Chapter 6 of Genesis begins with much gloom and doom with the state of mankind. It was as if there was no hope from the corruption until you reach verse 8.
Noah’s name means rest. I believe that his father understood the destiny of his son. Not only was Noah to provide rest for animals and his family in the midst of destruction, but he would also give rest to God’s promise that He would send a redeemer in Genesis 3:15 “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.”
The only hope of this promise making it to fulfillment rested upon Noah being the bridge across the flood, a world event that threatened mankind. What was so special about Noah? The uniqueness is found in the words “Noah” and “grace” in the Hebrew text.
The word for Noah and the word for grace have the same two letters but in reverse order. Noah is spelt Nun and Chet, whereas grace is spelt Chet and Nun. Nun, in the ancient writings, looked like a sprouting seed or a sperm and it meant seed or life. Chet, in the ancient writings, looked like a gate and meant wall, fence, or separation. Some could even say that the Chet looked like the door on the ark.
Thus, Noah meant protector of the seed and grace, also found in the same verse, meant the seed that is protected. Noah was the protector of grace, the seed that was prophesied in Genesis 2:15.
What do we see when we imagine the ark? How about a protector of life that was within it. The destruction was without but the protected life was within.
God saw Noah as being the only righteous man who could be the protector of the grace that He had planned for mankind. In the eyes of the Lord Noah was the protector of life, the one who gave it rest in the midst of the floods of destruction. It was in him that God saw the protected seed.