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Cover the Ark with Pitch

Posted by adventbiblestudy on October 7, 2008


KJV Genesis 6:14

14. Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.

This seems like such a simple text. One of the many text in the Bible that seem so easy to understand. Just so many words that are needed to make a story complete. To explain a detail, emphasize a point. We read it over and over again, trusting our senses, never questioning what we see before our eyes. Sad to say, at times it seems as if we know the Bible so well, we forget who actually wrote it. Until one day, the small sweet voice whispers a little message in your ear. There seems to be a link to another text. I can’t explain what actually happens. On the surface the text seems to have no other significant meaning. But one thing is for certain, when the Lord tells you to look into the book He has left for us, you had better listen. Because until you look into it, you will never know what messages God has left for us to discover.

Imagine if you would, a large ship built upon a hill in an open plain. An open area, not even near a forest. You would have imagined God would have had Noah build this huge boat near a forest. Closer to the trees that were required to build such a structure. But no, God has this whole project set up out in the open for everyone to see.

So after years of cutting and hauling. Shaping, fitting and assembling, the project is nearly completed. On top of all the hard work, Noah and his family cover the entire ship with tar, inside and out. Now think of this a moment, tar is made from dead matter. But it is water proof and a required protection, required for the very long and rough voyage.

On top on this hill sits this enormous ship, all fitted and covered with thick black tar. What a contrasting scene this must have been. This large black object against the bright blue sky. To look and gaze upon it you would have fit right in with the crowd saying, “it seems to serve no purpose.” This ship must have been quite the object of ridicule and scorn. It probably had many a stone cast at it. Drunken young men with to much time on their hands may have tried to destroy it a time or two. Some of the older men may have taken a whack at it with a stick. Just to see how sturdy it was. And there it sits, a big black object. Many must have complained about what an eye sore it must have been. Near the end in the town, or city, in whose jurisdiction it fell, they may have held a meeting to publicly declare it’s uselessness, thereby ordering it to be destroyed. After all, the only purpose it seemed to serve was to convict people of their sins. It was condemned without a word in it’s defense. After all it was just wood, nails, and tar.

And then, just as they are ready to put an end to this foolishness once and for all, clouds begin to gather, the sky begins to darken. The image of the ship is lost as the dark clouds seem to engulf it, to protect it. The black ship is hidden from sight as the sky grows darker and darker. For most people this object will never to be seen again.

So why, after 6000 years should we pay any more attention to the ark then those that chose to stay away from it when it sat upon that hill on those bright sunny days? There is a message that God wrote upon the ark. A message that brings hope to another lost world in it’s last days. A message so simple we have to ask, why did we not see it before. A message contained in a single simple word.

KJV Genesis 6:14

14. Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.

LIT Genesis 6:14

14. |6213| Make |0000| for yourself |8392| a ship of |6086| cypress |7613| timbers. |7064| compartments |6213| You must make |0854| in the |8392| ship. |3722| And you must cover |0853| it |1004| inside |2351| and out |3724| with tar.

Strong’s Ref. # 3724

Romanized kopher

Pronounced ko’-fer

from HSN3722; properly, a cover, i.e. (literally) a village (as covered in); (specifically) bitumen (as used for coating), and the henna plant (as used for dyeing); figuratively, a redemption-price:

This one Hebrew word “kopher” is not used very often in the Bible. But it was God that placed the word there, in the text describing the ark for a purpose. You see the Hebrew word has two meanings. It could be a covering of bitumen (tar) and it could mean a redemption price. Isn’t it amazing how God choose specific words to use in text? To prove this is not just by chance we can take a look at a few of the other place this word (3724) “kopher” has been used.

LIT Exodus 30:12

12. |3588| When |5375| you lift up |7218| the head of |1121| the sons of |3478| Israel, |6485| of those counted, |5414| must give |0376| each one |3724| the ransom |5365| his of soul |3068| to Yahweh |6485| when counting |0000| them, |3808| and not |1961| will be |0000| among them |1698| a plague |6485| when counting |0000| them.

KJV Exodus 30:11-13

11. And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, 12. When thou takest the sum of the children of Israel after their number, then shall they give every man a ransom for his soul unto the Lord, when thou numberest them; that there be no plague among them, when thou numberest them. 13. This they shall give, every one that passeth among them that are numbered, half a shekel after the shekel of the sanctuary: (a shekel is twenty gerahs:) an half shekel shall be the offering of the Lord.

