Noah: The Advent of Grace

 

The enlightenment teaching of the Essene was known as THE WAY.  This teaching became the final interpretation of the Law and the Prophets, as revealed by Yeshua Messiah. The Way became the enlightened transitional teaching of the early church.

This article deals with Noah and his times and discusses the enlightened principle of Grace (Favor).

 

It is soon after ‘the fall’ that we observe man’s attempt to reestablish relationship with God, and God with man.  Through the righteousness of Abel (Righteous Abel) God’s new plan for restoration has begun.   When Abel’s life is taken, Seth then replaces Abel (Gn. 4.25) and assumes the mantle of righteousness.*

*Righteousness denotes Abel (Mt. 23.35).

Throughout the generations, the fundamental process of completing the plan of life for Earth begins to be sown.  Following Seth, ministry is given to us through Enosh, with the Cult of Yahweh becoming the first ministry within the Hebrew Bible.  Enoch becomes the first true prophet, observed by many scholars as the first proto-Christ.  A progressive order of events begins to appear, but mankind now faces a new difficulty.

 

 

Noah has been given grace because even in the midst of ‘giants’ and a building corruption, Noah has maintained the integrity of his family lineage: “tamil”=without blemish.  Purity within the human race, or certainly in this part of the world, is held up as an unfailing standard that God will not relent upon.

In the history of the generations, Noah fulfills the next spiritual step for mankind.  Noah performs not only as a man of faith but also faithfully executes his mission.  God denotes Noah as one who shall receive Grace.  Godly grace is bestowed, and for that reason holds a special place above all other attributes.

Grace means to especially favor.  Blessing, bounty, and security can all become a part of how God’s grace is bestowed.  Yet, it should also be understood that God’s grace was already upon Noah, not only due to his acuteness at preservation, but also in his works demonstrating his faith in God.  In all respects, Noah was a godly man, which we will discover later.  For those who sow good seed, Grace is of particular importance.

In chapter six a true degeneration of mankind has now begun, similar to the original fall.  Enosh’s initiating work to spread the word of Yahweh and the prophetic mission of Enoch is now being consumed.  A raging fire rekindles in the heart of mankind.

 

CORRUPTION OF MAN

In the story of Noah, mankind begins by prospering, “And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them.”  Verse two then relates the actions of the mysterious sons of God: “That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all they chose.”   The sons of God as illustrated in Enoch leave us with the vision of ravaging ‘angels’ or ‘watchers’ leading to an unholy mixing.

A long slide into spiritual deterioration now works across the lands of Anatolia.  “Giants in the earth” are mentioned in v. 4.  In v. 5 “wickedness”, now abounds.  The Bible mentions the Nephelim, which are usually associated with the idea of angels descending (Watchers).  “They were evidently great in size, as well as great in wickedness.  They were superhuman, abnormal beings; and their destruction was necessary for the preservation of the human race…”

*The Companion Bible, Kregel Pub., 1990, apex. 25.

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The common biblical explanation refers singularly to the physical or human line of Seth, who now begin to marry into the lineage of Cain.  Mixed marriages of this kind almost always pull the one down, as the godless corrupts the righteous (see, Gideon’s Doubt), and so the sons of God become embroiled.  This dissolution of righteousness can occur within a few generations.  The seeds, however, are certain to have been planted generations before.  Once in force, the corruption blows like wind through a tattered house.  Strong societal and religious boundaries are rent asunder.

Syncretic marriages produce ‘unequal yoking’, godly and pagan.  This syncretic seed shoves the world into a mixed consciousness.  Mixing consciousness sometimes enhances the low, but always discolors the high.  The spiritual pathway God has planned now becomes twisted.  The knowledge and teaching base, the enlightened pathway to God, will soon become cluttered and conscience-numbed.
Works of evil become insidious, and in part explain why such hard and fast laws were later given to the Jewish people in the Book of Exodus and Leviticus.*

*Also, Deut. 7.3-4, “Neither shall you make marriages with them…(4) For they will turn away thy son from following me (in this case referencing pagans).”

 

 

The prohibition of mixed marriages within Judaism (Dt. 7.3-5) originates in the story of Noah.  For our discussion of Noah the point in v. 2 “…they took them wives of all which they chose,” means that they chose without godly consideration.  They chose by sight and seeing “…that they were fair,” and this indicates a general disorder, licentiousness.

Many lines of probity have by now been crossed.  The “men of renown,” mentioned in v. 4, tells us these have become men of great wickedness, and that their wickedness is celebrated, even revered.  They may have been worldly powerful autocrats or city-state officials, or militarists, and may have included priests.  They may have pursued wealth by the unrighteous use of weights and measures (see, Cain), and have apparently shunned their godly conscience.  Whether a person accepts the common interpretation or accepts the Enochian version of these passages, it is clear many boundaries, meant to benefit man, have been crossed.

