There are lots of little “gems” in the Bible and this is just one of them that I thought you would enjoy. And what is a Biblical “gem”? I call a Biblical gem a statement within the Bible that provides some specific information that can be easily overlooked as not of any significant importance, until one looks a little deeper. Some of you may recall this “gem” from an earlier post of mine but I thought it was worth repeating. And don’t let the Introduction below throw you off, click on the source link and go a little deeper . . .
This study looks at one of the favourite stories of any half decent Sunday school… Noah’s Ark! Unlike Sunday school however, I have decided to not focus so much on all the animals coming two by two into the ark. Sorry if that is what you were after. But I do have a good excuse… You see, when we get to the New Testament we find Noah’s Ark spoken of as a type of Christ and His resurrection. Here is the scripture I’m talking about:
1 Peter 3:20-21 “…God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, 21 and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.”
So Peter saw in Noah’s ark, and specifically in it passing through the waters, a symbol of salvation and our baptism into the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Ok, so far so good! So let’s have a look a closer look at Noah’s ark, it’s type of Christ and specifically something I have called ‘the mystery of the 17th’ (which at this stage will purposefully remain somewhat, well, mysterious…)
To read the rest of this “gem” please click on the highly recommended source link directly below: