Day 3: Genesis 6-8; Matthew 3

Old timers talked about 'the ark of safety' based on Genesis 7:23: 'Only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark.' Of course, they were using this phrase metaphorically. They were talking about those whom Jesus had saved from their sin, who were living life in the protection of His care with the hope of eternal salvation. As we read, I am fascinated that both our Old Testament (Genesis 6-7) and New Testament (Matthew 3-4) readings feature boats. In Matthew 4, as Jesus calls his first disciples (boat captains...fishermen), He is very concerned about those who are outside the 'ark of safety.' "Follow me," He says, "and I will make you fishers of persons." (Matthew 4:19). And, that is what they do...and here we are in 'the ark of safety.'

Growing up, the 'old timers' taught me a lesson. They were deeply concerned about those 'outside' the 'ark of safety.' They prayed fervently, tearfully, constantly for their salvation. What a memory I have of hearing them pray for 'the lost.' I pray that I will heed Jesus' call and that my legacy will be 'an old timer whose heart cried out to God for those outside the ark of safety.'
Posted for Pastor Jonathan while we work through the upgrade transition.
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Jennifer - January 4th, 2023 at 10:13am

What a great perspective... I often remember the "old timers" pray fervently for their lost loved ones, which encouraged me to do the same! God wants none to perish, but to have everlasting life! So I will pray for the ones outside the boat and continue to fish for the lost people! ❤️

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