Glossary: Ark (Tebah)

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Flesh (not to be confused with the word “Ark” as in the “Ark of the Covenant,” but only the word “Tebah” [literally, “box, chest”] as used in Genesis 6-9 and Exodus 2).


This word “ark” (“Tebah” in Hebrew) is only used in two accounts in the Bible — of Noah’s ark and of Moses’ baby basket (ark). In both of these accounts it is used symbolically for flesh.

  • Moses was a son of a Hebrew, but was sent in an “ark” to became the son of an Egyptian, by means of the river, not by sexual relations with a man. This is symbolic of Jesus, who was s son of a heavenly one (Hebrew), but was sent in a “flesh” (ark) to become the son of an earthly woman (Egyptian), by means of the Holy Spirit (river), not by sexual relations with a man. 

Exodus 2:3 (KJV) And when she [God] could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark [flesh] of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child [Jesus] therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river’s [Holy Spirit] brink.

  • Noah is a symbol of Jesus and the flood is a symbol of the baptism of the Holy Spirit (1 Peter 3:20-21). Search for our Noah Timeline teachings. There is far, far more to say about this to substantiate this point, but Noah built an “ark” wherein there is many rooms. Likewise, Jesus is the builder of “the body of Christ” (the Father’s house – Hebrews 3:1-4), which is made up of many individual dwellings. We are all individual dwelling places for the Spirit, which collectively make up the Father’s house, just the same way that the ark was built out of many individual dwellings.

Genesis 6:14 (KJV) Make thee an ark [body of Christ] of gopher wood; rooms [lit nests/dwellings] shalt thou make in the ark [body of Christ]

John 14:2 (Darby) In my Father’s house [the body of Christ, not heaven] there are many abodes; were it not so, I had told you: for I go to prepare you a place…

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