For our first memorial meeting exhortation we considered the message of the life and saving of Noah, who with his family lived through the first recorded quarantine in history. We rejoice that we have a loving and longsuffering God:
"The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." 2 Peter 3:9
Noah and his family boarded the ark and God shut the door to shield them from his judgement on the earth. Jesus offers himself as the door of salvation for us:
I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. John 10:9
Let us be like Noah
- who saved the lives of family through his actions and way of life,
- who actively listened and placed trust in the Lord despite the circumstances before and during their quarantine
- who praised God for his family's deliverance.