Pastor's Pen by Cliff Henry

In the Old Testament of Scripture we find that there are three objects of great significance referred to as “Arks.”

The first ark is found in Genesis 6:14 as God commands Noah, a man of great faith and the eight man in descent from Adam, to build an ark. Our understanding from Scripture is that it took Noah and his three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth 120 years to build the ark. It was basically a huge boat that would be able to endure the fierce flood God was sending to destroy the people upon the earth. Mankind had become so shamelessly immoral and ungodly that God was moved to rid the earth of all mankind except for Noah and his family, consisting of eight persons. 

The second ark in Scripture is the ark for Moses which his mother Jochebed built for him found in Exodus 2:1-10. Israel had been taken into slavery by the Egyptian people and were held captives as a people for 430 years. The Egyptian Pharoah had made a law that all male babies born to the Israelites were to be put to death. Jochebed, fearing God and loving her son, placed him in the ark she had built and placed him among the papyrus reeds at the rivers edge trusting God to protect his life.

The third ark is referred to as the ark of the covenant found in Exodus 25:10-16. It was built by the Israelites and was a picture of God’s presence with Israel. It contained three items over time as Hebrews 9:4 points out: the golden pot of manna, Aarons rod that budded, and the ten commandments. 

Each one of these three arks symbolizes two things.

First, they symbolize faith. Each person or group that build these arks did so in faith to the living God. They believed in that God would intercede on their behalf as they obediently in faith built these arks. 

Secondly, they symbolize death. A death to self and the ways of unregenerate men and their practices. Whenever a person comes to understand who the true God is (Jesus Christ) and due to their sin their need of his saving grace by faith. As they repent and receive Jesus Christ as their Saviour they die to self and the love of this world.

As a Christian obedience to God becomes more important than all else. I wonder today dear reader, have you ever truly accepted Jesus as your Savior?

The Gospel of John in chapter 3 and 7 point out that unless a person has been born again (accepted Jesus as Savior) they cannot enter the kingdom.

Think about it.

Cliff Henry is the pastor of Greenland Baptist Church. He can be reached at​