From: Messianic Bible
Sent: Saturday, October 29, 2011 1:20 PM
Subject: Shabbat Shalom Bjoern, Noach (Noah) is the Torah Portion this Week
Shabbat Shalom in the Name of Yeshua, Bjoern!
Welcome to Noach (Noah), this week’s Parsha (Torah Portion).
This Torah portion will be read in synagogues around the world during the
Shabbat (Saturday) service. Enjoy!
Genesis 6:9-11:32; Isaiah 54:1-55:5; Matthew 24:36-46
Parsha Noach in the Sefer Torah Scroll
“This is the account of Noah and his family.” (Genesis 6:9)
As it is now, in the days of Noah, the earth was filled with corruption and
violence. The Hebrew word for violence in this week’s parsha is ‘hamas.’
It was because of this hamas that God decided to destroy every living thing
from the face of the earth, except Noah, his family, and a remnant of living
Today, Hamas is the name for the terrorist organization that has political
control of Gaza, and they want to destroy Israel through violence (hamas).
Now that Hamas controls the Parliament in Gaza and is seen as a political party,
they have created their military wing called the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades.
Some want to believe that Hamas, Hezbollah, and other Islamic terrorist
organizations are simply engaged in a political battle to ‘liberate’ their
rightful territory from the Israeli ‘occupiers.’
While some Christians have been duped into this ludicrous viewpoint, nothing
could be further than the truth.
The Word of God clearly reveals the truth about the Arab-Israeli conflict to
those who are willing to see and understand.
We mustn’t fear calling Hamas what it is – a violent force of darkness whose
goal is to bring death and destruction to the Jewish people, and their
Rainbow on the Golan Heights, a sign of the covenant with Noah.
“But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark—you
and your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives with you.” (Genesis 6:18)
In his generation, Noach (Noah) had the distinction of being the only ish
tzadik (righteous man) in a world corrupted by evil.
Because the world was evil, God planned to destroy the world with a flood.
He promised to establish his covenant with Noah, and to save him and his
sons Shem, Ham, and Japheth, his wife, and his sons’ wives, through an ark
that God had Noah build before the flood began.
Although we don’t know if Noah’s wife and family were righteous, they were
also saved for Noah’s sake. This may give us hope that even one member of
a family who is redeemed and righteous, who walks with God, will cause the
rest of their family members to be saved from the coming destruction.
It may be noted, however, that the ark guaranteed only Noah and his family’s
physical salvation, not their spiritual destiny.
Even in Egypt, the blood of the lamb guaranteed only the Israelites physical
safety and deliverance from Egypt.
They each had to determine their own entry into the Promised Land.
Most perished in the wilderness due to their evil hearts of unbelief. Only two,
Caleb and Joshua, who walked with God wholeheartedly, were given the
right to enter the land.
Noah’s Sacrifice, by Daniel Maclise
Signs of Covenant
“And God said, ‘This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me
and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to
come: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the
covenant between me and the earth.’” (Genesis 9: 12-13)
After the flood waters dissipated, God made a covenant with Noah and his
sons that He would never again destroy all life with a flood.
God declared the rainbow to be the sign (ot) of the covenant (brit).
Each of God’s covenants carried with them an ot (sign). The ot of God’s
promises to Abraham was the circumcision of the foreskin of each male on
the eighth day. The ot of the Mosaic covenant was the seventh day Shabbat.
It stands for the promise that we are God’s special people and He is our God.
The New Covenant (Brit Chadashah) also carries an ot – a new heart and a
new spirit, as evidenced by our obedience. Under the New Covenant, the
Torah is not annulled but rather in our hearts and minds to keep God’s
commandments. (Jeremiah 31:31-34)
A “reconstruction” of the Noah’s ark on Mount Ararat, where the ark is
believed to have come to rest as the flood waters dissipated
Finding Rest in Him
In a world where time is money and the clock never stops ticking, some of us
treat rest like an inconvenience.
The name Noach, however, means rest or comfort.
In Scripture, rest isn’t merely an option or suggestion; it’s one of the Ten
Commandments – right up there with “Thou shalt not have any idols or
any other gods…. ”
The One who created our fragile frames of dust knows our need of noach (rest).
Of course we are also commanded to work for six days, but the seventh day
is holy and to be devoted entirely to rest.
For most of us, the rest that is truly needed is not a physical rest, since
many of us don’t engage in back-breaking physical labour; no, the rest that
most of us need is a true rest for our heart and soul.
We are perpetually worried and upset about so many things–a condition that
leaves us chronically tired.
When we feel weary to the bone, we need to cast all our cares on Him
and simply rest in the Lord:
“Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him. Do not fret …. ” (Psalm 37:7)
Resting in the Lord requires an attitude of faith that knows God is fighting
our battles for us.
Rather than panicking when we face a challenge or feel the hot breath of the
enemy at our backs, we are commanded to fear not and to be still and know
that He is God. (Psalm 46:10)
Mount Ararat, another view.
Entering His Rest
“And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those
who did not obey? So we see that they could not enter in because of
unbelief.” (Hebrews 3:18-19)
It is only through faith leading to obedience that we may enter into God’s
rest. Unbelief will rob us of the rest of God.
It was Noah’s great faith that led him to move in obedience with Godly fear
to build an ark for the salvation of his family.
