This week’s Torah study is “Noach” from Genesis 6:9-11:32; Isaiah 54:1-55:5; Matthew 24:36-46; 1 Peter 3:18-22
My goal is to link Yeshua to Noach using Scripture as reference. Honestly, this is nothing new, it is exactly how study should be done. There is so much information in each Torah study each week that staying focused on one theme is quite difficult most of the time. Linking Yeshua to Torah is the easiest thematic study one can do. Some things are very obvious, others are more obscure and everyone can take it or leave it. I am doing this mostly for my own accountability and because it is so much fun to study this way!
In this group of Scripture my goal is to find thematic links for the following:
Flood of Noah’s generation
Isaiah’s “water’s of Noah”
Yeshua’s “like in the days of Noah” referring to the “end of days”
It starts a bit before 6:9 when in last weeks study ends with Genesis 6:5-6:8 where God speaks of the inhabitants of earth:
(5) The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
(6) And the LORD was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.
(7) So the LORD said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.”
(8) But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.
“Noah found favor” An extension of grace found in the Torah. Grace didn’t just happen with Yeshua in the New Testament and forward. Yeshua was there in the beginning. Grace is extended to Noah. He found favor.
Continuing in verse 11-13:
(11) Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence.
(12) And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth.
(13) And God said to Noah, “I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence through them. Behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
State of the unrighteous before the flood:
- wickedness of man was great
- every intention of the heart was only evil
- earth was corrupt in God’s sight (one standard, God’s!)
- earth was filled with violence
- all flesh had corrupted their way
- laughed and mocked Noah
- was taken away in the flood
State of the righteous before and during the flood:
- Noah was a righteous man
- blameless in his generation
- Noah walked with God.
- was given instructions and told how to prepare
- was preserved with his family during the flood
This list is for the benefit of Matthew 24:36-46
(36) “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.
(37) For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.
(38) For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark,
(39) and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.
(40) Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken and one left.
(41) Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one left.
(42) Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.
(43) But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into.
(44) Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
(45) “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time?
(46) Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes.
This passage has been used by many, including me, to say, “we do not know the day.” First, let’s define the people in this passage:
1st group: Unrighteous- like the people of Noah’s time
What are they doing? Carrying on with their lives, paying no attention to the times and seasons, ignoring the “ark in the room.” They are unaware and therefore “taken away”
2nd group: Righteous- like Noah, being faithful,and wise. Ready, waiting. Preparing and witnessing.
It is my opinion, it is revealed to the generation at the time of the coming. We will know, it is revealed to us just as it was revealed to Noah. The righteous will have wisdom and revelation by the Ruach to know the time of His coming. Just as it was in the days of Noah. Noah knew.
How do we know it is the unrighteous who are “taken away” here in Matthew? Here is just a few passages of Scripture referring to being “taken away.” Let’s allow Scripture to interpret Scripture. This list is from Tony Robinson at Restoration of Torah. Search it out for yourself.
From Tony Robinson:
The Biblical Understanding of Being “Taken Away”—Understanding that Torah is a FOUNDATION for understanding the B’rit Chadasha (New Testament) we can go to the Torah and quickly learn that the phrase “take away” was a Hebrew idiom which meant to destroy/kill something/someone. When Yeshua spoke of some people being taken and some left, He was simply using this idiom to say that those taken were taken for destruction. Here are only a few verses (from the Tanakh) of the many, which clearly teach that to be TAKEN AWAY is to be taken to destruction.
- Isaiah 57:13 When taken away: the people still sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places thou criest, let thy companies deliver thee; but the wind shall carry them all away; vanity shall take them: but he that putteth his trust in me shall possess the land, and shall inherit my holy mountain;
- Isaiah 57:1 The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come. •Isaiah 40:24 Yea, they shall not be planted; yea, they shall not be sown: yea, their stock shall not take root in the earth: and he shall also blow upon them, and they shall wither, and the whirlwind shall take them away as stubble.
- Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
- Ezekiel 30:4 And the sword shall come upon Egypt, and great pain shall be in Ethiopia, when the slain shall fall in Egypt, and they shall take away her multitude, and her foundations shall be broken down.
- Ezekiel 33:4 Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head.
- Daniel 11:12 And when he hath taken away the multitude, his heart shall be lifted up; and he shall cast down many ten thousands: but he shall not be strengthened by it.
- Hosea 1:6 And she conceived again, and bare a daughter. And God said unto him, Call her name Loruhamah: for I will no more have mercy upon the house of Israel; but I will utterly take them away.
- 2 Kings 12:3 But the high places were not taken away.
- Matthew 22:13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
And the promise from Isaiah:
(5) For your Maker is your husband, the LORD of hosts is his name; and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer, the God of the whole earth he is called.
(6) For the LORD has called you like a wife deserted and grieved in spirit, like a wife of youth when she is cast off, says your God.
(7) For a brief moment I deserted you, but with great compassion I will gather you.
(8) In overflowing anger for a moment I hid my face from you, but with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,” says the LORD, your Redeemer.
(9) “This is like the days of Noah to me: as I swore that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth, so I have sworn that I will not be angry with you, and will not rebuke you.
(10) For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you.
The Word is deep and wide, this only scratches the surfaces, dive in and enjoy the Word of YHWH!