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Noah - The REAL man

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This paper is written as a response to the scurrilous image made of Noah by a 2014 Hollywood film, made by an atheist who based his script and ideas on the Jewish occultist Kabbalah (see O-276). A faithless ‘Christian’ leader made matters worse by saying Noah was not a good man, and this was repeated in the media by the main actor, Russell Crowe. (See our Bible studies (The Bible Lives) on Noah and the Flood).

I will not bother to repudiate their sinful attack on Noah’s character in detail, but will let scripture speak for itself. I ask readers one thing: when it comes to giving us the character of a biblical person, who has the best authority – the media, an unbelieving actor, or an atheist film-maker? The answer should be obvious, but these people try to muddy the waters of truth with their absurdities! Even the Jewish Kabbalah, a book written by unbelieving Jews, got its original information from scripture, and then twisted its meaning for its own ends. Let us, then, see what God’s word tells us about Noah... the original source having the only definitive authority and truth.

You will find 46 references to Noah in scripture – and not one of them spoke of him as the film-maker, false ‘Christian’ pastor, and the actor spoke, of him! When he was born, his father, Lamech, named him Noach (Noah) because he would comfort mankind. The name itself means ‘rest’ and is the same as nuwach, meaning ‘resting place’. The noun is rooted in the verb of the same spelling, which has a number of related meanings. In a sense, the resting of the Ark on the mountain top reflects this ‘resting’ or ‘setting oneself down’. But, what of Noah’s character as an adult?

Genesis 6

In this chapter of Genesis we find that the man’s character is firmly described to us, and it is all good. God was to destroy the whole earth because of the wickedness of the inhabitants. Only Noah was found to be holy and faithful:

“But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD”(verse 8)

Why? Because:

“Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.” (verse 9)

This means Noah was tsaddiyq – he kept God’s laws and was righteous. As such he was justified before the Lord. In modern language he was regarded as ‘saved’. The root, tsadaq, underlines this righteousness. Also, he was “perfect”, tamiym; whole, sound, complete, unimpaired, innocent. In every aspect of his mind, heart and spirit, he was righteous and accepted before God, the ONLY man on earth at that time to enjoy God’s favour. Again, the root, tamam, supports the main description. It was the righteousness of Noah that saved his immediate family. This biblical assessment of Noah is further reinforced by verse 22, which says Noah did everything that God commanded. Who today does this?

Noah had many relatives on the earth when the great Flood came. But, only his immediate sons, their wives, and his own wife, were saved. It is likely that about a million or more people lived at that time, and all were drowned. This was the choice of God, not Noah, though he accepted that choice because he was righteous. Could he have saved some when the waters came down? Firstly, no, because God only commanded him and his immediate family to go on board. Secondly, no, because the ark was very tall and the door had to be sealed before the waters came down. So, even if he wanted to save some, they would not have been able to reach safety on the Ark. Even so, it was God Who commanded the salvation of only a few, and Noah obeyed. Besides, everyone knew of the coming judgment, and they refused to listen or to repent. Their deaths were their own fault.

As God said in Ezekiel 14:14, “Noah, Daniel and Job” were saved by their own righteousness: “they only shall be saved, but the land shall be desolate.” (verse 16). Noah’s name is held in reverence in the New Testament, too:

Hebrews 11:7

“By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.”

The same faith saves today! Yet, Noah’s character, compared to most of our own, was amazing in its spiritual quality. How many today could reach his knees in terms of righteousness and holiness? Indeed, his faith condemned the known world... can our own faith be seen by others as condemnatory of their wickedness?

As we see in 2 Peter 2:5, Noah was a man apart, one whose character and soul were of the highest calibre. In this text we are told that Noah was “a preacher of righteousness”, not just because of his justified spirit, but because of his behaviour in the world, a character known to all, pure inwardly and outwardly.

Never allow unbelievers and atheists to condemn a just man! Never allow them to berate a believer, but jump to his or her side and defend them to the best of your ability! Noah is currently being regarded as selfish and nasty. Scripture says otherwise. God says that Noah was the ONLY man of righteousness in the condemned world. Tell others about this – tell them he was favoured by God, because he was just and good! Buck the trend and stop being silent before scoffers!

© April 2014

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