1. Similarities between Noah's ark and Jesus

I currently have the privilege of attending a bible study where we are listening to the teachings of Roger Price, a late bible teacher from England. Now for the next month I would like to discuss one of the topics that he explained to us. It stood out for me and I would like to share it with you. I am going to add some of my own teachings, but the main message was delivered by God through him.

He spoke about atonement and how Jesus came to provide unlimited atonement once and for all time for all people. He provided atonement for each and every sin. Yes, even for the sins of unbelievers, if they would accept Him in their lives and accept what He has done for them. Listen to this:

1 John 2:2 "He (Jesus) is the sacrifice for our sins. He takes away not only our sins, but the sins of all the world."

1 Timothy 4:10 "We work hard and suffer much in order that people will believe the truth, for our hope is in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and particularly of those who believe."

So Jesus came for us all, every single one of us, no one is excluded from accepting His saving power.

Now the word atonement means 'kaphar' in Hebrew. And according to the Easton's Bible Dictionary it means 'at-one-ment', making us one with God through reconciliation. It is used therefore to refer to the effect which flowed from the death of Christ.

And according to the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia the word 'kaphar' means to 'cover', 'condone' or 'effect reconciliation.'

Interestingly almost the same word is used to describe the tar with which Noah had to cover the ark.

Genesis 6:14 "Make a boat from resinous wood and seal it with tar, inside and out. Then construct decks and stalls throughout its interior."

Now the word 'tar' or 'pitch' as they use in the King James Version, is 'kopher' in Hebrew, which according to the King James Dictionary means a thick, dark, sticky substance.

However the Hebrew word is almost the same as that used for 'atonement'. And this Hebrew word according to the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, means covering or to cover.

In other words the ark was covered with tar to protect it from the onslaught of the water. In the same way Jesus came to cover us and provide reconciliation for us with God. He is our covering, the One providing protection for us when the onslaughts of life come. He is our shield and He pleads our case with the Father. He covers us in totality so that when the Father looks at us, He doesn't see us as sinful people, but He sees Jesus, the absolute Righteous covering us like a soft blanket.

Over the next few weeks we will continue this discussion, but for now know, you are covered with Jesus' blood in totality and you are reconciled with the almighty Father by what Jesus did on the cross.

Father God, thank you that Jesus came to cover us, to protect us and to lead us on the path to reconciliation with You. It is truly amazing and help us to make the most of it and grow closer to You each day. In Jesus' Name. Amen

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