There it goes again. Beep! Beep! What is that? Oh, yeah! It’s the smoke alarm. Do I smell smoke? No. It’s just time to replace the battery.
You know, with all that’s going on in the world, I think I hear a faint beep detecting that infernal smoke.
I think it’s time to build a boat! (Oh, I know the Lord said He would “never again send another flood to destroy the earth” Gen. 9:11 TLB. It’s just a reflection.)
Noah built a boat, an ark. It was his salvation. In the same way, Christ is our Ark of safety, our vessel of salvation.
Saved and salvation in the Old Testament always refer to deliverance from or out of something. When Moses stood at the edge of the Red Sea with the murmuring hoard behind him, he commanded them, “Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today.” (Ex. 14:13 NKJV)
Salvation used here is the word yeshuw`ah, meaning something saved, deliverance, aid, victory, prosperity, health, help, and welfare. (Sound familiar? All are found in Jesus, Yeshua, “the Lord is salvation.”)
God’s salvation is not only the rescue of a believer’s spirit from hell and eternal separation from Him but also the rescue of believers out of dire circumstances and out of the coming judgment and wrath. Jesus is our Ark of salvation, and we will have our safety in Him, as Matthew Henry said, “Christ is an ark already prepared, in whom alone we can be safe when death and judgment come.”
In John the Revelator’s vision, Jesus said to the faithful church, “Because you kept the word of My patience, I also will keep you out of the hour of trial which is going to come on the inhabitable world in order to try those dwelling on the earth. Behold, I am coming quickly.” (Rev. 3:10-11a RGT)
Kept and keep in Greek mean to watch over, preserve, hold fast, to withhold for a personal end, and so on.
Paul says, “Whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.” (Rom. 10:13 NKJV) Saved is the Greek word sozo, which means to save, preserve, deliver, protect, rescue, heal, make whole, and so on.
Therefore, Paul tells us to “look forward to and await the coming of…Jesus, Who personally rescues and delivers us out of and from the wrath [bringing punishment] which is coming…and draws us to Himself.” (1 Thess. 1:10 Amp)
Rescues and delivers also mean to draw to oneself, preservation from, and so on.
Jesus is our Deliverer; He will draw us to Himself and, in Him, He will preserve us from God’s wrath.
(from yet-to-be published Ready or Not)
“So stay awake and be prepared, for you do not know the date or moment of my return.” (Matt. 25:13 TLB)
The smoke alarm is about to go off! Is your battery up to date? Is Christ your Ark of safety?