“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 is in keeping with faith.” (Hebrews 11:7)
After being saved from physical destruction, Noah and his family began the
hard work of rebuilding after the flood. He was obviously greatly skilled in
animal husbandry and agriculture.
Noah’s Sacrifice, by James Tissot
Children and their Parents
“Honour your mother and father that it may go well with you….” (Exodus 20:12)
Although Noah was counted the only righteous man on the face of the earth,
he wasn’t perfect.
One day, Noah become intoxicated from too much wine and passed out in
One of Noah’s sons, Ham, disrespected his father by reporting his deplorable
state of drunkenness and nakedness to his other two brothers. For this lack
of honor towards his father, Ham’s descendants were cursed.
What was the response of Noah’s other sons – Shem and Japheth?
Despite their father’s faults, they still showed him honor (kavod) by covering
They accomplished this by holding a coat over their shoulders and walking
backwards so that they would not see him in this state. For this act of
respect they were blessed.
Love does not expose people’s sins; rather, it “covers a multitude of sins.”
(1 Peter 4:8)
This is a strong object lesson for children, usually not found as one of the
stories in our Children’s Bibles, but one which should be told.
Although no parent is perfect, and sometimes we even do things which might
be cause for our children to laugh at us or point the finger, children must be
taught to always respect their parents.
Noah’s Drunkenness, by James Tissot
Generational Curses and Empire Building
Although all of Noah’s family were saved physically, each one had to choose
the way of spiritual salvation, which pertains to the transformation of the heart.
Shem and Japheth showed a right heart and right spirit, while Ham showed
that his heart still needed to be regenerated.
This curse over Ham did not end with him, but carried on down
We may unknowingly also carry curses upon our lives from generational sins.
The atoning blood of Yeshua (Jesus) which paid the price for all our sins has
the power to break these curses, but we must receive and proclaim our
freedom in the Son.
One of Ham’s sons was Cush. Nimrod came from this lineage. He began
his kingdom in Babel (modern day Iraq). He also built the wicked city of
Nineveh, to which God sent Jonah to preach repentance.
The tower of Babel was also built in the land of Shinar which is in Babylon
(Iraq). The people of the world unified in their goal of building the tower
of Babel, but their motives were not godly and God was forced to bring
confusion to their languages to destroy their works.
In everything we do, we must examine our motives to see if we are
attempting to ‘build a name for ourselves’ or working to build the
Kingdom of God. All that is built with impure motives will be destroyed on
the Day of Judgment.
Noah Damning Ham, by Ivan Stepanovitch Ksenofontov
Haftorah (Prophetic Portion)
“To me this is like the days of Noah, when I swore that the waters of Noah
would never again cover the earth. So now I have sworn not to be angry
with you, never to rebuke you again.
“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing
love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed, says
the Lord, who has compassion on you.” (Isaiah 54:9-10)
The haftorah highlights forgiveness, redemption and restoration through
the unfailing love God has for Israel. An exiled Israel, punished for her
sins, will one day be forgiven, redeemed and returned to her Land in
fulfillment of Prophecy.
“For a little moment I left you, and with great mercies I will gather you
up.” (Isaiah 54:7)
Ever wonder how the people on the ark felt while they were tossed
about on the waves?
We might perhaps feel the same way they did at various times in our own lives
when we are “Storm-tossed, suffering, not comforted.” (Isaiah 54:11)
We sometimes wonder if these storms will ever come to an end. Is there no
one who can comfort us in our affliction?
In the midst of relief at being saved, some of Noah’s family on the Ark might
have experienced survivor guilt – horror at the terrible loss of life – and
guilt that no one else was saved except their family.
Did they feel guilty that they had not conveyed the seriousness of the
situation? Did they feel inadequate in that no one had listened to them?
Sometimes we feel this way when people turn a deaf ear to the Gospel
message of Yeshua – when they do not want to come under the covering of
‘the ark’, the blood of the Lamb, and do not take the message seriously that
God’s judgment is coming.
Parsha Noach moves us beyond our guilt and shame—real or imagined
—to accepting the unconditional love of God.
“Fear not; you shall not be put to shame.” (Isaiah 54:4)
The rainbow reminds us that God is present even at the darkest of times,
and that we can rebuild even after all seems lost or destroyed.
One of the roles of the Holy Spirit is that of comforter. The Holy Spirit
comforts survivors of the storms of life and refugees who are still adrift,
trying to find a place to settle.
When we see the rainbow, we are reminded that we can rebuild our lives
out of the destruction of the flood. We are called to rebuild even when all
has been lost or swept away. The waters that caused death can now become
a source of life and hope.
“All you who are thirsty, go out for water. ” (Isaiah 55:1)
This is the message of Noach. God is present even at the flood, even in
the darkest of moments.
Because of covenant, because of His tender mercies, new life is possible. An
abandoned, barren life can become fruitful and joyful. When hope is restored,
we can begin to form new relationships – a first step to rebuilding our future.
Time is short. A great judgment and destruction is coming upon the world.
Despite that, most continue on with life as usual, completely unaware of what
is coming, just as in the days of Noah before the flood.
“As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son
of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking,
marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they
knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them
all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.”
Please partner with us in bringing the Word of God to a lost and dying world.
Shabbat Shalom from all of our ministry staff.
“I will bless those who bless you. ” (Genesis 12:3)
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