‘The Flood was upon the Earth…. Noah, and Shem and Ham and Japheth the sons of Noah, and Noah’s wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, entered into the ark…. The waters increased…. And all flesh died that moved upon the Earth — both of fowl and of cattle and of beast and of every creeping thing…and every man…. And Noah alone remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.’ Genesis 7:10-23.
Calvin commented: “The Deluge began about the time of Spring. ‘ The same day, were all the fountains of the great deep broken up ‘…. Although the Lord burst open the flood-gate s of the waters, yet He does not allow them to break forth in a moment so as immediately to overwhelm the Earth — but causes the rain to continue…. For they who had so long scorned the patience of God, deserved to feel that they were gradually perishing under that righteous judgment of His….
“The whole human race was destroyed. But…Noah and his family escaped….. Peter teaches the Noah’s deliverance from the universal Deluge was a figure of Baptism (First Peter 3:21). As if he had said the method of the salvation which we receive through Baptism, agrees with this deliverance of Noah. Since at this time also, the world is full of unbelievers as it was then — therefore it is necessary for us to separate ourselves from the greater multitude, so that the Lord may snatch us from destruction….
“Noah, believing the promise of God — gathered him self, his wife and his children together. So that…he might emerge out of death…. It is fitting we should renounce the world and die, in order that the Lord may quicken us by His Word. For now here else is there any security of salvation.”
Peter expressly teaches us that what happened to Noah, concerns us too. ‘ In the days of Noah…, few — that is, eight — souls were saved, by water. The like figure (or antitype) of which , even baptism, does now save us too. Not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God by the resurrection of Christ ‘ — just as the water of the Flood then carried the ark, and baptized those within it by rain sprinkled from above. First Peter 3:20-21.
Over every child baptized, the Church recalls the memory of what God wrought in the terrible days of Noah, when every child of man was drowned a nd suffocated in the depth of the waters, and the ark of God saved only eight souls of all who had lived. ‘ God…did not spare the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a Preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly ‘ (Second Peter 2:5).
Finally, Noah and his household stood alone. Noah , who believed, escaped the Flood.. And so Noah comforts us. Comforts us, by showing us the Almightiness of God’s grace! For all flesh was immersed and unbaptized, dying in the Flood, save the family of Noah!
Yes, all in that family were then adults. But if any in that family had then had babies, would they then have left those babies outside the ark — to perish unbaptized, in immersion? Surely not!