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As It Was in the Days of Noah: The Ark and the Dove

April 26, 2008
By Stephen W. Pyle, Pastor of the Church of God of Prophecy, Elkins
“Speaking the truth in love,” Ephesians 4:15; “For God is love,” 1 John 4:8; “The truth shall make you free,” John 8:32; “And the blood of Jesus Christ his son cleanseth us from all sin,” 1 John 1:7. Isaiah 55:7 promises that “He will abundantly pardon.” In Luke 17 and Matthew 24 our Lord tells us, “But as the days of No’e (Noah) 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 No’e 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.” (KJV) Genesis 6:2, 5-8 tells us, “That the sons of God (Seth) saw the daughters of men (Cain, or of the world) that they were fair; and they took them wives of all they chose” (frequently more than “one” wife or husband).

“And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.

But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” Second Peter 2:5 calls Noah “the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness.” “Wherein few, that is eight souls were saved by water,” 1 Peter 3:20. In Hebrews 11:7, we read, “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.” Noah’s name means “rest-comfort.”

The Earth was “corrupt before God and filled with violence.” Holy matrimony was not held sacred. The Lord knows how to preserve the biblical, monogamous family in any age. On board that sacred vessel were: Noah, his wife, his sons, Ham, Shem and Japheth, and their wives (one wife each). Among the other occupants was a species called “Doves.”

In 1634, the first settlers of colonial Maryland traveled on two ships named “Ark” and “Dove.” Metaphorically, the “Ark” is Jesus Christ (the husband) and the “Dove” (his wife or the church), is a figure of peace and the Holy Spirit. Webster defines the “turtledove” as “an old world bird of the dove family, smaller than the ordinary, domestic pigeon, celebrated in poetry for its cooing and the ‘constancy’ of it’s affection.” In other words, the dove is loyal to one mate for life.

“Song of Solomon” is poetic love between a man and wife, and an allegory of holy, faithful devotion between Christ and his pure, blood bought bride —the church. “Rise up, my love.” The dove relationship is mentioned six times, “Thou hast dove eyes” (1:15), “The voice of the turtle (dove) is heard in our land” (2:12), “O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock” (2:14), “Thou hast dove eyes” (4:1), “My dove, my undefiled” (5:2) and “My dove, my undefiled is but one” (6:9).

On three occasions, Noah sent a dove from the window out of the ark. The third time the bird didn’t return. Later, representing God’s Holy Spirit, the dove, descended on Jesus, our “rest-comfort,” while he was baptized in Jordan. God spoke these words, “This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased.” John the Baptist was soon imprisoned and beheaded by Herod for warning him that it was unlawful for the king to have his brother Phillip’s wife. Mark 6:17 states, “For he (Herod) had married her (Herodias).” Read March 6:16-29 and Matthew 11:12.

After God took man’s rib to create woman, Adam says in Genesis 2:23, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh.” Similarly, after Christ (the last Adam), died on the cross, “One of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.” Paul tells us in Ephesians 5:30-32, “For we are members of his body, of his flesh and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and the two shall be one flesh. This a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church.” Read 2 Peter 3:15-16. “For thy maker is thine husband.” Isaiah 54:5.

God destroyed Noah’s world with the flood. Christ warned that an evil and adulterous generation would precede his second coming and the end of the world. Matthew 12:39 and 16:4 and Mark 8:28 Now, globally, and especially in the United States, divorce and remarriage is an ungodly pandemic. More than half of all marriages end tragically in divorce. Many who fall victim to this satanic seduction are remarrying repeatedly. In John 4, Jesus spoke to a woman who had had five husbands.

Mark 10:2-12, Jesus sums up God’s “original” plan. “And the Pharisees came to him, and asked him, is it lawful for a man to put away (divorce) his wife? Tempting him. And he answered and said unto them, What did Moses command you? And they said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement and to put her away. And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the “hardness of your heart,” he wrote you this precept. But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; And they twain shall be one flesh; so then they are no more ‘twain’ but ‘one’ flesh.” “What (not ‘whom’) therefore God hath joined together, let not ‘man’ put asunder. And in the house his disciples asked him again of the same matter. And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her. And if a woman shall put away her husband, and he married to another, she committeth adultery.” Luke 16:18. “David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the ‘wife’ of Urias.” Matthew 1:6. Jesus never upheld Old Testament polygamy. Matthew 19:8 and Acts 17:30.

Hollywood evangelism and worldly Las Vegas lifestyles cannot comprehend the sacred terms “until death do you part,” “as long as you both shall live,” “I do” or “I will.” These phrases bind, a lifelong, one flesh partnership that can be broken only by the death of either spouse. Read Romans 7:2-3. “Consider your ways.” Haggai 1:5 and 7. What God has joined together man — which permits the murder of unborn children, same sex unions and quickie divorces — should not put asunder. “For the Lord, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away.” Malachi 2:16 and 1 Corinthians 7:8-16. “Thou shalt not commit adultery.” Exodus 20:14, Ecclesiastes 12:13 and Philippians 2:12. “Marriage is honorable in all” — saint or sinner. Hebrews 13:4.

In Matthew 5:32 and 19:9, KJV, Jesus prohibits divorce ‘saving’ or ‘except’ it be for ‘fornication.’ (Gr. porneia) Many interpret the NIV’s wider translation as ‘marital unfaithfulness.’ Mr. Webster defines fornication as “sexual intercourse with mutual consent between two persons not married to each other.” To rightly divide the word of truth, and not return to broad Old Testament law, Christ was teaching New Testament grace and forgiveness. Matthew 6:14-15 and John 5:14 and 8:7-11. Jesus proclaims it as “strait and narrow.” Matthew 7:13-14. “He’ll send another comforter.” Spirit of truth — The Dove, John 14:16-18 and Acts 2. Our Lord has given and committed unto us, the ‘ministry’ and ‘word’ of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:18-20. Born again, or not, God disallows, marriage to another living person’s own, original spouse (Of thy youth, vow, or covenant, Proverbs 5:18 and Malachi 2:14-15. He explains, “They twain are ‘one’ flesh, “Thou shalt not cover,” “Thou shalt not steal.” In Acts 17:30, He tells us ‘now’ to repent. Jesus warns us not to put away except for this cause of fornication. The apostle Paul did not contradict our Lord or John the Baptist. “And such fornication, that one should have his ‘father’s’ wife.” 1 Corinthians 5:1.1 Corinthians 7:2 reads, “Nevertheless, to avoid ‘fornication’ let every man have his ‘own’ wife, and let every woman have her ‘own’ husband.” Colossians 3:18 says ‘own’ husbands; Titus 2:5 and 1 Peter 3: 1 and 5 says our ‘own.’ Adam had, one Eve; Noah, one Ark; and Christ has only one Dove, Bride, Wife or Church. “And the spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” Revelation 22:17.

(The opinions of this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of The Inter-Mountain, the Randolph County Ministerial Association or the author’s church affiliation.)



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