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Safety in the Ark for Perishing Sinners.

Safety in the Ark for Perishing Sinners.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV. GEORGE BURDER.

"COME THOU AND ALL THY HOUSE INTO THE ARK." Gex. 7 : 1.
BY REV. GEORGE BURDER.

"COME THOU AND ALL THY HOUSE INTO THE ARK." Gex. 7 : 1.

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SAFETY IN THE ARK FOR PERISHING SINNERS.
BY REV. GEORGE BURDER.
"COME THOU AND ALL THY HOUSE INTO THE ARK." Gex. 7 : 1. This is the gracious invitation which God gave to Noah,  just before the flood came upon the world of the ungodly. The world had been formed about sixteen hundred years, and the number of mankind was greatly multiplied. But wicked-ness also greatly increased, until the wrath of God was dread-fully kindled, and he determined upon the general destruction of sinners. " And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth ; for it repenteth me that I have made him." But Noah, who, amidst the general depravity, was righteous and pious, " found grace in the eyes of the Lord." To him God made known his designs a hun-dred and twenty years before the flood ; and directed him to build an immense vessel like the hull of a ship, in which himself and family should be preserved. Noah believed, and obeyed. The ark was ready, and the deluge was at hand. " Then the Lord said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark." Noah entered. The Lord shut him in. The flood prevailed. Mankind was destroyed. Noah and his family continue a year in the ark in safety, are then released from their confinement, and become the founders of a new world.
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There is much instruction to be gathered from this affect-ing history ; and it affords a lively type or emblem of the salvation that is in Christ for perishing sinners. It is still the determination of the holy God to punish the ungodly. He gives them warning, and allows them time and space for repentance. He has also provided an ark for the preservation of those who foresee their danger ; and by the gospel he in-SERMON XXXIX. 409 vites sinners to fly to this refuge. Happy they who, like Noah, believe and obey, and are saved. For the sake of order and of memory, we shall divide our discourse into three parts, and observe, 1. There is a deluge of wrath coming upon sinners. 2. There is an ark provided for preservation. 3. God graciously invites sinners to come into it. I. There is a dreadful deluge of wrath coming upon the ungodly. Sin only was the cause of the flood in Noah's time,
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and sin will bring upon every impenitent unpardoned soul a more dreadful punishment. " By one man sin entered into the world," and that man lived long enough to witness its rapid growth ; he lived to see the world peopled with men, and overrun with wickedness. But in the family of Seth, from which it was designed that the Saviour should come, the fear and worship of God was long preserved. While this family continued separate from the posterity of Cain, there was a seed to serve the Lord. But at length this distinction ceased : for " the sons of God," the children of Seth, " saw the daughters of men," the posterity of Cain, "that they were fair, and they took them wives of all which they chose." The professors of religion married the profane; they were " unequally yoked with unbelievers ;" and what was the con-sequence ? Iniquity increased faster than ever. " The bad will sooner debauch the good, than the good reform the bad." Wickedness became triumphant, and many seem to have been giants in sin as well as in size. " 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 con-tinually." " The earth also was corrupt before God ; and the earth was filled with violence, for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth." The Lord, who saw all this, was greatly displeased ; and speaking after the manner of man, " he re-pented that he had made man, and it grieved him at his heart." The blessed God cannot be disturbed by any uneasy
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