So the woman conceived and bore a son. And when she saw that he was a beautiful child, she hid him three months.
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.
And his sister stood afar off, to know what would be done to him.
[Exodus 2:2-4 NKJV]
There are many arks in the Bible, and many types of ark; but all are used to contain something of great importance. We can go further and say that they all hold the Holy Spirit — they are vessels of honour, as we have seen.
Noah built an ark because God told him it was needed to shelter ‘a remnant’ of God’s chosen through the Flood.
There is The Ark of The Covenant which was the dwelling place of God amongst His people.
Paul was rescued from pursuers by being let down through the wall of Damascus in a basket.
And Jesus was laid in a manger, something very similar to Moses’ bulrush ark. All these pictures point us to Jesus. He is our ark — a place of safety and shelter from the storms. We, in turn are His ark in the world, carrying His Holy Spirit, that His work and God’s will may be accomplished.
We say, “Seeing is believing,” but it isn’t true. Belief is necessary before we can interpret what we see; we will explain things away if we don’t believe them possible. “. . . because thou hast seen Me, hast thou believed?” (John 20:29 RV mg).
GEORGE and GILL STEWART
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