I couldn’t help but blog about Noah since every other national news channel, christian fundamentalist and jovial critics are either hammering or defending (noticeably tongue-in-cheek) the new “Noah” movie starring Russell Crowe. I am not adding here any reviews about the movie nor do I have the desire to join what I consider to be the ridiculous school yard fight (“I hate you” “no, i hate you” “oh yeah, you are stupid” “no you are stupid” “well I am rubber you are glue…”). You get the gist.
What I want to reveal is a hidden story buried within the story of Noah. I’m not here to speak about whether the story is true or not but to show what symbolically it can represent – or probably does.
The overarching narrative foundation of the story is chapter 6 and Noah as a character is introduced in chapter 5:29. From these I will reveal what I think you (probably only christian folks) would find intriguing.
Now I’m far removed from being a theologian but one tool they use for biblical interpretation is what they call “The Law of First Mention”. What that says is that when you find the first place a word(in its original language) is used in the Bible and its surrounding context it speaks highly about how that word is framed or is used in future applications.
Well, in the narrative foundation of the story of Noah (Gen 5:29 & Chapter 6), I have found something remarkable – 8 significant first mentions. And by the way Noah’s name means rest. So, from the Story of Rest, I’ll list the 8 mentions below and let you build the hidden story yourself. All the scripture English words referenced below are from the KJV version. Here we go:
1) Comfort (Genesis 5:29) This word is also translated as repent later in scripture.
2) Heart (of man) Genesis 6:5
3) Heart (of God) Genesis 6:6
4) Grace (Genesis 6:8)
5) Just (meaning righteous) Genesis 6:9
6) Perfect (meaning without blemish, blameless, integrity) Genesis 6:9
7) Pitch (Genesis 6:14) This word is also translated as ransom later in scripture and also comes from the root word for atonement.
8) Covenant (Genesis 6:18)
There you have it! These words are found for the first time in scripture here with this story. It seems like the Story of Rest(Noah), carries with it a hidden meaning that traces the first mentions in a unified way. Why would I even say that? And why would it matter? Because Peter mentioned in his written letter that the story of Noah is like the story of Jesus (see 1Peter 3:20-21).
In the story of Noah, the world was condemned already, so the ark wasn’t built to bring condemnation but to save from it. In the same way that Jesus didn’t come to bring condemnation but to save from it. Whatever you can surmise from the first mentions listed above I hope you hear what is being said. Have fun with it. Share it if you have in any way been enlightened with something you didn’t know before.
This is what I take from the story of Noah…Peace.
John 3:16-18 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.