Types in The Flood - Lesson 3
I. Jesusí Apology of the Flood† - Jesus knew beforehand that the account of the Flood was going to be called into question in the last days, just before His return, and placed His seal of approval on it.:
Luke 17:26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.†
Luke 17:27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.
A. I repeat therefore, that the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation were given the primary purpose of revealing Jesus Christ, Who came down to earth in the middle of this revelation to give the human race complete atonement for sin.
John Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
B.† The ark of Noah is a type of Jesus Christ.† We found that in Noahís time, the wickedness of man became so great in the days just prior to the Flood, that we read:
Genesis 6:5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man [was] great in the earth, and [that] every imagination of the thoughts of his heart [was] only evil continually.
Genesis 6:6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
Genesis 6:7 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.
III. Redemption† - We find that no sooner had God pronounced His judgment, that He gave His plan of redemption:
Genesis 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.
IV. Ark, A Type of Christ† -† We found out that the ark was a pre-figure of the Lord Jesus Christ unmistakably because of two points:
A. The ark was not the invention of man, but a foreordained plan of God.
B. It was supernaturally revealed to Noah by the Word of God:
Hebrews 11:7 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.
V. Noah Had To Build His Own
A.† Seed Of The Woman Or Virgin Birth† - Likewise the Redeemer of mankind, in order to substitute for man, must Himself be a man.
1.† While the ark was Godís divine design, the ark itself must be built by the sinner who was to be saved from the flood.
2. The Savior had to be both God and man.
a. He must be man to atone for manís sins.
b.† He must be God in order to bear the infinite penalty of manís sin.
3.† The Savior must have a human body and nature as well as divine.
a. So Noah was commanded therefore to build his own ark.
b.† Millenniums later, the One who was foreshadowed by all of this came into the world, the product of a human being, a virgin woman, and the Holy Spirit.† This is called in Genesis as the Seed of the Woman.
4.† The Apostle Paul made this clear in the book of Galatians:
Galatians 4:4 But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
Galatians 4:5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
Galatians 4:6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
Galatians 4:7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
5. This was a fulfillment of the Protevangelium:
Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
VI. Three Stories† - This also points to the Lord Jesus Christ.
A. Noah was instructed to build the ark with these specs:
Genesis ........ [with] lower, second, and third [stories] shalt thou make it.
B. Do we have a picture of the Trinity here?† We know the ark is a picture of Jesus Christ, and Christ was God.† On earth He represented the three persons of the Godhead.† He said in the book of John:
John I and [my] Father are one.
C.† When Philip said to Jesus, "Shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us"...
John 14:9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou [then], Shew us the Father?†
John 14:10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
John Believe me that I [am] in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very worksí sake.
D. Paul tells us:
II Corinthians 5:19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
E. All Three Present At Christís Baptism:
Luke 3:21 Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened,
Luke 3:22 And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.
F. Incarnate Representation of the Entire Godhead† -† Jesus was the incarnate representation of the entire Godhead Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.† He was the embodiment of the Trinity.† He was the ambassador for both the Father and the Holy Ghost here on earth.† There are many Scriptures to back this up, I will quote only one at this time in the book of Colossians:
Colossians 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.
Colossians 2:10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all
principality and power:
G.† From these conclusions and Scriptures, I believe that the three stories of the ark, which is such a clear type of Christ, may very well point to the trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Ghost† -† All active in the salvation of Noah and his family.
A.† Christís provision of Rest and Relaxation in the ark is often overlooked in commentary of the Flood.
B. A little phrase is inserted in verse 14 of chapter 6:
Genesis ..... rooms shalt thou make in the ark, ......
1.† The Hebrew word translated "rooms" in this verse is KANE with literally means "a nest".† God not only provided for the safety of the occupants of the ark, but He made† "nests" in the ark.
2.† Our Lord Jesus of Whom all this is a type, said many years later in the book of John:
John 14:2 In my Fatherís house are many mansions: if [it were] not [so], I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
VIII. Absolute Security† - In order for the ark to be a place of absolute security, it had to be absolutely waterproof.
A. This was provided for by a number of ways:
1.† One Door† - There was only one door, and that door was locked by God Himself.
