Why was the Ark Pitched INSIDE and Out?
God is always working with us in ways that our child like minds can understand. He uses things and cercumstances we can relate too, so He can GET us to a higher understanding. It is a step by step life long school.
But first we must go through the door after being invited. Like that door to the tabernacle, once inside (confessing our sins and saying YES LORD, I want to change and be taught) the door is opened to understanding and growth to the Great Plan of God.
You walk through the door and then right off you must sacrifice something. CHRIST sacrificed his life and by His blood you CAN walk through the door. But you must sacrifice and give a offering through out the rest of your life. Giving up fleshly desires, your strong will against the ways of God, giving up over time all the wrong ways of thinking, acting and living. These COST your flesh, but the rewards are worth it!
Salvation was given by Christ, but it costs us too! But not our LIFE, Christ Paid that price!
TD JAKES says, "God may alter His methods but never His purpose!
I loved how Mr Jakes explained the analogy of the arks (the Ark of the flood and baby Moses little ark the reed basket) and the PITCH used. In the first ark of noah. God told moses to pitch it inside and out. Pitch would SEAL and PRESERVE the living people and animals inside. Moses was placed in a reed basket (ark) and it was pitched inside and out to keep it from sinking in the water, safe from snakes, crocodiles etc. Again, Sealed and preserved safe. And that baby had no power or strength to save himself, only God's plan and the mother being obedient to place him in there saved that baby. So are WE saved when we are obedient and walk into the safety are of HIS care and providence! No Effort on our part to save ourselves once we are IN God's plan and trust and believe In Him. Obeying Him. God tells me " HE is before me and Behind me" meaning that He paves the way before me and protects my back side.
Then the last example Mr Jakes gives is the Ark of the Convenant which was sealed not with Pitch but of GOLD. Analogy of Divine covering.
I find it interesting that WATER is the force against the lives of Noah and Moses. Many times water is used in a spiritual analogy of purpose. Jesus WALKS ON THE WATER. Water will KILL us if we sink in it. No air is in it. We cannot breath in water. Yet water is also used as a analogy of quenching our thirst. We need to DRINK water. Depending on how water is used either for Life or Death. In either case GOD is the factor that saves us! The waters of trouble seem to overpower us with living in a world of trials and tests, but GOD has overcome it all. God will help you overcome it all IF you trust, and obey.
We give up our knowledge of what is right or wrong and and begin acting, thinking according to what HIS TRUTH of what is Right and Wrong.
Thus, our lives do matter in What we go through, our cercumstances but what matters is WHO are we IN?
Now this IS interesting:
also from Wikipedia:
Acacias in Australia probably evolved their fire resistance about 20 million years ago
To see the whole video of TD Jakes on the Ark of the Covenant. Part one. You can see part two listed right next to it when you finish this one on that video site. Just click the highlighted area here.