Learning from Noah – part 6.

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This entire series of articles was initiated when I visited The Ark Experience in Kentucky.  I have read and studied Noah’s story many times, and it was wonderful to step inside a full-scale ark this summer.  They have exhibits and video displays throughout several levels.  I prefer to read everything and soak it all in.  Others move along and enjoy the bigger picture.  It is common for my family to become divided as we visit things like museums, and The Ark Experience was no different.  I was often left behind as my family charged ahead.

The ark was a point of greater division in Noah’s day.  A person was either on the ark, or they were left outside.  There was no place in between.  Even God’s call to Noah served as a point of division.  Choosing to follow God would result in serious consequences for Noah and his immediate family.  They certainly knew and loved people who would be swept away in the flood.

God continues to call us out of the world.  God’s people may live in this world, but we are not to be of this world (John 17:14).  We are to be separated from sin, and we are to be separated to God.  This was true of Noah, and it continues to be true for God’s people today.  Noah’s Ark was a point of great division, and Jesus is our point of division now.  It all comes down to this question, “Who do you say that Jesus is?”  Your answer defines who you are and where you will spend eternity.  Those who refuse Jesus will identify with the world and eventually languish in eternal hell, but those who cling to Christ will identify with Him and receive the promise of eternal peace.

Jesus is the point of division.  A person will either receive Jesus or reject Him, believe or refuse, obey or scorn.  There is no middle ground.

Matthew 16:15-16 – He (Jesus) said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”  Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”