LIT Job 36:18

18. |3588| For {beware of} |2534| wrath, |5496| lest He lure you |5607| with {His} scorn. |7230| Then a great |3724| ransom |0408| not |5186| can turn you aside.

KJV Job 36:16-20

16. Even so would he have removed thee out of the strait into a broad place, where there is no straitness; and that which should be set on thy table should be full of fatness. 17. But thou hast fulfilled the judgment of the wicked: judgment and justice take hold on thee. 18. Because there is wrath, beware lest he take thee away with his stroke: then a great ransom cannot deliver thee. 19. Will he esteem thy riches? no, not gold, nor all the forces of strength. 20. Desire not the night, when people are cut off in their place.

LIT Psalms 49:7

7. |0251| A brother |3808| not |3605| at all |6299| can redeem |0376| a man. |3808| And not |5414| give |0430| to God |3724| a ransom for him,

KJV Psalms 49:6-11

6. They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches; 7. None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him: 8. (For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever:) 9. That he should still live for ever, and not see corruption.

10. For he seeth that wise men die, likewise the fool and the brutish person perish, and leave their wealth to others. 11. Their inward thought is, that their houses shall continue for ever, and their dwelling places to all generations; they call their lands after their own names.

LIT Proverbs 6:35

35. |3808| Not |7043| he will lift |6440| the face of |3724| every ransom. |3808| And not |0014| he will consent |0000| when |7235| you multiply |0000| the bribes.

KJV Proverbs 6:34-35

34. For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance.

35. He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content, though thou givest many gifts.

LIT Proverbs 13:8

8. |3724| The ransom of |2416| life |0376| a man’s |6239| {is} his riches, |7326| but the poor |3808| not |8085| does hear |8433| rebuke.

KJV Proverbs 13:7-9

7. There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches. 8. The ransom of a man’s life are his riches: but the poor heareth not rebuke. 9. The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.

LIT Proverbs 21:18

18. |3724| {will be} a ransom |6662| for the righteous |7563| The wicked. |8478| And in place of |3477| the upright |0898| the treacherous.

KJV Proverbs 21:16-19

16. The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead. 17. He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich. 18. The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous, and the transgressor for the upright. 19. It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman

LIT Isaiah 43:3

3. |3588| For |0589| I {am} |3068| Yahweh |0430| your God, |6918| the Holy One of |3478| Israel, |3467| your Savior. |5414| I gave |3724| {for} your atonement |4714| Egypt. |3568| Ethiopia |5434| and Seba |8478| instead of you.

KJV Isaiah 43:1-5

1. But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. 2. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. 3. For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee. 4. Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life. 5. Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west;

Moses also used the word “kopher” to illustrate a ransom. Job, David and Solomon also used this same word to illustrate a ransom. David used this word in context to redemption of a soul. Isaiah referred to “kopher” as “your atonement”.

The tar God told Noah to put on the ark was not any ordinary tar. It was super heavy duty, water proof, iron clad redemption. God in His infinite wisdom chose to use a tar to illustrate Christ and His gift of redemption. Our only seal of life!

Is there any doubt, noone but God could have written this book?

That leaves one question still to be asked. What other lessons does God have waiting for us to discover? What other jewels of truth did God leave for us just under the surface waiting for us to discover?

One Response to “Cover the Ark with Pitch”

  1. Ma Alicia said

    I strongly believe the ark HE asked people to make is the same ark HE planned for the redemption of the world. Jesus Christ the only begotten son is the ark of today’s generation. Many wouldn’t believe even in Jesus Christ hometown why there is a need of a savior. Why a son of a carpenter becomes the messiah. Isn’t it the same question we have to raise? Why making an ark in that very sunny day? Why we need a messiah of today?

    Many of them back before were given the chance to be saved from that devastating flood but they didn’t believe the storm is coming very soon. In the same manner of today….every one is being called today to believe Jesus Christ to be able to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven because the time is near but many were deaf. God the Father told Noah thousand years ago to make an ark out of those very strong materials. Very selected materials to compose a very safe vessel for days of voyage. In the same way, God the Father and even Jesus Christ told us to make a very good person composed of very God-fearing traits to be able to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. Though simple text but the meaning underlying it is very deep.

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