Noach Week ending October 13, 2018
Torah – Genesis 6:9-11:32 Haftarah – Isaiah 54:1-55:5
Brit Chadashah Matthew 24:36-46; 1 Peter 3:18-22
This week we take a look at what should be a very familiar story. Hopefully you will see parts
of this account in a little different way then perhaps you have before. Noach is the Hebrew
form of what, or rather who we normally refer to as Noah. His name translates as “comfort.”
The points I will try to draw out and show you with regards to the texts that I will share in no
way take away from the literal account of what happened historically speaking. I only wish to
show you that there are indeed some deeper things to find here as well.
First I want to point out a few of the reasons for such complete and harsh judgement upon the
Genesis 6:11-13, “The earth also was corrupt before G-d, and the earth was filled with
violence. 12 So G-d looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had
corrupted their way on the earth. 13 And G-d said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come
before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them
with the earth.” (NKJV)
You know from teachings of years past and perhaps from your own study that the corruption of
all flesh goes way beyond sin as we typically think of it. We learned from the end of last week’s
study that the “sons of G-d took the daughters of men” and gave birth to the Nephilim, men of
renown or in plainer terms, giants!
This corruption of the genetic bloodline of G-d’s creation was only part of it. The thoughts of
the hearts of men was only evil. This tainted all of creation to the point where even the animals
were procreating outside of their intended species.
So when the Word says that Noach was perfect in his generation it is not speaking to his
character necessarily, but rather to the fact that he and his family were the last of flesh to not
be corrupted in this way.
The sages tell a story that I will not likely do any justice to it. But one of the terrible things that
happened is that men of that time had become so spoiled with the abundance of the Eretz that
they essentially shook their fists towards G-d saying that they have an abundance of water,
fresh water to drink and for crops etc. Because of this they reasoned and exclaimed why then
do we need you and your Way? It is this scenario that explains the following verse.
Genesis 6:17, “And behold, I Myself am bringing floodwaters on the earth, to destroy from
under heaven all flesh in which [is] the breath of life; everything that [is] on the earth shall die.”
G-d here makes it very clear that it was :He and He alone who brought forth the judgement of
the flood. This makes perfect sense, especially when you compare this event to what happens
to the Hebrew children in the wilderness when they spoke against G-d and complained they
had no meat to eat. Then they were overcome with so much quail to eat that it made them
So the very thing that caused the men of that time to rebel against G-d, the seeming source of
their security became the very thing that cost them their lives.
Lastly I will show you one interpretation of the Noach story in a general sense. This is not
opinion, but rather interpretation from Scripture itself.
1while [the] ark wa Peter 3:20-21, “who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine long suffering waited in the days of Noah, s being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were
saved through water. There is also an anti-type which now saves us–baptism (not the
removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward G-d), through the
resurrection of Jesus Christ.”
Perhaps you never thought of the account of Noach and the Great Flood as being a picture of
immersion or baptism as commonly called in the church today.
Even though the Word says the Ark floated upon the surface of the waters it was indeed
“surrounded” by water giving a picture of immersion. We know that the waters sprang up from
the fountains of the deep as well as they were poured out from the windows of heaven! It was
all around them and these righteous souls that had the favor of G-d upon them were saved out
of judgement through this extraordinary baptism event.