God did! In Genesis 7:16 we read that once Noah, his family and all the animals were on board, “God shut him in.” That’s fascinating! The Hebrew word used for “shut” also means “to close” in an absolute sense. The idea is that God sealed the door. This same word is also used in Scripture to describe being confined or imprisoned. In other words, once God shut Noah and party inside the ark, no one was going to open the door. That reminds me of the Words of Jesus, “To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open” (Rev. 3:7). The symbolism of Noah and the flood to baptism is fairly obvious. Peter alludes to this in 1 Peter 3:20-21. The water of the flood was the means of God’s judgment. The ark was the means of God’s deliverance. When God shut the door, God’s people were protected and those on the outside were destined for judgment and death. Our baptism into Christ is the same. Christ is our ark that will deliver those who believe from everlasting judgment. The ark only had one door. Jesus said, “I am the door . . .” (John 10:9). He also said, “I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:9). Once in the ark who is Christ, no one can take us from His hand. Jesus said, “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand” (John 10:28-29). Those who accept Jesus are also sealed in the Holy Spirit. Paul said it this way, “And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory” (Eph. 1:13). One day the way into the ark will be closed and then we will have to give an account for our lives. Some will hear “well done my good and faithful servant.” Others will hear “depart from me I never knew you.” My prayer is that you are in the ark that is the Lord Jesus. If you are not, you can be. He will not turn you away! If you would like to know more about how you can have a relationship with Jesus and the promise and security of eternal life I would love to talk with you. Please contact me at [email protected]. If you enjoy reading these devotionals please consider subscribing. All you need to do is share an email address.