I am writing this blog a few days before I actually preach on the subject of Noah’s Ark and its connection to Jesus. I am not sure if I will speak on the above verse of not, so if you heard the sermon, this may be repeat, but if not, it is just too good to pass up not to write about.
So bear with me a second and let me bore you with some Hebrew. It will be worth it. The Hebrew word for “pitch” is kopher and the Hebew word for “to cover with pitch” is kapher. Kapher is the root word for kopher.
The above verse is spoken by God. He intentionally uses kaphar when explaining to Noah how to keep the boat from leaking. It is the pitch that seals the boat. What is interesting is that kaphar is used numerous times in the Old Testament; however, only once is it used to describe pitch. In all other uses, it is used to describe the act of atonement, payment, or propitiation.
For example, in Genesis 32:20 (the next placed it is used) it says, “'Moreover, your servant Jacob is behind us.' For he thought, ‘I may appease (kapher) him with the present that goes ahead of me, and afterward I shall see his face. Perhaps he will accept me.’" In this verse, Jacob is worried about the anger of his brother, Esau, and is attempting to subdue his brother’s anger by providing a gift to deflect it. Likewise, in Exodus and Leviticus, we see the word kapher used over and over to describe the sacrifice of animals so as to be a payment to appease the wrath of God (Exodus 29:33, Exodus 30:10, Leviticus 1:4, Leviticus 4:20). In fact, the word kapher is used 102 times in the Old Testament, but only once to refer to pitch for a boat. In all other occasions it is used in the context of atonement, purging, reconciliation, and forgiveness.
Psalm 79: 9 says this, “Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of your name; deliver us, and atone (kaphar) for our sins, for your name's sake!”
In Genesis 6, God was telling Noah that the key to keep out the water (and thus keep out death) was the pitch (kopher). The boat had to be covered with pitch inside and out. It was the pitch that would save them from the flood, and save them from the wrath of God.
This advice from God would be what would save Noah and his family. If they doubted God and didn’t use pitch, or didn’t completely cover the boat with it, then the boat would sink and they would die. However, if they trusted in the pitch, then they would be rescued from the wrath of God and have life.
The Gospel tells the same story. God has told us that the rain will come again. However, this time it will not come in the form of raindrops, but in the form of eternal destruction. The only way to avoid the future wrath of God, the only way to appease him, the only way to receive forgiveness is by covering ourselves with the blood of Jesus Christ, our pitch.
Romans 5:9 says, “Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.”
The blood of Jesus is our pitch. It is our kopher. On the day that heaven’s open, it is His blood alone that will save us from the wrath of God. You must trust that the blood of Jesus is sufficient to seal us. If you disregard God’s Word and attempt to use something else other than the sufficient blood of Jesus, then the boat will leak and you will die.