Gen 6:9 – Gen 11:32
Rest is both a gift and a weapon. In the Torah portion Noach, we are introduced to the character of Noah. Noah is most famous for being the man who built the ark for the animals in order to survive the world-wide flood. What is often lost in this story is that Noah’s name means ‘rest or repose’ and is a picture of rest. In Noah’s day, much like in our own, to simply trust in God and submit to His leadership was seen as naive, simple-minded or hopelessly boring. But trusting in the authority and power of one greater than we are is a true picture of rest and it is a gift. Have you ever seen a child be comforted by their parent? Perhaps they are sitting on the floor crying but are swept up into the arms of their father and within moments are quieted, peaceful and possibly even asleep in his arms. Why? Because whatever it was that they lacked they are fully convinced will be taken care of as they rely on their father. That is a picture of rest. It is a gift. But it is also a weapon.read more
Gen 1:1 – Gen 6:8
When you look at the way God starts something, you get a good indication of how He will finish it. God is both the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. God created everything and saw that it was good. However, the enemy successfully tempts man, who sins. The word death is introduced into the world, and then the Lord sets a plan in place that will restore everything back to the way He created it.
Our first portion of the year is called “Bereshit”, which literally means, “in the beginning.” As we read the beginning of Genesis, we find that the earth was “formless and void.” The Oxford Dictionary defines the word ‘void’ as “completely empty; an unfilled space; an emptiness caused by the loss of something.”read more
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