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This divergence from the pathway, and the consequences thereof, teaches many lessons to those who walk in the Way.  Among these lessons comes the split in consciousness by serving two different masters (Mt. 6.24).  Another lesson designates the confusion which will surely result—the mind turns one way and then another, not able to reconcile consequences.  Throughout the land, the Cult of Yahweh is fast disappearing.  Toward a man like Noah, the world would direct jealousy and spite.  Jesus later tells us that the reward is great for those who become persecuted for God’s sake (Mt. 5.12), and so we find Noah in such a situation.

In verse three the statement, “My spirit shall not always strive with man,” is conclusive.  God’s willingness to strive on behalf of mankind will be reflected according to man’s response to God Himself.  For example, if from God we receive, we must also give; we may establish (create), but we must also be responsible.  Much like Abel’s sacrifice, God’s children who have received are required to respond to God’s promptings.  In Noah’s time, almost all have been subsumed within paganism and violence prowls the landscape.

The spiritual withdrawal of the people denoted in ch. 6 points to a serious circumstance: “…that he (man) is also flesh,”* indicates that mankind has reverted into a complete immersion into the unconscious state.  He is not only pagan but has reverted into the sleep of mortality, the sleep of the flesh.  The awakening from sleep will later be mentioned often within Jesus’ teaching, as referred to in Matt. 13.10-17, v. 14 “…shall not perceive.”  To continue to awaken to higher levels of understanding and responsibility is determined in many scriptures, and is a central theme of Jesus’ teaching of the Way.  Upon the land of Noah, there is no remnant of God’s teachings among men.

*If taken as a verb, then it = “in their erring.”

As mankind descends, once more a number of attributes become diminished.  Internal basic faith becomes out-pictured, dependent upon what each person receives or can get in the physical world.*  The religion of contriteness before God, as we see in Abel’s sacrifice, has now become diminished—a world of grasping, lust, and dishonesty, where such attributes as faith, love, and wisdom do not prosper.  Manipulation and coercion replace wisdom.  Lust replaces the spirituality of both men and women, and grasping and covetousness replace any semblance of honesty.  Everything God has given man has become replaced with a counterfeit earthly standard.

*Cain, named after acquisition or getting; Cain minded.

Mixed consciousness can stand the test of truth for only so long, and then such a mind must fail.  Intellect and man’s machinations, without wisdom, morals, and ethics, will always come undone.  In Noah’s time, severe alterations must now be completed.  The notion of God’s aching heart is first presented: v. 6.6,  “…repented of the Lord that he had made man…and it grieved Him at His heart.”  God is shown to feel just as we feel, and it is from God’s nature our feelings originate.  Our God is a God of communion, not isolation.  Yet, at this time in history, violence is upon the land, grieving God greatly.

The withdrawal of God’s spirit unto man is now underway.  Verse 4, “Giants in the earth,” and “mighty men which were of old, men of renown,” both of these statements refer to men who conquer and ransack.  ‘Giants’ refer to an abnormal size, perceived to be as equally wicked to their proportion, a perversion of God’s plan for life.  The phrase, “and also after that (v.4),” refers to a second irruption located primarily in the land of Canaan, ergo Anakites (Anak), Raphaim (Rapha), and the rest of the tribes of Canaan were all infected.  These tribes were already in the land when Abraham began his journey from Haran.  This renewal of perversion would later require the eradication of the Canaanite tribes.*

*A good Companion Bible with extended appendices can cover this subject more completely. 

The immutability of God never wavers, but His holiness may be affronted.  At this time in history, mankind disdains everything godly.  Having searched the hearts and minds of all other men and found them unredeemable, God’s favor points toward Noah.  He is pure in his heritage, but what good would that do if he were not also a man after God?  Noah is now the righteous remnant, set aside with bestowed grace.

 

RIGHTEOUS  REMNANT

Noah’s people resided in Mesopotamia and regions north into Anatolia.  Biblical historians believe Noah lived in the southern reaches of Turkey, and that he would have lived in a well-wooded area, probably mountainous.  Noah is believed to be an ancient Hurrian.  Hurrian lands also included the city of Haran, Abraham’s departing place into the lands of Canaan.

Gen. 6.8, “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” Noah was also deemed a “just man” in v.9, implying an overall sincerity in all of his doings.  He is willing to live apart from man, yet close to God.  Accredited within Judaism as the inventor of the plow, Noah removes the Adamic curse upon the ground.  Depicted as the man who each day takes one small step in faith and wisdom, Noah stands like a mountain above the now corrupted world.  He lives his life with the spirit of a servant.

