I’ve heard it said that the Hebrew word ‘ark’ is also used to mean ‘jewellery box’. It’s the place where you put your very precious items. So the Lord tells Noah it’s time to go in. The most precious items on earth – Noah and his family, the selected creatures, and the seeds, all to begin a brand new start on earth.
We are told in Genesis 7 v 2 that there were to be seven (some translations say 7 pairs) of the clean creatures and one pair of unclean creatures. Why were there to be more clean creatures? Because some of them were going to be used as a sacrificial offering to God (ch8 v 20) They were saved so they could be sacrificed! Ouch. And these were only the righteous ones. Mmmm.
I’ve said before, we are not our own, we have been bought with a price. If we have been saved through the death of Jesus and have surrendered our lives to God, why do we throw our hands up in horror if our lives are not totally smooth? Why do we think God has let us down, or forgotten us? We are required to be a living sacrifice. (Romans 12 v 1). God has never promised us an easy life. We have no business complaining!
What I notice, though, is that those creatures made it through the flood – God had a purpose for them. They were totally protected – safe inside his jewellery box – until the moment their lives were required of them. When we are in God’s plans, there is nothing to fear.