“And corresponding to that, baptism now saves you—not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience—through the resurrection of Christ Jesus,” 1 Peter 3:21.
When the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually, He was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He grieved in His heart, Genesis 6:5, 6. He then decided to blot man from the face of the earth. Noah found favor in His eyes because he was righteous, so God spared him and his family. He then sent the flood to destroy the wicked men on earth.
This corresponds to baptism. The wicked of the earth were drowned in the water of baptism, and all that remained was the righteous man, Noah, and his family. So it is with the Christian, the old creature is baptized into Jesus’ death and raised a brand new creature into newness of life.
The rainbow is not only a sign that God will not flood the earth again, it is also a reflection of His glory, as is the church today. “As the appearance of the rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell on my face and heard a voice speaking,” Ezekiel 1:28.
What a mighty God we serve, so powerful, yet so loving and kind and full of mercy?
The name Noah means rest, peace. Thus the Lord God placed Noah and his family in a peaceful place of rest, just as He puts His children in the peaceful place of rest in our Savior Jesus Christ, which corresponds with the Sabbath rest.
Jon David Banks, God’s most unworthy servant