Genesis 6:9 - 11:32

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Isaiah 54:1 - 55:5

Welcome to the Torah Portion Noach. In this post, we will cover the weekly Torah portion and weekly Haftarah portion from a cultural perspective. There is also an Echoes Through Scripture teaching which takes a theme from the Torah portion and connects it throughout the rest of the Hebrew Bible and into the Apostolic Scriptures.

These are the genealogies of Noah. Noah was a righteous man. He was blameless among his generation. Noah continually walked with God. Noah fathered three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth. Now the earth was ruined before God, and the earth was filled with violence. God saw the earth, and behold it was ruined because all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth.

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4 Comments

  1. chava on October 23, 2017 at 7:07 am

    Well don’t forget to remember Adonai does not need you, Ryan, because we do need you!

    • chava on October 23, 2017 at 7:17 am

      Well, we know He would find another teacher, but we do love you and pray for your good success and hope you continue to move forward and help us to do the same….

  2. Lori Haynes on October 23, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    Ryan, thank you. I just wonder as I listened, is what you are teaching here different than those who tell us that God has emotions like us, ie, he gets happy, sad, excited, etc. Is that different than the pagan Gods being annoyed? What about God’s anger? Is teaching that God has emotions different than attributing human attributes to God? Annoyance seems like an emotion to me, that is why I ask. Thanks.

    • Ryan White on October 24, 2017 at 10:18 am

      Hi Lori,
      Great question! I think we can clearly say from Scripture that God does have emotions. Where we have to be careful though is to say that His reaction to His emotions must be the same reaction we would have to such emotions. A specific example of this is how, sometimes God is portrayed as being angry at our sins and because of His anger He is incapable of forgiveness without killing something. This idea stems from some misunderstanding of Scripture and ultimately from a paganized view of God. After all, John 3:16 does not say that God so hated the world…it says that He loved the world and thus showed that love by giving His only son to redeem us from the mess that we created in this world.

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