The Doors of God
by Lawrence Farlow
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14 So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out. 15 This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high. 16 Make a roof for it and finish the ark to within 18 inches of the top. Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks. 17 I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish. 18 But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark-you and your sons and your wife and your sons' wives with you.
God is a god of judgment. That’s not a popular concept today. Many times we hear statements such as ‘my god wouldn’t send anyone to hell’. Trouble is God doesn’t have a personal pronoun in front of His name. His character doesn’t change depending upon who invokes His name. There is no ‘my’ god or ‘your’ god, there’s just God and scripture is clear that God judges sin.
In Noah’s day, that judgment took the form of flooding the entire earth, destroying all human life except that of Noah and his family. The people around Noah didn’t believe the judgment was coming they thought that ‘their’ god wouldn’t destroy the earth and all those living in it. However, the judgment came nonetheless.
The same is true today. People all around us disbelieve that God will one day judge sin, will one day return to rule and to reign. Just as in Noah’s day, however, it will happen whether we believe it or not.
Judgment of sin, however, is only one facet of God’s nature. God is also a God of love. He never sends a judgment with which He doesn’t provide a door of escape. In Noah’s day, the “door in the side of the ark” was that door. All who entered through it were spared.
During the tenth plague in Egypt, that door was the one marked with the blood of the Passover lamb. The first born of all who painted their doorposts were spared.
During the occupation of the Promised Land and the capture of Jericho that door was the door to Rahab’s house. Those who entered her door were saved the fate that befell the rest of the inhabitants of that city.
Today, that door is Jesus Christ.
Just as with all the other doors mentioned, Christ is an exclusive door. Only one door led into the ark, only one sign was accepted on the doors that first Passover and only one door led into Rahab’s house in the walls of Jericho. Those who chose any other means of deliverance were destroyed.
The tolerance hysteria that grips our culture insists that there are many ways of deliverance, many ways to be reconciled to God. Like the old game show ‘Let’s Make A Deal’ people think they can choose whichever door they’d like with no real adverse consequences.
However, Christ makes it clear in John 10:7 that that just isn’t so:
“Therefore Jesus said again, ‘I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep.’”
And again in John 14:6:
“Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
God is a God of love, yes but He is equally a God of justice. Because of that love, He’s provided a way of escape. However, if we want to escape His justice, we must use His Door. No man-made doors will do. Not Allah, not Buddha, not reliance on self or good works or membership in a certain church or denomination. As with those in Noah’s day, the time will come when the One Door is closed and the judgment begins. When that time comes, our opportunity to be saved will be gone forever.
Have you walked through that Door, accepted Christ as your personal savior and are trusting in Him alone to save you? If not, please do so today. None of us knows when that door of opportunity will close for us. It could be today.
“Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, 'Sir, open the door for us.'
"But he will answer, 'I don't know you or where you come from.'” (Luke 13:25 NIV)
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