What does Noah signify for us? In the epistle of Peter (2 Pe.2:5) he is described as a preacher of righteousness. His life was spent in witnessing righteousness of God. God had seen the rampant violence and wickedness of the old world. He was determined to make an end of it. He revealed his Will to Noah and his life was spent in building an ark as God had made known to him. So righteousness of God is revealed and those who are righteous, their proof of it is in their works. Are we righteous in the sight of God to produce fruits for the glory of God? We have been purchased with the precious blood of his Son and His Spirit has been given to us free with it for a purpose? Is it for proving our prosperity to the world?”Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God (1 John 4;2).”
So Jesus Christ is a sign. This has a direct bearing in our personal lives. “He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked (1 John2:6). This is what we call abiding life. We abide in him and produce much fruit knowing that he is a sign for us. He is the risen Christ and never more dies. What kind of a sign is Jesus Christ to us? He is our everlasting sign.
Prophet Isaiah mentions the name of Noah with regards to Israel. Whatever calamity that overtook Judah was to chastise them. He was dealing with them as with sons. He says that God shall never destroy them completely as He did with the old world. He set a sign in heaven marking His covenant. Similarly He set his Son as a sign which is the everlasting Sign.
Further down the prophet warns the nation that there shall be alarms, tumults, destructions which however would not mean complete end of the nation. “Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake(v.15)”.
One important spiritual truth is given in v.16 “I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy.” In judging the Old World what instruments played their part in keeping the wicked were allowed only because He let them. His Power and Wisdom shall keep His fields from completely overrun by tares. Parable of the Tares teaches us that there shall be a day of reckoning and He shall make a distinction between good wheat and the tares.
Jesus Christ is the everlasting sign. For those who abide in him and produce much fruit, the Day of the Lord shall hold no terror. “For as many as are led by the Spirit are the sons of God”.
For this is as the waters of Noah unto me: for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth; so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee.
10 For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee.
11 O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours, and lay thy foundations with sapphires.
12 And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones.
13 And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children.
14 In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee.
15 Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake.
16 Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy.
17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.