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Noah goeth into the ark. 1 And the LORD said unto 7 And Noah went in, and his Noah, Come thou and all thy sons, and his wife, and his sons' house into the ark; for thee wives with him, into the ark, have I seen righteous before me because of the waters of the in this generation.

flood. 2 Of every clean beast thou 8 Of clean beasts, and of beasts shalt take to thee by sevens, that are not clean, and of fowls, the male and his female: and and of every thing that creepeth of beasts that are not clean by upon the earth. two, the male and his female. 9 There went in two and two

3 Of fowls also of the air by unto Noah into the ark, the sevens, the male and the female; male and the female, as God to keep seed alive upon the face had commanded Noah. of all the earth.

10 And it came to 4 For yet seven days, and I seven days, that the waters of will cause it to rain upon the the flood were upon the earth. earth forty days and forty

u In the six hundredth year nights; and every living sub- of Noah's life, in the second stance that I have made will I month, the seventeenth day destroy from off the face of the of the month, the same day earth.

were all the fountains of the 5 And Noah did according great deep broken up, and unto all that the LORD com- the windows of heaven were manded him.

opened. 6 And Noah was six hundred 12 And the rain was upon the years old when the flood of wa- earth forty days and forty ters was upon the earth. nights.

LECTURE 15.

The disobedience of the faithless. “Come thou and all thy house into the ark," was the invitation of the Lord to Noah. And at a time when all the rest of the world were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage,” Matt. 24. 38, he complied with this call, and came into the ark, and “ did according unto all that the Lord commanded him.” Let us listen, and we shall be able to hear the same voice addressing us, and saying, “Come thou and all thy house into the ark.” Come out from amongst the heedless, the disobedient, the perverse. Come out from a world that lieth in wickedness. Come into the church of the living God. Come into the community of saints. Come thou, and not thou alone, but also all thy house. Come all thy house, and also all, whomsoever thou canst persuade to come with thee. Already there are many more than the world supposes, who love the Lord Jesus in sincerity; but yet there is room. And there is no one duty more obviously incumbent on every one, who is himself in a place of safety, than to help to save all them that dwell around him.

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“ The secret of the Lord is among them that fear him." Ps. 25. 13. Noah, whom alone God saw righteous before Him in that generation, was the only one who seemed aware of the coming flood. And yet we doubt not that what God revealed to him he declared to others. For he is called by the apostle “a preacher of righteousness.” 2 Pet. 2. 5. And he would not fail to confirm his preaching, by an argument so powerful as the notice of approaching judgment. But preaching has little effect upon the mind unless it also moves the heart. They who had notice one hundred and twenty years beforehand, thought it safer to put off repentance some time longer. They who had afterwards notice that within seven days the rain would commence, thought they might delay yet a little more. read not of any one out of all mankind, so much as offering to follow Noah into the ark, whilst yet the flood had not begun. They repented not, because they did not believe. They would not believe lest they should be constrained to repent. How does unbelief both blind the judgment, and harden the heart! “ The end of all things is at hand.” 1 Pet. 4. 7. This is the warning which has been proclaimed to us. It is allowed on all hands to be unquestionable truth. But it weighs no more with many, than if it were unquestionably false. They see the faithful taking refuge in the ark; but they stay contented without, in the world. They trust that the world will last their time as it is. And they consider not, that whether they die first or not, the perdition of ungodly men is as sure to take place at last, as the burning up of the world by fire.

What a lesson might such unbelievers learn from that which is here told us of the brute creation; how the “clean beasts," those which were fit for sacrifice, seven pair of each, and the beasts that " are not clean,” and the “ fowls,” and “every thing that creepeth upon the earth,” “ went in two and two, unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah.”. Well might the prophet say concerning faithless professors in all generations, “ The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib : but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider.” Is. 1. 3. Guided by an Almighty hand, the cattle knew their way into the ark. Warned by the same Jehovah's voice, mankind set at nought all his counsels, and would none of his reproof. Oh shame that we should have to learn obedience from creatures devoid of reason ! And if we do but learn the lesson, whether from Noah, or from the animals, or from the waters of the flood, oh thanks be to God for teaching us !

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The waters prevail. All things living die. 13 In the selfsame day entered 19 And the waters prevailed Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and exceedingly upon the earth ; Japheth, the sons of Noah, and and all the high hills, that were Noah's wife, and the three wives under the whole heaven, were of his sons with them, into the covered.

20 Fifteen cubits upwards did 14 They, and every beast af- the waters prevail; and the ter his kind, and all the cattle mountains were covered. after their kind, and every 21 And all flesh died that creeping thing that creepeth moved upon the earth, both of upon the earth after his kind, fowl, and of cattle, and of and every fowl after his kind, beast, and of every creeping and every bird of every sort. thing that creepeth upon the

15 And they went in unto earth, and every man : Noah into the ark, two and two 22 All in whose nostrils was of all flesh, wherein is the breath the breath of life, of all that of life.

was in the dry land, died. 16 And they that went in, 23 And every living substance went in male and female of all was destroyed which was upon flesh, as God had commanded the face of the ground, both him: and the Lord shut him in. man and cattle, and the creep

17 And the flood was forty ing things, and the fowl of the days upon the earth; and the heaven; and they were dewaters increased, and bare up stroyed from the earth : and the ark, and it was lift up above Noah only remained alive, and the earth.

they that were with him in the 18 And the waters prevailed, ark. and were increased greatly up- 24 And the waters prevailed on the earth: and the ark went upon the earth an hundred and upon the face of the waters. fifty days.

