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Entering the Ark

August 21, 2019
By Martin Luther

On the very same day Noah and his sons, Shem and Ham and Japheth, and Noah's wife and the three wives of his sons with them entered the ark.

GENESIS 7:13

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Entering the Ark

In what frame of mind do you suppose we would have been if we had been brought into the ark and had seen the waters rushing in from all sides with such force and the wretched mortals swimming in the water and wretchedly perishing without any help? We must keep in mind that Noah and his sons were also flesh and blood. . .. They sat in the ark for forty days before it was lifted from the earth. During these days whatever human beings and animals lived on the earth were destroyed. This disaster they saw with their own eyes. Who would doubt that they were profoundly shocked by it? . . . What loud cries there are, what grief, and what wailing when, from the shore, we observe a boat overturned and human beings perishing wretchedly! But in this instance not only one skiff but the entire world perished in the water. . .. Extraordinary indeed was the faith of Noah, who comforted himself and his people with the hope of the promised Seed and considered this promise of greater weight than the destruction of all the rest of the world.

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