The symbolism of the ark and the flood are profound.
- What does the ark look like? A coffin. It represents the death of Jesus and our dying with Him. In this death we find safety because we are no longer facing hell and damnation because of our sins. This is not any easy road to go and so the majority, as in Noah’s day, does not head the warning. They laugh and scoff and give reasons why they will not do it this way.
2. The pitch or tar which covered the ark is like the blood of Jesus covering us. The pitch was to make the ark waterproof and to keep the ark from sinking. The blood of Jesus covers us and makes us righteous in the sight of God.
3. The ark had only one door to get in and when the rain was about to come it was shut by God Himself. Jesus is the doorway to God and salvation. He is the only way in and one day God will shut that door to sinners.
4. Also the time spent on the ark can be seen this way:
Noah and company goes into the ark and it starts raining. — God judges — Jesus suffers and dies.
The inhabitants of the ark live there for at least 1 year — God “forgets” — Jesus is buried three days.
God “remembers” Noah and family and they come out of the ark — God’s mercy returns — Jesus rises from the grave forever saving all who believe in Him.
What do you think? Am I off my rocker or is there something to this? Other people have had similar thoughts, check out Les Feldick in his lesson on Noah and the flood (Book 2, Lesson 3, Segment 4) and also the commentary on Genesis 8:1-3 in Benson’s commentary.