In reading this week's Parasha, we learn that the ark served an alternative purpose. It was a vehicle of rescue to save a select group of humans, animals and fowl from certain destruction. While the Mishkan was a medium for enhancing one's individual spiritual level, the ark was a structure without which humanity would have been decimated.
The theme of this Torah portion: Love covers all sin
Proverbs 10:12; 12:16; 17:9; 1 Peter 4:8
Noach was a righteous man, perfect in his generation
10th from Adam (5:29)
3 sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth
Noach means, "Rest"
Mankind was in misery and longed for the promised redeemer to come. We can come to Him and find true rest (Matthew 11:28-30). Come to me all who are weary and heavy-laden and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart and you shall find rest for your soul.
Yeshua believed that the flood occurred (Matthew 24:37-39)
Peter, also believed (1 Peter 3:20; 2 Peter 2:5)
The writer of Hebrews (Hebrews 11:17)
This portion bridges the gap between prehistoric times and the beginning of recorded human history.
Remember, GOD keeps His promises (1 Kings 8:56). We need to be faithful to Him by being a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to Him (Romans 12:1-2). GOD will never forsake us (Hebrews 13:5-6). GOD judges us on the basis of faithfulness, not popularity (1 Corinthians 4:2-5). Be courageous, GOD desires witnesses!