Noach נֹחַ - Rest
Torah Portion Genesis 6:9-11:32
Haftarah: Isaiah 54:1-55:5
Apostolic Scripture: Luke 17:20-27
SHABBAT READING #7 - Genesis 11:1–32
In Genesis 9:7 Hashem says “Be fruitful and multiply. Increase abundantly in the earth, and multiply in it.” I believe He wanted Noah’s families to literally go out and populate the earth. But we see in this week’s portion that the desire of the new families and a couple of generations is to try and make “a name” for themselves, and build a tower that reaches heaven -- so that they will not be dispersed.
Instead of following their Creator’s desires to be fruitful and to go populate the earth, they want to huddle together in one place and to be important. The end result of their sin of “pride and gain” is to be scattered and having different languages. Some see this as the start of the 70 nations later mentioned in Scripture.
Lesson to be learned. You may try and change what Hashem has planned for you and because you did -- experience the consequence you most feared. Better to seek His plan first, follow it and be blessed.
Can you think of a time where you knew you were choosing to do something that you knew was not right, but you got stubborn and did it anyway? What happened when you did that? Go back and think about what may have happened. What blessing do you think you missed out on?
READING #7 - Genesis 11:1–32
11 The whole earth was of one language and of one speech. 2 As they traveled east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they lived there. 3 They said to one another, “Come, let’s make bricks, and burn them thoroughly.” They had brick for stone, and they used tar for mortar. 4 They said, “Come, let’s build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top reaches to the sky, and let’s make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad on the surface of the whole earth.”
5 Hashem came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men built. 6 Hashem said, “Behold, they are one people, and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do. Now nothing will be withheld from them, which they intend to do. 7 Come, let’s go down, and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” 8 So Hashem scattered them abroad from there on the surface of all the earth. They stopped building the city. 9 Therefore its name was called Babel, because there Hashem confused the language of all the earth. From there, Hashem scattered them abroad on the surface of all the earth.
10 This is the history of the generations of Shem: Shem was one hundred years old when he became the father of Arpachshad two years after the flood. 11 Shem lived five hundred years after he became the father of Arpachshad, and became the father of more sons and daughters.
12 Arpachshad lived thirty-five years and became the father of Shelah. 13 Arpachshad lived four hundred three years after he became the father of Shelah, and became the father of more sons and daughters.
14 Shelah lived thirty years, and became the father of Eber. 15 Shelah lived four hundred three years after he became the father of Eber, and became the father of more sons and daughters.
16 Eber lived thirty-four years, and became the father of Peleg. 17 Eber lived four hundred thirty years after he became the father of Peleg, and became the father of more sons and daughters.
18 Peleg lived thirty years, and became the father of Reu. 19 Peleg lived two hundred nine years after he became the father of Reu, and became the father of more sons and daughters.
20 Reu lived thirty-two years, and became the father of Serug. 21 Reu lived two hundred seven years after he became the father of Serug, and became the father of more sons and daughters.
22 Serug lived thirty years, and became the father of Nahor. 23 Serug lived two hundred years after he became the father of Nahor, and became the father of more sons and daughters.
24 Nahor lived twenty-nine years, and became the father of Terah. 25 Nahor lived one hundred nineteen years after he became the father of Terah, and became the father of more sons and daughters.
26 Terah lived seventy years, and became the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran.
27 Now this is the history of the generations of Terah. Terah became the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran. Haran became the father of Lot. 28 Haran died in the land of his birth, in Ur of the Chaldees, while his father Terah was still alive. 29 Abram and Nahor married wives. The name of Abram’s wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor’s wife was Milcah, the daughter of Haran, who was also the father of Iscah. 30 Sarai was barren. She had no child. 31 Terah took Abram his son, Lot the son of Haran, his son’s son, and Sarai his daughter-in-law, his son Abram’s wife. They went from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan. They came to Haran and lived there. 32 The days of Terah were two hundred and five years. Terah died in Haran.
THIS WEEK’S HAFTARAH:
Even though Hashem’s people have been dispersed throughout time -- to the nations -- for their sins, He always gathers them back. That is just what has been happening the past 70 years in Israel. Jews from all over the world have been brought back to Israel. And that is just the start. In the Messianic Age we will all be gathered back to Him. And what a wonderful day that will be!
In verse 10 we read, ‘My loving kindness will not depart from you, and My covenant of peace will not be removed.” That is a promise for the future, but also a promise for today. We just need to step into this promise and accept it with a thankful heart.
