Updated: Apr 11
As I write this blog Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) will start in 24 hours. This day is the most holy and set-apart day of all of YHWH's Appointed Times.
We all know that God saved 8 people, Noah and his family, on an Ark made of gopher wood. He saved them from the wrath of God that was going to be poured out upon the earth because mankind had become full of sin and the whole earth was full of violence.
The interesting part of the story is in Genesis 6:14 where God tells Noah to cover the ark on the inside and the outside with pitch.
The Hebrew word used for pitch is kopher and means "a covering, figuratively a redemption price, ransom". It comes from the root word kaphar which means "to cover, to expiate, to cancel, atonement". This last word is the word used on the Day of Yom Kippur when the sins were "covered".
So, God saved Noah and his family by "covering" them from the sin filled world and all that they had been exposed to and He ransomed them in the ark of safety.
Likewise, each year on Yom Kippur YHWH covered the sins of the nation for another year.
Now that Yeshua has come - He entered into the Heavenly Tabernacle not made with hands and became our Yom Kippur sacrifice thereby forgiving our sins through His shed blood and has ransomed and canceled out the debts/sins of those who put their trust in Him for salvation. He will save us from the destruction that will come upon this earth.
The Scriptures translate Genesis 6:14 as follows: "Make yourself an ark of gopher wood. Make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and outside with a covering. #feastteachings