to be a covering.
      • Its Security
      • brings to mind the shedding of blood, Lev. 17:11. It is not the humanity, or the life of Jesus that saves us, it is His death and the shedding of His blood! He did not come to set and example,
      The word “atonement”
      • 11 For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have appointed it to you to make atonement on the altar for your lives, since it is the lifeblood that makes atonement.
      Leviticus 17:11 (HCSB)
      • He came to die,
      • 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life—a ransom for many.”
      Mark 10:45 (HCSB)
      • It is the blood that seals us and keeps us safe from the wrath of God,
      • 9 Much more then, since we have now been declared righteous by His blood, we will be saved through Him from wrath.
      Romans 5:9 (HCSB)
      •  The Ark was 450’ long, 75’ wide and 45’ high. It could contain three million cubic feet! It was plenty big enough to hold all who would desire to enter. This is a picture of the sufficiency of Jesus! He is able to save all who will come to Him,
      • Its Size
      • 25 Therefore He is always able to save those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to intercede for them.
      • Heb. 7:25. There is room at His cross for you!
      Hebrews 7:25 (HCSB)
      • It was not shaped like a boat, it would have looked like a floating coffin. This speaks to us of the fact that Jesus died for us and when we receive Him, we die to the world. When Noah entered his Ark, he was identifying with death.
      • Its Shape
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      • 1 So if you have been raised with the Messiah, seek what is above, where the Messiah is, seated at the right hand of God.
      • When we come to Jesus, we are identifying with His death on the cross and our own death to sin!
      Colossians 3:1 (HCSB)
      • Gen. 6:16 – The Ark had one door; one window and three stories. These elements are a picture of salvation. The one door was set low so that all could enter, John 10:9 (HCSB)
      • 9 I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved and will come in and go out and find pasture .
      • Its Structure
      • so that all would have to look up,
      • Colossians 3:2 (HCSB) 2 Set your minds on what is above, not on what is on the earth.
      The window was high
      • us that salvation is a work of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. It also reminds us that when a person is saved, their whole person – body, soul and spirit- is changed, 2 Corinthians 5:17 (HCSB)
      • 17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come.
      The three stories remind
      • Gen. 6:21 – Noah was saved by the ship and he was also satisfied in the ship. He had everything in the Ark that he would need to survive the flood. In Jesus, the believer will find satisfaction for the soul. He is bread to the hungry and water to the thirsty. Those who come to Him will find that He is all the need to be satisfied,
      • Its Sustenance
      • 35 “I am the bread of life,” Jesus told them. “No one who comes to Me will ever be hungry, and no one who believes in Me will ever be thirsty again.
      John 6:35 (HCSB)
      • Gen. 8:4 – The Ark came to rest on the seventeenth day of the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar. Why is that important? The seventh month is when the Passover takes place.
      • Its Schedule
      • as they were offering the Passover on the fourteenth day of the month. He was raised three days later – the seventeenth day of the month. The Ark rested on the same day Jesus would rise again from the dead.
      Jesus died
      • Noah’s name means “rest”. When Noah entered the Ark, he found rest, safety and salvation. Being in the Ark saved his life; believing in Almighty God saved his soul!
      • Its Supply
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