Noah Was Just


Genesis 6:9 This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God.

Although this verse begins with the genealogy of Noah, Noah’s sons are not mentioned until the next verse. Rather, the focus was placed upon Noah and his character. He was just and perfect.

The Hebrew word for “just” is spelt Tsade, Dalet, and Qof. Now lets look at the ancient alphabet and see the story that the letters give as insight into this word.

Tsade is a picture of a man laying on his side meaning side.

Dalet is a picture of a door.

Qof  in the upright position is a picture of the back of a man’s head meaning behind.

Therefore, to be just gives a picture of a man laying in front of a door, not allowing anything that is on the other side to come in.

It was his efforts of keeping the bad on the other side of the door that made him perfect or whole. He was an example to his generation. The end result was that he walked with God.

It often feels unobtainable to be perfect and to walk with God, but we can all hold the door shut on things we know that are wrong. Just as it takes an effort to hold a door closed on someone trying to get in, it takes effort to keep our door closed to unrighteousness. Start by being just.

It was this just man that did not die until Abraham was 58 years old. I believe that Noah had a direct impact on Abraham, but we will save that for another time.

Who Do You Know That Is Wicked?


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Proverbs 10:11 The mouth of the righteous is a well of life, but violence covers the mouth of the wicked.

What does “righteous” and “wicked” look like. The sad thing is that someone you know just popped into your head for each of these words. But, is this what Solomon meant? Was he thinking of your two illustrations? No. These are abstract words.

So, what do the original words describe since Hebrew was not spoken in abstract thought?

If we were to look up every place where the word for “wicked” was used we would discover that a few times it was translated “lost,” meaning “to stray from the path,” “having no direction.”

Now, can you see someone wondering without direction, confused as to where they are going? Sure you can and much easier than you can picture a wicked. Not only can we picture what it is to be lost but most of us have experienced being lost.

Therefore, the “wicked” in this verse are those who are not following the way of God.

There is an even deeper meaning. A drinking glass has a purpose. It is used for drinking. We would say that it’s purpose is good and that the glass is good. If you break the glass where it can no longer hold water it can no longer be used for the purpose of drinking. Therefore, it would fall into the definition of the Hebrew word for wicked or lost.

But what about “righteous?” The original word is always translated as righteous so it makes it a little more difficult to understand the word as clearly as the Hebrew reads.

Here is a little help. In the Hebrew poetry, rather than rhyme words they wouldd give the opposites in the same sentence. That is used a great deal in Proverbs.

So, if “righteous” is the opposite of someone who is lost or without purpose, then what can we say? We really do not have much of an English word to describe someone not lost, but we can describe them.

Could we then read the verse like this:

The mouth of the one who knows where they are and where they are going in God because they are following his way, fulfilling His purpose, they are a well of life; but the violence covers the mouth of the one who is lost from God’s way, who is broken, not fulfilling their life purpose.

Is it possible the Jesus, being a Hebrew, used this same word in Matthew 18:11 when He said that He was sent to save the lost. Could He have used the same word that was translated “wicked” in the Old Testament? That He came to save the “wicked,” the “unfulfilled,” the “those who have no direction.”