Noah's Ark

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  1. pinoybaptist

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    I am preparing a message on Noah's Ark, and for the life of me, I can't find a reference which I know exists on the typologies found on the Ark.

    I know that it is a type of the Savior, Jesus Christ, it is a type of the believer's security in the savior, it is a type of the permanence of God's judgment, etc.

    But, I remember when I was in seminary, that somebody wrote some typology on the material (gopherwood), the bitumen, and the size of the Ark (well, probably not on this one).

    Is there anyone here who can refer me to a site where I can do this research ? Or are you familiar with the said typologies ?

    I posted this question in another forum, and all they could give me was dictionary definitions.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Johnv

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    Do mean typology of material that made up the Ark, or typologies of animals? If it's animals, there ain't none. Just two of certain animals, and seven of others. The specific typology is not relevant to the story.
     
  3. Daniel David

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    I think you mean I Pet 3. Maybe it is 2 Pet 3. I can't remember off the top of my head. It specifically names the ark as a type.
     
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    1 Pet. 3:18. For Christ also died for sins once for all, {the} just for {the} unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit;
    19. in which also He went and made proclamation to the spirits {now} in prison,
    20. who once were disobedient, when the patience of God kept waiting in the days of Noah, during the construction of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through {the} water.
    21. Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you--not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience--through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,
    22. who is at the right hand of God, having gone into heaven, after angels and authorities and powers had been subjected to Him. (NASB, 1995)
     
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    THE TYPOLOGY OF NOAH'S ARK

    Genesis 6:14 - 16: "Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch. And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits. And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits. A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it."

    Verse 14: "Make thee an ark". There are three arks mentioned in scripture; the ark of Noah, the ark of bulrushes, and the ark of the covenant. The ark of Noah sheltered Noah and his family from God's wrath. The ark of bulrushes sheltered Moses from the wrath of Pharoah, and the ark of the covenant sheltered the two tables of the law (the ten commandments). In these three arks we see a picture of the believer who is sheltered from God's wrath, Satan's assaults and the condemnation of the Law.

    Verse 14:"..............of gopher wood". The ark was made, not out of steel, but of wood. This teaches us that "life comes out of death". Trees had to "die" in order that the "life" of Noah and his family were secured. We read that the Lord Jesus Christ was "a root out of dry ground". Therefore the whole lesson here is "Substitution", the "death" of one for the "life" of another.

    Verse 14:"............rooms shalt thou make in the ark". Rooms here suggest "a place of rest" coming from the root word "Gen" meaning "nest". Rooms are a place of rest and in my Father's house are many mansions (resting places) where surely the redeemed shall have eternal rest.

    Verse 14:"............and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch". Oh what a picture here! Pitch in Hebrew is the word "Kapher" and it means "to cover". A similar word in our new testament is "atonement" which also means "to cover". Our sins are "covered" by the precious blood of our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. So the ark was covered within and without with pitch. So it is true of our "sin", covered within and without with the precious blood of the Lamb. Oh, what a book could be written on the word "Pitch".

    Verse 16:"..............A window shalt thou make to the ark. One window here and it is finished "above". Does this not remind us to "set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth" (Colossians 3:2). Those in the ark could only "look up" for an outside view and so we are so admonished "And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads: for your redemption draweth nigh". (Luke 21:28)

    Verse 16:".............and the door of the ark". Jesus said "I am the door". There was only one door into the ark and there is only one door into God's Heaven - that is through the Lord Jesus Christ.

    Verse 16:"..............thou shalt set in the side thereof". In the side of the ark was the door. Do we see here the piercing of our Lord's side (John 19:34) where it was the way for lost sinners to come into the heart of God.

    Verse 16:"...............with lower, second and third stories". Three stories, three lessons.

    Our salvation is indeed a three fold salvation. We have been saved from the penalty of our sin. We are being saved from the power of sin and shall yet be saved from the presence of sin. It is a salvation that embraces each part of our three fold make-up; the body, soul, and the spirit.

    Genesis 7:1 "And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark, for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation".

    "Come thou and all thy house into the ark". Here it is -- an invitation to all. Come into the ark or as we read in the new testament "Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28).

    Matthew 24:36: "But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be". In the time of Noah the ark was their shelter from the judgment of God, and so with us. The Lord Jesus Christ is our shelter against the judgment of God.

    Art Gross
     
  6. pinoybaptist

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    johnv: I mean typology of materials. Sorry if that wasn't clear enough.

    Craig-by-the-Sea: My good man, you hit it !! Thanks. The one on gopher wood is what I specifically remember.
     
  7. GODzThunder

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    Craig already mentioned this but I did a sermon on the command to cover the entire ark in pitch, which is the same word used later in the OT for atonement. just as the ark must be covered within and without to be able to float to carry Noah through the waters of judgment so must the Christian be covered within and without by the blood of Christ to be atoned for his sins and be delivered from the wrath of God.
     

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