2.† The ark itself was made of cypress, in itself an excellent wood for the exposure to the water.
3.† The ark was completely sealed both inside and outside by a waterproofing material common in that area.† We read in Genesis:
Genesis Make thee an ark of gopher wood; ..... and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.
4.† The Hebrew word here translated as "pitch" is not the usual word used elsewhere for pitch.
5.† The usual Hebrew word used in the Bible for a "bituminous substance such as asphalt" is ZEPTHETH.
6.† The material that Noah used to seal the ark may have been the same material, but a completely different word is used.
a.† The word translated "pitch" in Genesis 6 is KAPHER (noun) or KOPHER (verb).† This is the only place in the Bible that it is translated that way.
b.† It is used 70 times in other places in the Bible, and each time it is translated "Atonement."
B.† The word "Atonement" literally means "A Covering", but is translated "atonement" in every other place in the Bible except in Genesis 6!† Literally then, we might read Genesis
as "Thou shalt Ďcoverí it within and without with ĎATONEMENTí."
C.† What God Will Accept† - We have already learned what is the only atonement that God would receive for sin was a blood sacrifice.
1.† Adam† - After Adamís fig leaves had proven inadequate, the Lord came and slew a substitutionary animal and covered Adam and Eve with the bloody skins.
2.† Cain† -† Cainís sacrifice was rejected because he ignored the blood, while Abelís sacrifice was accepted because he brought a bleeding lamb.
Hebrews .... and without shedding of blood is no remission.
E.† Where Was The Blood In The Flood?† -† Noah had scarcely left the ark when God gave the command about the blood.† As soon as Noah left the ark, he built an altar and presented the blood to the Lord.
Genesis And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every
clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
Genesis 8:21 And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for manís sake; for the imagination of manís
heart [is] evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.
F.† It was right after this that God gave the command concerning the sacredness of blood, when He said in Genesis:
Genesis 9:4 But flesh with the life thereof, [which is] the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.
††† G. This prohibition was repeated in the book of Leviticus:
Leviticus 7:26 Moreover ye shall eat no manner of blood, [whether it be] of fowl or of beast,....
H.† The reason that they were to eat no blood was because blood speaks of atonement and the covering for sin, and it was not to be despised.† Christ had not yet shed his blood††† for the sins of the world, only the typical gospel had been preached.† This is made clear in the book of Leviticus:
Leviticus 17:10 And whatsoever man [there be] of the house of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, that eateth any manner of blood; I will even set my face against that soul that eateth blood, and will cut him off from among his people.
Leviticus For the life of the flesh [is] in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it [is] the blood [that] maketh an atonement for the soul.
I.† Do You realize that the very word "atonement" in this verse is the same word KOPHER translated "pitch" in Genesis 6? †The pitch with which the ark was covered within and without!
J.† Do you know that when the high priest went into the Holy of Holies (Leviticus 16)† and sprinkled the blood upon the mercy seat over the broken law, that he made atonement" (KOPHER) for their sins, and the same word is translated "pitch" only in Genesis 6.
K.† This means that the ark was covered inside and outside with "blood of atonement"†† No wonder there were no casualties!
†L.† The Holy Spirit evidently wanted us to know how safe the ark travel was because He says in the book of Genesis:
Genesis 8:18 And Noah went forth, and his sons, and his wife, and his sonsí wives with him:
Genesis 8:19 Every beast, every creeping thing, and every fowl, [and] whatsoever creepeth upon the earth, after their kinds, went forth out of the ark.
M.† Not a single one was missing.† The ark foreshadowed the One who millenniums later said in the book of John:
John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
John 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any [man] pluck them out of my hand.
John 10:29 My Father, which gave [them] me, is greater than all; and no [man] is able to pluck [them] out of my Fatherís hand.
N. Alter Call† -† Oh sinner hear the cry one more time:
Genesis 7:1 ..... Come thou and all thy house into the ark......