The Book of Genesis, Bereshit, Chapter 6, teaches us that mankind had reached a great degree of violence and corruption. It was that great that HaShem intended to destroy His Creation.
However, one man named Noach, who was a tsaddik, found grace in the Almighty’s eyes.
Noach walked with HaShem, so Noach and his family were spared from the flood.
Any individual can make a difference
וְנֹחַ, מָצָא חֵן בְּעֵינֵי יְהוָה
But Noach found grace in the eyes of HaShem ( Bereshit, 6:8). The Torah uses this hebrew expression “matza chen beinai HaShem’. The Almighty favors Noach because of his righteousness.
Your attitude, your kindness, your willingness to accomplish HaShem’s will are going to make a whole difference in the middle of a corrupt generation.
Rabbi Yeshua tells us that we are the salt of the earth.
The salt gives savor to our dishes. The salt also prevents from decay.
We must watch our thoughts and actions daily. We must show the example to a corrupt society. We have to do our best to follow Yeshua’s blameless example in his conduct.
No matter how much you are surrounded by evil and corruption, you always DO have a choice in your way of acting. It is your responsability to refuse to condone evil practices.
You are totally FREE either to serve HaShem or to follow the customs of the world.
The contemporary world has become far more dangerous than in the days of Noach. A lot of evil is nowadays presented as harmless, especially to the younger generation, that often lack discernment.
A punishment according to the nature of the sin
Usually water and rain are a symbol of blessing from Heavens. The hebrew word rain, geshem, contains the word HaShem partly. If you read Israel’s history, you will see how many times Israel was blessed through rain, especially in times of draught.
Water, mayim, is a symbol of life. Whoever possessed a well in ancient times was considered to be a rich man.
So why does HaShem decide to punish the generation of Noach with water?
Rabbi Alon Anava from Tsfat gives us some detailed elements of response in his video about parashat Noach.
Never again. But watch yourselves!
“This is like the days of Noach to me: as I swore that the waters of Noach should no more go over the earth, so I have sworn that I will not be angry with you , and will not rebuke you.” Isaiah 54:9
HaShem, in His immense goodness, promised never to destroy mankind again through floods.
However, mankind keeps testing HaShem more than ever before. Sin is increasing nowadays and is even glorified by some people.
I am telling each and everybody to be very watchful of our times.
Nobody believed Noach when he was speaking of the upcoming flood and building his ark.
In the same way, you will find many mockers when you will warn people about Yeshua’s second coming.
Be careful, not to be taken by surprise on the very day of His return.
Do not speculate about the day or the hour, rather work in constant Teshuva on correcting your ways.
Yeshua will be returning at a time very few will believe in His return.
Do not be fooled. This world with its evil customs is meant to pass. Make Yeshua your main priority.
© 2017 by Isabelle Esling