As In The Days Of Noah

Q.  I have a question about the material Noah used to seal the Ark ( in side and out with “Pitch”, Gen 6:14). I also notice there many other places were the word ‘Pitch’ was used.  The big question is~~~ “what is the word Pitch” and how was it used, what was it made from?  I do not have a Hebrew Lexicon.

A.  The Hebrew word translated pitch in Genesis 6:14 is kafar (ka phar’).  It appears 102 times in the Old Testament and means “to cover”.  It’s almost always used in the figurative sense, as in “covered by His blood”, and is actually translated “make atonement” 71 times.  Genesis 6:14 is the only place where the word is used in the literal sense.

Usually when the Bible refers to covering something in tar, as was the intention in Genesis 6:14,  a different Hebrew word is used.  This tells us a supernatural protection was also being applied in the case of the ark that went beyond merely preventing leakage.  Noah and his family were being divinely protected (covered) in the midst of a judgment.  The same thing will happen again when the believing remnant of Jews will be divinely protected in the midst of the Great Tribulation.  As it was in the days of Noah so will it be at the coming of the Son of Man (Matt. 24:37).

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