Letters from Neil | April 22nd, 2020

Redemption AZ / May 31, 2020
covid-19, salt

April 22, 2020

Good morning Salties and friends,

Please pray for my team here at the church. Both Cate our bookkeeper and Jason our controller are home sick. We are trying to train Laurie, Cate’s replacement before Cate moves to Texas next month. Selfishly, I would ask you to also pray that Laurie and I don’t get sick or all the finance and admin work at the church will grind to a halt. Enough of that, let’s get back to Genesis. (I can’t guarantee I’ll have time to do a devotion tomorrow).

Yesterday I mentioned that the Hebrew word used for pitch in verse 14 is kopher which means a covering and is the Hebrew word most commonly used for atonement. The pitch provided a perfect covering to keep the waters of judgment from entering the ark, just like the blood of the perfect Lamb of God, Jesus covers the sin of His people. Today we’ll look at other aspects of the ark that are a symbol or type of our Messiah, Jesus. The ability for Noah to build the ark and escape the destruction still didn’t resolve the problem of the corruption in Noah’s own heart. There still needed to be a better story, one that guaranteed there would be no need for another water judgment. That better story is the story of Jesus.  While a wooden ark delivered Noah and his family from physical death, a wooden cross delivers us from spiritual death.

The Hebrew word for room in verse 14 literally means nest. That suggests that the ark was not only a place of salvation for Noah and his family but a place of rest and comfort. In Matthew 11:29-30 Jesus says we can find rest for our souls in Him because His yoke is easy and His burden is light. There was only one door in the ark, only one way in to be saved physically. John 14 says Jesus is the only way to be saved spiritually and in John 10:9 Jesus says He is the door. This is who Jesus is. He is a refuge, a place of security, rest and comfort in the greatest tests of life. The uncertainty of the Covid-19 situation feels like a flood of difficulty and stress so we must turn to Him to find rest rather than focus on the restlessness we’re all feeling.

Love and miss you, Neil