Dr. Allen and Dr. Karen Ranney
October 13, 2018 (4 Cheshvan 5779) -- Noach "rest"
October 13, 2018 (4 Cheshvan 5779) -- Noach "rest"
This Torah study titled “Noach” in Hebrew means “rest.” The patriarch Noah “Noach” in Genesis 6:9 was found by God to be just and perfect in all his generations. But the world was found in wickedness, so God chose Noah and his sons to re-create, repopulate and reestablish the earth back to Himself.
Romans 10:8-13 Genesis 6:1-8
Hebrews 11:7 Genesis 5:29
The Torah portion this week is titled “Noach #5146” in Hebrew and means “rest.” It is found in Genesis 6:9-11:32
Genesis 6:9, Noach pleases God.
Genesis 6:11, the Ark is prepared.
Genesis 7, the great flood.
Genesis 8, Noach’s deliverance.
Genesis 9, the rainbow as a covenant sign.
Genesis 10, the nations descended from Noach.
Genesis 11, the Tower of Babel and the descendants of Shem and Terah.
The Haftarah or Prophets portion is in Isaiah 66:1-24
Isaiah 66:1-4, records true and false worship
Isaiah 66:5-13, records the reign and indignation of God.
The Gospel portion is in Luke 1:1-80
Luke 1:1-80 tells the story of John the Baptist’s birth and the prophecy concerning him and the story of Yeshua, Jesus’ birth and prophecy concerning Him.
Chapters 6:9 through 11 of Genesis records the great flood, God’s judgment of the earth and man for his wickedness, and the re-population of the earth. Last week we read Genesis chapters 1 through 6:8 that recorded the creation of the earth, and this week we read about Earth’s destruction.
Flood theory and creation theory have been debated from before recorded history. Many, many different peoples and cultures and religions record both of these events, they say none can truly explain it in scientific detail or accuracy.
Some say creation theory and flood theory can’t be scientifically tested or proved and is therefore unscientific; making the various accounts nothing more than stories, myths or fables, handed down from primitive man in an attempt to rationalize the unknowable. Well, guess what? It has been proven by the Institute for Creation Research, (ICR.org). I choose to believe our Bible. You can choose to believe what you want, but I assure you, if you don’t choose God, and believe God’s word from the very first word of the first page to the very last word on the last page of His good book, well; I’ll put it this way, I will pray for you. Amen.
Creationism, evolution, catastrophism and religion are not what I want to talk about. I’m not here to debate the specific details, so I’m going to operate under the assumption that all of us here today accept as fact the Bible and all that’s in it. God created, God flooded, and God restored His creation for His divine purposes which are far beyond our comprehension, so what I want to talk about is Noah. Noah in Hebrew is “Noach #5146 meaning rest or comfort.” Genesis 5:29 reads, “And he called his name Noah, saying, “this one will comfort us concerning our work and the toil of our hands, because of the ground which the Lord has cursed.”
Noah “Noach” is spelled in Hebrew with the letters “nun” and “chet.”
The Hebrew letter “nun” is the 14th letter. The Hebrew alphabet is an alpha-numeric system. The number associated with the letter “nun” is 50. Things associated with the number 50 are the Jubilee year, the 50th year. It is 50 days from Pesach to Pentecost when we received the gift of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament book of Acts, correlating with the 50 days from the Exodus of Egypt to the giving of the law (Torah) at Mount Sinai. And in the making of the tabernacle the number 50 was quite evident; 50 basins, 50 loops, 50 latches, 50 hangings and so forth.
The Hebrew word “nun #5125” means “increase or to propagate.”
The word “nun” in Aramaic is “fish,” fish school or swarm, so the ancient pictograph for “nun” looks like an elongated backward S.
The Greek word for school or swarm is “sporezoa, spermatozoa” hence “seed.” Jesus is identified by the Greeks with the miracle of the loaves and fishes “ichtus #2486”, and we can see Yeshua Jesus as the Seed of woman (Genesis 3:15)
The letter “chet” in Hebrew is the eighth letter of the Aleph Beit, the number eight representing a new beginning (7 completion + 1 deity = 8 new beginning). The first day after the Sabbath begins the cycle again.
Circumcision occurs on the eighth day, marking the beginning of covenant life with God.
David was the eighth son of Jesse, marking a new kingdom.
The Lord reaffirmed covenant with Abraham eight times. Signifying a perfect complete covenant.
Sukkot #5521 is a festival of eight days (Leviticus 23:33-36) that anticipates “Olam Habah #5769”, “the new world to come.”
There were eight souls on the Ark during the flood, starting the world’s population over and beginning a new world.
Jesus was resurrected on the first day of the week. We understand that the preceding seven days constitute a complete cycle, so the eighth day begins a new cycle (7+1 = 8)
The letter “nun” represents “seed and rest.” The letter “chet” represents “new beginning,” hence the name Noah by its very letters means “seed of the new beginning.” Noah, Noach #5146 was the seed that God planted the new earth with! Amen.
Jesus, “the seed of the woman” (Genesis 3:15) is a direct descendant from Noah. Why is this important? Genesis 6:9 reads, “This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God.”
The Word “perfect” in Hebrew is “tamim #8549,” meaning “without defect or without blemish.” Wow, what a wonderful way to be remembered throughout all of history.
Genesis 6:2 reads, “The sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose.”
The sons of God “bene Elohim #1121 and 430” (fallen Angels) took wives of men, corrupting and polluting the gene pool (DNA) of man, producing giants “#5303 Nephilim.”
In Genesis 3:15 God says, “I will put enmity between you (Satan) and the woman (Eve), and between your seed (DNA) and her seed; He shall bruise your head and you shall bruise His heel.”