There are times in our lives where we stray from Hashem. But, when push comes to shove, we usually return. Look at your life today. Is there an area in your life you have strayed from Hashem and need to repent and return? Do it quickly so that you can receive His promise of the covenants of peace and kindness.
54 “Sing, barren, you who didn’t give birth; break out into singing, and cry aloud, you who didn’t travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife,” says Hashem. 2 “Enlarge the place of your tent, and let them stretch out the curtains of your habitations; don’t spare: lengthen your cords, and strengthen your stakes. 3 For you will spread out on the right hand and on the left; and your offspring will possess the nations and settle in desolate cities.
4 “Don’t be afraid, for you will not be ashamed. Don’t be confounded, for you will not be disappointed.
For you will forget the shame of your youth. You will remember the reproach of your widowhood no more.
5 For your Maker is your husband; Hashem of Armies is His name.The Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer. He will be called the Elohim of the whole earth. 6 For Hashem has called you as a wife forsaken and grieved in spirit, even a wife of youth, when she is cast off,” says your Elohim.
7 “For a small moment I have forsaken you, but I will gather you with great mercies. 8 In overflowing wrath I hid My face from you for a moment, but with everlasting loving kindness I will have mercy on you,” says Hashem your Redeemer.
9 “For this is like the waters of Noah to me; for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah will no more go over the earth, so I have sworn that I will not be angry with you, nor rebuke you. 10 For the mountains may depart, and the hills be removed; but My loving kindness will not depart from you, and My covenant of peace will not be removed,” says Hashem who has mercy on you.
11 “You afflicted, tossed with storms, and not comforted, behold, I will set your stones in beautiful colors,and lay your foundations with sapphires. 12 I will make your pinnacles of rubies, your gates of sparkling jewels, and all your walls of precious stones. 13 All your children will be taught by Hashem; and your children’s peace will be great. 14 You will be established in righteousness. You will be far from oppression, for you will not be afraid, and far from terror,for it shall not come near you. 15 Behold, they may gather together, but not by Me. Whoever gathers together against you will fall because of you.
16 “Behold, I have created the blacksmith who fans the coals into flame, and forges a weapon for his work; and I have created the destroyer to destroy. 17 No weapon that is formed against you will prevail; and you will condemn every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of Hashem’s servants, and their righteousness is of Me,” says Hashem.
55 “Hey! Come, everyone who thirsts, to the waters! Come, he who has no money, buy, and eat! Yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. 2 Why do you spend money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which doesn’t satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in richness. 3 Turn your ear, and come to me. Hear, and your soul will live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David. 4 Behold, I have given him for a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander to the peoples. 5 Behold, you shall call a nation that you don’t know; and a nation that didn’t know you shall run to you, because of Hashem your Elohim, and for the Holy One of Israel; for He has glorified you.”
THIS WEEK’S APOSTOLIC SCRIPTURE:
History repeats itself often. An entire planet of people was wiped out because of corruption and Yeshua says that will happen again if we are not careful. His promise is to return and rule and reign. But, He gives us a choice now. Do we want to follow Him or follow man? Do we want to be in His kingdom or the kingdom of darkness. Decide now, before you get swept away in the “flood”.
I look at my life and think about Noah and his righteous life. Does my life even come close? Not hardly. I am so affected by the world around me. I react in the flesh to worries, gossip, criticism and everything. I try to go to Hashem first but usually act on my own. My challenge today is to you and me! Let’s stop before we react to the temptations and failures of the world -- and pray. Let’s look to G-d first for an answer and a reaction. Let’s learn to become righteous like Noah.
17:20 Being asked by the Pharisees when Hashem’s Kingdom would come, He answered them, “Elohim’s Kingdom doesn’t come with observation; 21 neither will they say, ‘Look, here!’ or, ‘Look, there!’ for behold, Elohim’s Kingdom is within you.”
22 He said to the disciples, “The days will come when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. 23 They will tell you, ‘Look, here!’ or ‘Look, there!’ Don’t go away or follow after them, 24 for as the lightning, when it flashes out of one part under the sky, shines to another part under the sky; so will the Son of Man be in His day. 25 But first, He must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation. 26 As it was in the days of Noah, even so it will also be in the days of the Son of Man. 27 They ate, they drank, they married, and they were given in marriage until the day that Noah entered into the ship, and the flood came and destroyed them all.