What defines Noah as the righteous remnant?  A strong foundation in faith establishes Noah.  Faith and strength often walk together.  To the task of building the ark, he remains diligent, Noah is a doer.  He serves even as he toils.  Noah represents a true luminary in the enlightenment history of mankind.  Noah reflects our better man. 

 

God warns Noah of the flood and instructs him to build an ark, Genesis chapter VI verses 13 and 18 ‘And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earthÉ But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives with thee.’ 1852-60 illustration by Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld.

Besides faith and continued faithfulness, Noah possessed knowledge and understanding, and perception far above those around him.  Receiving his knowledge and instruction from Methuselah, his grandfather, Noah’s training was probably that of a priest.  The knowledge teaching combined with the wisdom pathway forms the person of Noah, just as it might in any other individual.  Noah also daily lives this pathway of knowledge and wisdom.

Relative to those who preceded Noah: Seth receives the branches of knowledge from his parents; Enosh takes that knowledge into the world and begins the Cult of Yahweh; Enoch is superlative in almost every way.  Previous to Noah all biblical personages are building toward a goal.  Noah, however, is preparing for the end, and the preparation will be long and arduous.  Noah lives by sweat and grit and labor.  For a century-plus twenty years, he toils.  Much like us, Noah’s commitments and daily labor define him.

“…perfect in his generation,” assumes Noah’s family has an untainted heredity, but in 7.1, “…for thee I have seen righteousness before me in this generation.”  God tells Noah that righteousness is before him; Noah is also faithful and seeks God.  His attitudes and motives are righteous.  Noah forms a unified relationship with God.  In the midst of his life, Noah’s heart is right.  He refreshes himself with God every day, and over the span of many decades, Noah becomes exceptional.  

Those who walk in the Way refine themselves and become a thread of this righteous remnant.  Noah has positioned himself for Favor

 

GRACE ENDOWED 

“None are ruined by the justice of God but those that hate to be reformed by the grace of God.”*  Most people think of grace as the state of grace, but the active principle of grace  means to ‘find favor’, or to be favored: “He found favor in the eyes of the Lord (6.8, RSV).”   Grace is Favor.  Noah has found favor in God’s eyes, and now favor is bestowed upon him.  

*Matthew Henry. Matthew Henry’s Commentary. Vol. 1: 44. six vols. Peabody MA: Hendrickson, 1991. Print.

 The Way always prospers the idea of persistence in doing the right thing.  As Noah continuously moves in the right direction grace descends upon him.  Facing adverse circumstances, and regardless of temporary outcomes, Noah continues to build the ark.  With this good attitude of right thinking and right doing, Noah’s steadfast and faithful stance places him as worthy of trust

Faithfulness or steadfastness allows for the continuation of the soul’s progression.   The Way teaches that no matter how small the step, faith in eventual good outcomes is important.  The spirit moderates through faith and from within promotes a natural adjustment to circumstances.  Faith lays the foundation upon which all other attributes function.  Like the sower of good seed, Noah reinvests his field with good seed each day.  Noah demonstrates a consistent faith, a faith that goes into action and shows works.   

Biblically, grace is also mentioned as being found “in the eyes of the Lord.”  God sees your pursuit of Him (your fealty) in His eyes and thus bestows.  Grace or favor is extended throughout scripture, and thus points to its importance.  Proverbs 22.1-2, “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor (from God) rather than silver and gold.”  Luke 2.40 refers to Jesus as waxing “…strong in the spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.”   

The admission into grace would be set by accepting God (if not already) and to seek His favor.  It should be assumed Noah communed prayerfully for just that purpose.  All should seek God’s grace, God’s protection, and God’s favor.  In the depicted story of Noah, we observe grace as bestowed due purity, but extended to the elements of Noah’s character and his pursuit of God.  Verse 9.1 tells us much: “Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.”  This scripture equates Noah with Enoch, as both walked with God, meaning God was ever-present around them, and also relates to their awakening to the kingdom within.    

 

Noah’s inheritance of understanding originates from Enoch, even though handed down to him by Methuselah.  Verse 6.4 in Genesis, referring to laying with the daughters of men, is also discussed in chapter 15.2 of Enoch, as follows: “Wherefore you have forsaken the lofty holy heaven, which endures forever, and have lain with women; have defiled yourselves with the daughters of men; have taken to yourselves wives; have acted like the sons of the earth, and have begotten an impious offspring (giants?).”  Combine this with the understanding entailed in Enoch, chapter 82.9: “And potent the vision of thy dream respecting secret sin of the earth.  Its substance shall sink into the abyss, and a great destruction take place.”  The finality of the portrayal in Genesis ch. 6 and the writings within the Book of Enoch are very similar.

