Summary: There are significant lessons to learn by studying Noah's Ark. Jesus Christ is our Ark of Safety from the coming wrath of God.
Lessons from the Ark
Genesis 7:17 – 8:4
17 The flood continued forty days on the earth. The waters increased and bore up the ark, and it rose high above the earth. 18 The waters prevailed and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the face of the waters. 19 And the waters prevailed so mightily on the earth that all the high mountains under the whole heaven were covered. 20 The waters prevailed above the mountains, covering them fifteen cubits  deep. 21 And all flesh died that moved on the earth, birds, livestock, beasts, all swarming creatures that swarm on the earth, and all mankind. 22 Everything on the dry land in whose nostrils was the breath of life died. 23 He blotted out every living thing that was on the face of the ground, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens. They were blotted out from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those who were with him in the ark. 24 And the waters prevailed on the earth 150 days. 8:1 But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the livestock that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind blow over the earth, and the waters subsided. 2 The fountains of the deep and the windows of the heavens were closed, the rain from the heavens was restrained, 3 and the waters receded from the earth continually. At the end of 150 days the waters had abated, 4 and in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat.
The Ark: - is representative of Jesus Christ - He is our Ark of Safety.
I. The Security of the Ark (review 7:16 shut the door) (Genesis 6:14 “Pitch”)
Rains 40 days – Genesis 7:11 (windows/fountain = source) New! Never before rained.
(fountains of deep…volcanoes, earthquakes, spewing lava, gases, penetrating water canopy)
Waters increased -v.17, 18 waters prevailed v.18,19, “prevailed exceedingly” v. 20
(the drama - outside / inside…..do you think as the water rose….water pressure on that boat…Noah/ and his sons…had to go around mopping, plugging holes, catching water in huge pots.. The prison at Clifton (where I work)…has flat roofs…..when it comes a good rain….you come in…buckets everywhere..in bad need of roof repair…one of the inmate—cleaned our office…before leaving for the day…line up the waste can with the huge hole in the roof…….. (NOT for Noah…it was SEALED….Pitch)
The security of the Ark – relied upon the strength of the pitch. The Ark bore the wrath of the flood waters, and the pitch kept the waters outside….and kept it dry on the inside.
Jesus – as the Ark - bore the wrath of God’s judgment.
Jesus – His blood provided the “Pitch” to keep us sealed from the wrath of God.
1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (satisfy the wrath of God)
Are you concerned about the security of your soul? If you are truly trusting Christ alone as your Lord and Savior, you need not fear. We are sealed by the Holy Spirit.
13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.
II. The Rising of the Ark - v.17 “bare up the ark lifted up above the earth”