Genesis 6:8 Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
This verse is the first mention of the word “Grace” in Scripture. The Law of First Mention says that to best understand a word in scripture you go to its first mention and there you will discover its basic meaning.
The Hebrew word for grace is “chen”. It literally means favor.
What is very interesting is that grace is Noah spelt backwards. Let’s look at Noah’s name first.
Noah means rest, derived from the root word which means resting place. His name is spelt with a “Nun” and a “Chet”. Nun, in the pictogram, looks like a seed or even a sperm. Chet, in the pictogram, looks like a gate or wall and means protected.
Therefore, from the ancient alphabet Noah gives the picture of a seed being protected, a seed behind the gate. This would take us back to God’s prophecy in Genesis 3:15 about the seed of the woman. In God saving Noah and his wife, the seed in the prophecy was protected. If God had wiped out Noah and his family also then the prophecy would have been false.
What protected the seed? Grace. Noah in reverse is grace, chet and then nun (the gate and then the seed). Grace is the protector of the seed.
Man had become corrupt on the earth and truly God had every right to start all over again. He did, to an extent, but keep the seed alive in Noah and his wife. He did not have to, but He did because of His grace, His favor.
As a result, the seed of a woman was born 2,000 years later – Jesus Christ.
The same grace that kept the seed alive from Eve all the way to Mary is the same grace that is enacted when we accept the seed, Jesus Christ, into our lives. It is the very same favor that Noah experienced. The prophecy of Genesis 3:15 becomes ours, not by who we are or what we have done, but by the favor of God.
It is at the point that we believe in Jesus that His grace, the protector of the Seed, allows the seed to abide in us.
Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God
Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord and, through believing, we too have that same grace in the eyes of the Lord.
To understand more about the seed, see my previous blog at https://wordnuggets.wordpress.com/2011/04/19/seed-of-abraham-deeper-meaning/
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