 

Noah understands that he lives in apocalyptic times, and the hope for mankind to regain spiritual consciousness seems dim.  Rampant paganism has shifted the world to a much lower state of consciousness.  Already known to the sons of Yahweh as anathema or polluted, condemned sexual acts and mixing pagan and holy (priestly or angelic) can have only one effect.  Noah would have been very aware of the disintegration of society.  Something far more than just bad behavior or a temporary lapse in the progression of mankind—Noah sees with his eyes, but he interprets what he sees by how he knows God, and thus interprets by the Spirit.

Noah’s Ark by Thomas Dalziel, Getty Images

 

 

In Gen. 6.17, God tells Noah He will bring a flood.

 

 

 

 

 

THE  WAY

There are many scriptures that relate to the eternal quality of favor or grace.  Psalm 35.27 is very explicit as to how one should understand his life: “Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favor my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the Lord be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.”  Noah lives somewhat in that pleasure of prosperity, whether thought of spiritually or in the physical.  Noah prospers his family and does whatever good work he might do.    

In Psalm 35 David calls out to God because he is being persecuted without cause.  Noah finds himself in a similar situation.  The world is so corrupt a good man will have to defend himself with faith, righteousness, staying close to God (God walked with him), and serving as God directs.  To tell others to serve God becomes easy, compared to staying close to God in the midst of dire circumstances, which demonstrates character.       

The principle of grace is pristine, for it can come only from God.  Grace stands beyond the self and holds out an abundance, unending potential, and unending favor, and thus lends itself to eternality.  If all comes from God, then all favor must come from God.  The most basic spiritual and religious principles are embodied within grace.

Too often we strain at the nat on the edge of the cup, while letting go allows the kingdom from within to manifest.  Allowing the kingdom to come forth is the walk through the field with He who sows good seed.  The Way is a pathway that removes the self piecemeal to deliver a revelatory message and enlightened mind.  The Way could be likened to revelatory knowledge as opposed to purely doctrinal knowledge.   Rather it is the spirit within us out-flowing, the king within the kingdom who speaks, and finally, we listen.

The conflict between revelation and doctrine is clearly demonstrated in Jesus’ ministry.  Most of Jesus’ problems came from those who followed closely to doctrine but had lost the spirit of the law.  For Christians, the born-again experience initiates acceptance, but also the pathway, for it is intended that the new man walks down this path, for the old man cannot.  How shall he walk but sow his pathway before him?  Many Christians unwittingly confuse ‘born-again’ as the ending point.  However, its intended effect initiates enlightened understanding and participation, and continued development within the Way.

In Jesus’ time, the common man did not understand that God lived within.  The idea of the spirit animating the soul-mind and the principle of a kingdom within remained hidden, a part of the secret teachings.  Conscience was understood, but to form a relationship with God, much less receive tutoring from Him, remained a veil not yet lifted.  Therein, the population suffered from a great loss of consciousness.  In the midst of beseeching, sacrificing, and crying out, God remained only out-pictured.  The pathway Jesus taught always urged others forward, whether by healing, teaching or example, but always sowing seeds of awakening onto the field of which each man stood.

Noah does not place faith in his own actions or performance.  Noah has heard from God, and through faith that is enough for him.  In the teaching of the Way, listening to God’s promptings is an important quality for spiritual progression.  There are many ways in which one may listen: quiet time with God, prayer, a state of mind open to Him, inward inspection, considering quietly what is wisdom, and waiting for His Word with expectation, this seems much of what Noah is up to in his daily life.  For Noah, all of the above attributes lead to action.

Each person determines his or her own spiritual individuality based on how they proceed on the pathway.  Communing with God and speaking to God assists each person so that he may receive guidance.  To pray openly allows conversance with God, even though His answer may arrive quietly and from within.  Students considering the Way should closely consider their current pathway.  A righteous pathway requires attention and must remain integral to daily life.  It seems clear that Noah and his family pursue such active ministry.

 

What makes man ripe for destruction, and why would that pertain to us or walking in the Way?  A key scripture tells us.  Verse 6.6 “And it

The Deluge. Noah’s Ark. Book of Genesis. Chapters 6-9. Engraving. (Photo by: PHAS/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved Him at His heart.”  That God’s thinking toward man changed at this critical time in history does not mean that God in His person had changed.  He is, ‘I Am That I Am’.  From Cain’s seventh-generation son, Lamech, and including interfering spirits and giants born of an unholy wedlock, such that the grievance struck God’s heart.

 

 

Consider the feelings of the ‘God who is a Spirit’ like you consider your own feelings.

 

 

God Bless!

 

 

 

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