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Ark, Noah’s

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The craft built at God’s command by Noah and his family as a means of escape from the flood. The ark is seen as corresponding to the redemption offered to believers through Jesus Christ.

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The building of the ark

The command to build

Genesis 6:14 ESV
Make yourself an ark of gopher wood. Make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and out with pitch.
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Its purpose for Noah and his family

Genesis 6:17–18 ESV
For behold, I will bring a flood of waters upon the earth to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life under heaven. Everything that is on the earth shall die. But I will establish my covenant with you, and you shall come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you.

Its purpose for the animals

Genesis 6:19 ESV
And of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every sort into the ark to keep them alive with you. They shall be male and female.
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The ark and the flood

Noah obeyed God

Genesis 7:5 ESV
And Noah did all that the Lord had commanded him.
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The ark served its purpose

Genesis 7:17 ESV
The flood continued forty days on the earth. The waters increased and bore up the ark, and it rose high above the earth.
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The significance of the ark elsewhere in Scripture

An instance of judgment

Judgment clearly divides humanity into the saved and the lost.
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An example of faith

Noah took God at his word in circumstances which must have appeared ridiculous.

A symbol of salvation

The link between the ark and baptism is in the twin ideas of water and salvation.
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