The Church and its Connections with Nature.

Cutter on the High Seas. There is a Rainbow in the sky.
barque on the High seas – rain bow in the sky.

The ship (bark or barque, barchetta) was an ancient Christian symbol. Its is the Church tossed on the sea of disbelief, worldliness, and persecution but finally reaching safe harbor with its cargo of human souls. Part of the imagery comes from the ark saving Noah’s family during the Flood (1 Peter 3:20-21). Jesus protecting the Peter’s boat and the apostles on the stormy Sea of Galilee (Mark 4:35-41). It was also a great symbol during times when Christians needed to disguise the cross, since the ship’s…[…]

1 Peter 3:20-21 20 to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, 21 and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God.[e] It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ NIV

Beginning with the Rainbow we are transported to the time of Noah, the world of wickedness which the LORD decided to destroy. Eight in all were saved to repopulate the earth. This Barque brought the 8 as though through the waters of Baptism. The LORD saves through Baptism. Though not as simple of that, this was Peter’s concept. The LORD set the Rainbow in the sky as the sign of his promise.

Boats are to be protected, as in sometimes they are on the verge of sinking and are plucked into safety as did the mighty hand of Jesus saving Peter’s boat, and all within.

A ship, with a cross, is shown sailing through troubled waters. This recalls the ship in which the disciples sailed across the Sea of Galilee, when our Lord stilled the tempest. It represents the ship of the Church, tossed by the stormy waves of persecution; threatened with destruction by rationalism, by indifference, by negative critics and by false teachers who arise. But the presence of the wind, the power of Jesus Christ, is a positive assurance of safety.

Cummings Studios of South San Francisco. Stained glass window, Curtis Graphics

Mark 4:35-41 Jesus Calms the Storm
35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”
39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!” NIV –this was to show that Jesus is Lord even of the elements of Creation

In the Scriptures we read of others messing about in boats, as the story through this link tells. GO TO Acts 27:shipwrecked in the storm of life by Steven P. Wickstrom and of course we have Jonah, who disobeyed God and tried to run for it – by sea. Tossed overboard and swallowed by a Whale.

To follow – the shipwreck of the Church,and those storm bound within the Protection of the barque

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