First Baptism: Noah
Bible Version - KJV
The Raven and the Dove
†† I would like to share the story of Noah and the Ark, but from a slightly different perspective with you. Letís cover some of the basics of Noah. In Genesis 6:9 we see he was a just man as well as one who walked with God. This speaks highly of his relationship he had with God. In Genesis 5:32 Noah was 500 years old when his wife had what I believe to be triplets (Shem, Ham and Japheth), and Noah was going to be needing help with building the Ark and would need it fast.
†† In Genesis 7:6 we see that it took Noah with the help of his sons 100 years to get the Ark built. We also know that from Hebrews 11:7 that the Ark was only for Noah and his family besides the animals that would be joining him on this trip and that Noah by building the Ark condemned the World. Even before the law was written in exodus, there was already a separation of clean and unclean animals during the earliest time of Godís people Genesis 7:12. In 2 Peter 2:5 shows that Noah had been preaching righteousness before he was told to build the Ark, which brings us back to Hebrews 11:7 that building the Ark condemned the World.
†† Now this is where the story of Noah and the Ark takes on a different perspective for me. Genesis 8:7-8 the Raven that is sent out ahead of the Dove, which goes to and fro over the earth represents Satan as he is always going to and fro over the earth as mentioned in Job 1:7 and he never returns to heaven as the Raven never returns to the Ark.
†† The Dove is easier to figure out that it represents Jesus. Though Jesus may look over the World to see how things are, he always returns to his Father in Heaven. Genesis 8:11 The Dove being sent out again and returning with the olive branch represents Jesus coming here and returning to his Father with his sacrifice as an olive branch (peace offering) on behalf of the World. In Genesis 8:12 the Dove not returning back to the Ark represents Jesus returning and living with us here on Earth.
†† In 1 Peter 3:20-21 the flood served two purposes, one to cleanse the Earth of the ungodly and to baptize Noah and his family. The Ark acted as a tomb while the waters abated from off the Earth and Noah and his family coming out of it represents their resurrection. This would be the first form of water baptism done and recorded for us.
Through the story of Noah there is a lesson that can be applied to us for our day. Noahís determination in adversity while preaching as he worked as well as his focus on getting what was asked of him done regardless of the length of time it took him and his sons to build the ark. Today people have fallen asleep spiritually waiting for Jesusí return as well as millions of others mocking those that still hold fast for his return. We continually work as Noah did in building the ark and strengthen our foundation so that it will be strong enough to resist such things as persecution, doubt, even loss of faith in Godís word and anything else that may rise up against us to try and make you falter. Imagine what Noah had to face as he built not a small boat, but a ship on land while trying to witness to the people of their coming destruction by water. We need to recount these stories of old to remember that others had faced adversities and overcame them through the close relationship in which they had with our Heavenly Father.
Remember soon that Dove will return to us to establish a holy and righteous kingdom that will do away with the sufferings that we face and see today.