Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Noach


Bereshit 6:9 - 11:32
Parasha Noach is not only a great history lesson but also a great warning and reminder of the judgment to come. In the time of Noah it is stated in
Ber 6:11-12 “Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways.” Up to this point in the Torah there are no indications of any communal commandments. So this begs the question of Rom 5:13 that states “For before the law was given, sin was in the world. But sin is not taken into account when there is no law.” No covenant had yet been made with the children of Israel along with the covenantal commands, but we see not only punishment for sin but a leading up to judgment for corruption and violence on the earth. The most fundamental part of our human makeup had been lost during this time. The basics of morality. Man was not judged by weather they ate kosher or if they wore Tzitzit or if they observed the feast day’s but they were judged by how they treated their fellow man. If an entire world of people could not figure out how to live moral lives, that is the basics of human nature. Then how could this not be achieved with HaShem’s teaching and instruction through the Torah, or even more baffling, with having the indwelling of the Holy Spirit of Yeshua as is such the case with many today.
Yeshua warns us with the story of Noah about His second coming in Lk 17:26-27 which states “Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.” Although no specific amount of time is given of how long it took Noah to build the ark there certainly was enough amount of time for people to question Noah’s actions, to be educated of the judgment to come and to repent. Not even Noah knew the time, but he knew to be ready for the judgment to come. Such is the message Yeshua gives us that the day and the hour are unknown but we must be prepared at all times for His coming. We have the advantage of the written word of HaShem, His guidance, teaching and instruction along with the Ruach HaKodesh. But many still are dulled to the fact of a coming judgment or even a God at all.
Noah was the only man found as stated in Ber 6:9 “Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time,”. By faith in HaShem through Noahs moral life and deeds he became heir of righteousness. As stated in Heb 11:7 “By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.” Just as in this generation we are left to our abilities to believe, to have faith, that in all that has been will be again. As Noah was warned about things not yet seen, we have been warned in the same way, by the prophets and Yeshua, and require to have faith the same as Noah to believe in those things we have not yet seen. Having faith as Noah is not just believing in the story of Noah but taking action as Noah did. Spending soo many years building an ark to save his family and all the animals was an opportunity for Noah to witness HaShem. In the same way, this generation not only studying Torah but doing the Torah will give us an opportunity to show our faith and to witness HaShem. Hopefully to save many from the judgment that is yet to come.
 
 

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