I looked up the meaning of the name NOAH - it means REST, COMFORT, QUIET. http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/Lexicon.cfm?strongs=H5146
Day 2 of 40:
I found some information about Noah: http://www.searchgodsword.org/enc/cbc/view.cgi?number=T12
I found some information about rainbow: http://www.searchgodsword.org/desk/?query=eze+1:28#R47
I looked up the definition of the word covenant: http://1828-dictionary.com/d/search/word,covenant
Maybe this kind of information doesn't inspire you. I have come to believe that the Spirit of God within believers inspires and causes us to see God through many different avenues. Some people call this spiritual pathways. One of my main one is through intellectual pursuits....I enjoy learning about the things of God, assessing His Word and His Words, and somehow it draws me into intimacy with Him. If that isn't you, and I totally get that, but hang with me, I think God may be teaching us something....
As I have researched, I have found that Lamech, Noah's Dad, named him NOAH because he knew - within himself, wisdom from the Lord - that Noah would bring comfort to a race and would begin to alleviate the patterns of the curses from Eden. Would he bring comfort or cleansing?
I know that many think of the flood as judgment, and that is the most accurate reading of the Flood narrative in Genesis. But I also know that water is cleansing (baptism, purification ceremonies, foot washing). God could have chosen any other way to renew the generations, but with Noah; God worked with water. Water, in many places of Scripture, is a cleansing from sin. The earth was cleansed of sin, with a canopy of water (maybe even ice, mist, and vapor); by a man whose name means Quiet, Calm. By a man who was notable for pursuing righteousness. Peter even recognizes him as a "preacher of righteousness" (2 Peter 2:5).
Noah was set apart and a leader in his generation (Genesis 6:9). His behavior, obedience and faith, made a ripple effect on the generations. God saw a lack of obedience amongst his people over the earth and God needed one righteous man to follow truth. So, as we look to Noah's leadership and obedience. We see fruition of promise...we see rest and calm. We then turn to see that fasting, takes us to quiet (Psalm 46:10, Exodus 14:14). Which causes us to see Noah's story through Spirit eyes.
Noah's calling brought cleansing, His identity was found in the Lord who had placed favor upon him to be righteous, quiet, faithful and obedient.
If you want to get some more info on Noah and God's plan through Him, here are some more resources for you: Noah the Evangelist: http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/am/v2/n2/noah-the-evangelist
Rain and Water and Flood: http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/2010/10/19/rain-before-flood#
Trusting in God's promises for a new generation, for a generation who is purely living for His glory! ~ Kristine
PRAYER: We ask that you pray for Nathanel, Kristine and Edward as they are preparing to leave in the morning for Haiti and lead our first senior internship! We believe that God is going to do amazing things in and through the hearts of these students and we ask that the Holy Spirit would move them to awakening, to brokenness, to surrender . We pray that our friends in Haiti would be prepared to receive the love of Jesus Christ and know the peace and freedom that comes from surrendering their life to Him! Please pray for a holy covering of protection over them.