Noah

Noach | נח | “Noah “

In Hebrew, the name Noah is spelled Noach (נח). The word Noach is related to the Hebrew word for “rest.” Genesis 5:29 says that his parents named him Noah (Noach נח) because they hoped their son would give them rest (nacham, נחם) from their toil.

For the Son of Man’s coming will be just as it was in the days of Noach. Back then, before the Flood, people went on eating and drinking, taking wives and becoming wives, right up till the day Noach entered the ark; and they didn’t know what was happening until the Flood came and swept them all away. It will be just like that when the Son of Man comes – Matthew 24:37-39

Torah

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Genesis 6:8-14; 11:32; 7: 1; 5:29

Genesis 12:7 ; 17:1

Genesis 24:40

Haftarah Portion

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Amos 3:7

Isaiah 54:1-9; 55: 5

Ha-Berit ha-Hadashah

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Hebrews 11:7

Matthew 24:37-39

Luke 17:26-30

1 Peter 3:20

2 Peter 2:5

1 Peter 4:8

Notes:

A person’s level of righteousness corresponds to their level of relationship with G-d. Contrast Genesis 6:9, “…in fear of the Lord he (Noah) walked,” with verses regarding the more righteous Abraham such as; Gen 12:7 and 17:1, “The Lord appeared to Abraham,” and Gen 24:40, “… the Lord before whom I (Abraham) walk.”

G d said to Noah . . . “Come into the ark” (7:1)

The Hebrew word for “Ark,” teivah, also means “Word.” “Come into the word,” says G d; Enter within the words of prayer and Torah study. Here you will find a sanctuary of wisdom, meaning and holiness amidst the raging floodwaters of life.

(Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov)

And Noah built an altar to G d (8:20)

The location of the altar [in the Holy Temple] is very exactly defined, and is never to be changed. . . . It is a commonly held tradition that the place where David and Solomon built the altar, on the threshing floor of Aravnah, is the very place where Abraham built an altar and bound Isaac upon it; this is where Noah built [an altar] when he came out from the ark; this is where Cain and Abel brought their offerings; this is where Adam the First Man offered a korban when he was created—and it is from [the earth of] this place that he was created. Thus the sages have said: Man was formed from the place of his atonement.

-(Maimonides)

Yeshua Words:

Leave your offering there before the altar and go, first be reconciled with your brother(house of judah), and then come, bring your offering – Matthew 5 : 25

As it is Written:

“From beyond the rivers of KUSH my worshipers, the daughter of My dispersed ones (Ephraim/Manasseh), shall bring My offering” – Zep_3:10

Isaiah 56:7

these I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.

In the days of Noah Earth is filled with violence [i.e robbery ]

Talmud – Mas. Sanhedrin 108a – And G-d said unto Noah, the end of all flesh is come before me. R. Johanan said: Come and see how great is the power of robbery. For lo, though the generation of the flood transgressed all laws, their decree of punishment was sealed only because they stretched out their hands to rob, as it is written, for the earth is filled with violence through them, and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth. And it is ‘also written, Violence [i.e., robbery] is risen up into a rod of wickedness: none of them shall remain, nor of their multitude, nor any of theirs: neither shall there be wailing for them.

Talmud – Mas. Baba Bathra 88b – Ordinary robbery is worse than the robbery of the Most High

Yeshua Words: saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a den of robbers.”

Interestingly, the next time G-d comes “close” to allowing the entire earth to be destroyed, theft once again is counted among the most egregious sins:

Revelation 9:21 – yea they did not reform from their murders, nor from their sorceries, nor from their whoredoms, nor from their thefts(i.e their stealing.)

Noah’s time was also one of great demonic activity, as cited in the book of Jude:

Jude 1:6 – And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.