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Parashat Noach (נח): Genesis 6:9–11:32

Yeshua haMashiakh (Jesus) and His apostle Shimon Kefa (Simon Peter) pointed to “the days of Noah” as important for believers to fully understand to be prepared for life now and for the “coming of the Son of Man.”

”For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.” (Matt. 24:37)

“… God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water.” (1Pet. 3:20)

This week’s Torah section, נֹחַ Noach (“Noah,” Genesis 6:9-11:32), helps us catch the meaning  of the enigmatic phrase “one taken and the other left” (Matt. 24:40-41; Luke 17:34-35).

The traditional complementary Prophets reading for Noach is Isaiah 54:1-55:5.

Companion readings from the B’rit Chadashah (New Testament) from MessianicJudaism.net (also has through-the-Bible readings for prophets and B’rit Chadashah) and First Fruits of Zion:

  • Matthew 24:36-44; Luke 17:26-37; Acts 2:1-16; 1Peter 3:18-22; 2Peter 2:5 (Complete Jewish Bible by David H. Stern)
  • Matthew 24:36-46 (Parashiot From the Torah and Haftarah by Jeffrey E. Feinbe of Flame Foundation)
  • Luke 1:5-80 (First Fruits of Zion)

The following are recorded studies and notes on passages from Noach by Hallel Fellowship teachers Richard and Jeff:

Genesis 6:9–11:32: Our salvation floats on a real Flood

 

Genesis 6

EVIL MULTIPLIES ON EARTH AS ‘SONS OF GOD’ MARRY ‘DAUGHTERS OF MEN’

Some may have no idea what this chapter is about, with “sons of God” marrying “daughters of men” and the “Nephilim.” Some may also have some profound, over-the-top notions about the meaning of this chapter, but if you read this chapter in the context of the previous chapters, the fanciful and salacious interpretations fall by the wayside.

THE ‘DAYS OF NOAH’ FORESHADOW THE LAST DAYS

Messiah Yeshuah (Jesus) said that the days of Noakh (Noah) would be like the last days before Yeshua’s return. What was Noakh’s generation like, and what can we learn from his righteousness in that time?

Genesis 7

BEING ‘LEFT BEHIND’ WAS A GOOD THING IN THE DAYS OF NOACH

A number of Bible teachers as well as some popular movies and books teach that believers in Yeshua the Messiah will be “taken away” in the prophesied time of trouble preceding the Day of the LORD. Yet based on the teaching of the Messiah on the “days of Noah,” believers should pray that they aren’t “taken away.”

THE DAYS OF NOAH AND THE DAYS OF THE SON OF MAN

Messiah Yeshuah (Jesus) said that the days of Noakh (Noah) would be like the last days before Yeshua’s return. We read in Genesis 6-7 what Noakh’s generation and his righteousness were like.

Genesis 8

NOACH SENDS OUT RAVEN AND DOVE AS FLOOD SUBSIDES

God “marked” Noach and his family for salvation in the ark during the Flood. The dove that found dry land after the waters subsided points to another Messenger Who went to prepare room for us in God’s Kingdom.

REMEMBERING NOAH AND AGONIZING OVER THE FLOOD

The LORD ended the judgment of the Flood, as recorded in Genesis 8. The remembering of Noakh (Noah) and the sorrow of the LORD over the Flood foreshadow what God will be feeling in the last days when He must bring final judgment.

Genesis 9

GOD BLESSES NOACH AND HIS SONS; NOACH CURSES CANAAN

At first, it’s puzzling why Noach cursed Cana’an for something his father, Ham, did. Is this a generational curse, with the sins of the father being meted out to future generations? Is something else going on here? The answer seems to be in the meaning of the Hebrew words for curse and Cana’an.

GOD BLESSES NOAH 

How did God bless (literally, “kneel before” or “bestow honor on”) Noah in Genesis 9 following the Flood?

Genesis 10

10:1-5: PROPHETIC SIGNIFICANCE OF THE DESCENDANTS OF NOACH’S SON YAFET

The descendants of Noach’s son Yafet (Japheth) show up prominently in Israel’s history, particularly regarding the period leading up to the Day of the LORD.

10:6-20: PROPHETIC SIGNIFICANCE OF THE DESCENDANTS OF NOACH’S SON HAM

Like with the names of the descendants of Noach’s son Yafet, those of his son Ham are testimonies of what God has done, is doing and will do to prepare for the coming of God’s Kingdom. That kingdom clashed with the first human kingdom, that of Nimrod.

10:1-20 — THE FIRST KINGDOM BRINGS ‘CHAOS’

Genesis 10 is more than just a list of names. It talks about the formation of the first kingdom and army on earth, formed with the purpose of “chaos” and “violence” as an affront to the LORD.

Genesis 11

GOD CONFOUNDS THE UNITED NATIONS OF NIMROD

Just as Nimrod tried to unite people into one nation whose evil inclinations are propelled by endless innovation, people will try to unite again. Just as God confounded Nimrod’s confederation, God will confound the Babylonian confederation again. This is one of the lessons of the book of Revelation.

THE WORLD FOR A BRIEF TIME HAS ONE MIND, SPEECH AND CULTURE

Genesis 11 starts with confusion and ends with the story of the family line which will bring the Messiah into the world and bring God’s order back to earth.

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