I am sitting here taking another read through this last paragraph of the Sermon on the Mount, and a phrase jumps out at me.
And the rain descended, and the floods came, ~ Matthew 7:25
These are the words of Jesus in Matthew 7, describing the house built on responding to the words of Jesus, the house built on the Rock. Here is the whole verse:
And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and burst against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded upon the rock. ~ Matthew 7:25
But that little chunk carried my mind back to the account of Noah and the Ark he built for the Lord.
It was probably about 20 years ago, and I was reading through the book of Genesis in “Dake’s Annotated Reference Bible” and I learned something truly fascinating. When Noah was told to build an ark, there is one detail that is striking (plenty others too, I am sure, but for today – one detail.)
Noah was told:
Make for yourself an ark of gopher wood; you shall make the ark with rooms, and shall cover it inside and out with pitch. ~ Genesis 6:14
The only details we get on the ark are these 2 materials, the overall size (which, by the way because it was in Hebrew is something about cubits, but if it were in American it would be like 1 ½ football fields, our favorite unit of measure) and the fact that it had a door and a window.
Today I want to talk about pitch. What is pitch? I am guessing it is something like tar, which Noah was instructed to smear as a waterproof coating all over the inside and the outside of the vessel.
Here is what is fascinating. The Hebrew word for pitch (Kafer) is a variant for a word you will no doubt recognize – Kippur – or atonement. You have heard this word used today when the Jewish community celebrates Yom Kippur! This word – Kafer – is only translated pitch in this one place in the entire Bible. Most often it is translated “ransom.”
Just as in Noah’s day when the rains came down and the floods came up, the only safe place was in the Ark, so it is today. [Tweet This] The only safe place to be is in the Ark, and that Ark is Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God slain before the foundations of the earth.
The only reason you will be able to stand before holy God on the day of judgment is because you are in this Ark, which is covered within and without with perfect pitch, the blood of Jesus.
Today is the day of salvation. Get in the Ark!
Jesus said you do that by acting on what He said. Do not be a hearer of the Words of life, and be left outside the Ark when the flood comes.
Surrender your life to Him today.