When God called Noah to build his ark, he put the whole world through a new-creation, baptism. Those few people and all the animals loaded on that boat ride, hunkered down in quarantine, isolation, and did not come out until the whole world had been destroyed and re-emerged. I often think about what that is like. What is it like to be locked down in the ship’s hold while the world dissolves in flood waters outside.
We know something about those deeps which that ark passed through. We read about the Spirit of God hovering, like a brooding hen, over the waters of the deep – out of which then comes forth all of God’s creation! The destructive flood Noah and his family are delivered through is the undoing of that. It is not merely water rising, it is a death, burial, and resurrection. It is New Creation!
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