But when she could no longer hide him, she took an ark of bulrushes for him, daubed it with asphalt and pitch, put the child in it, and laid it in the reeds by the river's bank.
[Exodus 2:3 NKJV]
Following on from Moses in a basket, we can ask ourselves — or at least I ask myself — why bulrushes; because it seems that bulrushes left to themselves let in water, in which case, young Moses would surely have sunk into the river and been lost?
The bulrushes will only work as an ark if daubed ... with asphalt and pitch. Noah and his ark needed pitch to cover the hull to keep it afloat. Make yourself an ark of gopherwood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and outside with pitch. [Genesis 6:14] And see also that the pitch had to be applied both outside and inside the ark.
This covering represents our Lord’s protective hand over ‘His precious cargo’ — He will not allow us to sink into the depths of the sea from which we have already been saved — even though the waves of adversity and trouble continue to strike.
Nowadays we use asphalt and pitch in just the same way — as a protective covering — but also in roadmaking, as a way for making our travel through the countryside easier, protecting us from rough ground. Sadly, as we know, many roads become difficult again as the covering deteriorates with potholes and cracks appearing unless the asphalt and pitch is kept under repair.
We can keep our spiritual way under repair by turning to the Lord for His help. Pray without ceasing.
Our attitude to the Bible is a stupid one, we come to the Bible for proof of God’s existence: the Bible has no meaning for us unless we know that God does exist.
The Bible states and affirms facts for the benefit of those who believe in God, those who don’t believe in God can tear it to bits if they like.
GEORGE and GILL STEWART