The ‘SIGNIFICANCE’ of the ‘CALL’ from GOD
January 3 Bible Reading: Genesis Chapters 7-9
Then the Lord said to Noah, "Come into the ark, you and all your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation." (Gen 7:1)
In the above passage, we see that Noah and his family were invited by God to come into the ark from the sure destruction that would come upon the whole earth. The word “come” appears for the first time here as gracious gospel invitation: “Come into the ark of safety and salvation.” God had seen the wickedness on the earth (6:12) but His gracious attention was also drawn to “righteous” Noah (6:8). The initiative of redemption was from God (8:15) Himself!
Just as the ark is a place of safety and salvation, Christ is our place of safety in salvation for everyone today. In the Old Testament, there is an extraordinary invitation from God: "Come now, and let us reason together," says the Lord, "though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool." (Isaiah 1:18).
In the New Testament, Jesus Christ has issued the following invitation to all the people who heard His message: "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light" (Matt 11:28-30). The Bible closes with an open invitation to the entire humankind: And the Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" And let him who hears say, "Come!" And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely. (Rev 22:17)