"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."
2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)
2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)
Inside And Out
Genesis 6:14 (KJV)
14 Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.
1.) Noah’s Ark Was Pitched Inside and Out, Something That Would Be Required In The Flood to Come In Order For The Wood To Keep Water Tight And Resist Impact
Pitch is a sticky substance that is water resistant in the right consistency and is commonly made with elements such as tar or coal, which is where the state of N.C. earns its name of the Tar Heel State and this is where the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill gives credit to their nickname the “Tar Heels”.
According to the UNC General Alumni Association, The Tar Heel Legend Is:
“A story that at best must be considered folklore states that when Lord Cornwallis's troops forded the Tar River in early May 1781 en route to Yorktown, they emerged with tar on their feet. This marked their passage through North Carolina as tar heels.”
Pitch can be manufactured and also happens naturally. It was used commonly in early days of shipbuilding as a protective barrier against decay and rot in the ship hull’s wood.
When water begins to seep into the wood, it breaks down and allows bacteria to begin to eat away at the wood. Ships for the most part in the western world do not require the natural kind of pitch anymore, but manufactured watercraft usually have some sort of barricade or liner in between the sheets of metal to form the hull of the vessel.
Isn’t it amazing how God knew exactly how to build this ship in such a way that it would resist the coming storm, the turning of the waves, and the instability of the battering winds and rain?
Studies have been performed that show it is nearly impossible to sink a ship built in the scale model of the ark with waves because when it turns over, it flips back upright by default of its design. The only other safety measures needed outside of its physical design was a method of water proofing its hull.
The Ark would also suffer possible blows and bangs up against floating debris, the pitch would have provided a protective (explosive) barrier.
Hasn’t the enemy dealt you many blows in your lifetime. I know he has in mine.
The Scripture tells us that in Revelation 12:15 KJV
“And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.”
Our Vessels MUST BE PITCHED INSIDE AND OUTSIDE, Lest the beast consume us in the last days. He spews lies, deceit, curses…. the harmful water of death upon us all.
If our vessels go un-pitched, we will surely be consumed in these last days!
If we go on un-pitched, we risk spiritual and moral decay of our vessel. We risk losing our vessel to the ocean of death and suffering.
So why was the ark pitched within as it was without?
The ark was pitched from within as a double layer of protection in the event that the outer layers began to wear away. Many times, we as believers have an outer appearance that is finely pitched without, appearing that we “have it all together”. The truth is, many of us are falling apart from the inside because we lack that inner pitch. Even further, we need a stronger pitch within than we do on the outside. The wood of our vessel may become saturated with the water outside, but we can burn warmly for God inside knowing that we are kept by Fire of God.
That same word used for “pitch” in the Hebrew form also refers to the term “covering” or “atonement”, and as the pitch covered the ark to protect it, God has covered us with his atoning love.
2.) So How Do We Become Pitched?
The Answer Is Simple, But For Some May Not Be Easy
a.) First we must get on the boat: our faith in Christ as our Lord and Savior is our symbolic act of getting on that boat. We walk through the door a changed person, now saved by grace and given a new life.
b.) When we allow ourselves to be humbled, repent, and profess faith in Christ, we open up the windows of Heaven to our soul. The Spirit then comes to reside in our hearts, but unlike many Christians are told, this is not the final step. For many Christians, this is where they stop, but they are only halfway done. You can make into Heaven this way, but you have left your boat half-pitched. At this point our vessel is only pitched from the outside, but what about the protective barrier on the inside?
c.) To become pitched on the inside, we need the anointing of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. He is protector and sealer from the inside. He is our conviction, source of strength, prays for us unceasingly, guides us, and protects us from the slippery slope of sin decay.
d.) In order to achieve the Baptism, we must seek to be sanctified which is achieved by confession, praying through, and maintaining a sanctified walk.
Sin, like the damaging water and bacteria that eat at the ship’s hull, will rot us from the core. We will suffer a slow fade and death from the inside out.
Many Christians today are pitched from without, but far fewer are pitched from within. It is great to look the part; I will never tell you that it is a problem to look sanctified
The Ark Was A Perfect Picture of The Coming Christ and the Pitch Was The Symbol For The Holy Spirit Who Acts As Our Protector, Comforter, Sealer, Sanctifier, to keep us safe from the tricks of the enemy who wants for us dearly to fail in our faith.
I pray today that the Lord will pitch us inside and out! I pray that my pitch never become dry, crusted, and fall away. I pray that each day, that God would add a new layer of pitch inside and out, that we would mature and grow as believers together. I pray that as He brings life to “dry bones”, and that His life would choose to continue to burn in me providing that ever-lasting life, protection and fire.
So I must ask you today, do you have that inner pitch? Do you have that holy ghost fire? Have you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord and Savior?
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