Ever since the fall in Eden, Satan has tried to usurp God’s plan for man by corrupting the seed DNA of the lineage of Yeshua Messiah. Satan is jealous of God’s true sons, that’s us, because as God’s sons we have an inheritance in Him; a new beginning on earth and in heaven forevermore. Amen. You have been made new, perfect and righteous in Christ, when you accepted Him into your heart as Savior and Lord. You now stand before the creator of the universe a new creation. You are unspotted and unblemished. You are made perfect; you are “tamim.”
Isaiah 66:1-2 reads, “Thus says the Lord: ‘Heaven is My throne, and Earth is My footstool. Where is the house that you will build Me? And where is the place of My rest? For all those things My hand has made, and all those things exist,’ says the Lord. But on this one will I look: on him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at My word.”
Understanding these words in conjunction with our Torah study about Noah, we realize that in Isaiah’s time God was still looking for a few good men (and of course women); people, persons. A person that is unspotted and unblemished. Isaiah 66:3 (Interlinear Bible) uses the words, “afflicted and of contrite spirit and trembling.
Afflicted or poor in Hebrew is “#6041 ani” meaning “humble and in need.”
Contrite in Hebrew is “#5223 nakeh” meaning “exposed before or smitten.”
Spirit in Hebrew is “#7307 ruach” meaning “spirit, breath or wind.”
Trembling in Hebrew is “#2730 charad” meaning “fear or highly respected.”
Why is God looking for a person like that? We are given a clue in Isaiah 66:1b. “Where is the house that you will build for Me?”
If heaven is God’s throne and Earth is His footstool, what kind of house would be big enough or good enough for our Lord? A church building? A megachurch maybe? A gigantic cathedral? No, God desires to dwell in us! We are to be the house of God, for His rest.
That’s why God looks on the person who is poor and of a contrite spirit and trembles at His word. God resides in the tabernacle, in the Holy of Holies, that’s why we need to stay pure, unspotted and unblemished, because God will not stay in a dirty house. Amen.
Sin is like dirty graffiti scrawled on the inside and outside of a church building. It’s ugly, it’s impure. God desires for you and me to be “tamim #8549.” The only way you can do this is by being covered in the soul cleansing blood of the lamb, Yeshua’s blood. Amen.
We are made “tamim” through Jesus and the Lord will one day gather all His “tamim” to Himself and re-create a perfect, pure, holy world to live in. Maybe another Eden?
God used Noach to re-create the earth after the flood. God used Isaiah to prophesy His plan of redemption for the world, Jesus. God used Jesus to reestablish a right relationship between Himself and man, and God will use us, His “tamim,” to remake the earth when He returns. Amen.
There is a lot to think about in these 80 verses, but what I am trying to accomplish is to tie Torah, Old Testament through the Prophets into the Gospel.
The Bible says of Noah that God found him perfect in all of his generations, he was tamim. We see Isaiah, a vessel the Lord God speaks through, warning and encouraging the people of his day to keep themselves pure as a living Temple for the one true God to dwell in, he was tamim.
In our Gospel reading, the story focuses on four very unique individuals, Zacharias and Elizabeth (the parents of John the Baptist), Joseph, and Mary (the mother of Jesus).
Luke 1:5-6 reads, “There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah. His wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.” Verse 6, listen to it, “and they were both righteous before the Lord.”
The Greek word used here for “righteous” is “#1342 dikaios” meaning “righteous, correct, implying innocence thus purity.” Zacharias and Elizabeth were two pure and righteous people before the Lord.
Mary (Mariam), mother of Jesus, Luke 1:26-28 reads, “now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And having come in, the angel said to her, rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”
Mary, virginal, pure, highly favored, blessed.
Three people, four when you count Joseph of the house of David (implying royal lineage), all these righteous people were chosen by God for a purpose. Where have we heard that before? From Genesis 6:9 (Complete Jewish Bible), “this is the genealogy of Noah, Noah was a righteous man, perfect ‘tamim #8549’ in his generations. Noah walked with God.”
Zacharias, Elizabeth, Mary, and Joseph were all “tamim” of a pure spirit and right attitude before the Lord in praise, worship and holy fear, which is respect. Were they all “perfect” according to the world’s definition? No, they were human, thus fallible; but usable to God, vessels that may have been cracked, chipped or scarred, but they were washed on the inside, clean and pure, fit to be filled with the Holy Spirit to overflowing, to be a blessing to the world; a world God didn’t re-create this time with a flood of water but with a flood of love, His Son flooded the world with His blood, cleansing those that would come to Him, bringing with Him a new covenant from God. Written in that blood, His love for all mankind. Amen.
People, beloved of God, would you be made “tamim,” made new, pure and perfect? Well you can. It’s as easy as A.B.C.
A. Admit you have sinned and ask forgiveness.
B. Believe Jesus died for that sin, then rose from the grave three days later.
C. Confess with your mouth Yeshua, Jesus is Lord and make Him King in your life.
Do this then pray “Father God fill me with your Spirit that I too can be judged pure, righteous and holy, that is “tamim” for all of eternity, in Jesus name I pray Amen. (read Romans 10:8-13)
Bibliography for Noach “rest”
Complete Jewish Bible, David H Stern, Jewish New Testament publications, 1998
Interlinear Bible, the, Hendrickson publishing, 2006
Institute for Creation Research, P.O. Box 59029, Dallas Tx 75229 (ICR.org)
New King James Version of the Bible, Thomas Nelson publishers, 2007
Strong’s Complete Dictionary of Bible Words, Thomas Nelson publishing, 1996