Genesis 6:16 “So those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him; and the Lord shut him in“
The Great Flood and Ark is becoming one of my favorite witnessing tools. It pretty much debunks and refutes all notions of modernism when it comes to God, the Gospel, and His grace and mercy. And this would apply to both unbelievers and so-called believers and many false pastors especially in the U.S.
The flood account is diametrically opposed to watered down feel good false gospels which basically state that the reason why there was only 8 humans saved on the Ark, was because they had to be somehow better, or more morally righteous. Those who drowned, just didn’t get it is the notion. But the question is WHY they didn’t get the message is the thing being either hidden or misunderstood or just flat out lied about.
I saw a meme recently of a depiction of the Ark, and many outside trying to get in. This is a completely false depiction! Jesus clears this up in Luke 17:27, “They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.“
The account tells us that it was 500-600 years before the Flood came while Noah most likely warned the world of the pending doom. When the event happened, the rain came, it didn’t cause anyone to run to the Ark. When the rain obviously became heavier and heavier, they still didn’t go to the Ark. They were still rejecting the doom that God promised. They were still hosting weddings while things were being flooded. When they obviously saw their animals, family, and friends perishing, it still didn’t cause them to go that Ark.
Because the Ark represented God’s salvation, other than Noah and his family and the animals he brought on board, the rest rejected it vehemently. They wanted NOTHING to do with the Ark. Their fallen nature told them to reject, deny, and fight against it. Because if the Ark was true, and what Noah said about the Flood was true, then there is a God who holds them in judgment. So to run to the Ark and acknowledge the coming doom would be to discard their pride.
Noah and his family never heard a scream of “Let us in!”. No one chose God’s saving Ark. And that should be the lesson to the false teachers who are breeding false converts. The false convert might nod their head and say “yes I believe”, but in the end so to speak will make it manifest they had NO interest in the Ark of Jesus Christ. No one on the Last Day is going to be pounding on the doors of heaven screaming “LET US IN!”.
Luke 16:28 for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.’ 29 Abraham said to him, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’ 30 And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ 31 But he said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.’ ”
An analogy: Jesus doesn’t throw out lifejackets and send out lifeboats and cross His fingers that the right “choice” is made as modern false gospels will teach, rather He swims out and actually saves a drowning sinner! And He never fails! The sinner never drowns. The full debt of their sins was paid on the Cross by Him!
Jesus made it abundantly clear, that we need God’s intervention, a rebirth so as to believe in that Ark in Him, to believe we are rotten sinners and He would be our Redeemer. Outside of this, you do not hear, you do not see the need for an Ark. You are no better than those before the Great Flood. You wouldn’t grasp a lifejacket or jump on a boat if your fallen life depended on it! To be placed in Christ, as those placed in the Ark by God, it will only come by His mercy and grace, and more importantly His choice. Your choice was to remain outside, to drown in your sins. Salvation never comes by self-righting!