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NOAH – A TYPE OF CHRIST!

by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.

A sermon preached at the Baptist Tabernacle of Los Angeles
Lord’s Day Evening, June 19, 2011


Benjamin Keach was born in 1640. He was baptized after his conversion at the age of 15. He began to preach at 18. In 1668, at the age of 28, he became the pastor of a Baptist church in London, which was later pastored by Dr. John Gill and C. H. Spurgeon. He was the author of 43 books and had a wide influence among Baptists and others. One of his most famous books was Preaching From the Types and Metaphors of the Bible (Kregel Publications, 1972 reprint of the 1855 edition). I am indebted to Benjamin Keach for the outline of this sermon on “Noah – a Type of Christ.” Please turn in your Bible to Hebrews 11:7, and stand for the reading of God’s Word.

“By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith” (Hebrews 11:7).

You may be seated.

Noah can be seen as a type of Christ because of the many parallels and similarities between Noah and Christ.

I. First, Noah was, in a real sense, the physical saviour of the world in his day.

It was through Noah and his faith and work that a “seed” of mankind was preserved from drowning in the Great Flood. When the Flood came,

“Every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark” (Genesis 7:23).

Through Noah, his three sons and their wives, a “seed” of mankind was preserved. All the rest of mankind perished in the Flood.

Christ is the antitype, the fulfillment of Noah, the type. Christ is the Great Saviour, the spiritual Saviour of the world. The angel of the Lord told Joseph, “Thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). The name “Jesus” means “Jehovah saves.” Through Jesus, a “seed” of mankind is saved, “he shall save his people from their sins.” Just as Noah was only able to save “his house” (Hebrews 11:7), so Jesus only saves those who come to Him by faith. Those who remain unconverted go down to Hell, as the people of Noah’s day perished when God sent “the flood upon the world of the ungodly” (II Peter 2:5).

II. Second, Noah was a preacher of righteousness.

We are told that God, “spared not the old world, but saved Noah... a preacher of righteousness” (II Peter 2:5). Noah preached righteousness and called sinners to repentance and faith. But the people of Noah’s day despised his preaching and refused to repent, believe and be saved.

“But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be” (Matthew 24:37-39).

The people of Noah’s day only thought about physical pleasures. They did not listen to Noah’s warnings of coming judgment. “They knew not until the flood came” because they were “willingly...ignorant” (II Peter 3:5). They were deliberately ignorant of the coming judgment. Even though they heard Noah warn them for years, they did not believe him, repent and come into the Ark.

It was the same with Christ. His preaching was also rejected by most of those who heard Him. Jesus wept over Jerusalem (Luke 19:41). He said, with a broken heart,

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!”
       (Matthew 23:37).

Jesus preached repentance and the need for the new birth and conversion. So doubtlessly did Noah, “a preacher of righteousness” (II Peter 2:5).

III. Third, Noah built an ark.

He did not build a boat. A boat would have capsized in the Deluge, as all boats did. Instead, Noah built an ark. The Hebrew word translated “ark” is “tebah.” It literally means “a box.” Dr. M. R. DeHaan said, “The very first thing to notice is that the idea of an ark for the preservation of Noah and his family originated in the heart of God. It was not the invention of man...Not a single thing [was] left up to man” (M. R. DeHaan, M.D., Portraits of Christ in Genesis, Zondervan Publishing House, 1966, pp. 82, 84). The Ark was a gigantic box that was not able to capsize. The space in the Ark was about 1.4 million cubic feet, equal to 522 railroad boxcars. It was three stories tall and could carry more than 125,000 animals of the average size of a sheep. God told Noah,

“This is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits [about 450 feet], the breadth of it fifty cubits [about 75 feet], and the height of it thirty cubits [about 45 feet]” (Genesis 6:15).

As Noah built the Ark, so Christ builds His church. Christ said,

“I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18).

Noah built the Ark according to the exact specifications given by God. Christ did the same thing. In building His church, Christ followed to the letter the prophecies of Him given in the Old Testament Scriptures. In the four Gospels we are told repeatedly that each thing Christ did was done “that the Scriptures might be fulfilled.” The Gospel itself says,

“Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures” (I Corinthians 15:3-4).

There was only one door in the Ark of Noah (Genesis 6:16). So, there is only one door to the true church. The only way to get into the true church is through Christ, who said, “I am the door” (John 10:7). Christ is the only door to salvation. Christ said, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved” (John 10:9). God provided salvation from sin and judgment by sending Christ to die on the Cross to pay for our sins, and rise from the dead to give us life. But God did not provide any other way for a person to be saved. Jesus said, “No man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). There was only one door in the Ark, and there is only one way to be saved – through Jesus Christ our Lord. You must come into salvation through Jesus Christ.

All who came into the Ark of Noah were saved from judgment. But all those who did not enter the Ark perished. So, all who refuse to come to Christ will be damned.

Noah’s Ark was tossed about by rough waves, and yet it was preserved. So the church is tossed about in this tempestuous world, and yet it is preserved. When the Flood ended, Noah sent a dove out of the Ark and it returned with an olive branch in its mouth, signifying peace. So it is when you experience real conversion. You are tossed about, under temptations from the Devil, and conviction by the Holy Spirit. But when you come to Jesus, the Spirit of God brings peace and rest to you. As Charlotte Elliott put it in her lovely hymn,

Just as I am, though tossed about
   With many a conflict, many a doubt,
Fightings and fears within, without,
   O Lamb of God, I come! I come!
(“Just As I Am” by Charlotte Elliott, 1789-1871).

Please stand and sing that hymn. It’s number 7 on your song sheet.

Just as I am, without one plea,
   But that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou bidd’st me come to Thee,
   O Lamb of God, I come! I come!

Just as I am, and waiting not
   To rid my soul of one dark blot,
To Thee whose blood can cleanse each spot,
   O Lamb of God, I come! I come!

Just as I am, though tossed about
   With many a conflict, many a doubt,
Fightings and fears within, without,
   O Lamb of God, I come! I come!

Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind;
   Sight, riches, healing of the mind,
Yea, all I need in Thee I find,
   O Lamb of God, I come! I come!

Just as I am, Thou wilt receive,
   Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
Because Thy promise I believe,
   O Lamb of God, I come! I come!
(“Just As I Am” by Charlotte Elliott, 1789-1871).

(END OF SERMON)
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Scripture Read Before the Sermon by Dr. Kreighton L. Chan: Matthew 24:32-39.
Solo Sung Before the Sermon by Mr. Benjamin Kincaid Griffith:
“Jesus, I Come” (by William T. Sleeper, 1819-1904).


THE OUTLINE OF

NOAH – A TYPE OF CHRIST!

by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.

“By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith” (Hebrews 11:7).

I.   First, Noah was, in a real sense, the physical saviour of the world
in his day, Genesis 7:12; Matthew 1:21; II Peter 2:5.

II.  Second, Noah was a preacher of righteousness, II Peter 2:5;
Matthew 24:37-39; II Peter 3:5; Luke 19:41; Matthew 23:37.

III. Third, Noah built an ark, Genesis 6:15; Matthew 16:18;
 I Corinthians 15:3-4; Genesis 6:16; John 10:7, 9; 14:6.