This week’s Torah portion (Genesis 6:9 – 11:32) is all about Noah and the events in his life surrounding the great flood. The reading begins by setting the scene: Noah lived in a corrupt society and a violent world, so much so that God regretted making mankind. Despite this, Noah chose to walk with God and not with the rest of the world. When God finally decided to destroy mankind because of all this sin, Noah found grace in God’s eyes, and received specific instructions for rescuing his family.
The story and life of Noah is one that we can all aspire to live. It can teach us so much in our walk with God, giving us great insight into God’s nature. What he longed for back then, he’s still longing for now.
Many of us will know stories in the Bible in which individuals chose to walk with God instead of following the world around them. Very often these people are walking alone with God for a very long time before they see any of the fruit or evidence for their walk with God. Noah was 600 years old at the time of the flood, so it is likely that he may have been seeking God alone for hundreds of years before he fully understood and saw the outcomes of his life compared to the lives of those around him. Noah is an example that in choosing day after day and year after year to seek God and walk with him, God is able to fulfill his purposes through us. In the New Testament, in John 15:5 it says,
Isaiah 59:1 tells us that,
Let this week’s Torah portion remind us of how Noah was obedient to God as he walked with him. May the story of Noah strengthen all of us who know the Lord and encourage us to continue walking with God.
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