Noah preached to the population around him for 120 years as he built the Ark. The wickedness of man had reached the apex of God’s forbearance. His longsuffering with them was about to end. His offer of salvation had come to them through Noah’s preaching and they refused to surrender to God’s will, bowing the knee to Him, but instead turned their backs on Him continuing to live their lives in the lust of the flesh, in the lust of the eyes, and in the pride of their lives (I John 2:16). They wanted nothing to do with Noah and the One True God, thinking Noah was a crazy man crying wolf when it had never rained upon the earth since the creation of the world. Unbeknownst to them apart from Noah’s fervent admonition, the day of their salvation was about to pass them by with no hope of rescue (Genesis 6-7).
Noah’s ark is a picture of the safe haven that is found in Christ for all who languish in sin and need a Savior. Just as God called Noah to prepare an ark to the saving of His people, albeit only eight persons out of the whole population of the entire earth at that time, safety is found in Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection for our sin. Without Him and His forgiveness of our sin, we are like those who were outside Noah’s ark banging on the door to be let in when the heavens opened up from above pouring rain down upon them and the waters from the deep began to rise up from underground, quickly submerging all who breathed God’s breathe of life.
There is a limit to God’s tolerance of man’s sin when His judgment must fall, for He is the Righteous Judge of all mankind. It is because of His great mercy towards us we are not consumed long before the gavel of His judgment falls (Lamentations 3:22). His provision of His Son to be the propitiation (payment) for our sin is what keeps us from drowning outside the ark of His salvation offered to us through Christ (Romans 3:23-26).
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish,
but have everlasting life.”