On that very day Noah and his sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, together with his wife and the wives of his three sons, entered the ark. They had with them every wild animal according to its kind, all livestock according to their kinds, every creature that moves along the ground according to its kind and every bird according to its kind, everything with wings. Pairs of all creatures that have the breath of life in them came to Noah and entered the ark. The animals going in were male and female of every living thing, as God had commanded Noah. Then the Lord shut him in.
Do you find that interesting that scripture tells us that it was God who shut the door of the ark, not Moses or one of his family members? Why is that important? Why do we need to know that? What is the purpose? What is the understanding to be found?
The chaos was great while building the ark. Noah and his family were mocked and scorned by those around them. “Why build a floating vessel when there was not a large body of water for miles and miles? Where is the destruction that your God proclaimed? Where is this God of yours?” And then what must it have been like when the flood waters came?…….more so when the waters rose and rose? What was it like when people were climbing up on trees and running with their children to get to any high ground, any safe place? What would it have been like for Noah and his family to hear the screams and pleading of their neighbors?
Noah was a righteous man; a man of God. Had God not shut Noah in, I think Noah would have opened the door to the ark to let his neighbors in and in doing so the flood waters would have rushed into the ark and all of mankind would have perished that day. I think that sometimes God shuts us in order to protect us. God shut Noah in the ark with food for the body and relationships for the heart and mind. God provided for Noah’s every need while He shut Noah in to ride in safety through chaos, through storm, through flood, through destruction, through an ending and into a new beginning.
When the Lord “shuts us in” let us rejoice with praise for His provision and concern for us. Let us rest in the ark with the Lord until the day dawns with a new beginning.