LECTURE 16. That Christ is an ark of safety to all them that believe. On comparing the different parts of this account of the flood, it appears that Noah and his three sons and their wives went into the ark seven days before the rain began. And it is especially noted, that they and all the other living creatures went in the selfsame day.” And then it is added of Noah, that “the Lord shut him in.” These circumstances throw fresh light on the liveliness of his faith, and probably also on the ardour of his charity. He went in and took his family and all that God had commanded him, whilst all things still continued as they were from the beginning of the creation; and whilst the scoffer was doubtless loudly demanding of the food, where is the promise of its coming? Let us also repent whilst yet the sun of our prosperity shines fair, before the storm of tribulation overtakes us. Let us give to God the days of our youth, and health, and strength. Weakness and sickness and old age will soon be here. And who knows whether it will not then be too late ? 66 And the Lord shut him in;" not only so as to secure him from the violence of the flood, but probably to prevent all intercourse with the rest of mankind, during the first forty days that the flood was upon the earth; whilst the waters were increasing, so as to bear up the ark, though not as yet to drown the world. At this period how earnest must have been the intercession of Noah, how ardent his wishes in behalf of all around him, that they might if possible escape! And had not the Lord shut him in, forbidding him to admit any more into the ark, it is probable that in his endeavours to save many, he would have lost all. So much better does God know than man who are meet to escape, and how many! So needful for the welfare of the righteous, as well as for the manifestation of God's own righteousness, is the destruction of the wicked!

But if Noah out of his compassion would have been glad to save his perishing fellow creatures, how glad also would they have been, when the waters increased, to take refuge in the ark! How would the cunning have schemed, and the violent have fought, for a place in that only safe retreat, even to the injury of Noah himself; had not the Lord shut him in! Thiuk of the waters gradually covering all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven! Think of the mountains covered ! Think of all flesh that moved upon the earth dying; “ both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man!” . Think of the agony which men must have endured whilst all this was going on, the war of elements without, the strife of evil passions and remorse within. For remember they were wicked men. Else they could have met death without dismay. Else death, however horrible, would have been at least gain. Whatever troubles beset the true believer, he is always safe in Christ, as in an ark. The storm may roar around him, and thousands perish on his right hand and on his left; the solid earth may sink beneath the rush of waters, or be molten in the furnace of devouring flames; he all the while, like Noah, and them that were with him, remains, whether alive or dead, at peace. He has peace with God. He is reconciled to the Father by the Son's most precious blood. He commits himself with full assurance of hope, to the hands of God who made the world; knowing that so long as he is found in Christ, though all things else were to be destroyed, not a hair of his head shall perish.

Lord shut us up, we pray Thee, in this thy ark of safety; that after our brief passage through the waves of this troublesome world, we may be found secure from the power of sin, and fit to inhabit the new heavens and the new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. See 2 Pet. 3. 13.

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The waters assuage. Noah sendeth forth the raven and the dove. 1 And God remembered No- 7 And he sent forth a raven ah, and every living thing, and which went forth to and fro, all the cattle that was with him until the waters were dried up in the ark: and God made a from off the earth. wind to pass over the earth, and 8 Also he sent forth a dove the waters asswaged.

from him, to see if the waters 2 The fountains also of the were abated from off the face of deep and the windows of hea- the ground; ven were stopped, and the rain 9 But the dove found no rest from heaven was restrained; for the sole of her foot, and she

3 And the waters returned returned unto him into the ark, from off the earth continually : for the waters were on the face and after the end of the hundred of the whole earth : then he put and fifty days the waters were forth his band, and took her, and abated.

pulled her in unto him into the 4 And the ark rested in the ark. seventh month, on the seven- 10 And he stayed yet other teenth day of the month, upon seven days; and again he sent the mountains of Ararat. forth the dove out of the ark;

5 And the waters decreased 11 And the dove came in to continually until the tenth him in the evening; and, lo, month: in the tenth month, in her mouth was an olive leaf on the first day of the month, pluckt off: so Noah knew that were the tops of the mountains the waters were abated from off seen.

the earth. 6 And it came to pass at the 12 And he stayed yet other end of forty days, that Noah seven days; and sent forth the opened the window of the ark dove; which returned not again which he had made:

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LECTURE 17.
Whilst we wait for heaven, we must enquire and pray.
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go down to the sea in ships must oftentimes be depressed with a sense of loneliness and risk ; when they find themselves embarked on the mighty ocean, with nothing to be seen besides sea and sky. But there is a country to which they are bound, there is a home which they have left, and to which they hope to return. Not so Noah, and his family, in the ark. The whole earth was under water. And they knew, that as they floated on that boundless waste, the home which they had left was now no more, and there was no other to which their course could be directed. Whither then could they turn for comfort and support? And on what could they found their hope of escaping, in the end, the united horrors of imprisonment and want? All may be summed up in these few affecting words, " And God remembered Noah.” He who had shut them in was able to let them out. He who had

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