And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood.
And Noah went in, &c. "And the Lord shut him in" (vers. 7, 10, 16).
I. The CONTRAST between the position of the BELIEVER and that of the UNBELIEVER. The difference between a true freedom and a false. "Shut in" by the Lord to obedience, but also to peace and safety. The world's judgment shut out. The restraints and privations of a religious life only temporary. The ark will be opened hereafter.
II. THE METHOD OF GRACE ILLUSTRATED. He that opens the ark for salvation shuts in his people for the completion of his work. We cannot shut ourselves in. Our temptation to break forth into the world and be involved in its ruin. The misery of fear. Are we safe? Perseverance not dependent upon our self-made resolutions or provisions. By various means we are shut in to the spiritual life. Providentially; by ordinances; by bonds of fellowship. We should look for the Divine seal. - R.
Parallel VersesKJV: And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood.