Creation Lesson #14

Creation Lesson #14

The Typology of the Ark (Genesis 6-8)

In this lesson we are going to take Noah’s ark and look at how it is both a type of Jesus Christ and our salvation. When we talk about types we are not saying that the ark is Jesus Christ or that Noah was saved like we are. We are saying that these things point to Jesus and salvation.

 The Ark as a type Jesus Christ :

1)  The materials for building the ark were gopher wood and pitch (Genesis 6:14). Note that there was no mention of iron, brass or any other metals. Therefore the materials at one point were living organisms that died to save Noah and his family. This is a picture of Jesus Christ who was God manifest in the flesh and died for our sins to save us. John 3:16 ; Romans 5:8

2)  There was only one door in the ark and it was in the side of the ark (Genesis 6:16). This pictures the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the only way to be saved John 14:6 ; 1Tim 2:5. Note also that we are saved by his blood and they opened his side on the cross of Calvary and blood and water came out John 19:34.

3)  As Noah had to be in the ark to escape the wrath of God we must be in Jesus Christ to escape the wrath of God. 1 Corinthians 12:12-13 ; Romans 5:9 ; 1Thessalonians 5:9

4)  As Noah was secure in the ark. God shut him in (Genesis 7:16). We are totally secure in Jesus Christ. John 10:28-29 ; Ephesians 4:30 ; 1 Peter 1:5

The Ark as a type of our Salvation :

1)  God had the idea of the Ark and gave it to Noah long before the flood came. Adam’s sin did not take God by surprise and the plan of how to save man was already there. Acts 2:23 ; Revelations 13:8

2)  Noah did not come up with the ark God did. Just like in Salvation God came up with the plan and put everything together. 2 Corinthians 4:3-6

3)  In Genesis 7:1 we see that God said unto Noah “come thou and all thy house into the ark;” This is the 1st time the word come is used in the Bible. Noah was invited into the ark. The same is said for us in regards to salvation. We are given an invitation. God doesn’t force anyone to be saved. Romans 10:9-13 ; 2 Peter 3:9

4)  The only window in the ark was at the top; therefore Noah could only look up. In the life of a saved person we are to look unto heaven and not at the world, circumstances, or surroundings.

Colossians 3:1-4 ; Hebrews 12:1-2


Creation Lesson #14 Handout

The Typology of the Ark (Genesis 6-8)

1)  How are the materials of the ark a type of the Lord Jesus Christ?


2)  In what way is the door in the ark a type of the Lord Jesus Christ?


3)  How is Noah being inside the ark a type of us being in the Lord Jesus Christ?


4)  How is Noah being secure in the ark a type of us being secure in Jesus Christ?


5)  List 4 ways that the ark is a type of our Salvation.