Life Skills from the Word of YHWH

 Noach (Rest)
(Sefer Bereishit) Genesis 6:9-11:32

 

6:12- “And Elohim looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his
way upon the earth.
13- And Elohim said unto Noach, The end of all flesh is come before Me; for the earth is filled
with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
17- And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein
is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die.
18- But with thee will I establish My covenant; and thou shall come into the ark, thou, and thy
sons, and thy wife, and thy sons' wives with thee.
7:4- For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and
every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.
7:23- And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man,
and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from
the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.
8:20- And Noach built an altar unto YHVH; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl,
and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
21- And YHVH smelled a sweet savor; and YHVH said in His heart, I will not again curse the
ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth;
neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.
9:11- And I will establish My covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the
waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.
15- And I will remember My covenant, which is between Me and you and every living creature of
all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.
16- And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting
covenant between Elohim and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.
10:10- And the beginning of his (Nimrod’s) kingdom was Bavel, and Erech, and Accad and Calneh, in
the land of Shinar.
11:4- And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and
let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
5- And YHVH came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men built.
6- And YHVH said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin
to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.
7- Come, let us go down, and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one
another's speech.
9- Therefore is the name of it called Bavel; because YHVH did there confound the language of all
the earth: and from thence did YHVH scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.”


“Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honor is humility.”
(Proverbs 18:12)


“For there is not a just man upon earth, that does good, and sins not.”
(Ecclesiastes 7:20)


“We would have healed Bavel, but she is not healed: forsake her, and let us go every one into
his own country: for her judgment reaches unto heaven, and is lifted up even to the skies.”
(Jeremiah 51:9)


“And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause
the arrogance of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.”
(Isaiah 13:11)


“Behold, I will send you Eliyahu the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day
of YHVH: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the
children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.”
(Malachi 4:5-6)


“Because thou has made YHVH, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There
shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.”
(Psalms 91:9-10)

 

Noach Summary:
1. The Destruction of All Flesh:

With the remembrance of the great flood, varying streams of thought will inevitably inundate the discussion. Some will resist the notion of a deserved global Judgment; others will rally behind the event with self-satisfied verbiage of ‘they got what was coming to them.’ Yet, there will be some that will tremble at the calamity, realizing that HaShem truly is greatly to be feared while wondering if their hearts would have been on the ark in that day. Though we should appreciate Job 21:30 which avers:
“That the wicked is reserved to the day of destruction...,”
those with any modicum of humility must acknowledge the desperation of our own hearts. In Jeremiah 17:9-10, we are reminded of the humble beginnings of our own journeys upward as it is written:
“The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked: who can know it? I YHVH
search the heart; I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according
to the fruit of his doings.”
Sixteen Hundred, fifty-six years after man’s appearance on this present earth, the flood came. What seemed extreme, i.e. mass genocide, a Divine approach taken in days of evil, established a truth long ago evidenced in Scripture. Judgment is not pleasant; Amos 5:18 cautions our attitude concerning it:
“Woe unto you that desire the day of YHVH! To what end is it for you? The day of YHVH is
darkness, and not light.”
Yet, the history of mankind has been met with Judgment, and although the account of the flood was passed on from generation to generation, the fear of HaShem would soon be lost. By the time of Noach’s great-grandson, Nimrod, the builder of Bavel, men again rejected the Sovereignty of HaShem and sought “to make a name” for themselves. With the impending Judgment promised once more to nations which vainly attempt to establish a society apart from HaShem’s rule, Ezekiel 14:14 warns:
“Though these three men, Noach, Daniel, and Iyov, were in it, they should deliver but their
own souls by their righteousness, says Adonai YHVH.”
Redemption is a personal issue that must be embraced with sobriety and an unfeigned heart. Behold:
“Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to YHVH: though hand join in hand, he
shall not be unpunished. By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of YHVH
men depart from evil.” (Proverbs 16:5-6)


2. Confirming the Covenant against the Future Wrath:
Reminiscent of the rainbow for mankind is the restorative promises delivered to the nation of Yisrael. While present conditions seem to infer a final “refiner’s fire” for the people of Elohim, we can find great hope as we ‘unearth’ the heart of Hashem. Ezekiel 18:23 tells of a better way, repentance:
“Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? says Adonai YHVH: and not that he
should return from his ways, and live?”
In the recollection of Noach and his deliverance from the flood, Isaiah 54:8-10 offers needed comfort:
“In a little wrath I hid My face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have
mercy on thee, says YHVH thy Redeemer. For this is as the waters of Noach unto Me: for as I
have sworn that the waters of Noach should no more go over the earth; so have I sworn that I
would not be angry with thee, nor rebuke thee. For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be
removed; but My kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of My peace
be removed, says YHVH that has mercy on thee.”
 

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