Gen 6:14 Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.
Gen 6:15 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.
Gen 6:16 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.
Gen 6:17 And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die.
Gen 6:18 But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives with thee.
The word “pitch” in verse 14 is translated from the Hebrew word “Kaphar” which means
“atonement, purge, reconciliation, reconcile, forgive, purge away, pacify, atonement…made, merciful, cleansed, disannulled, appease, put off, pardon”
So Noah was to “cleanse” or “cover” “atone” the ark, inside and outside.
This word is used around 71 times in the Old Testament and this is the only times that it is translated as “pitch.”
In the other passages it is translated as “atonement.”
This recalls what Jesus Christ has done for us.
The pitch would protect the precious cargo inside the ark while keeping the foreign things out. It could also have been used to muffle the cries outside.
The ark is a picture of salvation.
By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth [person], a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;
The ark is called “tevah.” This is the same term used for the basket that Moses was placed into. The ark would have looked like a big box-like craft, not like a boat or ship that simply floated.
It would have been very big, about 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 5 stories tall.
The word “rooms” in Hebrew means “nests”
The door of the ark is a picture of Jesus Christ.
There was only one way into the ark and when they were all accounted for, it was God and God alone who shut the door
The window is a picture of the access of the Holy Spirit in our lives
Noah had no control over the door, but he did have control over how much light came in through the window. We too have control over how much illumination and understanding we have in life by how much we allow the Word of God to be in our thinking.
18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit, 19 by whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison, 20 who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waitedin the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water. 21 There is also an antitype which now saves us—baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him.
So what is this thing called baptism?
Some say that it is the sign of salvation and they will proclaim that only when you are physically baptized will you be saved.
Others say that it is merely for show and that we do it to join the Church.
But baptism is not salvation and it is more than just confirmation. It is more than a show for others to see but it is not a salvation through works.
This thing called baptism is a symbol, a covenant with our Lord as well as a means for ministry.
What can we learn from baptism?
In the waters of preparation
1) We die in submission to God in baptism.
We know from verse 15 that John did not think that it was proper for him to be baptizing Jesus for the remission of sins. Why? Because he grew up around Jesus. He saw how sinless Jesus was and is. He knew that there was no sin to repent of in Jesus. So he said “No, You should be washing me!” Yet Jesus told him to permit it because He said it was “To fulfill all righteousness.”
He was acting out something. He was doing something, not for sin, but for the Father and for us.
2) We die to sin in baptism
1 Peter 3:21-22
Noah’s name means rest and is similar to the verb meaning comfort.
This is a picture of our dying to sin through the waters of the Spirit (John 4:14)
When we are indwelled with the Spirit of God at salvation, we receive a new nature, a nature that is not from birth, but from God. A nature that is like the new one that Noah saw after the flood. Genesis 6:17, an uncorrupted nature.
Everything in the earth had to die and everything earthly has to die within us.
Will we still stumble and fall? Yes, just like Noah, but as we live in Christ, we die to sin daily (Romans 12:1-2) and we live in Christ through His resurrection
3) We die to self in baptism
Jonah’s name means dove. Jonah spent three days in the whale and he is a picture of our dying to self through the resurrection of Jesus
These verses take on a whole new meaning when we seek to live like Christ
Matthew 10:39, 16:25
In the waters of separation
Going through the waters of the covenant
Noah was in Christ (Figuratively) in the ark for 40 days and 40 nights through the water.
The water took away what was unclean and God made a covenant with the new nature
The sign of this covenant was the rainbow
Moses and the children of Israel had gone through the Red Sea.
Moses spent 40 days and nights with God on the mountain. He came back with the Ten Commandments or a covenant with Israel
The sign was circumcision
Jesus went through the water of baptism. He spent 40 days and nights in the wilderness before being tempted. He came back with the Kingdom manifesto (The Sermon on the Mount) the guide for new Kingdom living or a covenant for Christians
The sign for us is the Holy Spirit
Because we are washed by the Word of God (Ephesians 5:26)
John 4:10-15, 7:37-39