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Noah, Does it mean Rest?
In the naming of Noah it is said:
Gen 5:29 And he called his name Noah, saying, This same shall comfort us
concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the
LORD hath cursed.
This comfort, was an anticipation that the Rest promised from the Curse
would come through Noah. They actually had an expectation that there would
be catastrophe of some sort to end the wickedness upon the earth and start
afresh. I donít think that the early fathers of this era thought the world
would be wiped out, but at least the people would be humbled and then turn
back to the Lord, bringing Rest to the earth.
Methuselah's name means " When he dies...judgment" Whereas Noah would carry
the people through judgment into peace or rest.
Rest in the Bible is key to understanding our hope.
The Sabbath for example means rest. It too has a significant impact on our
thinking when it comes to tomorrow and the hope that lives within us.
The picture of the Sabbath is working six days and resting the 7th. A
struggle in this world for six days, but an investment day in Christ's
kingdom on the 7th. The 7th is literally a day of no work, or rest,
stillness, no struggle against the curse.
The hope of the Christian is to bring rest to the earth by the Gospel. The
picture we all see in the Bible and readily remember is the "Carest thou not
that we perish, how canst thou lie asleep?" The winds and the waves nearly
drowned the disciples and their Lord on this tiny boat out in the Sea of
Galilee. But Christ rebuked the Disciples and said "Oh ye of little
faith...and then spoke to the elements and said Peace be still." And as we
all remember...All things were still....or rested.
This miracle was picture to the disciples and us of the great power first of
the Lord over nature. But to the Hebrew the unrested sea represented the
wicked in the earth who rule with their ruthlessness. The prophet Isaiah
points out "The wicked are like the wrestless sea which kicks up mire and
dirt." Isaiah 57:20
There is another picture in the Bible that most miss, the Brazen Sea, or the
Bronze Bowl. The bronze bowl is of significant importance to our world view
and how Christ will clean up the earth.
First the Bronze bowl was filled with water that was as smooth as glass. It
was called the sea. (This sea is also significant in Revelation's proper
interpretation...that for another time). The sea again is representative of
mankind. Called the Sea of Mankind. Mountains for example are kingdoms in
The Sea is Calm and rested and the key is the structure beneath the bronze
sea which will bring rest. More specifically, the oxen under the sea are
pictorial significance of the world being supported by investment or
intensive capital tooling, in the four marks of the compass. Christ
pictured how the rest would come, by His word. His word goes forth and
sweeps across the nations changing their hearts towards him, their hands
instead of stealing will invest. This overall picture of Rest is what the
world will be when the gospel message reaches all people.
Noah, was to antediluvian Prophets the rest that would be brought to the
world, so that righteousness could once again lay roots and build.
Noah did do a fresh start, which was rest from the wicked and their devices.
It was short lived however, and it was not until Abraham that we have a
Covenant being struck with Abraham to have the promised seed which would
bring relief to the world.
The world has changed significantly since Christ came. Every nation that
has imbibed and digested the word of Christ and held to His name has been
changed for the good and cleaned up.
It is an undisputed fact that Christianity has brought relief and
unbelievable blessing to the world. The Reformation era was a full bloomed
blossoming of the gospel message that brought in an era of significant jump
in Theological Thinking, Mathematics, Technology, Industry. At the same
time, the evils has accelerated to match, but that should be expected when
something as powerful as Christ shows up to contest the Devil's world.
The age we live in is not rested, and that is the hope of the Sabbath, that
Christ will bring rest to His people by their obedience to Him and their
binding of the Devil in the world.
There is much more to be said, Rest is such a significant theological point
and escatalogical hope that it really is hard to explain it in this short